Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My new angel

Well hope all is well with you......this weather has been "sew" crazy!!!!  It was raining cats and dogs all day and snowing last night in Baltimore!  My daughter sent me this pic of my newest GD,  Miss Niyonna aka Lil' Miss Muffin.  She is such a happy baby and very active.  She will be eight months old this month!  Yes, we're planning the birthday party and outfit with her customized embroidery by MeeMee as we speak!  Hope this brightens your day as it did mine!
She's all dressed for the rainy day!

Friday, April 4, 2014

First prom of 2014

Well this young lady is going to her jr. Prom!  She was a very pleasant young lady and a joy to work with!  She designed her gown.  I think it turned out great.  She and her mom were very pleased.

I drafted the pattern in Wildginger PMB.  The gown is a black stretch sequin from A Fabric Place over a heavy stretch satin purchased from Metro textiles in NY.

It has an invisible in the side seam.  The sleeve is underlined in a flesh tone silk organza with a black poly organza sleeve head.  I hand sewed a 3" black sequined stretch trim to the cuff and hem of the dress.  The black sparkle organza bow/train is detachable and can be used as a shawl/coverup!







I made the bow tie out of satin (gross grain adjustable neck band), and hand sewed the studs (purchased from M&J Trims).

The gold sequined and stud covered epaulet is all hand made.  I cut a piece of craft pellon heavy weight in the desired shape and covered it with satin fabric.  I then glued a sequin trim to the top and sequined trim to the edges.  The studs I sewed on were purchased from M&J trim in NY.   

Friday, March 21, 2014

Book review

I just finished a marvelous book.  I'm sure most of you have followed Nancy Zieman of Sewing with Nancy over the years.  I love her show, books, patterns, and products.  I began watching her in the 80s on PBS.  She sewed on a Pfaff so I bought a Pfaff.  I mean I really looked up to and admired this woman and her excellent sewing skills.  So when I heard about her latest book "Seams Unlikey,". I just had to read it.  
It was an excellent read!!!!  Nancy was an ordinary girl who followed her dreams and worked through many obstacles.  She has a great family support system as well.  I encourage you to read this wonderful book.  I laughed and cried and really enjoyed learning about one of my sewing sheroes!!!!  She still inspires me!!!!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tickled pink!

Look what I won!!!  My tip is featured in the latest Sew News magazine!

It's also in the latest Threads magazine too!  They paid me $25!!!!!!!! 
Threads published my actual e-mail.

Monday, February 17, 2014

It's prom and wedding season!

Hi blog friends....I promise I'm sewing!!  However as I await a client's arrival, I was surfing the web and came across this!!!  Enjoy!!!!

This is what I call the perfect demo!!!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Well I'll Be...



With only an elementary school education, Garrett Morgan, born in Kentucky on March 4, 1877, began his career as a sewing-machine mechanic. He went on to patent several inventions, including an improved sewing machine and traffic signal, a hair-straightening product, and a respiratory device that would later provide the blueprint for WWI gas masks. The inventor died on August 27, 1963, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Early Life

Born in Paris, Kentucky, on March 4, 1877, Garrett Morgan was the seventh of 11 children. His mother, Elizabeth (Reed) Morgan, was of Indian and African descent, and the daughter of a Baptist minister. It is uncertain whether Morgan's father was Confederate Colonel John Hunt Morgan or Sydney Morgan, a former slave freed in 1863. Morgan's mixed race heritage would play a part in his business dealings as an adult.
When Morgan was in his mid teens, he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, to look for work, and found it as a handyman to a wealthy landowner. Although he only completed an elementary school education, Morgan was able to pay for more lessons from a private tutor. But jobs at several sewing-machine factories were to soon capture his imagination and determine his future. Learning the inner workings of the machines and how to fix them, Morgan obtained a patent for an improved sewing machine and opened his own repair business.
Morgan's business was a success, and it enabled him to marry a Bavarian woman named Mary Anne Hassek, and establish himself in Cleveland. (He and his wife would have three sons during their marriage.)

With only an elementary school education, Garrett Morgan, born in Kentucky on March 4, 1877, began his career as a sewing-machine mechanic. He went on to patent several inventions, including an improved sewing machine and traffic signal, a hair-straightening product, and a respiratory device that would later provide the blueprint for WWI gas masks. The inventor died on August 27, 1963, in Cleveland, Ohio.