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Book Sale

It has taken 2- weeks to write this post. I have been writing a little at a time due to tendonitis of my right shoulder.

On May 15, the library in my town had its annual book sale. I have been living in this town for over 20-years and the library has been having a yearly 3-days spring books sale for at lease 10-years, starting on Friday. This year the sale was two days, Saturday and Sunday.

I got to the building 15 minutes before the door was open and there was a very long line. The books were organized by topic such as craft, cook books, gardening, children books, fiction, art, religions, etc. The hardcover books were $0.50 and the magazines were $0.25.

I went to the craft section and I found a treasure of old books, such as 10-crosstitch magazines, sewing books, fiction (The Godfather by Mario Puzzi). I was overwhelmed by the extensive selection and the great condition of the books.

There were books by some of my favorites writers such as James Patterson ( an entire hard cover collectio…

Not A Bargain

First this is the second version of Butterick 5038. My DD loves the simplicity of this dress. I am working on two more versions for her. Will post soon.




At the end of last summer, my girlfriend and I went shopping in the Bronx, New York . I bought four skirts size -3X for $5.oo each. The designs and color of the fabrics ( cotton) caught my attention. I knew that I would be able to re-work the fabrics and make it work.

Well, that was a big mistake. The fabrics were so off grain and distorted, it's just not wort it!

First of all the construction was deplorable. The waist was self-faced without interfacing, the zipper was sewn without interfacing the area to provide stability. I removed the self faced waistband removed the zipper and proceeded to cut the skirt down to size. I then interfaced the zipper area and inserted a centered zipper, I applied a peter sham waistband. Unfortunately, after all of this work, I realized that the hem was uneven. Although the design at the bottom of the …

Butterick 5038

I bought this pattern last year. After working on the challenges with TNT pants pattern, I decided to sew something easy. Well so I thought. I made this dress for my daughter.

Pattern Description: Misses' Tunic: A-line tunic, above mid-knee

Pattern Sizing: 14 to 20; I made 20 with with a few alterations/changes.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes. The pattern is true to the photo.

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I purchased this pattern thinking it was a good basic pattern to make simple summer dress.

What I dislike about the pattern was the sizing. The pattern runs small in the bodice and it does not provide adequate coverage of the bust area. If your bra cup is an "A" then it should be OK

Fabric Used: very lightweight cotton that has been in my fabric collection for years.

Pattern Adjustments/Alterations:














My daughter is a …