Friday, January 30, 2015

New adventures with sewing

I went on a sewing retreat last weekend. What is that you say? It was with the American Sewing Guild Virginia Chapter. Twice a year a group of ladies book hotel rooms and get to use the ballroom for setting up a group sewing area. We had two breakfast buffets and two dinner buffets included with the retreat cost. We stayed at a historic hotel,The George Washington Hotel  in downtown Winchester VA. It was marvelous to be able to sew for hours on end. I started sewing by 9:30 am on Friday and didn't stop until 9:30 pm my first day. I got two pillows made and some repair work on a pair of pants. I decided that I wanted to make a purse that I saw on the Indigo Junction website.  permission purse.  I cut out 17 squares and used my machines Janome 8900 to decorate the squares. I stitched out all sorts of combinations. I used a variety of decorative threads I had on hand and used a top-stitching needle for most of my work. Here is how it turned out. (I bought the handles because I had a 50% off coupon for Hancock Fabrics. )
Willow on her Patriotic Love seat with new pillow
I finished the topper on the back of the couch
Day two and three I worked on a labor intensive purse with all kinds of decorative stitching. I used the Indygo Junction pattern for the inspiration.The pattern is called the Permission Purse.

There were quite a few ladies at the retreat and I had a ball talking to everyone about their projects. Some people made quite a few tops in two days. I was amazed. I just wanted to work on this intense project. I used a Jacket that I bought for $7.00 at the local Salvation Army. It was the cheapest way to get a good quality 100% wool tweed. So have you ever been on a sewing retreat?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Style goals for 2015, self descriptors

My Style goals for 2015:
Tribal, Equestrian, Embellished, Textural,Tomboy, Chanel, Western,these are my self describers. Boy what a mess of words, yet they describe what I like. I have no ideal what my style architype is with these words. Yet when I look at my former clothing pictures I do see a theme. Separates are what I wear. I wear pants, pants and shorts in summer hardly any skirts or dresses. I love color and prints and I wear a lot of them together. I like the 3 piece idea;jacket-top and pants or sweater-top and pants.  I love boots because I can no longer wear heels. I love flats but they give me problems too. I am confined to wearing tennis shoes because they give my old bones cushion.
1. I need to buy more unique and stylish and comfortable tennis shoes. I only have 2 pairs and I am wearing them out too quickly.
2. I have lots of boots so I need to wear them. ( At least for part of the day)
3. I like pants I have plenty of them maybe buy some that are leather or of a different material than denim.
4. Wear more hats. I make them and sell them but don't have really nice ones for myself to wear duh!!!!!
5.Wear my jackets I have plenty of them they are dressy but look good with jeans and a blouse or top, this is my dress up go to.
6. Get a new pair of glasses mine are now 2 years old and I think I need a metal frame...??? 

I was reading Angie's list over at youlookfab and that inspired me to write this post. Hopefully it will become clearer what my style type is as I move forward this year. Funny how something so personal can seem so elusive.