Friday, October 15, 2010

Hello again

That was quite a long break. We spent the last 7 weeks in NYC but I still got a few garments made, one of which is a complete wadder. It just goes to show that having a dressform is crucial whenever you delve into untested territory. It doesn't hurt to have a little space around you too, and a large mirror...

I have a Brother Innovis 450 that the hotel stores for me, and so far I'm pretty pleased with its performance, although the buttonholes were not great. But tell me which machine has that feature down cold! Should have looked up Lindsay T's place cause we're staying smack in Midtown and it takes me minutes to get to anywhere.

I have grown to love New York City. It's so immediate; you step outside and, BAM! Life hits you, whether you like it or not :-) Highly recommended if you happen to be a bit of a recluse, like I have become over the years. I especially enjoy West Village, such a wonderful, vibrant community. The one thing I do miss when I'm there is the excellent Mexican food that you get here in Los Angeles. I mean, it's excellent no matter where you buy it; taco truck, strip mall, restaurant... The best food I had in NYC came from the carts. One in particular, just around the corner from the hotel: Kwik Meal. Sooo good- and that green sauce, spicy and flavorful... On the other hand, the more expensive restaurants have, so far, not impressed me. Maybe it's due to the high turnover here in LA and the extreme competition. It could also be that the fusion cuisine that dominates the LA dining scene has jaded my taste buds; I'm craving small firework explosions with every bite. 

Okay, that was a lot of non-sewing related info. Nuff. Let's see if I can remember what I made:

BurdaStyle 08-2010-123
I made these in a metallic peach stretch fabric, pretty wild,
will wear with long loose shirt, clogs or sleek heels
Used riri zippers, LOVE THEM- the zippers I mean!
Ok, the pants are pretty cool too... But they run BIG!
I took in inches and inches due to the very stretchy fabric.
And I also eliminated the horizontal leg seam.

BurdaStyle 08-2010-121 (the wadder)
I used gray silk chiffon, both solid and leopard print,
the fabric is lovely, the dress is a tent.
I saved it in hopes of making something else. We're talkin'
yards and yards here...

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Yes!!!! This is an awesome vest! I'm turning myself into Annie Hall!

I'll try and post pictures of the finished items soon, in the meantime, here are some construction shots of the vest. The fabric is a beautiful fine wool suiting from Mood.

That's it for now.

Oh almost forgot: I'm still waiting to hear from the Silk Winner: A Sewn Wardrobe. I left you a message, please contact me at bjorum at mac dot com so I can send you the fabric. If I don't hear from you within a week I will do another drawing from the comment pool. 


  1. B - so glad you spent time in NYC - sorry we missed each other. Anxiously awaiting pictures of your finished garments!

  2. So glad to hear from you. It looks like some exciting sewing happened too!

  3. Your posts were missed! Can't tell you how many times I checked in with your blo - quite a few. Looking forward to the vest photos, I adore vests.

  4. Missed You! Glad you are back.

  5. HI Birgitte! I am so glad you are back! I became addicted to your blog! xoxo

  6. Hello again to you! Can't wait to see your garments. Looking forward to the metallic peach pants. How interesting!

  7. Can't wait to see the pants. I love Riri zips too! Will hunt down when I visit Vancouver BC, 2011, to buy some.

  8. Love the jacket that you are making. I have to say that while I've only spent 8 days of my life in NY, they were among the happiest!