Monthly Archives: November 2021

A This and That FRIDAY!

by Heidi Emmett

I’m going to take you through a few days of the cool stuff I find on Pinterest. I prefer to look at Pinterest early in the morning. It’s waaaay too stimulating for me to look through at night. It’s hard enough to shut my brain off at night, so I can’t be adding Pinterest ideas to that. Ha, ha.

Apologies to those who pinned all these pictures first on Pinterest. I can’t bring up any information on the pictures you see to give people credit.

Look at all these possibilities for Sashiko or “Slow stitching projects. I like that they used denim scraps too. I am zeroing in on that square of fabric with the spiraling circle of stitching to hold it down.

Very cool brooch. I didn’t know they make such tiny sequins.

DesignsbyHeidiEmmett an Etsy shop that sells “Art to Wear” sewing patterns. Check it out!

No explanation needed on this one.

I can’t wait to try some hexagon shapes using “pleather”

Accckk….this is how I see it for EACH and EVERY password that needs to be created.

I have posted this one before and since it makes me laugh, I’m showing it again.

What a “STUNNER” of a jacket! Tried to find this site (apparently she sells them) but couldn’t find it.

Sometimes friends send me pinterest pics that might be of interest to me. Thank you Mary B. for this. Yes, it would be great in a Terrific Tabard. What? you don’t know what that is. Check out the picture below. Ha, ha. Just a little commercial break. Last one I promise.

Here is the pattern that Mary was referring to. Look up all my “ART TO WEAR PATTERNS” at my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett . And here in my blog, go to my home page and look for the “Categories” box. Search through and click on any pattern and past posts of that pattern will pop up! Have fun and learn more about what can be created with each pattern.

Want this, whatever it is (probably a scarf) by Sophie Digard. Her work is extraordinary! Sophie is from France and has her yarns dyed and her pieces crocheted by amazing Turkish artisans.

Yes, I believe this is true.

I love this color, this design, and it looks like linen (one of my MOST favorite fabrics).

I just celebrated a big birthday so I am giving a bit more thought to what was written above.

IS THIS FOR REAL?!!!! I laughed and laughed. They both act as if it’s no big deal, we go out riding in a cart all the time.

Ummm…who me? My husband, when he rides with me will TOTALLY agree with this.

Pretty cute, dontcha’ think? Follow me on Pinterest (DesignsbyHeidiEmmett) to see all the cool pictures I repin. I enjoy going to Pinterest, it takes me away for a little while to discover what others all around the world are doing creatively. What are YOU creating this week?

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you ahead of the holiday. In spite of all that is swirling around in our lives, we do have much to be THANKFUL for. AND, I feel strongly that we should be thankful EVERY day not just on Thanksgiving! So Thank You dear friends for stopping by. Big hugs to you all, Heidi

Steampunk Meets Sparky Top!


And you thought my “Art to Wear” sewing pattern, SPARKY TOP was just for simple summer days, light and airy. Well, well, read on my friends!

Here is the cover sheet for my Sparky Top pattern. Visit my Etsy shop: DesignsbyHeidiEmmett to see ALL my “Art to Wear Patterns.

A summer Sparky Top using printed silk chiffon and Kaffe Fassett fabrics. See, it catches the summer breeze just right. is my blog and Sparky Top is the name of my Art To Wear pattern above.

Summertime at a Maui beach. Sparky Top pattern is front and center for staying cool . And now for the meeting of Steampunk with Sparky Top.

Look what just came in the mail all the way from the United Kingdom! It is a “Steampunk Queen Bee articulated necklace.” It is from an Etsy shop called, “KindHeart’sEmporium.” It is run by Philippa. She is amazing. Her “Steampunk” jewelry is amazing. Please go visit her shop.

And NOW for the Steampunk Sparky Top.

I think Rex (in the lower right hand corner )has a “Steampunk” look about him. He’s checking on the progress of my picture taking. Every bit of this top originated as some other article of clothing. It was fun to create, but I had never worn it because it was missing something to set it apart.

Enter, my Queen Bee necklace. announces my “Steampunk” version of my Art to Wear sewing pattern called Sparky Top.

The back had been bothering me it was super plain. Once I had “Queen Bee” in hand, I knew what I had to do. Left over buttons, beads, and a ribbon rose (sits on the shoulder) and the flat spiral rose (from a large piece of fabric with those roses all over it), and a dab of netting (from the inside lining of a waterproof jacket). Ohhh, the things I save! I almost forgot, the back piece is from a sweater, the front of the sweater actually (hence the buttons and buttonholes).

Doesn’t looking at this necklace get the “cogs and wheels” of your mind turning with fun ideas for creating your own steampunk Sparky Top!?! My Etsy shop for Art to Wear sewing patterns, DesignsbyHeidiEmmett.

The lower back was a skirt with a side opening of all those buttons and little extra pieces of fabrics and beads. Let’s take a closer look…..

Isn’t this such nice detailing?

The front was once a really large dress (that equals lots of great fabric).

Time out. A steampunk dog don’t you think? Awwww….what a good boy!

A little different angle of the back. I think I will add more do-dads to the other side. I just ran out of time for this post.

Oh, I almost forgot, I added sleeves of a most gorgeous 4 way stretch piece of panne’ velvet. Wow, an actual piece of fabric! It’s easy to add a sleeve to a drop shouldered top. Pin the tissue pattern pieces together at the shoulders. Lay a piece of pattern paper underneath the sleeve edge. Draw a line from the back of the sleeve edge to the bottom of the front edge (you just made a sleeve cap). Determine how long you want your sleeve Measure from the edge of the shoulder to the finished length at your wrist area. And measure the wrap around your wrist that you want. Looser is always better. You can always take it in if necessary. Take the sleeve length measurement (add a 1″ hem amount at the wrist area) and transfer it to the paper. Draw the line straight down from the top of the shoulder to the bottom. Transfer half of the sleeve width on one side of the long line and the other half on the other side. Fill in the long lines that make up the sides of the sleeves. Voila’ ! You just created a sleeve pattern. Don’t forget to add 1/4″ seam allowances where needed.

One last view of the Sparky Top back portion. Who knew that inspiration was just a necklace away from making it all work. I can’t tell you how many compliments I have received from wearing My Steampunk outfit today. Even at the grocery store! I hope you have an inspiring weekend and will MAKE TIME to use that inspiration in your own creative way. Big hugs to you and I so appreciate your stopping by! Heidi