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Where’s my Etsy???

Where’s my Etsy???

on Mar 19, 2008 in etsy, fashion, sewing | 1 comment

Where’s my Etsy store? I’m so glad you asked. Its at www.llyrric.etsy.com and I have 5 new halter tops over there just waiting for YOU. I will probably be adding new Army/USAF uniform bits in the shop this Friday, so check it out now, and check it out later....

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Once you have a skirt pattern…

Once you have a skirt pattern…

on Mar 15, 2008 in boutique, fashion, sewing | 4 comments

Once you have a basic skirt pattern, like the straight skirt in the post below, you can make any other kind of skirt from it. Its a pattern drafting skill. So- with the little size 8 straight skirt I made this full, double skirt. The fabric is, Korean, I think. There’s no manufacturer’s print on the selvage side. So it might be for commercial use, I really have no idea. I love the print though. Its a light-weight batiste fabric that definitely needed to be lined. I decided- if I was going to do the work to “line” it, it was going to be visible. Lazy? Perhaps. I really like the double-skirt effect, though. And its not see-through, so its a win-win. Yes, I have more of the blue fabric left over… and it too thinks a coordinating top might be in order. That will be for another day. The sweater is from Gymboree… {or more likely from a Thrift store in Albuquerque!!! shhhhhhh!} And the white shirt is by Old Navy… I think that was a hand-me-down from a lady in my mom’s office. All together- looks pretty good though. Thanks for checking it out....

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Wildly Productive Day

Wildly Productive Day

on Mar 14, 2008 in boutique, fashion, sewing | 1 comment

Today I was having one of those “I just want to do something for me days.” I started by cleaning, so that I could enjoy the afternoon in my sparkling house. I made myself a great tortellini salad and I sewed. I drafted up a size 8 girls skirt pattern and made a cute little outfit. Most recently, in the fashion sewing department, I’ve made boutique-y items to list on Etsy. I get my daughter (or her friends) to model and then get the outfit safely packed in a ziploc bag in the studio. Well, as you can imagine, she says “Now which one is mine?” …Well… Mommy was making these for Etsy. Yours is coming soon, I promise. Today was the day! Hooray! Just in time for spring. I found this extra great, wild Alexander Henry print at the fabric market and bought just enough for an entire ensemble. Of course, it needed pink polka dots, though. -Good news, the fabric market has those too.- I still have some polka dot fabric left and I keep thinking it needs a matching purse… but really, what does an 7yo need with a purse? We’ll see. The headband is really accessory enough. The extra polka dot fabric is just calling me. “Jen, how about a coordinating peasant blouse???” Oh, we shall see, indeed. ********************************************************************************* Now, let me share another tool with you from Heather Bailey’s March of the Tools. I recently purchased this ruffle/pleat foot for my sewing machine and I have to tell you: I have no idea how I’ve sewn for the past 15+ years without it. The best part is, Ebay has them for under $30. Let me show you what this contraption looks like: (That photo is from the ebay auction, where I purchased my very own new favorite tool.) Now let me tell you, this tool has many different settings from tight little gathers to full pleats. If you sew, you know its a royal pain in the… Well, ruffles are worth their money. And now, they are a piece of cake. I cannot wait to add more ruffles to every apron and jeans hem! Definitely worthy of the March of the Tools....

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The Summer Halter Shirt

The Summer Halter Shirt

on Feb 18, 2008 in etsy, fashion, sewing | 4 comments

This design was a custom request by Wee Whimsy Designs. She suggested what she wanted, and the fabric she wanted, and I developed the pattern and made the top. It turned out extra cute. It is a halter tie top and has elastic across the back. Very summer, very beach. Its listed on Etsy for her. If you’d like one for yourself, email me....

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Painting

Painting

on Feb 17, 2008 in fashion, painting | 1 comment

When I’m not sewing, I’d like to be painting. I don’t paint much at all, though. If I get out the paints, the kids want to paint. …which is fine, but it turns the 30 minutes of paint time for me into a 2 hour Mom-zilla “don’t spill, carefull, look out for the carpet, do NOT paint on your brother, goodness, lookout” episode. Now, I do not say all those things because I’m horribly up tight, trying to suppress my children’s creative side- I say all those things because the kids are 7, 5, and 2. =) If I am painting with just one kid, its usually much better. For instance, I can leave out the “don’t paint your brother” comment. heh. So I tell you all this so I can show you my fancy painting, back from when I had a hint more time and patients. Maybe if I post here, I’ll be more motivated to take some time for myself and get to painting. Actually, I painted this before the kids were even on the scene. Man, its been a while. I should definitely try to paint more. Its so relaxing. This watercolor and currently hangs in the my studio. The image is based on a picture in an illustration book I own. The original dress is by Yves Saint...

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Where’s the aprons?

Where’s the aprons?

on Feb 15, 2008 in accessories, etsy, fashion, sewing | 0 comments

Ok, I know you’ve been waiting to see what these aprons will look like… it has been 3 posts and all since I first mentioned them. I’ll give you a clue. Michael Miller fabrics. Yes, thats all you get. Oh- and two pictures. If you want to see the aprons, you’ll have to roll over to...

