Sunday, June 27, 2010

Getting there. . .

As I type this I have 7 blouses hanging all done except for the addition of the front ruffle.  I have 4 complete - one needs sleeve adjustment, and 2 to cut and make. 

I have 4 skirts with built in slips finished.  Two skirts done waiting on the addition of the slip.  And 6 skirts needing to be made - yes made!!!!!!  Okay, breath. 

When does this all need to be done. . . July 13th.  But, I have a 3 day family Reunion in there and still working 60+ hours per week.  Pray for me!!!!  I spent the whole day yesterday in my little sewing room making blouses. 

I can't wait until this is over. 

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Just thinking. . .

I was sitting here letting my mind wander and decided I wanted to put these thoughts out there. . .

Girls/Women/Ladies and the opposite sex, or same sex, what ever your pleasure (not here to judge) -
well it's like trying on shoes - they come in different shapes, colors, heels, flats, fun shoes, dull shoes, power shoes, working shoes, shoes to work out in, shoes to run around in, club shoes, "hoe" shoes, mommy shoes, etc.  Some you love and wear past the point that you know they have to go but you just can't let them go.  Others never quite break in right and you end up tossing them or giving them away.  Some looked good in the store but once you got them home they weren't what you wanted after all. 

My brother, who has four daughters, all lovely gals, sometimes stresses ~ what father wouldn't ~ about the choices his "goils" make. . . so I told him about the shoes.  When your young it's like walking into a huge warehouse shoe sale and you want to try on as many as you can because your young and heck you really don't have style yet or know what your looking for but it really is fun.  so you wear this pair for a few, walking around in another pair while admiring others, fall in and out of love with different styles, or can't decided between similar style but different color but again it's lots of fun.  Then you find the right pair - if your lucky.  Just give them a good standard to measure the shoe by and they will be okay.

Advise to my girls. . .
Never put your own business in the streets - real women don't kiss and tell, you never know who's listening or where the story may go or become. 

If you are woman enough to do, own it. 

Yes, these to go hand in hand - think about it. 

When the time comes, Have fun trying on shoes, but remember you probably aren't the first to wear them, so put on a sock ;>  

Remember you have value.  You don't have to earn anyone's love or give yourself away because they feel you should.  Don't do anything you don't feel comfortable with - if your gut says NO, then you say NO. 

Always remember where home is, it's the softest place to fall. 

Facebook is a social networking web place - if you wouldn't want the picture shown at grandma's, don't put it on the web. 

Fold the laundry when you pull it out of the dryer. 

And please remember I love you - you can ask me anything and yes I will tell you the truth even if I am not proud of it all, I will willing "own it" if you can learn from it - don't ask your dad, he was really bad, that's why I married him. 

More thoughts later.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Golly Molly Where Have I Been??? lots of pictures.



I went MIA for a bit or rather MISA (missing in sewing action).  After Cinco de Mayo I went right into fiesta sewing.  I sew for my daughters Folklorico group "Ballet Folklorico de Topeka". 


I will post later pictures of the girls in the Cinco de Mayo skirts.  Sew or So, now I am focused on Fiesta which runs one week in July.  Here a picture of my sewing book

I work with self drawn patterns and adapted pattern pieces to make the costumes.  Above is a drawing and plan for blouses I am making.  Here is a picture of a costume, the skirt and slip are done but the blouse is not quite finished. 


The blouse still needs the neck and front ruffle.  The green is is the skirt, I raised the skirt to show the attached slip with cordinating ribbon. 

The color combos are Green wtih orange ribbon, Fushcia with Royal Blue ribbon, Royal Blue with Fushcia ribbon and Red with Purple ribbon. 

Here's some shots of my work in progress pile.




That is my heel at the top of the picture.  I was in the process of gathering the bottom round into the top round of the skirt.   And then it became this. . .
Another color combo in progress.





This last shot is of ribbon going onto a slip. 

Here is a picture showing many of the costumes I have made for my girls. 







Yes, here is my first Charro suit. 


I finished my younger daughter's Jalisco and it came out really pretty!

Book notes and material swatch. 








I just realized I don't have a picture of the top!! and the pictues I have are of th skirt and not that great.  I promise I will post the entire costume later. 

And where is all this created? Well, I took over my daughter's walk in closet, take a look. . . .



See my camera box, I am trying to keep it on hand to photo diary and for blog pictures. 


Ribbon oh ribbon, there are over 20 yards of four different colors on my daughters Jalisco.



I really like the way my serger theard looks, makes me look so organized!

More ribbon. . .


My lovely and joyful 13 year old daughter, who gave up her closet so I could have sewing room, took the week, yes the entire week after school let out for summer break to clean her room. 





Getting there!  I am proud to annouce that her room is spotless at this time.  It has been spotless since she cleaned it. 

What's next after Fiesta?  Halloween and they have already picked out the costumes! 



I promise to post more later!!