Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Happy New Year-

Happy New Year, to everyone who visit my blog and take the time to read my post. May the new year bring you health, good fortune and happiness. Here is a photo I took last month while I was on vacation. I took the photo with friends and family, but I did not have their approval to post so I cropped the photo and I took them out. I am not going to do an end of the year post. Happy New Year, I will back next year.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Merry Cristmas and Happy New Year

To every who take the time to stop and read this blog and to all the wonderful people I'v met because of this wonderful art, Happy Holidays and & Happy New Year. I will be back next year. Until then enjoy the photo of my dining room table. As you can see christmas is my absolutely favorite holiday.

Monday, November 28, 2011


I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving day. I took vacation to get an early start on decorating my home for chirstmas. Instead I got the flu and sinusitis. It came on without warning, I am so sick, I did go to the doctor and he prescribed antibiotic, a nasal decongestant and expectorant. To make matters worst my Asthma has made things worst. I had the flu shot, however for the last three years around October or November I had been getting sick with sinusitis and the flu and I also notice that it takes me a long time to get over it.
On a personal note, I am worried about my son, there is some health concerns. I am asking you guys to pray for him that all will be well. Hopefully I will be back to blogging next year.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Quilt- Footsteps from Panama

I saw a quilt in an old quilters newsletter magazine. It was designed by a quilt artist from Australia. I cannot remember the artist's name and I can't find the image of the quilt. After looking at that quilt I got the idea to make a quilt that represent me. I drew the design of the quilt in a notebook in May and last week I bought the fabric. Last night around 7pm I began working on the quilt and the next thing I knew it was 3:45am. I went to bed and basically spent the day working on the quilt. I sewed on all the beads and added the border. I am happy with the quilt, its not perfect and it's not going to win any awards but it tells my story. On the back of the quilt I wrote a little about myself. This was my first applique quilt and I like it. I've made lots of scraps quilts but this one is special to me and it's the first in a series I planning and my skills should improve with each one I make.  And now for you enjoyment I present; Footsteps From Panama

Friday, September 23, 2011

Simplicity 4402- Cape

I got the idea to sew this cape from Toy, I downloaded the  pattern and after watching the video and reading the instructions I decided I wanted something very basic and simple. I bought the fabric from Fabric Mart 2-years ago, it's a cotton flannel, charcoal grey. I bought 3-4 yds. It washes beautifuly and need very little ironing. The pattern is two pieces, front and back. Very basic sewing until I decided that the cape should have a lining. I am not happy with the way it drapes at the bottom, so I'm going to remove the stiches from the hem and re-hem the lining and fabric separetely. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

What I Wore Today- Self Drafted Skirt

Just a quick post, I sewed this skirt early spring and I been wearing the heck out of it. The fabric is a knit and has an elastic waist. It is so comfortable. I used my TNT skirt pattern and followed the instructions from one of my pattern drafting books to draft a six gore skirt.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

M.I.A(missing in action) M7815

I have been MIA, I have so much going on, responsibilities at work, family responsibilities, lots of activities over the summer etc. Additionaly, DH brought home five large file cabinets and as a results I started organizing my sewing laboratory (basement). I have been working in my laboratory reorganizing the space since July and in the process I've taken lots of stuff to the thrift store. Two thirds of the labaratory is done. I am going thru my fabric stash, and I would be giving away quite a bit of fabric in the future, stay tuneeeeee. I do read all my favorites blogs almost every day so I can keep up with you guy, and now M7815...
This is the 3rd version of M7815. The 2nd version was a wadder. I used a cotton fabric that had spandex or lycra, it had a lot of stertch. I made additional adjustment to the back pattern. I am not going to review the entire pattern because I did a review in a previous post here. This dress is underline and I use black bias binding around the neck and the armholes, a center back zipper insertion and I added a black band on the hem. This pattern needs a bit more tweaking depending on the fabric, in  addition I am trying to loose weight, so my measurements seems to changing from month to month.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Hello and Updates

Hello everyone. I have been an absent blogger; however I have been keeping up with everyone blogs. I read your postings couple times a week. Let's see where do I start

1. I added probable 100yds or more of fabric to my overloaded fabric stash.

2. My Janome sewing machine is acting up. The machine is nine years and 9 months old. I love the way it sews, so I will take it to the sewing machine doctor this week.

3. I can't figure out how to thread my 1929 Singer, the stitches are off and it sews so smooth and quiet. I bought a cheap Singer for $80.00 just so I could finish my project. Let me tell, I am going to give the machine away, I am not going to try to sell it. It is so light and after sewing on my Janome sewing on that cheap Martha Stewart Singer is like taking a step back into the dark ages. The Singer is great for a young kid who is just learning to sew. The machine is cheap plastic.

