Monday, August 17, 2015


 Sew much to say--SEW little time!

Hello lovely ladies (and gents): This past weekend, I had the pleasure to attend the Needles and Fashion "Sew Social" hosted by the founder of N&F Jenese Johnson (awesome lady) and her hostess Tasha H.

They both have awesome blogs: Jenese is at Needles and Fashion and Tasha's blog: The Tale Tell Tasha.

These ladies are so genuinely kind, generous with the knowledge. They freely gave us patterns, free fabric, food. The fellowship and meeting like-minded people was priceless.

Ladies came from all over the East Coast: Richmond, Philly, Delaware, and more!

Anyway, I could go on and on, but wanted to share a few general pics. I HIGHLY recommend this event if you're anywhere in the Tri-States or the DMV next year! :-) 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Wannasew's on Pinterest!

I've been posting like crazy today! Trying to catch up and do what I can when I can!

We've been on Pinterest for a few months and I told myself I'd NEVER do it.

At first, I had the widget on my phone, I just placed it on the blog (see right column). Lesson learned: Never say never!

Visit Wanna's profile on Pinterest.

Trying to promote sewing

 I'm a 4-H volunteer. 4-H is a part of Cooperative Extension. Cooperative Extension usually falls under a state university. Yesterday was the annual Arlington County Fair. 

I was able to bring my machine and do a little sewing demo. My machine tote worked perfectly! The FREE arm (corrected) worked like a charm! It really came in handy my older machine doesn't have a this feature

What's this: A work in progress!

This makes for a future handbag. I am (suppose) to be testing a  handbag. Got everything, but yet to start (starting today). In bag: 1.5 yards of flannel, 1.5 yards of stiff interfacing and the rest of my fabric I grabbed from my stash. :-). Stay tuned for more!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Wonderful gift

 Sew thankful that a fb sewing buddy blessed me with these patterns! Very kind gesture! (sorry-can't rotate) :-(

Saturday, July 25, 2015

It's every sewer and crafter's BAH HUMBUG!


I went to G Street in Falls Church after work. No clearances, mostly everything was 25%off. The fabric you see was formerly what they kept on the "remnant" table and that's always been $2.97 a yard.

I got 4 yards of the beige and 3 yards of the baby blue (it's some sort of knit), plus some purple and white webbing.

Yes, it was a mess trying to get these untangled-me and the sales lady both!
As you can see, no time wasted with another business partially in part of what this G Street totally owned!

Don't you just hate it when our stores close?!

OH, I let a guy go ahead of me at the cutting table because he only had some trimming and webbing. He asked the lady cutting the fabric: "DOESN'T ANYBODY SEW IN ARLINGTON?" Of course, he's in Falls Church, but the Arlington County line is only a couple of miles away. Neither one of us could respond. :-)   :-(


Thursday, July 23, 2015

It's personal: Another one closing!

For those that are in the DMV or have visited the DMV, you can really appreciate this store.

Some may remember my "This is Terrible!" rant when my neighborhood Hancock's closed  2 years ago or so:

Well, now a DMV icon is closing two of its three stores. One has already closed, the other is due to close on 7/26.

I remember as a kid the original "G Street" in downtown DC. We (me, Mom, and sis) did our shopping for Home Ec and our Singer Sewing class at this location. Of course, that one has been closed for decades. :-(

Anyway, I'm whining again! BTW:  I included a video clip of one of these stores here (did this about 2 years ago).


Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy July 4!

To our US fans and followers, Happy Independence Day. For everyone else, thanks for your continued support! Looking to come back soon!  


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Come join us!

I know I've been MIA. :-). Lots going on behind the scenes. Hope to get back into sewing by early July.


Saturday, May 9, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

To all my sewing followers and mother's, Happy Mother's Day!


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Scarf :-) (Posing the Pinterest)

As promised, we're back! I want to make this one again! It was:

  • Fun
  • Fast
  • Fulfilling
  • Free (didn't have to buy a pattern) :-)

 Silly me!


Pinterest scarf inspired

I used two knits to make a scarf.
I'll post a pic later someone comes around with me actually wearing it.
No pattern.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

What I learned (and am still learning) about sewing with knits!

Before I get to that, I must confess, when I first learned sewing (or somewhere along the way), I was taught or heard that beginners should stay away from knits and only deal with cotton and/or cotton blends because it's too challenging, etc.

Just very recently, I'm learning that this may or may not be necessarily true.

With all of the tools out there today (you tube, blogs, online videos, -many free tutorials), there are so many generous people out there that take the edge and fear out of sewing with knits-especially for beginners like me.

So, with that said, here's what I learned, am still learning, and/or things I need to incorporate and/or practice.

1) Get a walking foot. Even though a walking foot may not be a means to an end, but at least it's a start. I noticed when I used one yesterday, I still didn't have good control of my fabric (but then again, I have to attribute that to me and not the foot) :-)

2) Practice different zig zag stitches. I was sewing on a new machine and hadn't touched it (before yesterday) in 6 months. I am more familiar with the zig zag stitches on my heavy duty Kenmore than my new Brother (my bad on that one, too). :-).

