Friday, March 3, 2017

You're Invited...

                                 Dressed to a “Tee” Presents

The 2nd Annual Summer Just Sew Retreat will be held at the Hallowood Retreat and Conference Center, nestled on 55 wooded acres in scenic Frederick County, Maryland, for 3 nights!  We hope you will join us for four days of fun with your sewing friends.

Hallowood Retreat and Conference Center
7300 Banner Rd, Dickerson, MD

                  Friday, August 11 to Monday, August 14
$385 double occupancy
$435 single occupancy
(8 meals included)
Deposit (non-refundable): $100 deposit due now
**full payment can be made now**
Final payment due June 9
Make payment to:   http:\\\PayPal.Me/ivalyn

Reservations are transferable to another attendee, but not refundable.

CHECK IN: Friday, August 11, 2017 3:00 PM meet in the Lobby. Then set up your machines in the Conference Room.

CHECK OUT: Monday, August 14, 2017, 1 pm (10 am room check out)

Sleep, eat, and sew in the same building!!!!
3 nights lodging shared with one roommate
8 home-style meals

SEWING ROOM INCLUDES:   The rooms have great lighting, extra outlets, and ample electricity.  Snacks and beverages are allowed in the room, and we can sew all night! The facility is very sewing friendly!   Each attendee will have one table to work at. There will be ironing stations, cutting areas and a SWAP table.

MEALS:   Howard, the chef at Hallowood prepares wonderful meals and we are served family style. Iced tea, coffee, tea, hot water, and water for drinking is available throughout our stay.  Soft drinks & bottled water are available for $1 donation.  Dinner only served on Friday; breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday and Sunday; breakfast only on Monday.

FABRIC STORES: There is a JoAnn fabrics located in Frederick, MD (about 20-30 min. drive).  Patches Quilt store is located in Mt. Airy, MD (about 37 min. drive).  Charlotte’s Cottage Quilt Shop located in Walkersville, MD (about 36 min. drive).  A Fabric Place located in Baltimore, MD (about an hour’s drive).

Check out the Center’s website for more details:

Questions, please contact Tee Jones-Actie 410-566-1151 or

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Peanut Man

The youth put on a Black History skit at church on Sunday.  I was tasked with making something to help the youngsters represent the great inventor George Washington Carver.

As the little ones walked down the isles passing out peanut treats, they wore these aprons adorned with peanuts.  I think they turned out wonderfully!

I used a brown cotton fabric for the apron.  I free hand drew the peanut shape this cotton fabric purchased at  I lined the peanut shape with a thin quilt batting and zig-zaged around the pinked edge.

Now back to prom gowns and wedding alterations!!!!!   Happy sewing!!!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

1st sewing retreat of the year!!!

Just got back from my first sewing retreat of the year!  It was a wonderful event.  There were only ten of us which meant we had plenty of space to set up and sew!!!!  The center is located off the beat and path so there's plenty of beautiful scenery and quite!!!

I'm happy to say that I accomplished quite a bit at this retreat!!!!  I brought along projects that didn't get started on at the November 2016 retreat.  Pre-cutting is key!!!!!

I also took the time to organize my sewing area at the retreat.  I placed all of my much needed notions:  seam ripper, shears, tape measure, rulers, etc in a basket and placed it at arms length on the table.  I re-organized my tote organizer that I take to classes and retreats.  Over the years it's gotten pretty unorganized, and I didn't really know what all was in it!!!!!  I found that I had too many duplicate items in this organizer.

I have had this coat pattern and fabric for two years.  My sister and I purchased them for her in Savannah, GA when I last visited her.  Why she needs a wool coat I don't know!!!!!  Well anyway I cut it out and started working on it the night before the retreat. 

When she comes this weekend, I'll fit her for the button hole placement.
The brocade lining fabric is from my deceased friend's stash.  Looks like a match made in heaven!  Get it!!!  Thanks Yulander!!!