4. I have been watching quilt shows on line. I love to make scrap quilts.

5. I have been sewing, I think I finally figured out how to get some sewing done. It called " to hell with housework and cooking" and you know what I like it.

6. I had enough of my cheap Polaroid camera, I am tired of having to refocus the camera after taking a few pic. I bought Nikon digital camera. Pictures of sewing project will be shown on my next post.

More later....

Monday, July 4, 2011

The little black dress

This is a photo of my girlfriend and I. We attended a wedding yesterday July 3. It was at the Liberty Marina in Liberty State Park. It was spectacular. The bride gown was simple, elegant and vintage. The bride maids wore cocktail length dresses made of chiffon with cascading layer in eggplant and the maid of honor wore the same style dress in a soft lavender. It was a sad and at the same time a beautiful affair. It was sad because the bride's mother died a year and half ago and she was a special person and a friend. The ceremony was simple and beautiful and the cocktail hour was fabulous. The weeding reception was a blast. My knees hurt from dancing. The dress is a simple black strapless dress embroidered with silk ribbon. I bought the dress six years ago because I was planning to attend a wedding in the Bahamas. Well in the end I did not go to the Bahamas for the wedding and this dress hang in my closet until yesterday. Well I wanted to write this post before going to bed. it is 2am folks time to take this dress off and go to sleep. Have a wonderful 4th of July.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

McCalls 7815- Black & White Dress

Finally photos of the black & white dress. I just got home from work, so please excuse the wrinkles. It's time to buy a new camera, that's all I have to say. I wore a turquoise necklace with a pewter medallion.

Here is a back viewThis was the way I wore the dress with a belt. I am going to make a few more dresses in order to tweak the pattern. On the next version I am going to remove 1.5" from the neckline and 2' from the center back (upper back to the neckline). Well that's all for now and tomorrow I am going to buy a new camera, the focus on this cheap camera is off.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

TNT Dress

I have been working on a dress sloper for a few months. Life and work has been hectic around here and I have not had much time for sewing. Anyway in previous post I wrote about working on a dress and I had some problems fitting the back. Eventually I decide to try a Vintage pattern in my stash and BINGO I was able to finally get a pretty decent fit.

Project Details:

Pattern: McCalls 7815- Vintage Pattern- 1965

Pattern Sizing: 16- Bust 36.

Description: Three-panel, lightly fitted and flared dress. Sleeveless dress has lightly scooped interfaced neckline, center back zipper, French darts at the front.

Did it look like the pattern envelope once you were done sewing it? I think it's identical!

Fabric: Floral Cotton from my stash

Underlining: cotton batiste

Where the instructions easy to follow?

I did not read the pattern instructions, the pattern was only 3-pieces. I did use Vogue Vintage Sewing as reference

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I love the simplicity of the style. I did not like the flare; it made my hips look toooo wide so I made the dress into an A-line.

Pattern alterations or design changes you made:

I took 1” short back adjustment, swayback adjustment, sloped shoulder adjustment, and I lengthen the center back and center front length.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will be sewing this dress over and over again. It is a versatile that can be made in a variety of fabrics. I will recommend a similar pattern since this is a vintage pattern.

It is 1am I am going to bed, my next post you will pic of me wearing this dress. By the way the dress is a wearable muslin.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Singer Sewing Machine

I bought this sewing machine today from Craiglist for $40.00. It needs a cleaning and servicing which I plan to do myself following a posting on You Tube.
Not much happening around here, I have been working on my dress sloper, bought a few vintage patterns and read all you guys blog. Enjoy the pic below:

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

New Look 6808

I wrote about this pattern here; then the holidays came and I put the project aside. I started working on the pattern in March, and instead of picking up where I left off, for some unknown reason I started new muslin. This is a bad and frustrating habit of mine and it’s the reason why I am not productive. I have a sewing dairy with photos and notes, after reviewing the dairy I realize that many of the muslin I’ve made fit my body well; however I have a problem with perfectionism when it comes to sewing and instead of working with a muslin that have an acceptable fit; I try to perfect a muslin that don’t need to be perfected and instead I waist a lot of time, and become frustrated. New Look was a perfect example. I had an acceptable muslin here instead I decided that I wanted a center back zipper and made a mess of the whole thing. After much work I am happy with the fit. My biggest problem was fitting the back pattern due to a swayback, short upper back, a narrow back and too much fullness in the pattern. Below is the result Next I going to sew this up in fabric.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Crochet Blanket for Chase

IT'S DONE. I started crocheting Chase's blanket last month; I had one more ball of yarn to left and I crochet the last ball yesterday.

