Wednesday, 9 July 2014

"I just bought lingerie and shoes" made me try sewing lingerie

 first try on sewing undies
"I just bought lingerie and shoes" - I heard myself saying this to a friend while I was happily announcing I resumed sewing my clothes. It just hit me - I missed something and there was no single reason for this! So I  fixed it the very next week /of April/- sewing undies. And it felt great!

Buying lingerie and shoes - that was the thing few years ago. Everything else was bought in fabric, thread, zippers and buttons form. Unless a really great apparel was found.

It was a summer inspired spring idea to make a few dresses for me. I have not sewn clothes for over 10 years. Just a couple of clothes a year, every other year, which is no sewing to me /and none was sewn for me/. I felt so good sewing my clothes in the past - no long shopping, no "How on earth do they not carry any decent dress?" moments... Just a quick stop at the fabric shop, a few hours happily spent sewing and viola! - cloths that fit and I like... Same goes with indderware. Especially for someone like me who adores colour and still loves underwear invisible under garments. See now the fun of choose-the-right-ribbon-bow below. I would never get a different color bow in ready-made bikini:
choosing ribbons for undies
Mentioning colour... the pink in this functional muslins - that's it /a trial to be used if possible/ is just the first jersey I saw in the shop. The brown is leftover from kid pants. The only thing matched and chosen are ribbon and laces. Still  I used ribbons I already had and chose the prettiest and cheapest laces no paying much attention in the jersey colours.

Now back to the story - I recall the first pattern making book I had as a child was about making dolls clothes. And it started from making underwear. I remember how simple the pattern pieces where. No difficult math, just jersey learning curve... Yay, I have never, ever, sewn jersey in items that require precision or jersey and lace together. Just a couple of blouses and a bodysuit long ago.
choosing ribbons bows for undies
The first badge of  panties was trial and error one. I took a quick look at what was sewn happily around and gave it a try. Then played with ribbons and mixed and matched them. It also included self-drafted all lace panties and waist height ones. They get no bows so did not make it to the matching session above. The final matching is closer to this one - brown goes on brown and teal on all pink one. Or just look at the one above for all pinks match and imagine a brown bow the brown one.
a change away from the right bow on undies
I am happy all the muslins above are in my wardrobe now and they deal with machine washing just fine so far. So I will soon cut the fabrics, I deliberately bought for panties this May.

PS I used paper tape to make a lingerie design wall directly on the wall and small pieces of office double sided tape for the bows.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Quilting in progress - blue quilt bubbles

quilitng in progress - blue quilt
The feathers-on-blue quilt is slowly cumming together. The reason it takes so much time is I am doing a lot of other things and putting it on hold while they last.
quilitng in progress - blue quilt

So filling one side with bubbles today, felt good. Part of the bubbles where done earlier /a corner really as shown on second picture/ and filling the rest today, opens new possibilities. I like so aspects of this pebbly-bubbly quilting and do not really love some other /like speed for example/.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

June quilting que - blue quilt feathers

Lots of sewing and new projects /including jewelry making!/  - June was an interesting month. So interesting my quilting was put on hold for a while.

blue quilt feather quilting
A summer quilt in blue was started in end of May and the first quilting stitches were done a month ago. I discovered my open toe quilting foot broken then /have no clue how it broke/ and had no time to worry - I was busy sewing dresses and other clothes.

blue quilt feather quilting - close up
So I am planning a few quilting hours tomorrow to make some progress on this baby. It is so blue, and the deep blue quilting tread is so lustrous, it is a pity it is not finished yet. No binding fabric is chosen yet. I am leaving this to the all-being-quilted moment now. Have liked few options in the fabric shop, have some options in the stash.... It seems minor question now. Miss quilting so much.

blue quilt feather quilting - back
With the little off-white table-topper my lavender is drying on now and a table-runner, this is my third feathers quilting. I think I like the free form feathers best and the traditional ones, not so much... Will see how it goes..

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Lavender Love

I was picking lavender today! Felt fantastic - cloud of lavender aroma, butterflies, a bunch of flowers in my hands and warm sun in the breeze... Relaxing afternoon moment and a perfect aroma for the evening at home. It rests on a little table topper and I think the cotton will take some of the aroma while the bunch dries.

 I have never researched about this but particular white butterfly is the one that is found around lavender plants most often here. Sometimes the butterflies are almost as many as the buds...
Two were playing around this single plant above and see how many around these ones last year:

lavender bouquet
Looking forward to taking pictures with the lavender tomorrow.
Happy weekend!

Friday, 4 July 2014

New home!

My old blog is having brand new home!
birthday bouquet

So excited to finally settle! It's been a long path and part of it was archived whilst changing places in search of a convenient modern place /and after Posterous was shut down/. Half of the six years, I have been blogging, are on a disk now. So it feels like a new home move with major part of the furniture donated or left in the old home. All the freedom of making a new house feel like home makes up for the memories left behind.

Missed blogging during the months of unsureness where to go next. Looking forward to blogging daily and all the pleasures of sharing and finding new people again!

New home and new place were inspired by one of my favorite principle - KISS. So I will Keep It Simple again. And embrace the new learning curve and all the adventures on the road, as the last part of the abbreviation states /the last "S" stays there for "stupid", adding so much humor and positive vibes/. Old things might be added along new post. Or they might not. Time will show how simple it could be. It's tempting to bring the old little treasures. And so is the clean crisp start.

Hope you'll be patient with all the blank spaces while the new home gets dressed up and find a comfortable new place to rest for a few minutes here with me.