Saturday, December 15, 2012

Things I like this week: holiday inspiration, yummy links and new tunes

Ok friends, I've been an absentee blogger for awhile now. To be honest, I got tired of using the blog just to plug my etsy shop. If you're interested in that stuff, you know where it is. But what I'd really like to share with you is new, interesting, inspiring stuffs. I've been in a bit of a creative rut recently, which for me means that although I'm surrounded by fabric and yarn, nothing is getting made. A month ago Sunni wrote a really good post on starting projects and not finishing them. I'm guilty of the very same thing, but I haven't yet committed to limiting myself to one project at a time; i.e. I'm too stubborn to put parameters on my creativity.

The good news is that I'm busy collecting new inspiration and lots of vintage sweaters. I hope you enjoy the lovely links below. And hopefully next time I will be posting about some finished projects!


Embroidered Gingerbread felt ornaments from Alicia Paulson's Embroidery Companion
Buy the book here.

Donna Hay– Christmas, Aussie style. I purchased a copy of donna hay magazine this fall and totally fell in love with her approach to food styling. Her aesthetic is at once decadent and minimalist. I'm tempted to buy an iPad subscription (and I don't even have an iPad!), as one paper issue is $9.99 and one year/six e-issues are just $19.99.
Sneak peak of the December issue here. Ipad subscription here.

Martha's Woodland Christmas– adorable holiday decorations featuring woodland animals.
Slideshow here. Needle felted animal and mushroom ornaments here.


David Chang's The Mind of a Chef series on PBS. Watch here.

Homemade Chestnut Butter from Marisa @ Food in Jars


WPCD 88.7 Broadcast from Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois. They're "reinventing alternative radio". Love it. Listen here.

Other bands I like at the moment:
Plaid Dragon
Kishi Bashi (listen to Bright Whites first)

Friday, October 19, 2012

More Etsy Love

Happy Friday, friends!  I just added a few new items to my Etsy store.  Like what you see?  Come check it out at Love Julia Louise!

Monday, October 15, 2012

New Etsy Listings

I just listed new items on Etsy this morning.  Take a look, and visit my shop.  Happy Monday!  Here's to another lovely autumn week.

Christian Dior silk scarf
No Label- wool herringbone skirt
Liberty of London blouse

Bobbie Brooks blouse

Monday, October 8, 2012

Peplum Tee

I'm so excited to share my newest creation with you, the peplum tee!  I really love the peplum trend, and after seeing Burda Style's Peplum Top pattern I was inspired to make something similar.  The best part?  The whole thing took less than a yard of striped jersey fabric, and I was able to sew it up on my new serger in under an hour.  The most time-consuming part for me was attaching the neckband.  

Just look at that stripe-y goodness!  

In other exciting news, I'm going to be teaching a class on how to make the Peplum Tee at Sew Dayton on November 3rd.  If you're interested in learning how to sew with knits and make your own top, let me know and I can send you more details!

ETA: I used a self-drafted pattern to make this knit top.  I did not use the aforementioned Burda Style Peplum Top pattern, which is designed for wovens.  As soon as I complete the graded version, I will make a pattern available for this top.  Thanks!

Friday, October 5, 2012

My New Etsy Shop is Open

Love Julia Louise, my new Etsy shop is now officially open!  I have listed some adorable wool sweaters and a couple blouses so far.  More items will be added each week, and I will post preview photos here first.  Click below to check it out!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Etsy Me

I have thought about opening an Etsy shop for a long time.  There are always those little excuses, including lack of time and not wanting to turn a hobby into a business.  Well, now I can no longer entertain those excuses!  Not only do I have a bit of extra time at present, I also have a few extra vintage pieces that simply do not fit in my closet!  

Here is a sneak peak at some of the vintage goodies that will be included in my new shop.  My first product focus is on winter sweaters.  I have found quite a few nice wool pullovers and cardigans, including some super cute fair isle and intarsia knits.  Over time I hope to add woven tops, skirts and dresses to the mix.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Drape Drape Project Updates

Remember this spring when I mentioned how much I wanted to sew up some projects from the Drape Drape books?  Well, I have made a couple things, and had just put off taking photos.  Bad, bad me!  

The two pieces I've completed are a dress and a tunic.  The dress was made with navy ponte knit from Fabricmart, and the tunic was made with bamboo fabric from Banasch Fabrics in Cinci.  It was really interesting to work with a woven bamboo fabric, as I had only previously worked with knits.  In fact, it's a lot like linen, only a bit more crisp, and very comfortable to wear in the summer months.

Speaking of summer, it's pretty safe to say that season is over.  The leaves here in Ohio are slowly turning shades of pumpkin, crimson and burgundy, and the nights now are just right for cozy sweaters, bonfires, and snuggling under the covers.  I am inspired to clean out my box of yarn and dig out the old knitting needles.  Wardrobe essentials have shifted from slight sundresses to soft sweaters.  

Spotify picks of the week:

Autumn Sweater- Yo la Tengo
The Start of Something- Voxtrot
North by North- Faded Paper Figures

Happy sewing!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Garden Updates

Some photos I took a few days ago before the current heat wave.  This week I have been doing evening garden checks, to see how the plants are surviving the hot temperatures.  By the time evening hits, my chard has wilted to the ground!  The plants eventually revive, but it does take a couple hours.  

