Saturday, August 7, 2010

Curtain vest and true blood inspiration

I had some leftover faux silk from the curtains I made months ago--so in the "Sound of Music" style, I decided to fashion couture from the curtains. I cut the vest pieces last night. Usually when I start a sewing project, I move at a snails pace, but for whatever reason, I woke up ready to sew.
I must note that I got this vest pattern at the goodwill--hence, it was used. When I pick up patterns at the thrift, I don't think to check to make sure everything is there. Well fortunately all the pattern pieces are there, but no english instructions--ONLY FRENCH. Quoi? This really shouldn't be a prob for me because I studied french for 5 years, RIGHT? We won't mention how I was at the bottom of the class 4 of those 5.
Luckily, there were plenty of pics to guide me along. Things went fairly smooth. I'm actually looking forward to making another vest. I def. need the size upped and am thinking about a ruffle color and buttons.
**On my down time from the sewing machine, I created this little polymer clay pin to show my love for the show 'true blood'. OHHH! I can wear it on my vest! I love how my subconscious thinks.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Completed shorts and a sketch

I finished the shorts! The zipper got me a little down. I had to look over some zipper how to's. After an hour, I finally got the gist of it. Geez! The rest of the pattern was a breeze. I think I would make this pattern again, but lower the waist. At first I thought the 80's high waist might be interesting, but turns out it just doesn't feel "right". So, with shorts completed, I had enough time to sketch a portrait. It turned out alright. I'm happy with both projects--SUCCESS!

Monday, August 2, 2010


These hot days are for staying inside. The humidity laden heat in this area is not kind to a desert rat like myself. While passing the time in the air conditioning, i've been sketching. I like to do portraits of people. My biggest emphasis has been on trying to capture a lively look in the eyes. Drawing eyes is very hard for me. I've actually gotten a little frustrated with my drawing not coming out to my standards, that i've but them to the side right now and am starting on a sewing project. I'm hoping that my sewing project will alleviate my frustration--that's the hope.