Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Big Pattern Sale!!

Gertie reported on a huge pattern sale over at Vogue Patterns!  I think it ends tonight at midnight, so I snapped up a few Vintage Vogue patterns for $3.99 each!

I promise to sew them up into something shortly after they arrive.....

Monday, April 23, 2012


Have you ever dreamed of doing this?

Sometimes dreams do come true.

Edit:  The original video is MIA... which is a complete bummer because it was absolutely beautiful and the music was so appropriate.  So in the meantime enjoy this link for the info
Jetman Flying over the Alps
It is not as emotional as the Vimeo video, but it is still amazing.

This link is good too:
Breitling and Jetman

Friday, April 20, 2012

Love, love, love this...

I am so in love with the Johnny Was brand.  I shopped there last fall when I was in LA with a friend.  The fabrics are so beautiful and diaphanous.  Everything is intricately designed and embellished.  The store space in Santa Monica was just beautiful.

I wish my pocket book was filled to the brim with extra cash.... I love the word "pocket book".  That is what my Grandma Kottke used to call her purse.  Always pocket book and never hand bag, purse, or anything else.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Behold!.... the dial-a-stitch!

This was our thrift store find of the week for $20!!!  It is very heavy... a tank of a machine.  Everything works well and is fairly quiet when it sews.  It has a VAST array of stitches.  I will need to go through each one and play with it.

Automatic button hole system too!

There is a bobbin winder on the side.

We have not found much information on the web yet regarding this machine.  But I do know that it is a Japanese machine and is considered very good.

I took the top off for some cleaning and oiling, but everything inside was spotless!  The workings and screws looked brand new.  There are some chips in the finish on the base of the machine indicating that there was some use, but I don't think the previous owner used any of the fancy stitches or the buttonhole system.  It has 3 feed dog settings: embroidery (completely lowered), silk (barely peeking through the throat plate), and all the way up.  I'm really excited about the silk/delicate fabric setting.  My trusty Bernina Sport has either up or down, and if I'm sewing on really lightweight silk there are feed dog tracks.
The dial-o-stitch is primarily for the spouse's stitching of paper art book/zines, but I think there will be some use from me as well.
I also have a Singer Slant-o-Matic that we found last fall with every attachment you can possibly imagine.  It is currently at Montavilla getting a tune up.  LOVE the people there!   I will post pictures of that one once it is back.
I'm seeing a trend here in sewing machine names.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Hipster Games

Being a HUGE fan of The Guild webseries, and loving spoof in general... and being from Portland, home of Portlandia.... this made me laugh really, really hard.

I hope they make more.

I also realized that I only posted twice the entire month of March.  I need to be more prolific.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Estate Sale Finds!

I went to an Estate Sale on Monday and found this INCREDIBLE quilt top for $24!!!!  All the fabrics appear to be from the 40's and 50's.  It is almost full size.  Just needs the batting, backing, and binding.  I am going to tie it with black.

I also found this completely finished needlepoint pillow top.  I thought it would look great in my living room.

It was made in 1973 and Donna Peterson put her tag on it.  I think I will keep the tag on the pillow when its done.