Sunday, November 17, 2013

Miscellaneous and Sundry


Happy Sunday evening! (Or Monday morning, if you are in Australia...)

I have managed to finish two projects since Friday, but I can't show them quite yet. One is a Christmas gift, so it will have to wait a bit. That project involved a trip to the big box hardware store, which always makes me happy.

The other newly completed project is a garment for me, but I finished it after dark, so no pictures yet.

I am now waiting for inspiration for one project (dither dither), and supplies for another.

I received my latest Style Arc order yesterday, so I sat down this evening to peruse the new patterns. I really love the Ziggi moto jacket, though I haven't identified a fabric for that one. At any rate, I can't start it quite yet. There was an error with the first batch of patterns that they sent out and, a day after shipping the first copy, they emailed saying that a second copy was being mailed that corrected the error. A costly mistake for them, but I am impressed at how quickly they remedied the situation.

By the way, I saw on the Style Arc Facebook page last week that they now have cheaper international shipping! That will be very welcomed. They are also selling several colors of stretch bengaline. I just love the stretch bengaline that they sent me as my free gift for joining their pattern club over a year ago - I've been "saving" it. They are evidently selling out of colors very quickly. I have never seen stretch bengaline in this country to equal the quality of what they sent me over a year ago. (It is similar to a ponte fabric, but slightly ribbed, like a faille, and the stretch goes in the width, so you cut out your project in the cross grain direction.)

Doublestitch asked, in a comment on the Queen of Dithering post, if I would be willing to do a sew-along for the Ziggi. I'm not really a sew-along kind of person, but if there is general interest, maybe I could post some in-progress posts when I make my version. (Though I don't usually do that either, as in-progress posts aren't my favorite to read, as a rule.) Let me know, in the comments, if you think it might be worthwhile.

On Saturday, I attended (and worked at) an all day Harvest Festival and was wearing my latest Koos ensemble. While working a quiet shift as a greeter, I checked my iPhone and I saw that KOOS VAN DEN AKKER (his caps) had "liked" my photo of the very same outfit, which had been posted on the Stonemountain and Daughter Facebook page. You can see the proof of his "LIKE" in the following photo.

How cool is that?

Of course, I have no idea if it was Koos himself, or one of his assistants managing his Facebook account, who liked the pic, but it made me smile.

And speaking of Facebook, Emma One Sock now has a new Facebook page. For some time now, Marcy Tilton and Gorgeous Fabrics have one, too. It's a great way to keep abreast of developments and sales with your favorite vendors, like Pam Erny of Fashion Sewing Supply.

Happy week! I hope to have a new garment to show you soon, but these short winter days make taking selfies trickier.

25 comments:

  1. Of COURSE it was Koos. :-). Even if it wasn't, you know his assistant showed it to him. What a rush.

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  2. It's a morning greeting for me! Monday and nearly time to head to work :(
    That is such an accolade from KOO himself (or one of his nearest) ~ that really is cool ... J

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  3. I'm very happy they finally have a Facebook page but I certainly hope they get a google+ account because I really am over Facebook.

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  4. Congrats on the Koos call out. Very Kool. Yes I was excited to see the Bengaline at SA and luckily got in early and acquired some Paprika that will go to a new Barb pants. Good luck with your jacket.

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  5. Ooh, how exciting! I'm sure it was Koos himself.

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  6. What a cool acknowledgement! You must be thrilled.

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  7. Compliments from the K-Man Himself. You have very reason to be pleased!

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  8. Wow. You must be walking on air! I'm sure it was really Koos that "liked" it! IMO yours was the best version of this pattern. Loved it.

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  9. "I saw that KOOS VAN DEN AKKER (his caps) had "liked" my photo of the very same outfit...." i love it when the universe works exactly as it should :) i'm up at 5:15am on a cold cold morning, but that just warmed me up from the heart on out!!!!

    "...but I finished it after dark, so no pictures yet." and this just cracks me up. Have fun lady, steph

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  10. I'd love a sew along...in the new year! Too much on the holiday plate.

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  11. WOW on the Koos shout out! I told you that you are becoming famous in the sewing world!!!

    Karen

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  12. I like the way you do it, Shams. Having the whole project, from start to finish, in one blog makes it easy to refer back to it.
    Congrats on the Koos comment!!!

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  13. I prefer to read your "completed sewing stories", too. And that IS so cool about your Koos FB like! :)

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  14. Either post as you go or post when you are done - I know that I will have to make many of the same adjustments you do, especially for my daughter, so it helps take some of the hesitation out of altering a new pattern.

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  15. KOOS, WOW, what a wonderful acknowledgement of your skills and praise for such a fab outfit from the designer himself ... gotta "like" that :)

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  16. Kongrats on the Koos like. That's kool! I love your Koos outfilt and was sad you weren't still in the competition because it would have won, hands down. But that's the way things go.
    Looking forward to seeing your new make. And not liking the shorter days any more than you are!

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  17. That is so cool that Koos recognized your great talent. A well deserved like from an inspiring designer.

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  18. Very cool! Very cool indeed!

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  19. I just wanted to say that since reading your blog I am now aware of so many new sources of fabrics, patterns, designers...and sewing techniques. I had stopped sewing for myself, but I see a new jacket in my future.
    How about a post about where you find all the beautiful knit fabric that you use?
    Deborah

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    1. Deborah, thanks so much for that! I can tell you where I buy most of my fabric. My first source is a local independent store called Fabrix. They are a jobber, so they buy leftover fabrics from manufacturers and re-sell and good prices. So it can be real hit or miss there, but I have found a lot of great stuff.

      Other than that, my favorite places to buy fabric are MarcyTilton.com and EmmaOneSock for online stores, though I also buy from Gorgeous Fabrics and Sewing Workshop from time to time. My other favorite local stores are Stone Mountain and Daughter (Berkeley) and Harts Fabrics (Santa Cruz).

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  20. I'm not half surprised about the 'like' - it is one outfit with serious attitude - so much going on but it just works when all together. Definitely one of my favourites of yours!

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  21. Love the like! Not surprised, but still love it!

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  22. How cool is that! Your outfit is to die for - fabulous!

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