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  1. Thoughts on long term projects - My galaxy quilt is progressing very quickly. I’ve actually completed three more blocks since I took this photo! This is only the second quilt I’ve made – the first was my very first sewing project, back in (gulp) November, 2009. After I made that first quilt, I started sewing garments, and pretty much didn’t look […]
  2. Lighting for Sewing - After multiple trips to Joann’s and the local sewing shop, I’ve finally amassed all the notions that I need to start sewing again.  It’s amazing the number of things you need, when you’re starting from nothing!  I even had to purchase a straight stitch foot for my machine, as I could only find the walking […]
  3. How can it be 2017 Already? - Greetings! I know, it’s been a literal age since I’ve been here – nearly two and a half years!  Where have I been?  Well… experiencing a total upheaval of my life situation.  I’ve gone through a divorce, and a major career change.  It’s been unimaginably difficult, and I’m only now reaching a place where I […]
  4. McCall’s 6750 : nope - Pattern: McCall 6750 Sizing: I made a 10 blending to a 12 at the hips, then had to add an inch at the end.  Pattern runs small in the hips.  My measurements are 33-28-38 Fabric: Liberty tana lawn, 1 yard and a mystery poplin used as sew in interfacing on the fronts. Notes: I recently […]
  5. Liberty woes - I’m currently working on McCall’s 6750. I’m making the sleeveless version, omitting the armhole facings.  I’m using Liberty Tana Lawn for the first time, as I got a single yard as a gift. This colorway is Pepper E. Anyway, I’m really starting to wonder if I’ve been misled, as this fabric is kind of terrible […]
  6. Pattern review: Colette Patterns Hawthorn dress - Pattern: Colette Hawthorn Fabric: Rayon/linen blend from Joann’s Size: I cut a 6 in the bodice, graded to a 10 at the waist.  I should have cut at least a size smaller.  My measurements are 33-28-39. Notes: It’s been a long time since I made a Colette pattern.  They haven’t always fit me well, particularly […]
  7. Finding Balance - Current project: Colette Patterns Hawthorne dress   It wasn’t until I started sewing that I realized how much I missed it.  I have difficulty finding balance in my life because I’m pretty much “all or nothing” about most things.  But I have to tell you, I don’t want to have another semester like this past […]
  8. Vogue 9005 - Pattern: Vogue 9005, view A Size: XS in the shoulders, medium at hips (for reference, my measurements are: 33-28-38) Fabric: Lightweight rayon jersey from Fabric Mart Alterations: I lengthened the tank portion only by 2 inches, and I reduced the armhole depth by 2 inches in order to combat stretching. General Notes: I always seem […]
  9. Simplicity 1419 - Pattern: Simplicity 1419, view B Fabric:  Mystery fabric from Joann’s Notions: 22″ invisible zipper, contrasting sateen for collar and bias binding Notes: So, I guess I’m back!  The musical was brilliant, and I’m so very proud of all my students.  Next spring I hope to produce another!   Now that I’ve done it once, perhaps it […]
  10. Is this thing on? - Hi there!  I know, I know… I’ve been MIA here.  My life kicked into high gear at the end of summer, and it hasn’t slowed down a bit!  I haven’t had time to sew, and I really miss it, but right now I have other things to focus on.  I thought I’d post an update, […]

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