Wednesday, June 22, 2016

graphic photos and safety gear

Hi Readers,

It has been awhile, hasn't it?  I have been working on my shirtmaking skills, as well as the usual mix of dog walking, horse training, reading, and fiddling with the house.  Oh, and various problems coming my way as I also am active on my HOA Board.  Life is good.

So, shirtmaking.  There is something so satisfying about working with a fine woven and building a shirt to your exact specifications.  I have used 2 patterns recently, both from Sewing Workshop.   They are the Siena and Cortona.  


The first is the Siena shirt.  I made it using some scraps in my stash, knowing at some level that the style was Just Not Right for me.  After a lot of analysis, I think it has to do with the vertical seams which form part of the sleeve.  These same quasi-princess seams are also on the Quincy jacket and I had the same problem with them.  The lines hit too far toward my shoulder, throwing the balance of the shirt off.  I could alter every piece, but why?  There are too many other patterns to try.

Onto the Cortona shirt.  This is a more traditional shirt, but with some wonderful features.  The collar and band are cut as one, the cuffs are narrow and perfectly flattering, the slight peplum is a feminine touch, and the darts are really pretty.  
I was so taken with Martha's Cortona that I copied her and used a B/W print as did she.  BTW, her blog Now Sewing is always a feast for the eyes.  Here is Martha's Cortona-


Onto more B/W graphic prints.  I got a new phone recently, an LG V10 and it is great.  But my cell phone case for riding is too small for this oversized phone.  So, I used some wonderful home dec fabric which my friend Janet gave me.  (Janet is a highly creative fiber artist and her website is gorgeous!  janetwindsor.com )

The graphic fabric is perfect for handbags and accessories (thanks so much Janet!).  My case has fusible batting, D rings for attaching to a strap or to the saddle, and 2 pockets.  The pockets are for my ID, and another for Carmex.  I'm pretty chuffed about this little case, and plan to make a few more as I now know adding velcro has to be done when everything is flat :-)  



Griff is settling in and is a wonderful companion when he isn't gnawing on my hands, feet or nose.  He also is learning that his nickname is NO since he hears it so often.  He is a lizard killer extraordinaire, which make me incredibly sad and pissed off when he gets one.  It is too late at that point-I have missed my chance to control the situation.  He is on a leash in the backyard most of the time now, to even the playing field.  We love him, and are happy to have an affectionate, tolerant dog sharing our space.  

Finally, here we are with the "kids" at Wendy and Albert's wedding.  Wendy is in red and in the center, with Albert to the right directly above me.  Katie is Albert's sister and is sitting next to me with her husband.  These young adults are our hope for the future-all hard working, very smart, very caring, very successful in their lives.  I couldn't be more pleased to count myself as part of these families.

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  1. Sounds like nice peaceful times. Love your Cortana, it really suits you!

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  2. Well, how fun to see your post pop up in my dashboard! And then bonus - you made a very lovely Corona. Thanks for the shout-out to me. I agree with your assessment about this pattern. Haven't made the other one yet.

    And your b&w bag - perfect! I was just thinking about making something similar. Seriously. Where did you put the velcro?

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    1. I really like this pattern and am starting another with some extra removed through waist and bodice length. For the bag, I used velcro to close the outer pocket where my ID is, and to close the tab folded over the opening of the main bag. Buttons would be cute, but I needed something I could manage with one hand as the other would be holding reins.

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  3. I like your Cortona! I'm hoping to make another one soon with some tweaks. To answer your question, it was 103 in ABQ over the weekend!

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    1. damn, it's hot all over the Southwest.
      I'd be interested to see your tweaks on the Cortona. I am making another with some alterations.

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    2. 103??? I read that a couple of times before I *got* it. A great excuse to stay inside and sew.

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  4. Mary, Love your cortana,I like the way it fits. Also your phone bag is fantastic.
    Keeping those dogs behaving...is something.smile.
    Take care and have a great week.

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    1. Hi Judy-thanks! I like this shirt, and am making another in a soft cotton which will drape more. I starched the dickens out of this one for the photo. :-)

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  5. Oh yes, these shirts are just perfect - and I agree, sewing life is far too short to waste on patterns that do not flatter.

    I am curious about your "family". Did you host students in your home in the days prior to my meeting you via blogland?

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    1. Hi Sarah Liz, Albert, Katie and Audette (not pictured) were born here to refugee parents. We sponsored their father and his cousin, who had been in Vietnamese "re-education" camps for years. We helped them navigate the US and Khanh eventually settled in CA. He was able to bring his wife, sister and parents over. I am honored to be considered family.

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    2. What a wonderful thing to do. No wonder you are considered family - because you are! More than that, you have helped them to a new life of safety and opportunity, so no wonder you are cherished by them.

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  6. So good to read another post from you Mary! Your new shirt looks great, as does your outfit for the wedding. :) Oh no about the poor lizards that cross your doggie's path! You are brave to serve on the HOA; I went to one meeting where everyone was yelling at everyone else and I never went back!

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    1. haha...should I write a blog post about the perils of HOA service?

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  7. Lovely shirt Mary, looks perfect on you.I've never tried that SW pattern. The bag is pretty darn spectacular too. You've made some beauties through the years and this one is no exception. Lizards must be the AZ equal of squirrels
    and oh heck, a dogs gotta do what a dogs gotta do. Yuck!
    Pets all around. Good to see the updates.

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    1. Thanks T, I like the pattern and hope to improve the next version. Lizards=squirrels though are not as tasty.

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  8. Aw, no puppy pictures??? I hope you keep your cell phone case around your neck. If something happens and you and Nick part company, your phone will do you no good if it's still attached to your horse!

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    1. ha-we both know this, don't we? I'll get some puppy pics soon.

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  9. Your shirt looks great on you. And your hair is so pretty - the color is so flattering to you.

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  10. Nice shirt, great phone case, love your hair and your family photo. Off to find out what HOA service is!

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    1. Anne, it is Homeowner's Assc. for planned developments. They are both good and bad.

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  11. You look beautiful as always and your sewing skills shine. Beautiful family!

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  12. Thanks for the kind words and I knew you'd make something wonderful with that fabric. Love that bag.

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  13. Hi Mary, love your new shirt and phone case. Beautiful family picture :)

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  14. Love all the clothing you've made lately! More energy for sewing than I have! :)

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  15. Your new phone bag is inspiring me Mary and your shirt looks wonderful, casual with TSW chic.

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  16. Your shirt is lovely... You did this pattern justice!
    I made a bag similar to this to carry my passport and cash when visiting New York City, an over the shoulder one too, it was great...

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