Monday, March 2, 2015

It's going to get worse before it gets better...

Tile gone

Baseboards gone

Carpet gone

Reluctant participant

Top Cabinets....are staying

Concrete patch

Clean up

 I'm not going to lie to you this was dusty work, between the hammer we rented to lift the tiles, mixing concrete patch and grinding down the high spots we were covered with fine dust.  I felt a little like pig pen, with every step we took little clouds of dust billowed around  us.

Also expenses I never factored in, hammer rental, dump fees, gas, concrete patch and contractor bags  I'm sure it won't stop there  The really big one was the tile underlayment, who knew? That will be the next post.....

You probably noticed the base cabinets are gone, that was because who ever designed the kitchen didn't make room for a dishwasher.  Who wants one of those? Me.  The other thing that was driving me nuts was the dead cabinet space in the blind corner.  After reading tips for designing kitchen layouts, they recommend avoiding corners.  Not very helpful.

So the base cabinets are another added expense.

Onward and upward, next week, tile underlayment

So far one blister, down 2 lbs, it's the renovation diet.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

How Far Would You Go? In Search Of a Workshop

This is still a sewing blog, but after years of working in cramped quarters I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy more sewing space, it took over 2 years of casual Zillow searching.  It will be at least another year before I can start sewing again, but I think it will be worth it.

Here is the fixer upper, the first of two.

It needs a lot of work.

The progress on this project will continue on another blog.... called

Saturday, February 1, 2014

It's all about Liberty today!!

If you like those Liberty of London fabrics this post will not disappoint!!

This might be good news for quilters who have always wanted a Liberty of London quilt, they are producing a new range of fabrics specifically for crafting or quilt making you can read all about it here.  The new line is called Lifestyle Fabrics, and there is limited availability on for about $15.00 a yard (without coupons).

If you aren't aware Liberty of London UK also have a blog with sewing projects, interviews and all things Liberty.    Liberty Fabric blog

As well as a Liberty Craft blog - If you ever wanted instruction on how to make a tea cozy, woven coasters, eye masks (because sometimes we need them) or more importantly for those of you in cold weather sitting on that Tana Lawn, a hot water bottle cover.

Maybe you want to pick up The Liberty Book of Simple Sewing, there are some interesting kitschy projects in there.

Or peruse their book Liberty British Colour Pattern, isn't it fun?

Or maybe you want to peruse the online magazine called.... Sew Liberty (Issue 3).  This is the latest issue and they seem to still be on Christmas projects, but still worth a visit as they have other projects as well, and nice introductions to their guest bloggers.

If you still want more of Liberty here is a short video showing how the Tana Lawn prints are produced, amazingly still prrinted in the UK.

Friday, June 28, 2013

House Cleaning

It seems every summer I change something about this blog, the template, the color, the type.  Well this summer I am opening an Etsy shop.  It was always my intention to do this which is why I never had blog rolls on the side or advertising. That was 4 years ago, time flies when you are sewing, acquiring machines, and part of the online sewing community.  It was so much fun, and completely distracting. In the meantime, I'm moving the most popular posts to another blog which is called Bias Architect.  

The Adonising blog will be dedicated to the garments made for the store, and a few design inspiration posts.  It will take me a bit to get everything organized so bear with me.  I had over 900 posts in these past 4 years so moving them will be no small task.  The upside is that all of the broken links will be restored or deleted, and it will be much more organized.  In the meantime, thank you for visiting!!  Check back with me to see what I'm up to, I always like to hear from you.

Cross stitch hummel 18ct aida

Vintage beads and sequins

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Vintage Silk Brocade Jacket with Peplum

There are times that I think of starting a small museum... here's another item from the local thrift store.  The silk brocade is in excellent condition as is the jacket, the styling and details were worthy of adding it to the growing collection.  

Simple and very well made. Wouldn't this look great with jeans?

Fine Frog detail

Shoulder tuck for shaping

Love how they sunk the hook and eye in the seams

You could wear this today

I promise lingerie supplies should be here by this weekend.
In the meantime you can watch this Youtube video at 23:49 the lingerie for a bride starts.
We've come a long way baby!!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A Good Summer Seersucker Jacket.... Cute Construction Details

Another summer favorite, again cotton, but instead of madras and all it's patchwork stitching,  seersucker which is just as comforting.  These thrift stores are producing some great finds.  This is an especially good example because of the details. 


Grosgrain ribbon hanger


Jacket body is lined in cotton, sleeves in a rayon and with Hong Kong finished edges

Shoulder seam with the same finish


Grosgrain ribbon peeking out between lining and facing with running stitch detail.


I actually like it this way better :D


Tailored Welt Flap pocket with piping and topstitching


Cuff with vent and functional buttonholes (although mine would be prettier with my vintage buttonholer)


 There is no reason you can't use a basic jacket pattern and add these details.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Madras Madness!! Summer Wardrobes

Don't laugh, but I have always wanted Madras pieces for summer.  In the end being swaddled in cotton is very comfortable and cool.  When I saw this on the racks of my local thrift store I couldn't resist, partly because of the thoughtful details.

