Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Catching Up

View from the sewing room
More View

The Dragonfly Dress

The Tahoe Top

The table behind me
The Mizono Shirt

Sharon and Dorothy

Wearing the new Marcy Tilton Shirt
I had a fantastic time at the sewing retreat except for the fact that my friend Barbara was unable to attend with me. I really missed her companionship and ready advice when I needed it. We had fun keeping in touch while I was there by using my iPhone to take photos of each project and sending it to her immediately via email. That way she could comment and feel part of it too.

I was very, very focused and sewed many things. We can come to the sewing room anytime and many are there well before breakfast. Not me as I stay sewing until mid-night. Even so I am not the last one there at night. There are always the same 4 or 5 of us holding down the fort late at night. No one stays longer than Lyla Messinger who seems to have endless energy. She would be there until 3 am. Of course we never saw her at breakfast.

All meals are included at this retreat spot so I would sew, eat a meal, sew, eat another meal, sew, eat a third meal, sew and finally sleep. I figure I had 14 hours of sewing a day for 4 days and about 5 hours on the first evening. Crazy. Sore shoulders. 15 projects done! Some people are more relaxed and chat a lot. I enjoyed listening to all the chit chat around me and stopped to answer questions or show my things to anyone who came my way. But mostly I just sewed.

So I have a lot of garments to photograph and review. 1 toddler dress, 1 rain coat, 1 hooded jacket, 5 dresses, 1 pant, 2 shirts, 2 knit tops, 1 bizarre gown, 1 hospice hospital gown. The hospice gown is for a charity project the sewing group does every year. I won't review the Hospice gown, or several items I've reviewed before. But as you can see I have a lot to do.

One shirt I made is the Marcy Tilton Vogue 8709. I wore it the other day to meet SFShaza at my friend Dorothy's house. She wrote about the meet up on her blog http://communingwithfabric.blogspot.com/2011/07/blogger-meetup-meeting-ann-smith.html. So much fun.


Mary said...

Oh, wow...how does one sew with a view like that? Lucky woman :-) I love the Tahoe top and the dragonfly dress

Gail said...

What a beautiful place. You've been making some gems. Love the kimono blouse and the dragonfly dress.

shams said...

Wow, that is one gorgeous view!! I'm glad you stopped sewing long enough to photograph it! lol You were *seriously* productive! Impressive!

It was SO great to meet you, Ann! I had a blast! :D

Sharon said...

what a lovely view! I'd never want to leave the sewing room.

The retreat sounds lovely, especially with the chance to just create. I'm afraid I'd end up being one of the chit-chatters so you wouldn't want to sit next to me ;-)

Jilly Be said...

Oh my - at first I thought that was the view from your home sewing room, and I was ready to invite myself over!

What a fabulous sounding retreat! And VERY impressive production, with wonderful results!

Lisa said...

What a beautiful view . A sewing retreat sounds fantastic you have been very productive.

Anonymous said...


you have really turned out some gorgeous items. I am seriously in love with the Japanese fabric in your MT vogue 8709 top. Can you give me any info on it from the selvedge besides where you bought it?

Thanks for the inspiration-bonnie