Saturday, April 18, 2015
“Whale Watching” Coat
Here’s the spring coat I made this week, once again using burda pattern 8292. This time I used a jean material and lined it with a cotton nautical print both from JoAnn’s Fabrics. I used a different collar and I was excited about incorporating bonded buttonholes as well as self covered buttons from the same fabric as the lining. I’m very happy with this coat. It’s super comfortable and just the right weight for this time of year. I think this is one of those pieces that I’m going to use for many years to come. It kind of grows on you like an old friend. Well, I hope you enjoy the pictures as well as the beautiful scenes from Gooseberry Island at Horseneck Beach. And my favorite picture is the one of my mother removing pins from the garment for me. I’m so blessed to have her. Thank you for sharing in our sewing journey. Good night everyone! Debora
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
I don’t usually blog during the week. As a matter of fact, I’m more into sewing than bloggin. But tonight it’s different! Tonight, I have an inspiration that can’t wait. Tonight, I went to Joann’s fabrics and bought this beautiful fabric to make this spring coat that I have been dreaming about since spring arrived. You see, spring is here, but it’s still cold! And I need a spring coat, but I want it to be special. And sew, I think that this nautical fabric mixed in with jean fabric is it. It is a perfect fit for New England. I’m going to make this and when I’m done…I’m going to make my husband drive me all the way to Cape Cod to take pictures of me wearing this coat, so you can see how fitting this coat is going to be for New England! Ah, isn't life “sew” special!
Sunday, April 5, 2015
I finally had the right occasion to wear “The Champagne Lady Dress.” It was a lovely time last night at the Cape Verdean Association Anniversary Gala filled with culture and celebration. These folks do so much in our community. They are now in the process of totally renovating an old movie theater into a Cape Verdean cultural center. You can check out their site @ http://www.cvanb.org/. New Bedford is so rich with diversity, cultures an of course so many beautiful people. Enjoy.
The Champagne Lady Dress
When I was a kid back in the 70’s we used to watch The Lawrence Welk Show. Lawrence Welk for those who may not know, was a great Polish accordion player and orchestra conductor. His shows were full of lovely musical numbers celebrating great music, singing and even dancing. The costumes were perfectly fitted to everyone, they even had matching hair, ok “wigs.” There was this one lady who sang like heaven. Lawrence Welk referred to her as the “Champagne Lady.” Everything wonderful happened in this show. Lawrence Welk liked using the word “wonderful” to describe just about everything. He was “wonderful” himself! Anyways, this most recent dress is an inspiration from the show. I love the elegant proper look and feel of this dress. I also adore the capelet. I find it romantic to have fabric flowing around the arms with air movements. Like you can float in any party. I don’t know when I’ll get a chance to wear this dress. I do know I’m already enjoying sharing my sewing story and wonderful memories this dress brings me. I still watch the re-runs of Lawrence Welk. As a matter of fact, I watch it every Sunday night with my mother. It’s simply wonderful! And as Lawrence Welk always says at the end of ever show, “ always keep a song in your heart.” I hope you enjoy taking a look at my latest sewing creation. I used Vogue pattern V8899 and as usual, I made a few changes to the pattern and made the capelet separate from the dress. Hope you enjoy it and as always, thank you for sharing in my sewing journey. Good night everyone! Debora