March 29, 2009

Earth Hour - YAH!

Turn up the volume to hear - "A Change is Gonna Come" - YAH!

March 26, 2009

Loungers Unite!

Stop by my sewing colleague Blondell's Sassy Sewer Sewing Lounge next time you are in the Baltimore environs! She has a terrific space and lots of great classes and other opportunities to learn to sew or to hone your skills. But better than all of that is that Blondell is another sewist who is passionate about keeping the art of sewing alive and well and fashionable!!!! You go.....

Click on the photo of her Lounge to link to the Sassy Sewer website:

And here is Blondell's blog:

GO SEW!!!!!!

March 25, 2009

Off the Shoulder (and Cuff) Elegance

Love ya Kristof but makes me wish you had a sista right now!! Once again, click on Ms Obama!

P.S. Gotta love the Narciso Rodriguez off the shoulder!

March 15, 2009

DC Threads Sewing Lounge - March 09

Just a couple of photos from this month's Lounge!!!

Talkin' 'Bout a Revolution!!!

Twenty more talented and enthusiastic sewists showed up for DC Threads yesterday! The folks that came through the door are some of the most genuinely nice, curious and talented people I have met in a long time! We had every age and level of expertise represented, we again had a couple of three generations sit down and tackle projects together, and this weekend we boasted our first Y chromosome!!! Nice!

Many, many, many, many thanks to our terrific volunteers who help keep the amazing energy in the room from turning into sheer chaos!! We are not worthy of your talent!!

The "Breezy Simple Summer Blouse" was a big hit! We hope to see 15 beauties stroll in next month wearing their new, chic creations.

Here are some pics from the day!!

March 13, 2009

Beautiful, Useful and Thankfilled!

Here is a great gift to make for your sewist friends - colorful ribbon-bedecked pattern weights! Omega shared this idea with me at recent sewing meet-up. I whipped up 4 sets of these to give as thank you gifts to our DC Threads Sewing Lounge volunteers!

You start with 2-inch metal washers (that's right, head to the local INDEPENDENT hardware store), about 1 yard of 1/2 to 5/8-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon per weight (from your LOCAL fabric/craft shop), and a glue gun or crafting glue.

Super super simple - just glue one end of the ribbon to the washer/weight and start wrapping the ribbon 'round and 'round and 'round. Be certain to keep the ribbon taut and evenly spaced as you wrap.

When you have completely covered the washer with ribbon, clip the ribbon- be certain to leave enough ribbon to fold under the raw edge - and then add a dab of glue and voile!

A snazzy handmade gift sure to be well used and appreciated!

March 12, 2009

Front Page of the Style Section!

Well sort of.....

Check out the article about DC Threads in the Examiner by Makia Riely the DC Frugal Examiner

Yikes - I think we are gonna need more volunteers sooooon!!!

A Wee Topper for a Wee Cherub

Welcome Corrina. We are SOOOO glad you made it here safe and sound! We celebrate you!

Here is a wee cap to keep the wee one's cabeza calor!

March 10, 2009

"Feith-Based" Fashion!

Tracy Feith and Susan Winget, his girlfriend and business partner, and their son, Boomer, shot for W in 2006 outside their shop in Montauk, New York.

March 3, 2009

Ya Got No Excuses! Learn to Sew!

Thanks to Ann @ Ann's Fashion Studio in Brrrrrrrunswick Canada for compiling this list of FREE instructional sewing videos. So, in between events at the DC Threads Sewing Lounge (but, of course, NEVER instead of!) you can stay put, holed up in your studio/bedroom/closet (wherever you can eek out a space for creativity) and LEARN TO SEW!
Click on the The Adventures of Sally Stitch for more information about the videos!

Stitch on!

March 1, 2009

Yes - You CAN Sew!

Here are the three beginner projects we designed for the DC Threads Sewing Lounge! With about a yard or so of fabric and an afternoon you can add these new looks to your summer wardrobe! Join us at the Lounge - be a designer!

Super simple summer shirt - two rectangles, a yard of ribbon, two side seams, a casing for the ribbon, and a hem! That's it! I raided my stash and found this a medium weight cotton batik from G-Street!

Inspiration came from these - McCall's and Micheal Kors

A quick drawstring skirt - made of another stash cut - a black cotton damask.

Two tiny buttonholes for the drawstrings but you could also use grommets

And then the famous bag! An original design by Allison.

Another stash favorite - African print with gold paint embellishment!

As seen in the far reaches of Nicaragua - Ah Bueno!!!!

At the La Concorida sewing lounge for the Casa de Materna - made on treadle machines!

So join us at the Sewing Lounge!!!