Category Archives: Dressing up

Sewing Camp for grown-ups

I really double-♥ my local ASG chapter, the Greater Seattle ASG, that is. What a collection of smart, creative, and rip-roaring fun ladies we have! One of the most fun events we sponsor each year are our sewing retreats -one in the fall and another in the spring. Three days of sewing! No cooking! No cleaning toilets! Just sewing! Oh, and a little wine-drinking. 🙂 And LOTS of laughing.  As usual, we were at Camp Huston in Gold Bar for our annual fall sewing fun last weekend. Barrels of fun, can you tell?

Carol is making (another) sweater. I kinda tease her about all her little cardigans, but she makes such cute ones I guess she really should keep it up.

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Eveleyn is making a totally trendy houndstooth coat. AND using fabric out of her stash. Almost unheard of!  

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Tami is just looking gorgeous here, but secretly she is working on clothes for her darling twins.  Lucky kids to have her for a momma!

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Gaylen totally makes me mad. How can she get so many things finished in 3 days? This skirt and top was only the tip of her completed garment iceberg.

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Suzy spent a lot of time at the iron. I bet you didn’t know Suzy and I went to junior high and high school together. Yup, North Kitsap Vikings we are.

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It’s my conference roomie – Helen! She is giggling so I guess the hole-in-her-heart has healed. 😉

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We managed to keep our energy level up with snacks round-the-clock. Just barely, tho. 😉 

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Molly is another sewing hot-shot. And I had to sit behind her so I could be reminded constantly of how little I was getting done. I won’t make that mistake again! I am pretty sure Shelley is imparting some wisdom. To someone.

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Lorraine was trying to tame an apron with a sub-par pattern. Ugh. But just look at the adorable coat she made!

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Busy ladies trying to pretend there is no camera in their faces. 😉

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Look at Mary’s darling skirt. From gifted fabric!

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You should have seen the darling bags Fran was making. You could have if I had been smart enough to get them in the shot. Next time!

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Paula made 2 capes, and is planning on teaching the techniques when she gets to her winter domicile in Arizona. Pass it on, Paula!

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If you ever get the chance to go on a sewing retreat, jump on it! You will be hooked, and happy to leave the daily duties behind for a few days of fun with your sewing sisters.

Happy sewing!

Maris

How many coats does a girl need?

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I think I mentioned yesterday I am itching to make coats this fall, and Vogue 1137 is another one that has tickled my fancy. Really, in rainy, windy Seattle do I need TWO coats that do not button and are  designed to be made out of something other than wool melton? LOL, the practicle answer is “of course not”, but I am still very attracted to this design at the moment. I could actually see making both of these garments and continuing my JackiO obsession at the same time. The coat is reversible, so maybe one side in a lightweight wool, and the other in silk taffeta? (Right, because I need TWO new silk dresses in one season!)  Maybe I could make the dress and one side of the coat out of lightweight solid wool, and another side of black and white houndstooth wool plaid. So very au courant! And I could at least pretend it had some practicle value if it was all wool.

Between teaching sewing lessons the next few days, and a fun class tomorrow night learning to make (better) fascinators, I am likely to not get much sewing done for myself this week. And next week I am taking a 3-day “masters” sewing class. Finally, I will get to be a master at something! 

Happy sewing!

Maris Olsen

Channeling Jackie Kennedy, perhaps?

I have been a little obsessed with Jackie Kennedy and her iconic fashion style lately, and am thinking about ways to increase the JackieO-ness of my wardrobe.  (Or Michelle Obama – she definitely rocks the fashion style world, too.) When I was at Goodwill a few weeks back thrifting for vintage patterns, I found one I think is reminiscent of Jackie’s lovely style, McCall’s 4394. Classic lines on the sheath dress, and a simple coordinating coat. Perfect and timeless for dinner out, theater dates, or weddings.

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I think to make this dress “really Jackie” I need to add a bow – either to the coat or the dress.  I like the slit on the front of the top, tho, and will likely use it on my version of the dress. I was going to head to the Pacific Fabrics Labor Day Sale yesterday to see if I could find any dreamy fabric, but instead I “shopped my stash” first. I LOVE it when I can find the perfect fabric in my over-abundant stash! I feel like I am saving money, even tho…well, never mind. 🙂 Check out this gorgeous navy silk faille. I bought this in Shanghai ages ago, and I like both the shiny (right) side and the matte (left) side of this fabric. The “embossed” design in the weave kicks it up a notch, don’t you think? Amazingly enough, I must have had a coat + dress in mind when I bought it, because I have 6 1/2 yards of it – plenty! 

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Anyway, I did head off to Pacific Fabrics, but only to buy lining and some grey fabric for pants for DD #2. I LOVE chartreuse, but absolutely cannot wear it next to my face. Bleah, sallow, washed out, awful-looking on me. But it is a perfect color for the coat lining – so fresh and bright. Love, love, love that citrus-y pop of color next to the navy, and inside the coat it will not have any negative impact on my complexion. Win!! Of course, it was silk charmeuse so I probably spent more on the lining than I did on the navy silk, but whatever. I am going to love it. 

JackieO inspiration

As for timing on the construction….TBD. It is not the next thing on my “sewing to-do” list, but it sure is the one that I am most excited about. What is on your sewing list these days?

Happy sewing!

Maris Olsen