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Adventures in amateur sewing


The Swing of Things…

I’ve been back from vacation for a few weeks, but really having trouble getting back to my sewing.  It’s truly a shame because I am really late in making my sister’s birthday present….which I will reveal when it’s done.

Scotland was amazing by the way!  I was so lucky to get the opportunity to visit during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and also experience some of energy of the Commonwealth Games.  I didn’t have tickets to any of the games, so I did the next best thing – fabric shopping!   I went to Mandors Fabric Store in Glasgow, just so I could say that bought fabric while in another country.  Weird, I know, but I figured whatever I made from it would have the memory of this wonderful vacation.

IMG_3037I happen to really love plaid and honestly, I have a hard time finding plaid material that I really like in the states.  So I figured what better place to get it?  I ended up getting 3 pieces of fabric – 2 plaid & one that was white with mini pink anchors.  The anchor cloth was on sale and if there is anything I love more than plaid (besides argyle), it’s sailor themed things.  In Edinburgh, I also bought a few tartan remnants from a kilt shop.  I figured I could use them as an applique or something like that.

My shopping was a success – but did make my luggage over weight.  I really over-did it on the souvenirs this trip and had to really shift stuff around.  So much so, that my “personal item” looked like I was smuggling bowling balls.  Oh well, it worked and now I have some new fabric!  Just need to figure out what I want to do with it….oh the possibilities!

IMG_1354 Well it’s back to reality now and hoping to get the energy to get back to my projects.  Coming back from some place new always inspires me to do more travel!  But it also inspires my creativity as well.  And who couldn’t be inspired by this:

IMG_3210Or this:

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IMG_3114Well I got the inspiration…now just need the motivation.  Stay tuned…more sewing to come!







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Happy Birthday to me!

Okay, so yesterday was my actual birthday.  But I wanted to share this special present I received, which was this gorgeous sheer material from my mom.

Look how pretty!

I think it’s chiffon.  Anyways, I need to figure out what I want to do with it.  Especially since I was informed that I only own part of this, since my mom is going to give part of it to my sister.  Typical.  When I was growing up, my little sister always got a present on my birthday.  Can you believe this is still going on, even with us in our 30’s?!

Oh well, there is actually plenty to go around.  I’m thinking a nice flowy dress would be great for this.  I also got some black lining material as well that will go very nicely.

I’m so behind on my projects.  I actually cut out the material for a knit shirt last week, but I have had no time to even look at it.   White lines....As you can see, this will be a great lesson in matching up stripes.  I’m actually very excited about this shirt because I actually saw the material and envisioned what kind of shirt I wanted to make with it.  I then did a thorough search for the perfect pattern to match what I wanted.  Stay tuned for the post on this one…when I finally get around it it.

The chiffon material hasn’t fully inspired me yet, so if anyone has any suggestions,  I am open to them.