Archive for June 2013

Kegerator Celebration Top

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Beer.  That is my hubby's hobby.  He brews beer (quite tasty beer, by the way) and in order to avoid bottling, he decided to build a kegerator (you can head over to his blog for more info).    For those that do not know what I talking about, a kegerator is a fridge that holds a keg of beer and has a tap. 





In order to celebrate the debut of the kegerator, I figured I need something new to debut also.  Something that screams summer.   Guess what!?! Hiding in my fabric stash was some beautiful cotton batik -- a remnant I picked up a few month back hoping to make bias tape -- just enough for a pseudo-pillowcase top (pseudo because I did not start with a pillowcase).   I also had a yard of orange cotton which coordinated and worked as the straps. 










My least favorite thing about this top was turning the straps out.  I find this task to be on my top 10 least favorite things to do in sewing.  In no time at all, the pseudo-pillowcase top was born.  It is hot and sticky in Louisiana so a cold beer and billowy top go hand in hand.



The debut of the kegerator turned into an impromptu get-together. The best part of the day was cold beer on tap and good friends to share it with.  The top wasn't that bad either! ;)




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Parsley Pants

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


We have a couple of weddings to attend in July.  Somehow I got it stuck in my head that I would make a dress for myself and my son's pants.   Not that difficult of an undertaking -- challenge, yes but impossible, no!  Being that it is summer, you would think I have much more time to focus on projects but I severely underestimated my motivation, my workload, and my ability to whip out projects.  




I was able to complete  Made by Rae's Parsley Pants.   I went with size 4 as my little guy has a small waist but I had to add 2 inches to the length in order to accommodate his height.  His favorite color is yellow so he demanded a yellow pair of pants.

Here is the finished product:





I appreciate Rae's pattern as it is straightforward and I love the variations.  I also love that fact that it is a pattern for a boy.  There are soooooo many patterns for little girls and Rae's "Celebrate the Boy" is right up my alley.  I am already planning school pants for him and a couple of whimsical pairs (Star Wars Tuxedo stripes or Avengers pockets!).  He has asked for kneepads and pockets.

The other requested item was a matching bow-tie.  I found this excellent tutorial and the bow-tie came together in little time.   





And to top it off, I opened my email and found that Collette Patterns has a pattern for men's neckties for free!  I think I found my next project. Or maybe I should focus on something for me....

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Hmmmm, first post, lots of pressure

Saturday, June 8, 2013

What do you say on the very first post?  A blank page is a lot of pressure...and with so many incredible sewing blogs out there -- even more pressure.

Whew! Maybe I should explain the title of my blog and the reason I am going to blog - yeah, that seems like a good place to start.  

An enantiomer is a chemistry term (I am a chemistry nerd so I figured why not?) for a stereoisomer who has a mirror image. They are two molecules that look similar, so much so that when you compare them, they are mirror images of each other.  By now you are probably like *yawn* but it is really simple. Put your hands together in a prayer position:  the hands look the same together but when you open your hands they are different.  I have to be honest that I have loved this idea since I took Dr. Flower's organic chemistry.  I always thought it would be a fabulous name for a DJ album in which you had the original song and the remixed version.

I like to think of those enantiomers when it comes to my sewing projects.   I want my garments to look like the picture on the pattern or in the book but not so literal.  In reality, the end result will turn out to be my own mirror image with my little signature.  And this blog, well, it's kind of like my lab notebook of sewing projects: all of the materials, procedures, and final products.

First project:  Made by Rae Parsley pants  and matching bow-tie for my little man.

Material: Yellow Seersucker chosen by my little one

Music: Get Lucky, Daft Punk 

Drink: Big glass of red wine or maybe a cup of sencha

Cross your fingers, let the adventure begin!

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