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mauve jerseyHere is” a sample of my “Fabric Finds” on my last shopping trip. A wonderful place to go in North Oshawa is Joyce Hancock’s Custom Clothing and Custom Design Studio. Though her main business is custom clothing she is ready and willing to share her ‘choice’ fabrics with those who love to sew. ( reasonable pricing also) Above is a beautiful soft knit of modal and spandex plus a poly print to co-ordinate. The lucky thing for sewers is that she buys fabric to match patterns, prints, sheers and solids so they blend into a woman’s wardrobe. Colour Co-ordination is essential and don’t we love that!

coral printIf you remember my ‘hand sewn’ Jon Moore jacket design from a year ago, this gorgeous coral jacket, of which I am so proud, was a difficult colour to match up. I had sewn the ivory lined pants and was looking for a print to tie them together when ……I happened to stop into Whitby Fabrics. Now under new ownership, the wide variety of Fashion Fabric was hard to resist. The print above is Perfect and ‘new’.

For me the fact that fabrics are in fashion or trending in the latest fashion magazines is ‘key’. That is why I sew. To be right in style whenever I can along with classic pieces that last.

My time to sew lately is precious and I value the moments I get to spend with my machines.

Though it is fun having a stash, it is even more fun seeing new pieces that go with my stash. Just like winning the lottery. Well Almost as good! pink taupe knitsThis final picture is not the greatest colour shot, but the dark piece is taupe amidst pale pink in two knits that happened to match a pink poly I had made a blouse in recently. Gorgeous soft bamboo knit and ready to cut and sew.

Plans are for a skirt in taupe with open knit jacket and soft pink high neck T shirt. Maybe even a bit of machine embroidery for interest.

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Sew long  😉

Jo-Anne

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Fabric shopping!

I am on my way for a few days of fabric therapy. Shopping in new places for great fabric. Stay tuned for the results and postings of purchases

For now I wanted to share the Machine Embroidery ‘off the edge’ fun we had at the last meeting. off the edge

enjoy the fall leaves in their splendor

Jo-Anne

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October sewing

fanciful fernsFall is my very favourite time of year. I love the colors of the Halloween pumpkins, crisp apples and variety of squash.  The fall landscape with Maple Trees and Sumacs as they change. The thought of putting the gardening utensils away and storing the outdoor furniture leaves me a bit sad, but then I think of all the indoor play time I will have. Sewing Plans have already begun. 😉

Today was a lovely luncheon with my Machine Embroidery group. I love the sharing of sewing stories and getting to know one another better. Best of all is when I learn something myself! The ‘ah ha !’ moment when you realize a new way to accomplish a simple task.

The Machine Embroidery group will meet the first Friday of each month with the next one on Nov 6. Serger Group will meet the second Friday of each month beginning October 9 at 9:30am. Both of these groups meet and share ideas.no structure and no fee.

Sewing sessions / Refresher classes Thursdays / Intermediates Wednesdays, with a few Saturday sessions also arranged have also begun. I love that people want to sew!

I will be posting updates weekly so click on the favorites button and share my newsletter with others.

Simply e mail me to book a session in sewing and in the meantime keep the creative ideas flowing.

Jo-Anne

jc@creativestyling.com