Sunday, April 19, 2009


I could have given this post several headings such as
A Love - Hate Relationship...
I Coulda,Woulda, Shoulda...
I Can't Believe I Did That!...
What Had Happen Was...
I'm So Over You...
I could probably go on and on but this tunic will not be a pleasure to wear and here's why.
The fabric is linen...I love linen but I hate wearing it,Unless it is constructed in such a way to avoid the awful wrinkling. I gave my lovely tunic a nice crisp press and it looked wonderful...
until I wore it for a little whileActually only a few minutes and it began to look like I slept in it. Well, being in such a hurry to sew it I didn't think through the things I should have done to make it more wearable. I should have used a light knit interfacing on the whole tunic. I also could have done a FBA to make it fit a little better across my boobs. Yeah, always need to do that, how did I not this time. One solace to this whole thing is I didn't actually pick out this fabric and purchase it, it came from an order I placed from , sometimes they run a special, with a purchase of a certain amount they'll give you a mystery bundle of fabric at no cost. This was in that mystery bundle from a purchase. When I saw it I knew right away what I wanted to make with it..but so much for that.

OK, so I have moved on to this jacket,(short version w/cuffs) I wanted to make pants also but don't have quite enough fabric left, so I'll make a skirt instead. Thankfully it's turning out quite well so far...Thank Goodness! Whew! I don't know what I would do with another wadder so close to the last one. I'll take pictures of the completed outfit soon.

Meanwhile, I did sew with some friends today, just a quick thing we decided to do. A mother and daughter that are learning to sew together. I think that is so great and wanted to help the daughter get her dress done and hopefully wear at least once before it gets too warm, here's her completed dress, the so popular Butterick 5247 I'm so proud of her accomplishment.

Saturday, April 11, 2009


Looking toward Spring

It seems that it will never really come but I know spring is just around the corner. Some days are warm and sunny and the next you have put on your winter coat. Oh well, at least we can sew as if it's spring and maybe, just maybe before we know will be SPRING. So, this week I was able to sew, and this is what I've been working on: Vogue 8500
This fabric is linen and it is fully lined except for the sleeves ,
The pattern didn't call for interfacing anywhere but I should have known to put a light weight interfacing in the front along the neckline and where it wraps over. It stretched a little and could have used some reinforcement. The only thing left to do is sew on the right button. Of all the buttons I have I don't have ONE perfect black button. So, when I get that button I'll have to take a picture wearing it with black pants.

Next up, is this jacket (short view) and pants outfit: Butterick 6473, I think it is now Out of Print. The fabric has a slightly loose weave and I'm not sure of the content.

I plan to make a top out of this fabric, the color here isn't very good, the dots are a little darker than they appear, they're more of a tan. I'm still deciding on the pattern I'll use for the top.BTW- I plan on sewing up a couple of those TNT patterns I mentioned in an earlier post, I've been working on the necessary alterations and will be working on a couple of those patterns for Spring as well. Hopefully I'll be posting pictures of my finished projects soon.
In the mean time....Happy Sewing!

I DID IT! My 1st Blogoversary

YA! I actually did it, in the beginning I didn't think I'd last even the first year. But, fortunately this blogging thing is addicting. As I started this blog I was also jumping back into the sewing game after being away from sewing for a while. It's been a great year, some accomplishments, some discouragements, but it's a learning process and that's great. So, even though I haven't sewn nearly as much as I'd have liked, I'm learning & relearning things and I think about sewing more than you can imagine. In fact it seems that some of you have an extra endowment of that famous "sewing mojo" if anyone has any extra or want to share some of yours please send some my way. Sometimes I feel as many of you do I wish there were more hours in the day to devote to honing my skills. I've been so inspired by all the gifted & talented sewers and crafters out there in blog land and the wonderful connections I've made over this past year. You brighten and enrich my life and many others. Keep doing what you do... you inspire me!

Happy Sewing!
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