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Monday, February 20, 2017

Monday Morning Inspiration/Flower Power Fashion

Jill of The Denver Sewing Collective recently shared a link to a very interesting website, Moomooi. Now it's no secret that I love flowers, so...this was right up my alley :) 

Moomooi is the work of Meredith Wing. Her training and background is in fashion design as well as architecture. In 2014, her #SomeFlowerGirls illustrations rapidly gained a huge following and now her client list is mind boggling. She combines illustration with flowers, vegetables, and other found objects. I've included a few of my favorites below. You can see more HERE








Check out this video that showcases accessories featuring her delightful designs. I think she needs to start designing a fabric line!!!



Just goes to show...

“Love what you do and do what you love. Don't listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life.”

Ray Bradbury



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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday Night Reflections





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Sunday's Soup/Carrot-Ginger-Orange Soup

I have always loved flowers. I enjoy growing flowers, drawing flowers, as well as picking them and making arrangements...a bit of a flower child :)

Every year for Christmas, my nephew sends me an amaryllis plant. It arrives in a box just waiting to see the light of day. I immediately pull it out, give it a good watering, and wait for the magic to happen. This year's plant arrived quite close to Christmas, so the growth didn't really begin until about the middle of January. The blooms have been absolutely spectacular! At this point, it's a little past its peak, but still gorgeous. One bud has yet to open, so I should, fingers crossed, still have some blooms to enjoy into March.


On a trip to the grocery store a few weeks back, they had the loveliest hyacinths blooming in water. Not only were the blooms beautiful, the bulbs were a deep purple, a little like a purple onion. I thought that although they were forced to bloom, there might be a chance to save them. I would also like to save my amaryllis, so off to Google!

My search lead me to the loveliest website, Keven Lee Jacobs Delicious Living. The author is an award winning food, gardening, and lifestyle guru who lives in New York's Hudson Valley. As it turns out, since the hyacinths were forced in water, the bulbs are shot :(, but the good news is that my amaryllis can be saved, and he gives very detailed instructions on how to save the bulbs so that they'll bloom again next year. I'm so happy!!!   

While I was on Kevin's website, I just happened to stumble upon a picture that caught my attention. In a mug was a very vivid orange colored soup. The soup has some interesting ingredients. Along with the carrots, there's the zest and juice of a large orange and a good tablespoon of grated ginger. 


Once the carrots are tender, the soup is pureed, and then the orange zest, juice and ginger are added.


If you would like, 1/4 cup of cream is added at the very end. I thought it looked awfully pretty as it swirled into the carrot mixture.


Kevin serves the soup with a dollop of creme fraiche. I substituted a dollop of Greek yogurt. DELICIOUS!!!!!!!



A fabulous soup for lunch, or a light dinner. 

You can find a printable recipe HERE. This is one you will want to keep.

If you would like to take a look at Kevin's instructional video, I've added it below.



By all means, take a little time to look around on his website. Great info, inspiration, recipes, and beautiful pictures.

Have fun!



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Friday, February 17, 2017

A Thrifty Thursday Repeat/Raglan Sleeved Top

Almost 2 years ago to the day, I made up this raglan sleeved t-shirt for a Thrifty Thursday post. Wow, I can't believe that it was 2 years ago!!! 


The pattern is from On The Cutting Room Floor. It's a rather boxy top that includes a hip band.


You got a glimpse of the top in my last Sewbussted's Material Witness video. A number of you sent notes asking to see more...
So here it is,



If my memory serves me well, I believe that I added 2" to the bottom of the top to compensate for leaving off the bottom band.

As for the pattern placement, this was a fussy cute situation. The pattern was placed on the fabric to get just the right design. It's not perfect, but close enough ;) 


I recently wore the top to dinner at a friend's home. Two other couples had been invited whom I'd never met. When the hostess asked if I had made the top(she knows I sew), I said yes, and the other 2 women were shocked! Always a great compliment :) 

If you would like to give the pattern a try, you can find the FREE DOWNLOAD HERE

A few things to take note of:
*Be sure that the guide box is the correct size after printing.
*It is a boxy fit, so in order to get a fitted look, you will need to taper the side seams.

This is a fun pattern for mixing fabrics and a great way to use up a few scraps that are just too large to part with. 

There are a number of other free patterns on the website, so be sure to look around. 



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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Terrific Thursday With A Terrific 'T' Pattern Giveaway!

Happy Thursday Everyone!!! It's always a wonderful day when I get to give something away :)

What a great response there was to Londa Rohlfing's Terrific 'T' pattern giveaway! I had said that I would reveal my t-shirts today, but I am going to wait until next Tuesday. Later today I'm going to post a top that I did a while back for a Thrifty Thursday post. So many have asked to see it on me. You got a glimpse of it in the last Sewbussted's Material Witness video. Sorry to make you wait on my Terrific 'Ts', but I think the wait will be worth it :)

The winner of Londa's Terrific 'T' Pattern is.....


