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!! :-)


New York, New York, New York! :-)

I'm reminded of an old song (won't say how old, but I remember hearing it way back when....). Some of these pics I posted in various facebook sewing groups, but for those that don't have access, you can get in on the fun here.

Trying to get geared up! It's about 6:00 a.m.- been up since 3:00 a.m.!


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Let's be clear.....

SUBJECT: Blogaversary/Blogoversary (whatever they call it).

Last week, the blogaversary counter said I had eight more days before the big day.

I knew that was impossible as my date is in mid-October and eight days from last week wouldn't and didn't get us there!!

I deleted the icon, re-installed it and it STILL came up with eight more days.

So for your FYI--we're looking at mid-October NOT September! :-)


Friday, September 19, 2014

It's a coming: BLOGAVERSARY!

It's almost that time! EIGHT DAYS AWAY and we'll be celebrating six years of blogging and more specifically-blogging all things sewing and crafting!


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.