November Arrives

pink sweater setIt is beautiful here on the lane even though most fall foliage is gone. We are enjoying warm weather and sunshine, so time to finish the last garden projects and store away the outdoor equipment.

Sewing classes have been scheduled almost daily and my sewing for the winter has begun. The pink Sweater set was sewn and serged using the fabric on my last post. I love when a fabric selvedge has a distinct look about it. So I tried to use the selvedge on the sweater knit to its best advantage by cutting and reapplying it along the hem of front and back of jacket. The soft modal knit was a little tricky to work with but by stabilizing seams and shoulder areas it went together in no time at all.

Shirt making, Pant Fitting and Machine Embroidery happen this week in the studio before I take a little break before Holidays.

So until next time. Wear a POPPY and say ‘Thank You” to a veteran!

Jo-Anne      / jc@creativestyling.com


Seasonal Sewing

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  😉



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



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.




Fall Fashion Trends

Seems as if the Fashion Magazines are full of fun looks for this fall. The Flared pants especially flared jeans are back. If you are short like me then the higher heel works best to pull it off. Lucky, tall girls can handle this look with ease. Fanny packs or as I like to call them ‘Hands Free bags” are wonderful if done in a stylist fabric and made in just the right size to accommodate cc., change, tissue and lip polish. I am working on a design now and plan a fabulous day session so you can join me to create one of your own.

Knits are always around mainly due to the comfort we love about them. Knit bindings and edges can be sewn in many various ways so join me for another full day of sample knit edges.

McCall’s patterns have an excellent newsletter containing all things fashion related. The Color themes for Fall have just been posted.

Tapestry ( deep rich tones that say ‘color me fall ‘ )

Collage ( muted brights like Boysenberry and Gingerbread )

Elegance ( soft greys, blues and pinks ) My favourite as my hair color – now white- seems to lend itself to softer hues.

New patterns such as McCall’s #7196 show comfort and fashion in woven fabrics instead of knits. But never let the pattern fabric selections deter you from experimenting with fabrics.

As always I am here as your SEWING COACH.

Classes have begun and each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the Studio is open for sewing sessions. Now booking the occasional Saturday for those who wish to continue their love of sewing but are unable to follow weekday schedule.

See you soon



September Sewing

Monthly I meet with 2 groups of sewers who have a keen interest in all things ‘Creative’. I love to see their “Show and Tell” plus hear their input on how they customized their work. This shows a lot about everyone of us, as we put our own stamp or signature on every labour of love. What did you do to change the pattern design? It helps to share our ideas and therefore the need to meet with ‘like minded’ people for, if nothing else ‘INSPIRATION’.

This week is my last week for summer sewing….. Yes, I am moving into fall and winter fabrics.sweat shop

Come share some time in my studio as we together plan, design and sew and put our signature to our projects.


See you then



August News

Love all the butterflies this summer, even saw a Monarch ! The little sheer blue ones were machine embroidery free standing designs. Love what my machine can do !

Upcoming classes as follows;

Refresher Sewing – Sept 10, 24, and Oct 1- 9:30 to 12:30 ( this 9hr session includes machine info, project choices and pattern layouts. ( garments, accessories and home décor projects )

Intermediate Sewing– Sept 23, 30 and Oct 7 – 1:30- 4:30 ( sewing a project of your choice using 25 pattern pieces or less, discover fitting techniques and begin to sew )

Advanced classes as requested. We are currently sewing with leather and silk.

maximum of 6 students/ / 3 hr sessions  $45  ( 9 hr= $125 )

* private lessons available

See you soon to sew




July Hot and Steamy

Is it end of July already? Well with my personal life settling down somewhat, I have amazing plans for the end of Summer and early Fall sewing schedule. With such a beautiful Sewing Studio, it seems only right to use it much, much more, and I invite you to join me. The emphasis is on Sewing Coaching and yet several requests for classes are among the ideas for new Sessions. Right now I am enthralled with Ce Podolak’s Classic patterns. Completed the Classic fitted pant and now the shirt and shirtdress. Cecelia is a good friend who taught frequently at my shop. She teaches and lives in Burnaby BC and designs the most detailed pattern for the not so faint of heart. Full of tips, like using fusible web to position and hold cuff and collar areas before topstitching. Her patterns use the designer seam allowances of 3/8 or 1/4″ to reduce bulk normally cut away with 5/8″. ce's shirtcollar closeupThe contrast cotton fabric was a beautiful Thomas Mason shirting from Darrell Thomas Textiles. Lovely to work with.

katherine tilton top A mixture of knit and crinkle rayon sewn up in a Katherine Tilton pattern. Interesting pocket detail and two remnants made a great combination of color for an easing wearing top with pockets.

