Friday, July 29, 2022

Wedding Pictures

I forgot to post these. Here's the beautiful bride and my son-in-law. He's a great guy and I'm so happy for them. 

Jamaica was beautiful but the COVID restrictions made it a tad stressful but thankfully everyone made it there and back. Pictured below from left to right, my son, me, my daughter, my grandson and my granddaughter.

My daughter and my grandson.

Me and my daughter.

We're glistening because it was hot! The Royalton resort was very nice but beware they don't serve American size portions. So I recommend going to the buffet or ordering at least 2 meals if you do room service and please be prepared to tip EVERYBODY. 

Butterick 6351 Drama

I thought this would be a quick and easy make. I was going to wear it to see Janet Jackson last weekend and that didn't work out.

I'm making the jumpsuit and when I got to the instructions on how to attach the pants to the bodice I had a complete melt down. It just didn't make sense no matter how I tried so I walked away to sew another day.

I LOVE this fabric, I found it at JoAnn's, it's lace lined with white polyester. I think the white really makes the lace fabric pop. Since my pants were lined I threw the instructions across the floor and proceeded the best way I knew how. It's not finished but I should finish it this weekend. 

I worked out the construction issues. Instead of having an attached band I created a casing for the elastic between my lining and fabric and I'm going to insert the elastic and then attach the pants to the bodice. I will definitely post a finished picture. 


Tuesday, April 12, 2022

A Little Knitting

 I needed an easy project when I went to Jamaica for my daughter's wedding and I didn't have time to shop for yarn so I used what I had in my stash. I started with the purple and soon realized I wouldn't have enough so I searched my stash and found this variegated yarn that I've had forever.

The purple in the variegated yarn was a good match to the purple so I went with it.

When I blocked it I noticed that the variegated was several different lot colors but I'm okay with it. I will probably just wear this in the winter and it was a fun and easy project.

I'm still teaching my granddaughter to sew. I'm thankful that she hasn't lost interest. We're making doll clothes. I hope to get some pictures soon. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Snow Day Sewing


Last week we had some wicked weather which was perfect for finishing sewing projects that have been languishing in my sewing room.

First up pj's for my son. The pattern is very old, it's Simplicity 2318, I've made it several times. The dark knight fleece fabric is leftover from a quillow I made for him. I hope he likes them.

The yoke on this poncho has been languishing for years. I initially made it and paired it with a solid gold colored fleece and it was a terrible combination so I took it apart and purchased a coordinating geometric to go with the gold fleece. I love that poncho and it's very warm. Almost like wearing a blanket. I then purchased this leopard print to go with the off white fleece. I don't love this one as much as the gold one but I will definitely wear it in these frigid temps. 

This is a very old pattern too, Butterick 5715.

And last but definitely not least I made slipper booties to go with my robe, I love them. The pattern is Simplicity 9456. I changed the tie from the back to the front because that just made more sense to me. I used thermal insoles, the soles are four layers, two fleece, thermal insoles and non-skid soles. They are so warm. I wore then for two days straight. I added 1/4 inch elastic and changed the ties from the gray pictured here to black, now they stay up.

The professional wedding pictures should be back soon. Until then happy sewing.

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.