Friday, September 5, 2014

Slowly, but surely!

I actually finished a couple of weekends ago, but had a couple of roadblocks that prevented me from posting. NOW- I need to finish the sleeves and the neckline (for which I'll post that if I'm up to doing it this weekend).


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Prepping: Just about done!

I can tell you now: this MAY NOT turn out to be a peplum!  My first DIY try. It's done...just a little delayed posting. As  you can see, old habits die hard. :-). Still sewing on my old baby--I'll get back on my Brother soon. :-). Stay tuned!

Monday, September 1, 2014


It's upon us again! Let's sew, sew, sew (and craft!). Encouragement for all and to all.

For more info, please go to the ASG webiste: 


Sunday, August 3, 2014

SEW much to do....SEW little time!

I've got a few items to catch you up on. First off, about two weeks ago, I completed Kwik Sew 3647 and forgot to post it here! Was off for about a week: last weekend for a family reunion and after that, a few days of R&R. I'd hope to get some sewing done, but, Oh well!

Here' the pics. It's a night gown and I'll comment after the pics:

I actually cut the front and back out last year using some clearance fabric from a neighborhood Hancock's that closed last Spring. Problem is: when I cut those pieces, I didn't anticipate on being sidelined for several months. So, it became a UFO until about 2 weeks ago. 

By then, a little over a year had past and I couldn't recall what size I'd cut the first two pieces. Therefore, I had to wing it with the collar and arm pieces. Unfortunately, I cut the wrong size and they didn't fit.

It's all good because I learned: If possible, cut all of your pieces in the same sitting. Again, I was literally immobilized for several months (last year) and couldn't sew let alone do many other things.

There's much more, but I wanted to share this with you. :-). Take care!


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday sewing

Hello. Got machine cleaned by a guy that comes through a local Hancock's earlier this week, stacked my thread rack that I picked up from a pre-estate scale last week, and started this long awaited pattern today. (actually finished). Will post results soon. :-)


Sunday, July 13, 2014

The score on a pre estate sale

Greetings fellow sewing buddies! Got wind of an estate sale. Contacted the person overseeing it and she allowed me to come this weekend. Here's what I got:

The last pic is a thread rack holder. I need one because my thread spools are in a clear plastic container.
Three vintage patterns. I can do this. Even though the one to the left is a Vogue, no zippers or buttons so I think it would be a good try for me.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sunday, July 6, 2014

New review posted!

Check out our latest review on the following book--located in the "Book Reviews" tab.
The book we posted in late May (Basic Black) isn't available for review just yet.


Practicing on new machine!

We both took turns practicing on new machine.Nailed it! Mom & me went through manual & all went well!


Friday, July 4, 2014

Gotta new one!

On Tuesday, (7/1), I popped in Hancock's after work JUST to get a schedule for when the sewing repair guys schedule for the remainder of the year (called before going). Of course, they're having all these sales.
 :-). I eyed a Brother LS-590.

Checked several reviews online--all of which were positive. It was on sale for $89.99. Went back Wednesday, (7/2), and got it...but it gets better! Got an additional 10% off.

I'll be playing with it this weekend. Taking it over to Mom's later today so we can open it together.

This is the first machine I've actually purchased. My current one (an old Kenmore) was given to me by Mom about 6 years ago. It's over 35 years young, sturdy (the heavy duty kind) and still works!

Anyway, he's my score:

JC Smitty's photo.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Made the skirt back in March when we had a snow day...and forgot all about it..until now.
Didn't use a pattern-strictly measurements and the belt was made from remaining scrap fabric. 


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Soon coming @ ya!

Another book review!  Hot off the press: Basic Black: 26 Edgy Essentials for the Modern Wardrobe.
Release date: July 8, 2014. STAY TUNED! :-)


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sunday, May 4, 2014

A plethora of scraps!

Got plans for this pile! :-). Pulled them out of my scrap bins yesterday. Stay tuned to see what will become of them!


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Next on the grid. :-)

In case you thought I forgot, well, I didn't. :-). Back in late Feburary, I joined a skirt challege, made a skirt.

Now that I'm a little behind, it's time to catch up. Last night and earlier this week, I tried to find some simple and quick pencil skirt tutorials.

There's a ton of them out on you tube, however, I found two that will probably work for me because the instructions are clear, not alot of measuring, get a chance to use my knits.

In fact, I'm due to make two skirts in order for me to get up to speed: March and April.

Sew, look to hear back soon!


Too pooped to post :-)

Hello again. I hadn't forgotten about posting. Busy week, late nights, and just too tired to even post anything. :-). In order to even remind myself of this post, :-). I posted the title and saved it as a "draft."

As stated last weekend, I promise I'd post the tote bag results from a tutorial posted on The Daily Sew's  face book page.

I started one Saturday, finished it and did another one Sunday. The second one took a little longer because....

