Monday, March 16, 2015

A legend is struggling...

I saw a very poignant interview of B. Smith and her husband, Dan Gasby, by Al Roker.  B. Smith, the beautiful model, restaurateur, and to many of us the "Black Martha Stewart" has been stricken with the dreaded Alzheimer's disease.  I heard she was suffering from the disease, and it became real when the story broke about her being missing in New York for 17 hours.  The interview with Al was touching!  B vowed to fight the disease and her strong, faithful husband, Dan, championed her on!!!!  My prayers go out to her and her family.  I used to watch her show when I was younger.  She never got the National acclaim I felt she deserved!!  Last month while looking through the pattern bin at "A Fabric Place" I found this gem and had to have it.  So glad I purchased  it.

I found these images of past pattern covers that B graced.

Here's a video of one of her shows.

Friday, March 13, 2015

For a dear friend

A dear, dear friend is having a double mastectomy next week.  I found this pillow tutorial on Embroidery Library's site!  They offer two free designs as well.  Proud to say I "stash-busted" the entire project!!!!  I used a pink flannel for the pillows and some cotton print for the strap and bow.   I added the "bunny" because that's her nick-name.  Praying for God's healing power over her and all cancer patients.
pillow #1 front

pillow #1 back

pillow #2 front

pillow #2 back

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

She's "Frozen"

Here's my client, Kamira, who turned 4, in her birthday dress!  Like most girls her age she loves the movie Frozen!

This was a fun dress to make.  Mostly labor, as you have to cut the strips before tying them onto the elastic band.  I made the cotton lycra top she is wearing using the leotard from Butterick 6660.   Instead of the leotard version, I cut it off at the waist to make a top.  

The dress is strips of tulle and sparkle poly organza.  The cape is poly organza adorned with sparkles both fabrics purchased at Joann's.  For the cape, I cut a square, rounded the bottom corners, gathered the top edge and hand sewed it to the top of the dress back.  I removed the stem from a spray of silk flowers which yielded lots of various sized petals.  I glued a rhinestone to the middle of each petal and sewed them to the cape. 
sparkle poly organza cape

This is the flower I attached at the shoulder.  I made petals out of the sparkle poly organza and added them to the back of the petal to make it stand out.

I covered a piece of med weight interfacing with crepe backed satin to make the sash.  It has a piece of fold-over elastic in the back, so it just slips on. 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

New addition to the family!!

I've wanted one of these for some time!!!!  Found her on Craigslist!!!!!  Can't wait to fill her up.  It will give me much needed space on my cutting table shelves!!!  Happy sewing!!!!
My patterns are currently stored in fabric-covered copy paper boxes and placed on the shelves of my cutting table. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

The passing of Koos!!!

Just learned that one of the great fashion icons has passed away!  I loved, loved, his Cosby sweaters!!!!  Rest in Peace!  He's making some crazy angel wings now!!!  Here's a photo tribute!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

I'm published!!!

While at the American Sewing Guild Conference in St. Louis (July '14), I met the lovely Sarah McFarland, editor of Threads Magazine.  We had dinner and talked all things sewing.  I told her about my blog---well she checked it out and saw my gowns. Threads later contacted me and asked if they could feature one of my gowns.  I sent them two prom gowns; this is the one they decided to use.  I can't describe the feeling I had when turned to page 84!!!!  Praise God for this wonderful blessing He has given me!  I love to sew and make others happy using my talent.  The young lady that wore this gown and her family were so happy on her prom night!

Friday, February 13, 2015


Well hubby and I are on vacation in Williamsburg, VA.  We have a timeshare and since this is a low-budget trip we decided to go here instead of our usual spot Las Vegas.  Since we drove I brought along my sewing gear.  First time I've ever taken it on vaca with hubby.  Hubby stressed he wanted to rest on this vaca so it gave me plenty of sewing time.  The kitchen counter in our suite is perfect for sewing and cutting. My projects were pre-cut and bagged with notions before I left, but I did have to cut some binding for my aprons.  I found this awesome tutorial for making binding.  I didn't have the ruler they were promoting, but since I'd made binding similar to this before, it was a piece of cake.


Here are the aprons!  
close-up of binding

There were two thrift stores didn't have anything sewing related.  The second one; however, had an old Singer in a sewing table for $80...couldn't justify buying it.  I did find about a dozen patterns.  I purchased this lovely Vogue pants pattern (circa 2001) for $1.98!

This is one of my pre-cut projects.  M6844 I love this pattern.  I made it totally using my Evolve serger.  It's Raven's purple crushed penne from Hancock's. 

Man I look just like my mom's profile in this pic!
I visited the Hancock's in Hampton (about a 25 min drive) and found this lovely wool blend on sale!!!  60% off---if you have a Hancock's nearby check it out.  They had some beautiful wool blends to choose from!  I purchased a yard of this beautiful lime green.  The other is a deep green both are wool blends. They both have a beautiful drape and hand to them.  I see the lime as a beautiful skirt and plan to use the darker green for the pants pattern I picked up at Goodwill.

 a beautiful lime green, 1 yd

 dark green wool blend, 2 yds.  

I also made this cape for a friend.  McCalls 6209.  I purchased the fabric from Hancock's 60% off wool flannel.  It's so warm!!!  Excuse the wrinkles.  I don't dare iron this with the hotel iron! I'll steam it real good at home with my Reliable before I give it to her!!!!!

 Erica B inspired me to buy this pattern. Check out her version here:
 I have a client that wants Steeler's pjs.  I'm using this pattern.  I could only find two patterns for men's pjs with a fly, the other was a Kwik Sew.  Kwik Sew only had the bottoms.  A better value with the Vogue, and it was on sale for $4.99!  Plus, these are some sexy pattern models if I say so myself!!!!!

Honorable mention:  Joann's in New Town  People always comment negatively about Joann's staff---well the staff at this location was awesome.  Very friendly.  Joann's is across from The Loft and next door to Barnes and Noble's.  

So I've had a great time in Williamsburg, VA!  Yes, hubby and I did leave the room!  Sorry Latoria, we didn't make it to the Pottery.

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Valentine's Day!!! 
Valentine's 70% off at Joann's