Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Carly Dress

I have been making dresses now for only a few months. I really have taught myself everything about sewing. Which tends to be a problem in my mind, because I know I really would love to sell them I just worry about craftsmenship. So, the last time I was at my local quilt shop looking for fabric I got some advice from someone working there. She told me about french seams, thats what she called them, Where you stitch 1/4in. with right sides together and then reverse and stitch 3/8 seam on the inside to make your seam allowances. I am so pleased with the durability this gives my garments. I don't have a serger and have always detested the frayed edges. This technique bids farwell to the frayed!

This is the first dress after learning the french seaming technique. I named it after my sweet Carly who I have been watching for a friend for about a year now. She was in love with the first dress in this style that she wanted one for herself. Now she marches around very proud in her new handmade dress.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Greenhill Center for the Arts

So, I just finished a months worth of work to deliver to the Greenhill Center. I was invited to be part of a portrait show that opens April 4. I did a series of portraits of children, etched on copper. Two pieces are objects/vessels, they are of my children, one of Lyra in the tub and the other of my son sleeping. Then I did a group of 9 portraits of children at the playground. Each piece attaches to the wall by a long chain making them look like jewelry. I was really pleased with the way they turned out! Ready to stop working with so many chemicals. I can't wait to sew more. I went to the fabric store today, yeah!!
I plan to post some images of my portraits soon.


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