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Hot Patterns: Riviera Cote d’Azur Tunic

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Another Hot Patterns Cote D’Azur rendition, this time the tunic length.  The fabric is a nice soft rayon knit, which has been aging in stash for a while.  Some fabrics are like fine wine, they just need to age.  Others are more like armagnac – they need to age for ages.

The pattern is printed so the fuller bottom pieces attach midway to the top.  It took several tries, and looking (but not registering) at the drawings before I figured out that the way I had the traced pieces taped together was not how they were supposed to go.  I had the bottom back attached to the top front.  Sooo not going to work that way.

Once my taping faux pas was fixed (say that 3 times fast) everything went together nicely.

The top was sewn on the serger, and hemmed on the cover stitch.  Easy peasy.

Now, you see those sequins on the fabric.  They didn’t come off in the wash, which is what I expected.  However they did come off during ironing.  The iron had sparkles on it for ages!

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Seaward

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While sewing has been happening, there’s also been some beading going on.

An order of curved tooth dagger beads arrived a week back and I just had to make something with them.

Enter Seaward, as in heading to the sea.

The bracelet was loom woven, using a mix of blue galaxy tooths (tooths.  I just love that word) and chrome finish seed beads.  The whole is anchored with brushed steel end caps and a piscean clasp.  Edges are reinforced with a picot of silver beads.

Here Fishy Fishy!

Cutting Line Designs: Butterfly and Bees

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At the end of every year, our sewing guild holds a holiday gala.  A traditional part of the gala is the fabric swap.  Fabric of a length suitable to become a garment or quilt is placed in a sealed bag.  Numbers are drawn, and guests have the option of choosing a new bag, or stealing from another member.

It’s a great way to re-home one’s wonder fabric (as in, I wonder why I bought this?) as well as acquire something completely different.

Many folks will go to great lengths (pun intended) to secure their treasures.  Who’s that hiding under the table?  What did you stuff in your backpack?

To insure our newly acquired treasures don’t languish, the April meeting is a “Wear What Ya Won” event.  Everyone who attends brings whatever it is they made from their prize.  Some folks become very creative!

This was my fabric prize (full disclosure – I was one of the few people to “steal” from someone else – I am ruthless when it comes to fabric).  It’s a slubbed boucle type of fabric, completely washable and very loosely woven.

While it is jacket-weight, it would have required more manipulation than I was willing to do for this material to become a structured garment.

Enter Butterfly & Bees from Louise Cutting.  It’s an older, out of print pattern, but worked perfectly.  There was a coordinating printed polyester in the stash.  I decided to Go For It!

The one pattern is cut twice.  Both jackets are assembled separately, except for the neckline.  Then the two pieces are joined at the neckline only.  This allows the interior fabric to hang freely and peek out all around the edges.  To give more weight to the side vents, I stitched antique glass buttons at the top.

The jacket is perfect for summer evenings here.  Once the sun goes down, there can be a definite chill in the air.

Please allow me

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to introduce myself

I’m a girl with fur and paws
I’ve been around for 9 short months
Stole everyone’s heart, including yours!

Pleased to meet you, won’t you guess my name?
Ghia Dog “Woof! Woof!”
Ghia Thunderpaws “Woof! Woof!”

Yes, after several years of discussions between myself and Prince Charming about getting a dog, we’ve finally done it.  This is Ghia (pronounced like the 60s Volkswagen Sportscar – Karmann Ghia).  She was born on a sheep ranch, and arrived at our place through a somewhat circuitous route involving a previous owner and an unsuitability to guard sheep.

For those interested in the breed, Ghia is 1/2 Maremma and 1/4 Great Pyrenees and Anatolian Shepherd.

She is 100% a teenager!  Selective listening?  Check!  Clumsiness?  Check!  Testing the rules?  Check!  Sweet when sleeping?  Check!  Great on hikes?  Check!  Death to stuffies?  Check!

Between Ghia and Puck, I believe we have the market cornered on white dust rhinos.

Soleil

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With the onset of warm weather, I’ve found my color palette has shifted in the same direction.  Orange. Yellow.  Red.  White.  The colors of summer.

The central cabochon of this brooch is dichroic glass.  What doesn’t show in the picture is a sparkle of gold, like marbled veins throughout.

The rest of the brooch is embroidered with various beads – two-holed triangles and diamonds, seed beads of differing sizes, and a few crystals thrown in, just because I could.

The back is as usual, faux leather and a pin finding.

Style Arc: La La Laura

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The last of the pin-up fabric has finally found it’s pattern match!  Whew!

Not so much “Whew!” in construction, but more in terms of auditioning various patterns.  Trying to figure out which one would make the best use of the remaining fabric proved to be more work than I expected.

It didn’t help that I only had one full pin-up panel left!  Did I mention she was only printed down the center of the fabric?  Who wants to wear someone’s legs, with no head or torso?  Not I!

Digging through the accent knits – you know, those bits and pieces you keep because there’s no telling when they may come in handy.  Solids.  Polka dots.  Stripes.  Small prints.  Anyway, hiding down at the bottom of the bin was a black & white dot, which works perfectly.

Like the Kim Swing Top in this fabric, I added more sparkles to the girl, then some to the accent fabric.  While adding rhinestones not difficult, it was tiresome, as my able pawed assistants decided jumping to and from the table was the order of the day.

Scattered rhinestones everywhere!