Saturday, July 17, 2010

Stitch 'n Bitch

Saturdays in July are tricky. Kids are out of school, vacations begin, and festivals fill Milwaukee. So, I'm not entirely surprised that no one is going to be able to make it to my first Stitch 'n Bitch night.

No worries. I'll just kick it here with my two favorite bitches and stitch on my own. I have plans (and gorgeous Amy Butler "Love" fabric) to fashion a new apron and, since my hand sewn fabric flower yo-yos are selling at the coffee shop I'll make a few more of those.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Classic Construction

It's love at first sight. A classic 1960 Singer Fashion Mate 257. She was a birthday gift from Mom, and I'm working on a name for her, but nothing has stuck yet...we'll see.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

First Blush

Today is my sister's wedding day. Her wedding gift was the inspiration for my recent sewing kick. Aprons. I have made over a dozen by now and sold half, just to friends. The other half have made gifts -- like my sister's and one for a good friend's birthday.

Then, there's Ann. I finished her yesterday. She was created from a nearly 40 year old pattern that I picked up at a yard sale for just a quarter.

My mother tells a cute story about my first Raggedy Ann doll. I had spent an entire day asking for "Jenny" at a very tender age. The specific age is at question, but Mom is clear about it being no more than 2 -- an age where conversational skills are quite lacking. It was unclear to my mother what I was requesting until the handmade dolly was found and I exclaimed "Jenny"!

And the name stuck.

Her name is Jenny...the vampire version of Raggedy Ann that I will create upon my return to Milwaukee will be named Jenny too.

I like tradition.