Vogue 8819 Boucle Sweater

This was an impulse fabric purchase (not unlike many of mine) but this was a little different. I was walking out of my local mill end fabric store and spotted this on the top of a pile. I had not seen it the day before (yes, I am on a first name basis with the […]

Vogue 8952 Tops

Well, I’m back posting after the holidays. Hosting family, being sick, shopping, working pooped me out and all I could do to get back on track was to sew! Here are two tops from the same pattern that I made quickly to satisfy my instant gratification craving. The first top is View A from Vogue […]

Santa’s Words To Sewists

Merry Christmas to all of you who may be celebrating in the next few days. I have a little sewing poem to share that came from Judy Kessinger of FitNice Sew Slim, a personalized pattern system. I was able to attend one of Judy’s 2-day seminars when she visited the American Sewing Guild Tucson Chapter […]

Santa Pillow Cover

There is no snow here in the desert, at least not yet, but the holiday season is upon us and I am busy making things, as I always do during this time of year. As you may have noticed, I haven’t posted much since before Thanksgiving. It would be smarter to plan all year for […]

Braided Beads

Mixing beads and then braiding them may not seam like a difficult approach to making a necklace, and it’s not, but I thought I would show you a few color combinations. Every necklace includes nine strands divided into three separate groups. Braid as usual, bringing the ends toward the middle until all nine strands are […]

McCalls 5890 Coordinates

If you are looking for a coordinates pattern that has casual and a bit dressy,this may be it. There will be more about this pattern to come but for now, this post is about the dress because it features princess seams resulting in a great fit. This must be a successful pattern for McCalls because […]

BOOtiful in Black

I think this is a great use for those old, plain black buttons. I will be sewing tonight. No great costumes to share with you this year. On prior Halloweens, I have been Raggedy Ann (my husband as Raggedy Andy much to his chagrin and NEVER to be repeated), a mermaid, a cat, but not […]

Crazy Shoes From Fashion Week

These examples of shoes are just too wild. Thought you might enjoy a smile. Color Blocked Wingtip-ish. The socks and tights are a nice touch. Ruffles hide a bad pedicure. That’s a lotta’ boot going on. Hot, sweaty foot? Allow a little more time to get out the door with all that lacing up to […]

Loes Hinse Sewing Seminar

I debated back and forth with myself about writing this post because although I had a great time with my mom at this seminar, my little point-and-shoot camera was new to me and I wasn’t in the habit of taking commemorative photos of the event.   I hope the photos are enough to give you […]