Posts Tagged ‘red’

Dress Parade {Be Mine}

February 14th, 2012 | By Jen in Sewing | 4 Comments »

I think hearts are still my favorite shape, since I was a kid.

Stitching this up I followed the same formula as I did for my Little Prints dress.  I’ve been hoarding these hearts hankies (the main one in the front and the the cut up one on the skirt’s sides) forever!  This time I incorporated some of my ultra delicate white hankies into the frock for a super subtle ombre effect (reddest hankies to white).  Petersham (rayon grosgrain) ribbon for the straps, easy peasy.

(Dang, my hair is so long!  It hasn’t been this length in quite a while.)

Holiday Haberdashery Giveaway

October 12th, 2011 | By Jen in Free Stuff | 12 Comments »

Hi peeps!  Last month on my Facebook page I briefly mentioned doing a haberdashery giveaway and it’s finally up!

I have an abundance of craft supplies–I could probably open a little shop!  Ha!  But a de-stash giveaway is more fun and just in time for holiday crafting.  Anyway, there’s new and vintage rick rack in red, white and green–in different sizes–red double fold bias tape, tiny red craft pompoms, a baker’s dozen of red/white striped twist ties and wooden spools (oh, and a Japanese squirrel paper clip thrown in for fun).

To enter just leave a comment and let me know what you look forward (or hope) to make for the holidays.  It doesn’t have to be craft specific meaning it could involve cooking, photography, etc.

Comments will close Sunday October 23rd, 10p PST. Comments are now closed. The winner will be randomly selected and announced  soon after.  Open to everyone.

By the way, I LOVED reading your mischievous mouse stories on my last post!   I guess many of us have had such encounters or episodes of nearly losing something that left quite an impression.  It’s funny how the human mind works.

To-Dos Checked Off My List {’60s Red & White}

April 27th, 2011 | By Jen in Sewing | 12 Comments »

I mentioned the other day on Facebook that I was going to start going through my sewing to-do pile.  I can’t help but collect pretty vintage things that need repair or alterations, or start and stop sewing projects.  But then I end up with many garments (things that languish at the bottom of my fabric stash for months, years even) that could be rather fetching when done–eep, if they ever do!  It’s a bad habit I’m trying to break; alas, it’s difficult since I get so excited by new ideas and outfits.

Please excuse the crappiness of these photos.  Taking pictures of one’s self can be quite the challenge and it’s something I haven’t taken the time to master.  I’m for sure making the goofiest faces in these so I must continue to bombard you with headless images.  (Oh, but don’t you love this bag?  It was a bargain and a birthday gift to myself last year!)

First up: this $5 1960s blouse.

I don’t like long sleeved blouses and there was a stain near one cuff anyway so I just chopped the sleeves off to create short ones.  The hems stuck out in a funny way so I threaded some 1/4″ elastic through them.  I thought about changing the buttons and maybe even widening the neckline but that’s a lot of work and I think it looks OK as is, especially if I leave the top button undone. (I don’t like tight necklines; I feel too closed up!)  The rows of lace and eyelet are the best parts.

Now the skirt:  I started to make this before Christmas, from vintage Simplicity pattern #7869 (View 5, specifically):

It’s of fine wale red corduroy.  I didn’t finish it in time for the holidays because, ha, I gained some weight and could not zip it up!  (Yes, before the sugar cookies and turkey and such.)  Shame-faced, I tucked it away only to find it again while reorganizing my fabric stash.  (Which is something I have to do periodically as it can get quite messy and chaotic in there.)  Thankfully I’ve lost that extra cushion around my middle and was delighted to find that the skirt fit; all I had to do was hem it.  The hips seem a bit big now and I wish I had clipped and notched the seams of the waistband  a lot more (especially in the front) since the thickness of the fabric is creating a ridge that is a little too obvious for my liking.  Oh well, not all my projects need to turn out perfectly and at least it’s wearable!  (I was, however, able to install the zipper in one take which is pretty darn fantastic as that’s one of my least favorite things to do and it’s always a headache for me.)

I do like how the vintage ivory and gold buttons look against the red:

It’s a bit like Christmas in the spring!

