Sunday, June 06, 2010

All new stuff!

I can't believe you guys keep coming back to check on this blog! You are amazing. And here is your reward!

First of all, let me say that I have been blogging (although not here) since about March, when I decided to run for city councillor here in Ottawa. My web site is at
and the blog is at

I need some more traffic over there! And if you live in College Ward in Ottawa, vote for me! Or tell anyone who lives there to vote for me.

Let's see... I also put up a whack of pix at Flickr, about my Florida trip. It's in two sets and often, the individual photos have captions and commentary that are sometimes amusing. They are at
and the second set is at

I've been reading and reading about urban planning and city stuff and politics but I also laid out that gorgeous piece of silk I bought at Britex on our California trip. Britex even has a Facebook site! I'll have to send them a photo for their site, where customers make stuff. Oh, speaking of Facebook, you can find me there too, at my political "fan site" at or just search for Julia Ringma. I have always said I'm the only one on the planet with that name combo and now that I have decided to become a public person by running for office, I guess I can tell everyone who I am! Not that I ever really hid it.
Okay! Back to the silk. There are different weights and textures of silk and this stuff is the kind that makes you think you could eat it, it is so scrumptious. I only had 1 and 5/8 yards so I determined I would make that little pullover top with no buttons and no seam down the back.
And a few hours later, here it is:
I picture it under a jacket, while I am sitting at council meetings. And yes, I need to iron the hand stitched hem!

So thanks again for hanging in there. For the blogs I follow that have infrequent posts, I have learned to love Google Reader, as it will tell me when there is finally a blog entry to read.


marysews said...

I really like your new blouse. What pattern did you use?

Marty said...

So good to hear from you! Glad you're still sewing, and I hope you win!

JuliaR said...

Thanx Mary and Marty!
The pattern is one I use over and over, Butterick 4056. It might be too old to get any more. It comes with several different tops. The one I chose had a seam up the back so you could put a vent and a button at the top but the opening is large enough for a head bigger than mine to go through, so I don't bother with the back opening any more and it is even simpler to make.

Danielle from Australia said...

I'm glad you're back! I am one of the 'checkers'... I love your blog :)

Rose said...

Whoope! You're back and, apparently, running at full steam!! Good luck with the campaign! I love the blouse.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

WOW ~ How exciting, running for city councilor :) I wish you all the best of Luck!

Your top looks wonderful. The fabric sounds gorgeous!

Chicago Sarah said...

Oh, YAY! I missed you.

felyneluvr said...

This is truly a beautiful blouse. I've never worked with silk but want to very badly. Where did you purchase the silk? Do you have access to good fabric stores in Ottawa? Or did you find one online?
I'm also curious about your dressform. What kind is it?

JuliaR said...

Thanx Fel, as noted above, I got the silk from Britex, at their store in San Fran. We have Fabricland here in Ottawa but also a high-end store (also ref'd to in this blog) called Darrell Thomas. My dress form is a Singer.

Jennifer said...

I love, love LOVE your blouse!! That blue and black are gorgeous together.

Good luck on your campaign!!

Anonymous said...

Hi. just found your blog. I see it hasn't been updated since August. I hope you aren't giving up on it.