Friday, January 11, 2019


I'm quite pleased that I found the time in and around working to complete my latest trousers. Nothing new to report, as they're my same TNT Burda pattern. These are in a lovely tropical weight wool in black, so that should work well. They will undoubtedly get a lot of wear over the next few months.

Without further ado:

You can see a bit of the pocked hanging down. LOL

In and around my schedule this week, I've been tracing off Burda 6386 and altering to match my sloper. I'm not much of a ruffle girl, but I saw view A made up on someone's blog and it looked like a wonderful shirt for work and play. When JoAnn had Burda patterns on sale, I did purchase a few.

As per usual, I'm narrowing and dropping shoulders, doing an FBA, back adjustment for sway back and forward shoulders, and adding inches (plural) to the biceps. I'll be working on that in my spare time. I just need to copy off the front facings and it's a go.

I have slightly less than 2 weeks before things start getting really busy and my full time plus hours kick in, so would like to get this one made up. Once I'm sure the alterations are correct, I should be able to make it up fairly quickly. We'll see how it goes!

Happy sewing!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!

I'm wishing you all a wonderful, exciting, healthy, happy & prosperous 2019. Here's to lots of projects that make you smile and feel absolutely beautiful!

In sewing news, I'm working on my black wool trousers and hope to have them completed today. Tomorrow starts my new foray into the business world again, so for the next several months, I don't expect to be super productive. But who knows, maybe instead of being exhausted, I'll be invigorated and have lots of extra energy for sewing projects. I can wish.

More soon!

Monday, December 24, 2018

Marry Christmas!

The rest of the year is filled with things that have to be done before January 1, so I'll see you all back here in 2019! Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 23, 2018


Strangely, I started this blouse according to my journal on November 26. I'd had my daughter and three granddaughters to visit the weekend before, and I just got my sewing room (aka guest room) put back together. My GOAL was to make about 4 of these before the first of the year. Probably not going to happen though!

Due to multiple interruptions, classes, seminars, procrastination, and uncertainty, it finally got the buttons sewn on and the blouse finished yesterday morning. It was a second "muslin." from McCalls 6436. I'm pretty sure the first one was done in late February of 2013. Although I tried it on and it seemed to fit well, I really wanted to do a mock up to be sure I was really getting everything right before I started on the more expensive fabrics. The original was blogged in March of 2013. All of the alterations, and it was a big list are in that post.

I have decided on a few more minor tweaks, but it will work really well for a "professional work blouse."

The fabric is a very light weight printed cotton (I think it's a voile) purchased from (they've been out of business for a while) a long time ago. It was on sale and listed as a "cotton lining" abstract print. I bought 3 yards and the total cost was $4.99. SCORE! It is an "eggshell" background with a "sea mist" grey, and taupe print. It's going to go with a lot of items in my wardrobe. The most exciting thing for me is that I've been looking at similar blouses in RTW and the prices for 100% cotton in my size are upwards of $69-$86!

Here's a hangar shot from this morning:

I did French seams throughout most of the interior. The shoulder seam, which was adjusted due to new information I found on fitting sleeves was done with a regular seam, a second stitching 1/4" away, and trimmed adjacent to the second stitching. 

This afternoon I started on my next wardrobe staple to be. It's a pair of black, tropical wool trousers for work. I'll be using the same TNT trouser pattern I have made most things out of in the last year. It's a great pattern, fits well, and looks great IMO.

Hope you are all done with your Christmas sewing and looking forward to celebrating with family and friends. 

I'm wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Fabulous New Year filled with love, happiness, meaningful work, health, and peace!

More later!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

A few Holiday gifts!

It’s Christmas!

I’ve been busy making a few gifts for friends. It’s always difficult when you have a diverse group of people to figure out what’s going to work.

