Now With Sleeves

it only took a few months but now there are two sleeves. #sewing #coletteviolet #blouse

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It only took a few weeks but my Colette Violet finally has sleeves. Now I just need to find buttons.

Colette Violet Updates

just needs sleeves and buttonholes. should have picked something more drapey and slightly concerned about the shoulder seams. #colettepatterns #violet #sewing #blouse

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Here’s my progress so far on the Colette Violet. Just needs sleeves and buttonholes now.

The Frida Kahlo Pillow

Frida Kahlo + Kalbo. #sewing

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Finished the Frida Kahlo pillow for my neighbor's art opening. #sewing #fridakahlo #frida #kahlo

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I started working on a pillow for my neighbor over the weekend. It was a quick make, only a few hours from cutting to finishing. I used red pom pom trim for the edges and made sure to baste it before assembling the pillow. I hand-sewed the bottom edge closed. I never realized pillows were so easy to make, I definitely might make some for my home now.

More Lampmaking

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I finished this simple table lamp for my friend’s birthday last week. I drilled a hole into the lamp base, made a channel for the wire, and stained the base with a walnut stain and used a polyurethane top coat. The base is a 1/2″ pipe flange with a 1/2″ to 1/8″ connector and a standard brass colored socket. It also features a brass wire cage and I wired the cloth covered outlet myself.

I did some sewing over the weekend, however I neglected to take some in progress shots. I interfaced the facing for the Colette Violet blouse and assembled the collar. More sewing to come though!

Sewing Updates

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Not much to show, but still working on Colette Violet here.

Actual Sewing Content

Keeping it classy with canned corn pattern weights. #sewing

After procrastinating for many many weeks, I finally had a chance to trace and pin the Colette Violet pattern. I’m on the fence about pinning. Sometimes I think it leads to accurate cutting, sometimes I think it makes the fabric bunch up and I like to keep it as flat as possible. I’m using a striped grey cotton from my stash.

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Esteemed Sewing Assistant turned Pirate Cat. #sewing #cats #catsofinstagram #cat #sphynx #sphynxofinstagram

Esteemed Sewing Assistant in Training, trying to be a Pirate Cat.

What you don’t see are hours spent saying, “No, don’t sit on that!” — everything from the fabric, the ironed out patterns, the pattern on the fabric, to “No don’t play with the pin cushion!” until Esteemed Sewing Assistant in Training fell asleep.

More to come soon.

Homemade Lamps

This isn’t a sewing related project, but I figured I’d post it here anyway to keep track of it. I recently started making lamps from pipes, wood and found objects. I’ve learned how to wire the electrical outlets and sockets and have learned how to use basic power tools, and am moving towards more complicates sketches.

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This is the first lamp that I started. I used a lamp kit for the wiring and used a Mason jar for the shade. This would prove to be a bad idea — light bulbs need ventilation. My dad drilled the holes into the lamp base since I was pretty much inept at this point.

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Learning how to wire lamps properly takes some practice. I had a short in my lamp and had a hard time figuring out what went wrong. That’s a layer of ash on my fingers, from plugging in the improperly wired lamp into the outlet.

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second lamp

This is the second version of the first lamp. I replaced the Mason jar with a metal cage for venting, removed the rubber adapter and switched it with a brass coupler, switched the lamp kit for cloth covered electrical cord and learned how to wire an outlet.

I have another lamp in the works which I can’t reveal yet, but there’s been a lot of improvement since these.

The Black Liberty Print Blouse That Never Was

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Don’t you just hate it when you find the perfect fabric for a project in your stash only to discover that it’s only a remnant? Sigh.

McCalls 6095: Pincushion B

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Yet another pincushion.

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I left all of my garment sewing patterns up in Montreal, so until I bring them here I’ll be working on a few arts and crafts projects.

This is a pincushion from McCalls 6095. I used leftover scrap quilting cotton, ric rac and a button from stash. Halfway through I realized my pincushion looked halfway deformed, and I almost threw it out. I didn’t have any felt for the base of the pincushion, and using quilting cotton would probably mean that the bottom would unravel.

Thankfully I didn’t let my perfectionistic tendencies get the best of me. I found some ric rac that distracted from the strange non-round, lopsided shape of the pin cushion, and found a decorative button from my stash.

As I was taking pictures of the pincushion I found some felt in my stash, so I will amend this with new felt the next time I sew.

My sewing machine has been unable to wind a bobbin lately. I had to wind the bobbin by hand until it was halfway full. About a year ago it was already having bobbin winding issues, but I got around it by putting a mechanical pencil underneath the bobbin winding mechanism until it caught. Looks like I have to bring the machine into the shop soon if I can’t figure this out. Has this happened to anyone else out there?

First Sewing Project in a Long Time

Creepy Contortionist Sewing Assistant. #nyc #sewing #cats #catsofinstagram #sphynx #sphynxofinstagram

Super creepy contortionist Sewing Assistant.

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Finished Mason jar pincushion.

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I’m back! It’s been over a year since I’ve posted. There have been a lot of life changes here since then — I’ve gotten married, moved countries twice, have a new Esteemed Sewing Assistant.

This is hardly a sewing project (since it involved no sewing) but more of an arts and crafts project. I found some scrap Day of the Dead fabric in my stash and used it to make a small pincushion, which I then affixed to the top of a Mason jar.

I plan to post here once I get back into the groove of sewing once again, so more projects hopefully soon.

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