1) I added a front pocket
2) Had to re-do one of the straps. :-(    :-)

 Pointing out where I was going to do a zig zag stitch on both sides to reduce fabric fraying.
Before pressing seams, I snipped a few so it would make turning the corners easier. I don't have a serger so so a zig zag's the next option. :-)
 Decided to add a pocket. I improvised on the second bag. First bag a little boxier (may be hard to see), this one more traditional.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

SEW Glad!

Ok yall. I've been "spreading the love" all over facebook on various pages, but forgot to give my THUMBS up to Ozcar/Oscar on the take a way on Project Runway's Under The Gunn!

By far, the best designer topped with character and integrity! :-). I just had to do a follow up because if you saw my previous posts, he was ALWAYS my top fav! Good for you!


What I'm working on....

Hello. I know it's been a few weeks since I've checked it-however, just like most of you, sewing is always on the mind regardless of life's detours. With that said, I recently saw an quick and easy tote DIY on facebook under The Daily Sew's page (no website as far as I know).


I could have knocked it out in one day, but there was no rush. Just about finished one and have the fabric for another one. Will post results soon (promise) along with how and what I may have done differently on the second tote....


Sunday, March 30, 2014

4-H fun!

Yesterday, I was one of two judges for an annual 4-H contest. I was a "Fashion Revue" judge. Here's just a tad of areas we had to critique the models on....Oh, before I proceed, in 4-H, the youth are not judged nor competing AGAINST EACH OTHER, but themselves (if that makes sense).

A few categories were: The Model, Construction, and Commentary

Depending upon the score, each person receives a certain color ribbon: blue, red, or white.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Things have changed!

Hi Guys and Gals. Too tired and just chilling right now. :-). Remember this post: Are You Watching? posted last month?

Well, things have changed. We won't go into a lot of details here (and trying to be positive), BUT, for numerous reasons, I'm down to two PR "Under The Gunn" favs:


As the Food Lion commercial says "That's just my two cents!" 


Sunday, March 23, 2014

New tab added!

Welcome back! We just added a new tab: FUN AND FORGIVING PROJECTS. Please click the link to read more. Stay tuned for more and as always, thank you for dropping by! 


Sunday, March 16, 2014

This may still come in handy!

Made a polar fleece scarf at this month's ASG meeting (this was a group pic, but I cropped others out). It's still technically winter and this may come in handy as we're expecting more snow tomorrow :-)
Oh, BTW: this was my second zipper (lots of help because it was long AND my fleece was very thick)


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

My skirt: 12 months of handmade skirts

You may recall: I took the plunge about two weeks ago and was suppose to have my first skirt done by the end of February (Friday past). Better late than never--but then again, I came on board in the middle of the challenge.

So my skirt is posted below. I also made a belt and a (hopefully) tie around head band. Still having to use phone camera so one picture may not rotate properly (even though I rotated and saved it).

Now that we're into March, I'll be working on my next skirt soon. :-)


Monday, March 3, 2014


Remember "In The Works"post on (2/16)?  

Finally finished it today! Could have finished it in one sitting, but took my time and used today's snow day.

Sorry I can't model it and the picture doesn't give it much justice. Learned alot !


Friday, February 28, 2014

Are you watching?

I just started watching Project Runway's "Under The Gunn" a couple of weeks ago. If you watch, who are your favorite designers?

Here's mine:  :-)


Monday, February 24, 2014

Sometimes ya gotta walk...even if....

The post below was posted on a local sewing group's page last May. Believe it or not, I actually walked away from finding pattern weights...but never forgetting. So this weekend, I went to Home Depot (one of the SAME ONES I went to last May), went to the same section, and look what I found:

LESSON LEARNED: Not only does one sometimes have to walk away from a project and return, sometimes you have to walk away from notions, fabric, etc. SAME PROCESS: SAME RESULTS!  (See post below and a couple of replies). BTW: I tried THREE Home Depots last May .:-)

Hi everyone. Was wondering if anyone knows where I can get pattern weights? These were given to me a few years back. I realize that they're only metal covered with fabric. I was told Home Depot, however, I dropped by the one nearest me and they didn't have them. Was also told Amazon, however, when I saw their offering, they didn't look like these (even without the fabric) and more concerning, they received a few negative reviews. Maybe I just need to try another Home Depot.  Thanks for any suggestions. 

  • Hey JC. Any hardwsre store will have metal washers in the plumbing section in a variety of sizes and weights. Pick up about six then wrap them in bright 3/8 inch or so ribbon. Secure the end with a bit if hot glue.
  •  I usually use 2 per weight
  • JC  Thanks Tee for the replies and links. Hey Laura. Went to plumbing section @ HD. Showed it to them, explained fabric was/is glued, they didnt' have them. In fact, the ones pictured were given to me by you and Allison as a gift when the lounge was on Michigan Park. Thanks so much ladies.