Monday, March 2, 2015


I am working on organizing my patterns hoard collection using Evernote. I got the app almost a year ago but never used it until my son bought me an IPad . I am using the free subscription so it may take awhile to finish. I have 224 entered but not all with pictures.

I also purchased some bins to hold them in sorted by pattern company in numerical order.

I still need a few more bins......I wish I had done this a long time ago.

Love and Blessings,


Friday, February 20, 2015

I have been around...

I as mentioned before I am not a blogger. I try but the words do not come easy for me.

Lately I have been sewing more.

I also tried my hand at teaching two young family members to sew, but that was very short lived...
When some people do not have to pay for something that do not take it seriously. smh.  I will try again, this time with paying customer.

Below are four items I have made so far in 2015:

First is a self drafted faux leather skirt with Simplicity 1317 View A with faux leather  piping
Middle picture is Vogue 8930 Blanket coat
Last picture is Simplicity 1283

I am going to try to at least post once a month.

Love and Blessing,


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Three for one!

I think I said this before but I am not a blogger!  I find it so very hard to write up a post that I think is interesting. So from now on I will just stick to the basics.

I have three finished project to show.

1.  Butterick 5206.

I started this in January. I finished it in January but it was huge.  In February I took it apart and there it sat until last week.  I used "vegan leather" for the sleeves and contrast and an ITY Jersey. I under lined the bodice and used a triple stretch stitch which is why I procrastinated about taking it apart.

2. McCall's 6553.

 I started this in early February. I wanted to wear it for my birthday but did not finish it in time. I used a wool blend of some sort from Gaffney's here in Philly.

3.This is a self drafted cape following a tutorial by Mimi g.

I am just getting started on my daughter's senior prom dress.

Love and blessing,


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Happy New Year!... first completed top of 2014!

Just completed M6794.

I used stash satin with pleather (vegan leather, love the PC term) accents.

I was going to add leather sleeves, but I wanted to keep things simple.. My only dislike is that the neckline does not lay as I had envisioned.

I used my new Singer One Plus sewing machine and the top is pictured on my new dress form(CHRISTmas presents from the hubs and kids)

Next I am working on a faux wrap dress with leather sleeves and trim.

Love and Blessings,

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

(mini) Maxi Skirt

Following Mimi G's tutorial I created the following:

I never made the linen pants(only a muslin and addressed fitting issues) for my son's gf... had to purchase more fabric. They are back from Asia and had a wonderful time. I will get stated on the the second muslin and hopefully I can post them here by the 1st weekend in December... Where did 2013 go?
Also I have my first prom dress order! We have to set up and initial consultation but I am excited. My daughter is still undecided on the design of her gown. I had ordered some fabric swatches (for her original design) but none of them made her happy..
I have set up my sewing studio in my dining room (with the blessing of the hubby) which will make for an interesting Thanksgiving...
Praying for a safe and merry holiday season for all of you!
Love and Blessings,

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Trying my hand at draping

I just ordered: Draping: The Complete Course Paperback by Karolyn Kiisel.  In two days I saw this reviewed on two different blogs. I will write a review post.

I am working a pair of navy linen pants for my oldest son's girlfriend, to be worn on the flight to Thailand in November.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Wearable muslin?

I just completed McCall's 6515, view D.

The pants are too big everywhere except for my waist. I purchase size E5, the smallest is a 14... It is really not as bad as it sounds but the crotch length is too long.

I will most likely wear them one day, but I put the remake in my queue and use the Sandra Betzina "pants fitting techniques" Craftsy course I purchased awhile back.

I think I did a pretty good job with the waistband and zipper insertion, using one of Mimi g's tutorials.

Front view pleats and matched pretty good at the center front seam.

side view, invisible zipper and matching at the seam

hand-stitched waistband

machine finished waistband at the zipper