March 14, 2018


...this pattern has been in my stash for eons.  I think it was one of the first patterns that I started experimenting with when my interest in sewing was first rekindled.  It's a very simple pattern (I was always interested in the tee shirt in particular - and still am).  It's been quite a while since I've made this tee, and even though it's an older pattern, I think it has good bones.  Since I'm always on the lookout for "THE" great fitting tee I've pulled it out once again.

For some reason I'm loving ruffles and flounces this year, so I added a full circle flounce to the short sleeved version (the pattern has the cutest little cap sleeve.  This was my very first time drafting a circle if you can believe that.  I was a little scared to give it a try and had to tell myself - go ahead and cut girl, it's only fabric.  I'm still have to work on the "it's only fabric" part though.

I like the results and I'm sure this it won't be my last with the circle thingy.  I was inspired by Diane at Dream.Cut.Sew and the beautiful flounced top that she created.  Let's see just how many other ruffled or flounced creations show up for me this summer.

On another note I've only made one tiny date in my #2018 Make Nine challenge - that being Burda 6428 knit top, but still plan to work on it little by little.  I made one pattern change in my pattern grid.  I eliminated Vogue 8745 and substituted the Closet Case Pattern Kalle crop top.

#2018 Make Nine
March is extremely busy for me, but hopefully I'll be able to start on a new project this weekend.  In the meantime, Happy Sewing Week to you!!!

March 11, 2018

MY MCCALL'S 7687 THROWBACK WAS SUCH A WINNER!!! you remember back in February (here) when I took a challenge issued by Carol's Sewing Corner Facebook group to make my version of McCall's 7687.  We all know that fitting wovens is a little more challenging than working with knits. Although I would have preferred making a knit top, I wanted to support Carol's woven challenge.  As mentioned in my previous post - I did learn a few things in making this top:
  • how to make a small bust adjustment in a princess seam, and 
  • gaping neckline problems are corrected by adjusting the shoulder and not by pinching out in the center front pattern piece (which can distort the pattern) 
So making this woven top was a real win for me, plus I have my first new top already completed for the summer.
I guess I can call participating in Carol's challenge was a double win for me, because guess what???, I won her random challenge as well.  Grand prize was a $25.00 Amazon Gift Certificate that Carol suggested I use to add more fitting resources to my library - and that's exactly what I did...
These four books will be joining my library in the upcoming days.  It's good for me to stretch and take a challenge every once and a while!!!


March 4, 2018

EYE CANDY FOR YOUR SUNDAY AFTERNOON VIEWING PLEASURE...'s sneaky peek time.  Grab a nice cup of tea and kick back for a little Spring Fashion preview.  Burda Style March 2018 - Enjoy!

February 28, 2018

#2018 MAKE NINE (Pattern 1)... haven't seen many Burda patterns around here.  I really like their designs, but have probably only made 2 or 3 of them.  Why?, I just can't get used to their instructions or having to search in several places for vital information - it's just not my cup of tea.  I guess I'm just Big 4 (or is it now 5) spoiled.  However, all of a sudden ruffles and flounces are really trending WITH ME.  I spotted two such patterns in their catalog, so I've added them to my new #2018MakeNine list.

Not being a real Burda user, I felt comfortable making a muslin first.  I choose this yukky fabric that made into my cart before you know who closed.  The color is very pretty, but the quality of the fabric - not so much.

I do like the top, and plan on making another in  better quality fabric soon with a few changes: 
  • Reducing the size more in the neck, shoulder and bust area even more
  • Using an alternative method of finishing the neckline.  The pattern uses a self binding that wants to flip out even after being top-stitched down.  I think I can finish the neckline by eliminating the self binding altogether by simply serging first and turning down twice before top-stitching.
  • The flounce is left unfinished which I know is best, but will take getting use to for me. 
  • Now let me get real adventurous (with my pattern designing self) and say that I think the top would benefit from having a center back seam that curves in at the waistline for a better fit.
For me, using any new to me pattern (Burda or otherwise) is a learning experience.  Even though I now consider myself a seasoned sewer, each new to me pattern presents challenges and new opportunities to use and evaluate new techniques.

So one down - and eight more patterns to go...


