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New Year Resolution

I went to Jo-Ann today to purchase a few Vogue patterns that was on sale. Can you believe I only bought 3 lousy patterns.

As I left the store, I was thinking that I owned over 250 + patterns and I manage to have an extensive SABLE. With the current state of the economy it has become necessary to monitor how, when and on what I spend my money.

I was reading Ms Carolyn's blog over at diary of a sewingfantatic -and her goals for the new year were along the same lines as mine.

Last year I made lots of resolutions, some I accomplished and other need more work, but overall it was a good year.

Here are my 3 goals for 2009

1. Limit the amount of money I am going to spend on patterns and fabrics

2. Improve my pants fitting skills

3. Rediscover my love of quilting, knitting, crochet and cross stitch

Spending less is my most important goal for 2009. I don't know what to expects in 2009 so I must save and sew from my sable. Now that does not mean that I am not going to spend on fabrics and patter…

Happy Hoildays

Sewing Books

My family and I went to the mall on black Friday just to walk around and enjoy the holiday atmosphere. We went to the Palisades Mall in Nyack, New York; it's a 30 minutes drive from my home. There is a new bookstore that only sells Japanese books. I decided to see if there was any sewing related books and I found several. I bought this one for $22.00.It has 4-5 jackets/coats with the patterns and great photos covering detail instructions and techniques

The books below I did not buy; however on my next trip I might buy the one on the right.


Saturday, November 29, 2008

Survey Fun
Here’s what I want you to do:1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Mark any items that you would never consider eating.

1. Venison- would not eat
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos Rancheros
4. Steak tartare – would not eat
5. Crocodile -forget about this one
6. Black pudding -
7. Cheese fondue -
8. Carp -
9. Borscht- absolutely not
10. Baba ghanoush.-
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart- never
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn or head cheese - no, I don't think so
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda- don't know what this is
31. Wasabi peas- NO
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi -
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer fl…

What Is Your Level of Sewing? Part I

Is it beginner, intermediate, advance, gifted or master of the craft?

After reading Carolyn’s blog I have been thinking this over. I read the comments to Carolyn's post, and I agreed with others viewpoint.

I used the calculations and I fared horrible.

Well, my sewing is not awful; however I am not an expert or a master of the craft. I consider my level of sewing intermediate. I have been sewing since the 9th grade. I sewed window treatments, slipcovers, my weeding gown and bridesmaid’s gowns, my girlfriend’s weeding and bridesmaid’s gown, I sewed my daughter’s christening gown etc.

I have learned some great techniques such as zipper insertion (lapped and invisible), making bias binding and pattern drafting.

I strongly disagree that time spent is an adequate measure of my sewing skill. Some folks are gifted; they can draft and create a beautiful garment with little effort and without dedicating a lot of time. Other like me honed the skill through practice and research. Your skills wi…

Do I think 10,000 hours equals expert?"

Carolyn posted an article asking this question. The original article was posted at a dress a day.

This was the formula giving:
Number of hours you sew a month x 12 months x the number of years you've been sewing equals _____________ hours. This number then designates whether you are an expert (best of the best), good or mediocre.

Carolyn got many responses. The overall consensus was “the number of hours spent sewing did not determine the type of sewer you are”.

Happy Thanksgiving

Have a wonderful holiday!

Only In The United States of America

My fellows blogger, yesterday we saw the citizens of this great and magnificent country participate in a historical event. I am proud of everyone who waited on long lines for hours to cast their vote. I am proud of my fellow citizens who stood on long lines to vote early. I does not matter if you are a Republican or a Democrat we the people spoke loud and clear.

I am proud of my country and I congratulate all my fellow citizens. Let us join together and work to restore America's credibility and self respect in the international community. Let's roll up our sleeves to help rebuild our economy.

The road to recovery is not going to be easy; however we the people have shown the government the price it will pay if it does not put we the people's health and well being on its agenda.

Now, back to my favorite topic SEWINGGGGGGGG

Thank You

Thanks for your comments on my last post. I am still working on organizing my sewing room. I created an index of sewing and non-sewing related items in 2003. This binder helps me keep tract of patterns, articles, books etc. I will post more about this binder system later.

