I’ve been doing some heavy duty cleaning out, which is why the delayed posts. The latest spritzer upper was going through my jewels. What a mess! I spent two hours unknotting and detangling some 20 odd necklaces. I’m rather terrible with jewelry and throw it all in a box, so it gets tangled and knotted and then I don’t wear it. Every few years or so, it’s time to clean it up. This time for good.
I made this handy dandy cork board jewel keeper. Rather simple. Bought a frame, some cork board and covered the cork board in blue silk, which matches my bedroom. I’ve seen this idea floating around the net these days and felt it was such a good idea because it keeps things detangled and you can hang up your jewels for inspiration and to remind you to add that necklace to your outfit on any given day.
I also made the top drawer of my dresser into a jewel keeper as well. The cork board can’t hold everything now. I made a blue mat from the same blue silk, cotton batting and printed cotton fabric and put some bias tape around the edges. Easy, easy. Surprisingly, the jewels really don’t slide anywhere. And it makes opening this drawer such a treat, kind of like going to a department store and getting some jewels out of the glass case.
I found that my silver pieces needed some real cleaning too. I didn’t want to mess with that silver cleaner garbage and so looked up some recipes for homemade silver cleaner online. I had no idea it would be so easy. I lined a bowl in tinfoil. Boiled some water, added that to the bowl. Sprinkled some baking soda and salt in the bowl and Voila! Silver Cleaner. Soaked my silver jewels in that solution for a bit, gave them a rinse and now they are silver again. Ha ha ha! This method works super well, would recommend anytime!
Also considering buying this book. Got the recommendation from Casey’s blog and though I have made some of my own jewelry, it’s definitely nothing fabulous. I feel I could use a little “training.”
I realize this is more of a jewelry spotlight than a stitching spotlight, but hey, us ladies need something to accessorize with them handmade clothes right?
Wishing you a fabulous weekend!
A smattering of different ideas to fuss up a pencil along the top row of images
I decided to tackle a couple of pencil skirts for Self Stitched September. I had purchased the Jenny pattern from Burda Style awhile back and thought it was time to stitch it up. I just got rid of two ready-to-wear pencil skirts, boring black and brown ones, that had definitely seen better days. I’m always amazed at some of the things that I’ve chosen to buy over the years and how poor quality they really are. The brown skirt had this awful polyester nylon lining that clung to anything and everything. And the black one was completely unlined, made from some awful polyester junk. Both had side zips, both dug into my waist, and both were too baggy in the hips. Do you have that problem? I simply can’t STAND it. By the end of the day, I want to cut myself out of the thing. Uggghh….
I’m in love with the pencil skirt in the middle, that olive color is to die for and it looks beautifully fit
Well, onto more pleasant things. I needed some inspiration. Nothing like flying by the seat of your pants without a road map. I keep a creative inspiration journal with me and when I find clippings of things I like I cut them out and paste them in it. Surprisingly, I have a thing for pencil skirts. I find the silhouette they create rather clean, sexy and up town. And they are so feminine. They bring out all those curves. Bring out the firetrucks!
The two bottom images are fabulous, a mini pencil skirt and that gorgeous blue traditional pencil skirt
Tried making a pencil skirt lately? I’m also in love with the fact that something so sleek and sexy comes from 1 – 1.5 yards of fabric. That’s definitely something to write home about. Not to mention, you get to line it (or not, depending on your preference) in something you want to line it in, like silk. Or maybe even that bemberg rayon lining. Oh, the lush!
The image in the middle is a great idea, adding a border along the bottom to spice it up and bring it out of the ordinary
Just a little pencil skirt love for your Thursday morning perusal.
Most of the time, when my sewing adventures don’t quite work out I don’t usually say anything. And I definitely don’t show you anything. Usually it doesn’t happen that often. I do try to keep a chin up and move on, not get too depressed about ruining an acre of fabric, but this past weekend was different. I was up for making my second, dark colored half slip out of this gorgeous navy blue silk charmeuse I found. And then I thought, “Let’s move onto the full version instead.” I had tested the pattern, because this is silk you know, not cheap and definitely not worth ruining. Surprisingly for a slip, there were quite a few alterations that needed to be made to the pattern. I felt rather impressed with myself that I took such care in testing the pattern actually.
Then, it was time to move onto cutting the blue silk. I made the mistake of cutting out the bra portion first and then turned my attention to the skirt only to find that there wasn’t enough fabric. I had bought the last of the bolt and was rather unhappy with only the yard and a half I got, but I was quite sure I could make the most of it. I determinedly cut out the back portion of the skirt and found that there was absolutely no way to cut out the front. I had purchased this silk from Hancock’s and since we have two locations here, I thought I could get lucky and find some more silk at the other location. Of course, they didn’t have any. Of course.
the very sad pieces of navy silk
So I came home, empty handed, and decided that the half slip version was going to have to work. I proceeded to cut out the back of the slip from the back I had cut for the full slip and again found that there was not enough fabric for the front half, even though this was the half slip. I tried cutting it out anyway, a little off grain, thinking this wouldn’t matter much. Ha ha ha. After cutting out the front and finding that it hung completely wrong, I’m here to tell you, I’ve completely destroyed an entire yard and a half of beautiful silk charmeuse. The loveliest part is that I’ve cut it up into little pieces that couldn’t possibly make their way into anything else garment wise.
