Journey to Couture

Washington Dress Sewalong

December 8, 2015
Sewalong

I just found a Sewalong for the new Washington Dress by Cashmerette. Luckily, it started yesterday so I’m not too far behind. I saw this dress on Instagram a few days ago and thought I would go ahead and try it. All the better to get to sew along with others! That worked out nicely. Pattern link: Washington Dress PDF Sewalong link: Kicking off the Washington Dress Sewalong! Here’s the schedule so you can get prepared: Mon. 7th – Fabric inspiration Tues. 8th – Preparing pattern and fabric Wed. 9th – Cutting and notching Fri. 11th – Shoulders and neckband Mon. 14th – Sleeves and side seams Wed. 16th – Skirt Fri. 18th – Attaching bodice and skirt Mon. 21st …MORE…

2015 Fall Sewing Plan

2015 Fall Sewing Plan
September 28, 2015
Feelin Chatty

Edit 09/01/16: Gee, I didn’t sew up one garment from this plan last Fall. Here I am a year later, thinking I should make a new plan but will go ahead and tackle this one first. Participating in Pattern Review’s sewing bee ignited my desire to get back to sewing. I didn’t make my round one blouse in time to …MORE…

Happy New “The Year of Systems” Year… 2014

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 …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 1103 -Pattern Review 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 …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…