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Flea Market Treasures

I decided to clean up my Silver plated treasures I bought at the Chelsea Flea Market, the pieces were badly tarnish, so the true beauty was being hidden.

I use the trusted method my Mother taught me many years ago, the old fashion Toothpaste it works like a charm, no wonder your dentist advise against swallowing that stuff.  My treasures could handle toothpaste make sure to test the method before use.  The Silver cleaners are good I am sure, and I especially like the Silver cleaning cloth, but if you have none of those cleaners you could always use some good old fashion toothpaste.

Sewists In The City

On Saturday August 11th, I attended my first MPB day in NYC. My day started off as part of a small group at the Chelsea Flea Market, then on to the FIT Museum where we met up with the rest of the group, a bit of lunch at the Brown Cup near the Museum, then on to shopping in the Garment District, a quick stop at Around the World Fashion Publication Inc www.shop.aroundtheworldnyc.com they have La Mia Boutique and Burda Style pattern magazine and so much, much more, then afternoon snack at Kinokuniya book store, and end of day leisurely chat in Bryant Park. 

Thank you Peter for an exciting day and it was great meeting all the fellow sewists from around the country and those from far away lands.




 Chelsea Flea Market 
I like items from Period, Victorian, Medieval, and Regency time frame like clothing, accessories, novels, home decor, photos, movies, and music .  The Victorian foreign postcards I purchased in the lower garage area of the flea market. I like the clothing of that period, …

Olive Swing Bag



The Betz White Olive Swing bag http://blog.betzwhite.com/2010/08/olive-swing-bag-pattern.html
was begging to be the next bag pattern that I sewed, I made the bag for the Pattern Review Bag Challenge. The challenge is running from August 1st thru August 15th, 2012. This bag feels goods and looks even better. I chose a fabric with a bit of geometric lines, matching up the lines was a bit tricky but I got it as close as possible.

The bag is reversible and so for the lining I went with a more easier print no lines just dots.  The next time I make this bag I am going to try a non geometric fabric for the exterior, but if I do find a Geo Fab that I love I will deal with the quirks, kinda like love :-).

Plenty of top stiching went into this bag, unlike my last bag that did not require any, my seam ripper never saw so much work, top stiching requires lots of practice and patience, it is a good thing I enjoy sewing, buying fabric, buying notions....























I found that the horizontal d…

Skirting Along

The picnic blanket skirt is in full swing, I found these yellow buttons at Jo-Ann that will go so well with the grayish/blue seersucker. I have all my sides sewed up, I even did some delicate pinking of the seams, the plackets are done, and the pockets installed, these are my first sets of pockets, who knew creating pockets could be this cool.

Now that I have come this far I have stalled in the down swing of completing the skirt. I still need to gather, add the waistband, and hem the skirt, plus create the buttonholes and add the buttons.

To get me going again I entered the Pattern Review Handbag Challenge, bags are really fun and that will make me sew happy, and I really do want to wear this skirt at least once this summer, aha moment, OMG summer will be ending soon. I believe I have made a break though this skirt will be finished sooner than you know.