This warm coat was started back in October---I was able to complete it at retreat.  Love the way it looks, stylish and warm!  I can wear it to church on Sunday!!!! It looks great on both sides so I was able to use that to my advantage for the facing and sleeves.  It's really too bulky to add a self fabric facing so I just left the edges raw and turned.  I love the results.


Because the fabric is beautiful inside and out===there really was no right or wrong side.  The contrast is perfect!

This cute peplum top is made using one of the fabrics I purchased in Barcelona.  It's a soft brushed stretch fabric.



I also made this simple top for a friend.  I call it the "candy corn" top!  She purchased this fabric in Ghana.


I was commissioned to make a cushion for the church bench that was recently placed in the vestibule.  I found this beautiful fabric years ago at "Ebad's" on 8th Avenue in New York.


  I love the way this turned out.  I used a wool crepe purchased in Metro Textiles in the NY garment district.  I used a rotary cutter to trim the edges---no hem necessary.

This was a very productive sewing retreat!  As always, a great time was had by all!!!

Oh last but not least, the food was scrumptious!  We were served three home-cooked meals a day!

Until next time!  Happy sewing!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017 Goals

Happy New Year!!!!! It's been a long time I know.  Life got in the way of blogging, but I'm back.

I don't believe in resolutions, but I do want to make and stick to few sewing commitments in 2017!!!

 1.  Stash busting!!!!!
 2.  Unscribe from all on-line fabric stores
 3.  Clean up sewing room after each project (really helps me to be more productive)
 4.  Adhere to deadlines for customer sewing
 5.  Sew more garments for me!!!!!
 6.  Sew garments for grandkids (they have requested many)
 7.  Blog at least once a month
 8.  Donate unwanted fabric to local sewing school
 9.  Sew smarter!!!!
10. Do more sewing for community service

Well there it is----hopefully since I've documented my goals, I'll be able to reach them by years' end.

Happy sewing -  may all your sewing goals come true!!!!

Friday, October 21, 2016

A long time...

Wow, I haven't posted since August....I've been having a ball sewing and traveling!!!

Check out my two posts.  More on my trip to Europe soon!  Happy Sewing!!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Her dad will be with her...

I just altered this wedding gown from David's Bridal. It is beautiful.  7 layers: 2 types of lace, netting, crepe, and a poly lining.

I cut and hemmed the front layers.

 Took in the bodice side seams, which made the neckline too high so I recut and sewed it. Everything turned out great. 

Those buttons have to be buttoned and unbuttoned!  Wow!!!

Her last request was that I sew a piece of her father's shirt somewhere in the gown. I found the perfect spot where it would not cast a shadow!  She was so happy!!!

Cruising to Barcelona

It's been a while. I've been altering wedding gowns like crazy!!!

This was a regular wedding gown, and I altered it to make it a high low.  She's wearing it to her rehearsal dinner.  Her MIL felt it wasn't glitzy enough. 
This is the gown she purchased to replace the original gown.   The pictures don't show how it sparkles!!!!  I hemmed and cut the mesh to floor length. She's getting married on a beach in Mexico and will be shoe less.

 This lovely bride has a 4-month old baby girl who weighed 8 lbs at birth.  She looks amazing in her beautiful lace gown from J Crew.  I took in the bust darts to give her the definition she wanted. Simple alteration here!

I now have one wedding gown to alter and a mother of the bride gown to cut off to tea length and hem. Then I'll be doing some sewing for my upcoming cruise.
We along with 18 of our family and friends will soon be taking a 7-day cruise to Barcelona on the NCL Epic!!!!

I've chosen these fabrics for my cross body bag and accessories.   The brochures say pick pocketing is prevalent so I will use the cross body bag instead of a purse.  I plan to place the inside pockets at the base of the bag.  I'm also going to make a matching cosmetic bag and key chain!!!  
I will use this fabric to make a toiletry case for my husband and shoe bags.  I think it's a great "man" fabric!!!

Until next time.  Happy sewing!!!!