Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A visit with Norma Kamali

Hello everyone, this is going to be a short post about my visit to the Norma Kamali exhibit at the Tampa Museum of Art. Recently a friend of mine, Andrea (Satinbird Designs) and I decided to see the exhibit before it leaves September 25. When we first walked into the exhibit, Andrea and I were both giddy with excitement from all the beautiful garments Norma had designed...right there for our eager little eyes to examine! What a treat for sewing bloggers!! (Down side...of course we were not allowed to touch anything, LOL!)

It was a small exhibit, but here are a few photos...

The "All in One" dress (they are the same)
The "Sleeping Bag" coat/jacket
Close up of feathers
Having fun!!

It was truly a fun afternoon looking at what a professional designer created and would have only been better if we could have touched some of the clothing! (Although I totally understand why we could not!).

I will leave you with a photo of me by another piece of beautiful artwork we saw at the museum...this piece scared me it was so large, I thought it might come to life and grab me!! LOL!!

I hope you enjoyed the photos...please share with me the last time you visited a designer's exhibit or fashion show. I love hearing about everything fashion!! Thanks for stopping by, and

Happy Sewing!


Saturday, September 3, 2016

A Shirt for the Hubby $149 NO WAY!

The hubby and I are headed off to Las Vegas soon and he needs a new shirt for an event we're attending. I have to tell a little story about this shirt to those of you who were not on my Periscope broadcast today. I found the perfect shirt on the Nordstrom website for $149. Now even though my hubby is frugal, I don't mind spending $$$ for his clothing because I don't for myself...I make all my clothes and love it! When I showed the photo to my hubby, he loved it too and wanted it, so I bit the bullet and purchased this shirt online...

Funny thing is when it arrived it didn't look anything like the shirt above...at all!!! I quickly took the shirt to Nordstrom's (physically!). When I showed the sales clerk the photo and the shirt I was sent, she gave me the weirdest look and said "that's definitely not the same shirt"!! No kidding!! (I wish I had taken a photo of that wrong shirt for you to see, darn it!). The sales clerk happily (and a little embarrassed) refunded our money, but tried to desperately find the shirt in the store to no avail. When she looked online, now the shirt was showing as "unavailable"!!

Of course I told the hubby not to worry (he was really disappointed!), I would make the shirt for him! Little did I know it would also be a huge effort in finding a matching fabric! I'll spare you all the gory details, let's just say I spent HOURS online searching!! Finally, Mood Fabrics had a selection that was close and the hubby liked it, so I purchased it.

I used my TNT pattern I use to make all my hubby's shirts. It's McCalls 6044...

I've already adjusted this pattern to fit my husband's body so I really don't need him home to make it! I think it turned out very well, all the way down to the contrasting buttonholes and thread in the buttons! Best thing of all...the hubby LOVES it and I saved $100!

I am so happy I was able to give him this shirt! However, I'm still on the hunt for that perfect striped fabric to match the original shirt...but this will definitely do for now!

Have you made anything for that special someone in your life lately?? If so, please leave a comment and share with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by and spending a little of your time with me!