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Painted Lady

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Pictured is Meg’s latest embellishment project – this corset was to be ‘made steampunk’  for the lovely Julie from Stonehill. Meg used fabric paint, ribbon and a tassel to create a new look from a plain black corset.  Modeled by Jamie


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September 14, 2011 at 2:00 pm

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I gank’d this from urban threads. It is perfect for my sewing room door. I mean, we already call my janome “the robot”.

Welcome to the sewing room. It has been 1 days since the last attempted robot uprising. Please alert management of any unusual sewing machine behavior.
Welcome to the sewing room. It has been 1 days since the last attempted robot uprising. Please alert management of any unusual sewing machine behavior.

I love sewing!

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May 19, 2011 at 5:55 pm

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All the Pretty Dresses

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The Rhymes with Stitch consortium had our first playdate… ah… organized learning experience.

The Florida International Museum at St Petersburg College is currently displaying CUT! Costume and the Cinema. The collection is actual movie costumes created by Cosprop of London. The attraction for us was that Cosprop is all about historic accuracy.

The exhibit is open until May 16th

I liked seeing the sumptuous fabrics and incredible details. I think we had every docent and guard come by and remind us not to touch anything. Ok, we might have made them a bit nervous getting down on our knees and looking up dresses. Or holding hands to balance while we leaned over the displays like Wily Coyote over a cliff.  By the end of the visit we had three docents around us discussing vintage clothes and types of fabrics. If Meg had had her business cards I think she could have passed out a half dozen.

 The display is small, only 43 outfits and the accompanying movie playing on a loop doesn’t seem to belong to this exhibit.  But, it did make me want to see the V&A museum in England.

 I definitely got something for my $5. Those elaborate outfits are so many layers of design, well planned layers to build not just shapes but color depth. I would have liked the displays to be brighter lit but understand that it helps protect the fabrics to keep the lighting low.

 I’ve picked out a dress from The Prestige to copy, or at least riff off,  for my next SteamPunk outfit. More on that as I get closer to it. (and hopefully a screen cap to use along with all my wild scribbles done on the fly)

 Jamie and Meg liked the billowy red dress shown on most of the ads for the exhibit. It is huge and made of miles red silk. Silk Gauze, who knew it was so gorgous.  The amazing dress is from a political satire Land of the Blind and worn by the tiny Laura Flynn Boyle. That chica is tiny!


 Totally worth it with student discount.

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April 30, 2010 at 5:59 pm

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Original Sewing and Quilting Expo

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Tampa 2010

 Pros – vendors of all those things you seen in blogs and forums- you can touch and feel and grope some really cool toys. You can see some nice demos. I’m a hands-on gal and I could spend the whole day in the Vendor hall. (which I should have done)

            -small but lovely displays of quilts and even, gasp, garments!

            – nice people, anywhere you sit you can start a conversation. I met some charming  ladies

Cons – most of the lecture type classes are just sales pitches.

            did I mention that some of the classes are a waste of money?

 Ok, this was my third time and I should have known better. My first OSQE was many years ago. I spent most of the day in classes and didn’t leave enough time to really peruse the stuff for sale. But my classes were with people like Cynthia Guffey who is actually teaching something along with a very restrained pitch. And that is the only thing restrained about her, she is a crack-up and talent just oozes out of her. I want to snuggle up against her like a cat marking her territory hoping some of her talent rubs off.  (but I wouldn’t want to work for her, wow, she is a perfectionist)

My other stuff was more hands-on. The best part was these wonderful women who were years ahead of me in age and sewing skills helping me through. I will always appreciate the  mom/teacher type who stopped me from slicing off my finger with one of weird circle slicey things (aka my first encounter with a rotary cutter)

 After “my epiphany” in sewing, I attended last year. Again I did a huge amount of classes, and even took time off work to really soak in the experience and hang out all day for three days. Some of the classes were good, (Cynthia looking a bit more grey than blond but still a pistol was still very informative) but many where really so-so or just plain bad. Melanie Coakley did one great class, so great I rearranged my schedule to attend what turned out to be a three hour pitch for Floriani that I could have got at the booth for free. That was ~$45 I could have spent on stabilizer instead.

 So, this year I limited myself to the minimum number to qualify for the cheap rate. Next year I may just buy a hall pass. (~$10 a day)

Well, I have to say I really enjoyed Diana Cedolia’s Digitzing lecture. Not having a laptop, I’m limited to lectures on software instead of hands-on but she had a plan and gave out clear directions. Even though she was using a different program, I feel like I got something out of it.

 Jim Suzio  is a man after my own sewing heart, he does copycats and he does them on the cheap.

The great part was getting to grope the dresses he sewed that were part of the garment display. As a teacher, I found him a bit disorganized but as a student he was very fun to listen too. I would count this class as very inspirational.

Hope Yoder  taught the other class I took. le sigh. Such a nice lady. Local, Funny. Obviously very talented; I wanted to love the class. Again, not so much. She is selling a button making do-hicky. A very pricey button making do-hicky. And she was pitchin’ it hard.  Now, if said button making do-hicky made garment buttons of reasonable and variable size, it would have been an easy sale. But how many 1 ½ in fabric covered (and/or embroidered) buttons does one need? Well, according to all of the ‘crafts’ displayed. Lots!      ahem.

Just so many dust collectors to me.

 Anyway, all of the embellishment ideas she was sharing were connected in some way to something she was selling. The only redeeming point was she is really talented and passed around some lovely pieces.  

And in the end,  I spent the money “I saved” on Floriani stabilizer (don’t laugh, it is good stuff) and a Fasturn

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February 20, 2010 at 7:15 pm

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