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Sewrama,
luv,
Cheryl

So….I have been thinking about design and what I have been up to in the last year.  One of my new patterns that I released in February of this year was the Retro Granny Skirt formula!  I was inspired by a skirt made out of Men’s 501 Levis.  Everyone has done it starting back in the 60s.  I really wanted to give sewers the ability to make a great fitting skirt that shows their body.  I have loved Men’s Levi 501s since I was in high school.  I totally dug patching them back then.  I use to take the side seam out so that I could top-stitch all the patches on at once.

Now, I love the idea of upcycling…going to Value Village to shop…I am amazed at what can be found there!!  I have found a great selection of 501s.  It is so yummy to find well-worn pocket edges…a wallet worn spot on the back pocket… holes in the knee! fabulously authentic finishes,  and the best part is the button-up fly!!! 

So, I came up with this idea to make a fitted skirt with the side ruffle panels, and big slits in the front and back so that walking is easy.  The pattern also includes instructions to make a just below the knee length skirt too. 

This is the long version, I used 10 different fabrics for the ruffles!

I used 6 fabrics for the shorter skirt!!  FYI,  both these are from the French General Collection by Moda Fabrics.  The French General fabric line is designed by Karri Meng for United notions.  Karri was inspired by vintage french linens in designing this collection!

Hey, gotta give a shout out to my girl Steph for being the best model around!   A gazillon thank-yous!

I love how the skirt came out…but like any fussy designer, and I feel there is room for improvement.  I am thinking about this as i will becoming up with a more bohemian version of the Retro Granny Skirt.  I am thinking a lot of deconstruction is in order……..yes, yes…unfinished edges….to be continued…

Check out the super cool adventures in dressmaking blog by my new sewing friend Suzannah!  I just became a sponsor on her blog, and we are doing a Paradiso Designs pattern giveaway, just leave a comment on her blog dated June 16th, 2010.

have a great Sunday…if it is raining just remember Raining=Sew Rama Baby!!

I have been away for so long, but only because I have been so busy working at my pattern line, and teaching!!  So I thought that I would give you a glimpse of what I have been up to!  I am feeling very grateful to be doing things that I love!   I get to teach kidos how to design and sew!!

Look at what I made!!
Lia proudly shows her new pillow case that she just made with her best friend Hanna, and Genny the sewing dog!!

I have been creating wall hangings from chain, hand blown beads, & clay art!

 

This is the skirt I designed to make out of ruffle material! Audrey Hepburn is alive and well!!

Can you believe that this use to be a pair of mens jeans??

I have been designing new patterns, like the Retro Granny Skirt seen here. This skirt was made and upcycled from a pair of mens levi 501 jeans. I also designed and made the necklace too!

 And now I am working on a sewing project book…I will give you a peek now and again!! 

FYI, this will take you to my website to purchase patterns…clicking http://www.paradisodesigns.com/

you can become a friend of Paradiso Designs on Facebook now, and you can follow me on Twitter too @asewingdiva

I teach a gazillon classes…there are classes for adults and Summer Sew Camp for the Kidos..schroll down to check it out!  Email me at paradisodesigns@comcast.net to enroll!!

adults

DIY OPEN SEW & JEWELRY-MAKING FOR ADULTS

MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS 6-9PM

SOME SATURDAYS 10-4PM

KIDOS

SUMMER SEW CAMP DATES

 Kid’s Sew Camp                                                 Jr/SrHigh School  Sew Camp

JUNE 21-24,  , 9am-12pm                                              JUNE 21-24, 1-4pm

JUNE 28-JULY 1, 1-4pm                                    JULY 5-8, 1-4pm

JULY 5-8, 9am-12pm,                                                      JULY 12-15,1-4pm

JULY 12-15, 9am-12 pm                                                 JULY 26-29, 1-4pm

JULY 19-22, 1-4pm                                            AUGUST 2-5, 1-4pm

JULY 26-29, 9am-12pm                                      AUGUST 16-19, 1-4pm

AUGUST 2-5, 9am-12pm                                                AUGUST 23-26, 1-4pm   

AUGUST 9-12, 1-4pm

AUGUST 16-19 9am-12pm

AUGUST 23-26, 9am-12pm

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Vintage beads galore!

Vintage beads galore!

Here are Maggie, Myra, Rose, and Shirley cutting fat quarters like there is no tomorrow!!!!

Here are Maggie, Myra, Rose, and Shirley cutting fat quarters like there is no tomorrow!!!!

Last week was very intense and full for me as I was lucky enough to work at Quiltworks NW in Bellevue (www.quiltworksnw.com).  Last fall the owner Stacy Baumeister acquired the local cool shop “Beads and Beyond”.  I think that it all worked out quite nicely as she packed everything up and moved to new digs one block east of the old location to 121A 107th Avenue NE, Bellevue, Wa., 98004.  I have never seen this combination before, but I think that it is a cozy fit to say the least.  I am very grateful to Stacy and her staff for inviting me to play in her sandbox.  I went to Sew Expo this year with the Quiltworks team and did demos of the patterns I was debuting there.  It was the most fun I had had in months.