February 27, 2018


... here I go, sticking my sewing neck out again!  You may remember the "Sweet 16" capsule wardrobe that I started back in the Fall?  I've been a little ashamed to mention it and think the last time I referenced it was back in December.  I made 5 garments of the capsule and shamefully, I guess, lost interest.  I have been sewing, but just not really with the Sweet 16 capsule in mind.

But, here I go, sticking my sewing neck out again!  This time I've gained an interest in the #2018 Make Nine challenge.  This challenge dates back to 2015 and was started by LuckyLucille.  It's an easy challenge, and one that I should be able to stick with all the way through (year) - even though I'm actually starting almost two months behind.

My choices are:  The True Bias Hudson Pant, Vogue 8601, Butterick 6169 jacket, Burda 64258, Vogue8745, Butterick 6296, Burda 6982, Vogue 9181 and Burda 6456

Seems easy enough - right?  To my understanding you just choose 9 patterns to make during the course of the year and post and follow the 2018MakeNine Hashtag.  So in since I plan on sewing anyway, I think it's a nice organized way to get at least these 9 of the patterns out of my head and into my head into my closet.

 Have you heard of or ever participated in one of the #MakeNineChallenges???

February 25, 2018


...truly it was wonderful being a part of the #2018DayandNightDressChallenge hosted by ElizabethMadeThis.  Last year I watch her first challenge from afar in awe of all the marvelous work showcased by the many talented sewists from all over the world.  I had no idea that I would be asked to join this years challenge!  This was really a dream come true, as I always fantasize collaborating in some form or fashion with sewists from the internet sewing community.

Day Dress:  Jasper Sweater/Dress by Paprika Patterns
Night Dress:  McCall's 7622
You can read more about my construction details TODAY at
As it is with all my projects big or small, I do stress just a little bit,  (you can ask my Mother about that because she gets to hear it all folks - poor lady).  With this project it was mostly over pattern selection and choosing suitable fabrics.  I also had another dream come true moment in this challenge; having the opportunity to have my pick of an entire website (Stylish for fabric for my night dress. I have to remind myself that "Dreams Do Still Come True"!  I'd like to have that one come true on the regular (lol)!
It turned out that the Black ITY knit was an excellent choice for bringing my vision of a cute, flirty night dress to life.
I'm always in search of Black ITY in my local area because I can use it for so many drapey projects, but it is so rare that I can find it.  So as an added bonus for my readers Stylish is offering a 25% Discount on their website for Black ITY with the code: "LINDA" (you do remember that's my first name - right (lol), if you would like to have some too. 


February 23, 2018


...of course I bought this pattern
as I imagine lots of us did.  SLEEVES are still trending, I love them all. View D of this pattern really caught my eye,but, I sometimes practicality comes into play.   I could see myself at work fighting with that sleeve all day long.  I might still make it at a later date, but for now the flounced View A brings back memories of a sleeveless top I made way back in the 80's.  I loved that top!  The weather in my area keeps teasing with us (mid 80 degrees) but it's not quite time to go sleeveless. I made  View A to be part of a Carol's Sewing Corner's Facebook Challenge.  She wants to encourage people to sew more wovens.

I'll just call this top a jump start on summer sewing. I'm still sewing mainly from my stash, because let's face it, although I'm thankful to have a Joann's in my city, I'm not having very much fabric purchasing luck there.  I can't tell you much about this fabric, except I think it's some sort of cotton blend.  It raveled a little, but I tamed that with my serger.

I love sewing knits - they are so forgiving.  But when I do venture into woven territory I have to start pulling out references to help manage the fit.

I used this reference to help with a SBA on a princess seam.  It blew my mind when the book suggested a horizontal rather than vertical adjustment; but it makes sense now that I've done it.   I have lots of reference books in my sewing room, but to be honest - I'm not using them to their full potential.  Promise to self: I will commence studying my references more - starting with this one.

What is your favorite fitting reference book???

February 12, 2018

HOW TO CHEER UP A DREARY MONDAY...'ve all heard about "Rainy Days in Georgia" - well, we've had 4 of them in a row.  I
the rain, but nothing can be drearier than a rainy Monday.
My rainy Monday got cheered right up when I pulled an envelope containing these goodies from my mailbox this afternoon

2 Spring Issues of Patrones fashion/pattern magazine, tapes with snap closures for necklines, and a big 15" x 23" press cloth.
A great big thank you goes out to my friend, the great fashion designer, Paco Peralta Rovira.  Things like this makes a girl want to run into the sewing room and stitch up something fabulous ...