This is a close picture of the stitch

Size: 60x 60
The stitch: Popcorn, it crochets up very quickly
Needle Size: J
Thread: Red Heart Super Saver- Medium Weight #4
Color: Frosty Green Fleck- 10-12 balls

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Quick Post

A few updates

1. Not much sewing, I am still working on a dress sloper that is almost done

2. Had knee surgery on Tuesday due to a torn meniscus, and a few more problems. I don't know how all this damage was done. I feel better today because I can bear weight on my left knee and I sleep last night.

3. I am almost done crocheting a blanket for Chase DeQuincy that I started last month

4. Chase DeQuincy has inspired me to start scrapbooking. More about that later.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

February Recap

Chase's quilt and pillows.

Here is Oxana my new Roxy dress form. I padded her up to be close to my measurements and I realize that I love some weight and I am one dress size smaller.

Here is Oxana fully padded with grainlines added to make altering patterns easier.

I got the Godfather DVD collection last Xmas. It's one of my favorites movies. I bought this book last month at Borders and I read it in one week. Great reading.

The book below is an original copy of the godfather. It was published by G.P. Putnam's Sons in 1969. I bought this copy 2-years ago at the library in a book sale for $1.00 and it has a special place in my home library.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Reversible Quilt And Pillows

My first sewing project for the New Year; A reversible quilt for Chase DeQuincy the youngest member in my family. Chase is 22 months old; last October his mom bought 3 yds of flannel with Chase's favorite characters- Sesame Street. She asked me to sew a blanket for his bed, I had a flannel with a sports theme in my stash that I bought 10-years ago to make PJ for my son who is now 17-years old. I finished the quilt the first week in February, and I completed the envelope pillows today. The size of the pillows are 18x18 Bamboo Pillow Form filled with 100% natural antibacterial Bamboo Fiber. I bought this particular type of pillow because Chase has allergies. Thank goodness for 50% coupons, it was half the cost.

Vogue Knitting Patterns

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

January Recap

My co-worker introduced me to the Tudors a series that was on HBO. She loaned me the first and 2nd second season DVDs of the Tudors. On December 23 while I was preparing for Christmas Eve dinner I decided to watch the first season. I was hook and before New Year Eve I watched the 2nd season. I went to the library and found the 3rd season and I bought season 4. The story of Henry VIII was not unfamiliar because I saw the Boleyn Girls at the movie last year, and that was related to the life of Henry the VIII. After watching the DVD I wanted to know about Henry VIII. It gets better I found this book at Barnes & Noble bookstore
on January 17 and it took me 4-days to read it. Since then I read another book regarding the Dark Story of the King and Queens of England and I have one more book to read on the same subject, however I am taking a break.

So far February started off with a bang. I made a reversible quilt for the little member of the family, I am going to make a few pillow cases to match and I bought a Roxy dress form for a great price $225.00. I went to the showroom located in East Brunswick, NJ. The dress form I wanted cost around $1500.00, I can't remember the name at the moment, but the dress form is made to your specific body measurement. And as luck will have it, the company is located in the same town where I live.

I will post pictures of my new dressform when I put it together.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Crochet Shawl

This is my first project of 2011.
This shawl took two weekends to complete. I was inspired by so many bloggers (Sheila) who are knitting and crocheting beautiful garments or accessories .
I bought the yarn because I love the colors chocolate brown and blue.My mom taught me to crochet when I was in the 7th grade. She taught me how to do a chain, single crochet,double crochet and the pineapple stitch. My first project was a skirt made out of cotton thread. I lost interest until my first year of college, I bought a book and taught myself everything else. The one thing I did not understand was gauge. I tend to do my own thing. Over the years I've made bedspreads, blankets, bathrobes and home dec item, however the time has come for me to learn about gauge. Here is my review:
Yarn: 5 Skeins of Red Heart acrylic medium weight #4
Needle: the pattern called for 5mm I used a 6-1/2(K)mm because the three rows where snug around my neck so I increase the size of the needle.
Color: Earth & Sky
Pattern: Have a heart shawl

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year- 2011

I hope everyone had a great New Year Eve. Hubby and I attended a wedding last night in Long Island, New York. We did not attend the ceremony, instead went to the cocktail hour that started at 7pm. The traffic was light and it took 50 minutes from New Jersey to Woodbury , Long Island, N.Y. This wedding was a blast. It was a beautiful and enchanted affair. The bride's dress was sewn by a seamstress who lives in Brooklyn, NY. The construction of the gown and the details, including using silver metallic threads and large pieces of rhinestones embellishments was simply beautiful. The mother of the bride wore a goddess style gown adorned with gold rhinestones embellishments. This dress was also sewn by the same seamstress.
It was a lot of fun and a great way to bring in the New Year.
I will post a photo of the gown once I secure the bride's permission.