03 June 2009

Fashion Board

At last, I have finished my fashion board. I had to unearth my patterns to see what I had. I had to dig out my fabric, and look at my choices. But I finally have my proposed fashion board for this year's JCC which I am calling "A Second Serving of Limeade". I'm pretty happy with it.

Fashion Board

I might switch around which fabrics are going with which blouse pattern, and I'm contemplating making the collar and cuffs on the white blouse lime as an accent. However, I have a plan, I have patterns, I even have fabric. This means I can begin sewing! The only stumbling block left is that I haven't made any of these patterns before, so I'm thinking muslins are a necessity to make sure there is some semblance of fit happening.

I feel cool and comfy just looking at my board here! I can't wait to finish it and wear the lusciousness!

02 June 2009

Orphaned Sandals

To enter the June Capsule Challenge officially, I needed to post my picture of my orphan item. I'm a little late with it, but I finally got the photo off of my camera! Here is my orphan:


And the fabric:


Yes, I know it's the same fabric I used for the JCC last year, but it's what I have, and buying more fabric is just not in the cards this summer. Besides, the items I sewed last year aren't even in my closet anymore! I've lost a fair bit of weight this past year, and I really need new clothes!

Now I just need to figure out what I'm going to sew. I know a few things right off the bat, because of what I need. I need tops, badly. So I'm leaning toward three of those, and one bottoms. Obviously my orphan is my accessory. I think that's how it works when your orphan is a pair of shoes. The question is what patterns am I going to sew? I'm also using patterns I already own, rather than buying any. Since the goal is to sew with a plan, I intend to make my fashion board prior to starting. Ok, I had actually intended to get all the planning finished this weekend, BEFORE the contest began, but that is not what happened. With any luck, I'll be planned and sewing before this weekend, but I never can be too sure about these things.

I mean, what pants pattern is going to look good in lime green? And it has to be pants, because I have more than enough skirts. I even have skirts that will match this capsule, once it's done. Then again, I do have a softer green lightweight suiting, which could work quite nicely for pants, but that would be a totally different capsule, wouldn't it? Yep, more planning is definitely needed.

17 May 2009

JCC 09

Hard to believe that six months have passed! It's been crazy, and hectic, and I sewed not a thing for the SWAP. That makes me sad, but obviously it was not meant to be. The good news is, it is once again time for the June Capsule Challenge. I participated in this challenge last year and loved it. Maybe short and sweet is more my style. And once again, like last year, I'm in desperate need for some summer clothing.

The rules for the challenge are much like last year. The capsule must have four coordinating garments plus one accessory. One of the pieces can be previous made, or purchased. The "twist" in the contest this year is that one of the pieces must be an orphan in our closet. That means a garment, or accessory that we have hanging around, that just never gets worn, for lack of something to wear it with. Fun!

After a quick search of my summer wardrobe, I don't really have any clothing orphans, but I did find those sandals I bought last year, and have never worn! Why don't I wear those sandals?! Lo and behold, I have found my orphan. Now I just need to plan my capsule.

May is looking a bit frantically busy. Hopefully the busy won't spill into June, too! I've got a capsule to sew!

01 November 2008

Hibernating Spellbound

Halloween has come and gone, and sadly, I never finished quilting my Spellbound wallhanging. Too many things going on, not enough time. This way I have a full year in which to get this little baby done in time for Halloween! With so many other demands on my time, I think I'm going to officially hibernate this project until some future time. But this way, I'll get to rediscover just how damn cute this fabric is when I open it up again a few months down the road!

Spellbound Quilt Top

31 October 2008

Holiday Party Costume

As if I didn't have enough on my plate right now, anyway. And, you know, it's not like November isn't crazy busy or anything what with the 50,000 words deadlines, and the start of the 2009 SWAP, and getting Holiday stuff done, and that Thanksgving thing, and getting my house clean enough for my mother to see it when she visits in December (which might involve some painting, or something). Nope not busy enough. My friend's company Christmas party (on the first weekend of December) has decided that this year is a fancy dress party. That means costumes. In fact, the theme this year is Latin dancing. Apparently there will even be a dance floor! With lessons! I love me some dancing!

But MORE sewing? Really? I think I might cry. However, the sales at the fabric store are pretty great right now, for those things called costumes, and the sale ends on Saturday. You know, right after Halloween. Go figure. So I hocked some valuables in order to scrap together enough funds to buy fabric and patterns to do this up right, and spend as little as possible on it. I'm pretty damn proud of myself. Two costumes for under $50. We just won't talk about how many hours I'm going to have to sew this month!

I'm pretty sure this costume is seriously over the top, and that we will be the ONLY people who interpreted the extremely vague instructions of "Latin dancing costume" in quite the same way. But hey, it's not my company party, and my friend is totally keen on the hot pink shirt he gets to wear to match my very, um, colorful outfit. Now all I have to do is actually get it all made. Along with everything else.

Party Costume Storyboard
Oh yeah, I AM going to wear all those colors in one costume!
Can't miss me coming!

23 October 2008

First Ideas

I'm actually starting to get some ideas going here. The theme of this SWAP is a week in the life, so our garments need to fit our everyday life. I think I want pants that are a little more fitted than what I've been wearing. Same for the shirts. I always prefer a more fitted look, but the last few years, and few pounds, I've gone the way of the knits. Here is my chance to reclaim clothing with buttons! My palette will likely be determined in large part by the Limeade fabrics I have left over from the JCC, just to cut costs. Not really where I necessarily want it to be, though. More thought needed on that front. I still prefer natural fibers for my fabrics. Here are a few patterns that I'm thinking of getting, and basing my collection on these.

