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!!!!

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!!!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Here comes the bride

Wow I'm up to neck in bridal alterations. I have three brides, all getting married on September 10!

Their gowns are just gorgeous!!!

I'm turning this gown into a hi/low style.  You can see the finished product i. The previous post. Forgot I had this in drafts. That's why it's posted out of order!!!
A little bust dart adjustment here.