Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Guanyin spotted!

My friend Steve was at the Point Defiance Zoo recently and spotted my "icon!"

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Easy Ageless Cool

I just realized that I have not posted a picture of Louise Cutting's Easy Ageless Cool campshirt that I finished earlier in the spring.  Sadly it's not easy to photograph without being modelled, but here it is flat on the cutting table.  The fabric is a quilting cotton with kind of a retro mottled print. It was easy to sew, though I think next time I'lI use a different method to miter the corners. I thought LC's instructions were a little confusing. On the other hand the mitering on the vents came out pretty well, though I don't think I'd let LC inspect them.  Also next time I'll make it an inch or two longer. Why didn't I do that this time? It's a standard alteration for me. I did remember to lengthen the sleeves by two inches to accomodate my ape-arms.

I also really like Louise's unique one piece collar construction. It makes everything lie nice and flat with minimal bulk.

A tiny bit of sewing

Just a little bit of sewings accomplished lately -  a silk charmeuse tankety-thing to wear under over-thingies.  Why did I not realize until I was trying this on that the design forms horizontal stripes?  Hmmm..I think it's neutral enough that my own horizontality will not be emphasized.  I didn't use a pattern, just measured off an Eileen Fisher tank that I like a lot and experimented from there.  You can't see it in the photo, but I cut the neckline a little too wide.  I added a little gathering in the front to pull it in a little. I'm pretty happy with it!

An orange tanky-thingie is in process. It's being made from a beautiful orange silk and cotton voile from Mill End in Portland.  It's mostly done, but I'm still fussing with fit, length and bindings. Final photos to follow!

Also, a couple Hattie pictures. She's lately become interested in carbonation and loves to ponder the chemical wonder of it all: