HI Fashionistas..

I have a few things going on at the moment.. and wanted to fill you in on whats going on in my life..

First of all.. I am excited to share with you that my studio has moved…one more time!

Here is a sneak peek. I’ll be doing a studio tour soon..

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I moved from above the garage to the basement. After much planning , excitement, and investment of both time and money, the stand along studio above the garage wasn’t working out. It is a great space, about 800 sq feet, but we are not able to climate control it without spending thousands more.. I have been avoiding going there because of the heat… And I am so ready to get to work that I was willing to move into the mudroom.. But my husband suggested the basement.. So here I am in. In my brand new studio.. And I am in love with it. Its functional, industrial and just right..

This pic below pretty much sums up my current mood…Ive been spending my afternoons here …

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Second.. I have not sewn much this year because of some health issues that took up a lot of the 1st half of the year. While I don’t like losing 6 month of my life, I am so happy to be back on my feet and get to sewing.. All we have is today, so let’s make the most of it right? Today is well spent, doing what I love, sewing, blogging, spending time with my child… and for that I am beyond grateful.

That brings me to a few current projects I am working on

Mommy and me Skirts.. These will be coming to the blog soon.. I hope to wear them this weekend for family date night..These were made without a pattern, just freehanded..

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Maxi Skirt pattern making: I just wrapped up the pattern making on this simple A line maxi skirt. I have some medium weight linen on the way and I am ready to cut and sew this over the weekend. Inspiration pic, once again from Pinterest…

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VBS Sewing: I am working on various sewing projects for Vacation Bible School at Church, like sink skirts, cushions, cushion covers etc. That is ongoing, now through the end of the month

Hot pink pencil skirt: This is not really supposed to be on the agenda, but Pinterest the enabler made me do it! Here are some inspiration pics..

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Mine is going to be longer on the hem and slightly high waisted, more like this one..

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I am actually going to lift a pattern from this RTW black skirt because I love the fit of this one so much! Its my go to pencil skirt… I should have the pattern making done tonight.. while the fabric is being pre-washed..

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Besides that, just trying to settle in to the new studio, enjoy summer with my child, and get more organized. I saw this planner at Home Goods today and decided to get it and dedicate it to just my sewing, blog, freelance pattern making job . Basically anything fashion related. I have lots of catching up to do for the time I missed out on.. and have fun doing it.. This one is an 18 month planner and is similar to my Erin Condren planner on the left..

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Lots of sewing to do this month. Luckily my kid has taken a liking to my studio.. and we have spent the last two evening there..She has her own little corner to read, play and watch toons…If she keeps this up, I can get a lot of sewing done in the 2nd half of the year 🙂

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I hope that you are enjoying your summer and sewing away! Let me know what you are working on currently! I’ll be posting my progress on the Facebook page  as well..lets connect!

Hugs,

Vatsla 🙂

 

 

 

 

18 Comments on Behind The Seams- What I am working on….

  1. I am so excited for you. What an amazing space it is already! I just love following your blog. Also love that your daughter has her own little space. I can see when she’s older she’ll set up shop there like her mama with her own little sewing machine 🙂

  2. So nice that you are blogging again! I hope your health issues have been resolved and you are feeling well again. Your daughter is adorable! So nice of you to help out with VBS. Blessings on you!

  3. Wow! Look at all that room and light! I learned about converting attic spaces climate control and that involves insulation, cold air returns and well as vents to circulate the air. Yes, expensive. I love the new Mommie and Me skirts. How do you attach the wide elastic onto your skirts? Overlapping is what I am doing right now but it is difficult to control.

    • HI Patricia! Thank you! I am in love with this studio. Hubby says I am addicted. 🙂

      The elastic waist band application was as follows:
      1. Decide on the final waist measurement and cut it.
      2. Then decide on the height of the skirt (waist to hem) and cut is out. I leave the length long enough and chop it off after I have gathered.
      3. For the gathering, I place the bulk of the fabric on the left side of the presser foot, allowing only the seam allowance to be on the right side of the needle. I then place the elastic with the bulk of the elastic to the right side of the presser foot. with both fabrics laying flat, I make a couple back stitches and couple forward stitches to secure them to each other. Then I pull the elastic to capacity (stretch as much as you can). Once the elastic is stretched, you keep it stretched and start stitching. At this time, both fabrics are laying flat,. As you start stitching, you will see that the fabric that moves past the presser foot will be gathered because the elastic will go back to its normal shape. As I do this, I pull about 2 inches of elastic as a time and sew that 2 inches. Then pull again. Does that make sense? Let me know!

  4. Glad to hear you’re back on track! I enjoy your blogs so much and look forward to what ever you create. The mommy and me skirts are just adorable. How about a tutorial on the exposed elastic waistband if that’s not too elementary.
    Your new studio is perfect, what a great way to build special memories with your daughter.
    Have a healthy and productive week.
    Blessings,
    JL

    • HI Jerilynn! Thank you so much!

      I am spending all my free time here now 🙂

      Particia asked the same question about the waist band. I would love to post a pictorial on that . I am also copying and pasting my response to Patricia. Let me know if this makes sense..

      The elastic waist band application was as follows:
      1. Decide on the final waist measurement and cut it.
      2. Then decide on the height of the skirt (waist to hem) and cut is out. I leave the length long enough and chop it off after I have gathered.
      3. For the gathering, I place the bulk of the fabric on the left side of the presser foot, allowing only the seam allowance to be on the right side of the needle. I then place the elastic with the bulk of the elastic to the right side of the presser foot. with both fabrics laying flat, I make a couple back stitches and couple forward stitches to secure them to each other. Then I pull the elastic to capacity (stretch as much as you can). Once the elastic is stretched, you keep it stretched and start stitching. At this time, both fabrics are laying flat,. As you start stitching, you will see that the fabric that moves past the presser foot will be gathered because the elastic will go back to its normal shape. As I do this, I pull about 2 inches of elastic as a time and sew that 2 inches. Then pull again. Does that make sense? Let me know!

  5. I am glad to hear that you are doing fine and back on track from your health issues. I love the basement sewing studio. I grew up in Michigan and we had basements, much, much cooler! Your little girl has her own corner how cute! One day she will have her own sewing spot right next to you! I love the white skirt….look forward to seeing your next projects.

  6. I hope you are feeling better, and all your health issues are behind you. I know what it is like to lose time and energy to an illness.

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