Happy Easter

April 22nd, 2011 | By Jen in Whatnot | 7 Comments »

My dear landlord just dropped off a generous bag of Easter chocolates covered in adorable foil wrappers.  I’ve noticed other chocolates from Germany are often dressed up in a similar fashion, disguised as ladybugs and mushrooms; so cute!  My favorite is the happy chick in the middle with her cartoon eyes and red bow tie.

Even though I have some work to do I really hope to catch up on my sewing tomorrow or Sunday.  If I go too long without it I start to feel a little batty!  Do you get like that too?

Anyway, if you celebrate, Happy Easter to you!  Otherwise have a most lovely spring (or autumn) weekend.

Oh…and Happy Earth Day!

Leggings of All Stripes

January 16th, 2011 | By Jen in Sewing | 10 Comments »

No, I did not plan to sew up 2 pairs of leggings this weekend.   But I did and I’m wishing I had bought more knit fabric because this is my new addiction!

On Friday I got this bee in my bonnet that I needed to make striped leggings.  I’ve been on the hunt for these for a while, but have only been able to find cute ones for little girls or sheer ones (more like footless tights) for grown-ups.  Not sure why it hadn’t occurred to me until now that I could make them.  I guess I find sewing knit fabric very sketchy and I pretty much avoid it (even with a copy of Built by Wendy Sew U Home Stretch sitting on my bookshelf for a year or so).  But I remembered seeing that Angry Chicken posted a tutorial on her blog so I figured I’d give it a shot.   Plus my newish serger has been neglected. (Out of sheer laziness I don’t even bring it out to finish seams though that’s why I bought it in the first place.)

I bought not 1 but 2 stripey knits; I can’t help myself when it comes to fabric (you know that).  Luckily I had some “pajama” elastic and kraft paper (for the pattern) in my stash because I didn’t think about checking if I had these things before I drove off to the fabric store like a addict desperate for her next fix.

I probably followed Amy’s tutorial about 90% (or more, I kind of got started before I finished watching the video).  These were crazy easy to make.  In fact, after I finished my first pair (the red ones), I put them on and was wearing them while I made the second!

Here’s a detail picture of the red fabric in case the first one “strobes” a bit (an optical illusion where a pattern may look animated and wiggly).  I like to scrunch up my leggings just below my knees.  Here you can see even the leg openings are serged.  Easy peasy (once you get the tension right, that is).    For the pink pair I added some narrow stretch lace to girl-ify it up a bit (because pink is not girlie enough).  I’m debating whether or not I should trim the ties though – maybe they’re too much?  Maybe they’d look better shorter and tied simply in a square knot?

I wouldn’t say I was anxious for spring (especially since it has been in the 80s this weekend) but I’m ready.  I’ll just pair these with short, simple frocks and I’m good to go.

Have any of you started on any spring projects yet?  (Or if you are looking towards fall, what about you?  Stripey leggings are good for any time of year.  Just saying.)

Peace, Joy and All That Good Stuff

December 21st, 2010 | By Jen in Whatnot | 8 Comments »

There seems to be a break in Southern California’s parade of rain.  It’s been so dark these past few days, I almost felt like we’ve been enclosed in a gigantic submarine finding its way along the bottom of the ocean floor.  Now we’ve finally come back up to the surface, hurray!  So here it is, beautiful and white winter light.   They say, though, more rain is on its way.

Dark days aren’t the best for picture-taking but they are quite suitable to hunkering down in blankets and quilts, sipping hot chocolate (I’ve basically replaced water, tea and any other beverage with hot cocoa which may not be the healthiest way to go but it certainly is delicious), and lots of reading.

I’ve been reading so many good books lately.  I’ve just started “The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate” and I’m already in love.  You know how sometimes when you start reading a book, especially by an author who is new to you, and you may have to stumble a bit getting used to his or her voice before getting sucked into the story?  Not with this one.  From the first word on the page I was immediately drawn into that world.  Like going to sleep and falling into a dream, mid-scene.

I’m so glad Christmas and the new year are on their way.  I haven’t decided if I’m going to close down shop for a few days but I’m always reachable via email or this blog.

OH!  I’m going to move my current Etsy shop to a new one: sometime before or in the beginning of January.   Yes, it’s all part of the big name change from love, Liette to The Fabled Needle.   This should be the last of it!

