Look what I inherited! My mom’s first sewing machine from 1969. It is a Signature Zig Zag that she purchased at Montgomery Wards. She got it when she was in High School. She dropped it off to me yesterday and I immediately cleaned and oiled the old girl. She purrs! The stitch quality is amazing and it is surprisingly quiet. It weighs a ton, is all metal parts and made in the USA. Vintage machines are the best. If you can get your hands on one, I highly recommend them.
May 5, 2014 by Sadie
March 10, 2014 by SadieHappy March!
One of my goals for this year is to start another Etsy store for selling clothes. It is still a work in progress, but I am thinking one of kind designs by me, vintage frocks and maybe even some up-cycled refashioned gems. I also want to refresh my existing vintage pattern store. I have some incredible patterns that aren’t my size; besides I can’t make them all!
There will be some fun new classes at Fancy Tiger coming this spring. I will be teaching others how to add a sweet Peter Pan collar to a store bought tee and how to sew up a cute new tank called the Polly Top by Handmade London. It is a FREE pattern you can find here! Spring is coming, believe it or not. Now is the time to refresh your wardrobe for the coming season.
I am looking forward to working on new and exciting projects for the Denver Art Museum in 2014. I just wrapped up some stitching for Rupprecht Matthies exhibit and if you have a chance, you should check it out. Only there a short while more.
I am super excited for my dear friend Claudia of Sew You Studio who has recently moved into an adorable new space! If you know a child who wants to learn to sew, check out her schedule of classes! I hope to collaborate with her on some special crafty events this year too! Stay tuned.
December 9, 2013 by Sadie
Congratulations Maureen Hayes! You are the winner of my infinity scarf. Happy Holidays everyone and thank you for all the wonderful comments.
Happy Holidays! This year I am giving away one of my Pendleton/Liberty Infinity Scarves. I think they make the perfect gift. The Pendleton shirting provides warmth and the Liberty lawn adds a touch of soft luxury. I teach others how to make these here in Denver at Fancy Tiger Crafts.
Please leave a comment on this post. Winner will be selected at random on December 13th at 5:01 PM PST and notified by December 15th. I will ship internationally!
Check out Sew Mama Sew for more giveaways and good luck!
November 11, 2013 by Sadie
I recently had the pleasure to meet, volunteer and work with artist Rupprecht Matthies. He is a Denver Art Museum favorite and a sweet man to be around.
Rupprecht Matthies ¿Being Home? returns on November 10th to the Denver Art Museum. It is a great spot for kids and adults to visit, unwind, create and think of what home means to them! Check it out.
Here is an excerpt from the DAM site about Rupprecht’s ¿Being Home?: “A community inspired, interactive artwork by Rupprecht Matthies that changes with each presentation, ¿Being Home?—initially installed in 2009 as part of the Embrace! exhibition—is an immersive environment made up of colorful word sculptures made of foam, wood and fabric, among other materials. Matthies uses a highly collaborative process to gather words in many languages through community workshops, turning participants’ words into sculptural elements within the installation. Included in general admission.”
I am currently assisting and stitching up new words for the installation that were chosen by Hispanic immigrant students studying at Centro San Juan Diego! These new pillows will be added throughout the coming months.
October 18, 2013 by Sadie
This past summer I started a new contract position with the Denver Art Museum as a Fiber & Textile Artist. I have done several projects for them and I hope to continue to work on fun and creative things.
My first project was to design and create the fun activities that go inside the Western Exhibit backpacks. Kids can check these out at the museum and take along as they view the art. It was so much fun creating the cowboy bedroll and the western wear for the little magnetic cowboy.
The next project I worked on was a collaboration with Textile Artist Bree Angela. We made seven Ming Dynasty costumes for kids and Bree masterfully painted them. I can’t wait to take my girls to the museum to pose for some pictures!
I then had the opportunity to be part of the Denver Art Museum Community Quilt Project. I assembled the artists quilt block submissions and arranged them on a color blocked background. This is a four story tall quilt in the atrium of the museum!
My most recent project is repairing fabric words from the previous Being Home exhibits by artist Rupprecht Matthies
The repaired pillows will be combined with new pillows created this month for the exhibit which opens in November.
July 17, 2013 by Sadie
Atly is the latest online educational site where students can learn, study and interact with instructors at their own speed in the comfort of their own home. Atly’s class list keeps growing but there are great classes on cooking, writing, shopping, sewing and now pattern reading!
If you enjoy sewing but are intimidated by sewing patterns, check out my class. You will be using and sewing with patterns in no time.
April 26, 2013 by Sadie
There is a new pattern from Colette Patterns called Laurel. What a fun pattern! It can be embellished and altered to meet your individual style. There is also a free downloadable booklet that includes nine other variations of the pattern! I LOVE IT!
In Denver? Come learn to make a lovely Laurel with me at Fancy Tiger this summer!
April 7, 2013 by Sadie
In preparation for one of my upcoming classes at Fancy Tiger this spring I whipped up this silk blouse. There is something about silk blouses that feels very old fashioned and feminine to me. Even in this geometric tribal print I feel like I am wearing something my grandmother would have worn to work. Paired with skinny jeans and some orange sandals for spring.
This pattern is from one of my FAVORITE sewing books: Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross.
March 24, 2013 by Sadie
I subscribe to only two magazines right now. One is BurdaStyle Magazine, which I love. The other is Mollie Makes. My heart beats a little faster when I find the latest issue in my mailbox! Issue 25 was no exception. The girls and I got started right away on some bunnies! It is spring break and we have a few days home to craft and pack for an upcoming epic adventure to Disney World!
Happy Spring. Happy Easter.