After trying to buy myself some clothes a few years ago. I started sewing for myself. I like to be able to have my clothes fit, look the way I want them and to be stylish. Although I have to admit, not all of them end up being as stylish as I would like. However, I have had lots of women approach me to ask where I bought a skirt or one of my sweaters. Here is a scarf and sweater that I made recently. The scarf is a scribble lace pattern based on Debbie New's. I thought it would be really quick and easy, but I took much longer than I intended. However, I am pleased with the results. The sweater is sleeveless, mainly because I ran out of yarn, which was hand dyed. I won the yarn at an art show as a prize for one of my hats that I designed and knit. The yarn was a bit too heavy looking for me, so I lightened it with Kid Haze mohair. It turned out great, looks great on, feels great, but I wanted a scarf to cover my cold arms on winter evenings out.
A couple of years ago, I read a review of Natalie Chanin's book Alabama Stitches, I had looked through the book quickly at a book store and passed it over, but after reading this review I gave it another look. I then bought the book and started by making a couple of headbands, one for me, and one for my daughter. I can't say mine does much for me, but Linden's was adorable on her until she lost it. I then moved on and made an appliqued scarf, which I really love. It was a lot of work. I took the idea of the scarf in the book and then by freehand drew my leaves and flowers and appliqued it to a doubled piece of t-shirt fabric. After I appliqued the flowers and leaves on, I thought it was a bit plain so then I got our the embroidery thread and started embroidering it. I am really pleased with how it turned out, and love wearing it. Again, it is something that draws women to come up and ask where I got it.
This summer, I moved on to making myself a reverse applique skirt. I wanted something a bit dressy for evenings out or parties, so I selected a black fabric and got the dark grey t-shirt fabric on sale. The reverse applique went much faster than the applique scarf, but then I decided to bead it. The beading took a LONG time. However, I love the results. I call this my "don't touch" skirt. Again, I sketched the leaves free-hand. Does anyone recognize the plant? I have to say, the skirt doesn't look so great hanging on the hanger, but it looks and fits great. However, about halfway through the process of making the skirt I realized that I didn't have a top for it. I hurried back to the fabric store, and luckily they had just enough t-shirt fabric to make a corset top. It fits really well. I love the corset top and will definitely make another. Natalie Chanin suggests using used t-shirts to make her clothing, but I have to admit that any t-shirts that we have laying around used are only for the rag bin. Living on a farm, I really use my t-shirts. My good shirts that I buy for wearing to town are then used for mucking stalls and gardening, and by then they are so disgusting, stained and holey that there is no way to use them for anything remotely wearable, so I used new t-shirt fabric.
I am also doing some art pieces, but they are in the works and not ready to be shown. I will show some soon though...