Happy New “The Year of Systems” Year… 2014

January 1, 2014
Feelin Chatty

Every year I choose a new theme and try my best to keep it going through the year. Having just completed Keep An Open Mind Year, I am happy to wrap it up and forge ahead with the new theme for 2014, The Year of Systems. Quick look at 2013: Didn’t blog once even though I set myself a goal to do so 2-4 times per week Decided to rearrange the house and succumb to “change” (still working on it) Here’s what happened. My son stated his request to have his own room probably in June or so. At first, I declined because I seriously have an entire sewing room jam packed with goodies while he seemingly gladly shared a …MORE…

Happy New “Keep An Open Mind” Year… 2013!

Happy New “Keep An Open Mind” Year… 2013!
January 1, 2013
Feelin Chatty

Every year I choose a new theme and try my best to keep it going through the year. Two years ago it was the year of Trying New Things. That was an awesome year! I constantly came up with new ideas and coaxed my boys into trying my latest concoctions by saying, “but it’s the year of trying new things! …MORE…

Pinterest Lookbook idea!

Pinterest Lookbook idea!
August 24, 2012
Pinterest Lookbook

I really enjoy Pinterest. I enjoy it too much. It occurs to me that maybe I’m spending too much time pinning! I really do try to limit personal social media time but it is hard to do. So, I decided to divert said time toward bringing to life the beautiful garments that I have pinned thus far. Here’s my Sewing …MORE…

Skirt Wardrobe 1103

Skirt Wardrobe 1103
April 30, 2012
Pattern Reviews

I love Textile Studio Patterns. Their designs are classic, elegant and timeless. Skirt Wardrobe Pattern Description: Now you can create those simple and pricey skirts you see in ready-to-wear. This pattern contains 3 pull-on skirts: An a-line, a four gore and a six gore. Fabric Used: Triacetate/poly blend from Fabric Mart. It is a bit heavier than the fabric suggestions …MORE…

Someday is Finally Now

Someday is Finally Now
December 31, 2011
Feelin Chatty

2011 was a pretty hard year. I hear there was plenty of good and lots of bad for other people. For me, it was the same. Plenty of good. Lots of bad. Yet another year of making it work. I kept up my perpetual effort to broaden my skills while getting more social. I know I tend to dig in …MORE…

Heathered Charcoal Top

Heathered Charcoal Top
November 27, 2011
Pattern Reviews

I love this pattern, it makes a great fabric canvas. I made the tunic view E, shortened it and left off the neck ring. Butterick 5528 Pattern Description: Close-fitting, straight tunic E has cap sleeves, stitched hem and neck ring. Fabric Used: Cotton/Lycra Jersey – Heathered Charcoal Gray Fabric Source: www.gorgeousfabrics.com Suggested Fabrics: Moderate stretch knits only Pattern Sizing: Lrg-Xlg-XXl …MORE…

Choices. So many choices!

Choices. So many choices!
October 26, 2011
Feelin Chatty

I have one month to make something for a choral performance. The dress code specifies concert black. How easy is that? Easy as pie, unless you are me. Instead, I have the royal chief bridesmaid dress in my mind’s eye. The neat cowl. The empire waist. The thought of it done in black makes me stop for a moment and …MORE…

My First Lekala

My First Lekala
October 9, 2011
Pattern Reviews

My first Lekala pattern and I just love the outcome. This was my test garment, however, it fit perfect without any alterations and quickly became a go-to dress for me. I have worn this dress three times already. Lekala 5860    Inspiration Dress, Adrianna Papell Pattern Description: V-neck dress with neck darts, lined bodice, empire waist and ruched skirt. Fabric …MORE…

Super cute platform stiletto

Super cute platform stiletto
September 30, 2011
Shoes

Now that summer has come and gone it is time to sew for the holidays and winter ahead. So, I’m online looking at festive heels the other night and ran across this high vamp platform and ordered them on a whim. They look great with jeans but I want to take it one step further and make several dresses to …MORE…

2011 Spring into Summer

2011 Spring into Summer
June 27, 2011
Feelin Chatty

It’s been so long since I have blogged my projects, so I thought it was time to spring it into action… and YAY summer is here! Unfortunately this site hasn’t received much attention since I’ve been in ‘hunker down and work’ mode for the past couple of years (I haven’t blogged for two entire years!) …and I’m paying for it …MORE…

Pattern mash-up

Pattern mash-up
July 17, 2009
Frankenpattern

I’ve been working on my entry for the RTW & Designer Knock-off Contest 2009 hosted by PR. I have been working through a few patterns to pull together the features I need to create my patio dress. Here are the patterns I’ve been working with: Simplicity 3918 I made view C but left off the lace and kept the shoulder …MORE…