Sunday, May 7, 2017

Classes, Retreats and More Retreats

I know it's been a long time since my last post.  It's not because I haven't been sewing cuz I have.  I've sewn in Aptos, Capitola, San Juan Bautista, Santa Barbara and Ashland over the last 4 months.  And there's more to come.  I'm going to a sewing retreat in Oregon and a sewing camp, of sorts, in Tennessee!  And then another retreat and back to Ashland again in October.  Geez...I have what my friend Lisa calls FOMO...or Fear Of Missing Out!  Yeah, I have it bad.

I took another class with Jody Alexander, the book maker, boro queen and all around incredible artist.  This one was on remaking clothes using boro techniques.  I didn't end up using any boro in my piece but did try a Junko Oki embroidery pattern that I've been wanting to learn.  Jody has done a lot of it so the class was a good opportunity to give it a try.


I started with a thrift shop men's grey sweatshirt.  First, I cut off all of the ribbing.  Above you can see the beginning of the Junko Oki embroidery.  I used Pearl Cotton.  Basically, it's the blanket stitch done in a spiral.  Kinda mesmerizing!  


I took this photo to help me remember which direction I was went in!


For the embellishment I took a very small grey tshirt and cut out everything but the neckband, shoulder seams, armhole seams, underarm seams and sleeve cuffs.  Then I hand stitched them onto the sweatshirt.    


It's weird but comfy.  And it does get the looks.  People can't keep their hands off of it.  They have to figure it out.



Then I hand stitched one of the tshirt bodice pieces onto the back and that's where I applied the Junko Oki spider web-y thing.


And THEN, I went up to Ashland, Oregon to attend a Design Outside The Lines with Diane Ericson and Carol Lee Shanks.  I love Ashland more and more each time I go back.  This time my pal, Sharon, and I rented a house which was great fun.

The retreat was wonderful, a great group of gals.  Loved getting to experience Carol Lee's work...and Carol herself, she's a keeper.  And of course being with Diane is always inspiring.  

Above you see a little seersucker shrug; a new Diane pattern that will be out soon I think.  It's super easy and really versatile.  


The back of the shrug.  I sewed it using all raw edges, still not tired of those little guys.


The retreat was about making an outfit for spring.  That is something I've never done before.  I have only made single pieces that I know will go with other things in my wardrobe.  So this was a good exercise for me.  

I tried using only fabrics in my stash.  I almost got there.  The drapy under tunic is a stash piece from way down the pile.  It's a very sheer knit.  The top is a Carol Lee pattern done in a mooched (thank you, Sharon!) grey linen and the pants are a stretch woven from my stash.  I also bought a beautiful mossy green silk top just like this one from Carol to wear instead of the grey one.



I used a fairly new Marcy Tilton pattern for a hoodie.  Marcy blogged about it recently, you should check it out.  There are some great ideas.

This one is made using a beautiful Italian fleece I got at Fabrix in San Francisco. It's thick and soft and yummers!


I'll use this pattern again.  I like the back, I think it would be flattering on many figures.


This is a pattern drafted by a friend.  I've made many of these, they're my morning noodle-around-the-house top.  The fabric is from Marcy Tilton, I got it years ago.



Another Marcy Fabric.  I fell for this one the minute I saw it.  Something I'm trying not to do these days but every once in a while the bug catches me.  This is an exquisite pieced Ikat with colorful vertical stitching that holds down little cotton dots.  All the work that went into this piece of fabric is mind boggling.  I'm just gaga over it.

I made the Lynn Mizono shirt again.  It's a pattern I go back to often.  Certain fabrics just call out for these lines.


It's hot off the machine, think I'll wear it tomorrow!!

 

I finally got up to UCSC's Sesnon Gallery for the Crochet Coral Reef show.  I'm glad I did.


If your in the Santa Cruz area check out Seymour Marine Discovery Center.  They are showing several pieces that community members have made, very cool!

That's all for now, I'll check in around the beginning of June.  Hopefully I'll have something fun to show you...it's a sewing project completely new to me that has some quilting in it...yeah, I know.  I'm not a quilter.  I couldn't sew two lines of fabric together evenly if my life depended on it!  But hey..I'm game!


