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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Four year Fashion Retrospective

Having been inspired by Patti of Notdeadyetstyle posting a retrospective of how she has evolved with fashion.  I thought it a perfect time and way to celebrate Year Four of my blog this month and my own fashion evolution from drab to fab.  


I began my blog thinking I shouldn't show my face but after awhile that seemed kind of silly. 

Tentative steps toward more color in my wardrobe.

The Traveling Yellow Skirt hit town and I was no longer afraid to wear color.

This camera-created image from 2014 is one of my favorites.

Outfit posts and Fun Floral Fridays will resume in a few short weeks.  

Bloggers that have inspired me to break out of my fashion rut are Helgavontrollop

Melanie from Bagandaberet

Dakota at Sweetheart of the Rodeo

I am drawn to the eclectic and unusual, they-broke-the-mold kind of personalities.  

SpyGirl Anne posted this Facebook fashion-design-contest-us-only contest for the Brother Loves Fashion Sweepstakes.  I entered a sketch (which I can't post here - contest rules and such) inspired by my retro Hawaiian shirt quilts with a Carmen Miranda-inspired head piece.

Finally, you know how all the Blog "experts" say you should post daily and often and blah blah blah.  Well, I have pretty much been neglecting my blog and posting comme ci comme ca and continue to gain followers.  Go figure.  Anyhoo, welcome new readers!  Each year I post a Countdown to Kitschmas celebrating things kitschy + Christmas.  My season of sewing will soon end and my pursuit of holiday inspired images will begin. 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Vancouver blogger meetup

My first blogger meetup has been a resounding success.  The mom and I were ready for our first road trip with Vancouver being our destination.  

There were plenty of events to choose from.  We chose to spend one day at Granville Island greeted by these painted cement fellas.  

There were even pirate ships trolling in the harbor.  

The best part was meeting the other bloggers.  

Pao of Projectminima

Suzanne of Suzannecarillo.com
Melanie of Bagandaberet

Sheila of Sheilaephemera
Patti of Notdeadyetstyle

These were just a few of the attendees.  They are all even more delightful in person.  This will definitely be the first of many meetups I will try to attend.  We couldn't have asked for better weather on the Saturday Granville day.  

These hats were representative of the amazing artists of the area.


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Hallejuah for the Hawaiian Shirt Hoarder

The estate sale was on again this weekend where surfing Garfield and 25 more Hawaiian print shirts joined my fabric collection (total $20).

I will process the shirts as before with first laundering, cutting out the shirt sections from the seams, salvaging the buttons into the great thrift shop beyond, saving the labels for another project, and cutting the fabric into strips and squares. 

Links to my Hawaiian shirt quilt series

Hospice thrift shopping resulted in the book, NWT (new with tag) t-shirt, thread, pin cushion, colored pencils and other miscellany for $14.50.

I had retail sticker shock the other day when I bought a spool of purple thread $2.29 retail, that and a bag of quilting batting for $9 on sale.  So when I do find sewing items in the thrift shop, I go ahead and buy them.  Kind of like stocks on the stock market - buy and hold. 

My new-to-me t-shirt will come in handy as I am heading for the Pacific Northwest and Canada.  

If I could, I would wear a dress from the 1962 Pattern of the Day.

I may not be Hawaiian or royalty or Hawaiian royalty but I know I will do my best to represent for Sacramentans in Vancouver!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

The Mom Quilt and fresh blackberry pie

Continuing with the Hawaiian shirt quilt 4th in the series, the next project is The Mom Quilt.  She is partial to black accented fabric. The squares I have chosen are in the bottom right corner.  

I have processed the front panels of the shirts and still have all of the back panel material (shown upper left). 

Luckily, a trip to see the mom resulted in her being able to pick one of the fabrics for the sashing and borders.   One piece of material from a $3 thrift shop package of scraps fit right into the quilt scheme. 

Links to my quilt project series:

Thrift shopping produced more quilt publications.

The 1963 Woman's Day Book of American Needlework also had this section - How to Do Hawaiian Applique.

Now that I have started quilting, friends and relatives are requesting my creations.  The first quilt for the expectant co-worker was a big hit at the baby shower with a unicorn Ty beanie baby tied atop it with a pink ribbon. 

I celebrated a birthday last month but didn't get the chance to enjoy a homemade pie or cake. Now that blackberries are busting out all over, I was able to make one of my favorite pies.

For at least one of the quilts in the series, I want to tackle the bear paw design.  Here is the basic pattern.

I am finishing up the last week of my Oceanography class, finally able to enjoy a few weeks of true summer. 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Summer Jumble patchwork quilt

This is the second of the series upcycling used Hawaiian shirts, third in the quilt series.  My favorite print of all the shirt material is this bright yellow one. 

For the final product, I added appliques and brought the back to the front to bind it.  Now I understand why you bind off with separate strips of fabric, it gives the quilt a more polished look.  

Links to the beginning of my quilt project series:

Rookie quilting mistake number 2, I did not wash all of the material first.  Of course, I had washed the used Hawaiian shirts, but the new material, nope.  