Happy Solstice and Happy Holidays, everyone!  Be well and I’ll be back soon.

Vintage Paper Garland Giveaway {Winner}

December 15th, 2010 | By Jen in Free Stuff | 2 Comments »

Thank you so much for entering my Vintage Paper Garland Giveaway.  Without further ado, the winner is #16…Also Jen!

(Jen, I’ll be emailing you shortly to get your mailing address.)


Gosh, I can hardly believe Christmas is only 10 days away, how the holidays are just zipping by.  Luckily I’m pretty much done with gift shopping, shipping, etc.  And in just about 2 weeks I’ll be turning 35, which really hasn’t sunken in.   I mean, I don’t feel or act 35 that’s for certain!

The weather has cooled off again (it just doesn’t feel like Christmas to me when it’s 80 degrees outside) and I’m very glad of it.  We’ve been enjoying a parade of warm and hearty soups here at the Fabled Needle house including shrimp wonton, Whaler’s Stew, chicken cilantro and, most likely today, split pea with bacon.

I hope you are enjoying the holidays, or at least our official transition into winter (or summer for our Southern Hemi friends)!

The Wee Tree

December 11th, 2010 | By Jen in Whatnot | 9 Comments »

This year we got a little tree, an “elf” tree if you will.  Maybe 3′ tall, it’s so cute!  I was afraid it would be “enough” but my husband and I really like it.  I kept the decorations simple and mostly red: homemade magic mushrooms, glittery poison apples, Seuss-ian candy globes, fairy lights and, of course, my vintage paper garland.

Speaking of, if you haven’t already, make sure to enter the Vintage Paper Garland Giveaway.  It’s a short run (ends later Tuesday night) so I don’t want anyone to miss a chance to win your very own paper garland made by me!  A winner will be randomly selected Wednesday, December 15th,  and announced on the blog.

Happy Weekend, folks!  I’m working on a big-ish illustration project that is consuming most of my creativity right now (although I might stop for a sewing break at one point).

Vintage Paper Garland Giveaway

December 9th, 2010 | By Jen in Free Stuff | 26 Comments »

I hope it’s not too late to incorporate a little handmade something into your holiday decorating!  Here’s a merry little giveaway just for you…

A few years ago I stumbled upon this vintage 1940s gift wrap in the $1 bin at the flea market.  The vendor seemed more than happy to be rid of it and even made a comment like “Well, if you think you can do something with it.”  Granted, the paper was quite fragile but the sweet illustrations more than made up for that.  I knew immediately what I would make of it but alas, during the rush of the holiday season it never became a priority.  But finally I decided to check it off my mental to do list so I wouldn’t have to think about it anymore!

Here it is, a 9′ garland (plus a little extra string at the ends) made from vintage Christmas wrapping, kraft paper, red & white striped candy twine and a dusting of gold glitter.  I had so much fun making it, I made 2.  One for me and one for a lucky Fabled Needle reader.

All you need to do is leave a comment and tell me what your favorite DIY holiday craft is.  It could be anything really: decor, food, clothing, cards, etc.  It could be something you’ve made, something you’ve received or something you hope to make!  (And like me, it’s taken you a while to get ’round to it.)

Because the season is upon us, this giveaway only goes through Tuesday, December 14th and closes at Midnight PT; open to everyone.  I hope you’ll participate – good luck, dears!

Cheery Recipe Cards for Holiday Treats

November 29th, 2010 | By Jen in le Shop | 4 Comments »

Hi dearies!  I hope you all had a wonderful week.  The Thanksgiving holiday was very mellow and I enjoyed working on little projects here and there and eating an ample amount of leftovers.  With my nose in a book or armed with a needle and thread (repairing an old ’30s dress, for example) I nearly forgot to mention I had added some cheery recipe cards to my Etsy shop…so here they are!

Oh, and they’re printed on recycled paper with soy inks.

Which reminds me, if you’d like to print your own recipe cards (plus bakery tags, background papers and more) there’s my Blackbirds kit in the shop:

On a completely unrelated note, has anyone seen the BBC’s Bleak House?  I’ve been watching it the past couple of days.  Mr. Tulkinghorn is absolutely terrifying!
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