New Skirt

A new skirt! Pieced silk strips cut into triangle shaped panels and joined together.
I thought I was finished.
It needed, had to have, could not possibly go without, appliquéd squares.
So, OK, there is no arguing with a skirt that knows what it needs.
New skirt, pieced from Japanese kimono silks,
with added appliquéd squares.

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Tumbling Swing

A few weeks ago I was just finishing the panels for a swing coat.
The next step, sew those pieces together, then, cut out the pattern pieces.
The last step, sew those pieces into a coat.

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Finish, Turn, Begin

I love my work. I love to sit in my studio, radio on, surrounded by gorgeous silks, lost in my world, sewing pretty things.
It is the very best.
And I love to go to the shows and meet the people who come and look and ask questions.
And when they find a piece that speaks to them, as though I made it just for them? It’s a connection, I spoke and was heard. It’s what we all want, isn’t it? To be heard.
Coming home from a show with orders, it keeps me going!
This little top, for under a ‘Hitoe’, it’s my last order from the Baltimore show.
There is one thing that is at least as good as a pile of orders after a show.
It’s when I have finished the last one and I turn and begin again.
New work! The sky is the limit.
I can’t wait to start!
A close up of the gorgeous kimono silk for the top.

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Tumbling Swing Coat

Could I make this ‘Tumbling Skirt’ design into a swing coat? I said yes!
I love the idea!
Tumbling Skirt and Jacket
All last week I was lost in a world of kimono silk bits, cutting, sewing, recutting and resewing into 16 panels.
The pieced panels, now ready to be sewn into a coat.
The scraps, an art piece of their own.

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Add and Mix

In 2010 I made a Mother of the Groom outfit for Mary Jane, in pinks with silver beads.
A few years later, for more mix and match options, I added in a pieced top and grey skirt.
Time flies! Turn around and grandchildren arrive.
Mother's Day
With her gorgeous daughter-in-law and 3 adorable grandchildren, wearing the original jacket and the new top and skirt.

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Spring Forward

Outside everything is new and fresh! Flowers screaming for attention. Bees are at it. Birds are calling. It’s time for beginnings. And I am listening.
New piles of fabrics on my tables. I have plans for each.
And for combinations. Pattern on pattern.
I am flying! A few are finished.
Layers of ‘Hitoes’.
It’s Spring, no time to waste!

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Threads Magazine, June/ July 2016

A few months ago, Stephani Miller, the special projects editor from Threads Magazine, visited my website and spotted my ‘Cut Sleeve’ jacket. She contacted me and asked for a how-to article for the magazine.
cut sleeve cropped Threads is a great magazine, full of wonderful sewing ideas and technical advice.
Of course I said yes! It is an honor to be included.
And Hooray! It’s out now, in the current issue, June/July 2016.
A beautiful layout, so good!
Thank You Threads and Stephani!

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Garden Allure

Sunday is usually my day to add to my blog.
But look at this! From my breakfast window. This gorgeous rose, enticing me to come out.
And besides, I had spent Saturday at the Clackamas County Master Gardeners plant sale and came home with plants, plants, plants.
Like this oh so cute “Fairy Puff”, a round soft ball of an evergreen.
A few “Lime Marmelade” hucheras.
And this cool, fuzzy lavender, “Lemon Fizz”.
A pretty little ceanothus.
I seem to have a yellow/green thing going. I am loving that color!
And my peonies were close to opening and needed to be staked.
Not a day too soon. By this morning, in full form.
Whew! By the end of the day, all in the ground.
Spring! There is no resisting.

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Tiny Bits Jacket

Ordered, ‘Tiny Bits’, a pieced kimono silk jacket.
Last Monday, it was on my calendar, to sew a new by the end of the week.
My plan, day one, finish my previous project. Next, start this new one and complete.
By Friday.
Tiny Bits Jacket
Does this happen to you?
Other things? Interruptions? Life?
Friday, 8pm and I am here.
Stay tuned.

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A Trench and Two Hitoes

Finished! The pieced trench I’ve been working on.
Sewn from beautiful kimonos silks.
Sharon trench
And for under, a Hitoe. One of my unlined jackets, soft like a blouse.
Sharon Hitoe 1
Under the trench.
Sharon trench hitoe
And a second Hitoe.
Sharon Hitoe 2
To go over the other.
Sharon Hitoe 1 and 2
And these two together, under the trench.
Sahron Trench Hitoe 1 and 2
Or the other the other way around, with the darker Hitoe under, then the lighter and then the trench on top.
Sharon trench Hitoe 1 and 2 det
What a fun project this was!
It was the perfect way to indulge my passion for layers and patterns on pattern.

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