Sewing Vloggers

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Bishop and the Buttons

I have Carly's Toile Bishop all pleated and ready to get blocked. I have no idea how I will scrunch all that fabric into the blocking guide. I'll make it work somehow. I tried Martha's technique for seamless pleating and am really excited about it. I'll keep you posted on my first attempt at this. I am using Martha's first method of just running the separate pieces thru the pleater one after another. So far so good.


I will try and leave you with some shots of some of Ima's goodies at the end of my posts. This upcoming weekend I may start to attack it. It is overwhelming and I first just have to make space for it all. At the top of the pile were two button boxes of her metal buttons. I had to go thru and finger them and take some pictures. I find her metal buttons seem to have a theme, either thistles or Japanese motifs. Most are big and exquisite and very unique. She spent a lot of time in the Orient so I am thinking maybe these buttons came from there. I will ask her.............


  1. Oooh I can't wait to see the bishop smocked. It is going to be lovely and those cooooool buttons. Love the one with the art deco lady on them.

  2. Looking forward to seeing the bishop when it is smocked. The buttons are so beautiful. This is so unbelievable that she just gave all of this to you.

  3. Those buttons are just breath-taking. Literally. I'm sure you will make a lot of beautiful things with Irma's treasures! And I always love reading about your smocking - I can't really find much information on the technique in Germany, but I find it so beautiful!

  4. Awesome buttons. You have aquired such treasures.

  5. OMG! Those buttons are gorgeous!

  6. Mmm . . the buttons are wonderful!

  7. Exquisite buttons. And your rendition of this wonderful relationship with your neighbor is a treasure. Thanks.


Engaging commentary:

On Making a Guayabera

I haven't forgotten you, lovely sewing friends. I have been straight out with sewing for our vacation which is coming up soon. Add in ga...