Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I am so behind......

I am so behind, it is not even funny, but, and it is a big but I am trying my best to do everything that I can in each and every 24 hour period.  I go to bed thinking...did I do all that I can.  Oh my!!!  So, my current big project among many medium and small projects is my summer sew camps!!!  I love what I am able to do with "my" kids.  I learn so much from them...all the time.  They keep me atune of the latest and greatest songs, and just all that stuff that is zigging around the world today!!!  Without further adue....here they are!

This little sewing princess had me laughing a million laughs a moment!!
Ren choose to work on laminated vinyl, and she did so well...not the easiest material!
Look at Alyssa...she made this patchwork pillow from scraps and her necklace!!  Did I mention my kids can do beading too!!
These are all my am "kids" @ Quiltworks Northwest...this was fun to get them to be silly and to pose!
Bell in her Lolita Skirt that she just finished...notice the rick-rack trim
Look at Caroline...so gorgeous in her new headband!

And her sister made a headband and a bunny critter too!

On the west side, back in Seattle @ the sewing lounge/tool shed  I had Raina, Savannah , Lily, and Hannah sewing up a storm!!
Savannah made a skirt with bias trim, Savannah and Lily had their version of the Lolita skirt, and hannah was into plush candy corn and gift pillows!!

Check out the details.....

This says it all!!!
I will have more to come as always!!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

I had to chat about my patterns....

2 weeks ago I was talking to a friend of mine about blogging and I was talking to her about my patterns...and she told me that I really need to let my customers and students know about what I put into my patterns, so that they can create some pretty wonderful things.
I started designing handbags to make to sell for a couple of bucks.  Except my purses were selling for $250.-275.00.  And they better be good.  They better look good, and work good, plus take the normal beating that all we women inflict on our hand bags.  And it had to be all about the materials, and how I could coordinate them.  I also have a love of buttons...vintage or not.  And then there is that ribbon illness that I have to.  What could I do with all of this?  For gosh sake...I'll just throw a couple of purses together with all this darn material that I bought for who knows what.  Just had to have that fabric.   
This is what I start with a little hardware, some very cool coordinating fabrics from Alexander Henry, some lovely ostrich pleather...see all the makings for a bag that I will reveal very soon!!

So I have some lovely fabric, how am I going to make this handbag.  Well...I need to come up with reinforcements like muslin and Fast 2 Fuse, iron-on vinyl, and some special techniques to put it all together !   That is how I decided to put purses together!  And one year later I started that patterns.  I decided that I wanted to show other sewists to create great form and function.  
I could not put quilted handles on my bags, so one thing that I did do was to developed techniques for sewing on vinyl.  If I can sew on vinyl, then I can make straps that look like leather.  I can give the home sewer the ability to make their own designer bags!!  So after 3 years I have started to convince store owners that this vinyl thing is pretty cool, and it is green, and so much less expensive then leather!
And look at how awesome it looks here...can you believe that this is pleather/vinyl?  
I am planning to have extra tips for each pattern on how you can use it, or to update the current techniques on my website.  If anyone has any questions please feel free to email me...cheryl@paradisodesigns.com.  Check out my website for all of my patterns at paradisodesigns.com.
I have a tutorial on sewing pleather coming up!!
have a great rest of the week!!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Summer Sew Camp Creations!!!!!

Look at what my kids did this last week......
Look at the stretch jeans that Tess is almost finished with!  And check out the fit too.
Riley made this incredible plush funky mouse!!  She embellished with a 3 part zig-zag stitch!
Look at what Gabi made!  This skirt has the chartruse trim with applique' leaves, it is so fabulous!
Lauren was quite the little seamstress...She managed to make a plush rabbit, and the floral headband.  I think her choice of colors is oh so chic!!
Here is Alexis and her version of my Lolita Skirt, and with the longer yoke, it is a midi made in fashion heaven!!
Simonne rocks her look in this floral litle number with black trim and red topstitching, and she looks so good, perfect proportions for her!
And here is the whole gang in addition to Riley's lttle sister!!!  See you next week!