Sunday, August 21, 2011

My New Sewing Nest

I am proud and happy to present my new sewing nest.

We had a foldaway table in the kitchen we never used, and I had the idea of installing it under a window, next to a very practical piece of furniture with a foldable table for the sewing machine. Yesterday was a saturday and my husband - Karlos- and me decided it was time to do some DIY... we were succesful at the first try, and here I present it:
It has everything you need close at hand. In the black shelves on the right I have my sewing basket, magazines, fabrics, and all the necessary gadgets. I can put my computer on the table, since I like sewing watching American TV serials. I have my machine clos at hand and also, and very importantly, my ironing board. My mum taught me that having your iron near and hot was the best trick at hand to success. And she was so right... I recomend to iron every seam you sew before sewing the next.

And here you can see how my sewing corner looks when I am not sewing...

I am so happy with it! Having a luminous and confortable place to sew is crucial to find motivation to work.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Summer Beige Jersey Top

My auntie gave me this beige jersey which imitates crochet, with little flowery openwork. I decided to make a strapped top to wear it with, for example, short jeans.As you can see, I finished first the horizontal superior hems, both front and back, with a machine zigzag. Then I machine sew circular biased straps that went all around the armhole and over the shoulder, turned them over and sew them by hand with invisible zigzag stitch .These are both pictures of the inside.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Basic Black Dress

I discovered how to gather the body of a dress with elastic thread, putting it in the inferior reel of the machine, and sewing parallel lines around the bodice. I also applied a flounce in the inferior part of the dress. The finishings of the rims I made them with a zigzag, making thus a less "homemade" dress. In this picture, I am relaxing by the river. Like it?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Last weekend we travelled to Barcelona. Ribes i Casals, one of my favourite shops in textile, had moved, but the new shop was as big as the previous one, and only one street further from the city centre. They had "Rebaixes", that is to say, general big discounts.
I got four cottons: an animal print for a shirt, a black (+2% elastan) for an elegant frock, an embroidered nude for a miniskirt and a black and white polka dot print for a vintage dress. Also, and only for 4 Eur, a black lycra remnat destined to be a long sleeved body for the winter. You'll see them transformed, I hope, soon