Stitching Spotlights 7.9.2010

Can you feel it? The days are already getting shorter. I love these mid-summer nights that start blending into early Fall. Sorry for the short absence. Things on my end have been a bit trying. We had a layoff at work and it was someone who was close to me and a good friend. Grrrrhhhh… I just hate stuff like that. I hope those types of things aren’t happening where you are. On a happier note, I’m in awe of this lovely number from Gertie.

It’s stunning! She’s got the perfect fit and the sweep and style of the skirt is just fabulous. It looks so fabulously put together and chic. I’m in love with that luscious color on her too! Ahhhh! I can’t say enough wonderful things about this creation! Gertie, you take the cake!

I’ve been following The Sew Weekly in my Google Reader and hadn’t noticed anything come through for awhile. I decided to check out Mena’s blog to see if something was up and she’s been posting all sorts of fun and I haven’t even seen them. I saw this and fell in love with the sweetness of it. And Kudos! for the name, Mena! The Pin-Up Board – Hardy Har Har! Love it! I’ve re-imported her blog into my reader and I think it should be working fine now. If you’ve noticed this, you might want to try re-importing as well, her stuff is just way to good to miss.

I’ve heard so much about the Burda Style book that I’m starting get antsy about it. All of the fun folks who are apart of it will have top-notch things to offer, I’m sure. Can you believe that we have to wait to Fall 2011 to have it in our hands?

Have a very happy weekend, with lots of sewing!

  • oonaballoona - rats! when i saw the burdastyle pic at the end i thought you wee doing a variation too! you would come up with something FABULOUS.
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  • Gertie - Aw shucks! Thanks for the mention! I love Mena’s pin up board too. So sweet!
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Ode to a Ham

A Tailor’s Ham to be exact. I was finally able to find and get my hands on some sawdust to fill a Tailor’s Ham with. Local sawdust in fact. I know, so silly to be so excited about sawdust. I’ve been wanting to make my own tailor’s ham and seam roll for awhile now and have just never mustered up the energy to go and get the tools necessary to make them. Those perfectly adequate hams and rolls you buy from the fabric store are well, adequate. I wanted something more….luxurious and colorful. Ha ha ha.

Sawdust is rather interesting when stuffed into a ham or roll. It acts as a natural absorber of moisture, not to mention it has more weight than that poly stuffing you would normally find in one of these pressing aids. I was so thrilled with my findings and with the ham and roll I made for myself, I decided to make some for the shop. I’ve made a few sets and also some for individual sale as well. Can I also say, that looking at them makes me so happy too. They are so much more colorful and exciting than the boring ones you buy at the fabric store. I have loads of various colored wool and cotton fabrics. My favorite is the orange wool combo above, but then again I LOVE orange! They are simply splendid to use. Simply splendid. In fact, they kind of make you want to actually press as your sewing up that silk dress and such.

I made little bags of sawdust to go with each Tailor’s Ham and Seam Roll purchase too, because sawdust will naturally compact after about a week of use. Just unpick the handstitched opening, pack in some sawdust spoonfuls and stitch back up.

And that is my ode to a ham. Enjoy!

  • Jennifer - They are so cute! I don’t have a ham, but I plan to get one sometime in the future. How fun to have a colorful one instead of that ugly red plaid.
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  • Susan - Nice! I went to my dad’s house last week to get some sawdust out of his workshop to make my own ham. I’m glad I waited because I didn’t think to put a little hanging loop on it. I’ll copy that on mine, if you don’t mind!
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  • Tasia - So cool! Your ham and seam roll are delightful! I actually caved and bought a ham this weekend but I wish I’d waited, your handmade versions are so much prettier!
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  • Angela - How awesome!! I think the store bought ones are so blah… yours are too cute… I absolutely love them!
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  • The Cupcake Goddess - Of course not! I think it’s a great idea, because then you can hang it up and out of the way when it’s not in use. And it comes in handy when you are pressing too.
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  • The Cupcake Goddess - Thank you! They are so sweet to press with, I must say!
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  • Cherri Porter - I love the new photo. And, the hams are so great. I will have you know that although I sell on Etsy, it was my first official purchase. (My husband bought me a Skunkboy, but this was the first thing I bought for me.) Unfortunately, I couldn’t stop and I bought a map pendant after that. Good think I was teaching so my fingers were busy elsewhere or I may have kept buying.
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  • peter - Envy! I can’t believe you make your own hams. They look great.
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  • Jasonda - What cute hams! Now I want to make one with Japanese piggy fabric. :)
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Stitching Spotlights 6.25.2010

Summer is beginning to settle in around here. It brings to mind a trip to Europe I took a few years ago. With that brings yearnings for sandals, long walks along a dirt road with fields of sunflowers on each side of me, long bohemian skirts and billowy silk tops and extra creamy italian ice cream. I can almost taste it…

This week’s spotlighted creation comes from Petite Josette. This is just one of her creations. She creates beautiful clothing in such a tasteful way. I just came across some of her creations on Burda Style and was completely blown away. The photographs of her creations are so inspiring too! I simply love her style and the way she gives her creations a little pizazz with her wonderful accessories, like here, with her black tie. Simple, sleek and sexy.

