Saturday, July 23, 2016


My first harvest!!!!! 
I had lots of basil so I made a homemade pizza with garden fresh tomatoes (purchased) and basil from my garden. Delish!!!!!

The pizza dough was made totally in my food processor.  It turned out great!!!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Something new for me...

Square foot gardening!  We have a Seminarian, Jim, assigned to our parish for two months. He's teaching us to garden. I've always wanted to do this. 

My daughter and I are sharing this space.

Look at the progress in a couple of

This is now
String beans!!!
Beautiful basil.  Can't wait until harvest!!!!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Summer Sewing Retreat!!!!


Friday, August 12, 2016 through Monday, August 15, 2016 (begins 1 pm – ends 2 pm)
Dickerson, MD

Cost: $380 (non-refundable) 
   **includes: double occupancy & 9 meals**

Garment sewers, quilters, crafters, needle artists, etc. All experience levels. Join us for fellowship and fun! Bring your machine, supplies, and creativity!  A sewing slumber party!!!

Accepting: VISA, MC, Discover, AMEX or Paypal (select friends and family option)

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A dress for me!!!

In May we celebrate Women's Day at my church. We always have a color scheme. This year it was Turquoise and White.  
Turquoise - Love, Patience, Loyalty
White - Faith, Purity, Truth

Because I was in the throes of wedding alterations and making prom gowns I choose this simple pattern to make my dress.  I think I got t at an ASG stash sale!!!  I love working with multi-cup patterns. They usually work out gray fit wise for me if I use the "C" cup sizing.  

I used a white poly shantung Fabric from Oriole Textiles, NY, for the base of the dress.  The lace overlay is from Walmart. It's a very easy to follow pattern.  Love how it turned out!!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

2016 Proms Galore

Wow I can finally come up for air! I made a total of 5 prom dresses/gowns this year.  Here I will blog about 3, all jr. proms.  I'm awaiting pics of the other 2.  All of the girls brought me pictures and ideas.

#1 - This lovely little lady is my church granddaughter! I drafted this dress in PMB Wildginger software

I selected shoulder princess seams, leg o mutton sleeves, and a circle skirt.  For the bodice I fused a woven interfacing to the dress front bodice to give it more body and lined it with self fabric.  I added 4-inch horsehair braid to the skirt hem. The final dress fabric is Casa satin from Joann Fabrics. The poly lining has gathered stiff tulle attached from the knee down to give it a lift. I inserted an invisible zipper in this dress and attached a rhinestone broche to the center of the collar front.  Unfortunately, it barely shows in the pics.

#2-Top drafted in PMB Wildginger software. I followed this great tutorial on You Tube to make the hi/lo circle skirt.
It's pretty ingenious!
The bodice front and back are underlined with stretch taffeta.  I used the lapped zipper insertion.
fitting muslin

Black tulle was added to the lining mid knee and can be seen when worn for drama!
The final dress is made from a beautiful lace fabric purchased at A Fabric Place and the floral embellished mesh is from Metro Textiles and the skirt is underlined with black taffeta purchased from the Fabric Wholesale Direct.

#3 -  This little lady is very special to me...she's my oldest granddaughter.  I blogged about our fabric shopping adventure in the NY Garment District; however, she did not use that fabric.  She changed her mind several times before choosing this sequined animal print fabric from A Fabric Place in Baltimore, MD.

I modified the top of  OPP Vogue 8191 (View A).  Her skirt is a double circle skirt made with mystique satin, the overlay is silk organza -- both from A Fabric Place.  I gave the hems a serged rolled hem. ARGGG!!!!  I had issues with the thread rolling off of the organza so I cut strips of organza and placed them along the skirt edge, serged the two together, and trimmed the excess.  That eliminated the roll off threads.  I decided not to use an invisible zipper in the dress because it was so close fitting.  I sewed a lapped zipper and hand pricked the zipper where the organza skirt began.  It turned out nicely.  She was very happy with the final product!!!  

I won't be able to attend the "prom send off" of my other two young ladies.  I'll blog about them when I get the pics!  Happy sewing!