My Aqua Aerobics group has several women that I wanted to gift a small item and had been searching my brain for something appropriate. I saw on Mary’s blog over at that she had made mug warmers for her riding friends, and figured that was a great idea. I think most everyone drinks coffee, tea, or cocoa! So they are getting a Christmas mug and a mug warmer. I put together several, one of which is shown here:

My first time to applique, so it was an interesting project. I made 6" square out of two fabrics and added a 100% cotton batting to the interior. Sew all the way around the outside, leaving a hole for turning. Turn, press in the open edges, and topstitch. They are fairly quick and easy once you figure out what you're doing. These are certainly not perfect, but they are handmade. And I always remember our Hopi friends saying that all Pueblo peoples leave a slight imperfection in their works as a spirit door because only the Holy Ones can make something perfect. Frequently this will turn into an artistic signature for a particular artisan.

The other, much more intense gift is for my BFF. We all have tote bags we use for our towels, etc. when we go to the pool. I wanted to do something special for her. She’s very loving and giving and is always doing for others. I took a large “grocery tote” I had received from the local grocery coop that is a perfect size. I figured out how it was made, and copied the size for Lupe.

The outside is a fairly substantial denim, with the fish cut out of a piece of quilting cotton. I’d rough cut all the fish quite a few years ago. I think I was going to make a shower curtain with fish on it, but obviously, that never happened. After completing all the appliques, I sewed it together, and added the straps. I used a quilting cotton for the interior lining, and put a pocket for eyeglasses on one side piece and a pocket for a cell phone on the opposite side piece. Again, not perfect, but not bad.

I still have the blouse I was working on set out. It was set aside when I realized that Christmas is almost here! It just needs the sleeves installed, and the buttons and buttonholes. Hopefully it will be finished by the end of the week.

That’s all for now! Happy Sewing and Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Pinstripe Pants! & A little back story.

Just another quick pair of slacks for my new work wardrobe. I purchased this wool in Sicily many years ago on my first venture out after my late husband passed away.

Within a month of hearing a terminal diagnosis, my company let us know they were going to "downsize and sell the business to a competitor. I was an outside salesperson and the other company did strictly telemarketing. So I had several major life changes within a very short six months.

In trying to decide what I wanted to do, I made lists of what I was going to do with my life. At that point, just a few months shy of my 50th birthday, I sat and though about what I'd always wanted to do and didn't have the time, money, or energy for. There were several items on my list, and one was that  I'd always wanted to go back to school and get some kind of degree. In order to determine if it was something that would work for me, I took an Italian language class. Towards the end of the semester, some of my classmates about my age were talking about a local club that had fabulous and relatively inexpensive group tours, and they had one coming up to Sicily. Ten days. I thought about it and waffled, and went back and forth.

Finally I decided I wanted to go. I called to sign up and found out I was on a waiting list. I figured that if I were meant to go, I'd be cleared, if not, the Universe was telling me to stay home.
It turned out I had about 10 days from clearing the waiting list to departure. I did some quick sewing, and some packing, and off I went. It was glorious! So far as I remember, it was October of 1998. I loved being back in school, and I loved the trip. In my youth I worked as a travel agent for about 10 years, and it brought back all the longing for travel and to see the world. The weather was great, and I was enthralled with the depth of knowledge and history the guides were able to impart. Overall very successful!

Moving on, while there I decided I needed to buy some Italian wool as my "souvenir" of the trip. . I had a friend go with me and we wandered through the market until we found the correct shop. In my first year halting Italian, I was able to let him know what I wanted. It has been in stash for so long, and I wasn't sure which piece of wool was which until I got it out and was doing the prep prior to cutting, I use Eucalan soap, soak the wool for about 30 minutes in cold water with the Eucalan, and then hang to dry. When I got ready to press, I found this on the selvage:

Winner! A few days later, these were ready for my first meeting at work on Monday:

So now I'm on to a muslin for a new blouse. I hope to get several long sleeved, woven, business like blouses made during the month of December, and maybe a couple more pair of slacks. We'll see how it goes!

P.S. The last post omitted most of the verbiage! It did say Happy Thanksgiving. So I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving day.

Thursday, November 22, 2018



Wishing all my blog friends a lovely thanksgiving with lots of food, friends, relatives, fun and love!

I'll be back soon with some more sewing projects.