Yesterday was the perfect day to stay indoors. Here in Cedar Ridge, CA , we received 6 inches of rain yesterday. On days like that, I have go to “Cozy Clothes.” Below is what I picked. I made this pullover hoody with kangaroo pockets in 1989!! Yes, 1989. I had Heidi’s Fabrics then and I could not keep PolarTec in stock during the fall and winter. “Polar Fleece” fabrics were created by Malden Mills out of Massachusetts. They are the company that started the Fleece craze. They had the BEST quality fleece on the market. At least 4 weights, 6 types, stunning prints, solids, and never EVER pilled. So sad, the mill burned to the ground in 1995 and as so many textile mills in the USA, gone for good.
I used a Kwik Sew pattern. Oh my gosh, I just added up the years, and I have kept it for 28 years! It has truly been my “go to” cozy, comfy, feel better, pullover. All the other cozy clothes I own, and I keep pulling out this one.Who knew? I’m certain that YOU own some cozy clothes too. Look at new piece with the eye to, “Can I upcycle this garment (make certain to use and Extra Large and Roomy for the best “Cozy” factor) to make it your new go to Cozy piece?
Found one! Ha, ha,in fact, I’m WEARING it as I write my post today. I found a Tommy Bahama, mens X LG , super quality French terry- like, cotton knit.
Most important for me, a kangaroo pocket. I used Marcia Derse fabrics and used a super light weight batting (to show off the quilting), small amounts of all my fav’s so I can wear any color turtle neck underneath. I purposely lined the simple rectangle pocket (take a pattern from one you already have) with muslin, and wanted it to show as I am rolling up the sleeves. I stitched the K.P. down the middle and a few inches up the side openings so my kleenex or whatever, won’t fall out.
I added extra little pieces here and there, one on the back, and one on the front, to tie the whole thing together.
I’m feeling so cozy right now, excuse me while I go make a cup of coffee and have a piece of pumpkin pie. Be right back……
Ohh THAT was yummy. Since I spoke about Marcia Derse fabrics (check out her website or go to Ebay for older prints), I want you to see the Terrific Tabard vest I made out of this panel fabric, one of the few panels she has created.
Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in purchasing this Art to Wear vest sewing pattern. I will mail it to you for $16.00 (includes tax and shipping).
Fall is my FAVORITE time of year. Yes, my weekly blog post would not be complete without a few more pics. Below is a Norway Maple leaf. This leaf was confused. Norway maples tend to go “gold” for fall. This year branches upon branches have some leaves that were red.
The beginnings of my fall set up on my front steps. Can you spy the fake pumpkin? There is one in this picture. In fact, when Thanksgiving gives way to Christmas, and “fake” pumpkins go on sale, I buy. I mix them in with the real deal to make for a stunning (in my humble opinion, ha, ha) display. With the real pumpkins, no matter how hard I try to pick the best, I will have a casualty now and then. Pumpkin mush is a mess to clean off brick steps. I spy the fake pumpkin, it’s the little white one. I used a felt pen to make a more realistic stem. Isn’t the red orange pumpkin gorgeous? These are called “heirloom pumpkins.”
Chinese lanterns picked at their peak. Will add these to my Thanksgiving table.
Another Red maple with sunlight coming from the back. Stunning!
This is one of my Burning Bushes. The color is just getting started. Love my Armillary. It must always point north.
Dogwood at 5:00p.m. Such rich, saturated color.
O.K., my husband thought I was losing it when I called him to lunch a few weeks back. I think my leaf “table cloth”is quite inventive, thank you very much.
The salad is, Baby spinach, Pear slices (Bartlett), shaved Parmesan, cranberries and nuts, with a pinch of Hawaiian Deep Sea salt, and a drizzle of CA lemon infused olive oil. For crunch, I added crushed tortilla chips. Total yumminess. The other is an Amy’s frozen (yes, when I’m in a hurry) Mexican lasagna.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Don’t forget to go to Artisticalchemyblog.wordpress.com It’s my turn this week. Much the same as here but a few twists. Go do something creative, paint, arrange pumpkins, whatever gets you excited to finish your latest sewing project. Big hugs, Heidi