Vernon Fashion Studio’s Blog

Studio Time

Posted on: August 8, 2010

I got into the studio yesterday and had a great time. First off the temp wasn’t too bad outside so the AC was able to work well inside and keep me cool, even when the iron was on. The space I rent is one of 3 sections that share environmental controls and I am the only one renting in there now. So if I want AC I have to go over before hand and turn it on or sweat until it gets going. When it is really hot, it just doesn’t seem to work well.

Secondly, I finished my curtains for the front door of the studio.

I really liked the throw in the front cover of the current issue of Sew News, so I used it as inspiration for making a simple and quick curtain for the door of my studio. The fabric is Project Runway fabric I got off Ebay last year. I had a made a small project out of it so I didn’t have strips of 24″ left so I cut up the fabric into 8 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangles and made strips. The back is more Project Runway fabric. I bought the solid fabrics from Fabricland.

Your looking at it upside down. It says “Make it work” and other similar sayings. Yep I am a Project Runway Fan and I still haven’t figured out when the new season starts here in Canada.

Gigi over at Gigi Sews shows us her incredible topstitching skills in this post. No matter how hard I concentrate, I can’t get my topstitching as perfect.

But I did better this time. This is a breast pocket on a shift dress which is my current project. I am not a big fan of breast pockets but decided to put them on this dress just for something different and the challenge. Matching the print so the pocket disappeared was a fun bit of work. Wonder Tape helped hold it in place while I topstitched.

I am very excited about taking a class on how to use my Janome 350E Embroidery Machine, on Thursday. I have had the machine for several months and haven’t done much with it. This class should get me going. We will make an apron. I will post a picture.

Facebook is an interesting way of communicating. I seldom post anything about myself on my wall but I am a Fan of Janome, Threads, Sew News and Simplicity. They post some interesting information, hints and tips and projects.

One of the things I never thought to do was call the pattern companies when there seems to be a lapse in the instructions. But apparently they have wonderful people who can help in those sticky situations when you can’t figure it out for yourself. Simplicity says, “our consumer relations staff are available by calling 1-888-588-2700 (toll-free within the U. S. and Canada) Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, EST. You can reach them via email at

I will be back in the studio this afternoon to work some more on my shift dress. I altered the pattern to be a zipper front from a button front. Today is the day to make that work.

Diet update: I have been bouncing around the 25 lbs lost mark for the last couple of weeks. Hubby has made fattening deserts the last two nights. Since I won’t be eating anymore of them, he will happily finish off the leftovers. It can be very frustrating to do all this bouncing around but I am learning to accept it as long as the trend is a general decline in my weight. I don’t have any big deadline for losing the weight just that it needs to be done. And I am not suffering from being on the diet. Infact, I rather enjoy it. And I feel better these days. My old eating habits were making me feel bad.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!


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