Wednesday, January 20, 2010

My Sewing Corner...

Just wanted to share a photo of my little sewing corner. I don't have a sewing "room", but I would love to have one at some point in the future. For now, though, this corner works well for me...

There's my trusty Singer 7422 which I got more than a year ago when it went on specials.

My sewing table with ample amount of storage area for my small tidbits and notions.

And then there is a small round glass-top fabricated steel side table that holds my magazines (Vogue - and some Madison ones) and a small vase with fake flowers (for aesthetic purposes).

And finally, my new dress form - which is a pre-birthday gift from my loving husband (we got it on 40% discount from Spotlight just a week ago).

I try to keep this area clean even if it is a working area for the simple reason that it is located just along the entrance hall from the main door. Strategically located near the master's bedroom, it's beside the lounge and a few steps away from the kitchen and the family area (plus I could over-see the kids running back and forth from their bedroom to the family room). None of the bedrooms have a tiled floor like this area here, and I think sewing and carpets don't really match.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Crochet to Kill Time

I travel by train for 30-35 minutes and 20-25 minutes on the bus - ONE WAY! My trusty iPhone is my constant buddy as it plays my music and make me think less of the time. Then I get magnetized to creating simple crochet scarf and that is what I started doing...

I found this free pattern ( Beaded Cobweb Lace Scarf ) online and set out to work on it during my travel time. I didn't put any beads to it, but I might definitely make another one with beads (that is, if this one turns out a success). I'm using black (cotton?) yarn that I have in my stash for a year now. I hope this roll would be enough to make me a longish scarf for the coming autumn months.

I'm still a long way away, but I'll get there... I just hope I would get the patience to finish this one off. And if this one succeeds, I might just do another scarf that would be perfect for winter.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sewing Affair

Around one year and 4 months ago, my husband agreed on getting me a proper sewing machine. For starters, I mostly make cushion covers and tops which are very hand-made. I can clearly remember starting a few projects which ended up in scrap bin or being worn just once then put away in a "to donate" box.

Now, I am still a novice... I still start a a project or two that gets tucked away under a pile and never finished. But I am learning. I am building up skills enough to make the garments wearable. Thanks to practice and helpful sites like BurdaStyle where I started posting my finished creations. Other people's comments and liking of my stuffs inspire me to do better and create some more. And that I would definitely do - create some more clothes — for me and hopefully for my family as well.

See most of my finished creations posted at the BurdaStyle website.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Welcome to Likha!

The word likha (lik' ha') is a Filipino term for creation (noun) or to create (verb).

Everything that you will see or read in this blog are literally created by me - my words, my photos, my craft, my inspirations.

The blog URL is named likhabysevera - where Severa is my late paternal grandmother's name - a seamstress who I look up to when it comes to sewing. She was not a fashion designer or anything of popular labels, but I learned sewing from her and adore how she lived on earnings from her humble skills. Hopefully, someday, when I am good enough in sewing and would have a chance to make a label for myself it will be that - Likha by Severa...

Hope you enjoy visiting my blog and seeing sewing and life through my eyes...