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Finished Garment Eye Candy!

First of all, thank you everyone for your overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to our call for peacoat test sewers!  We have selected our group of test sewers after a lot of deliberation.  It was so difficult to choose from all the detailed emails and comments we received!  Even if we didn’t select you this time, that didn’t mean you won’t have a chance to test sew in the future as we added everyone how applied to our test sewing mailing list!

Now, moving forward, did you notice the changes we made to the photos on our website this week?  Check them out! We added a new version of the Strathcona Henley and decided to feature the beautiful Jedediah Pants that my mother-in-law sewed up.

It was my dad’s birthday last weekend so I sewed him a Strathcona Henley as per his request.  This time, I chose a beautifully soft cotton knit with hardly any ribbing and a fairly stable jersey for the placket.  The sewing process was so much easier than it was with the heavily ribbed knit I had used for Matt’s henley because both my serger and sewing machine decided they agreed with my fabric choice!  We’ve updated the website photos to show my dad skillfully modelling his new shirt.  He’s become quite a pro; we quickly walked to the park and he matter-of-factly began to strike poses…even though there were kids and parents watching at the play ground!  Who would of thought my dad would be our easiest model!

While we were on a roll we also photographed the cardigan that my Mom had sewn my dad when we were in the pattern testing phase with the Newcastle Cardigan last spring.  Even though the cardigan has been worn by everyone from my school’s fashion show model to my grandpa when he’s visiting and chilly the cardigan has never been properly photographed.  My mom did an excellent job on it using a heavy (and thus difficult to handle) sweatshirt fleece and gorgeous leather details.  She even added leather elbow patches which make the cardigan look so sophisticated!  My dad loves wearing it when he walks their dog, Jake, now that it is getting pretty cold in the evenings.  As you can see, it looks really nice on him!

Last but not least, I have another excellent version of the Newcastle to show you.  Diana sewed this version and included a couple top stitching and fit modifications.  She added a strip of fabric at the side seam to increase the width of the body and I think that the extra seam lines create a really nice structured look.  The fabric and buttons she chose are just perfect and the tag she stitched in using a contrast thread makes the cardigan look like it has just been purchased from a high end menswear boutique!   Great job Diana and thanks for sharing your photos with us!

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I hope everyone had a fun Halloween!  Matt and I are really excited that it is now November…we have a lot of big things planned for Thread Theory this month!  

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Planning a Sew-cation

Things have been super busy here what with sending our patterns to print, working on our new pattern designs, planning something else entirely that is super-duper top secret…aside from this photo:

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Any guesses what all of this black elastic could lead to?

Outside of the millions of things that are going on with Thread Theory, other work, travelling and life itself has been going along in a whirl-wind until things have begun to feel a tad out of control.  This weekend I’ll be staying home to try to catch up on the growing pile of work rather than joining Matt for a trip to Port Hardy to visit family and attend a wedding (if anyone that I’ve cancelled on is reading this – especially Uncle Brett who I’ve promised to visit in Port Hardy since Matt and I got married – I’m very sorry for skipping out!)

…thus my daydreaming has been completely filled by the idea of a Sew-cation of selfish sewing.

Have you heard of the term ‘sew-cation‘ before?  I’ve seen it crop up on all sorts of blogs and the concept of it is just too enticing to resist: a whole [insert time frame here] where the sewist pushes all other obligations and thoughts out of the way and immerses themselves into a world of sewing, sewing, sewing!

I’m going to have mine starting Friday evening, September 20th and spend the weekend working on a few of the millions of selfish sewing projects that have been cramming themselves into my ever growing sewing wish list that sits in the back of my head.  I’m going to watch sewing related movies, drink some wine, make a gourmet dinner or two with Matt and SEW!

Do you like to watch movies or shows while you are sewing?  I only tend to when I am sewing something for myself.  If I am sewing Thread Theory samples or pillows and shams for my work with the Heather Company I usually only have music on so that I stay completely focused.  But it will be a different story entirely during my sew-cation!

What movies or shows can I add to my small list?

I love watching Chocolat for inspiration – aside from the gorgeous outfits, I love the music in the film and the colour and feel of the filming.  I find the cooking scene during which they are preparing for the birthday party makes me want to run to either a fabric store or the grocery store – I am suddenly inspired to sew with luscious chocolate brown silks and make Chicken Mole (yum!).

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I also love the documentary Bill Cunningham New York which my Textiles class watched last September.

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The costumes from the Game of Thrones series are amazing inspiration as well (of course).

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Here are some inspiration and mood boards that I’ve made to try to contain my sewing wish list to an achievable amount of items…

A little black dress using Sewaholic’s Cambie Dress pattern with Scruffy Badger’s beautiful trimmed version as inspiration:

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Finally, I’ll get on board the Scout train and make a couple printed tops (the version over at the secret life of seams is so pretty!):

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After these projects (or instead of these projects depending on where my sewing mojo takes me) I might turn these inspirations into something for myself:

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Amazing textile manipulation tutorial

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Jorth’s Rose and Cabbage Dress

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Beautiful version of Colette’s Laurel Dress

Have you ever had a sew-cation?  What did you sew and how did you choose to relax?

If you are eager to share your finished Jedediah Pants, Strathcona Henleys or Newcastle Cardigans – you are in luck!  I’ve made Flickr groups for each pattern (click on each pattern’s name to view the group)  so you can easily upload all your photos (in progress or finished) and browse through inspirational photos of other people’s projects before you embark on making your own version of a Thread Theory pattern.  I am new to using Flickr so if you notice that I’ve set something up incorrectly of if I could make the groups easier to use and view, please let me know any suggestions you have!