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Well today is my mom’s birthday (it’s also my oldest sister’s birthday, but I don’t have a project related to that). As a gift, I made her a coiled fabric bowl using her favorite colors. Most of the fabrics are silks, with a few cotton strips thrown in for good measure.

green and coral silk bowl green and coral silk bowl

This was the first time I’ve used a color scheme for a bowl, and I must say that I’m very happy with how it turned out. I may even do this again. I will definitely be incorporating more silks into my bowls. The luminosity of the fabric really gives the finished bowl panache.

green and coral silk bowl detail green and coral silk bowl detail

One side of the bowl was sewn with yellow thread and the other side with pink, which accounts for the fabulous tonal differences.

silk birthday

In addition to the bowl I sent 2 yards of each of these fabrics, which should be enough for her to make whatever she wants. From top to bottom, there is elastic lace, a coral charmeuse, a dupiani, champagne diamond stitched silk, light green bamboo, a medium-weight silk, another emerald charmeuse.

Happy birthday Mom and Mel!




Here’s another version of my striped dress, made for my friend Annie. I used a gray and blue striped jersey that we have at Fabric Planet now (brought from the warehouse specifically for this dress!).

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Annie's striped dress Annie's striped dress Annie's striped dress

Annie requested that the neckline on her’s be a little lower “to shake what is is my mama gave me,” and shake it she does.

The shorter sleeves and lower neck give the dress a 50s ballerina feel, which is why the pockets don’t quite work on this incarnation of the dress. Annie’s dress turned out so well that I was incredibly tempted to make myself another dress with the extra fabric, but I don’t want repeats in my wardrobe, and what scandal there would be if we were to show up at a bar in matching dresses!

Annie's striped dress

Actually now that I think about it, it would be fabulous.

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