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Sue's Sewing and Happenings
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Spring is Here





The orioles are back!  Last year I spotted this beautiful bird feeding at the hummingbird feeders.  I did a little research and discovered it is a Bullock's Oriole.  They love the sugar water in the feeders and also grape jelly and oranges.  The Orioles (male and female) arrive in March and then disappear in late August.  They are really difficult to photograph as they are very skittish and any sound ore movement on my part scares them off.  I was lucky to get these great photos.  This is the male, the female is not as pretty and I probably won't see her until May.   They build their nests in the oaks, but I haven't been able to find it. 




Posted by sue at 8:53 AM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 9:48 AM PDT
Monday, March 15, 2010
Rows and Rows and Rows... Oh MY!

Sew, this weekend, after a visit to LACMA to see the Renior and American Stories Exhbiits, a friend and I went to The Ivy for lunch... I brought my camera .... celebrity sightings are pretty much guaranteed at The Ivy, and boy was I glad I had my camera ... Look what I walked past!




















This is a clothing store and their window display is rows and rows and rows of vintage sewing machines...   I was like a kid at the candy counter, staring at a box of chocolates! 




























As we were walking back to our car, I noticed the store's valet sign....

how cute is this:




I'm sure I looked rather odd, I mean here I am on Robertson, the celebrity sighting mecca, where tourists flock to catch a glimpse of a celebrity, and I have my camera and am taking photos of sewing machines.  We did see Sandra Oh, having lunch with friends, but I got the photos I wanted!


Posted by sue at 10:27 AM PDT
Updated: Monday, March 15, 2010 10:41 AM PDT
Monday, March 8, 2010
Vote for Me

the Juice Jacket that keeps on going.....

I entered my capri sun juice pouch jacket into a recent contest on this site http://www.instructables.com/

I called it the "All Weather Trench"....  (well, except a lightening storm!)

And it happens to be one of the featured items today.  If you sign up as a member (using the free option), and vote for me, I'd really really appreciate it.  

the site "Instructables" is kinda cool.  They have instructions and ideas for a wide variety of items.  I originally stumbled upon it about a year ago when someone posted my juice jacket on the site.  I decided to add to the posting and give the instructions!  

go vote  :)  and thank you


Posted by sue at 10:17 AM PST
Updated: Monday, March 8, 2010 11:19 AM PST
Thursday, March 4, 2010

Where does the week go.... I've been busy, sort of, but haven't gotten anything done.   I have several patterns and fabric washed and ready for cutting and sewing.  Here's what's next in the pile:


using a printed Anna Sui fabric I purchased last year at the ASG Conference.   It is an extremely lightweight cotton and silk.  




Next in the pile is

http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v1152-products-10752.php?page_id=854  using a printed cotton batiste...


Then, I have several yards of a navy rayon knit and I have cut out these two patterns








And yes, I still have the jacket cut out from the Vera Wang Techno Satin.  For some reason, I'm not really into it.  I think because there are so many pieces and I'll have to "think"... eek gads!

Not sure when I'll have time to sew this latest pile up, this weekend I have lots going on and I'm really really wanting to go for a hike on Saturday.   Sunday, DH's family is coming over to another "cooking day".  On the menu this time... Thai Food... Yum!  I'll be sure to take photos!


Posted by sue at 1:36 PM PST
Updated: Thursday, March 4, 2010 1:48 PM PST
Monday, March 1, 2010
Jalie Scarf Top



Pattern Description: knit top with scarf collar that can be worn several ways: through a buckle; in a bow, through an opening in the center front. Sleeveless, 3/4 sleeve, short sleeve variations.

Pattern Sizing: 27 sizes included - enough to make your friends and family a scarf top

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? These I think were the best jalie instructions so far. This top went together really quick and I "got it". The collar technique is very similar to the "burrito" technique I use for men's shirts yoke. Very nice finish!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? At first I wasn't too into this pattern, the whole scarf thing I felt wasn't my thing, but it keeps getting made and looks good on everyone so I decided, I had to have one too. And I'm glad I did. The fit is nice, the style is versatile, and it sews up so quick and nice!

Fabric Used: I used a matte jersey. I wasn't sure about using this fabric because matte jersey can be heavy and i was afraid it would drag down the neckline. But, I had no use for this fabric, so what the heck. And yes, it's a bit heavy, and i think if I had to tie it in a bow, it would drag down the neck. But using a buckle, it's perfect!

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: no changes

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? yes. I made this sunday morning, wore it to a b'day party at noon, then, came home and made another out of a sweater knit. Now I have two and I see more in my future!

Conclusion: I think this may be my new favorite pattern. it is so easy, and versatile!

Posted by sue at 9:32 PM PST
Updated: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 9:12 AM PST

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