It’s a pretty sad story, I must admit. There were no tears, which is surprising, but even worse, there is disappointment. Silly, silly girl. Tricks are definitely for people like Houdini. (I know you thought I was going to say “kids” huh. But I’m not a rabbit so what’s the fun in that?) Possibly even worse than all this, is that I actually “fff-ed up” on something so silly, a slip. A SLIPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!
Believe me when I tell you, all of us have our moments of utter shame and complete ineptitude on a very easy project. So, if you are having one of those moments, I’m here to say, you ain’t alone Sister! I recommend that you bookmark this post for future reference when those moments come along. Just remember, I messed up on a SLIP!
This heart wrenching story has been brought to you by:
- $16 a yard navy blue silk charmeuse, which had the most beautiful purple tint to it
- a very easy vintage slip pattern
- Gingher shears, the likes of which you’ve never seen cut into silk
- last, but not least, a silly disappointed red-headed girl
This week has been a terribly good week for me. I’ve been able to get some sewing done and go thrifting, which by the way, I made a serious haul. Found a pair of pants, a sweet pink raincoat and a few more sweaters. I’m getting more and more excited for Self Stitched September and have so many ideas to put to use for that month. It’s most definitely going to be a September to remember!
Gertie’s half slip tutorial and Isaspacey’s version
Isaspacey informed me that Mz. Gertie has posted a most useful and perfect slip making tutorial. It’s just like the slip I made, except you make your own personal sewing pattern. Hands down, handmade slips are the way to go. From cut to finish (after having made the paper pattern) you are looking at about 2 hours, if not less time. Best investment I’ve ever made. And just for a few more ideas to throw at you, my pattern also had grainlines for slips cut on the bias. Don’t leave out that option if you are finding you would like to make one of your own.
Here’s a few places online that sell silks, if you are interested in trying your own slip version, but don’t have access to silk in town.
I even thought about that lovely Bemberg rayon lining fabric would work for these.
And did I mention that I’m in love with plush back elastic? If you are going to try making your own slip, definitely give the plush back elastic a try. It’s really soft against the skin and makes it so the slip doesn’t ride up, in fact it doesn’t ride anywhere, but stays right in place without digging into your tummy. It’s also known as plush finishing elastic. Definitely give it a Google search.
I realize I’ve gone a bit slip crazy. And it won’t be ending real soon either as I bought more fabric and trim for a dark colored version. Oh yes, and speaking of trims, definitely look here for lace for that bottom edge. Soon, very soon, I’ll be onto the full-version slip. Just you wait.
Alright, enough about slips already. Have a lovely weekend, friends. Many sewing adventures await you, I’m sure.
When I’m out shopping or thrifting I always look for silk, real silk not polyester or nylon, underthings. They are seriously few and far between. I don’t mean a nightie or lingerie either (although, I suppose they fall into somewhat the same category), I mean underthings, you know like slips. I’ve been in dire need of underthings, aka slips. I have had a skirt slip, manufactured from horrid nylon that has been my standby for much too long. It was high time for something new.
The two camisoles hiding behind the skirt slip were thrifted “nighties” that have since been cut short to be made into camisoles. The skirt slip is a recent stitched up fancy that I’ve long been meaning to do and never got around to. I don’t generally wear skirt slips, but I have two skirts that require them, even though the skirts themselves are lined. And judging from how much wear the nasty little nylon slip got, I apparently wear slips more than I even thought. All of these underthings are 100% silk making them more breathable than nylon or polyester. With the heat around here, it’s a definite must.
I made the skirt slip from this vintage pattern. Really a pattern is not necessary as I didn’t even follow the instructions for this one. In fact, I might just write up a tutorial, because I’ll be needing a black one too. I used a very light pink silk charmeuse, vintage lace for the trim and plush backed elastic for the waist. Ummm…have you tried plush backed elastic? If you haven’t, you really need to. Not only does it hold the thing in place and keep it from slipping all around town, but it feels fantastic compared with other elastic type waists I’ve tried. So fantastic, it’s like it’s not even there.
Do you ever wear slips? Do you have a hard time finding natural fiber slips? What are your secrets for underthings?
PS ~ after two days worth of wear, I’m in love with my silk slip! 100% no cling to skirts, complete breathability and not to mention the luscious feel of the silk against my skin is heavenly. Won’t ever be going back! Highly, highly recommend!