Friday, February 27, 2015

Goodbye Mr Spock, Spring 2015 Ottobre and A Burda Magazine Winner (but not in that order)

The Vintage Burda Magazine winner is...........Nhi. I'll send you an email shortly and post your Burda mag on Monday. I'll post the next vintage Burda magazine contest in a few weeks....

Today I received my issue of Ottobre Magazine and here is a preview:

This is definitely my favourite issue so far ...I've only been subscribing for a couple of years and I tend to like their designs....

And I couldn't let the day go without mentioning Mr Spock:
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Spock your $5 dollar bills....

Leonard Nimoy is gone and it hits me hard. I am a big fan. I feel a Star Trek weekend coming tribute

A friend and I have a running list of would-be-next-dead celebrities and while William Shatner is on that list, Leonard Nimoy never was...(Jimmy Carter, Phil Donahue, Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth are prominent on the list though).
It's a strange pass time.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

My Thread Holder - An Old Mettler Thread Case

 My thread usually sits in various small containers or in a drawer. And I never know what colours I have. I've looked and looked for different thread options - but they are ridiculously priced or they don't fit many spools.

This is nice but it's a bit fussy for me. I need to be able to see my thread and get to it and return it easily.
It's available here and at $10.99 the price may be right if you like this type of container.
And someone much more creative than me, made this beautiful one.
Source here complete with a how-to tutorial

I was considering one or two of these racks:

At 7.99 from the US Amazon (here) these are the right price. One
reviewer says "they are good for spices but not much else." I bet they would be perfect for thread spools too. 

Browsing Kijiji a few weeks ago I found an ad for an old Mettler Thread Case and I sent an email.

Here's what I picked up today....


I am so thrilled with it. Now I have a place for all my thread and it will be very visible. I'll know what colours I have and what ones I need for the next $1 sale at Fabricland

The small Guterman fit easily and the bigger ones a bit more awkwardly.
A shot of the entire cabinet

My new cabinet in her new home. If you live in the Hamilton area and would like one,
here is the Kijiji ad I purchased it from. It says $60 each but I talked her down to $20 and she had five left when I was there today....

Also, I am giving away a vintage Burda Magazine a month this year...the February 1979 issue draw is tomorrow.
 See this post for details.

What about you - where do you keep your spools of thread?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

February Challenge Post One: Robson Trench Muslin

Victoria's Fearless February Challenge is on and I am steadily working on the first of two trench coats. I've completed a few muslins so far...

I've been working - and working, and working - on a muslin for the Robson coat. It's a big project so I thought I should take the time to make a muslin. And I'm glad I did. I had to really go between a few sizes to get the fit I wanted. I also had to really work on the arms - the sleeves were originally too narrow and too long. I used the sleeve cap tutorial from sewnews - a simple yet important change to my sleeves. As you can see in the pics below, I am trying this muslin on with a heavy sweater underneath. Spring is cold in Ontario and the idea of being cold will keep me from wearing my trench. I decided I need to be able to wear multiple layers under mine. 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

A Stash of Fabric Ends and A Snow Day....

I've done a lot of shovelling of snow this week and, once inside, decided to do a little stash-busting. 

I found this site which had instructions for making a rag quilt and I had about half a metre of denim left over from a skirt I made last year. Here are some odds and ends in need of ironing. 

And after a quick review of the instructions, I just got started...

My dog, Elvis, couldn't resist seeing if the rag quilt was comfortable.

This is my first rag quilt and the back isn't as pretty as I'd like it to be...


I love the pieces with pockets showing on the back. I have no idea if you are supposed to use those pieces - I think not - but it turns out those are my favourite pieces

It measures about two feet by one foot. The perfect size for in front of my bathroom vanity.

There is just something about patchwork that I really like. I guess Elvis does too.
Please check out the post immediately after this one for a Burda Magazine Give Away.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Vintage February1979 Burda Magazine Give-Away

Here it is, the February 1979 Burda Magazine that I am giving away to one follower of this blog on February 25th.

This issue is all red and white with lots of long flowy dresses and some cardigans and jackets.

Here are the insert pattern pages - everything looks to be intact - including the English language translation inserts

If you're interested, just follow this blog and leave a comment below (with a way to reach you should you win...)

I will mail this anywhere in the world, so it is open to everyone. Good luck!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Sew Day - Snow Day

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On Sunday there was snow and snow and snow...
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I shoveled the driveway at 6 pm and by 8 you wouldn't have known that...and it snowed

The pattern runs from sizes 36 -44 and I tend to be a 44-46 but I think I sized up a bit too much. Still its a weekend sweatshirt, so I don't mind. I may make another, in blue, that is a bit smaller.

This is the second pick from the January Burda Challenge - finished today since everything is closed including the school I work at - so after 2 plus hours of shoveling, I turned to sewing.

I am also slowly working on two Robson coats for Victoria's February Challenge. I'll have the muslin pics and the fabric to show you for the next post...


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