February 11, 2018



eleven years ago, on February 10th I wrote my first blog post.  1,078 blog posts later it still amazes me that blogging has held my interest for this amount of time - but it has, and yes I still love it.  This is home for me!  It's been a pleasant environment, and I've managed to keep this a no drama zone.  A place for me to write about (and share) my experiences, observations, and opinions mostly about sewing

and sometimes about my

It's the time of year that I take a moment to say thank  you for reading here.  Your connecting with me has made this such a rewarding experience...

February 8, 2018

WHAT'S TRENDING FOR ME: NIGHT DRESS...'s always so nice coming to this stage of the sewing process.  Especially when the garment you made equals the vision you had at the onset of the project.  I know you are familiar with this sight, you know...the part when you make sure all the used pattern pieces are present and accounted for before folding them as neatly as possible before returning them to their nice little compact envelope.
This was my first pattern choice for my "Night Dress".  I did get a little distracted though and for a couple of days switched to this pattern
I love this pattern and want to make it very soon, but I decided to return to my original vision, McCall's 7622.  Of course this dress took longer than I had planned or expected - all my projects do.  I digress.  If  you recall, there are two dresses involved in the Day and Night Dress Challenge.
In keeping with the contest time frame both my dresses must be finished before February 22nd (my dresses will be revealed here on February 25th.  I imposed the 17th as my completion date in an effort to avoid stress.  You'll be able to see early challenge entries and lots of process photos on Instagram.

Thankfully, both dresses are done! I will talk about the "Day" dress a little bit in my next post - so stay tuned...

January 27, 2018


...there are some wonderful sponsors for the 2018 Day And Night Dress Challenge.  You can see them all listed HERE.  I was very happy to discover that was offering free fabric for one of each team members dresses.  Yes, membership does have its privileges.  I chose this black ITY knit for my Night Dress that I plan to start over the weekend.  Thank you Stylish Fabrics!

This gorgeous scarf was also included in the package from Stylish Fabrics that arrived yesterday.  The LifeScarf Project is a campaign that supports Children's Hospital in Los Angeles.  You can read more about LifeScarf's efforts HERE...

January 25, 2018

#DAY AND NIGHT CHALLENGE: THE TEAM... I mentioned last week, I am honored to have been asked to be a part of the 2018 Day and Night Dress Challenge Team hosted by Elizabeth Made This.  How exciting it is to be part of this creative group.  The team consists of  talented seamstresses (I think I counted 40) from all over the globe.
How exciting it is to be a part of this spectacular group!  Elizabeth has a wonderful post that introduces each team member HERE.  All dresses created by the team will debut the week of February 22nd thru February 28th.   I'll be talking about my dresses a little along the way, but be on the lookout for my debut on February 25th.  As of this writing I am just a little bit ahead on the construction front; my Coffee Date dress is already complete.  I took it for a test drive on yesterday.  I am happy to report that it did meet my vision, and although simple, it's so comfortable that I already want to make another one! I think Coffee Date dresses should be comfortable - don't you?

To make this even more spectacular, Elizabeth has made this a two-part Challenge!  So even if you are not on the Day and Night Dress Challenge Team, you are still welcome to participate by:
  • Making two dresses (one for Day and one for Night) 
  • Post the two dresses on Instagram before March 5th notating #DayandNightDressChallenge and @elizabethmadethis
 Loads of prizes will be available to all by random drawing...

January 23, 2018


...procrastination!  I procrastinated and didn't order the first issue of the new bi-monthly "Sewn Magazine".  Afterwards I was a little upset with myself that I hadn't ordered it (I really hate being upset with me) especially when I saw so many people talking about it back in November.

I reached out and contacted Editor in Chief, Michelle Morris, and asked if she had any extra copies - you know, just lying around (lol).  Guess what?, she did!  Michelle also authors the blog That Black Chic. I've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of both the 1st and 2nd issues and they finally arrived today.

What a diverse sewing, fashion and diy magazine.  It's really a breath of fresh air.  It introduces new sewing bloggers, business owners, pattern makers and even a baker who creates edible diy.  Amazing!  There's also a free downloadable pattern offered in each issue.  I'm looking forward to devouring all of the tips and new ideas including inside.  Have you heard of Sewn Magazine???

