Thursday, April 30, 2009

26 YEARS!!!!!!

Today is our 26th Wedding Anniversary.

We looked so young! My MIL made my dress. I still have no longer sad.

Monday, April 27, 2009

The Dress That Wasn't

This Thurs., April 30th is The Husband's and my 26th Anniversary. One of our favorite restaurants that burned to the ground over 3 years ago has finally rebuilt and reopened recently. So we are going there to celebrate.

This is a big deal for us since we have had to really cut back on the nice dinners out. I wanted to have a pretty dress to wear so have been working on Simplicity 2896. I had a really great black and pink floral stretch poplin fabric picked out. I checked the sizing for the dress and it looked pretty straightforward as a size 12 would fit. So of course I didn't make a muslin. And of course it doesn't fit well.

Here is the dress, pretty much complete except for hem and sewing down the facings:

It looks great! Just not on me. It's a little snug in the hips (I let it out a 1/2 inch on each side already, no more seam to let out),a little tight across the tush and it kinda bunches at the stomach instead of lying flat. So I went out an bought one of these:

Yes, that's right ladies, the modern day version of our Mother's Girdle!!!! But alas, it didn't help. It was still snug, still tight and still bunched. Maybe the style just isn't for me, but I am really bummed. I love the fabric and the look of the dress, just not on me.

So instead I will wear this dress (for the first time).

It looks soooo much better than the other one I may just make another. At least I will still get to wear these:

I have such a hard time finding cute shoes that fit okay and are reasonable I was thrilled to find these at the local Bealls.

Next up I'm working on practicing buttonholes. I finished a muslin for this blouse NL6598 of the sleeveless collarless view. I love this style of blouse and can see making all of these variations. BUT, I need to sharpen my buttonhole skills. I will start practicing them tonight. If it works out well on the muslin I will make the short-sleeved collar version in a red and black print next.

Monday, April 6, 2009

New Look 6860

Holly's Dress

I finished this dress made from NL 6860 for my grandniece, Holly.

It was very easy and only took 2 days start to finish. I like this pattern because you can make several different dresses from it and no 2 would remotely look alike. I liked that the bodice was lined and on a fancier fabric I would consider lining the skirt.

This was the first time I put in a zipper after the side seams were together so that was a new experience for me. It certain is easier when the piece lies flat but I did and okay job.

Holly lives over 900 miles away in Chicago. I hope it fits her. I had her Mom send me a few measurements and the size she wears in RTW. She is only 6 but wears a 7 RTW. Her parents are very tall, my nephew is about 6'3". I decided bigger was better so went with the largest size in this pattern an 8. I know she'll love the color becuase green is her favorite, just like her Aunt!

So I have finished my garment for this month for the sew along on PR. If my dress fabric shows up, hopefully I will get another one done by the 30th, which is also our anniversary.

Lily One-Foot

Poor Lily had a growth removed from her pad last Weds. We saw the vet today and got good news, it was benign! We were very happy as Rotties are very prone to cancer so we are always looking for odd growths on them.

She has her bandage off today, now if we can just keep her from licking it!

Friday, April 3, 2009


Peeps are the best!

But you have to pop the cellophane to let them age!

So they get just the right chewy consistency!

I don't know which color I love best! I'll just have to eat them all!!!!!! I love Peeps!