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What do You Feel Like Wearing Today?

By Heidi Emmett

I work from home. I have had a hard time prioritizing my workday which can include sewing my sample garments, creating patterns,writing, packing patterns,etc, to housework, to gardening, exercising, cooking, etc.  Sometimes, yes, I’m admitting this, I don’t get dressed in “real” clothes until 11:00a.m.(I do love what I call “my cozy clothes”) I have lots of beautiful clothes that I have made, thrifted, upcycled, purchased,whatever. But I rarely have worn them at home. Why dress up when working on deadlines in my office, or stitching up a storm in my attic studio, I’m also doing so many other “house” things?  Well, all that has changed. Now, I’m following the “Wear Your Joy” plan from Kelly Rae Roberts.

I took her on-line class she offers called “Wear Your Joy.” And I’m finishing up the #wearyourjoy  7 day challenge. Pick out an outfit for the next day, the night before. What a concept. And by golly, I’m going to wear some of my nicer clothes  and if I have to scrub the bathroom, I’ll wear an apron.

I took the class because I thought there would be ideas on how to help the ladies I interact with feel better about their body shapes and how dressing up can be a huge morale booster. Please go check out this class. It doesn’t hurt to look. Kelly Rae Roberts.com
My Terrific Tabard is the perfect sewing pattern for layering. This time I made it with a panel from Marcia Derse fabrics.
I like something going on all the way around my outfits. So the back of this Terrific Tabard, while the small pieces are Marcia Derse, the back piece itself is a Japanese cotton/linen blend. They are the perfect weight for this pattern. No batting is needed as it has only a lining. Lightweight to wear all seasons and no need to add the outside trim(as in the original vests on the pattern). Check out my archived posts under Terrific Tabard).
I found this fun scarf at PIQF (Pacific International Quilt Festival). It’s perfect with my Terrific Tabard.  Oh, and the necklace is resin by Orna Lalo.
What fun I had putting this “Wear your Joy” outfit together. I used my 3 -Tiered Skirt pattern (available for FREE! on Bluprint). Type in DIY patterns/DesignsbyHeidiEmmett/sewing patterns. It will be a one page pdf pattern.
The fabric I chose is by Kaffe Fassett and is called “Millefiori.” It was perfect for “Heidi’s Easy- 3 Tiered skirt pattern.
Check out the close up of my Pima Cotton sweater. It was just made for this skirt.
The jewelry I picked out for it is created by hand. The artist is Ayala Bar (Israel). She is of international fame. I LOVE her jewelry. I can’t afford it in the boutiques, BUT, check out Ebay.  Every piece has some actual fabric in it. She too loves fabric.

Find it for FREE on Bluprint. Look under DesignsbyHeidiEmmett/sewing patterns. It will be pdf format.

This is a fun, upcycled top that I would usually only wear in the summer. But, adding a short sleeved turtleneck gives me more time to wear it in the fall too.
I love my “ballet” flats. I got mine on Ebay, brand new in the box, Jessica Simpson. And the finishing touch, polka dot leggings.
I know you all have seen this “Mommy & Me” vest that I made. But you haven’t seen it with the shoes, and the leggings, and blouse. I’m liking showing a complete outfit. I’m Wearing my Joy people. Ha, ha.  Check out my LITFOOT shoes. All leather and soooo comfy. Brand new, thrifted, my size, my color, my price!
Hand stitching when it’s kinda wonky (meaning, I just stitch) is especially soothing. There is no way I could be perfect on this Boucle’ wool fabric. Extra fun are the felted circles.

This is the pattern I used for the perriwinkle colored wool vest above. Very comfy and fits little girls up to Misses size 18. Contact me at hmemmett@gmail.com if you are interested in purchasing this pattern. A red stemmed  Maple Tree. Kangu Saku (spelling, sorry). And the berries on that Berry bush (can’t remember the name!). They are huge.
Some sights of fall in my back yard. Thanks for stopping by my Blog. Have a fire safe weekend to all of us that live here in way Northern CA. Our power will go off again (4th time in less than 4 1/2 weeks). So go ahead and contact me, but we don’t have a generator (yet), so everything is OFF! Gotta get that handwork read to go. Hugs, Heidi

P.S. “Every time you are able to find some humor in a difficult situation, you win!

Creativity Abounds When you Attend an Artistic Alchemy Retreat!

 

Sherri P., my student from Mission Viejo (she drove a looong way) said I could post pictures of her AMAZING Off The Grid Vest. We’ll start with the finished pics first.
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I am bummed that this is the only picture I have of the front! What was I thinking?
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Sherri had a different idea for the back of her vest when she first arrived. Then Fabric Chicks from Minden arrived and she spotted this amazing cityscape picture panel. She finished her entire vest while at Zephyr but chose to do the quilting around the cityscape on her longarm when she got home. Pictures Sherri, I need pics and would you get a full shot of the front for me too? Thanks.  dsc_0617

I love how she chose to cut it up and showcase it in her vest. What a wonderful idea. dsc_0619Here is a little closer view of the front pieces.
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Yummy, yummy, rich, color scheme. dsc_0407This really is a miracle vest in that little, to no adjustments are made to the pattern pieces. Read what others have said about the vest when they tried it on. Go to the home page and under “workshops” there is a page of quotes from ladies. dsc_0542

Look, the collar piece is almost finished.