Organization My Sewing Space

A while back I wrote about an article that was posted in threads magazine about how to organize your fabric collection. Here is the article

Here is my interpretation.

80% of my fabrics collection are in this binder. The sheet protector,the paper and the double sided tape is acid free.

This was another article I found in Threads magazine. It required that you take pictures of your patterns with a digital camera and create a visual catalog of your patterns. Below is the article

This was a time consuming process, but in the end it was worth it. I also organized by patterns by name (vogue, butterick etc) and by number. I found 2 or 3 of the same patterns and/or patterns with the same numbers; however the style was different. I used a small binder and each sheet protector held 8 photos that was crop and reduce to fit. This was one of the best things I did. Now I can take the small binder with me when I going to shop for patterns or fabrics. I discovered that I own 400+ patterns. Here is my in…

Too Many Pattern

Cennetta and Carolyn wrote about their pattern collections. Carolyn's love of patterns is contagious. I have been reading her blog for over a year and I know that she loves patterns with great technique and details to add to her a fabulous wardrobe. Cenetta loves to buys pattern that offer techniques to challenge and improve her sewing skills. Also she has a fabulous wardrobe and her sense of color is awesome.

Why do I buy patterns?

1.I buy patterns because I love to sew
2.I buy patterns because I love the styles and I have good intentions to sew every pattern I buy(unrealistic)
That is why I love to buy patterns and I have been buying patterns for 30+ years.

Reading so many sewing blogs has been fun and educational at the same time. I bought 3 patterns in the last three months ; my goal moving forward is to buy patterns that are going to challenge and improve my sewing skills.

I have been working on organizing my extensive pattern collection. This was an eye opening experience. More a…


Hello everyone, Its been a while since i posted anything. Well I felt overwhelmed, I felt like I was spreading myself so thin that nothing was getting done.I looked around and all I saw were the things that need to be done around my home and at work.

My lack of blogging did not prevent me from visiting you guys blog.It has been three months since I sewed. The last thing I made was a pair of black pant. I did not buy any fabrics or patterns in 3 months.

Well, I'm beginning to feel like myself again. This time I plan to take my time and try to not take on more than I can manage. In the past month my husband and I started getting our home ready for the holiday. Thanksgiving dinner will be at my home. We painted the living room, the kitchen was remolded last year, however we had plywood over the cabinets as conter tops. Well, my corian counter tops were installed on Friday.

I am still working on organizing my home and the sewing room. Work in progress.

Photos later.....

Project Runway Australia

She is goneeeeeee, that witch was eliminated in episode 7 of project runway Australia.

I cannot remember the name of the blog that introduce project runway Australia,sorryyyy. Anyway, i have been watching it on You-Tube once a week.

Cidell wrote about this designer that change her model because " she had too much bootee and a swayback". Well, when i read that I went to You-Tube and watch that episode.

I could not believe that this woman was on national television expressing such bias remarks. I was pisssss off, because In my opinion her design are not for the woman with curves.

Project runway Australia became an obsession, only because i knew that she was her own enemy and it was only a matter of time for her to eliminate herself.

Well, guess what that bias witch won the challenge in episode 6; however episode 7 was her demised. Kelly Rowland a former member of Destiny Child was a guest on episode 7. The challenge was for the designers to create an outfit for an upcoming performa…

Black & White Swap

I am still working on my black pant, I removed about 1/2" from the front crotch curve and the fit improve. I need to remove another 1/4" and hopefully that should take care of the fullness in the front. I am somewhat slow in my sewing because fit is important to me.

I know I said in my last post that i was going to control my spending, well i sort fell off the wagon. Butterick patterns were on sale and I bought 5.

I have been organizing my sewing space because it is somewhat messy right now.

As far as the sewing coat projects I will definitely not meet the deadline. I will complete it hopefully, before thanksgiving.

Shopping vs Sewing

I am working on phase-2 of my black & white swap. I made 2 pair of black pants, i am working on my last two pair. I altered front crotch curve by removing 1/2-inch . Now it fits much better.

