Monday, September 28, 2009

Fancy French Ribbons


And another thing... I finally found a resource for colorful twill tape and fancy french ribbons! I should have my first order in about two weeks. I've got some bias tape coming, espresso colored velvet ribbon, poly/cotton piping in a french blue and some Charm Stitch color-coordinated satin ribbon.

Next up: zippers and Gutermann thread.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Three Weeks...


In just about three weeks baby G will be coming home. Yikes! Eric got the crib together yesterday. I spent the entire afternoon organizing and editing baby clothes. I haven't sewn anything for Charm Stitch/Mira & Westie all week. However, there is one exception. I was asked by Mary at Typecast to collaborate on a tea towel napkin project that may appear in an upcoming entertainment guide for Baltimore Magazine.
We started with linen, I sewed the napkins, Mary printed the darling apples overnight, and then I came back to hand embroider the seeds and little running stitches. It took hours and hours because we made 8 and two cocktail napkins. Thanks to Sublime Stitching, I learned some new embroidery techniques, beyond the lazy daisy & french knots I picked up in the Modern Trousseau class with Heather Ross over the summer. Hopefully I'll be posting a photo from the magazine in a couple of months! And if so, I can take orders and fulfill them at the Charm Stitch Trunk Show this December. Woo hoo.
Please excuse the photo! It was late, available lighting, and I was in a dreadful hurry.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Shelley Zips


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Originally uploaded by charm stitch

About a month ago I created one of these for Shelley's birthday. Referencing some of the directions for the pencil case in Simple Sewing with a French Twist I have made and remade these so that I have come up with my own method that avoids hand-stitching. Not bad for someone formerly afraid of anything that needed a zipper foot on her sewing machine. I hope to keep refining these so that I can put them on my Mira & Westie etsy shop, just as soon as I get my new logo.

Anna Griffin & Tory Burch


Inspired by the springiness of these floral print Tory Burch designs from Fall Fashion Week...


I stumbled across some Anna Griffin fabrics this morning and feel compelled to acquire them for Charm Stitch. Feeling inspired to do some new projects for our winter trunk show (details forthcoming).


The floral combo has the kind of confusing design, reminiscent of the 70's that makes me wonder if I love it or hate it. I think I love it.


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Required Reading.





These are the books on my required sewing reading & reference list.
From top to bottom:
Simple Sewing, Lotta Jansdotter
Seams to Me, Anna Maria Horner
Simple Sewing with a French Twist, Celine Dupuy
Last Minute Patchwork & Quilted Gifts, Joelle Hoverson
Amy Butler's Little Stitches for Little Ones
Weekend Sewing, Heather Ross
Quilts, Denyse Schmidt

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Mira & Westie Photos!

Just had the first photo shoot today with John Davis at Studio Mobtown, where we will be hosting the first ever Trunk Show from Charm Stitch/Mira & Westie on Sunday, December 6.

This is my one-sided apron. I have also designed a reversible apron which is twice as much fun and was originally blogged here (sadly, the yellow polka dots are now out of print).

I love this photogenic green chair & the studio has elements of an anthropologie spread with all the interesting architectural details, textures, nooks and crannies.

Of course, John's discriminating eye and my sister, Kristin's perfect figure don't hurt one bit.

So thanks, John and Keeks!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Kid Kimono Fever


Dropped Miss Mira off to her Grandma Linda and now, 4 hours later and I have finished the Oliver + S Bedtime Story Pajama. To save time, I had prepped my pattern by tracing and cutting out my new Olympus polka dots. This fabric is every bit as lovely as I imagined to work with. It has the textured look of linen with the fineness of a handkerchief. I do recommend the Oliver + S patterns to anyone looking to learn new tricks or how to sew more professionally. They are expertly designed and edited. But MAN does it take a long time for me to read and process patterns as I sew. I'm sure it goes much easier the second time around but generally, after the long process of getting something finished I just can't imagine wanting to revisit it. But revisit I must or these may become the most expensive kid pajamas in history.

NeXt Up:
Tea Party Sundress in 0-3 months and 2T.
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