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    Vogue 7975 – The Finish Line Is In Sight!

    Hello all, I have been steadily working away on the hand sewing portion of my Vogue 7975.  This part of the construction process has well and truly surprised me.  I thought that I would hate all the hand sewing as it has never been my strength.  But I must tell you, I have come out the other side with a new respect for the process.  The quiet, slow, methodical practise of trimming, folding pressing and sewing each seam by hand was something I thoroughly enjoyed and am rather sad that this piece is done.  

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    McCalls M6886 – A Quick Way To Get Your Sewing Mojo Back

    Hello all, There is no doubt in my mind, that when I say that life sometimes gets in the way of sewing, you are all nodding your heads in agreement. Holidays, schedules, family and work have all taken priority and the end result, for me has been a loss of my inclination and enthusiasm. Someone in one of my online sewing groups had posted a question about this very thing; asking how to get the sewing mojo back after an absence. And most every answer was the same – whip out a quick project. There is something very true about the effect that an instant gratification task brings. And there…

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    Vogue 1422

    One of the great benefits of social media, is the way in which it brings like minded individuals together from around our world. I have had the pleasure of being part of a Facebook group, led by an encouraging and ever cheerful host over the past year or so. The leader selects a pattern and the participants all work away on their own version, posting steps, challenges and progress pictures along the way. The sewing talent of the members is inspiring as we all tackle our pattern together; each of us finishing with a garment as unique as our fabric choice. Although I don’t participate in every challenge, I am…

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    Butterick Lisette B6385 – Part 2 – The Finished Coat!

    Hello all, A very quick post to show off my completed Butterick Lisette B6385.  I started this coat in November of last year which you can read about here.   Because this was the second time making it, the majority of it was done within about a week.  I became quite indecisive about buttons for it however, and set it aside while I found ones I liked. Of course, then the Holiday season ramped up and my attentions were drawn to cooking, baking and décor.  My poor Lisette hung sadly unfinished on my dress form in the basement for a month and a half.

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    Style Arc Italia Shirtdress – The Finished Dress

    Hello all, I was hoping to take some pictures outside now that the weather is starting to warm up but it is quite dreary and rainy here today.  That is not a complaint, mind you.  This time last year we still had quite a bit of snow on the ground to the extent that you could not see the pool in the backyard.  Today however, there is no snow, and the water that has accumulated on top of the pool’s winter cover is completely fluid.  Usually, it is iced over until early April.  We have had mild winters like this before but they are a rare event indeed. Here is…

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    Sunday Power Sewing and Stash Busting – New Look 6838

    Hello all, Down in my sewing room, I have three Rubbermaid totes full of fabric along with several bags of additional yardage piled on top, tucked in to drawers and hanging in closets.  Now, I know that some of you will read that and say “Pfft…what a Rookie!” however the disorganization of it is what is bothering me, more than the quantity.  I stopped myself from going out to buy an additional tote with the intent that I am going to figure out a better system.  Please feel free to let me know of any ideas you may have.