Last week was Shop Hop, a tradition among quilters.  The goal is to visit 57 independently owned fabric stores in 4 days.  I got to greet our guests as they made this stop on their long roadtrip!  Then……………….coolness all around as the store to top it off had this fabulous guest jewelry artist, Gail Crosman Moore.  I was totally inspired by her designs.  And even better yet, she had all of her  makings and findings there for sale, while she taught classes.  Checkout her website at www.gailcrosmanmoore.com .

Here are the sequins.

Here are the sequins.

Gail uses beads, findings, felting, and sequins for her own artistic expression that I had never seen before.  She also makes glass beads and pendents.  I love the “mat” pendents that look like shells best.  It was all very yummy.

I am getting ready for a trunk show in the Magnolia Village on Thursday, July 9th from 6-9pm at Bleu Papillon, 3315 W. McGraw, Seattle Wa, 98199, 206-284-3526.  I am working on new jewelry designs that are unique, with vintage touches and very wearable.  I will have “windowpane” pendents too.  Please come check it all out next week on Thursday!!!

Thank-you Gail for showing me a new way to create!  This is one of my stacked necklaces, where the elements lie on top of each other!

Thank-you Gail for showing me a new way to create! This is one of my stacked necklaces, where the elements lie on top of each other

Gail paints her metal findings.  It is so cool!

Gail paints her metal findings. It is so cool!

And finally, I started teaching my DIY Open Sew class at my house.  I have a great set-up in the garage for the class.  It really is working out very well.  One of my fabulous students reminded me that Microsoft and Amazon started in garages too.  Write me and I will send you a schedule to at cheryl@paradisodesigns.com.  I can only dream.  But for the moment I am having alot of fun!  Have a great day and week everyone!!! Sew Rama!

Just sewing in the garage!!!!!

Just sewing in the garage!!!!! Can you tell we are in the garage?

I have been so busy getting the ball rolling on my Summer Sew Camp.  I am going to keep working on the promotion.  As soon as I get those first few kids sewing up a storm, the sewing gospel will spread!!!!  I love to work with kids because their minds know no limits.  When it comes to creativity, I relish letting them go for it.  When they ask if they can make something, I work to make that happen.

I came up with alot of projects, but….. I have even

Maya made her own market bag!

Maya made her own market bag!

helped some students draft skirt patterns.

This is the skirt that I helped Roma draft a pattern for.  Then she cut it out and made it!

This is the skirt that I helped Roma draft a pattern for. Then she cut it out and made it!

Then Roma made a dress too.  Look at that fun embellishment on the trim!

Then Roma made a dress too. Look at that fun embellishment on the trim!

Teaching kids became such a fundamental element for me.  I was going through a very tough time last summer, and working with kids allowed me to step away from my own pain and give them something  meaningful in being able to create.  With their eyes wide open, I knew that it was important to be able to give them guidance in a very positive light.  I found that I had to let them do the work, and make mistakes.  It is all part of the learning process.  As each session ended, I found myself almost crying when I said good-bye to all these little ones that I had formed a bond with.  I am so glad that I remembered to take pictures to capture those moments of joy from last summer.  I am looking forward to this summer to working with those wacky kids and all their young uninhibited artistic process.  If you live in the greater Seattle are, I am teaching my Summer Sew Camp in Bellevue at Quiltworks Northwest in the morning.  I will be teaching on the West side in Seattle in the afternoon.

Quiltworks NW, 425- 453-6005

Seattle, 206-282-5149

These are all the weeks Sew Camp is in session

July  6th-9th, 13th-16th, 20th-23rd, 27th-30th

August  3rd-6th, 10th-13th, 17th-20th

If you know a child that would love to sew, or a teen that wants to make clothes that fit, please pass this on to them.  Let’s have some sew-rama fun!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Lily made a lunch bag!

Lily made a lunch bag!

Zola made apron with killer whales on it!

Zola made apron with killer whales on it!

Have an awesome summer.

Luv,

Cheryl

Now you fold the edge of the pleather to the line to start your first line of stitching.  I have decided that the next blog cast will be a full set of instructions to fully sew the pleather strap!!!

Now you fold the edge of the pleather to the line to start your first line of stitching. I have decided that the next blog cast will be a full set of instructions to fully sew the pleather strap!!!

Here I am topstitching the seam of a Tiny Bag!

Here I am topstitching the seam of a Tiny Bag!

This is the finished Tiny Bag!

This is the finished Tiny Bag!

Check out this rose.  Peace to everyone!!!

Check out this rose. Peace to everyone!!!