3) Practice cutting. Unfortunately, one part of my knit fabric wasn't cut properly thus creating layout issues as I was trying to lay my pattern pieces out.

There's more. The good thing is: I ain't mad cause I didn't finish, ain't frustrated cause it took a minute to get the right zig zag stitch setting. It's all good cause I' m learning.

See you again soon!


Saturday, January 17, 2015

M7055 update

Greetings. Didn't get to finish M 7055 (please see last week's update and pattern below), but made good progress. I was with a meetup group that held its first meeting today. Met some wonderful sewists and the atmosphere was amazing--even that was worth the drive!

One of the organizers and group founders let me use her walking foot (she has a Brother as well but a different model). The piece you see on the table is very long.

You gotta have 60 inches to make this pattern work! Anyway, tada! wholla! Either I'll finish before the month ends or at the next meetup! OH, BTW: We're ALL sewing with knits!!


Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Started prepping one of the patterns I got from the Hancocks McCalls sale last wend for some wend sewing!


Monday, January 5, 2015

Perfect weekend catch :-)

Here's and cheers..hoping each of you brought in the New Year safely and that all is well thus far.

This weekend was a dreary wend (at least Saturday), but I trolled out to JoAnn's  and picked up a couple (well a few) patterns. I already have enough fab to cover most of these.

McCall's had a sale...some posted the sale ended 1/4, others posted it's still on. Either way, the kid wasn't taking any chances. Here we go:


Wednesday, December 31, 2014


A heartfelt thank you to each of you for hanging in there with us...even though we didn't get much sewing done. I hope you have a Happy and safe New Year! NEW DAY, NEW WAY! :-)


Friday, December 19, 2014

Roonie Ranching: Piped Basket -- Sewing Tutorial

Hello everyone. I'm not a "holiday sewer" in the sense that many sew more and/or sew specific items for the holidays. I just try and sew what I can when I can (and hope to get something in very soon) :-).

I saw this on Sew She Can's website. Love the instructions!

Roonie Ranching: Piped Basket -- Sewing Tutorial: This is a padded fabric basket just begging to be made for a teacher, neighbor, or even your East German friend who has a birthday tomor... 


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Did you get a chance?

Just a quickie here: Did anyone get a chance to take advantage of the craftsy sale last week? I did, however, I only grabbed three classes (enough for me). Last year (which was my first Black Friday sale participation with them), I purchased about six classes.

Here's what I got this time:

1) Sewing Designer Details with Simplicity
2) Big Techniques from Small Scraps
3) Strip Your Stash

Now, before ordering anything from Craftsy, I watch the demo video, read the reviews, read the ratings, read the required materials (making sure I either have all of them OR have to purchase as few as possible--only because I'm trying to use what I have.

How about you? :-)


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

To you and yours. Thank you for your support and kindness! Thankful to each of you that take the time to drop by...even when there's not much going on sewing-wise. :-). God Bless You. Love, JC


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Hope to be back soon!

Hello. I'm still here, but haven't been able to post nor catch up on all of the lovely sewing blogs I'm subscribed to. Had a major change in family about 6 weeks ago. Still adjusting.

Thanks for your patience and I'll try and come back soon! 


Saturday, October 4, 2014

It just wasn't meant to be!

Woke up early, had machine, scrap fabric, and a few notions packed on my way to a 4-H Fair.

I would have been sewing small drawstring bags and giving them out. Only if I hadn't gotten LOST!

Even with a GPS and printed written map directions from google maps--in spite of the best tools--I never made it. I kept getting in loops, going on and off various expressways.

And to make matters worse, me and my contact didn't exchange cell numbers so I had no way to call to say I was lost.

After nearly two hours of trying (this was an all day event), I eventually found myself on a familiar road and made my way back home.

Nevertheless, it was a productive day because I was able to clean my parents home. :-)


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Lookie look what I got! :-)

Hopefully, you got a sneak peak of our trip on Friday to the NYC Garment District. Here's a couple of my goodies AND places that we stopped. Oh, I met a group of three other (strangers) for a guided tour. There were suppose to be five of us, but two didn't show.

Trenton, NJ
 Trying to wake up!
 Invisible zipper (my first one and first try coming up soon!)

 Ponte! My new love! Can't wait to try it out (ideas later AND welcome!!)
 Isn't she lovely??!!
I got a two 9 inch invisible zippers because our ASG group will be doing this on our next project in October. The project requires 7-9 inches. I got 9 inches just in case and two..for a bargain!

Looking forward to doing something wonderful with the ponte knit. I've read so many raving reports about it. Thankfully, it was in 60 inches width (which I prefer being a plus size--less piecing for me) :-). Have a couple of peplums in mind and "maybe" paparazzo? 

LAST BUT NOT LEAST, these are the places we went to (I only purchased from one):

1) Leather, Suede, Skins, etc.
2) Elliott Bergman Textiles**
3) Fabrics and Fabrics
4) N.Y. Elegant Fabrics
5) SIL Thread 
6) Rosen and Chadick

Some of the well known establishments were closed for Rosh Hashana.  

Thanks for dropping by!! :-)