Saturday, May 14, 2011


You thought I forgot huh? Nope - I didn't . But when you have a very active five-month-old, time kind of gets away from you. By the way, thank you all for your comments on my last post. for some reasons those comments have disappeared. I don't know what happened and I promise I did not remove them. This weeks "DO YOU HAVE THIS PATTERN?" comes from Simplicity 2190. I made View E out of a peachskin print from Hancock Fabric. I am totally smitten with this skirt. When I tried it on, I felt like a diva with a capital D. Honey, you couldn't tell me nothing! ( I know I should say , "You couldn't tell me anything!" but the other way emphasizes my point! HAha) Just give me a pair of wedges, some big bug-eye sunshades, a bangin' handbag, cute tee, and hell - throw in a fly sun straw hat!

This skirt was super easy. Total I believe there were about four pieces to this skirt. The flounces had to be cut on the fold and the skirt yoke is supposed to be cut on the bias. Now don't get me wrong, I like cutting on the bias. I believe bias cut pieces are very flattering, however cutting on the bias takes up too much fabric ! I only had two yards and the skirt calls 2 5/8 yards. So you know what time it was? Thats right - time to make my own instruction and cut the skirt yoke out of what scrap I had left and make it work. Since I have no hips - it worked out well and I have no complaints! I will be making this skirt again very soon! Words cannot express how much I love this pattern and how the skirt came out.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Second Chance at Love

As much as I have bad-mouthed Simplicity 2258, I am now back in love with it. We, the pattern and I , have found common ground and all is well in my sewing room! This time around I made the skirt in a linen-like material that has been in my stash for awhile. The skirt is super easy. Well, it was easy according to the way that I made it. I was going for View C. At the last minute I decided to omit the ties and the band that the elastic is encased in to prevent any extra bulk around my stomack. So all in all , I just used the front skirt piece, pocket piece, and back skirt piece to make the skirt. I added 2inch wide black elastic as a waistbad for the skirt. I am very pleased with how it turned out and plan to make many more. I made a size 22 out of 60in fabric and I swear it only took maybe 1 1/8 yards. Oh yeah there will be more to come!! Don't you just love when you fall back in love with a pattern???

Here is another cardigan and tank that I made the same night as the skirt. I am super excited about these two pieces. They are such standout pieces! I can't promise that I will wear them together, but I will definitely wear them. OK - back to the machine. I hope your machine is SMOKIN' toooo!!!!!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011


Hello good folks! I hope this week has been good to you so far. And if it hasn't - I truly hope it gets better! Buying fabric always perks me up. (And a dr. Pepper)This weeks "DO YOU HAVE THIS PATTERN" comes from good ol' Simplicity 2374. This pattern is one of my favorites. If you don't have it , you must add it to your never-ending list of patterns for your next shopping trip. I made View C in a knit. Originally the pattern requires that the bodice is made of a knit and the band skirt in a woven, but I chose to make the whole dress in a knit. (the $13.00 knit from Joann's) Hey - I am a slave to the knit. It draws me in everytime. This pattern is super easy and goes together fast. The only thing I did different from the instructions was to add a band treatment around the neck and armscyes. I truly love this dress and plan to make more.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


For the last couple of weeks, I have had the same turquoise color thread on my machine and serger. I have been trying to sew everything that color to prevent having to change thread. Those who sew alot can attest to days when your thread wants to show it's true colors (no pun intended) ! Sometimes it puckers, skips a stitch, flies out of the needle, or is just the wrong kind of thread for your fabric( and in my case, too lazy to get the right kind of thread). Anyway, all of this leads to the hesitation I have for changing my thread.

However, not changing thread has really helped me to see how many garments I can sew with one spool of thread. Are you curious to know too? Well lets see:

1. knit top 2yards
2. cardigan 1.5 yards
3. Easter dress 2.5 yards
4. tank top 1 yd
5. stripe knit dress 2.5 yd
6. turquoise knit dress 1.5 yd
7. tiered ruffle skirt 2.625 yd
8. receiving blanket 1.25 yd

The spool of thread is made by Coats&Clark and comes with 250yards of thread. This observation means alot because it shows me just how far my dollar goes! 14.875 yards of fabric sewn with 1 spool!!!!A spool of thread costs $2.80 i believe. $2.80 divided by 8 garments so far comes to$o.35 worth of thread per garment. Imagine when thread is half off! And I still have thread on the same spool left to sew something else.

How hard is your thread working for you?