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Sunday, March 20, 2016


I've spent A LOT of time in my studio lately...I'm listening to "A Little Life" by Hanya Yanagihara, short-listed for both the Man Booker and National Book Award for Fiction. It is a long, long, sad and dark book...but the writing is so
luminous, and I love the characters so much that I am hooked. I have come to love listening to Audible Books while I'm sewing; it encourages me to do a lot more hand sewing (good). When I come to a tricky bit in my sewing, I turn the book off, then start up again when I am ready. (I don't multi-task very well)

My first item was part of an ongoing attempt to find a very high scrunch turtleneck that doesn't collapse. I'll post about that later (it's pretty, and I'll wear it, but the neck isn't what I'm looking for).

Then, I made long OOP V8192, as a vest; I learned why there are only two reviews of this pattern on Pattern Review, both somewhat negative.

So, I was well-warned. I love the collar and decided to try it anyway. The main problem is that, in order to hang properly, I needed to add SIX sets of snaps to the interior. The top is essentially a double breasted vest without the necessary "buttons".

Here it is in my studio, as I figure out where to place the double-welt pockets.

And here it is, on me (with background of emerging wisteria) The fabric is a 
wonderful rayon-blend two-sided crinkle woven from Marcy Tilton which I love.

I like it, although I'm not sure it was worth all the bother...it's lightweight and drapey, perfect for my climate.


Next, as I was rummaging around in my studio, I found an almost completed knit top which I had totally forgotten about. It's B5954, adjusted somewhat to take advantage of a paneled knit with a border from Emma One Sock. So I added a neck finish, hemmed the sleeves and bottom, and voila!

A women's group I've belonged to for more than 30 years had a meeting this month in the studio of Seyburn Zorthian. We have two paintings of hers which I've written about before.

I've known Seyburn for a long time, but I was still fascinated by her telling us of the history of her painting...

and I found a new painting to love...

As a parting shot, check out my new polka-dot cat eye specs!

I'm heading over to Patti's site, Not Dead Yet Style, to join the Visible Women. Come  see what we've been up to!



  1. Love your new creations, Mama, but I absolutely ADORE your new specs!

  2. OK those glasses are perfection! I can see why the vest was a pain but I'm glad you stuck it out - I really like the look of it! xo

  3. Gorgeous new creations, Margy. I also love to listen to books, while I jog or do housechores. And I often have to back them up when my mind wanders! Love those sunglasses, xox


  4. Those specs are just too much fun!!! I really love that vest - before hearing about the challenges, I ordered my own copy. I'm glad to be forewarned. I especially love your panel top! That's really pretty!

  5. Both pieces are wonderful ~ I like the detail on the vest and how you made it work but I LOVE the panel print top! So glad you got it finished and can wear it now.

  6. Wow! Your creativity and passion for design are so inspirational. I certainly love your fantastic choices for the two tops. You look sensational!! Your wisteria is a lovely background for your pictures.

  7. Love that paisley top. And the paintings! Gorgeous.

  8. I came over from Patti's linkup. Wow you are really talented!

  9. Unique vest and well executed. Karen

  10. Cute vest and tunic! Couldn't finish A Little Life...lovely writing but such a sad story...poor Jude

  11. Oh, that book, A Little Life. Harrowing and sublime at the same time. Reading it is an experience unto itself.

  12. I always listening to Audible Books while i'm sewing . I love your new creations!
    Have a good time.

  13. You have such a zest for life - inspiring, not just your style and clothes but attitude. Thank you

  14. I love all your makes, but I do think that the vest suits you particularly well. The collar is so nice. Sorry to hear it was such a pain to make. TS

  15. Another two lovely garments. And your wisteria is looking wonderful.

  16. Love those specs! I have a similar pair in tortoise shell. I listen to Audible too while I sew. I can't fathom trying to watch TV. This book is in my library and next on the list. Your vest turned out wonderfully in spite of a lousy pattern draft. Thanks for your update!

  17. Awesome vest and top. Love the sunglasses. Those boxes in the background in your studio photo...is that an organizational system for your patterns or fabric? I love it.

  18. I've run across the double breasted without extra buttons too-but I do love the look and your top is beautiful. I love your extra edition of fine art.

  19. While you aren't as happy with the vest as you might loke, the lines and the fabric are so cool...I love both it and the re-found tee. Some sewing here in the desert but mostly doing some other hobbies lately.