Monday, November 10, 2014
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Hello folks! I've been a terrible blogger! This Saturday I will be trying not to spend all my money while I hang out at The Collective Good with Monika (super talented illustrator!) and Jen (super awesome shop owner!) at our meet the maker Pop-up Shop. I'll have 18 or so new skirts to show and sale, this will be the last batch til Fall as I'm hoping not to sew (much) during our all too short summer! Come by and say hello!
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
The lovely and talented Miche Genest of The Boreal Gourmet was wearing one of my aprons on TV this morning! Here is the link to the show, I'm not sure how long it will be here but it's worth a try. She is a local chef (and my neighbour!) and is busy writing her second cookbook (see TV interview). The apron pattern is from one of my favourite sewing books Simple Sewing. A thank you to Laurel Perry, another local talent behind the super cute sketches in Miche's first cookbook, who I think is the one that gave Miche the apron as a gift!
Some oldies and some goodies. I love it when I remember to bring my market bags to the grocery store (and feel extra guilty when I forget them since I make the darn things!). I'm happy to have some Market Bags for sale locally at The Collective Good. Did you hear their big news? They've moved to a space 10 times as big as the old shop and are also carrying modern furniture from Canadian made EQ3. The new space is just down the hall from the old, you can't miss it. Windows, a plant wall, spacious change room and more await you!
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
I found this pattern from CaliFaye Collection via this online magazine Stylo. Both excellent resources for modern children's wear patterns. I made 2 for some February Birthday girls and they wore them right away I'm told - but removed them during spaghetti supper!
Monday, February 17, 2014
Feeling like I've hit the big time when I received bolts of Japanese cotton/linen by Echino! The fabrics are brown, pink and green, not quite this vivid as the camera was in vivid mode by accident!! See below for a skirt photo in pink. These prints are discontinued for now and will be made into a-line skirts for this year's Arts, Crafts and Vintage Trunk Show on May 4th. Hope to see you there!
Thursday, January 30, 2014
I have good memories of my mom's fox fur hat, admittedly not this one as I'm about 6 or 8 months old here. Here's a note from Mom: WOW, what a hat. I'm sure that you will enjoy it as much as I did mine. I purchased mine from Sears at Yorkdale. It was with Christmas money from Grandma and Grandpa MacStephen. Latterly I told people that it had been a road-kill in the County because there was such an anti fur campaign. A few things about this photo (no, it's not instagram, it's the real thing!): the building I think is the school my mom taught at before having me so perhaps we're on our way to visit the staff and students, I'll have to ask Mom. Check out that wicker carriage! Not exactly a baby jogger eh? And how about my mom's coat, ah the 70's, love it too. Now back to the fox! Last Christmas I asked Forest for a fox fur so I could make my own hat. One year later (!) I finally tackled it. Covered in fur I managed to make a lovely hat this morning, in fact I'm wearing it right now. The fur is from the Yukon Trappers Association, just around the corner from our house. As it turns out, he was a bit small. By the time I measured my head and made the pattern pieces, I actually had to cut 2 semi circles for the top circle of the hat. Luckily the fur looks great no matter how you put it together! Here are some photos of the adventure...
Some hand stitching. I love how unorthodox working with fur is - you get to use a ball point pen to mark your cutting lines on the leather, crazy! The needle is called a Glover, it has a tapered point with 3 sharp edges to cut through the hide.
There is a name for the lining I used, but I can't remember. It's for winter coat lining, satin on one side and flannel on the other, a lovely, silky, warm fabric...hmpf, can't remember...
Thursday, January 23, 2014
We had 6 kids under 7 here for Boxing Day! What fun we had and then I threw six Dino Tails in to the mix just for fun! I've made these before for birthday presents and they are so fun to make. The tutorial is from the blog Running with Scissors here and it's terrific. I highly recommend this project, if you need one! Smiles all around, infact, you might consider making an adult size!