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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 - Year in Review - Sewing

2015 - Year in Review - Sewing
It’s always nice to look back at our accomplishments. Especially when it gives us great joy. Here is a quick look at what I made this year. I took some chances and made a couple of designer pieces. With other garments, I repeated the same pattern making it different every time. I learned a lot this year with both design and garment construction. I’m looking forwards to incorporating all this experience and skill in the new year “2016” ongoing sewing project. Sewing has definitely made my life better. Happy New Year everyone! I hope your year is filled with love of creating. 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Kimonos for the Holidays

Kimonos for the Holidays
Hello everyone. Hope all of you are enjoying your holiday season. I’ve been enjoying wearing what I’ve made to events and Christmas parties. This afternoon I had a simply delightful brunch with a few dear friends right in the sewing studio. It was fun decorating around the sewing machines. I didn’t fuss over anything, just added to what already existed. I love wearing kimonos this time of year. They are very festive. I made this one a year or two ago. I’m also wearing the new jean skirt I made for the first time. You can look back on my blog for the skirt details if you’d like. As for the kimono, I usually just cut and make them without any pattern. I have no two alike. There’s no rules. If you find a fabric you like, just drape and cut to whatever shape pleases you. Well, I hope to do some more sewing tonight. Let’s see if I have anything to show you by the end of the week. I hope you enjoy the brunch pictures. I also hope you find some inspiration to sew something for yourself. It’s so rewarding. Have a great week everyone, and as always thank you for sharing in our sewing journey. Debora

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Made in the USA - with Azorean Pride

Hello everyone! I’m still working with the same vintage 1960’s pattern Simplicity# 1284. This is the third time using the same pattern and I’m just as excited about it. This week I used a beautiful stretch weave material that my sister Dorinda gave me as a gift from her latest trip to the Azores. Anyone familiar with the Azores, the islands of Portugal, knows sewing is still a big part of many people’s life’s . That’s where my sewing roots originated. Going back just a couple of generations, both my grandmothers, aunts, cousins and sisters all were brought up learning how to sew.  It was out of necessity of course. But it’s such a great gift to enjoy and share with others. Some of the women in the islands  are also great weavers, knitters and embroiders.

  As for this weeks dress, I like the black yoke contrast. I hope to experiment more with that. This pattern is becoming easier to assemble as I go along. The pattern is now perfectly fitted to my body. The whole dress is self-lined with an invisible zipper on the back as well as side pockets that I added to the pattern myself. The dress is very comfortable and after wearing it to a couple of events, I plan on making great use of it on daily basis.

Well, that’s it for the sewing news out of the sewing room this week, I hope all of you have a great weekend and as always thank you for sharing in our sewing journey. Debora

Silly Sewing Sisters 
Ok, this is too cute. This is my sister who actually brought the material from the Azores. She finally got around to making herself a skirt. We couldn’t help ourselves, we just had to take these fun pictures.  Sew special.