Do you wonder how I ever got so involved in sewing? Rather than take up screen space here, I've put that story on it's own page.
And where do I actually do my work? Well, in the Creative Chamber of Chaos, known as my sewing room. :-)
Gallery of Pirate's
|Disclaimer: the verbage for all of the children's clothing pages was done 2007 and later. It continues to be an on-going process ... in many cases more than two decades after the fact! So, bear with me if the details of the outfits aren't there ...my one remaining brain cell just doesn't retain the information like it used to. These projects will probably be added as I retrieve them from the cedar chest, so they won't be added in strictly chronological order.
|sometime during the mid-1980's
|A smocked tunic, designed to be worn with pants
|a smocked dress. "Maggie" from Children's Corner, in two versions.
Heads-up! There is a about a 20 year gap here!
As I have the time to photograph, journal & create the web pages for all the other sewn & smocked garments that were created during the intervening years, I'll post them. But life has an irritating way of interrupting what I'd really like to be doing, so there isn't going to be a regular update schedule.
|2003 - 2005
|the original Columbia Diggin's outfits
|An origami purse
|a hoodie for Lisa
|Rene's first Dicken's dress and a variation for Gaskell's
|Rene's Titanic dress for a PEERS themed event
|Rene at Gaskell's. She made the bustle skirt.
|Rene's harem outfit for a PEERS themed event
|Lisa at Gaskell's. Her dress was based on Belle's dress from "Beauty and the Beast".
|my first completed corset. "ETC 1: Emergency Temproary Corset #1"
|the second attempt. "ETC 2: Emergency Temproary Corset #2"
|Rene at Dicken's. A new outfit.
|a twirly skirt. A semi-full skirt with attached petticoats.
|Winnie the Pooh! corset in a toile-like fabric.
|a bronze taffeta swing dress inspired by a special petticoat
|a Tropical Fishies corset yes, another test corset before
attempting the Real Thing
|Lisa's purple corset. Worn both for her Senior Ball and at a Gaskell's dance.
|an embroidered Empire dress for Rene's Senior Ball
|"Meet Me in St. Louis" a live play for which I sewed some outfits
|a sleep shirt and jammes
|a ruffled peasant blouse for me.
|a simple peasant blouse for Lisa
|Smocked peasant blouse for Rene
|a pirate corset for Rene
|pillowcases for Lisa. With downloadable instructions!
|Moose! a very clever 3 compartment purse, made origami-style
|a shaggy fur pillow, made with the most
luxurious 2" high fur you've ever seen.
|3 throw pillows, made for Christmas presents
|a small, cylindrical pillow made with purple skulls-and-crossbones! awesome, 'possum!
|a personal-sized ditty bag, with hand-embroidered embellishments
|dining room chair cushions recovered
|a blanket for charity made by sewing together big, almost-useful scraps of fleece.
|a flat-bottomed, zippered pouch for housing a wireless mouse & USB connector.
|a hanging, zipper caddy. For travel, a garment placed on the hanger will keep the caddy hidden underneath.
|The Chemisette Purse in two styles. Easily constructed and looks doggone cute!
|Super Why! costumes for a friend's 2 sons
|A reversible, stylish apron ... for lookin' good in the kitchen!
|a Christmas pillow as seen in Crate & Barrel
|a flower pillow made with more felt circles
|a case for the doughnut bobbin holder
|a convenient sewing caddy that you can put over the arm of your sofa
|a cover for your journal/book/diary
|a shirt for Catherine
|modifications to a sweatshirt jacket
|a notebook cover
|a pincushion for your sewing machine
|a petite purse Just the size for stylishly bringing along the essential items.
|Self-mitering receiving blankets. A YouTube video from the Missouri Star Quilting Company showing how to make self-mitering baby blankets went viral. I participated in the craze. They are like potato chips: you can't make just one!
|Catalina Sling purse. When you need somthing bigger than a petite purse but don't want a Purse of Doom either.
|Purple Tote Bag. A re-purposed commercial tote.
|A crazy patchwork pillow. For a crazy-kinda kid. :-)
|Hand-knit lace on a throw pillow.
|The Jordy Tote Bag. A very popular tutorial for a useful tote bag.
|Jewelry Roll for my pearl jewelry.
|Texas Longhorn Fleece Blanket. A just big enough blanket to cover a young boy when he's feeling chilled.
|A tote and collection of small bags. I finally found a reason to use a lot of patterns I've collected over the years.
|Credit for graphics used on this page .. give credit where credit is due