Monday, August 27, 2012

I hate to admit it - but homedec revived my sew-jo!

Dear readers,

It's true.  I dislike home dec very much.  Seriously.  Interior design is not my forte.  But sewing a few pillow on our new sectional from Crate and Barrel (the lounge series - we just keep buying the same couches) revived my sewing mojo.

I sewed the pillows with invisible zippers (I have no idea why - the material is dry clean only and we have dogs).  I am recovering the round cube ottomans/tables in the living room as well in these colors.

And for the rest of the project  -  in the linen color below - we plan to put up curtains to protect the couch from the sun - and give us a respite from below.  We have a fantastic view to the ocean but hopefully the curtains won't interfere.  My other concern with the curtains - our window is 112" W X 64" H - that's a lot of fabric.

This weekend I sewed a lined A-line skirt, and two Anthropologie style tank tops, not to mention straps for a strapless dress.  So, more posts to come!

Good luck for those of you in Hurricane Isaac's path - my thoughts are with you!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Steampunk for Halloween?

Dear readers,

Where has the summer gone?  We've been super busy at work, and new people have joined our team - seriously reducing the workload for all!  More time for sewing, cycling, and other pursuits here at the Ps house.  Back in the sewing studio, I opened the new Simplicity patterns page and found some new costumes for Halloween, steampunk style:

I actually dressed as a vampire last year - but everyone at work thought I was steampunk:)  Crazy.  Here's a picture of me before J. and I went to the West Hollywood Halloween Festival.  I guess if I am going this route I better start watching the Downey movie version of Sherlock Holmes, stat. (which, while fun,  simply don't equate with the wonderful Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novels).

Audra has great steampunk style and has these lovely leather harnesses at Etsy I'd love to have for everyday wear!

And, Gertie  has me excited about making a corset as well.

Finally, I've been coveting the new vintage lingerie patterns at Mrs. Depew Vintage.

Have you begun thinking of Halloween?  I'd love to hear everyone's ideas.