Saturday, August 6, 2022

The Demise of This Blog-and new Instagram Account

 Well, the signs have been there for a couple years now.  Slowly, blogging has become harder and harder.  All kind of troubles and costs have befallen this blog and honesty I just don't find myself drawn to communicating on such an extensive level about my sewing projects anymore.

I love sharing with all of you and I am so grateful that you've tuned in.  I now have about 1900 followers on my Constant Contact list.  But CC has become super expensive and charged me almost $500 to renew this coming year...and they did it automatically with NO notice thank-you-very-much.  And I can't get them to answer the phone or email me.  Really frustrating.  So I'm disputing the charge and stopping that mail service.

So....I have decided to start an Instagram account using @gayleygirlsews to report on my sewing/dyeing and other creative projects.  I hope you will swing over and follow me there.  I think it will be much easier to post on that platform and, hopefully, I'll do it more often!

Here's a photo of a recent make.  It's a pair of pants I copied from a ready to wear garment.  Balloon pants with big pockets...yes, right up my alley.

Hope to see you over @gayleygirlsews on Instagram soon!  And thank you for following me, our conversations back and forth over the years have been wonderful.  But hey, that's another reason to stop this format, I'm no longer able to answer your comments, something that really frustrated me.

Blogger and Constant Contact, take notice.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Printed Cashmere and Trouble With Blogger

Hi everyone,
Truthfully, I'd blog more often but Blogger makes it SO difficult to respond to questions I hesitate to write a post.  At this point, everything I did to resolve that issue is not working and I can't respond to the lovely Gill who asked about the pattern paper I use.

Thank you, Gill.  Here's the answer.  The bridal isle runner paper I've used, Suresta, is no longer available on Amazon so I've gotten another brand.  It's working fine as well.  It does not usually need ironing like traditional pattern tissue so I don't have to iron very often.  But I have ironed it and it's fine. I'd make sure my iron isn't too hot first!

Reluctantly, I'm going to turn off comments on this blog.   I don't want to do it but I see no other way to move forward.  Maybe it will encourage me to post more often!

In the meantime, here's a shawl I made with more of the printed cashmere I talked about a couple posts ago.  I really like the shawl better than the sweater I made with the other pieces so I've cut that up and am making another shawl!

And here's a shot I worked on in the app, Waterlogue.  Super fun app!

Love to all, sorry we won't be chatting in the future but please keep showing up!!


Sunday, January 16, 2022

Graffiti Puffer Jacket

Often, when I attend one of Diane Ericson's Design Outside The Lines retreats, I'll swoop up a hand painted piece of fabric made by her son Miles Frode
This one was a huge painter's drop cloth with loads of personality.  I don't usually wear hot pink but hey, why not!?

I had fun with this one.  I decided to quilt it since the winter storms were blasting the central coast here in California.  I also used it to polish my welt pocket skills, a goal for 2022.

 Since the canvas had so much body on its own I used a lightweight cotton batting.  For the stitching, I tested several thread weights including pearl cotton and carpet thread but ended up using sashiko thread. 

I sewed the body of the jacket together with machine stitching, cut away the batting along the seam lines and hand stitched the lining seams.

For the lining I decided to use a beautiful silk scarf I'd purchased from Michael Brennand-Wood at a Shakerag Workshop several years ago.  It was hard to cut into it but using what I have has become a mantra in the last two years.  And I know he would approve since he's the king of re-use.

But...there wasn't enough fabric in the scarf for the sleeves.  I rummaged, and rummaged and finally decided to use the sleeves leftover from a puffer jacket I made out of two bright orange puffers I'd bought cheap in Ashland.  I realize now that I never blogged about that coat.  I'll take some pics and show it soon.

I actually like the spot of orange at the cuff, even tho there isn't any orange in the canvas.  Carrie Bradshaw's bright blue heals that didn't match a thing she was wearing in a Sex In The City episode all those years ago had an affect on me!

And here's a little lining reveal.

And the full lining with the puffer sleeves.  It feels so comfy and what they say is really do feel different when you're wearing something that only YOU know is inside!

If you're thinking to yourself, "Doesn't this woman have enough coats?" the answer is yes, and the bed in my spare room agrees.


Saturday, January 1, 2022

Jackets, Tops and A Vase

Lots of rain, cold and COVID combines to give me loads of creative time.  I feel like one of the lucky ones who figured out a passion and it serves me so well right now.

My pal, Sharon, and I bought a 1930's-50's comforter for a wonderful Paula Kovarik class a few months ago.  We agreed to split it and I came home with my half, never having used it in class.  Wondered what to do with it and finally decided to paint it with Dy-Na-Flow. 

I cut out the pattern pieces for a haori, drafted by the talented Wendy Franzen of West Zen Studio.  I've used this pattern lots.  It's a great canvas.  I followed the stitch lines on the comforter as a start then added elements as I went.  

I need to heat set this, or never wear it out in the rain, one or the other!  It's so comfy!  Maybe that's because it reminds me of a bed jacket my grandmother used to let me wear!

This shell, made from painted lace pieces, is the result of a long story.
Another pal, Lisa, has an airbrush and compressor she let me use.  I wanted to use various pieces of lace as stencils to spray paint pieces of cashmere.  The cashmere pieces looks so great after I sprayed them. all washed away, even tho I did everything I was supposed to do to set it.

But, I had loads of grey lace to show for it.  Interestingly, when I washed the lace the paint stayed in.  They all came out in various shades of grey, which is good.  So, what to do with a bunch of grey lace?

Seemed a simple pattern would be best and I used a self drafted top that is basically a rectangle.  

This is 100% hand sewn, very drapy, looks great over black.  I aspire to wear it to the grocery store this year....because the way it feels right now, that's the only place I'm going!

I'm still going to work on getting cashmere to take spray painted color.  Lisa wisely suggested trying Dye-A-Flow with the airbrush sprayer.  I like this idea.  I'll probably have to thicken it just a bit with the alginate I use for me printing.
As soon as the temps get above 50 I'm giving it a try!

And finally, I've been lusting after the vessels made by Zoe Hillyard for years.  
I finally decided to give this technique a try.  It marries both my passions; pique assiette and textiles.
Since I've done so much pique assiette I have a pretty good idea of how to keep the pieces sorted to keep the shape.  The technique was generously supplied by Zoe in a vimeo video entitled, Rags to Riches, Zoe Hillyard.

I'm headed to my fabric stash right now to begin my second one, a huge bowl.  This should be easier to manipulate but I'm going to have to make the inside look as good as the outside this time.

Welcome to 2022.  Keep making, keep sane, keep sweet!