It is hot and dry.

The last two months have produced record high temperatures and record low amounts of precipitation. Reduced snow pac in the mountains this winter, combined with little rain makes for some rivers only having 25% of the normal flow. Salmon usually don’t go to spawn just yet and usually wait until the rivers are the right temperature until they start upstream. People are measuring water temperatures and two or three degrees is significant. So water restrictions may be  greater this year, but the long term effect on the fish population is more concerning to me(always a fisherman’s daughter). My uncles were gill-net  fishermen.  I also was raised on the banks of the Fraser river.

Every night on tv, the weather caster  comments on the number of new high temps for the day. It has been average of 30 or so a day, throughout the province. It has also been very humid. The province has nearly spent this years fire budget already and the worst of the forest fire season won’t be here until August or September. The medians along the road are so dry, one cigarette carelessly tossed has caused fires. Dry lightning is a problem throughout the province.  The jet stream is pretty entrenched,so the weather will not be changing very much. There is also a red  algae along the pacific coast of North amercia so now the shell fish can’t be used.

My mom used to take the ironing outside under a shady tree and the sewing machine went outside as well. I have done both but I I would rather stay in front of the fan sipping ice tea. I have been drying my clothes outside.IMG_2459

Practice makes perfect.

I have been brushing up on a few skills, still need to practice but usually I dive in and have to redo. I have some ideas for sewing and when one thing isn’t working so well, I take a break and try something else. I have been thinking of travel wardrobes, light weight layering pieces without a lot of bulk. I also need to finish some bags I have been making for a few months now. Mostly that sewing has been dormant but a couple of weeks ago, I put the vinyl to the test, the piping worked a treat and  have applied it to the necessary bags, I need to put in a magnet next before I do the next seam. I am still stymied with the bag handles and now know what I want but my piping for the handles is too soft, as per usual I have no idea where the vinyl tubing is. I am sure I saved it somewhere, but it will be easier to walk to the hardware store. I bought new vinyl and tried it in a handle but don’t like the finish where it joins to the bag. I have now ordered new hardware from Emmaline bag supplies. I will make straps and use rivets to attach them to the metal rings and the bag.


I would like a sheer top to layer over a woven tank and maybe also as a detail in a skirt. I bought this amazing fabric in Paris a few years ago, and it has intimidated and fascinated me ever since. So this is the year that I start. Although the sheer sections are mostly blue and green with some gold, over a coloured fabric it changes the look of the sheer areas.  Very exciting possibilities  So today, I sat down and tried out a few different seam finishes and it is not so intimidating. Just need to be careful and take my time, accurately cut etc. More

Starting something new

I sorted out my lace a couple of weeks ago, I think I  found it all. I have been collecting for years, use a little tiny amount when I was making dolls. I bought some each time I found something interesting. Christine’s Lingerie used to be manufactured in West Vancouver and once a year she would have a big sale and that included her fabrics and laces. I was usually a cheapskate and would get a grab bag of lace, or silk or chiffon offcuts.

Those lovely colours were so inspiring. I also followed several blogs by women who were making wonderful lingerie. Lately, I have been following emeralderin and her bra a week now at week 20 and the inspiring sewers.  I also took a bra making course from Craftsy from Beverly Johnson. I have signed up for the designer techniques as well.  I have ordered the Classic bra pattern and the ivory supply kit, from BraMakers Supply in Hamilton, Ont. It is cut out. So hope to get to it over the weekend. I’ll be in Toronto soon, so if I have problems, I’d like to be able to ask for help

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Some have stretch, some is yardage, various widths, and colours.  Excuse the strap from the camera in the first photo, but the pink embroidered one and the black trimmed were bought in Yalta, the sales clerk thought I should buy more, I wish I had now of course, at the time the language barrier intimidated me a bit.