Friday, February 21, 2014

Pet Piranha

No, not a new addition to the family. "Pet Piranha" is the name of some totally fun fabric I bought Tuesday and just had to work into a top of some sort. I took my faithful Grainline Scout Tee pattern and did some modifications traced onto pattern paper.



 Longer wider sleeves, an above the waist seam front (gently curved) and back (straight), a front center pleat



 and some deep pockets and I had a completely different tunic. I liked the modifications so much I'm sure I will be using it again. And I love this fun print.

I also promised some pics of the other new fabrics that hopped into my bag. There is a lovely embroidered linen.



The stitched and scalloped border will grace the top of a linen sheet I am making. Should be a beautiful fold over detail. It was wide fabric and the plain white section left will become a couple of linen pillow cases. Even without a scalloped border linen cases are a treat to sleep on.

Some nautical print paired with a red oxford cloth.



 I just love that mermaid!



A plain grey/brown cross weave oxford cloth also found a home in my stash. A great neutral for me in this darker tone. There was some beautiful beige tones but it does nothing for me when I wear it, so the darker was the clear choice.



 In Salem MA I picked up a few yards each of a wonderful pick stitched grosgrain ribbon at a fun little yarn store named "Seed Stitch".

 I spent a few hours one day getting out of the house and doing some shopping in Salem. It gets a little touristy with all the witch stuff ( an understatement), but there are some gems there. A lovely bead store and a custom perfumer top my list of neat places. I spent quite a bit of time at Aroma Sanctum finding just the right scents. Her creations are all natural oils with no alcohol or chemicals. A boon for someone like me who reduces everything down to just an alcohol scent. I walked out with 3 different fragrances, all which can work with each other or stand alone. Beautiful web site so worth a peek.

Peter and I are both a bit under the weather. He has a bit of an upset digestive tract and is on rice and chicken bits for the time being and I have a head cold and am on Kleenex and chicken soup. Today I need to remove the beater and breast beam from Big Sal and get her ready to thread. There is also a special addition to her which arrived Wednesday as an early birthday gift from my Dad. I need to unbox and make some room. Pictures coming on that for sure.

No doubt while I sew and work in the loom room I'll be listening to the Olympics. The USA/Canadian Men's hockey game is today and no matter what I'm doing I'll stop and watch that. Go USA!

Parting shot: Smoochie, happy to be hanging out with Mom again.





6 comments:

  1. Piranhas, mermaids and sailors...what fun whimsical fabric. Love the scout tee and will share my striped knit scout recently finished. Have a great day!

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  2. You and Peter give each other snuggles and comfort and take it easy.

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  3. I love that top!!!! I am ever so anxious to see that nautical combo, too!

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  4. Absolutely love your tunic. Great design details and wonderful print. Speaking of which, i adore the mermaid print. Guess i'll have to be brave now and sew it too, if you're going to! Hope you and Peter are feeling better.

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  5. Fun piranha print!!! The top is very nice!!! Your trip sounded ever so fun and I'm glad you had a nice time. Even the weather keeping you there a bit longer sounded really nice to me. :)

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  6. Judi, Thank you! I rather like my fishy top. Having the extra weekend at my folks was fun too.

    Coco, The mermaid print is almost done and I have to admit, I am buying a bit more to keep on hand.

    Prttynpink, You won't have too long to wait for the nautical me. It's over half completed on construction but I am holding up for some design details...

    Michelle, we did, a weekend spent mostly in bed napping with all the crew was just what the doctor ordered.

    Mary, Yep, still feeling the New England vibe I guess even though piranhas don't live in that cold area. Can't wait to see your Scout!

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