First Ideas

21 October 2008

SWAP Thoughts

Patterns, colors, fabrics, styles. It's a lot to plan out. Time to start narrowing my options. First of all, I don't have the funds to buy all new fabric, therefore I must use as much of what I have as possible. What I have in stash is pretty limited, so I think that means I'm starting with my Limeade fabrics. I bought a lot more than I needed for the June Capsule Challenge. I even have some pieces that never got sewed, so I guess if I start there, I'm a leg up on my planning, huh? That makes this Limeade, the wardrobe. I'll come up with a better title. I'm only bummed that I can't make my dress for this SWAP. I really, really want to make that dress!

One of my biggest dilemmas is what style to pick for my bottoms. I'm thinking mostly pants. My life is more casual, but I'd kinda like to wear pants with buttons again. That would mean I need a lot of fabric, since I don't have any bottom weight fabrics.

Tentative ideas:

  • Colors: White, Lime, Beige, Chocolate, Black
  • Styles: Button shirts and slacks
  • Fabrics: Cottons and linens

Need to work on:

  • Acquiring patterns
  • Fabric selections
  • Building storyboard

18 October 2008

2009 SWAP Announced

Time for a new SWAP! (Sewing With A Plan) Remember that June Capsule I did back in, well, June? That was the baby sister of the annual SWAP, which is for 11 coordinating garments:

  • 4 bottoms
  • 6 tops
  • 1 jacket

And by coordinating, they mean it. Everything has to go with everything else. There is some flexibility in the rules about what qualifies within each category (especially important in the jacket arena, since I live in a desert and don't really need jackets much). The contest begins on 1 November and ends 30 April. Usually it only lasts four months, so I'm thinking I lucked out with the extra two months.

Right now, I have no clue what I will sew. The rules state it has to fit my every day life, which I would do anyway, so it's not exactly limiting. My budget is crazily tight, and that will effect what I do the most. I don't have any TNT (Tried and True) patterns, so everything I sew is going to have to be fitted and altered and adjusted to fit my current weight. It sets me a bit behind the eight ball for the SWAP, but is really exactly the sort of motivation I need. I'm going to be quite challenged to get a storyboard together so quickly!

15 July 2008

The Votes are In

And the winner is.... ME!!!

My camisole won second place for best garment!!! I'm thrilled, and tickled, and excited, and pleased, and proud! THANK YOU everyone who voted for me!!

Finished Camisole Camisole Strap

For anyone interested in seeing the entries they are here. And the first place winner in all three categories (Best Capsule, Best Garment, Best Accessory).

13 July 2008

Sixteen Windows Begins

I truly indulged my newest love today. I cut, I stacked, I sewed, I arranged, I sewed some more. I really do love this fabric. First there was the cutting, and much cutting there was. The first pic shows my piles and their height. Then I had to sew those 120 little rectangles into little threesomes, so I arranged them all out so I could see the fabrics (second pic), and then I mated them into their little family groups (third picture). And finally, on a large board on my craft table, I laid out all the little squares, and spent hours arranging them to perfection (fourth picture). I did start sewing them into rows, but I did not finish. My love will have to wait until tomorrow. A girl needs her beauty rest after all!

Cut Rectangles

Blocks Arranged

12 July 2008


I have fallen in love.

Yes, that's right. I'm in love. It was love at first sight. From across the room we saw each other, and I knew I was not going home alone that night. I've been Spellbound.


Meet Spellbound. It's a line of quilting fabric by Maywood Studios, and I really have fallen in love. In fact, I have done what everyone hates, I've forsaken all others to spend time with this one. I cleared all my many projects, half-done, urgent and otherwise, and swept the table clear for my beloved hobgoblins and spiderwebs. I simply love this fabric.

So today I finally took the plunge. I began the first of several projects I have planned for this fabric. It's the wallhanging that I first saw in the quilt store, that stopped me in my tracks and sent my little heart doing flip flops. I've blown everyone and everything else off for the weekend, and I'm going to indulge myself in this project that is for no one except myself. (I think it's been a decade since I last did that.) And so what if Halloween is still four months off! :P

I've never done a quilt like this. I've always been all about the strip quilts and fast cut, fast sew methods where you never really cut little squares. This one is all about the little squares, because it uses 19 different fabrics. Today I cut (16) 6½-inch squares, and (25) 4½-inch squares. I cut them all individually. One at a time. Tomorrow I get to cut (120) 2½ x 4½-inch rectangles. Then I sew all 161 pieces together. I can't wait! Then I get to add even more fabric.

Ah, yes. I am very much in love with this fabric.

29 June 2008

JCC Finished

I've sent in my entry. That's it. I'm done. Finished! And what an amazing accomplishment it's been for me, too! Because I've got a stress fracture in my clavicle, I had to call it without doing the dress. I'm a little bummed about that. My capsule is still great, however, and I've done more sewing this month than I have in YEARS! Since the rules of the contest allowed one item to be purchased, I finished up my capsule with a skirt I bought to fit into my Limeade wardrobe.


A capsule that is all about staying cool in temperatures that are over 110F. The vintage style camisole with hand crocheted lace and lime ribbon accents compliments the cool shorts in both white and a lime print. A purchased skirt can take this capsule out to dinner, or the desk deli bag can carry lunch on the go, complete with pockets for utensils and even some blue ice.

Patterns and other Info:

  • White Camisole: I began the camisole before June, having cut out the handkerchiefs it is made from, and started crocheting the trim. I did all the sewing, and 90% of the crocheting in June. The pattern is from a vintage magazine article which I read at this website.
  • Patterned Skirt: The skirt was purchased.
  • Both Shorts: McCalls 5010, View C.
  • Desk Deli Bag: Pattern is the Desk Deli by Quilts Illustrated

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