Sunday, May 31, 2009

A Demin Market Bag

[caption id="attachment_38" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Here is Genny, my faithful canine companion, manning the power cables!"]Here is Genny, my faithful canine companion, manning the power cables![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_39" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Here is the market bag, almost finished!!!"]Here is the market bag, almost finished!!![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_40" align="alignleft" width="112" caption="This is the finished Market Bag with it's smart shoulder strap!"]This is the finished Market Bag with it's smart shoulder strap![/caption]

On Thursday I had to teach a class at Nancy's Sewing Basket, and I also needed to finish a sample of the market bag for them.  I have to say that 20 years ago when I arrived in Seattle, Nancy's was the first fabric store that I went to.  Nancy has many treasures all over her store.  Then, she had to open the ribbon room.  I died and went to heaven.  They have all these things with the word "vintage"  attached to it.  You know, buttons and ribbon, and flower making stuff.  I have to be very careful when I walk in there, so that I do not buy too much.  The materials we picked for the market bag were fabulous.  Designer denim, yummy!  I had a student that had made the market bag in denim, and it was really cool.  What I  love is the fabric that we picked for the  side embellishment.  Usually I use 3 different fabrics that coordinate together, but with this HUGE designer print in fresh, just picked colors, I cut the strips and put them in an order so that was not in order, and that you can see the individual pieces.  Then I did my thing and made it come together.  I think it turned out very nice.  And, a big plus, it was the first day to sew outside.  Yes, all you sewing divas, I sew outside in the sun

[caption id="attachment_36" align="alignleft" width="112" caption="Here are the embellishment panels reassembled, ready for topstitching>"]Here are the embellishment panels reassembled, ready for topstitching>[/caption]

.  Multi-task and get a little color while I work.  Really,....does it get any better then that!!!  Take a look at the pictures and see for yourself!!!  Tomorrow I will have the full report on Megan's dress.  I am soooo happy to say that it is done.  If you want the pattern, click http:/// .  Have a great week!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

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[caption id="attachment_57" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="Genny is all business, as we drive to Gretchen's house."]Genny is all business, as we drive to Gretchen's house.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_58" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Here is the lovely aqua toile that gretchen picked out, and here is the floral silk that matches!"]Here is the lovely aqua toile that gretchen picked out, and here is the floral silk that matches![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_59" align="alignright" width="500" caption="here are all the slipcover pieces, that now need to be assembled!"]here are all the slipcover pieces, that now need to be assembled![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_60" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Gretchen and genny are so happy that darn slipcover is complete."]Gretchen and genny are so happy that darn slipcover is complete.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_61" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Time to rest."]Time to rest.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_62" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="A final touch, this pillow is perfect! Not too matchy-matchy, but....just right."]A final touch, this pillow is perfect!  Not too matchy-matchy, but....just right.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_63" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Genny is all smiles as we finally drive home."]Genny is all smiles as we finally drive home.[/caption]

I am determined to blog each day, but it has not quite worked that way being that I am the company of one. So, I will continue to do my best, as I truly wish to only inspire others to create new things!
On Memorial Day and Tuesday I worked on a slipcover at my friend Gretchen's home. She was cool enough to let me bring Genny, my canine companion with me for 2 long days of work. Making a slipcover takes time. Before I got to the point of where I could construct the cover, I had to cut out the pieces, and back them with muslin. To make it really special, I serged the fabric and muslin together for that "professional finished" look. I then proceeded to carefully assemble all of the pieces. Genny and I were very happy when I got it all done. As a surprise to Gretchen I found a printed silk with vintage looking flowers on it that matched her aqua toile to make 2 throw pillows. Check-out the pictures. Next up a cute day dress for Megan!!!

Friday, May 22, 2009

this is a very lovely friday today.  yesterday i gave my friends Mary and Sean a skirt for the most beautiful toddler in the world, their daugther Harlow.  Mary is building my website, and she saw this little girls skirt on Heather Bailey's blog.  this fabric collection by Heather Bailey called "Pop Garden"  is fabulous.  it is a great mix of modern and shabby chic, with awesome color ways.  in any case i was all over it like butter on toast.  i checked out the skirt, and whipped one up for dear Harlow, and the pictures are here for all to see.  i enjoyed making this using variegated lemon-lime thread.  i will be getting my class schedule for the summer and the fall in the greater Seattle area next week.  there will be a e-mail sign-up for those of you that wish to know of new stuff and upcoming events.  I am working hard to bring it all to you.  If you wish to know how to make a skirt for your little one like this, visit www.paradisodesigns.com soon for the sewing tutorial!!! Luv,  cher

[caption id="attachment_13" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Harlow and her dog, Bailey"]Harlow and her dog, Bailey[/caption]

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Hi!  I am back to do this thing.  My name is Cheryl Kuczek, and I have a little company called Paradiso Designs.  I have an independent line  of handbag patterns.  Anyone can create their own designer handbag that looks great and is can really be used.  If you wish to view my patterns click here, www.paradisodesigns.etsy.com.  I am the first designer to use pleather for my bag straps.  Soon on my website  www.paradisodesigns.com,  I will have a teaching tutorial on how to sew pleather!

I love to sew, and I love to teach sewing to people that wish to learn to create!  My friend Melissa is learning to sew knit fabrics into t-shirts.  She was so worried that she would look like an old lady in a very colorful pattern that she had made into a t-shirt.  So she called me up today, and said "what do I do".  I told her i would bring some solid knit fabric to embellish to class tonight, and it turned out really cool.PICT0020PICT0021

[caption id="attachment_6" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="I showed Melissa how to cut out flower petals, and then I showed her how to sew them on freeform, and this is what happened!"]I showed Melissa how to cut out flower petals, and then I showed her how to sew them on freeform, and this is what happened![/caption]

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