Sunday, January 30, 2011

My Momma told better shop around...

Seems all the pattern companies were trying to dump their old inventory before bringing out the spring pretties.  And I took advantage.  Here is my haul from Simplicity/New Look.


 I like the uncomplicated simplicity for this tunic and dress.  Although I think the white band looks like a giant band-aid.


 I bought this pattern for one thing and one thing only.  The simple little camisole top.


I love the flowiness of this top and would love to make it in a nice challis print.  I also like the longer camisole.


 I just think this is a great summer top.


 I have been eying up cape patterns for a long time and finally thought the price was right.  I like the shorter one with the tie front.


I bought this pattern also for one thing only....the just kidding, the dress.  I have always wanted to make a copy of this Barbie dress "# 1649  Lunch on the Terrace circa 1966-67"

Okay, I would skip the big a$$ hat, but I have always loved this dress.  So when I saw this pattern I jumped for it.  Now I just need some green gingham and matching polka dot fabric!


I'm not a pocket girl but I love the ones on version B.

So this is my booty from the Simplicity sale.  A few days later they trotted out the spring line for New Look....nothing jumped out at me so I'm safe from more pattern procurement for awhile.

Thursday, January 27, 2011


is my birthday!  Happy birthday to me!

Now at 55 I can get the senior day discount at Stein Mart.......somethings are worth growing old for......

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Hello......Is It Me You're Looking For?

Yikes, what happened to January and where was I?  Life seems to have gotten in the way, mostly work, work and hmmm, well more work.

I haven't done much sewing. I have a black corduroy skirt I have been working on since before, yes, before Christmas. Really, how long does it take you ask to make a simple skirt?  Apparently about a month.  I just have the hem to do by hand which I am hoping to get to during one of the football games tomorrow.  Then maybe I'll get to wear it once or twice before our weather gets warmer here in Northwestern Florida, where this morning it is 35degrees. ( I know, I know....others have it worse.  Actually I am not complaining, I enjoy the colder weather.)

I have been doing a little pattern shopping since it seems like everyone has them on sale. You can never have too many patterns, well, yes I guess you can, but I am not at that point yet.

I picked up these two from Vogue:



I am hoping to get a little better sewing with knits this year.  I've tried a couple of time to sew with ITY jersey knit with less than stellar results, that fabric is so darn slippery.  So this time I want to try my hand with matte jersey and see how that goes.

I picked up this one from Butterrick:


I really like the simple jacket and the dress is nice too.

These are all older patterns, very few of the new ones appealed to me.  Simplicity is having a great sale and I stocked up on a few there, but will save those for another post.

I'm hoping my work life will slow up a little and I'll have some time to sew soon, all these new patterns are calling out for some fabric now!

Edgrrr Update

He is doing great! We are still doing chemo treatments and getting great results.  He is gaining weight, up to 101lbs now and as happy and goofy as ever. We are still keeping our fingers crossed.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year! Welcome 2011.............

Happy New Year to everyone!  I can't say that I will miss 2010............a lot of little things happened one right after the other that took it's toll on the The Husband and me, then there was the BP oil spill which did a number on the Gulf Coast region and last but not least there was Eddie's lymphoma.

But there were things to be thankful for in 2010.  We got a visit not once but twice from relatives up north.  I have a good part-time job that I not only kept in a down industry but got some nice bonuses during peak season, a great year-end one, and a nice raise to boot! We are selling our commercial property in a very down market, for a decent (not great) price.  The Husband and I are healthy, Lily is healthy and Eddie is doing great!  Can't beat that................

I didn't get as much sewing done this year as I would have liked but I did make a few things this year that I thought were real winners and have worn quite a bit.

Here are my 2010 winners:

McCall's 5248 bathrobe made from Michael Miller cotton.  I love this robe!

Simplicity 2917 skirt made from cotton fabric.  I wore this skirt all summer. It has so many colors in it, it goes with everything.

McCall 5882 tunic made from cotton. Just love it!

Simplicity 4182 jacket made from cotton.  When I first finished this I thought it was just okay, but I ended up loving it and wearing it alot.  I have a long sleeve version in the works.

So all in all, it wasn't a great year but it wasn't a total bust either!

May 2011 bring everyone health and happiness!