Monday, April 27, 2015

Spring Stuff...

Little by little and day by day, it is warming up! Time for me to crawl from my winter hovel and meet the sunshine. I'm very excited this year; as you know, last year I allowed my veggie gardens to lay fallow - they need a good recuperative sleep now and again - and honestly, I felt restless and lost not tending to anything. Ahhh, a new season means new life - my garden lives again! 

Meet Black Cat, feral feline Queen of my back yard, Protectress of my garden from lesser creatures than she, particularly the rodent variety...

I decided it was time to reorganize my seeds and give them a better sleeping and breathing place than Ziplock bags; I've been wanting to do this for a while. Don't you just love the tiny clothes pins?

Evidence of life after a long Winter's rest! 




I picked up a few new vintage patterns to add to my collection. I can't wait to make that 1940s Butterick blouse!

And, a very quick, one hour project: a new Regency shift - my old one is well worn and well loved, and recently retired...

Yay, Spring has finally sprung - Mother Nature hasn't forgotten Ohio! Blessings and happy sewing!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Navy Blue Linen Spencer

It took me longer than expected to complete the matching Spencer to the navy blue linen jumper. The Spencer is hand-sewn for the greater part, except for the piping and ruching detail, which are machined. Like the jumper, the Spencer is closed with punched metal buttons. Digital imagery is terrible when it comes to trying to capture color, particularly blue and black. The blue of the Spencer (and jumper) is very dark, and the piping is a true blue (or prime blue), not royal. However, the cat hair shows up rather well (*snort*)!

Here she be: 

I'd like to construct a complementary bonnet or turban - I'm leaning toward the turban. Hopefully, Spring will decide to arrive in the great State of Ohio so I can get out and have some photos taken of me in all this Regency finery! 

Can you believe it's nearly April? Blessings and happy sewing!