Last week and this week we are sewing bags and I will be using a new ‘Hot Patterns” design in black and brown lambskin left over from my daughter’s purse posted last month. Still working on up cycling fabrics and recreating new looks with fabric manipulation so book a time and come play with fabrics. Studio is open most Wednesday and Thursday plus the occasional Saturday. Sew where it is cool Jo-Anne


Canada Day

Proud to be a Canadian and love the fact we celebrate in July!

Lots of out door activities such as Pickle Ball. Anyone played it before?

I shall find out how at the Canada Day celebrations at our local Loonie Club. What a great spot for fun lawn bowling, tennis, curling, snooker and more, including Yoga which I take part in every Friday.

Speaking of the outdoor summer fun, I recently made new covers for some very retro outdoor chairs. outdoor coversoutdoor chair pad

The picture on the left does not show the damage but the foam core was deteriorating, the plastic cracked and if they got wet, rain soaked right into the base making them almost obsolete. Would it help if I told you that these chairs came from Ron’s grandparents circa 1950’s. I laughed one night when I saw them on ‘That 70’s TV show’. Same chairs and same covers! Well I had to keep them and when one of the swivel base broke the auto shop on the corner fixed it and said it was solid steel. They rock and turn and deserved a retro makeover. First I used clear plastic bags to cover the old cushions and then used outdoor ‘sunbrella’ fabric and Velcro to adhere the top to bottom at the crease with a pattern I constructed from originals.

What do you think?  Of course the arms need a cover as the old ones did rot away. Part of my upcycling for this month.

tshirt sayingA great friend gave me this T shirt and it says it all. The month of June this year had us visiting hospitals constantly. OMG what a couple of years can do to through you off track. Still back and forth with Ron, the outcome is good but my whole daily routine is not the same.

I am back teaching next week and will post a schedule soon. For now save those old tshirts for a new project.

Sewing in the rain !



June ( my favourite time of year)

Looking forward to a month of UPCYCLING. I have been cleaning closets where I found some gems to good to part with, but perfect for recycling with some changes. By ‘Up Cycling’ or blending new pieces of much loved fabric or trim with the old, you can have some wonderful new pieces of clothing. Lets play together !

Bring along some old, some new and get your creative thinking caps on.

T shirt coverupAnother class will be this T shirt Cover up. Bring along your old T’s and we will serge a quick and easy cover up from this great pattern. 5 students / 5 hr  June 17 Fee $45 includes pattern!

I love the long sunny days of June when you can enjoy sitting outdoors until almost 9pm. I am an early riser, so I love sunrise too. The weather is something Canadians always discuss, so; it has been cool and risk of frost prevented me from getting any plants until recently. It has also been very dry and the garden centres have a selection of several wilted planters unless they have been sheltered. Suffice to say there will be less work with annuals and I will enjoy my beautiful perennials. Daffodils, Lilacs, Lily of the Valley, Flocks, and now min and maxi Irises have flourished and are always brought in to rest in a lovely vase for room décor.

May Sewing saw the Embroidery group back for a day of chatting, eating and ‘therapy’ as I like to call it. We never made it to the sewing studio as we gathered in the kitchen for the day, but we have plans for this month’s project which is ‘Sewing off the Edge’. Friday June 26 will be the date for another Pot Luck lunch and practice of Machine Embroidery. If you name is not on my e mail list of reminders just drop me a line.


Matt's shirtThis I Matt, who did an amazing job of sewing his tailored Shirt. Awesome work as he adjusted the pattern to his size and completed all details of stand collar and cuffs, then went on to sew buttonholes with his new machine. GREAT JOB Matt!

Leather bagThis is the leather bag I made for my daughter. Brown and Black Lamb Skin. I added the zipper pocket in front and had cut the opening a little larger than necessary. ( even templates and careful measuring can cause grief) To disguise it, I added a rectangle in the contrast color to cover the mistake. I loved the end result, so sometimes mistakes can be blessings. Although our trip to Perfect Leather did not happen, we are getting together soon for show and tell.

Serger sewing sessions have been postponed so we may have to change the day. Just contact me for a time that fits your schedule and we will get back on track with monthly get meetings.

See you soon and plan your up cycling day with me. I am in the sewing studio all month