Posts Tagged ‘Lavender’


Inspired by film

September 8, 2010

I have not been doing much sewing lately. For the past week my apartment has been full of guests and a kitten we inherited when my husband’s grandfather passed away. More about the cat later except to say that his presence has done wonders for Lavender who seems happy to  have someone to play with…until she gets fed up and takes a swipe at him.

My time has been taken up with relatives and I’ve been sleeping in the sewing room on a futon that takes up most of the floor space so sewing has been difficult.

This doesn’t mean that I haven’t been inspired to sew however.

Awhile back, I had the opportunity to watch The Great Debaters on tv while I was sewing a dress I have yet to photograph (must buy tripod). I found it to be a really well done movie and I could not stop thinking about the costumes, particularly what Samantha wore.

I loved the colours…

and the details on this jumper (my mother’s terminology, what would you call it?)…

and this vest/corset top…

And I basically already have a plan for making this skirt.

It won’t be in those colours as yellow tones are not nearly as flattering on me as they are on Jurnee Smollet, and it probably won’t be plaid either, but the buttons are a must.

If I manage it, it will be my third use of Vogue 7937 which is quickly becoming one of my favourite skirt patterns…never really thought I’d be a pencil skirt girl but I seem to be liking them.

So my internal style nomad seems to have wandered to the 1930’s and intends add a stylized touch of it to my wardrobe.


SWAP Progress

April 22, 2010

Iam racing against time to get my first SWAP done in time for the deadline, so blogging about sewing has taken a back seat to the actual sewing. I just wanted to stop in and share my progress though.

Here’s what I have so far (apologies for photo quality)

SWAP bottoms

These are the four bottoms I have made: 3 pairs of pants and a skirt. They’ve all been worn in my day to day life as well. Because I am doing SWAP #1, these four mean I am done that part of the SWAP – YAY!

SWAP tops

Here are the four tops I have completed so far. I have two blouses, a vest and a stretchy top. This leaves me with two more blouses and my wildcard option to go.

I’m planning to do a simple dress for my wildcard option and the only element I still have to include is matched stripes. I’m working on that blouse right now and will post about my trials and tribulations with it soon.

So, what does the boss think of this?


I thought so…gotta get back to work.


The new assistant

April 9, 2010

Well the lack of posting around here makes it clear that I have been quite busy, so it has been decided that I need a supervisory assistant to make sure I get the sewing done right.

This is Lavender. She’s a shelter cat who came into our life through the animal rescue group Action Volunteers for Animals who operate in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario. I was really impressed with the dedication of the volunteer staff who took her future very seriously and made me promise to bring her back to visit at some point.

While she has very little of the attitude expected of the average Tortoiseshell cat, she has enough of it that I am sure she is head of her clique at her Victorian boarding school, so the name stays. She’s also bossy enough that the supervisory role in the sewing room comes easily to her. For example, in the above photo she exhibits clear disapproval with my pattern pieces.

Here she inspects my dart pinning.

Hopefully, with her help, I’ll get this SWAP done on time.