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And here are front pieces, almost ready to put the whole vest together. dsc_0550

Eeeek! We had a mouse in the house!  This is Sherri’s adorable pincushion.

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And this beautiful pillow was a gift to ME from Sherri. While a thoughtful and beautiful gift,this pillow became the catalyst to send me on a quest for a Sweet Sixteen (Handi-Quilter) sit-down quilting machine. The day after I got home from the retreat, I FOUND one on Craig’s list. I will pick it up at the Pacific International Quilt Festival in October. It WILL CHANGE MY LIFE! Thank you Sherri for telling me why I have to have one (my husband needs a bit more convincing). I’ll tell you more next time we meet. Until then, dream up your next Art-to-Wear piece that YOU will create, and make it happen! Hugs, Heidi

Zephyr Jacket- Perfect for Fall evenings-Now with tissues pieces.

I’m reintroducing my beautiful Zephyr Jacket pattern because now you can purchase the tissue pattern pieces from me!  You can buy it on Craftsy.com  for $9.95 in a pdf format (you or a print shop do all the printing) or, email me: hmemmett@gmail.com, and purchase a hard copy from me for $15.00 (a complete pattern with tissue patterns in one package).  NIK_2512

Like the Tahoe Zephyr breeze, here is another inspiring art-to-wear-pattern by me, Heidi Emmett. It is a flattering design for all sizes (XSM-4X sizes included). The back has a longer cut that brushes just below the hipline. The fluttering front pieces are a perfect canvas for embellishing. With only three pieces this jacket is a breeze to sew- a perfect project for a beginning sewist (the new fancy word all the sewing magazines use for someone who sews).NIK_2542 NIK_2558 NIK_2560 NIK_2559

In upcoming posts, I will show you some of the different ways to make your own Zephyr Jacket a real art-to-wear piece! DSC_0017 DSC_0115

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In future posts, I will show you ways to embellish and create your own Art-to-wear Zephyr Jacket! Start looking for some unique fabrics,ebroideries, or trims that you could use. The outside and inside front jacket facings in the jacket above are 100% silk shantung. The deep teal was from a skirt and the red violet was a pair of pants! Yep, I love looking for vintage fabric through clothing from second hand shops or thrift stores. I gentle wash everything I buy, ’cause if I can’t hand wash a garment then I wont use the fabric. Thank you so much for stopping by. Get creative this weekend! Hugs, Heidi

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Creative Play Time, We all Need It!

My Artistic Alchemy partners in all things Creative and I went to the Judy Coates Perez Ephemera and Tea Bag workshop. What a great time we all had, of course!! In case you don’t know everyone, on the left is Christine Barnes, then me, (Judy C. Perez the teacher, she’s not part of our group though), Sandra Bruce, and Mary Boalt. We make up Artistic Alchemy. The 3rd annual Artistic Alchemy Retreat at Zephyr Point, Lake Tahoe is coming up. There is still room in all the workshops. Please hit the Artistic Alchemy logo below and see what we are all about. I am the only “Art to Wear” workshop. Check it out, and join me for some major fun! Also, please note: I did not get the black and white memo! Ha, ha. We were supposed to wear clothes we could paint in. Who wears white to paint in I ask? Check out the painted on silk, yes, silk quilt behind all of us. Just one of many of Judy’s gorgeous pieces.

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Judy is busy explaining how to paint on tea bags, how to quilt through tea bags, how to hold them down, how to draw on them, etc. Below is some of HER gorgeous work.

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This entire small piece is made completely with tea bags. She has had 20+ articles in Quilting Arts and Machine Quilting. So check your back issues.
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All right, I should not follow with my own work, but I am just learning and this is just the first layer.

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We did stamping, thermofax stencils, and lots of ephemera and on and on.  DSC_0021

We even added Napkins!! Soooo much fun. Check her out at “Craft Napa” (workshops in January)DSC_0033

I even threw in a piece of lace scraps from my wedding dress of 34 years ago (upper right corner below).  I just found my scrap bag of my wedding dress that I had made. Hey, I will have to show it to you on our anniversary week in a few. Sigh, I can’t throw much away. I’m starting to get better. I HAVE TO! This is crazy! And my husband still loves me. DSC_0039 (2)

Here is Christine’s. DSC_0037 (2)

Sandra’s has fun colors.

