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Gifts from Grandma

I recently acquired loads of goodies from my grandma’s “stash”. Buttons, elastic, zippers, patches, thread, as well as all sorts of doodads I’m not really sure what to do with… I am particularly excited about the Big Mac Iron-Ons, the Dippity-Do jar, the Howdy-Doody patch and the Knitting Knobby.

I’m still trying to figure out how to use the flat braid, the knit perma-trim, and the hem & drape markers. And I need some ideas for projects to use the patches, trims, and iron-ons. I’d also like to come up with something nice to do with the tatting pieces my grandmother made.

Any ideas?

Hem ‘N Drape Markers Wash-Away Basting Thread Flat Braid Trouser Zippers
Knitting Knobby Tool Black Cross Patches Astronaut Patches Black & Yellow Patch
Howdy Doody Patch Green buttons white flower buttons
Brown Woven Trim Black & White Trim Rick Rack Susan Bates Knitting Knobby Kit
Dippity-do Jar Polyester Knit Perma-Trim Wile E. Coyote and Felix the Cat Patches Jean & Corduroy Patches
McDonald’s Big Mac Iron-On Transfer Needles and Bobbins Singer Paper Bag Pink and Blue Doily
Eagle button Gray Doily (detail) Gray Doily Anchor button
Teeny Tiny Buttons black and green buttons
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2 Weddings and Thanksgiving

Tis the season. The rush to Christmas has begun. I’ll be busy making Christmas presents from now through December. I did manage to make this dress for myself though.

pink and brown dress

I’ll post better photos – this is before I hemmed (or ironed) it.

I’ve already worn it to one wedding and will be wearing it to another wedding this weekend. Perhaps to Thanksgiving as well…

My last project before I completely devote myself to Christmas is a brown jacket to wear with the dress this weekend.

My life has been changed forever…

Yes, I had a life-changing experience today. I went to G Street Fabrics for the first time.
Apparently G Street Fabrics was started in 1941 in Northwest DC (on G St. of course).  It is now run by the founder’s son and grandson and has expanded to 4 locations (I went to the one in Centreville, VA).

This place ROCKS MY SOCKS!  Tons of fabric of every texture, color, weight, pattern that you could ever want. They cover the entire range -there’s a whole section of gorgeous designer fabric (some as much as $300/yd!) right next to an entire wall of discount $3/yd fabric.

As if their amazing variety of fabrics wasn’t enough – there’s a whole room dedicated to notions (ribbon, zippers, buttons, patches…).

And to top it all off, they offer classes. Knitting, quilting, pattern-making, fashion business & design.

I think I’ve found my new addiction…it starts with a ‘G’ and rhymes with ‘Street Fabrics’.

True confessions of a procrastinator…

So I started this blog a few weeks ago and then life got hectic. I’m now in the process of switching jobs and moving! (My first big move since college!) I’ve also recently rekindled an old friendship so I’ve been busy with work and relationships.

So that’s my lame excuse for procrastinating and not blogging yet…

As well as my day life as a computer engineer, I am an aspiring fashion designer. At the moment I’m into the reconstruction fad – refashioning ill-fitting, ugly, or out-dated clothing into modern, comfortable, and hopefully innovative pieces. I am an admitted crafster.org, t_shirt_surgery, and craftgrrl addict.

I intend on using this as a forum to share my work and ideas, receive criticism and feedback, and learn about sewing/fashion industry/trends/small businesses/etc.

Most of my work has been for my personal wardrobe so far but I hope to break into the small business world soon (relatively speaking of course – remember i AM a procrastinator).

Cheers!