Mid January projects

Hi Everyone

Almost Spring !

Well I am thinking warm thoughts as the sun is shining brightly and all is good in my world !

Just getting up with an attitude of ‘today will be a perfect day and all will go magnificently’ is my mantra. Focus on great things and great things will happen.

Leather sewing went well and here are a few pictures of the delicious lining I used which I found in my fabric cabinet. Enough for a dress to sew up as I complete the ensemble. We began with fitting muslins and continued with cutting and prepping the fabrics. I choose to sew up my lining first ( had to create one ) as my pattern did not call for lining and used it as my final fit. Leather was cut and now for a second session on sewing it up. Decisions about conventional seaming or lapped and topstitched finishes were discussed and the excitement continues.

leather and liningleather pattern

The new Spring colours are Mint and Purple so I am thrilled to be ‘in’.

Gosh I love sewing fashion fun and challenges!

If you wish to join in the Embroidery Group is beginning this Friday Jan 23  1 pm as we use monograms or lettering on pillow cases or towels.

See you sewing soon and thanks for viewing my posts and adding comments.

Jo-Anne    jc@creativestyling.com


working with leather

This weekend begins my leather sewing on a jacket in a soft subtle mauve leather.

The pictures are of my past sewing ventures using this exquisite material.

Embroidered brown lambskin and red suede tote with studs and button trim. brown lambskin bagred suede tote

I love them both and have plans for a new one but sewing on leather ( no industrial machine for me ) requires some new tools and skills. Soft lambskin or pigskin ( less expensive ) can be easy and fun on a domestic machine too. Past sewing had me using conventional sewing methods but with the help of Brenda and Betty who have sewn more with leather than I have, taught me to use the leather techniques that work so well at creating less bulk and sleeker seaming. Leather was accessed at Libra Leather in New York and Perfect Leather in Toronto.

Will keep you up to date on the progress!

As for the Serging Sessions this week…we had some fun discussing many serger  possibilities, such as 3 thread decorative seam edging and fabric insertions as shown in the pictures. Never forget the various ways in which serger finishes can be used for exterior embellishments.

seam bindingseam binding 2

binding seam allowance to encase the raw edgeseaming 3seaming 4

frayed insert of organza using decorative finish and outside seaming

Always enjoy the good news that snow is on the way as sewing is on the way too!

Let it Snow !



January 2015

The beginning of a new year and for me the best time to plan.
Planning new classes, new projects and new ventures. First on my post is the list of sessions to get everyone sewing.

January 16 & 17 starts our sewing with leather
My bags should be completed for you to view and I am beginning my leather jacket along with Cathy. Come on along and play with us. N/C

January 23 & 24 is our first Machine Embroidery group of the year.

Monograms and embroidered linens is the topic. Please join us for some simple techniques and ideas for ready made or hand sewn pillow cases.

Each session begins around 10 am and bring along a lunch so you can continue as long as you wish. Our time together will be fun and unstructured. Sew with us or just come and take notes. Let me know if you are attending and we will have a coffee ready for your arrival.

Oh!!! I am excited already

See you real soon