More Summer Sewing

We have been having a heat wave in Seattle and
I've been hiding in the house sewing the past few days!
I hate to complain as I would much rather have the sun and heat than rain!!

These pants are version #2 of the Huck Finn pants from Heather Ross' Weekend Sewing. I took the basic pant pattern and added a few pockets and the cuffs. I also added adjustable elastic - the kind with buttonholes can now be purchased af the fabric store. (I think it has been available for awhile.) I love this pattern and promise I'm only working on one more for the summer though I may make some in corduroy this Fall!

Back to my sewing machine and fan!


Summer Garden - Nasturtium Border

Here are a few pics of our backyard.

The orange flowers are naturtiums. They are so easy to grow. I purchased a packet of Renee's Garden seeds from our local nursery. They take about 9 - 12 days to germinate and Voila - in about one month a lovely border appears.
Hope you are enjoying your summer!


Summer Sewing

Luc in a variation of Huck Finn pants from Weekend Sewing

Luc in Kai's shirt from Weekend Sewing.

My next project. Fab vintage 1968 shift dress pattern.

Sewing is a passion of mine. I started at the age of six making clothes for my Barbie dolls which lead me to the career as an apparel designer. It was not a straight path and I've definitely taken some turns on the road to this career.

I've heard that you should look back to what you loved at around the age of six and that is a good indicator of what may be your passion later in life.
Sewing has been put on the back burner since having the boys - other than the occasional home decoration project. This spring I happened upon the book Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross. It is a fabulous book and renewed my desire to sew. I've been making versions of the Huck Finn Pant for my son Luc. I've also made Kai's shirt and a few of the dresses for myself.

My next project will be a sundress using a vintage pattern I've had for years. The fabric is from Heather Ross' Mendocino collection. I'd better hurry since the weather could change at any moment! The weather in Seattle has been unusually warm and dry and I am Loving it!!!!



Finally a working kitchen!

Pressed glass windows

Kitchen Before

I thought I'd start my first post with the current most consuming aspect of our lives....Our house remodel. We bought our 1908 Madrona Box style house 3 1/2 years ago and it is (finally) looking great.

We have a working kitchen after all this time! I really love the pressed glass we used for the windows. We wanted privacy but also wanted to keep the look in the same period as our 1908 house. My husband Jay has been painstakingly restoring all the windows. They look so nice and they actually work. I love the clinking sound of the weights when opening the old windows!

The farm style sink is from Ikea and I absolutely love it. There is still lots of work to be done but we are definitely making progress!!

I'll post some more before and after pics soon......