Carolyn wrote about Sybil Connolly and I love vintage patterns, sooo I went on a shopping pattern frenzy. Oh me gosh, too much spending. I am on a strict budget starting now. The patterns below are now part of my vintage pattern collection.


Thank you for your well wishes. To Cenetta, Erlisa, Carolyn & Paco a big hug. I was incapacitated for since the first week in July. I worked on a Pant muslin in May and here is the result

I started a Black & White swap last fall and i sewed 4-skirts (2-black, 1-leopard print and 1-navy blue). That was phase 1. In phase 2 I am planning to sew 4-black pants. I need to work on my pants pattern a little more.

The great coat sew a long, my goal is to start and finish my muslin over the Labor Day weekend.

Last, but not lease, i did not do any sewing during the time i was ill; however i visited E-Bay and kept up with everyone' s blog. I bought quite a few vintage patterns. I could not help myself Ms.Carolyn is to blame.LOLLLLLLLL.

Anyway i will post pictures at another time. I am going on a very strict pattern diet. No more shopping for patterns, except its absolutely necessaryyyyyyyyy. LOLLLLLLLLL

Missing in Action (MIA)

I have been MIA, I'm not feeling great, I had the flu and I don't know if the medication that was prescribed to treat the flu caused my immune system to go off. I was started on new medication and i am hoping that this will end sooner than later

Sewing Library

These are additions to my sewing library

Sewing and The Great Coat Sew Along

Dang! Can someone explain to me why the health God and the sewing Goddess have join fores against me? LOL

My health t has affected my sewing mojo. Think about this; I had a 5-day weekend, (yes you heard it right), I was off Thursday-Sunday. My plan was to complete my coat muslin, finish sewing a couple of pants and have a holiday cookout with my family. Instead i spent the time in and out of emergency care. Dang!

Vintage Patterns

I know its has been a while since i posted; however i was busy reading every one's blog and working on a pants muslin for my self and my DD.
Thanks Cennetta and pacoperalta for your help. I will post more about that later.

I bought these on E-bay last month. The last batch of patterns i bought, the pattern envelopes were torn and not in great condition. The pattern and the instruction are in great shape; however it was somewhat disappointing to see the condition of the envelopes. Every pattern I bought on was about 30-40-years old and the envelopes were in perfect condition. Any way i have one more set and i will post those later along with sewing books i purchased from

The Great Coat Sew-Along
I joined The Great Coat Sew-Along that Marji has started up. I joined because its my first attempt to sew a coat. Last winter i sat on sidelines and watch several blogger create beautiful coats. I have two challenges to overcome, time management and the project itself. There are so many beautiful pattern available, I choose a simple coat pattern because i want to focus on the process and techniques needed to create a well fitting and wearable coat. Here is my choice

I have a hound tooth fabric in black & white. I think it will make a beautiful fall/early spring coat.

Designer Yves Saint Laurent died last weekend at 71

Saint Laurent was born August 1, 1936 in Oran, Algeria. The iconic designer died at his home in Paris. His chic pantsuits changed the way women dressed. He reworked the rules of fashion by putting women into elegant pantsuits that came to define how modern women dressed.
Mr. Laurent was a towering figure of the 20th-century fashion; he was wide…

Very Easy Pants

Butterick 5044 a great beginner pattern that is quick and Easy

This was so easy. From start to finish including pressing was approximately 1 hour. The time excludes cutting out the pattern and making alteration. The only alteration I did to shorten the crotch depth.This is a keeper and a great beginner project

Butterick 5044- Easy Pants

I bought this pattern last week. It consist of 1 main pattern piece. I made a muslin and I am satisfied with the fit in the back.The pant has an elastic waist.
I took in a 1/2 inch in the front and 1/2 at the inner seam to take some of the fullness out of the pant leg. I have fabrics in my collection that i can use. I decided on a grey broadcloth. This fabrics has been in my collection for at lease 10 years. I don't have enough to get a full lenght pant. More about this tomorrow.