January 18, 2018


 ...when I made my faux shearing coat in December someone asked me; "Where will you be wearing that - New York?".  Shade people, shade!  Who says it doesn't get cold in Georgia?  Occasionally I'll post what I call WWW (Work Wear Wednesday).  But we didn't have school on Wednesday because of


and this,
 that seams to happen about every four years or so.

But when we did return to school today, the temperature was 18 Degrees with a wind chill factor of 9.  So I felt compelled to wear this...
Thank goodness my Kwik Sew 4197 jacket was ready to keep me nice and cozy during our Antarctic temps.  It's unbelievably light weight, but also remarkably warm.  This is my second wearing - because - yes contrary to popular belief, it does get cold here in Middle Georgia. And, yes (go ahead and laugh) 1/2 inch of snow does stop us dead in our tracks...

January 17, 2018


...last year I watched in awe as Elizabeth Made This hosted her first "DAY AND NIGHT DRESS CHALLENGE".  It was wonderful seeing all the beautiful Day and Night dresses created by the 18 bloggers/vloggers who took part.  I think that challenge was my first virtual encounter with Elizabeth.  Since that time we have gotten to know each other better - she participated in my "TOPS THAT POP SEW-A-LONG" last spring; was featured in my "WHY SHE SEWS & BLOGS ABOUT IT" post last November.  We also work as co-administrators of  the Facebook group SEW MUCH TALENT(gr).

I am very honored to take part in Elizabeth's 2018 Day and Night Dress Challenge!  I'll share my process all along the way here.  I'll put my spin on COFFEE & COCKTAIL dresses, and how they translate to my lifestyle.

But guess what, you can also take part in Elizabeth's 2018 Day and Night Dress Challenge!  It's a  two-part challenge so anyone from the sewing community who blogs, or vlogs, and has an Instagram account can also join.  Read here for more information on the community segment. (Time Frame for Community Submission:  From now until March 5th)  There will be lots of prizes and random drawings as well! 
 Stay tuned.  this is going to be SEW MUCH FUN!!!

January 15, 2018


...his words of hope and encouragement still echo in our ears today - we must keep moving forward

January 8, 2018


in 2017 we had a wonderful sewing year! We've created garments that we will love and wear for years to come, classics and seasonal favorites.  Maybe we had just a few wadders along the way, but oh well, it's all a part of a wonderful learning process.

But alas, on at the wake of a brand new year we've found new aspirations that dictate new styles, new designs and new directions.  I say, "out with the old and in with the new"!  Here's a sneaky peek into fashion for 2018 - January Burda Style ...

January 2, 2018


...It's New Years, the time when the majority of us are focusing on organization, planning and change.  My focus:  closet space which is almost non-existent at my house.  It's fine and dandy to wish for more space, but when it comes right down to it, I have to be realistic and learn to live within the space that I have.

I had to ask myself this question this morning:  Does a closet full of clothes a functional wardrobe make???  I think that all of us would agree that the answer to this question is a big fat "NO".  Yet. my cup runneth over when I open my closet doors.  Issues created by the closet bulge:

  • Clothes are so tightly packed in that I can hardly slide a hanger.
  •  Items are not organized, so it's hard for me to find what I'm looking for.
  • The majority of the items were made by me.  Many pieces have not been worn for a very long time. yet I cling to them with very strong emotional attachment because I created them or  I love the fabric so much.  There I've said it, I have an emotional attachment to clothes - am I the only one???
  • My closet situation has been giving me anxiety for quite sometime.  I complain about it and promise to reorganize but find myself procrastinating so it remains the same.
  • Since I love to sew.  I am capable of creating clothes that I love to wear.  I create quite a significant number of garments per year.
  • I quite often feel that I have nothing to wear. 
SOLUTION:  Unless I purge my closet there will no longer be a reason to sew.  I cannot continue to sew to fuel an already bursting at the seams closet.  So I have decided to initially remove  of 50 pieces from the closet (I may need to remove more later).   How did I come up with this magical 50 number:  I just pulled it out of thin air as a good starting point.
33 Pieces down - 18 more to go.  More about this later.
Do you have a method or system for purging your self made items???


...this pattern has been in my stash for eons.  I think it was one of the first patterns that I started experimenting with when my interest ...