|Bella likes the 3994 fabric|
Right now I'm fixing again a too-strong magnet snap on the front of a lovely green leather purse. It tore through the lining about the 4th day I used it. I repaired it once, but sort of over-repaired it: in trying to weaken the magnet a bit, I over-weakened it & it wouldn't stay shut at all. Now I think I've got the magnet just the right amount of weakened, and am hand-sewing it in via an interfacing-lined contrasting patch. I hope it works because I really like the purse...lots of pockets & shiny green leather. Yum!
While sewing, I usually watch stuff on hulu as we don't have a TV. Right now I'm thrilled that Project Runway 11 is on, and especially excited because there's a Native American woman (from Taos Pueblo) on this year & she's good. Patricia Michaels, has great turquoise jewelry, too, which I envy. I don't really want to be a designer, I really just wish I could zoom back to Abu Dhabi & get Mohammed to copy some stuff for me!
Some exciting news: My friend Tilly has just released her first pattern. I know she's been dreaming about this for a while, so it's exciting to see a friend's dream come to fruition. She runs most days, sews a lot, has a full-time job & travels for work, so I don't see how she does it. Check out the new pattern, the Mathilde blouse! Not only do you get a cool pattern, you get all sorts of helpful info, such as using contrasting fabric, how to deal with digital patterns & what the heck to do if your measurements don't fit into one size or another. Tilly is an excellent teacher, so check out the blouse & her blog to get learning.
I also just discovered, via a tweet from DIYCouture, The People's Print. I love the idea of designing my own fabric (Spoonflower is another place, too). This is The People's Print's manifesto: The People's Print pioneers new concepts for textile design combining traditional and digital technologies, open source, participatory and co-design, aiming to create a community of like minded people with a passion for designing their own textiles.
Work continues anon on Simplicity 3994, from 1941, when Bella isn't assisting. But it's slow (I had to seriously re-design the princess seams & even add a dart; all thanks to Allison @ BitsofThread.com). That type of fix/re-fix/fix again really takes it out of me & I end up getting quite sick of the project & want to never look at it again. So 3994 & I have been avoiding each other the last few weeks.