Monday, January 17, 2022



Jamaica 2022

Is this thing on? I haven't blogged in years. I switched to social media along with most of the world until I realized what a horrible and toxic place it is, so now I'm returning to blogging because I feel like I have more control with this medium and I'm really documenting it more for myself.

This is my Mother-of-the-bride dress and I'm very pleased with the way it came out. I used Simplicity 8648 for the duster and Simplicity 3503 for the maxi dress. I've made both of these before so I thought it would make for a smooth process. 

In the middle of constructing the duster my serger decided not to cooperate so I purchased a gently used Babylock Vibrant serger so I could finish. The lacy fabric was terrible to work with and I auditioned several seam finishes but settled on the serger because it added stability to the fabric. 

As you can see in the end it all came together beautifully. Now just to get through all of the travel restrictions and make it to Jamaica. My daughter's original wedding date was June 20, 2020 so I'm praying that everything works out and it goes off without a hitch.

I will most like post most of the pictures from the wedding here and just a few on the gram.   

Friday, November 13, 2015

Knitting Like Crazy

While the rest of blogland is blogging like crazy I've been knitting like crazy. I made this Autumn Caridgan for my darling GD. It is a free pattern on  Raverly. I will have to get a picture of her wearing it.
 I also finished this Sequoia for myself. It is also a free pattern available on Raverly. I just can't bring myself to pay 5 or 6 dollars for a knitting pattern when I only buy my sewing patterns when they're on sale for $1.99. It's okay I know I'm cheap but I prefer the term frugal.

I got the yarn at Hobby Lobby on sale for 1.43 per skein. It's Vanna's Choice in Honey. I believe the  toggle closure cost as much as the yarn of course I had a coupon for it.

This is how I style it, with jeans and an infinity cheetah scarf. I received a ton of compliments.
I apologize for the butt shot but the back cable is the star of this pattern and you can't really see it that well on the dress form picture.

Here's a picture of my cute GD to make up for the butt shot. She's getting so big and I whole heartly agree with her shirt she is WONDERFUL.
Be blessed.

Monday, October 5, 2015


This summer was a blur but after breaking my ankle in April I still managed to fit in some fun.

 Made it to the Macy's Music Festival which is now the P&G Music Festival. I was on jury duty the week of the concert so I was barely able to finish this jumpsuit. The pattern is Butterick 6130 view D. I'm sorry that I don't have more/better pictures but I probably wouldn't show them anyway. I had planned on sewing the entire day but I was still on jury duty that day so I had to hack it together the night before. Not my best work but as you can see I wore it anyway and had a great time.
 Went skating to test out the ankle and I'm happy to say I didn't have any problems. Me and my DD had a great time, although she's no where near as good as I am on skates not that I didn't try, I put both of my kids on skates soon after they learned to walk. It just didn't take.
I haven't been doing much sewing but I have been knitting. I made this neck warmer and a pair (I finished the other one, it's just not in the picture) of fingerless mitts for a friend who is very into her sorority. Personally I think these colors are hideous and I couldn't wait to finish it so I could move on to something else. The mitts are Susie Rogers's reading mitts which is a free pattern from Raverly. I've made these too many times to count. The neck warmer is my own pattern it's just basically a scarf  with a yo k2tog row so the buttons can go through. I hope she likes them.

 My very first shawl. It's also a free pattern from Raverly, I can't remember the exact name but it's the shawl for sad people but it made me really happy. I gifted it but plan to make more shawls.

And last but never least. Little Ms. Karmen my DD requested a sweater for her. Again this is a free Raverly pattern that I can't remember the name of, for the body I held two strands of yarn together but ran out for the hood. I purchased the orange yarn when I attended PatternReview in Chicago. She loved it but I couldn't get her to be still to take a picture.

I have been lurking and reading everyone's blogs. There's some exciting stuff going  on in blogland and I'm so happy to see people I've been following for years doing such amazing things.

I won't make promises to do better because sometimes life just gets in the way but know that I'm reading and enjoying all of your creativity.

Be blessed.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Silver and Gold

I've been a terrible blogger but sometimes life gets in the way. There hasn't been a lot of sewing going on but I do hope to finish a dress I started last year around the holiday's for a party on Saturday, which I promise to post. I have been knitting, these scarfs are so popular. I made the silver one as a gift but it was just to pretty to give away so I made another one and kept this one for myself.

 My friend gave me this yarn for my birthday. She gave me the gold and a variegated one. When she gave me the yarn I asked her which one did she want lol. I gave her the variegated one and it was beautiful on her. I bought more of than to make myself one which I'm working on now.

I also finished a baby blanket. It's Saurey, a free pattern from Berroco. Once I got the lace pattern down this was a fun and (for me) fast knit. I also made a pair of booties but didn't get a picture before giving them away.

I will leave you with a picture of me and my grands at Santaland with Everett Green  lol.

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2015.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Macy's Music Festival Dress

For this years festival I didn't have a lot of time to sew and was only able to make my outfit for Friday.  Had to do RTW for Saturday, believe it or not we didn't take one picture so all I have is dressform pics.

The pattern is Vogue 2067, it's a Donna Karan design. I made this dress way back in 2000 for a friend and it was banging. I have wanted one for myself ever since then and finally got around to making it.

The olive green color was Mr. G's choice but I really like it and it really popped with my gold accents. I wore a gold statement necklace, gold sandals and earrings. Judging from Mr. G's Roger Rabbit expression when I opened the door, it worked.

Some details. I made it a little more modest by raising the back and sides to make it strapless bra friendly and I also added a full lining. I used a black stretch knit for the lining and ommitted the zipper and made a keyhold closure. I love this dress don't know why I waited so long to make one for myself. Don't know when I will ever wear it again but it was fun and they put me on the jumbo-tron.

Happy Sewing.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Very Best of Summer

Not a lot of sewing going on this summer but I'm not complaining.

Be blessed.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Life Lessons - Vogue 1167

I cut out these khaki's a few weeks ago and was finally able to finish them. Along the way I couldn't help but see the life lessons this endeavor highlighted.

First gravity always wins. I have learned that I always have to raise the crouch and lower the seat - gravity.

I had almost given up on this style of pant but once I watched the tutorial that Victoria linked it has made all the difference. By constructing the inseam first it allows you to really get a good fit. I also included a nude knit tricot tummy control panel, something I've seen on RTW pants.

 Life lesson - don't forget what you already know. The welt pockets are terrible. I didn't interface them and needless to say I'm not happy with them but the pants fit so well I'm going to wear them anyway.
At least now I have another style of pants and I will make these again and get those welt pockets right. I've had the fabric so long I don't remember the details but it is a bottom weight khaki. Overall this is a very good pants pattern just beware of those darn welt pockets.

Be blessed.