About Jan

Musician and geek and Juris Doctor; lover of fine art and fine craft; mother and grandmother and significant other and friend. Passionate about sewing.

Knitting Update

Early this year, after living in my tiny home office for four months, my newly-separated son got an apartment. While trying to figure out what all he would need to make this new place his home, he selected a Lion Brand slip-stitch sampler throw as his blanket-of-choice to keep warm while reading or watching TV on the couch. I bought the kit sold by Lion Brand and started work on this rather complex project. This summer I’ve had several extended periods of time that I was able to devote to this project. I’m now on the fourth block, and it … Continue reading

Poster City

Yesterday I finished another version of Katherine Tilton’s Vogue 8817, View A. I am in love with this top. I think the neckline is one of the most flattering necklines I’ve ever worn. You may remember I made a top out of this pattern/view before the trip to France. The fabric is another Emma One Sock delight that Linda calls “Poster City.” The fabric is a 96% rayon/4% lycra blend that feels like buttah. This print is a little out of the norm for me, and I absolutely love it. Would you believe that, prior to last summer, I didn’t … Continue reading

Me Made May ’13

For wearable crafters, last month was Me Made May. I wanted to participate, but knew I was spending half of May away from home–eleven days in France and five days in North Carolina. So I participated in a quieter fashion than most. If you’re a regular reader, you know I was obsessively sewing prior to my tour of France. If you scroll backwards through the posts written since the end of January, you’ll see the results of all that activity. While in France, I believe there was only one day I didn’t wear something I had made. And on all … Continue reading

This Project in Use

A few days before leaving for France, I finished a long, flounced halter dress for my granddaughter, Ridley, who would turn 10 at the end of the month. Ridley’s mother’s family has a lot of height genes, so this child was wearing size 9 shoes and girls’ size 14 clothes when she was 9. I believe I”ll be making clothes for her for years to come. As I said in the blog post about the dress construction, I had cut the dress too large, but was able to alter it in such a way that I will be able to … Continue reading

Geometric Goodies

I was bored early one morning before leaving for France, and started exploring Mood Fabrics’ website while lying in bed, waiting for the Jazzman to wake up. Bad move. I found several things I had to have. This one is called “Bright Multi Geometric Jersey Prints” and is a whole bunch of colors that look good on me. I knew I would use it for one of Marcy Tilton’s or Katherine Tilton’s tops they’ve designed for Vogue Patterns. So I wanted a complementary fabric to bind the neckline. Lookee here! The photo doesn’t do it justice. Look at how look … Continue reading