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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Hitoe Weather

It’s Spring!
Warm and sunny one minute, then breezy and cool the next.
It’s the perfect season for layering.
Below, one on top of the other, my kimono silk, light weight jacket/blouses.
I call them ‘Hitoe’, the Japanese word for an unlined kimono.
Black over grey.
double hitoe
Then, as the day warms up, one layer will do.
A view of the grey, with pretty cherry blossoms.
single hitoe

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Jet Remainders Trench

This is why I love my customers.
Sharon came into my booth, took one look at this jacket, ‘Jet Remainders’ and asked for one like it, only in my longer, trench coat design.
Jet Remainders

How did she know I’d been wanting to do this? To piece a trench coat?
Thank You Sharon, for reading my mind!
Jet Remainders, Trench version, in progress.

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Happy Spring!

It’s spring and everything is exploding with new life!
Parrot Tulips, my favorite.
Magnolia trees, Wow, oh Wow.
Even my potted cactus,
[this is a first for me, I am jazzed!]
It’s the time for new beginnings.

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Mother of the Bride

There’s the rehearsal dinner, the ceremony, the reception, the brunch. What to wear? One outfit for all? Something different for each?
And what if you don’t, not ever, want one of those, well, you know, one of those dresses.
The beautiful Judy chose “Fragments”.
Judy MOB
Skirt and jacket sewn from pieced, Japanese kimono silk.

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