Save a tree and make your own grocery bag- free pattern!!

Super simple!!

Super simple!!

The city of Seattle may be banning plastic bags soon.  Nancy Sewing Basket (my day job) made a little DIY PDF.  You can find it here and here.  Sorry for the two links but my boss made two PDFs so we could print (en mass) front and then back.  You can save a tree and print front, put it back in the printer (face up in my case) and then print the back.  I really want to try printing on canvas because I just got this book Printing by Hand by Lena Corwin.  Hand printed canvas would make a lovely grocery bag.  Also the new Selvedge Magazine (I heart this mag) has a great how to grocery tote.  Have lot o’ eco Fun!!

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Procrastination takes FOREVER!!

So the stripe pants took me a weekend to construct and it took me almost a year to sew the little hooks and eyes on.  Now I can finally wear them.  My ass prolly look beter in them now because that came in November for my birthday, after I made the pants.  Yes, I got an ass for my twenty-ninth birthday.  I have NEVER had one before so thats cool, I’m learning how asses work, my husband like to hold on to it.  Here is also a picture of my dinning room table (computer table).  It was nasty, weighties (way eighties) fake mable.  I took off the legs and painted them and the bottom black with some red highlights (laquer spray paint).  Then I staple gunned oil cloth to the top nice and tight and screwed the legs back on, badda-boom badda-bang… table.  It is going on five years old, yeah I have been meaning to take pics of it for that long.  It’s great- you cannot tell if it is dirty so you can just pile grime on top of grime and not even notice.  No, really it is great for us and totally economical to do.  Last but definately not least- my tomatos are not procrastinating.  We got them in the dirt a little late and they seem to be making up for it- Capese (sp?)here I come WHOO! HOO!

Also my Avatar does not work all the time and I have been lookin’ in the help and forums and I swear I am doing everything right… any suggestion??

Cute Summer skirt hot off the presses!

I just finished this skirt.  I think it is really great for summer.  I really cannot take credit for the whole thing, I really JUST finished it.  See, my co- worker cut it out and started sewing it when she realized it was in her daughter’s size not her size.  She did not think her daughter would like it so she gave it to me to finish.  I cut the waist down about ¾ in to make it bigger and then just put an invisible zipper in and hemmed it.  It is 100 % cotton voile with embroidery and it is lined with the matching solid voile.  Just goes to show you that someone’s “oh shit” is another person’s treasure. 

My own little piece of the Web

O. K. so roughly one year ago I started doing some writing, blogging is the catch phrase… on my Myspace page.  It was easy and convenient and I just wanted to try it out… you know, see if it was for me.  Well, I did it for one whole year.  Now, I think that it is time to put this blog thingy in to kindergarten (so to speak).  I have many more friends and family that are not myspace users then are and I would like them to have access. Also, I have been slowly trying to build myself a web site- HippyLongStockings.com (4-5 years and counting).  At some point I would like to use WordPress on my site so I figured that this was a good start.  I am not a website builder by trade but I have an AWESOME tech support division called my husband.  He builds big, beautiful websites for fancy, smancy companies.  Check it out at Amped Multimedia.  I am basically an HTML girl… if you can even call me that.  I built a website for my work- www.nancyssewingbasket.com.  I am working on the 2.0 version right now.  That is all that is in my portfolio…currently.

 

So what am I by trade, you ask.  Well…. Let’s see… I am always a work in progress but aren’t we all.  I have been in the textile business for eight-ish years and yes that means I work in a fabric store.  It is NOT just a fabric store but a REAL dressmakers shop, something that is very hard to find these days so you may not even understand what I am talking about (Joann’s is not one).  I love this job.  Everyday I come home and want to sew, unlike when I worked in manufacturing where you sew the same boring shi-stuff all day long and don’t even want to look at a sewing machine when you get home.

 

I am a self-declared fabric snob and feverishly believe that everyone should be.  And although I understand the value of $37 dollar a yard Liberty of London cotton, I can’t always afford it.  Good fabric is like good champagne, it is smooth, makes you feel warm and fuzzy when working with it, and is totally addictive.  Cheap fabric is like cheap champagne, it just gives you a big fat headache.

 

So what exactly do I make with fabric? Well I hope to keep a running log here as to what I do on a regular basis.   If you want to see what I have done over the year check out my MySpace blog or go to my flickr Photstream for just some picture of what I like to do.