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Jalie 968: Genera

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There is not much to say about this sew, other than with summer on the way, the jeans I’ve been wearing all winter were getting a tad tatty.  Time to sew up another pair.

Enter grey something-or-other fabric (cotton and X the unknown) from the local mill end fabric store.  A pattern that I don’t have to fit.  A Sunday afternoon with nothing scheduled.

Result:  a new pair of pants.  Yay!

Just the Necessary

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This is my rendition of the Necessary Clutch Wallet from Emmeline Bags.  It is apparently taking the wallet sewing world by storm.

Our sewing guild had this as their March workshop, and I was able to finish it at sewing camp.  It’s a great way to use up all those bits and pieces you have left over from other projects.  That quilting cotton with the To-Die-For print?  Use it here!

The workshop was great!  All the bag hardware was included in the class fee, as well as various stiffeners and interfacing.  This is a structured bag.  It does not collapse when chock full of all those essentials required on a daily basis.

It is also the only project I finished at sewing camp.  I attribute that to the fact that my sewjo was off somewhere drinking fruity drinks at the time.  She does this periodically, and never checks with my agenda.   Pretty nervy!

The inside is just as colorful, which I really like.  Zippered pockets.  Credit card pockets.  Slip pockets.  An open, but secured pocket which holds up to an iPhone 7 (not that I have one of those).

Speaking of, why is it handbags no longer come with credit card pockets?  I mean, really?  In a world that is almost completely cash-less these days, and nowhere to slip those cards.  Harrumph!

Bright.  Useful.  Cute.  Ta-Da!

StyleArc: Kim

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This is the Style Arc Kim.  It’s made from a rather nice digital ponte knit I stumbled on at the local bolt-end fabric store.

Usually their wares are more utilitarian, but not this time.

After taking measurements, I decided to dive in and make a 12 straight from the envelope – no changes or alterations.

Everything went swimmingly, until I tried it on.  Those bright yellow flowers?  Well…  They ended up being very strategically placed.  As in Stoplight Boobs.  While I am not the most well endowed person, it’s still not a part of my anatomy I felt like calling attention to.

Thankfully, there was enough fabric left to re-cut the front, this time paying more attention to pattern placement.  Ahem.  I also did a slight FBA, about a 1/2 inch.  Yes, a cut & slash FBA alteration on a pattern piece that is cut single.  The result works, but looks a bit Frankenpattern, with all the bits taped together.

The plan is to wear this with black leggings, now that the weather is warming up.

Sewing Camp – Redux

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Sewing camp once again did not disappoint, neither with views or camaraderie.

The first three days were lovely and crisp.  The last day we had a beautiful fresh snowfall.  Snow which did not deter us or dampen our spirits one single bit!

Usually I post about all the projects that were finished, accomplishments achieved, endeavors entertained.

Alas, this year while I was at sewing camp, my Sewing Mojo was off on holiday sipping fruity drinks.  She made brief, sporadic appearances then just as abruptly departed.

All this is a very round-about way to say I have not much in the way of finished items to offer.  There was one wadder, which has been disposed of.  One completed project (which was started at the March workshop), one pattern traced, one shirt waiting for a decision on buttons and one shrug partially completed.

I would have the shrug to show, except the plan in my mind’s eye did not mesh with reality.  Still, I was glad to have done the experimentation.  It seems the pleather I had was not suitable for an edge binding.  Glad to have found out on scraps, still haven’t decided what to use.  Oh, and the shrug is reversible.  With pockets.  On both sides.  Requires more thinking…

Articulated

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Ah yes, all those bright beaded pieces. Where ever have they gone?

This bracelet is a thank you gift for someone who helped me out a while back.  She has a darker more goth sensibility.  I hope she likes it.

Two different types of purple two-hole crescent beads, mixed with black crescents and bars.  The magnetic clasp is gunmetal.

The bracelet is simple stringing, though you have to be careful to keep the crescent beads properly aligned.  Those curvy little devils like to turn backwards, which I usually don’t discover until I’ve gotten several more beads away.  Who me?  Pay attention?