So today is my birthday, and I just had to get it on and do a new post. I was really busy last week getting ready for a trunk show this last weekend. I got alot done, new Tiny Bags, and Market bags, and for those of you that do not know, I make jewelry too!!! And I have to include a picture of my peace rose blooming. I love these roses, yellow with a blush of coral. I think to be able to cut a beautiful flower from my garden, then put it in a vase, and to see it’s beauty every time you walk into the room is lovely. How lucky are we to have these gifts of the earth! So I am also including some pictures of me sewing the Tiny and Market Bags. I included adding trim to a pocket top, and sewing the pleather strap. I love sewing with pleather. It is a wonderful fabric, and it comes in all kinds of textures and colors. I even use vinyl too. If it looks like leather, and you can fold it into thirds easily, then you have the making of a strap. Joanne’s has a really great supply of pleather/vinyl. They even have one that is ostrich too. Here in Seattle, I love to see what Pacific Fabrics has. Sometimes they get crocodile embossed, or snakeskin too, and tons of colors. I recommend the 4th Avenue, the selection cannot be beat. In fact, all of the pleather straps on my patterns covers are made with pleather I bought form Pacific Fabric  (www.paradisodesigns.etsy.com for the patterns)! Also, I am having my first DIY Class at my house tomorrow night from 5-9 pm, at the special price of $15.00. E-mail me at paradisodesigns@comcast.net, if you want more information, and to hold a spot for you too!! Have a great day everyone!

Here are the materials for 3 new Tiny Bags

Here are the materials for 3 new Tiny Bags

Here is the first step to sewing a pleather strap.  The cut piece is 3" wide.  I have drawna line 1" from the edge, the entire length of the strap piece.

Here is the first step to sewing a pleather strap. The cut piece is 3" wide. I have drawna line 1" from the edge, the entire length of the strap piece.

Sew Rama, Cheryl

One of my students Megan, dreamed of the perfect dress for herself to vogue about in the warmth of spring and summer.  And, she asked me to create it for her.  Well, you know, her wish is my command.  So I was off to complete this task.  Megan is this very refined woman.  I think that she has the best attitude about life.  She has little sayings that are like the quotes you might hear from the mom in “Leave it to Beaver”, yet Megan brings this new century freshness to her words of wisdom.  She makes me smile!

Megan pointed me in the direction of the website/blog called “Dress a Day”.  The dress is back baby!  Gals galore are making dresses from vintage patterns or they are wearing vintage dresses.  We choose to create a special frock for Miss Megan.  She had fabric in mind, and had found a blouse pattern.  And a blouse pattern does not make a dress…..yet, that is exactly what I did.  I drafted the skirt to fit the dress, and it turned out wonderful.  I really enjoyed this process as I threw in a few fun details.  We decided on 3/4 sleeves, mother of pearl buttons, and the facing on the sleeves and the collar is a white baby cotton stripe.  We also used a muted variegated thread to sew it all up.  Except for the buttonholes.  I love variegated thread, but it bothers me if it is used for buttonholes.  It just looks tarty (tarty= bad).  So I matched the thread for that those buttons.  In any case here are the pictures on “The Dress for the Day for Megan”.  She really loved it and so did her mom.

I also had my gal pal Melissa over sewing today, and she made a sash/scarf to complement her new knit kimona dress made from the Weekend Sewing book by Heather Ross.  Melissa has this beautiful silk japanese print, that we backed with chiffon to make the sash/scarf.  This will be one of my free pattens on my website in the near future!  See my landing page at www.paradisodesigns.com

I am topstitching the sleeve here!

I am topstitching the sleeve here!

Thsi is the dress fabric, and youcan see the verigated thread in the topstitching.

Thsi is the dress fabric, and youcan see the verigated thread in the topstitching.

Here is the white lace stripe used for the facings.

Here is the white lace stripe used for the facings.

This is the raw materials for the dress of the day.

This is the raw materials for the dress of the day.

Check out the collar facing, it is the perfect match!

Check out the collar facing, it is the perfect match!

And....ta-ta, here is Megan in her new frock.  I think she looks great in it, and is now offically ready for summer!

And....ta-ta, here is Megan in her new frock. I think she looks great in it, and is now offically ready for summer!

This is the most beautiful sash that I helped Melissa make.  This is just a simple tie.  It is amazing how great material works when you sew it the right way!

This is the most beautiful sash that I helped Melissa make. This is just a simple tie. It is amazing how great material works when you sew it the right way!

this is the back of the sash, artfully twisted.

this is the back of the sash, artfully twisted.

Here are all the fixings for Tiny bags to be made tomorrow.  See you then!

Here are all the fixings for Tiny bags to be made tomorrow. See you then!

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So for all you in or near the  greater Seattle area, on Saturday, June 6th, I will be doing a trunk show of my pillows, handbags, market bags, and my fun, electic jewelry.  The trunk show will be at Bleu Papillon in Magnolia at 3315 W. McGraw,  Seattle,  Washington  98199.  I will also  be design and color consulting, and taking custom orders for anything that your heart desires.  Please call for an appointment at  (206)284-3526.  I would love to see you there!

Tomorrow, check out what I am making for the show!!!!!!   Sew Rama.