By Mary Boalt
Winter. Not my favorite season. It’s cold. Dark. Wet. Dreary. My wish for snow and the brightness it brings has not yet been realized. On the positive side of the calendar date, the days are getting longer. Thirty seconds at a time. Thirty short, slow seconds each day. Sigh.
To cope with the weather, I sew. Although I sew all year long, jackets and coats are some of my favorite things to make. Let’s start where I left off last month. Having just finished the pleated collar vest pattern from Jenny, another one was calling to me. The denim version. Off to the thrift store for two pair of the largest men’s jeans I could find.
I’m really liking this vest. The collar is flattering and it has a slightly funky shape. I took it in a little in the back and I’m happy with the fit. And it’s warm. That’s important right now. Did I mention that it’s cold outside?
Moving on to a hooded jacket aka Little Red Riding Hood. The denim came from Stonemountain and Daughter. It has what looks like a discharged pattern all over it. That was a selling point. It’s a print I would liked to have designed if I had the skills. But even with the unique artwork on it, it needed some color. Red. A nice warm color.
The pattern is Butterick 6394. I added the zipper, deepened the armholes for more movement and comfort and made it slightly like a swing coat with more volume at the hemline.
It’s been exactly one year since I was asked to join Christine, Sandra and Heidi as part of Artistic Alchemy. As part of my “duties”, I was informed that I would be writing a monthly blog. Fear swept over me in large amounts! Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d ever do this. Putting myself and my work out there in such a public format is way out of my comfort zone. Sometimes there’s plenty of things to write about and other times…..not so much. Christine was kind enough to say I could write about my dog. I have. And I do. Thank you, Christine.
My first blog was about using Solvy to make scarves. I thought I’d revisit that subject by showing you the rest of my stash of Solvy scarves, many are perfect for perking up a blah winter’s day. Except for the first one. It’s gray. And black. And more gray. Many photos were taken trying to show how cool this scarf is but alas, nothing can make this gray scarf look good in a photo. Here’s the most recent product I’ve been using. I found this in the department that sells sewing machines inside Joann.
Cut cut cut
Sew sew sew
Add binding. Then rinse rinse rinse. Repeat. Rinse and repeat many many times.
Ta da! Lacey mesh scarf.
I have a drawer full of mostly dupioni silk scraps. Cutting them on the diagonal makes them perfect for these scarves. It produces just a slightly soft frayed edge without all the raveling that cutting on the straight of grain would make. I find a ribbon or yarn that gives inspiration and then rummage through my silk drawer to see what I have to make it all work together.
I use shiny rayon embroidery thread and just let the long ends hang loose.
The following scarf is a hodgepodge of dupioni silks, velvet and silk tie fabric. And more of the “cardiac” stitch.
This scarf has hand stitched bias cut squares of dupioni silk. They are hand sewn onto a lightweight piece of wool challis with embroidery threads and decorative threads. The only print comes from a piece of Japanese fabric used as a book cover. Taken apart, I made squares of these to tie the other colors together. No Solvy needed.
Sixty pounds of snugly warmth.
I hope this post find you healthy, happy and staying warm. Very warm. While the seconds tick away until spring. Tick tock………….