Thursday, December 9, 2010

"Every cloud has a silver lining" Or "Love the one your with"

My daughter and grandson moved out a few weeks ago. It was not a happy time for me. I really miss having them around ALL THE TIME! But I know that I may have been interfering in God's plans for her.
Silver lining...
How much time do I wait before I start designing my new sewing room. I am very excited about this but I do not want her to feel some type of way about being replace by Dee. Who's Dee? Well she is only going to be my new best friend. She is going to motivate, encourage and inspire me.
Just as soon as I show her some TLC.

She was a $5 yardsale find given to me by my mom. I've had her for a bout 5 years and all the while been dreaming about buying a new dress form. Well, over this past weekend I decided that if I can't be with the one I love, than I should love the one I'm with. I sent my son into the basement to make sure there were not any spiders dust her off.
This will be my first sewing room project. I goo.gled "vintage adjustable dress form" and found a blog called "Re-couture" detailing exactly what I need to do (she had the same dress form and transformed it into a sight to behold).

I will chronicle my journey here.  Btw I have to have my sewing machine serviced, SMH.

Be Blessed

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

"By the Skin of My Teeth" OR " Who Are They and Who Gave Them Authority!"

Well I finished  Simplicity 2633, view with pleated sleeves,  and 5005 and wore them on the last Sunday before Labor Day. I was up until after 1am. And then got back up 11/2 hours earlier than necessary to finish.

I removed the ruined bias binding and only used it along the hem of the jacket and skirt. I made a self belt to wear with it. i had the dickens of a time with the sleeves. I just could not understand the illustrations in the directions. I finally got it and then they went together very easily. 

The outfit sort of makes me look like a church nurse..I think it is the belt that did it.

Whew! I am so relieved that I finished this and wore it on 9/4/10, who knows what "THEY would have done to me for wearing white after Labor day!

Next up... Simplicty 2659 Veiw A

Sunday, September 26, 2010

"Long Time Coming" OR "Better Late than Never"

Back in August I made Simplicity 2764, the skirt,  using fabric from It was one of my first on-line fabric purchases and I must have had it in my stash for around 4 years. You see, I originally purchased it to make an apron but that never happen. Then I saw McCall's 5580  and thought it would be great as a dress, that never happened.
So may I proudly(finally) present... a FO!

I used bias tape for the waist treatment instead of using the facing. I added a lining. It is a little big but wearable.The zipper treatment is not the greatest but I have proudly worn it three times(I wear it as I type this). I was rushed to finish this as I wanted to wear it on a Women's Weekend Retreat that I was invited to three days before the event.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Biting off more than I can chew OR delusions of grandeur

Why can't I just follow the directions on a pattern and sew it as is. You would think that I would learn my lesson from the boxload of UFO's that clutter my dining room.

I decided to finish Simplicity 5005(which only needs the waist treatment and to be hemmed) and to make Simplicity 2633PR to go along with it. I wanted to wear it on 8/1 as we are to wear white on 1st Sundays. I cut the pattern out during the week and decided that I could complete both peices on Saturday.

On Saturday I decided to make bias binding to trim the collar, faux pockets and button placket and the hem of the jacket and the skirt. I have nver made bias tape before in my life and only really used it successfully once.

Needless to say at 11:30pm I gave up. I need to take the binding back off and take me time in reattaching it. I never got to the sleeves, which were what pulled me to that pattern. and the skirt remains in the same state I found it in on Saturday morning.

IN MY MIND I AM A SKILLED FASHION DESIGNER AND SEWIST. In reality I am no way near there yet. But I will keep running the race!

Peace and Love


Friday, January 8, 2010

With bated breath...

Last night I was able to squeeze the pattern for the cardi-wrap, but just barely. I hope I stayed true to the straight of grain. We shall see.

I just received my order form!!!

I am so happy with it.

My boss walked by as I was fondling it and I thought he was going to write me up on harassment charges.
I decided not to rush to take it home(no, it is not a secret purchase, hubby bought it for me!), but I know myself all to well. I have several UFO's at home as it is and I would push the cardi-wrap project aside to start on a skirt or dress or shirt or whatever.

I getting all tingly just thinking about playing with this fabric.

God bless,

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Ain't no stopping me now...

I finished Simplicity 3622 view C w/ view A sleeves, last night. If I saw this dress in a store I would not gravitate toward it, but I made it and I am proud of my perseverance. I had a hard time with the two layers of stretch fabric and then trouble with the casing for the elastic at the waist.

I will proudly wear this on Sunday. All in all I would make this again but in a single layer and a brighter color.

I am waiting on a fabric order from to work on a few skirts(I know I said that I was going to work entirely out of my stash but truth be told my stash stinks. LOL).

For now, next up is Simplicity 2603. Misses Knit Top and Cardi-Wrap. I am using a Poly/spandex/ jersey knit in "Orange Creme" I have had this fabric for a few years now and I only have 3 yards, so hopefully I can "make it work"

God Bless