June 17, 2010

Stitching Spotlights 6.18.2010

Isn't June such a splendid month? The days start warming up and those Spring flowers are in full bloom, well, at least around here. Summer wear starts creeping into the wardrobe and before you know it, its time for sandals and painted toes. Ahhh.... This week I thought it would be fun to have a little trip down memory lane. It all started with this pattern.

For those of you who don't know, I'm a flute player and this is something I never thought I would see on the front of a sewing pattern. It makes me wonder if they went through all of the instrument families. Here we have a little girl with a flute, what about a dad with a trumpet or mom with a violin or brother with a clarinet. Hmmmm....All I can say is, I really wish I had that outfit when I first started. I'm sure my technique would have been even that much better.

Flutes really are the coolest things. I'm quite sure Mr. S would agree, even over bass trombones (which as anyone knows, is his instrument). I mean he married me (a flute-essa) right?

As we are wandering down this little memory lane, I thought it might be a good opportunity to show you these photos of my sister and me when we were cute little things. My mom made these outfits for us. This is us on Easter Sunday. Whenever my mom made us outfits, they were always from the same pattern, but in different fabrics. It was rather sweet, I think. My mom never missed a beat either. Not only are we sporting bloomers here, but gloves and ribbons in the hair, and it's not even 1896, but more like 1986. You don't have to tell me that all fashions come back around sometime.

A small spot of silliness to start your weekend off right. I would say, "I'm sorry this spotlight is all about me," but as I'm not sorry, well what can I say? There you go. Thank you for indulging my vanity.  Happy Friday Cupcakes!


  1. What a lovely flute piece -- you're terrific!

  2. I'm not sorry either! Thanks for a piece of sweetness in the middle of the day.

  3. My mom did that with my two younger sisters - same haircuts, same outfits but different colours. Aren't you two adorable!
    No speakers here so I'll have to check out your flute piece later...have a lovely weekend!

  4. I played the flute too, for about four months. I wanted to play the drums, but this was back when they gave us a written test to check our aptitude and then picked the instrument for us. Apparently they needed a flute player and I hated it. I did find a vintage johannes adler-magnamusic recorder at the thrift store two days ago though, and I couldn't pass it up.

  5. I meant to ask and got distracted by my own wanderings--do you still play professionally?

  6. Flute playing and sewing - how do you share your free time between the two?

  7. Hi Cherri,
    Unfortunately no, I do not play much anymore. The constraints on my time are too great. I do love picking up the instrument though, it always felt like gold in my hands.
    Congrats on your recorder! What a find!

  8. I'm very immersed in sewing at the moment. I don't play flute much anymore, but hopefully someday my schedule will change to the point that I'm able to sew and play all day! I very much look forward to that day!

  9. I got linked over here by a fellow sewing blogger (apparently one of my current sewing projects reminds her a little bit of your Naughty Secretary dress), and I'm glad I decided to take a look at the rest of your blog! I'm a flute player too--I don't get to perform too terribly often anymore, but I do teach it on a part-time basis. I had to smile, because I never thought I'd see a picture like that on a pattern front either! (And then I had to laugh, because it reminds me of my beginner students who don't know how to hold the right hand yet.)
    You played the Ibert beautifully, by the way. And I like your sewing style!

  10. haha! I love the picture of the flute player on the pattern! That's funny. And I love the memory lane pictures. We were so cute! I should start making matching clothes for my girls, ironically a red head and a blondie. History repeating itself? Look out world.

  11. such beautiful playing!
    my sister and i were always decked out for easter sunday as well, complete with gloves, bloomers, bonnets, and tights... always way too hot for the southern california spring! oh the 80's ;)

  12. Pantaloons?!?! Ha ha ha!!! You girls are so cute. My baby and I are listening to your lovely playing right now and enjoying it thoroughly.


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