Playing with Shadows 🔸. Drawing was my first real creative love in life. Free motion sewing my drawings became a way for me to blend my love of drawing with the need to push my sewing skills further. And this new experimentation is how I’m lifting those drawn stitches off the fabric and bringing them to life. (Yes, what you are seeing are the stitches sans fabric.) 🔸. When Justin (my husband) needs to vent about work or traveling, I listen and draw. This started as one of those semi-blind contour drawings. One thing lead to another and... I’m sure this won’t be the last you see of My Wonky Justin. 😋 #creativeexperiments
Morning rituals...do you have one? 🔸 I decided waking up before my kids and spending time quietly contemplating my day/life would be good for me. Quiet mornings are my favorite time of day. I stay away from my phone, don’t turn on any lights,and just sit with myself stretching and breathing. Ideally I would do this everyday, but it doesn’t always happen. It’s hella magical when it does, though. 🔸 During one of these quiet mornings, I grabbed my sketchbook and dreamt up this piece. It’s my feets and encompasses how important this ritual would be for my creativity, imagination, and the transition into my day, and ultimately the smooth flow of my life. 🔸 I want to make this type of morning a habit (and i hope it regularly involves me grabbing my sketchbook). But trying to get a good habit that involves 5:00 AM to stick is ballsy. Wish me luck! 🔸 This piece started as a semi-blind contour sketch in my notebook. I then used that sketch and free motion stitched it onto watercolor paper, with the addition of linen and organza scraps. 🔸 I wasn’t happy with how the first prints turned out. Anyone else a morning person and would like me to try again with the prints??
Happy belated birthday to me from me! I made myself a silk-lined, wool coat! What started a out as a simple pattern test for the updated version of the #cambriaduster by @fridaypatterncompany , turned out to be maybe my favorite garment I’ve ever made myself! 🔸 The way the pattern is pieced together was perfect for using smaller cuts of two different medium-weight wools I already had. The pattern is meant for lighter weight wovens, but I needed a warmer garment and took a risk. Once I was semi-done sewing, I realized I loved the coat more than I ever thought I would, so I bought some crazysexycool silk and inserted it as a lining. It’s not lined or finished in a technically correct way and I’m still in love with it. 🔸 The only modifications I made were shortening the length about 12”, making pockets slightly deeper, and adding a lining. And since I used a medium weight felted wool, I only cut two front pieces (no facings) to reduce the bulk. You can see how I ‘finished’ the felted wool edge in one of the pics. I like the boxy, robe-like sleeves and the giant collar that keeps me so so warm. 🔸 This coat is fuckin’ weird and scrappy, but it’s so genuinely ‘me’! I loved the testing and sewing experience and am thrilled to start wearing it and excitedly stating #imadethis when I get compliments! 🔸 -Felted grey wool purchased from @fabric_recycles -Navy windowpane wool and deadstock silk purchased from @athriftynotion -Uterus earrings (that perfectly compliment my coat) made by @mackbecks
I LOVE HOW THIS ONE TURNED OUT! 🔸 Free motion sewing illustration of aspen eyes on secondhand muslin, organza, and velvet. Painted with @derwentartofficial inktense blocks. 🔸 I love it, but turns out I’m not a good planner 😬 (hence one of the many reasons I married Justin). I found out 12” x 12” frames or mats aren’t really a common thing. In fact, I’ve found out almost 100% of the pieces I have made aren’t really a common size. 🤦🏻♀️😅💆🏻♀️ Gotta start working on that. 🔸 If I ever find a perfect frame (I’m not sure this one is it) or mat, I’ll be selling this original piece. Message me if you want these spooky trees watching out for you.👻
Work In Progress 🔸 I’ve been making a lot lately, but ending up with a bunch of duds....Which is fine. Sometimes it’s about the process rather than the product. Remember that. 🔸 But this piece? I’m really diggin’ it so far! It’s nothing new in terms of techniques, but the process has still helped me grow. I’ll share more about that later when I’m finished.
⚡️SEWING TIP:: adding trims, tapes, elastics to serged seams - the EASY way⚡️ 🔸 Have you ever taken a good hard look at your serger presser foot? Does it have a slit or a hole like mine? Good! The hard part is over.😅 All you have to do now is insert elastic, trim, whatever you want encased in your serger seam and it’ll feed them in perfectly every time! 🔸 With your presser foot in the up position, place fabric underneath as you normally would, and insert your trim into the slit in the foot. Lower your presser foot and push on the gas. You help feed the fabric through and the presser foot will take care of the trim, feeding it directly under the serging stitches. (If you’re using elastic, you can pull on the elastic to create gathers in the seam.) 🔸 How cool is that?! I use this mostly for adding twill tape as a stabilizer to the shoulder seams of my knit shirts. It also comes in really handy for adding elastic around leg holes when making swimwear/underwear/etc. What would you use it for? 🔸 If you still have questions, ask away👇 or check your machine’s manual for pictures and instructions specific to your machine. #jordsensewingtips
I began painting the aspen piece I was stitching in my previous post. See how the pigments get super vibrant after I add water?? Love these @derwentartofficial blocks for painting on fabric. 🔸 Pardon the little tykes set up I’ve got going. My son was asleep in the car so I was staying near to keep an eye on him. And as a work-from-home parent who often has to work while her kids are around, I don’t waste one uninterrupted second. 🔸 I’ll have to show you the finished piece later - I’m off on a Colorado adventure! Going to find some Aspen eyes in real life!✌️ 🔸 About this piece:: secondhand velvet background, overplayed with free motion sewn Aspen trees, painted (in the outdoors right before a thunderstorm hit) using Derwent Inktense blocks.
Revisiting an old pencil sketch to do a time lapse of me #drawingwithmysewingmachine ! Definitely will be adding a little color and depth using my #derwentinktenseblocks , but I’m so excited to show you more of this piece. 🤗
⚡️SEWING TIP:: Topstitching⚡️ 🔸Is your machine stubborn and throws a tantrum when you try to use topstitching thread? Are you stubborn and just want to use the thread you already have?? 😏 Boy, do I have a sewing tip for you! 🔸 It’s as simple as using two spools of your regular thread, threading them through your machine as if they were one, and topstitching as you normally would. This gives you that noticeably beefier topstitching thread look with the supplies you already have! How cool is that?! 🔸YES the two strands of thread go through the eye of the needle together. And YES, you should try stitching on a scrap BEFORE adjusting tension! (A lot of times you won’t even need to!) 🔸 I recently saw another Instagram sewist suggest this tip for jeans topstitching, so it really really works! Talk about being a #sewingrebel 🤘 !! Do you have a project you could try this on? #jordsensewingtips #jordsensewingstudio