Monday, March 18, 2019

Sweater knit fun!

I found this beautiful sweater knit at JoAnns about 2-3 yrs ago. I finally got around to making something with it.  I love how this sweater coat turned out!  The sweater knit has a metallic thread running throughout, but the camera doesn’t really pick it up.  I used fleece for the inset pockets.  It’s really fun to wear!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Go Kyle

Here's my first project of the year.  My friend at church commissioned me to make her son's 16th birthday present.  She gave me a bag of football jerseys and said make him a blanket.

After researching on Youtube "University" and talking to some sewing friends, this is what I came up with!  This was "sew" much fun!!!!!

I used the June Tailor t-shirt interfacing and ruler to cut and stabilize the jerseys.

I decided to use fleece for the sashing and backing.  I found it to be a cozier than using cotton since the jerseys were made with that knit mesh fabric.  I fused the interfacing onto the fleece and the jersey panels.  Most importantly, I used my walking foot!  That thing is a miracle worker.

I cut out and appliqued the two wolf emblems from one of the jerseys.
 Kyle loved the blanket!  I would love to make more of these!!!!  Thanks for stopping by!!!!

Happy sewing!!!!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Our first week-long retreat

I’m just back from my week-long sewing retreat!  It was sorta like heaven on earth!

There was sewing, knitting, painting, and quilting going on!!! Our group really clicked!!!  Sewers are such generous people!!!!

The food was superb as usual!!! The pics show how much fun we had!!! 

 Lots of learning going on!
 Isn't this the organizer over a mug!!
 free fabric!!!!

The whole gang and Justin the sewing machine guy!  Yep we got our machines serviced too!

 Delicious meals cooked daily!

 Taking advantage of the wonderful solitude!


Saturday, June 9, 2018

It's been a while...but I'm back!!!

I'm happy to report that I've retired!!  Yes retired!  After 39 years and 9 months, I retired from the federal government!!!!

I hit the ground prom sewing the day after retiring.  Here's what I created.

 I used my Wildginger software to design the corset.  The corset is fully boned and made of lace and underlined with flesh toned silk organza.  I sewed her strapless bra cups into the finished corset.  The appliques were cut from lace yardage I purchased in the NY garment district and hand sewn to create the look.  Her skirt is three circle skirts (taffeta, organza, and tulle).  Organza, taffeta, and lace for sleeve and bodice from Joann Fabrics.

This 2-piece white ensemble bodice was also drafted in Wildginger.  The skirt is 5 layers of Casa sparkle poly organza with tulle gathered to the Casa taffeta lining (Joann Fabric).  The white lace was also purchased at Joann Fabrics)

I also drafted this ombre gown in Wildginger (t-shirt back zipper with set in sleeves).  The ombre is silk charmuese from Mood in NY.   The hem has 4" horsehair braid purchased from

The bodice of this black gown is made with an embroidered/beaded lace.  I lined it with black mesh.  The skirt is modified Butterick 3908 from my stash.  I used Casa satin and netting from Joann Fabrics.  The skirt has 4" horsehair braid purchased at

This beautiful royal blue gown was also drafted in Wildginger (dress with french darts and set in sleeves).  When sewing sequins I want as few seams as possible.  Dress - Stretch sequin/lycra; skirt -one layer of silk organza gathered to a poly tafetta skirt.  The poly lining has gathered tulle attached for just the right amount of fullness.  The organza skirt has 4" horsehair braid in the hem.  All fabric, except the taffeta, lace (used to cut out the appliques on sleeves and shoulders), sequin trim, and the nude mesh (Joann Fabrics) were purchased online from

 This adorable hot pink two piece was created using a vintage McCalls4011  Lace from A Fabric Place, Baltimore, MD.  Self drafted Casa taffeta and tulle circle skirt with tulle underskirt for effect.
 This senior wanted a classic look.  This halter gown was also drafted in Wildginger.  I used Casa black satin and red crepe (bow facing and trim) from Joann Fabrics.