Simplicity 2965

In my previous post i wrote about not having enough time to sew. After completing a time study i found out why?
Since then, i made a decision to decrease the time i spend on E-bay by 75%, stop buying patterns at Jo-Ann even if they are on sale ( except when the sale is 10 patterns for $ 10.00). I am happy to report that i visited E-bay only once this week and read blogs twice this week.

Here are the results:
Simplicity 2965

Not Enough Time to Sew

I am feeling very blue right now. WHY? not enough time to sew. Why I don't have enough time to sew?

Well, I decided to do a time study to see why and here are results:

1. I spent most of my free time on E-bay, buying patterns and magazines at Jo-Ann, reading you guys blogs and surfing the Internet

2. I am overwhelmed by the large number of unfinished projects I have sitting around

3. I sew for my home; my daughter; and myself. In addition I love to sew quilts and i just don't have the time to do it all

4. I have a full time job that requires a 2-hour ( beack & forth) commute to the office. Thank God I am only required to be in the office for report writing and meetings. However, there are times when I must be in the office for a week.

What can I do to make my free time more productive?

Well for starters I need to:
1. Drastically cut back on the time i spend on E-bay , surfing the Internet ( except for reading you guys blogs)and at Jo-Ann Fabrics
2. Monitor my time so that I c…

Kitchen Curtains

Done. Kitchen curtains

No Sewing and Ramblings

I visited monkeyroom's blog last month, and she wrote about "SABLE". It was the first time i came across that term and the article was sooo on target for the following reasons:

1. I will never be able to sew all the fabric I owned.

2. I bought each fabric for a particular project; however, somehow I was unrealistic about the time and effort I will have to invest in order to complete the project

3. I am a perfectionist, I know how garments should fit and I refused to settle. That is a major problem because I take way too much time than I should to complete a project.

4. Part of my stash has become dated and I refused to divorce myself from my dated or rather vintage stash. LOL

5. Sometimes I become anxious because of UFO, and not having enough time to sew.

6. My extensive pattern collection is overwhelming. This year I added Burda patterns to the collection. P.S. I have a list of the new McCalls and Simplicity patterns I am going to buy when they go on sale at Jo-Ann next we…


This is my next quick sewing project. It's a shrug to wear with my instant gratification dress. Actually, i am sewing two shrugs. One is going to be for Shahi. Mmmm should I make the shrug out of jersey knit ( part of my stash) or should i use cotton since the dress is cotton with a bit of polyester? What do you think?

Instant Gratification

I bought these two pieces of fabric a Jo-Ann's. The dress on the left belongs to Shahi and the one on the right is mine. All you have to do is sew it together. It only takes 5-10 minutes. This was a boost to my sewing mojo.

Here I am. I absolutely love this easy summer dress


Simplicity 2965

My daughter and I were in the mall three weeks ago. We did a lot of window shopping and we took pictures of RTW including this blouse for $15.00-20.00 depending on the department store. I cost me $5.00 to make. Pattern description- It's so easy. Size A 8-18 Fabrics: cotton/Blends, Silky Types, Double Georgette. I used cotton gauze. pattern Likes : The instructions were simple except for how to attached bias binding to the armhole. The finished blouse looked like the illustration. I like the blouse very much. It's simple and it will keep you cool during the hot summer months . You can use almost any fabric that is soft and drapery. Dislikes: 1.The instructions on how to partially attached bias binding to the armhole is somewhat confusing for a beginner. Because, only about 2/3 of the armhole will be covered with bias binding and the other 1/3 the raw edges will be expose 2. I did not like the instruction for attaching the back yoke and front yoke facing. The technique somewhat awkward. …

Answer to comments

Thank very much for taking the time to comment about my pattern collection. I am going to try not to buy any more patterns lolllllll.

Anyway i bought a vintage style pattern book on e-bay. I soon as it arrives i will post a pic.

Shopping 2 of 2

Shopping post 1 of 2 E-BAY

These are vintage patterns I bought last month. In the 1950's and 1960's patterns were $0.25 an$0.65 wowwwww.

I was determined to get this pattern because I was outbid once.