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The Catalog

The Catalog

on Feb 6, 2008 in business, etsy, fashion, sewing | 0 comments

I proud to report I’m having more interest in the “what do you make wholesale” department. Whoohoo. So I’ve got a new plan for this weekend {HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR!}- I hope to generate the wholesale-able flat drawing designs and have a sort of catalog on my website sometime next week. That in itself seems like a tall order, but I think if I write it down on here… I’ll be more apt to get it done. Now, where’s my sharpie? Oh, in other news- I was having a bad day yesterday so I decided to curl up with my Heather Bailey (s). My plan was to use every single piece of Fresh Cut I owned. Well… I only used 6, of my many pieces; yes I own that much Fresh Cut. I have to tell you, I made a longer twirly skirt and a coordinating shirred top. Girl’s size Medium(6-8), I guess. {I think both the top and the bottom will make it into my wholesale availability list.} And boy, it definitely cheered me up. Thanks Heather! At least I know how to fix me when I break- Grab some fabric and eves drop on whatever the family is watching in the next room. Alrighty, I guess I need to get to drawing, editing, and webmastering!Have a great day!...

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Design Research

Design Research

on Feb 3, 2008 in fashion, sewing | 1 comment

In between sewing and making juice cups for the little guy, I am doing research for all things sewing-design related. I’ve stumbled across some amazing designer blogs lately. On PortabelloPixie, she has a tutorial for shirring fabric, SHIR MADNESS Now this is NOT smocking. Its shirring with elastic thread. I know a good bit about sewing, but I had never heard of elastic thread much less hand winding it and putting it in the bobbin case. Brilliant. So I’ve tried it and I love it. Go to her site and check it out. Her clothes are beautiful. The mystery is solved. I will definitely try to work more of this technique into my girl’s clothing line....

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The Twirly Skirts

The Twirly Skirts

on Feb 3, 2008 in boutique, etsy, fashion, sewing | 0 comments

Ok, I’m loving this almost-patchwork twirly stripe skirt. These were designed and made to match the tops in Emalynn’s Boutique. These are the samples and are all size small. I will definitely make more of these for Etsy, so check the shop often. Thanks for checking them out. I’d love to hear from you....

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Little bit more wholesale action-

Little bit more wholesale action-

on Jan 31, 2008 in accessories, Army Cube, fashion, sewing | 1 comment

I just wanted to post these two photos of the other style purse I’m sending in my wholesale order. I know you’re at home just wondering how I’m doing on that whole deal… Its going well. I hope to have it in the mail soon. I’ll be moving to the commission work shortly after that. These fabrics are Michael Miller and recycled Army and USAF uniform shirts. Thanks again for the donations!!!...

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New Items-

New Items-

on Jan 31, 2008 in boutique, etsy, fashion, sewing | 0 comments

I wanted to share with you, my newest item headed for the shop- Its a cute pillowcase outfit made with Anna Maria Horner’s fabric. I’ve mixed two different lines, Chocolate Lollipop and Bohemian. I think it turned out well. Its a size 6 and comes with jeans, top, belt, scarf-tie for hair, and a little wristlet purse deal. Sure, it doesn’t hurt that these are altered GAP jeans and designer fabrics… Only the best for me! I will be adding this to the shop, either tonight or tomorrow… Hopefully before Saturday....

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Sewing Rocks the House!

Sewing Rocks the House!

on Jan 28, 2008 in boutique, fashion, sewing | 2 comments

Ok, I love sewing. {and evidentally, bloggin!!} I wanted to show you some of the items shipping for the wholesale order. I used fabrics from Alexander Henry, Michael Miller and Heather Bailey and Valorie Wells (both for Free Spirit). Unfortunately, the color did NOT come out true on this Heather Bailey Apron shirt. You can certainly see better photos of her colors by surfing the web. Her fabric is beautiful and very popular in the sewing/boutique community. So, sorry about the color/flash/photo. I’m a designer, not a photographer! HA. The purses are all made from USAF or ARMY uniforms. This is not cammo-off-the-bolt, but actual uniforms from our service members. Most of them are donated to me. I’m very fortunate to live on an Army base where many of the soldiers have already switched to the newer ACU fabric. This is that light browny looking stuff you see in all the Iraq pictures. The USAF will be switching to their new uniforms shortly… by then, hopefully we’ll live on a USAF base and I’ll get a second surge of “supplies”. Thanks to the military friends who’ve donated to my elaborate recycling project! If you have a box of old uni’s you’d like to donate, please email me. I’ll gladly take them. These boxy purses measure 7″- they’re designed to look almost cube-like. The straps are 24″ long. They have a magnet clasp and ribbon tie. They also have 5 pockets. 4 “drop in” pockets and one zipper pocket for your secret goodies. So thanks for checking out my designs. Feel free to email me for your own custom/wholesale or retail purchases or see what I have listed ready-made on my Etsy site. You can see more photos of these items on my flickr stream. Yes, I’m everywhere! Have a great day! Stay warm!!!...

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