Eggplant Ichiban

Swiss Chard Bright Lights
Pepper plants are such fruitful producers here, so much that in the past we have ended up throwing many of them away.  This is one garden product that's best in small amounts!  I pickled some of the Serrano peppers last week, using David Leibovitz's recipe.  A brief word of warning though: vinegar really intensifies peppers' heat.  I had previously added a whole chopped serrano to a burrito, and hardly noticed it.  Then I decided that since they weren't terribly spicy, I could probably eat a pepper straight from the day old brine.  Big mistake!  After part of one pepper my mouth was on fire, and it took about an hour to knock down the sizzle.  If you pickle your peppers, use them carefully :)
Pickled Serrano Peppers

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Short Style

Let me begin by saying that I do not usually wear shorts.  You might think my hesitance is in part due to my inability to achieve the adequate amount of summer tanned-skin.  In truth this is my least concern when in comes to bearing my naked gams in short pants. They leave more of my legs bare than I am comfortable exposing, allowing my skin to stick to bus seats and diner booths.  They also expose my lower half to the elements; Not always a good idea as I get cold easily-- which explains why I enjoy stepping into a sun warmed car after prolonged periods of time in air conditioning.

Despite my reservations on shorts, I do own two pairs of of pleat-front, cuffed shorts.  They fit my body type (pear/dewdrop) and style (more Audrey Hepburn than Brigitte Bardot) better than any old denim cutoffs.  

Pullover: Yoon
Shorts: Mossimo 
Loafers: MTNG

Lately I've been planning a summer shorts wardrobe update.  There are so many cute styles to try.  Here are my most recent favorites-- please follow the links for fabulous sources of inspiration!
1. Scalloped shorts, 2. Popomomo shorts, 3. Summer white - lace shorts, 4. Marc by Marc Jacobs ombre shorts

I hope you're keeping cool!  Here it's almost too hot to sew, but I still have some projects in the works, and one recent FO from the Drape Drape books that I can't wait to share... 

Happy sewing :)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Cheerful Summer Skirt

I am excited to share my most recent and most favorite project-- a hot pink bow skirt!  The fabric is a Marc Jacobs print from Fabric Mart.   Once spied, I was instantly smitten with the fabric (and I must not have been the only one, as it sold out fast!).  I made this same skirt two years ago, using a rust colored stretch poplin.  You can read about that version here.

The skirt has pockets, a nipped in waist, and it's cheerful color makes me smile each time I wear it.  This, ladies and gentlemen, is why I sew--sometimes the pieces all come together perfectly, and the result is pure bliss!  

Warm wishes, and happy sewing :)

Monday, July 2, 2012

I'm still here!

I was preparing a couple new blog posts for this week and realized that I never shared pictures of my entries for the Vintage Modern Challenge.  How could it have already been three months ago?!!  I made a lace shift dress and a pleated skirt for the challenge, both with contrast piping.  Have a look:  

I will admit, while they are both nice pieces, neither skirt nor dress has made it into my weekly rotation of favorite outfits.  Maybe this will help me learn my lesson about participating in contests.  I really do get the most out of my sewing when I develop the entire idea, not just the choice of fabric and design elements.  

Anyhow, definitely time to clean out my wardrobe!  I'd just like to figure out how to find new homes for some of my hand made clothes.  It's just so hard to imagine giving them away to Goodwill, after all the long hours put in.  How do you come to terms with purging lovingly made clothes from your closet?  Please share your thoughts, and happy sewing :)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

What I've been up pictures

It has been busy around here the past couple weeks!  I have been spring cleaning, planting early veg outside and starting seedlings inside, completing two projects for Burda Style's Vintage Modern Design Contest, and trying to untangle several balls of yarn (more on that topic later)...
A very sad mess of yarn 

A planted row of peas, complete with twigs to support their vines

A couple radish seedlings pushing up

A jaunty row of spinach shoots

A freshly planted spray of viola

And... my Mom's wintered-over strawberry plant already has flowers!

Will issue more updates as time permits!  I am also swatching for a spring sweater, and will have pictures soon.

Friday, March 9, 2012

A New Sweater For Renaud

Renaud finally got to model his new hoodie!  See below for lots of pictures, and a link to the pattern on Ravelry.

It was hard to take a picture of the hood, until he was laying down...

The best part about doggie sweaters?
They make for a sleepy pup!

More details about the project can be found on Ravelry.  Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Getting Started

I love the color of this vintage sweater;
It's mainly dusty aqua, but with green flecks to liven it up.
Also love: grograin plackets with real shell buttons! 
Little pockets on my new lacey dress from Shae
Cutting out pieces for a new skirt!
The fabric is tencel, which will be underlined with cotton voile.
The black bias strips will make a contrast piping.

There will be more updates later this afternoon, as I am also cutting out for a lace dress with contrast piping.  I had plans to photograph Renaud in his new sweater that I finished seaming on Sunday, but right now it is pouring rain out.  Will have to wait and see what the day brings.  Happy sewing!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Things to come

Spring is returning and so am I!  After nearly two year's hiatus, I am ready to take up long forgotten sewing plans and knitting projects.  I hope to be able to share the results of my efforts with you here, and to reconnect with the online sewing community.  Airing out and cleaning stored yarns and fabrics has been taking up a lot of my time-- it is so exciting to take these pieces out of their boxes and to remember what I had dreamed up for each one.  
Now that I have collected all the drape drape books, I hope to start making a few of the projects!
Right now I am finding mossy patches around the yard...
Even the weeds are starting to bloom!  We'll let them think the garden is theirs for now, though I have already started to plant radishes, carrots, spinach and green onions right next door.  I'm so excited to pick out seeds for planting once the last frost has passed!  Right now I have a variety of heirloom tomatoes, pickle bush cucumbers, hot peppers and ground tomatoes.
Amidst all the excitement of spring's arrival, we also have one tired little boy back from the groomer.
How are you getting ready for spring?