Where Has The Time Gone????

I have been crazy busy with work, training and studying for an upcoming certification exam. Needless to say very little sewing has taken place.  But I have managed to get to the final stages on a pair of dark brown wool gabardine pants.

 Finding RTW pants that fit me has always been is very difficult for me.(slim or plus size)  Also, I am particular about my pants being lined.  I think if you are asking $105 for a pair of 100% wool pants, they should be lined.  Sorry, I digressed.  Anyway, I was saying  fit is an issue for me.  I have full hips with a sway back, so when I sit down the world can see my cute undies and I’m constantly having to make sure my tops are covering me when I sit.   So, I decided it was time for me to start making my own pants.  I didn’t care how many muslin fitting it would take, I was determined to get the fit I want.

It took 3 muslin fitting and patience with myself to get the fit perfected.  I made my pants a little snug because I’m losing weight.  Sewing while you’re losing weight is tricky.  I will be posting pictures this weekend.

I am so excited about sewing for the Spring and Summer.  When I received my email from Vogue Patterns with those beautiful spring/summer dresses I about lost it!!  This came right on time, because, I want to wear more dresses to work.  But currently I only have one dress that I would wear to work (yes, I know that is pitiful ).  So here are three patterns I have select thus far for work.  By the way JoAnns had Vogue patterns for 3.99 and I cleaned up.

Vogue 1220

This is a nice spin on the shirt dress.  I order a dark  navy blue stretch cotton sateen from fashion fabric club.

Vogue 1222
I love the lines on this dress. It is simple and elegant.  I have decided I want  use a tropical wool. Just not sure of the color yet.  I have black in my stash.  
Vogue 1241
What can I say about this pattern….but gorgeous.  I am not a print person, but I have decided this will be my out of my comfort zone dress.  I am attending Pattern Review Weekend in Chicago ( so excited, my first one!!!) so I am going shop for a print at Vogue Fabrics.
Well that’s it for now.
Until Next Time……..Keep Sewing

The Goodies

My latest project is pants.  I ‘m  currently working on perfecting the fit.  I am using my reference book “Pants That Fit”  by Singer.  I have just about every book from their sewing reference library and  I’m using  Vogue V7881.  But more about that on my next post.

Over the last couple of weeks, I have purchase a few goodies for my sewing room.

The New Iron:

 I have been a Rowenta die hard for as last long as I can remember.  But it seems lately, I have had to replace my irons more frequently.  So this time I decided to try Reliable instead.  I purchased the V100 Digital Velocity from All Brands.  I must stay I really like this iron.  First it is heavier than any Rowenta that I’ve owned.  Second, I like that I can override the  automatic shut-off.   Third, I like that it let’s me know when it has reached the temperature I’ve set.  Last, I like that there is different levels of steam.  Next on  my list is the Reliable S330 Empressa Steam Ironing Press .


I  purchased Claire Schaeffer DVD Couture Techniques Workshop Basics from Threads Magazine.  This DVD is awesome!!!  I found myself practicing a couple of hand stitches that were some what new to me.  I will be adding a few more hand needles to my tool kit.  If you are interested in learning couture techniques or looking to brush up on a few techniques, then I highly recommend this DVD.  The next DVD on my list, Threads Archive DVD.


I saw this vintage pattern in Threads 153 from decadesofstyle.com. It is the perfect addition to my spring/summer collection. The pattern was a little pricey, but worth it.  I’m envisioning a linen outfit in taupe with black top stitching and a black pencil skirt.

I found this really cool application on the Itunes app store call the sewing-kit.  I downloaded the app to my IPod Touch. This app is really cool. You can inventory you patterns, fabric, and projects.  Right now I am using it for pattern inventory. What I really like is that the application will go out to the patterns companies website to download the picture of the pattern you are adding.  Of course you will have to take a picture if the pattern is out of stock.  I think I just found  my reason to upgrade to the newest IPod Touch with camera. Just need to decide if I want 32 or 64 GB.  🙂  Here is a screenshot.


I received this beautiful chocolate/gold metallic rayon jersey from emmaonesock. I really like how Linda packages the fabric that I purchase.  My fabric came folded in tissue paper. It just made getting the fabric all the more special. Anyway, I’m planning to make the short sleeve criss cross front version of butterick B5497.  This will be my jazzy summer top.

Well those are the goodies that I have purchased.  Next post will be on my pants.

Until next time………keep sewing!!!