Kelly!!!!

Congratulations Kelly!
For those of you who don't know Kelly, you can find her at WeSewRetro as a contributing blogger. 
Be sure to email me at sewbussted@yahoo.com with your mailing info so I can pass it on to Londa.



For those of you who didn't win, you can find the Terrific 'T' pattern HERE. Londa also offers a PDF version which you can find HERE. I highly recommend spending the few extra dollars and waiting a few days for the printed version. A much better value. Remember that the pattern offers a darted and un-darted version of the t-shirt. A great feature. 

One little word of warning for those of you who have never made your own t-shirts...it's addicting!!!! Not a bad addiction though ;)  



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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A Better Mousetrap/And a Chance To Win!

We're always looking for a better mousetrap :) Well, maybe not a better mousetrap(I hope you don't have mice), but a better way of doing just about anything in our lives.

My grandmother had a very simple kitchen, an enamel sink that stood on legs, a huge stove that had a compartment for storing pots, a cabinet that my grandfather built that was basically just a very large Hoosier cabinet, a tiny little refrigerator, a small enamel top table...and that was it! But...just the thought of the food that came out of that kitchen still makes my mouth water. Her utensils were simple. Eggs were always whipped with a fork, until my cousin gave her a little whisk for Christmas. She absolutely loved it, and she was amazed by how easy it was to whip her eggs!!! Something that most all of us take for granted today. 

Well, I have a better mousetrap to share with you today! 

For so many who sew, the perpetual cry is difficulty in fitting. As we all know, fitting a pattern begins with great and accurate measurements. 

My friend Helen Haughey called a few weeks ago and told me that she is now carrying in her Etsy shop a tape measure that she thinks is fabulous. She wanted to send one to me so I could see what I think. I was a little skeptical at first, but, out of the package and it's the only tape measure that I want to use for taking body measurements!


The tape measure is called Easy-Check, and it's made in Germany. What makes it special is the snap and glider system. Just snap it around the body where you would like to take a measurement and then adjust the glider. Once unsnapped, the glider stays in place and gives you an extremely accurate measurement. No more trying to hold your finger at just the exact right spot, and then wondering if your finger slipped.


The tape measure also makes a great guide for marking the waistline. Just snap it around the waist and then adjust the glider. It will stay in place and then any measurement can be accurately taken.


Since I don't want to give mine away ;), Helen was very gracious to offer a free Easy-Check Tape Measure to a lucky winner!!!

If you would like to win an Easy-Check of your very own, just leave a message on this post. You'll have until midnight Monday, February 20th to leave a message. I'll announce the winner next Tuesday, February 21st. 

But...if you can't wait, you can always pop over to Helen's Etsy shop and pick one up for yourself. I think it's a great addition to your sewing tools. It really is a better mousetrap :)

Good Luck!   



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Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday Morning Inspiration/Oscar de la Renta Resort 2017

Last week, I told you about a book that I was reading, Gary, The Most American of All American Cities. I found the book to be extremely interesting, and enlightening. Rather than watch the Grammy Awards last night, I finished my book. How are you when you finish a book that you have thoroughly enjoyed? Maybe you're like me, I close the book, hold it for a moment, turn it over and re-read the back cover, hold it in my hands for a few moments longer as I ponder what I've just read, and then rather sadly say goodbye. Isn't it wonderful though when you read something that really touches you? Now the search is on for the next great read :)


I've been sharing quite a bit of lace inspiration recently. The Haute Couture Club of Chicago will have a lace challenge at our next meeting. What usually takes place is our speaker will have about 45 minutes to give their presentation. Then we move into the challenge. Everyone who participates will have made something that they feel fits the criteria of the challenge. They put on their garment and then explain what they have done. It's always a lot of fun to see what everyone has made. So I am hoping that with all the inspiration that I've found, we'll have some knock out pieces for our fashion show which will be Sunday, May 7, 2017.

When I was looking for a fashion show of the Valentino 2017 Resort Collection last week, I stumbled upon the Oscar de la Renta Resort Collection. It's a beauty! This collection also showcases a number of lace pieces that I thought were especially lovely.

The collection mixes tweeds with lace and little sweaters. Love the peek-a-boo lace near the hem.


Lace godets add an airy touch to a tweed dress.


Love this little flapper inspired lace cocktail dress. Perfect combination of 2 laces and feathers.


This dress has applied lace on the tulle. The back of the bodice is lace.


Lace insets in the jacket.


Crochet is also a form of lace.


Love the combination of the stretch lace tee with the pieced skirt. 


I left the last 2 images in their larger size so you could really see the application of the lace. So pretty.




If you would like to see more still pictures from the collection, you can find them HERE at Vogue.com. 

There are many other pieces that are especially pretty, and there's nothing better than actually seeing the clothes move, so I've included the fashion show below. It's not too long :) 



Hope you enjoyed the show!
Have a great week!!!
Rhonda



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