Sunday, December 25, 2016

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Done Burda 6727- The Coat


I started this coat (wearable muslin) last year as part of the Amazing Coat Sew Along. In the end I got sick with the flu and was unable to meet the deadline. The coat was done, all that was left to do was to hem the coat, add snaps and large button. The alterations to the pattern was documented in my previous post about the coat.
Thanks to my sewing sister I worked on the coat last weekend and completed it. I had to wait for my new photographer (daughter) because the hobby was fired.
I did a forward thrust shoulder adjustment, and I did not rotate the sleeves cap. The folds in the sleeves were a result of not rotating the sleeves cap. the biceps need mores ease.The armholes were lowered, as you can see I need to adjust the armholes a bit more. This is a great pattern,  I will adjust the pattern because I am planning to make another coat in the near future. 

Even though the coat is a test garment (muslin) I am going to wear it until the end of November or maybe the beginning of December, before it gets too cold and believe me I will be rocking this coat next spring. I am so proud of myself for taking this plunge.
A big thanks to my sewing sister for encouraging me to make the coat and thank you Erica for doing the sew-a- long.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

TNT Blouse and Skirt

Hello, I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday weekend. Below is a skirt and blouse I sewed two weeks ago from my  TNT patterns. Last year I blogged about it here.  I have not worn the ensemble yet, I am waiting for my hubby to be in the mood to take my photos.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Sewing Books, A.K.A Bibles

I was inspired by Myra  and Alethia  to write this post.   Alethia did a Periscope concerning the role of sewing books, magazines etc. to helps us improve our sewing skills. Unfortunately, the scope only last for 24-hours and then is gone.

 Last weekend I dusted and reorganized a small collection of books I keep in my sewing nook (more about the nook in another post). I own a large collection of sewing books (hard-copy and digital).  The majority of the books are kept in the sewing laboratory located in the basement. The sewing bibles are kept in the sewing nook and they date from 1947- 1953. These are the hard cover books. In another post I will share information concerning the digital sewing books.

This is the list of the book I called my sewing bibles are:
 1. Vogue Sewing Books, I have the original edition that was printed in 1970 with the orange sleeve, the 2nd edition revised in 1976 and the 3rd that was revised 1982. Of the three Vogue books I prefer the 1970 and 1982 editions.

1976              1982

 2. Adele P. Margolis- how to make clothes that fit and flatter- 1969 and the complete book of tailoring-1978

3. The Bishop Method of Construction- 1959 and Fashion Sewing by the Bishop Method- 1966.

4. The Singer Sewing Book- 1953 and the revised edition in 1972

5. Simplicity Sewing Book published in 1969 and it cost $1.00 at that time

6. Domestic Sewing Handbook published in 1947

7. Fit for Real People- 1998

8. Power Sewing and Fast Fit by Sandra Betzina.

9. The Singer Collection Library- 29 books in the collection and they are all mine.

These books were purchased slowly throughout the years. E-bay and the local library spring and fall books sale is where you should start because the books are really cheap. Also you can borrow books and magazine from the local library including Threads magazine and Burda magazine. Most libraries have an area where you can buy all kind of books during the year for $.50 cents or less. Flea markets and garage sale are another great resource to find sewing cheap books. The internet and sewing blog are another fantastic resource to help improve your sewing skills. Don't forget You-Tube another fantastic resource and free sewing book from on-line libraries that are free to the public.

The most important message I want to share with anyone who is new to sewing, is to take your time to build a sewing library.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Alpha Kappa Psi

 In March my son became a member of the academic fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi. After the induction ceremony he presented the paddle below to his “Big” (big brother). He drew the design and my daughter and I painted the paddle and mailed it to him. The red, white and blue represent Venezuela and Panama. Venezuela is where his big parents were born and Panama is where I was born. The opposite of the paddle (light blue) represents his big guiding and protecting him. The best part of this story was my son thanking me and his sister for all the work we did and the icing on the cake was “ I love you mom and thank you “.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Holiday Weekend- Memorial Holiday

I hope everyone had a safe and awesome Memorial Holiday weekend with family and friends.
Below is what I bought a Joann today. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter

Hello, I just want to wish everyone a peaceful and fun Resurrection day!

Happy Easter!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

2015 Recap Update

For some reason some of you are unable to view the previous video. Here is a link to the video:

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year- 2016

My 2016 New Year Prayer And Wish

God has already put the right people in my life, people that will inspire me, challenge me and motivate me, people that will make me better.  God in his infinite wisdom will have more of the right people  to continue to show up and enrich my life. As one year ends (2015) and a new year arrived, may the creator or whatever you believe in bless you and yours with health and strength, peace, wisdom, and all the good and wonderful things life has to offer.

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