Thrifting was on my agenda and this pack of scraps for $2.50 produced the borders I used in Summer Jumble quilt.  The borders were uneven so I sewed and cut and fit into them into the pattern as best I could. 

I replenished my quilting book supply (inspiration).

Hawaii must be in my future!  I am now the proud owner of three Hawaiian-related articles of clothing and one more long retro print that will be featured on a future fashion linkup.  These outfits are perfect for my personal Fun Floral Fridays at work.

Summers in Northern California are hot - temperatures in the 90s and 100s so if you don't live near water, you tend to hibernate inside and that is why this is a Season of Sewing.

Tossing out a Pattern of the Day, a 1969 McCall's.

A shout-out to my Russian readers, for the first time since this blog's inception you have now surpassed my American audience.

What are you doing to stay cool?

Sunday, June 21, 2015

A Father's Day Trailer Quilt

The top of the trailer quilt project is now done.  I call it the trailer quilt because it will be going into the trailer that is used mainly for hunting/fishing expeditions.

My first attempt at adding borders to the squares resulted in a typical rookie mistake of the squares not lining up at the end.  

I am not going do much quilting on or around the squares on this project, just affix a fleece material as the backing and a dark blue binding.  I did purchase the template to do borders, bringing my investment to this hobby to about $200.

I will never again back a quilt with fleece.  It was difficult to work with, puckered up and skewed the quilt top.  

Links the beginning of my quilt project series:

Some manly man Patterns of the Day, both undated definitely retro.

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!Wolf Pass Colorado, 1963

Saturday, June 13, 2015

The first of the Hawaiian shirt quilt series

This is my first project of the Hawaiian shirt quilt series (link to my original post). I took a chance and tried the self binding technique of bringing the material from the back and stitching it to the front. I also added some padding between the quilt top and the backing. I rolled down the border so it was less wide and to give it more bulk (but didn't re-photograph it).   

Of course, I made numerous mistakes - this being my first quilt, even though a baby scaled down version.  I was not very careful on sewing the squares together and some of them didn't match up. Some of the squares didn't have at least a 1/4" seam allowance so I had to re-sew them or cover the mistake with the decorative stitch.

I bought the remnant fabric of the pink and black zebra print to round out the quilt squares.  All other materials for the quilt were thrifted, right down to the thread.  

When the Mr. saw the finished baby quilt, he asked when I was going to make him one.  My original intent with the quilt series was to make a hunting/fishing themed one but all of those Hawaiian shirts distracted me!  My goal is to do more actual quilting and appliques on upcoming creations. Here are the processed squares for the Trailer quilt project. 

I am going to border the squares and have a backing in dark blue/slate grey material.  Moving to the next stage in quilting, adding borders to squares.  

Monday, June 8, 2015

Beach Party Blogathon

Hanging with a whole new crew at the Beach-party-blogathon.

You can post any day during the blogathon, you can pick a movie from any era – and don’t worry if someone picked your choice already, because more than one blogger covering the same movie is just fine.

I have chosen the 1965 classic Beach Blanket Bingo with Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon.

Pattern of the Day showcases the style from that year.

We have entered into the 90 and 100 degree days here in California.  Time for fun in the sun!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Celebrating Summer and a Season of Sewing

Taking this chance to link up with Patti at Notdeadyetstyle for Visible Monday before her summer hiatus and Stylecrone for Hat Attack #23.

Entire outfit thrifted

My thrift shop wish list now includes simple A-line summer dresses for Fun Floral Fridays.  While others at work opt for jeans for casual Friday, I prefer sleeveless shifts. 

This month's finds include this Spenser Jeremy dress, A Mr. Hi's Classic hat and a NWT August Silk burgundy knit top, the lot for a smokin' $8.

Images from the 1945 Book of Sewing

A handy dandy chart for your accessorizing needs and a Pattern of the Day from 1968.

The one in the slate blue outfit is my fav.

My Brother sewing machine has arrived!  I have entered the world of computerized sewing.  After my Sears 1970s machine went kaput, I had been hand sewing for a number of years.  

Always start small and I did, with a pillow project - all materials thrifted (of course) down to the zipper from 1969.

Wa-la pillow with zipper.  It was immediately snagged by the Mr.

My readers know my interest in upcycling.  Here are a couple of articles about refashioned clothing, Broken-ghost-clothing-recycled-clothing and Remixd-clothing-recycled-fashion-jacquie-tsang.  

Sunday's thrift produced this small sewing table ($12.50) and an original acrylic landscape by Marianne Weston ($12.50).  I liked the soft touch to her style.  After I clean and brighten the frame, it will join my other treasures.  Seems Sunday afternoons are the day for artwork to simply fall into my lap. 

I even met the donor of the picture.  She said she just didn't have any room for it and I said it would go to a home where it would be much loved.  
Painting with revitalized frame

What are your summer plans?  Stumbled onto any thrifted original artwork lately?