Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Here's a refashion I'd like to try.  I was looking for school clothes on Old Navy.com, and found this sweater:

I bet this wouldn't be that hard to do if you found the sweaters to combine.  I'm heading to my local Goodwill today.  Maybe I'll find something similar.  I think it would also work with varying sizes of stripes, or using long-sleeved t-shirts.  Whatcha think? 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Angela Kane

My newest obsession on YouTube:  Angela Kane

I've already learned 4-5 things from her -- mainly about basting and reducing bulk in seams.  I find this amazing as I've been sewing for 40+ years.

You'll also love the way she speaks and instructs.  She's very concise.



Saturday, August 13, 2011


Oh no no no, not to this blog!  But to my sewing room - my studio - it's been wonderful, but now it's time to dismantle and temporarily say goodbye to the big table and the big setup.

Operative word in that sentence:  TEMPORARILY. 

We are moving, but we don't know where.  In the interim, my youngest daughter and I will be in a much smaller house.  It's slightly bigger than the one we owned when my husband and I married (that one was 900 square feet!).  But I have always managed to have some sort of a sewing room, and I will continue to do so.

The small house has a spare bedroom, so I'll just set up my machine in there.  It's amazing how much you can accomplish in a small space.  So many folks have just a machine and a kitchen table, and everything has to be put away when you're done.   You have to be really determined to do projects in a setup like that, and I have the utmost respect for those that can do it.  It's really difficult to stop and start and have to reconstruct your workspace as well as your project.  Those of you who work that way are committed!  You deserve medals to pin on your beautiful projects!

I'm going to continue to work on projects until the absolute last minute.  School is starting, kids are leaving, and I'm in my last semester of an associate degree in Interior Design.  It will be busy. 

Yeah, like it's ever not busy.

And yet amid all that, I am quite sure someone will need a new dress, or top, or at the very least will need something hemmed or repaired.  And I will be right there with my machine, at the ready. 

So on to new projects!  Right now I'm working on a slouchy t-shirt dress, similar to this one:

How cute is that?  I've done a couple of muslins now, and can't seem to get the sleeves right.  I'm about ready to resort to a pattern.  Old habits die hard!  Any suggestions - please let me know.  They are solicited and appreciated!

I will keep you posted - this is such an adorable dress that I will probably make one for Emma as well (who has been LOUDLY requesting one).  They're perfect for a college girl who wants to look a little more "done" than just jeans, or even pajama pants!

(I do not EVEN want to know if my kid wears pajama pants to school.  I would die of embarrassment.  And especially if they happened to mention that their mom could sew. . . ai yi yi. . . )

I'm also TRYING -- gah this is so hard it is akin to impossible! -- to edit a video tutorial on how to make an apron.  My iMovie stops and starts, I'm a perfectionist, yada yada yada.  I WILL get it done.  If people can sew without an entire studio, surely I can accomplish this! 

More to come soon!


p.s.  Project Runway - seriously, Fallene went home?  What the heck!  I thought she deserved much more of a second chance than that other guy.  Can't even remember his name, that's how much he impressed me!