Sunday, January 28, 2007

Remnants and Thrift store Farmgirl Chic'

My daughters say they are magical because they spin well and look pretty when spinning!

This is the first of the skirts. I have a blue one that is almost done. It just needs beads and a hem. I have pink and green skirts with the preliminary sewing completed. I need to french seam them, hem and fix the waist in each one.

The next one is a blue version coupled with a thrift store jacket that I found for $5. It is beautiful up close. It has beads on it and lots of beautiful fabric sewn on. It is actually a women's sweatshirt, opened up the front and made into a jacket. I am going to have to try this craft very soon. I have since then seen some beautiful sweatshirts done like this. And I thought $5 was a bargain for this beauty!! Oh, and it fits me perfectly and is so soft, comfy and warm.

Well that is it for me tonight! Thanks for blogging with me. Hope you enjoy my adventure into draw string skirts! Oh, I have a real treat coming soon. A gorgeous little black triple layer number!! Velvet, burn out fabric and black lace! Truly bewitching! (well, I hope at least!) Winds are picking up tonight. Must be the full moon coming soon.

Hope you like these.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Betty Sue Apron

Finally another apron to post. I did this one up in about an hour today. I do think that I will shorten the length by cutting away the top part, and resewing the top. I modified a really simple apron pattern that I found online. I devised an easier pocket application that gives you huge pockets and is a snap to sew on...very easy for a beginner. I also did a very subtle scalloped hemline. The best part about this apron is that it will fit anyone. It is fully adjustable to give front and side coverage for the thin and/or fluffy farmgirl! The fabric and the bias tape are both vintage. I love this fabric. Has that crisp 50's feel to it. Ya'll know I love long aprons, but this one turned out too long. I'm going to shorten it a bit so that I can fully reach the pockets too. Or I'll need to grow longer arms. This is what happens when I don't use patterns! LOL.

My goal when starting this apron was to sew an apron with no waste, that was adjustable and that could be done by anyone from beginner to advanced. I utilized the width of the fabric and the factory selvages as finished sides...just covered them with bias tape, therefore I ended up with a full width apron, then simply cut off strips (actually tore them along the grain) to use for the ties and the pocket. pattern, no waste, simplified pocket application, adjustable size ties in front or back.

Hope you like this one.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

A pile of fabric!

Here is the pile. I will post more photos of the fabrics as I sort through them. This was unbelievable. There are hundreds of dollars worth of fabric here!!

This is just sitting in my front hallway for the moment. The girls each grabbed a piece for projects for me to work on tonight. My older daughter wants bellbottom pants out of butterfly fabric and my younger daughter wants a jumper out of this bright green cotton with little fun things printed on it.

I had a little time to go through some of this before the girls got home today, there are velvets in brown and a lush rosy brown, lots and lots of floral prints, nice solid color and solids with colored slubs through them. Plaids, checks, some double knits that look like what my grandmother wore...very retro. About 8 different baby rosebud prints in woven and stretch both...perfect for little girls nightgowns. This will be fun!

Thanks for blogging with me tonight. More later, I'll just add photos to this entry as I take them.

Ah...the fun is in the hunt!

Went to "The Thrifty Quaker" today and found three nice items. One is a blue velvet dress that should fit one of my girls. The other is a silver plated chalice and the third is a small pewter candleholder. As I was going out the door of the shop, they were hauling in 3 grocery basket loads of donations. Well....another trip tomorrow or the next day!! Gotta see what came in. LOL

Here is a close up of the chalice and candle holder:

The chalice was $1.00 the candle holder was $1.00 and the dress was $1.50. The chalice was originally priced at $32.00. Cool Deal!!

Thanks for blogging with me tonight!

Friday, January 19, 2007

My first wool sweater purse

Here it is. This is my first attempt. I made the lining inside with little sweater pockets made from the ribbed sleeves. One for keys, one for lipstick and one for a cell phone. I put a pocket on the outside. Little bit off, but passable. I can't do much hand sewing...hard for me to grip a needle. I did hand sew the lining in though. What do you think? I used a tuscan, olive themed lining for this one. It did take its own shape in the making of it. Since it is not perfect, I will carry this one to test its durability.

This next photo is a snapshot of the inside of the purse.

This was fun, but I have to put off making another until next week. I'm going in to work the night shift tonight and tomorrow, so, until later...

Thanks for blogging with me today.


Thursday, January 18, 2007

I've gone green...

For the time being. Just upgraded the blogger account and changed it to green for a little while. It is pretty loud in color, but....just trying to hurry Spring along I guess.

I hope you enjoy this little daisy from my garden last year.

Thanks for blogging with me,

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Today's Thrift Store Fabric Finds!

This is the gorgeous Goddess dress.

Karin over at Mary Jane's Farmgirl site has inspired me to try her wool sweater handbags. So I went to the local thrift happened to be Wacky Wednesday...and I found all of these 100% wool sweaters for less than $5 and I got the gorgeous vintage Goddess dress for fifty cents too!! I will look like Jackie O if I can ever lose the weight. Oh, well Andrea looks wonderful in it!! HEHEHEHEHE....Hey Nancy Jo, I bet you, you tiny thing, that you could wear it with style!!

I plan on shrinking the sweaters tonight and starting on the bags tomorrow. I'd like to have some to take in to work this weekend! You know, "Purses for Nurses!" *g*

Thanks for blogging with me today.

Oh, and here are the patterns for you Liz,

Oops, I think I got it in sideways....sorry!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

My mother is here and settling in.

My mother is here and comfortable in her new home. It is wonderful to have her here living with us. My husband said the nicest thing to her tonight. She was coming in to the kitchen where we were talking...myhusband and I and she says, "knock,knock, knock" My husband said in response: "You don't have to knock, this is your home too!" I wanted to hug him and hold him and tell him how much I love him for being just who he is. I'm so blessed. More later,
Thank you for blogging with me.

Final thoughts...

Thank you for visiting today. Feel free to sit for a spell and wander through my archives of sewing projects, aprons, original poems and stories, musings and vintage treasures. I really love guests in my home....and if you wish, leave me a comment so I will know you were here! AG