Thursday, April 2, 2015

This And That

It's been a busy couple of months and not much sewing to show for it.  But I do have some catch-up pics to share.

I continue to be drawn toward making jewelry.  I seem to have so many ideas popping out of my imagination I want to do them all at once.  I'm still experimenting, not ready for prime time exactly but wearable...sort of.

Here's a goofy one I made on a rainy afternoon.  Wore it that night to a local Indian restaurant and the waiter said, "Did you make that!" you think that's code for, "You need to go back to the drawing board?"  Does it need more pins so it looks even more outrageous than it already does?
I made it using my grandmother's stash of safety pins plus a few extra.

This one is all new pins.  It's not exactly what I wanted, it's a bit skimpy and skewed but so comfortable.

And then there's my grandmother and mother's button collection.  I vow to use those suckers and find a way so it doesn't look like 'loving hands at home'.  I'm somewhat averse to button jewelry but I do see lots on Pinterest that look good so I'll soldier on.  
The buttons are mostly vintage pressed plastic.  I used a 1/16" black elastic I got from Wawak.  One of my sewing pals, Kay, used it on a beautiful necklace she made so I bought a roll.  Very cool stuff.

This tunic was taken from a garment I bought in New Zealand many years ago.  I like the length; I can wear it with leggings.  The fabric was purchased in Nashville.  I fall in love with prints sometimes then get home and wonder how in the heck to use them.  I'm going to try and curtail that tendency from now on since I don't think prints look that great on me.  Smaller prints, sure.  

Another detour into large prints, I can't help myself.  I have to learn the difference between liking the print and wanting to wear it!

Here's are two details using some scraps.

This is my first time making a Cutting Lines pattern.  This one is Light and Shadow.  I made the small and it's still a bit big.  Does this tendency run in all of their patterns?
I do love this and I'll make it again.  This one is a heavy grey ponte.  It hangs beautifully and is super comfortable.

And now for my latest idea.  I was listening to an NPR segment about the US opening more travel to Cuba.  Of course, it's for visiting relatives, giving concerts, teaching and that kind of thing.  The minute I heard teaching it dawned on me that Cuban women could really use classes on making clothes using recycled clothes!  

I learned, while studying with a clothes designer in New Zealand, that people on islands have to recycle far more than those of us on the mainland.  That CERTAINLY would apply to Cuba! Those people have so little.  They might be delighted to have their young women learn this fun and profitable skill.

I'm just starting to research.  If anyone has any information that might help me in this endeavor can you let me know?  This is a long term, maybe long shot idea.  But who knows?

That's all for now.  I'm just about done with a new...vest.  


  1. Absolutely love your creations. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Gayle: some potential sources for information about recycling clothing as a business.,
    I think your idea of helping Cubans to find a way to recycle clothing/fabric is brilliant!

  3. I really like your basket weave safety pin necklace. It reminds me of ones I saw years ago using colored metal safety pins made into to collar necklaces. It was nice to meet you at Puyallup.

  4. The safety pin necklaces are great!!

  5. The pin necklaces are great! Not skewed at all! Pops of color with beads or buttons or anything that could be pinned on or threaded onto the pins could be fun to play with! Going to Cuba to teach sewing new clothes from old sounds great! can I go too?

  6. The safety pin necklace is very Vivienne Westward at the height of her punk thing. Love the first tunic and the vest provoked extreme jealousy.

  7. I love that green tunic. The sweater knit on the pocket and sleeve looks like exactly what I've been trying to find. May I ask if you have any more information about what it is and where you got it? Thanks! I've just started following your blog, nice work!

  8. After many years of making do with what they have, I'd be surprised if Cuban people couldn't teach others in more prosperous nations a thing or two about recycling!

  9. I like your idea. I haven't been to Cuba, but I do go to Uganda and teach women how to sew. The clothes their wear there require a lot of fabric (long dresses and skirts) and I rarely see used clothing for sale. The villages get lots of "left-over" clothes and shoes from the US. I'm taking a trip there in September and may incorporate your recycling idea. My plan is for handbags this year, so that would be perfect. Contact me at nwinning at gmail dot com if you want to share ideas.
    BTW, I was visiting your blog because I liked your light and shadow vest. I have this pattern and was considering using a knit. Yours looks great!


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