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I’m currently quite excited about making my own clothes. It’s funny because as little as one year ago, I would have told you that taking the time and the effort to sew something I can easily buy in the nearest mall is silly. But now, although I do enjoy shopping for clothes, I’m also fascinated about the process of taking a flat piece of fabric  and turning it into something that can be worn.

For every thing there is the right time I guess…

The thrifting gods seem to be playing along nicely. Last week I came back from an estate sale with a small pile of patterns. I chose an easy-to-sew peasant top: 

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The pattern, in case you care for such details, is Simplicity 5620, which I believe is out of print by now. I used a light weight cotton shirting fabric, very warm weather friendly.

I think I’m heaving some personality issues, since I choose to make these loose fitting tops, only to decide later on that they are too loose on the back, followed by some cursing and spitting while trying to remedy the situation.

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Anyway, after adjusting the back, I added the stem with leaves applique to personalize it a little.

Which in turn got me thinking about a new pillow design for the shop, and so this cushion cover was born.

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Now I’m going to find more loose-but-not-too-loose patterns to play with….

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Buying from an Etsy seller who is also a Blogland friend, of course…

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Thank you so much Julia, I absolutely love all the wonderful things you sent. It was even worth the complete melt down my little ones experienced when they learned that this package was actually not for them…

I may be persuaded to frame some of the postcards for their room though…

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If you haven’t done so by now, visit lineanongrata – she’s so good.

 

I also wanted to show my latest Japanese fabric, from alittlegoodness:

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When am I ever going to get the courage to cut into these lovelies, I honestly can’t tell…

And more rain clouds!

 New rain clouds... by you.

I’m very happy to tell you that my little rain clouds will now also be available at Craftsbury Kids! Many pretty things there, and my page can be found right here.

You can still find them in my shop too…

Have a great weekend!

summer fun by you.

 

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rain…

I bought a patio set, about two week ago.

I must say, I was pretty sure It would rain the next day, just to spoil my plans of having a few meals outside. Instead, there was a very sunny week, with several meals (and morning drawing sessions) outside.

July rain by you.

And then came the rain…

July rain by you.

You can’t blame Vancouver for the lack of opportunities to practice rain photography…

My parents are leaving in a couple of days, which means the end of my extended summer vacation. So it was time to finish some projects that were on my desk for a very long time now. Like new pillows for the shop…

Cushions set by you.

I’m very happy about theses, as they turned out exactly as I imagined them.

Cushions set by you.

I used vintage polyester knits for the applique. I’ve been collecting these fabrics for about a year now. I love the patterns they add to the design, and the fact that they don’t fray when cut.

Squirrel mini  pillow by you.

I even managed to overcome my fear of cutting into my Japanese fabrics!

Pillows can now be found in the shop

And speaking about shops, I decided to have a separate Etsy shop for unloading my overflowing supplies, books patterns etc. It can be found right HERE.

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… And we couldn’t be happier about it.

It seems that the sun is here more often these days, and we’re doing our best to enjoy it!

So what have we been up to the last weeks?

The boys picked up this book from the library, and we had fun with some of the ‘experiments’, like inflating balloons with baking soda and vinegar, and painting with salt:

 

We have been busy learning new skills…

 

And re-learning old and forgotten ones…

The only thing I remember from my knitting lessons in elementary school, is that I knitted something very vibrant blue. I had no memory what so ever of learning to crochet, until in our latest visit to Israel I found some hooks and yarn, at which point I had a vision of a flimsy, poorly shaped crocheted table cloth. ahhm.

I was very surprised then to learn that while my conscious brain had deleted every memory that had to do with hooks, needles and yarn, something survived. And that while my first attempts to follow written directions failed miserably, If I just let my fingers do their own thing, they did remember – and there they were – stitches miraculously forming on my needles.

Not entirely brain dead then – very good.

I’ve since found some better books, and I’m very slowly practicing what to me seems more like an exercise in relaxation then a new craft. But I do mean that in a good way.

My latest toy:

A vintage singer sewing machine (model 329) found in a thrift store, all metal, nice and clean, with a little note saying “tested- working”.

I couldn’t stop myself. It is indeed working, and even has a manual, extra bobbins and a bunch of feet to match. I never had so many feet to play with before!!! neither did the kids – so everybody is very happy with my new-old machine.

What did you say? using my sewing machines to actually make something?? No – no time for that right now, and some lack of energy too. But in about month from now, my parents will be here, and I’m getting ready for much more sewing time…

BTW – I came across several Japanese craft books dedicated to knitting lately, and since my skills are nowhere near deciphering knitting instructions in Japanese, and my goals for the next couple of years only go as far as knitting some simple scarves, those books went straight to my Etsy shop, where you can still find 3 of them.

Have a great week everyone!

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The fabric I used is a Harris Tweed cloth (which I later learned was hand woven in Lewis, Scotland).

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It was purchased in a garage sale last winter, in my normal state of mind: buy first, think-how-to-use later….

So it was waiting patiently at the bottom of my fabric shelf until I ran into it again when moving my sewing room upstairs. And there, with all the mess of fabric scattered on the basement floor, waiting to be refolded and replaced on new shelves, a match was made: heavy, warm, tweed, with bright applique flowers.

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I like this combination. I made two versions so far, one of them you can still find here.

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