Friday, July 27, 2012


I almost forgot my own blog anniversary, whoops!  It was actually two days ago, and I started this post  before, hoping to make the date, but just couldn't make the deadline.

One year ago, I started this wee blog to do a sew along with some friends of mine that wanted to venture more into garment sewing.  The thought was to do a sew along on the Sorbetto, then do more sew alongs, gradually moving into more difficult projects.  I imagined doing one once a month, HAHAHA!  That very first (and so far only) sew along taught me how much work goes into putting one together.  So.much.time.  Needless to say, I might be a little too lazy busy to do something like that.  I never changed the name of the blog, and as obnoxious as it might seem, I'm keeping The Sew Alongs, for now...

my sew along sorbettto

Last spring I was in a little bit of a funk.  My husband was out of town a lot, I wasn't working much, we had moved to a new part of town, away from most of my friends-I was a little depressed.  But, I started feeling the urge to create again.   I dug through some fabric I had stashed and found a purple jersey, and just went for it, making a long rectangle dress, belting it. It wasn't much, but it pushed me to make more (and we do not want to look closely at those seams).  Then I started researching techniques online and stumbled across the sewing blog community.  I was pretty astounded.  I spent hours stalking through the usual subjects, like Gertie and Casey, and I felt really inspired.  Eventually, an idea to do a sew along took hold and I just decided to dip my toe in the blogging world and see what happened.  I'm so glad I did!  I've met some of the most wonderful, creative people both online and in "real" life through sewing this past year and now I can't imagine not keeping up with everyone's adventures.

I've been a bit absent for the past couple months due to a lot of work, buying a house (fingers crossed), traveling for work and family, etc, etc.  BUT, I do have a couple new projects I need to blog about, so keep checking back, and I'll keep stalking everyone's else's space!

In the meantime, please check out an organization a good friend and fellow seamstress is involved in.  Called Hollywood HEART, an annual summer camp for kids affected with HIV/AIDS.

My friend is the sewing instructor for the 3rd year now.  She teaches a group of kids mostly how to alter thrifted clothing, making their own.  At the end of the week they put on a fashion show. How cool is that??  Like most non-profits, they are always needing funds to continue.  My friend has graciously agreed to a little interview, so keep a lookout for that shortly.

If you have a minute, and some spare cash, nothing is too little, please consider donating to this wonderful cause.

Thank you!!!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

it's been a loooong time

Hey y'all, long time no talk!!  Life's gotten busy the last couple months and blogging had to take a back burner.  Doesn't mean I haven't been on the sidelines lurking everyone's blogs though, cuz I have!!

Here's my attempt at catching up with everyone.  Warning:  Picture heavy post!

Me Made May '12

Wow.  What a complete fail on my part.  Something I knew about myself, but was made glaringly clear during May-I hate taking pictures of myself.  The first couple days started off ok, being I was at work or hanging out with friends and had them snap a pic.  I adhered to wearing me made items for about the first 2 weeks of May, thinking "oh, I'll just have a long photo session and take all the outfit pics at once".  Of course I would've fully disclosed that process as well ;-)  But that never happened, then I got another job.  One that involves a lot of traveling and working outdoors anywhere from 12-16 hours a day.  There's lots of sweat involved and I don't want to ruin my handmade stuff, so, I guess I opted out of MMM '12.

Here's how far I got...

                             5.1.12                                                          5.5.12
                    random work shot                                    at a friend's birthday celebration, 
                  white lace renfrew                                sancho was a naughty, naughty pinata
                                                                     black maxi skirt, not blogged

                           5.6.12                                                           5.7.12                             
morning after the party, mimosa breakfast         Post job interview (that I scored!) and look who
             w/a friend and the Oz man                  I bumped into at Joann's, Miz Oonaballoona 
                       first Sorbetto                             (who is the sweetest, btw, I chatted her ear off!) 
                                                                                           Lace Renfrew and Black Maxi again         

hmmm, dunno the date or what I was up to...but
first jersey dress I made last year after getting back into sewing clothes
it's just a big rectangle w/sides and shoulders sewn!

So, yeah.  I managed to take 5 pictures, and missed the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th right out of the gate, haha, that's pretty sucky.  Oh well!  I'm not beating myself up about it, it was for fun.  And, the point for me, was to learn about my wardrobe.  Which I did- I need more of everything! Interestingly, i figured out, I think I have broad shoulders, most all my shirts feel tight across the back.  Must work that into my fittings.

I have gotten one sewing project done during this job, and it was an unselfish act-sewing for my favorite doggie.  I made him a new bed :-)  His old store bought one was beyond done.  Ignore his moody face, he really does like it.

The cover gray duckcloth and black piping.  The inside is just muslin with some stuffing.  And I did a super simple envelope style for ease when washing it.  Sorry about the wrinkly pic above, I had to kick him off it to snap a quick pic!

And this is what's kept me away from my sewing machine...worky work, work!  This is in Colorado, where it felt like I was in the Sound of Music, haha.  If you squint, you can see a snow covered mountain in the background.  Yeah, I did twirl like in the movie.

I'm starting a series of fun work pictures, examples of my outdoor offices


Oregon coast


And of course it hasn't been all hard work-brewery stop for some beer flights!