Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year & Hence Forth...


~ Sewcialists Goals ~

Yes, on to 2020 and so on (in no particular order).  

I'm gonna:


  • spend a minimum of 15 minutes a day in the sewing room.  I know it will all add up to something.  Even if it's sewing-related and not sewing itself.  Like organizing the space, or cutting out a pattern, or choosing the fabric for it, cleaning up, etc.

  • I've resumed my intensive exercise and nutritional regime for the next 3 months (as I did in the beginning of last year).  So I need to...

  • spend time reassessing what I've made and what I can/want to wear now that I've lost weight and inches over the last year and kept it off.  Since I'm continuing that program, I'll probably be losing more weight throughout this year, so I want to keep on top of things.

  • spend time remodeling the clothes I want to keep so they fit the newer me.

  • make some everyday, normal things I've always wanted.  Like stretch mesh t-shirts.

    • use that amazing fabric, at least for one project.

  • oh yeah, stop buying patterns and fabric, oh my.

  • and here's a big one, be more creative in my sewing.  Actually this relates directly to stop buying more stuff.  I've always felt, less stuff = more creativity.   Remind myself to think of sewing as I thought of my art-making and the creative process.  


I do believe that should be enough already.

The only thing I'm already feeling some resistance toward is using the precious fabric.  Probably because it causes me to step back.  It doesn't free me up like all the other points do.  Think I'll just cross that one off the list for now.  Yep.



I'll leave you with this post I wrote for the New Year several years ago which sounds pretty familiar.


~ Buddha with mudra of greeting, prayer & respect ~


And we simply must bring in the New Year with Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet StyleCome on by.


Sunday, December 29, 2019

Reflections of...

Sewing Top 5 of 2019
~ Sewcialist Reflections ~

Through the mirror of my mind, time after time, I see...myself continuing to withdraw from...a world that's a distorted reality...
~ paraphrased from The Supremes "Reflections" 

I do believe it's part of my getting older.  I'm not interested in giving away my time or breath on just anything any more.  No.  Not even Maybe.    This attitude encompasses a lot of people, places and things that seem to be taken as status quo.  Well, I guess I've always been eccentric.

Anyway, I see myself continuing in this vein of being ever more selective of where I focus my energies.   Of paying attention to what makes me feel swell and what doesn't, and traveling toward the former as much as is possible.  And minimizing the latter as much as is conceivable.


Is there a picture for this?


Image result for The Supremes "Reflections"
~  of course there is ~


Can I still party with Patti @ Not Dead Yet Style?  I'm gonna try and make it happen.


Sunday, December 22, 2019

I've Got Highlights for 2019!

Wow!

Sewing Top 5 of 2019
~ Sewcialists Top Highlights ~


Yeah, at first I thought "huh?"  But upon further consideration, I came up with some really good ones.


I officially retired this year, 
signing up for social security, medicare, etc.  And I also retired all my licensures, registrations, certifications, memberships and insurance for practicing as an Art Therapist and Clinical Counselor.  (phew is right)

Although I am still teaching a painting class at the local college (30+ years).

~ end of year class photo ~

That's me in the dress.



I finally organized some stuff this year, finally!  
And they're still organized!  That would be the junk room which I've completely cleared out.  Now all my gloves and scarves are organized by color in those clear hanging pouch-like things in the hall closet. Purses, bags and totes are arranged by size on shelves in the same hall closet.  Winter coats in there too, with light coats/ jackets in the spare room closet.  
I could go on and on here, but you get the idea.




Someone made me a quilt! 
It was completely unexpected and quite a thrill to receive.  Made out of fabric scraps from clothes I had made...and I still had no idea that it was going to happen.

~ Thanks Jackie, it's a nightly affair ~



I upped my exercise regime and monitored my nutrition intake in January 2019 for 3 months.  
And have kept off the weight and inches all year!  I've continued my regular exercise and eating program after the 3-month intensive and I'm at my lowest weight/inches in decades, decades, people.  Thanks to all the support from my coach, sister exercisers, friends and especially, my True Love.

~ I feel great! ~

And writing all this down has made me feel even better.  What a great idea Sewcialists!

I'll be linking up to Patti @ Not Dead Yet Style and Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like when they go live.  Come on by.

 

Sunday, December 15, 2019

What Was I Thinking?!

~ Sewcialists Top Misses ~

in no particular order that I can tell...


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~ Yes, the picture tells the story. ~

You can read more about it here, oh my.



~ Oh boy, another black, white and gray one. ~

This was actually on two posts!  You can read/ see more here and here.


And now for ones that never made it to the blog...

~ A Miyake Mock-up ~

~ made out of a bed sheet ~

~ Egyptian, no less ~

Nevertheless, no matter what I do, I cannot get it to fit right.  I believe I've tried every possible iteration.  It's Vogue 2315 if you haven't guessed.



Another uncompleted masterpiece (ahem).
~ A Sparkling Organza Rift on a Tina Givens Slip Pattern ~


~ by the way, it is assymentrical ~


Last, but not least, etc., etc.
~ I have been working on this thing for months on end ~

Pathetic, isn't it.  Yet, I've persisted.  With brown plaid linen in stash for a lifetime.  Believe it or not, I used Vogue DKNY 1461 which I have to say wins the award for the ULTIMATE in WHAT WAS I THINKING?!   P.S.  I also decided to make it longer than micro mini.

It has plaid pleats, people! All the way around the front and the back, from the shoulders/ neckline to below the hips.  And the entire width and length of the sleeves.


~ a close-up of the fact that you can't see the pleating when it's plaid ~

Especially if you make sure you match everything up as you go. 

~ oh, there you go, the pleats make an appearance  ~
 Finally, some excitement.



No, but wait, I could stand it no more.  After putting in the not so invisible 22" zipper, I added lace on either side to really show it off.

~ yeah, bay-bee! ~
 It's not over yet...


There's still lining to put in.
~ Not to mention, hand sewing it down the zipper area. ~


Then, instanity inspiration struck, ala Chanel. 
~ All I need is more zips! ~
  All the way down the sleeves

~ Even down the skirt! ~

From the hip to the edge of the skirt.  Oh, and pockets, if I can think of where to place them.  Of course, there would be lace surrounding the zippers, just like with Chanel my first zipper. 

Who knows, if the dress ever gets out of TIME OUT, maybe it'll make it into my Top 5 of 2020.  Or not.

Thoughts?


I'll be showing up at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style and Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like when they go live.  Hope to see you there.

 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

My Top 5 Sewing Hits for 2019

in reverse chrono order

Sewcialists Top 5


A Tina Givens Trip Dress made in challis, with modifications seen here.




One of 5 "Hot House" Dresses using Simplicity 8332 made in challis as seen here.




Jumpsuit from McCall's 7936 made in challis as seen here.



My first jumpsuit from Vogue 1617 made from deep stash as seen here.



My first African Wax Print from Mood Fabrics made from Sandra Betzina's Vogue 1356, modified as seen here.



My favorite pants pattern (Candace) from Tina Givens made in cotton as seen here.



Tina Givens Elena Jacket made in canvas from deep stash as seen here.



I was actually surprised I had this many wins this year.  It didn't seem to me I had sewn that much.

Oh yeah, I'm heading on over to Patti's Not Dead Yet Style while I still have a chance and Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like.  See ya.


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