And just look at what Jennifer made! The most darling ironing board cover from my “How to Make an Ironing Board Cover” tutorial. It’s a good idea to go over and have read at what she says about the “breathability” of the cotton cover as opposed to the “non-breathable” covers that typically come from the store. I also loved the fact that even though she’s relatively new to sewing, she gave this tutorial a try and found it to be easy and useful for future sewing projects! It’s the sweetest ironing board cover ever Jennifer! Kudos!

Two really amazing giveaways came through my reader this week and I suppose it’s only fair that I fill you in. It’s a little hard not to get really excited and keep this kind of stuff to myself. Make sure you enter Grosgrain’s giveaway for this amazing Streamer Frock! Oh I want it so badly! The perfect dress for summer. And don’t forget to head on over to Gertie’s Blog for her anniversary giveaway. She’s giving away two $25 gift certificates to Colette Patterns. And hurry up! because Gertie’s giveaway ends tonight at midnight eastern time!

Happy Weekending!

  • Jennifer - Ahhh! Thanks for putting my ironing board cover in your stitching spotlight! It is a great tutorial! I am singing it’s praises everywhere now! :)
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  • Stacyverb - I need to make my own ironing board cover! My old one was looking gross, so I took it off to wash it, and the drawstring broke. Now I can’t get it back on, booooo. Thanks for the tutorial!
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  • Tasia - I made an ironing board cover once, my sister has it now…
    Jennifer picked an awesome fabric for hers! And thanks for unselfishly sharing the giveaways with us :)
    Have a fantastic weekend!
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  • Kristin P. - I need to stop being a bum and break out the sewing machine. I keep telling myself I’ll do it tomorrow. I really need a “breathable” ironing board cover though, so I’ll seriously contemplate making one tomorrow. ; ) More realistically, it’ll probably be at least a month or so.
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  • Abby - Oh my that is the cutes est est ironing board cover I’ve ever seen! I love it! Drat! I missed the giveaway!
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Yet More Info on My Boysenberry Pastry Frock

You really don’t even have to tell me that you wanted to hear more about this blouse. I mean, come now, it is the best thing since sliced bread. Tell me you don’t agree. Ahem….

So I realize now that I’ve posted about this top that I forgot to tell you more about the 1980′s pattern it came from. What’s even more sad is that someone asked me what pattern it was that I did the blouse from and then I actually took the time to locate the copyright date on the pattern and what to my dismay, but the date actually read 1978! Hardy har har. So sorry. For those of you wanting to know, this is McCall’s 6367. There are several on Etsy (click here) for $6 and under, if you are interested in making one for yourself.

  • A Sewn Wardrobe - I am so glad you posted the pattern because I was wondering! I really love this top. I may copycat if you don’t mind…
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  • ~Sherry~ - I think the sleeveless version looks great! Love your fabric!
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  • Tasia - Cute – thanks for sharing and for the handy ‘buy it here’ link!
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  • Miss Dandy - I saw your amazing blouse on Burda Style and just had to fawn on it some more over here! The illustration of the blouse on the pattern envelope makes it look so plain, but your choice of fabric and the small details really transformed it to something that’s truly special. I’ll be adding your blog to my blog list! xoxo
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  • The Cupcake Goddess - Totally don’t mind. Shouldn’t everyone have one in every color? He he he.
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  • The Cupcake Goddess - Thank you! I love meeting friends from Burda Style!
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  • Christiana - Awesome!!
    It’s great to see this pattern again. View D was one of my high school sewing projects. I love what you did with view B, I may have to dig through my boxes of patterns to see if this one is still in my collection.
    Christiana
    sewamusing.blogspot.com
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  • Havilah M - I love this pattern…need to try it someday. Your version is lovely!
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  • angie.a - Your top is so cute! Love the color. I recently made a similar one from a 1940s pattern, and when it was finished and I tried it on all I could see in the mirror was my mom in the 80s. haha! So I did a little research and tons of 1940s styles were recycled in the 80s, albeit a little funkier. And while I HAD sworn off all 80s styles (been there, done that), I saw Murphy’s Romance on Netflix a few weeks ago and loved nearly everything Sally Field wore. She had several of these little tops like yours! So cute.
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Liar Liar

Ok, so I know I said that I’ve banned myself from buying patterns online for awhile. And then Sandra from Selvedge Shop found another Katherine Hepburn pattern, and in my perfect bust size, no less, and sent me an Etsy conversation saying she had found another copy. And then the sweet Tasia from sewaholic.net sent me an email saying that she saw that Sandra had listed the pattern again. And then I saw it all over again and fell in love all over again and then something came over me and I was no longer in control of what I was doing as I nervously clicked “commit to buy” and actually payed for it.

