Monday, December 22, 2008
I bought this silk top from J.Crew on super sale a couple of months ago. It is a gorgeous color but the shape is kind of boring and matronly. The neckline accentuates the gathering at the waist and the overall effect is like a potato sack. But it cost money and I lost the reciept, so why not try to alter it? As you can see on the top right, it is also a little big.
So I tried to redo the neckline and take the sides in just a bit. The finished result is imperfect, but at least I'll probably wear it once now to try it out. Better, right? The neckline is not as
smooth as it could be, but it's okay.
Update 1/9/09: I'm wearing the shirt at work today. This confirms that the project is a complete success because I never would have worn it otherwise. Also, Brian said I looked nice and he probably doesn't even remember hating this shirt the first time around!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
We printed a large copy of the image and cut it vertically into 7 sections. Each of us will make a quilt panel 10" wide by 46" long depicting our "slice" of the image. Then we will hang them all side-by-side to reassemble the image. We are all going to aim for the same size panel, and the general color scheme in the picture, but otherwise are free to make the image with whatever techniques we want. Hopefully when it's hung up, the picture will be recognizable! I've never even seen a quilt done this way, though some of the women have. It sounds like a fun project!
At our last meeting, we cut up the photo, and here is my "slice":
I think I got a good section, with a little bit of everything in it. I haven't started yet, but have been looking at books and magazines for ideas, and I have a pattern printed out on a big sheet of paper to use as a guide.
Monday, November 10, 2008
I was visiting Pittsburgh a week ago and stayed with my friend Maya. She had this great blanket in her guest room. It is basically an incredibly simple quilt with no batting and very large stitches, but the stitch pattern was really pretty and looked great on both the pattern side and the solid back side. Thought you all might like it!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I haven't posted in awhile mainly because I haven't made anything worth looking at in awhile. This weekend, though, I bought a sewing machine! It's a very simple (and cheap) Kenmore almost exactly the same as the one my mom has had for 30+ years. I haven't sewn a single stitch yet, but bought fabric for some curtains at Ikea and will hopefully create something soon.
During my craft hiatus, I've had a lot of fun with Brian and Izzy discovering new hiking trails near the city. We found a huge network of state park trails this weekend that will be fun to explore as long as Izzy doesn't see any deer. She likes to run off in pursuit, leaving Brian and me wondering if she'll be back.
The morning glories are blooming on our back porch, making it a lovely place to have a cup of coffee or read the paper in the mornings.
The last picture is our new art aquisition. There's an African art dealer in the neighborhood and he sold Brian this nail fetish. It's a wooden sculpture with nails and antelope bones. I'm a little afraid of it, but it's a cool addition to the living room.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
This is a quilt I made from a Kaffe Fassett pattern. It's called pastel handkerchief squares. The stripes are folded and sewn at an angle to make the two-sided "frame" effect for the flower squares. Anyway, when I got it done, I wasn't really happy with it. I have a hard time with these bright Kaffe Fassett patterns. I love them, but when I put my fabrics together to make one, it ends up too busy or something. In this one, I think I used too many different fabrics. Maybe I should have used fewer different stripes and/or fewer different florals in the squares. One thing I think might help is a design wall - it's hard for me to get the overall effect of these quilts until everything is sewn together and I can look at it from a distance.
When Pam and Kathy and I were fabric shopping in the Cleveland area, we saw one of these quilts made up in the Canton fabric shop that we all liked.
Input and constructive criticism is welcome! I'm working on another quilt using a lot of Kaffe Fassett fabrics and I'm afraid I'm getting carried away with all the beautiful big floral prints again!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
After a summer in which I have desperately wished for a haircut and after a very convincing sermon on Sunday about "giving", I decided to donate 8" of hair to Beautiful Lengths. I don't think my hair has been this short since elementary school, but it's still pretty darn long.
The hair looks weird in ponytails in a bag, but someday somebody
will hopefully make it into a nice wig.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
I saw this frame at Anthropologie last month and loved it. It looks like a really easy craft project, too, if you have the right glue. No need to finish the ends if you can just paste them down, right?
This is on my list of things to try someday. Thought you guys might like it, too.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Here's a link to one of Trent's articles about a NC house made of pressed dirt that actually looks like a normal house with normal walls and stuff.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Even the hat is Stitch Witch-ed. I cut the bucket hat and overlapped the brim so it made more of a cloche shape.
At the last minute I added lampshade fringe to
the top of the dress, the beads ($3 for a bag and
strung on black thread), and a coordinating
flower-type thing on the hat. Overall, the outfit was pretty good and it may be my cheapest theme party outfit yet at under $20!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
1) Mary Poppins. But my coat is packed in a box in Baltimore along with my other winter clothes, so that's pretty much out.
2) Zelda Fitzgerald. This should be easy because pretty much any generic flapper/1920's costume would work. As it turns out, I've been to a 20's themed party before: Ingrid's 16th birthday party in 1994. I had a drop-waist rose dress with a lace collar, pearls, and a cigarette holder. Now all that's left is the cigarette holder, so I have to find a dress...
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
I decided to try to change the color. Should I make it lighter or darker? I already have black shirts and it's Spring, after all, so I decided to try to bleach it into a lineny pale orange.
On the internet, they say you can't bleach chiffon because it will burn the plastic of the fabric, which has been embedded with its color since it was created. I ignored this advice and here are the results:
The bleach really did eat up the chiffon, but it looked kind of cool like it was tie-dyed for a few minutes before I tried it on and realized the chiffon was tearing apart at the slightest touch. Then I cut off all the chiffon and left just the satin lining, which I then discovered was totally see-through (last picture). Now I think I'll use the lining to make a change-purse or something.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Last weekend my cousin Dan Lipinski got married near Kent. I couldn't go because I was stuck here with my bacteria and plants and a lot of writing to do. But everyone sent pictures and I put the ones of people who I recognized up here if you want to check them out. I think Heather and Jeff will be the next to get married, so maybe I'll make it to that one.