Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sewing with Silks - Liberty Shirt

One of my resolutions for 2013 was to sew more garments   I signed up for Linda Lee's Sewing with Silks online class through Craftsy.  This shirt was made step by step while watching the video and I learned so much.  I think this may be my best sewing project in terms of sewing quality yet.  I learned how to make tailor tacks, turn perfect corners, set in a perfect sleeve and the importance of pressing and how to use all the pressing tools I own and have never used.  The fabric is a pistachio silk shantung from Fabric Mart.  I meant to make this as a sample muslin but I love how it turned out and am going to wear it to work tomorrow.  Haven't decided how to style it but feel the need to add some color as I don't usually wear pastels.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Star snowflakes

Keeping with the "green" theme, these snowflakes are made from a thrifted wool poncho that had a few moth holes.  After cutting the poncho in squares, they were embroidered, sewn together then stuffed.  The plan is to attach red ribbon and hang these in the window.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Sweater Christmas Trees

Christmas decorations are started for this year.  In an attempt to decorate my office next year using a "green" theme, this forest of trees is made from thrift store finds.  It started with this candle stand. 
 Then red sweaters purchased on sale at Goodwill, washed in hot water to felt them, then embroidered in various Christmas quilting designs.  For the base and back of the trees, a thrifted green velveteen blazer was cut up.  After the trees were made, a gift wrap tube was cut up to use as the stand.
 Here is a closer look at the sweater trees.