March 31, 2014

Something Splendid


Though we specialize in fine apparel fabric at the store front shop, we have a wide variety of customers who do things other than make apparel with our fabrics. Its actually really refreshing to see because it expands the mind and gives pause to other creative outlets to pursue and even incorporate into apparel sewing - I mean, at least this is what it does for me.


I've known that piecing something in silk dupioni or shantung would be gorgeous, I just didn't realize how gorgeous until I saw the whole thing put together in a really creative, exciting and colorful way. Tina Lewis, who is a contributor to Stitch Magazine and who also lives here in Utah, dropped by to show us what she's done with some of our fabric. Enter now: a pieced clutch.


Is this so fun or what? Makes me what to make my own! I love this! I wish you could see it in person too, because its even more exciting as I stand here taking photos of it. This was one of Tina's contributions to Stitch Magazine this time around and so if you too are interested in creating your own clutch like this (from fabulous silk dupioni or shantung!!!) you need to go buy yourself up a copy of the mag.


Do you sew something other than apparel? If so, what? I'm loving the versatility of a bright and happy clutch like this. Doing it out of something other than quilting cotton is even more exciting - not that quilting cotton is bad, its just fun to see that envelope pushed a little, you know. What do you think?
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17 comments

  1. For me, compared to making garments for an old dilapidated body, this is pure me time play! So fun and relaxing and not only that, good for you!

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  2. Sunni, your notions are the top notch best and truly necessary 'for real,' for all garment making and fun projects. There is an old saying; a good seamstress is a well equipped seamstress. Truer words were never spoken!

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  3. Oh wow, wow, WOW - that clutch is a work of art. Just so beautiful!

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  4. Fabulous!!! I do sew things other than apparel. I sew for the home...I call my slipcovers dresses for furniture, :). And I sew accessories like bags! This one is absolutely gorgeous! I am all inspired!!

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  5. How beautiful!!! Very good idea.

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  6. Mary Solan AvisonMarch 31, 2014 at 3:25 AM

    Having retired 10 years ago I have started to broaden my sewing challenges. Over the years I have made everything from hats to socks (from fleece) and then when i acquired a house - curtains, cushions, chair backs wall hangings etc. I love when I can make something that is not available in the shops.

    But in the past few years I joined a patchwork class and believe me it is addictive and as I don't need any quilts I find myself making covers for mobile phone, Ipads, wallets, and by now all my friends must have struck lucky as I don't have the need for more than one of each.. Your photo once again has given me ideas but as I made one quilted {but plain} clutches last year I will have to restrain myself.

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention as it does widen our sewing challenges, and keep up the good work.

    Mary

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  7. Swoon!!!! Such lovely colors, and interesting shapes :)

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  8. Beautiful clutch indeed. Even from the photos, I can see the intricacy that went into its making. Thanks for sharing Tina's feature; I'll have to check out the tutorial in Stitch Magazine.

    The only non garment sewing I do is lingerie. I'm not sure if that it can be called a "non garment," but anything other than clothing I fit into that definition.

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  9. I'm an art quilter (though I sew lots of more utilitarian things like clothes and bags too), and I love using apparel fabrics for my quilts. I don't piece much and I love the way apparel fabrics add a totally different texture to my work than cotton. I've recently been experimenting with different ways of doing raw edge work and I love how easy it is to melt/seal the edges of many non-cotton textiles. That clutch is gorgeous- piecing with silks is challenging, so kudos to the maker!

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  10. Love that clutch. Beautiful colors and so well put together! I do make non-wearable items, mostly pillows for my home and bags, more utilitarian than the clutch and no where near as beautiful, but useful for an art student who has to carry around a lot of sometimes seemingly random things.

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  11. That is sharp! I make patchworked wallets and non-patchworked handbags!

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  12. That is Seminole patchwork, isn't it? STUNNING.

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  13. Hi there Sunni! How are you? I did see that bag in Stitch Magazine, it is really amazing and so neat that you were able to see it in person. It looks so complicated- and beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. I tend to focus on clothes not accessories, but I do admire this clutch. One day...

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