Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sweater Scrap Snowmen


After making some white sweater coats, my trashcan was filled with serger scraps.  
I rolled them up into balls and made some ornaments!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Where's Laura K?


Our fabulous annual Christmas program "Winter Wonder" was last weekend.  

Can you find me in the cast photo?  Click twice to enlarge photo.

Hint:  I'm in my "usual" spot!  


Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Fairy Feather Fest 2012

FFF 2012 was EPIC!
Lovely Julia is a first-time fester.  She really got into the spirit!

Joanna presents her masterpiece.

Olivia and Bobbi.  Thanks for the treats!

Kaitlin and Amy.  We really need to take a closer look at Amy's gems....

On the left is "Edward Cullen Feather Fairy."  On the right is "Bearded Lady Feather Fairy..."

"Conjoined Twins Feather Fairies" complete with birth certificate.....

It's okay Amy....we don't think this is weird AT ALL....

Another first-timer - Penny...hey where is your hat?

Leah gets the prize for completing the most fairies!

Molly aka "Sexy Wings" 

Molly and Mo.  Because there is nothing like feather fairies for mother/daughter bonding...
Janice presents her masterpieces of featheriness.  Is that a word?
Kaitlin....a veteran fairy fester.
Carey had our first injury - hope your finger is okay...
Gail is another rookie - great job Girlfriend!
And sadly the fest came to a close...thank you everyone!



Quiz:  

Which FFFers arrived in wings?

Who arrived later and happened to have a pair of wings in her car that she promptly put on?

Who brought the bagels?

Whose idea was the "tunnel?"

Which festers ran through the tunnel?

Please leave answers in the comments.  







Friday, November 23, 2012

Inspired by Smeeks - Part 2

Another coat inspired by Smeeks!

My son Will and I visited the new Smeeks location - so cute!

Still love making these coats!

Sew along with me - check out the Katwise tutorial here.  

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Inspired by Smeeks



Smeeks is a lovely local candy store featuring old-fashioned varieties as well as excellent service.  

They really go the extra mile to assure that the shop is always just darling.



With the news that Smeeks is moving to the new Biltmore Union - a very exciting concept in shopping local - I took another look at the store.



Seriously, doesn't this make you happy?



So, to celebrate the grand opening, I would like to present the first coat in the "Smeeks" collection.

I hope this makes you feel happy too!  OXOX

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Updated Necktie Skirt

 After a decade of making necktie skirts, I thought it was time for an update.



 The new style is longer, has an exposed zipper in the back and black bias tape for a waistband.  It is actually quicker to make than my old style - Yay!



(Thanks to Kaitlin for modeling!)

Check out Kaitlin modeling for me in 2004!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Confection Collection

More Sweatercoats!

Yes, it is 90 degrees today!

Kaitlin is such a good sport!


I cropped the photo to show the pocket!

Blueness!



Purpleness!


Creamsicle!



Pastellish!


Larger sizes!



Wool-free!  No hood!


Rosey.

Sew along with me!  You can purchase the Katwise tutorial here.  It's really fun!!!!



Monday, September 24, 2012

Deconstruct - Reconstruct, Part 2

Here is my second attempt at deconstructing and reconstructing a black velvet pencil skirt.

I went with an asymmetric hem, adding vertical strips of vintage black lace and tatting.  I also added a black silk ribbon and a vintage key.  I pinned it on with black safety pins for a little goth touch.  (Also this makes it easy to remove...you know...just in case you need to unlock an old door or something...)

Here is the opposite side.

Another view of the front without the black lace jacket.  The beaded piece in the center is a lovely vintage piece that I have been hoarding.  Finally found a way to use it.  I think it really makes the skirt special. What do you think?

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Deconstruct - Reconstruct


 I've picked up several of these black velvet skirts at thrift shops - they usually start off like this:



And after some cutting, sewing and adding vintage laces, buttons and trims, they look like this:


I have quite a stash of vintage black laces that I've collected over the years.   It's about time I invented a use for them.  Of course the MOP buttons also found their way onto the skirt as well as this darling little bow...


I'm not totally happy with the design yet - I have incorporated the lining into the center tier of the skirt and the hems are raw.    I was going for a "tattered" look, which is a stretch for me.

Since it's hard to get the hem even, the next one will have a more deliberately asymmetric hem.  Also, I think I want more fullness in the ruffle.  

Please stay tuned...