Sunday, December 31, 2006

Sewing for Girls

If you are sewing for girls, check out these cool twirly skirts and tiered pants:
Alas my little darlings are grown now. But someday I may have granddaughters to sew for.

Shopping the sales.

I got myself over to Joann's for their after Christmas sale. They had McCall's patterns on sale for $1.99. And I found two I am dying to make. One is M5235 and is a Empire Top that will match my witchy gypsy style just perfectly. The other is M5230 the BOHO dress. Truly a pattern for someone who loves all the details of sewing. Not for the faint of heart as it has set in sleeves, a zipper, lots of trim, and all those time consuming tricky fabrics. Still, if you are going to sew, why not make it a showpiece.
I also found some crushed green velvet looking velour on the clearance aisle for a mere $2.50 a yard. It's gorgeous. I haven't been on a fabric shopping spree in a long time and it was making me a little nervous. But how could I resist cordoroy for $1.99 a yard. I bought enough black to make 2 pirate coats and some red just because I love that color and I'm sure I'll use it for something. This was one of the best sales I've seen. Beads were on sale, patterns, trim, books, yarn, scrapbooking stuff, all at least 40% off. And I still have my coupon for 40% off any one item that is not on sale. I couldn't use it because everything I bought was on sale, except the Pirates of the Carribean valentines, and those were only $2.99. I save it because it's good until Jan. 11 and I may just have to go back for more fabric since I bought 11 patterns.
I don't drink so instead of going out for New Year's Eve, I'm going to sew.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Tribal Style Pattern

I just got a majorly cool pattern from Folkwear. It's a tribal belly dancing costume pattern put together by Fat Chance Belly Dance.
It is a very complete pattern with everything from the choli to the skirts and pantaloons. Can't wait to pick out the fabric. Go take a look at the pattern:
Also, I paid for it with paypal and got it as quickly as could be expected.

Monday, June 19, 2006


Originally uploaded by fyrefantasy.
I'm planning to make velvet witch hats one of these days.

witchy toes

witchy toes
Originally uploaded by fyrefantasy.
A girl can't have too many striped socks.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006


At Walmart I make it a habit to always check the dollar table for fabric. Today I found some black jersey that will be perfect for a drapey top and some bright yellowish green sari type fabric. That color would be way too much on it's own, but if I make a petticoat with the green poking out as a ruffle under darker skirts it should add the perfect amount of zing. Or if I get lazy, I can turn it into a belly dancing veil.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

sewing can be tricky

I have 2 sewing machines and had to change the needles on both of them yesterday. The regular machine jammed and the bobbin thread bent the needle. On the other machine, I went to dust it and saw the needle was broken off. I don't know if my boyfriend broke it serging canvas or what happened exactly. So I vaccummed it out, rethreaded the thing and put in a new needle. By then I had no sewing time left. At least I got both waistbands started and the interfacing put in. I serged the raw edges on the silky pink fabric because it was raveling like a wildfire on a hill.
The next step is gathering all the tiers.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Close up of finger loop

Normally I use black elastic for the finger loop, but this time I went with black satin ribbon and it's perfectly comfortable.



These gauntlets (mitts, arm warmers) are made from a pair of striped stockings I got at the .99 store. I'm going to have a lot of fun wearing them.


This week I'm focusing on sewing a new wardrobe. I have two skirts cut out and I have to get interfacing before I can continue on. So after today's mail comes, I'm off to the fabric store and the post office.

The first skirt is a two-tiered gypsy skirt in pink and black silky/satiny fabric.
The second skirt is a two or three tiered gypsy skirt in orange and brown stripes in cotton.


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Original Fashion Design

I pretty much gave up on buying off the rack years ago. I've been sewing since I was a child so at this point I can pretty much design and sew whatever look I want. It's just a matter of finding the time and motivation to do it.