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Mary’s is 3rd from the left in the top row. She brought the Eiffel Tower napkins so of course we all had to have one in our pieces!DSC_0040 (3)

More and more! There were 21 of us in the class. DSC_0041 (3) DSC_0042 (3)

Who knows what we will all do with our pieces but what a great time learning new and old techniques in new and exciting ways. When I got home that afternoon I spied my seed packets (ready to be planted) and thought, ohhh yes. I just might be able to use the empty packages in a mixed media project. It will be perfect. Have a creative weekend. Next week, look for my blog post on Saturday. Thanks so much for joining me today. Hugs, Heidi

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Artistic Alchemy Goes to the Pine Tree Quilt Show in Grass Valley, CA

Nestled in the pine trees, This Quilt Show is held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. And this year, Artistic Alchemy has our very own Vendor Booth. We want to introduce visitors to what we do when you come to our retreat. We sew up some storms, make lots of new friends and enjoy the Lake Tahoe Views. Click on the Artistic Alchemy logo at the bottom of the page and see or better yet, stop by our booth this weekend.

Below is Off The Grid Vest made out of a pre-felted piece of fabric. I love the way I did the collar treatment and how I used a pin to keep it closed. You can do this too. It’s on the way to the SWAG (Sierra Wearable Art Group) display within the quilt show.

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I’ll be wearing a vest to advertise my patterns. Maybe it will be “Aussie Angle” (below) using the Terrific Tabard aka “Skinny Vest pattern. Make a Skinny Vest if you would rather at my retreat workshop. Off The Grid or Skinny Vest, you pick. Heidi face-1I am doing demonstrations both days at the quilt show called “Going Round in Circles.” Look at these yummy silk pieces. What am I going to do with them? Come and see. 1/2 hour demo. 11:00-11:30 both Saturday and Sunday.

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More of a close up on Off The Grid. Check out the cool pin by Orna Llalo. She has GREAT jewelry pieces. OFT Felted

Trish from one of my workshops will be at the quilt show too and she will be wearing her Off The Grid Vest, Hawaiian Sunset I call it. Thanks Trish.  DSC_1039

Much clearer picture of Off The Grid in the pre-felted fabric and it’s being shown the other way in this picture.  DSC_0081 (3)

Here we are! We’re takin’ off for the party at the Pine Tree Quilt Show in Grass Valley. I hope we see you there! More pictures to come. DSC_1568

Make it up, make it fun, and get it DONE!!! Hugs, Heidi

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It’s Spring but I still need to keep my Hands Warm!

O.K. I had a cozy soft, ex-large Tommy Bahama French Terry Shirt (thrifted of course). Taupe is not really my color. So, let’s gussy it up just a little for fun. Found some Marcia Derse fabrics from my stash to use. A Kangaroo pocket in front would be just perfect. So I strip pieced and quilted some fabrics together and topstitched a nice big double pocket on front. I added a couple pieces on front and back near the top to bring it all together.

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I had this tiny little piece left over. Of course, Heidi can’t throw anything away! Even scraps.

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Let’s do some stitching on this little piece. Oh, I backed it first with some muslin.

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I trimmed it up and put it on my little “figure” (to help you draw the body in proper proportion). I got my figure at Ikea’s for 7 bucks just cause I liked it. And it is repositionable. Sorry, it’s on it’s side. My husband has a newer version of my picture manager and I can’t get pictures to STAY TURNED PROPERLY! Do you hear the frustration in my voice with ALL CAPS! Yes, there are still computer issues going on in my life. Soon, maybe soon. Sigh, and another BIG SIGH!!

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So I thought, oh picture of action figure holding scrap on top of shirt. Taa dah. In to “save the day is Rubix. I got everything positioned for the shot and of course he jumped up and knocked over action figure. There are two possibilities for captions with this picture: “Ohh, you’re my Best Friend.” Orrr.. “Yeah, yeah, a little lower, scratch right there!”

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O.K. subject change. I am working on the “little girls” version of Whisper Blouse. Look at these yummy Kaffe Fassett Prints that I want to use. I think I have enough.

 

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You must look at all this yumminess close up! DSC_0487

I think the little hand crocheted trim will be just what it needs. So stay tuned. Yikes, I put it out there with what I want to do, now get busy Heidi and DO IT!!DSC_0489

This weeks sewing fun was brought to you by Spring and pictures of my little (oh yeah, they are slow growers) Crabapple tree. DSC_0502

It was like a mini-vaca. I went outside before coming into my husband’s office to type this post, and spent 10 minutes snapping pics. Ahhhh, just what I needed. DSC_0513

The shades of the blue sky with the fuschia flowers. Lovely, just lovely!

 

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Bzzzz… do you see the honey bee? I have never seen one with those cool stripes. At the edge of our property there are oodles and oodles of new hives with baby honey bees in them. DSC_0522

Thank you for spending some of your springtime reading my post. Happy Easter to all! He is risen! He is RISEN INDEED!  Hugs, Heidi