Saturday, December 6, 2008

Life Gets In The Way

It's been way too long since I've posted. I have lots to share too. A couple of weeks ago, the ASG-LA went on a field trip to the LA garment district and the next day we held our Annual Meeting. There were about 20 of us who met at Michael Levines, including Barb Callahan. She was the guest speaker for the ASG-LA Annual Meeting. Our chapter is only 9 months old, so it's great that we can get such high caliber speakers with our limited budget.

You can see I did some damage while we were downtown.

Funny thing is that I can't remember buying the first fabric and now I can't even find it. I think that is definitely a sign that I need to stop buying fabric. The second fabric is a olive embroidered interlock that I paid $2/yd for. Next is a rayon/lycra jersey with a herringbone print in dk. brown on a light brown background. I paid $2/yd for it too. I thought it was very pretty. I plan to make this Burda Plus WOF faux wrap top with it.

The teal knit is very pretty and I bought it for $1/yd. It's a textured slinky and I think I bought 4 yards. I want to make another cardi/t-shirt twin set. The last fabric is a cotton double knit that I'm going to make a very low v-necked sweater vest for a friend of mine. She brought in a taped episode with Bea Arthur, or rather Maude from the Golden Girls, wearing one with a low v-neck and wide shoulders and lots of hip ease. I think purple is her favorite color. Here's an image with a similar shape. I plan to use McCall's 5536 and just leave off the sleeves. I need to do a FBA and haven't got that done yet. I'm not sure when I'll get to it. Maybe next weekend.

What sewing I have done in the last couple of weeks wasn't even for me. Son had a birthday party to attend for his oldest friend. I used to watch Michael back when he was four. He turned 14 on December 1. For the last two years he has begged me to make him a black robe. Since I don't have any $$$ left after the downtown trip, I decided to make him the robe. OMG, I just remembered what that last fabric is. It's the gabardine I bought to make the robe. Too funny that I didn't even remember that. Some days I think I'm losing my mind. Anyway, Michael really loved the robe. However, since he is into doing magic, he wants me to sew in some custom pockets inside the front and inside the sleeves. I used McCall's 2853 for my pattern. I cut open the front for an opening just the way he described the robe to me about 30 times in the last 2 years. He loved it.

I've also been working on some home dec for Michael's mom. She had some shelves installed that hang from the ceiling in her garage and wants them covered with curtains. It's been quite a challenge to make them since the roof is slanted. I have to make them hang straight so getting the upper angle has been very difficult. If you know of a way to do this, please let me know before I ruin all her fabric. To make matter's worse, the fabric is off grain by quite a bit.

And just so you don't think I've been only working, here's a shot of me at Disneyland last night. Son and I had so much fun. We got there at 3 pm and left at 9 pm which isn't very long, but we got to see how beautiful they decorate for Christmas.

I'm sure I forgot to tell lots of stuff I wanted to share, but I've got to go to sleep before I hurt myself by falling onto the keyboard. I hope I don't neglect my blog for so long again.


  1. I've been looking at the BWOF top for quite a while. I'm eager to see your results.

  2. I was looking for your email address. I'd like to ask some questions about how your pants fit? I'm having problems with my pants. I didn't want to list my questions here since itis off topic.

    Joyce in NC

  3. Joyce, e-mail me at

    sherril @ rock-art dot com

    You just have to take out the spaces and use a period for the dot. Web crawlers capture emails so I don't want to write it correctly or it will be recognized. Are you a member?

  4. Nice haul! I really like the middle one. I've just subscribed to Burda and really look forward to the stylish patterns I see you and many others making. I may need some pointers.

  5. I like the fabrics you bought and such a great price! Nice pic of the lights at Disney.

  6. So nice of you to make the robe, with only "gentle" hinting. `-) Sounds like you've been having fun!

  7. Nice fabrics! That Burda top was one of the reasons I bought that magazine. Still haven't done it yet though. :)

  8. your photo of barb begs the question.... do any of these speakers update their wardrobe? Doesn't it seem that most wear the things created cir 1980-1990... and most are dingy, wrinkled, stained, and well, not very attractive! and what's up with the bulls eyes! I'd like to at least once see a trunk show of current, attractive styles.

  9. Hi Sherril
    Nice fabrics. I like the robe and the burda top as well.


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