19 comments:

  1. Love all of these...
    and that seersucker shrug is to die for!
    :-)

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    1. Thanks so much. I need to actually wear that shrug and see how it works!

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  2. great eye candy and inspiration! love love love your work

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  3. I have that Marcy Tilton hoodie pattern (bought it as almost as soon as it was released!) but I hadn't seen her blog posting on her gorgeous black one. Thank you for referencing that one! Love your grey sweat shirt too - you can do SO many creative things with simple garments - I've been enamored lately with couching, metallic threads, fancy stitches :) I like this idea of layering light knit to heavier knit - it's like the reverse (yet similar) process by Natalie Chaning. Great post thank you!

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    1. Yep, I love couching, too. Natalie Chanin has done lots of that with knits. I'm headed to her factory in June, will post about it for sure.
      Thanks for tuning in!

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  4. Fabulous bunch of garments! You have definitely been busy, girl.

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  5. Thanks so much for dropping by!

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  6. You are a girl on fire!!!! It is amazing that you have time to finish one project before you jet off for more brain-filling fun. So cool to see the new ways you are stretching your art.
    becky

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    1. Thanks Becky. I'm enjoying your blog posts!

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  7. Great post, Gayle! I am spending a week with Jody Alexander in June at Arrowmont. I cannot wait. All of your artful pieces are such fun and so you! Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Martha! You are going to love Jody. A bunch of us are meeting her at Shakerag for a Dorothy Caldwell class right after you see her at Arrowmont. Have fun!

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  8. Lots of lovely, creative pieces. I recently purchased the Marcy Tilton hoodie pattern and I am inspired by your use of a zipper instead of buttons. I hadn't thought of that! Were there any tricks to converting it or was everything straightforward?

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    1. Oh that's right, I forgot to mention that change. I didn't make any changes to the front other than folding back the edges. I did have to interface it, as usual.

      And, the first time I sewed in the zipper it was wobbly so I tore it out and first hand basted it in place then machine sewed it. Better. Also, the places where the "pouch" overlaps that seam were a bit harder to catch because of the thickness of the fleece. You may not have that problem with a thinner fabric.

      Thanks and enjoy that pattern, it's pretty simple and fun.

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    2. Thanks for the helpful hints.

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    3. You're most welcome. And thank you for checking in!

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  9. Gayle, so much eye candy! So much to comment on that I'm sure I'll forget some of it. I love seeing your experiments and projects! I'm sure we will see some of these fascinating techniques show up in a future project, once they burrow into your minds eye. I have some of the same fabrics as you, and it's so interesting to see how you used them. For example, that Marcy Tilton ikat with the sewn-on fabrics. I have that, too, as does Ann Smith. Ann used hers to make the Sandra Betzina harem pants that I recently made and, once I saw her harem pants, I had trouble seeing that fabric made up in any other way! So I am so glad to see your lovely jacket version. Just beautiful! I also have some of that fleece from Fabrix, but I think mine is a different color - I can't even remember! That hoodie is gorgeous and I really look forward to making that pattern. I think the project that has most captured my imagination is the first one, with the ribbed neck bands attached to the base sweatshirt. It's really a compelling piece! I can't wait to see you at DOL next fall!!

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    1. Your comments are exactly why I love blogs so much. It's that extended community and sharing that keeps me so excited about trying new things. I wish more sewists would do it but for various reasons they somehow don't.
      Thanks so much for your kind words...and YES, we will have a blast in Ashland!

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  10. Gayle, what wonderful work. The sweatshirt top is great-I want to try one.
    Your pattern choices are spot on too. Its so fun to hear about your retreating after my one and only time (so far) last Nov. in Ashland-where you made fabulous triangular button holes! Please keep blogging!

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    1. Hi Wendy!
      Yes, give that sweatshirt idea a try. Heidi Emmett, a wonderful quilter and sewist, did one. You can find it on her blog a couple posts ago.
      Thanks so much for checking in!

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