Wednesday, February 1, 2012

HOG & Simplicity

Seeing HOG (Harley-Davidson Owners Group) magazine and a Simplicity pattern on the same work table is not a frequent occurrence in my travels, but last fall while vending at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Kansas City, I met the ever energetic and talented Virginia Phillips. 

HOG and Simplicity Pattern
Ever so gracious Virginia invited Rita Farro and I to her home before chowing down on ribs at Ricky's Pit BBQ one night and Stroud's Restaurant another night.  Virginia has more than a passing interest in riding Harley's.  She travels to local Harley dealerships setting up an on-site embroidery service for those hearty leather motorcycle jackets.  Plus she creates custom garments for Harley customers - leather jackets, chaps and vests. 

Leather Vest with Embroidery & Patches
Virginia gets a very pretty penny for her work, and rightfully so.  Just look at the detail in this leather vest.

Inside Detail of Leather Vest
Every stitch is in place, but the remarkable feature is the side detail. This vest will last forever - no matter how the wearer's body will change or bulk up.  Virginia's thoughtful solution is lace-up sides instead of the traditional side seam.  Gain a few pounds, not a problem, just loosen the sides.  Ingenious! 

Harley T-Shirt Quilt
On a lighter note Virginia showed a Harley t-shirt quilt hanging in her dining room that she made for her husband.  

Just a Sampling of Virginia's Machines, Tools & Notions
She sews on a variety of machines - home sewing and commercial machines with all the appropriate notions, tools, books and inspiration galore. 

Glove Dyes
We also saw a broad collection of glove dyes.  Really, when was the last time you thought about making gloves?  Maybe knit a pair of mittens, but sew a pair of gloves?  Hmmmm, maybe next winter. . . .

The Dynamic Virginia!

Virginia, thanks so much for sharing your love of sewing.  Glad to know SCHMETZ is your favorite needle brand!  Learning about your experiences as a nurse, American Red Cross volunteer, brewer of Kombucha (a miracle health tea), Street Strider elliptical trike rider, foodie and Kansas City historian made a nice trip . . . .  fabulous and delicious too!

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