The plaid matching at the center front

The armholes finished with white bias tape

The contrast inside collar with button down detail

The bias cut skirt (which is lined in a white cotton with an invisible zipper)

Sorry for the fuzzy pics, it's getting late here and the light was not the best.
Tomorrow... the seersucker jacket.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Lessons learned this week.....Prewash knits

Preshrink your fabrics if you intend to wash them even the knits.... remember the Escada print?

100% cotton interlock


It shrunk 4", (can anyone else see the cage on the dressform?) so it is unwearable as a dress, could be a bathing suit cover up now, but I really like the print it will make a nice long t-shirt.  I just have to shorten the hem.  It's also more fitted now, but remember I cut it with this in mind, and the print hasn't faded a bit, which is more important, you know that piece that I chop off will not go to waste.

Also a great pair of navy striped ponte knit pants have shrunk about the same 4".   I can still wear them but I preferred them longer.

Rayon/Poly/Spandex Ponte Knit
McCalls 6571 pant

Also don't feel too badly for me, I found some lovely pieces at a nearby thrift store and after alterations they are FABULOUS (if not a bit preppy) those I'll show you all this week!!

Here is my first item...might have to make a few of these.
I had to raise the shoulders to get the wrap to sit at the right spot.


Hope you are enjoying your Sunday.
Waiting for bra supplies has made me very productive.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Cheating catches up with you.....The Strangled Hem

What a bother, what if I don't want to cut the selvage off?  No one will ever see it and it has such a nice finished edge.  What if I just want to roll the hem up and rehem it?  No one will ever see it.

Ah yeah, they will.  Remember this?
bad hem
She had already hemmed it once and determined that it was too long, so she flipped up the existing hem and rehemmed it, instead of unsewing the first hem and trimming, it gave us a hem that did not lay properly.  We have all done that, we've all tried to salvage handwork, but sometimes it's just the thing that ruins the other careful sewing we've done.  We need to just leave the project a bit and consider it practice, no matter how beautifully done it is, or how long it took us to do.

My prejudice said that it was the fabric and not mom's technique, but I would have been wrong.  For beginners this is one of those things, you don't understand why a hem isn't lying flat, or you just don't want to tackle yet another delicate trimming project on an already squirming fabric, or you don't have anyone to help you mark the hem.

Mom's hems were always perfect, as we can see here, she made invisible hems, when I was first starting out, they were legend.  A vintage technique, with hand overcasting, this garment was made with care and love.


And this is not an easy stitch to can see the invisible stitches from the backside.

 and totally invisible from the right side.

So now when they say silk gets marked when you press it, this is what they mean.

It might lighten the crease if I wet it and press it damp, but I need to rehem it because with that extra 1 1/2" it's too long for a slip, but it's looking pretty cute as a dress possibility now.  I'll try it on one more time to see how it looks, the snaps may have to go.



Ok, now we have a  nice slip length.  It wants to be a slip.


With a much simpler hem finish, sorry mom, it's not invisible.

Friday, June 21, 2013

What to do with that pile of recycling....

When my mother passed away, I gave most of her clothing to my aunt who is involved with the church.  There were a few pieces I kept that reminded me of her, those have been residing in a bin I like to call "recycling".  These are garments made in fabrics that I would like to use, but are not wearable as is.  Frankly, I had ear marked them for one gorgeous silk crazy quilt....  This was one of those garments.

I've pulled it out over and over again tried it on and really disliked how it looked on me.
The waist pulls up, the skirt is too long, the sleeves are too puffy, and it had shoulder pads so not good for me.  In 2011, I found another cut of the same fabric, and threw caution to the wind and laundered the entire lot.  I'm pretty sure that mom had always dry cleaned it, and I try and keep that to a minimum.


All of these experiments are an opportunity for learning.  Since, I could see that with repeated washing this print was going to continue to fade, I would be making something that took that into consideration.

Then I looked at the other cut and noticed that this was a panel print, and the saturation level from one print to the next was inconsistent.  So just another detail to keep in mind when buying prints, not all panels are equal even in the same roll.  (look at the brown outline which is more pronounced on the right panel).


So here's the first piece, since I'm in a lingerie kind of mind.


I may have to re hem it because it's looking a little lumpy.... I will iron it and see if that improves it, if not, it will be rehemmed.   This gave me an opportunity to use that multi step zig zag, to apply the elastic.


Just to get an idea of what it looked like as a dress (doesn't it look like it's been in a bin?)


No more sleeves

Here they are...

She even patched feels like she's here!

My first idea is to keep the top as is finishing off the armhole and hem, and use it as a top for pj's.  I might have enough fabric to do a pair of undies or pj shorts.  The fabric feels wonderful against the skin.  I love these kind of projects as they afford us the ability to look at garments like forensic scientists, and a visit from mom to boot.  Now where are my bra making supplies?