And then Sandra sent me a message saying she had shipped the elusive little devil of a pattern. And then Monday, I opened my mailbox and nearly fainted. Yes, I nearly fainted. And I never faint. There it was, in my hands just screaming to be opened by me. And then I opened it. I’m sure you are awaiting some sort of clinch to this story. Something like, “and it was the wrong pattern” or “it started to spontaneously combust” or even “it was completely torn to shreds.” But that’s the thing, it wasn’t. It was perfect and I was transported to complete nirvana.

I do believe this might be the dress that the pattern refers to, Katharine Hepburn Desk Set 1957 (Thank you Isaspacey for the links)

And you know what’s even better? When I walked in the door, my phone was sitting there on the charger with a message saying that my camera, which I took in last week, was finished with its servicing. And there you have the happiest tale of a girl, a sewing pattern and how she was able to take a photo of it.

Story credits

  • Sandra from Selvedge Shop (a great source for vintage sewing patterns AND vintage fabric)
  • Tasia from sewaholic.net (a true kindred stitching sister and great enabler of purchases you probably should not make, but know will, in the end, make you completely overwhelmed by happiness)
  • Forster’s Camera (who serviced my camera in much less time than they said they would, thereby bringing you a photo of a sewing pattern that eluded me once, but is now in my hands in my perfect bust size)
  • Cherri Porter - What a fantastic pattern. I’m so new to patterns I didn’t even know they had Katherine Hepburn patterns. But I so see the appeal. (BTW, All of that gathering in the chest is exactly what I think Cousin Cathy needs. Maybe she should ask Peter to try this pattern for her.)
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  • The Cupcake Goddess - Hi Cherri,
    This is actually a Spadea pattern, however it says in the description that “Katharine Hepburn wore it in a film.” Ha. Then it doesn’t give you what film she wore it in. The thing with Spadea patterns is that they are usually “designer” patterns and were actually designed by a well-known designer, in this case Charles LeMaire who was the wardrobe designer for Desk Set. The only reason I mention this is because I had no idea either when I first started looking into vintage patterns.
    I actually bought this pattern once before and it went missing in the mail. The horror. And now I’m ecstactic that its in my hands! I agree, a very good choice for Cousin Cathy!
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  • Amy - Oh Sunni! I am so happy for you! It really is a wonderful pattern. I am mildly jealous and want one too! I can’t wait to see it when you’ve stitched it up. I also must thank you for starting my day with such a great story and Kate. Kate is probably my favorite person in the whole world.
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  • Pattern Junkie - YAY! That’s so great — I had just hopped over to your site to let you know that it had appeared on eBay! And here I was fearing that the one that had disappeared in the mail was THE ONLY ONE LEFT IN THE WORLD….!
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=360275015074&category=4161&emailtemplateid=23399008&sellerid=FpRekKD1aqCRz+Kv0AE2iw==&buyerid=FpRekKD1aqACI3x/2cWR2Q==&refid=store&ssPageName=ADME:B:SEMK:US:LISTG#ht_3036wt_906
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  • Marybeth - I always loved that movie! What a great story – sounds like you were meant to have that pattern! Enjoy :)))
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  • Tasia - Yay! So glad my ‘gentle encouragement’ led you to purchase the pattern and SO glad it worked out this time. It was just meant to be! Gorgeous, gorgeous dress. What a timeless style! I absolutely can’t WAIT to see the finished dress.
    And thanks for the shout-out, you can count on me to be your fabric/pattern/sewing enabler any time!
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  • Tasia - PS. I like your new layout and blog design! Love the pale turquoise and red colour combo :)
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  • lsaspacey - Yay! I’m so glad you were able to get and yes I believe that is the right dress from Desk Set. I wasn’t sure if it was that one but those particular pics make it seem more likely. Though I hope you’ll wear yours open at the neck like the pattern model and not like Kate (who hated her neck as she grew older). By the way, I love doing research so if you have any more movie and/or fashion mysteries, let me know.
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  • Rachel - To die for! I love it. What fabric and colour will you make it in? I can’t wait to see it made up – you will look just gorgeous. What a good blogging friend Tasia is!!
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  • Hillary - Oh hooray!! I’m just delighted that this story had a happy ending– that pattern is absolute heaven and I can’t wait to see what you make with it!!
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  • The Cupcake Goddess - I really do love the things you say! This was my fear also! And then when I read your comment I laughed OUT LOUD, really hard! Thank you so much for the link!
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  • The Cupcake Goddess - Thank you Tasia! Really if it weren’t for you, I might not have dared purchase the pattern again. You are a true kindred sewing sister!
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  • The Cupcake Goddess - Thank you! I had absolutely no idea really where to look, even though I have seen Desk Set. And I actually wasn’t sure about the dress, because of that button at the top. Thank you! I definitely plan to wear it without a button closure at the top! And I will definitely be in touch about movie mysteries!
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  • Angela - Yay!! What a beautiful pattern! I’m glad things are going your way!
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  • Pattern Junkie - We’re infected with a peculiar madness, aren’t we? :)
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  • The Cupcake Goddess - Um yes. And it’s rather nice to know that I’m not the only one in the straight jacket (and padded room)! he he he.
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