I just finished making another modified version of Simplicity 8454, this time using a Robert Kaufman fabric called London Calling Lawn Stem Pink. It is a perfect summer-weight lawn cotton with just the right drape for this pattern. I purchased this fabric at the Fabric Outlet in San Francisco. This blouse has the same bodice as… Continue reading London Calling! Pink and Orange Blouse – Simplicity 8454
After months of wearing sweaters and knit tops, I wanted a comfortable and stylish top for the warmer spring weather. I knew this new top had to have ruffled or flounce sleeve. Pattern I had a couple of patterns in my collection for tops with flounce sleeves, but I wanted a ruffled sleeve like this… Continue reading Gingham Ruffled Sleeve Blouse – Modification of Simplicity 8454
I recently purchased this lovely stretch velvet in black and burgundy and on the same day, I discovered a new bralette pattern by Madalynne, called the Barrett bralette. You can find this free (yes, I said free!) Barrett bralette pattern here. If you've been following my blog, you know I am a big fan of… Continue reading Black Velvet Bralette and Panties
I recently made two sets of pajamas for my husband as gifts and I am really happy with the results. These two sewing projects were very satisfying; my husband loves his new pajamas, and the fact that I made them for him, and he wears them every night. I don't know of any other garment that I've made that gets so much wear.
Viola! I just finished making my third bodysuit! I've been wanting a bodysuit for a long time, ever since I grew out of my last one when I was 10 years old! Bodysuits are making a comeback after taking a long hiatus. There are many patterns for bodysuits available for the home sewer and also many bodysuits ready-to-wear on-line and in brick-and-mortar stores.
One of my goals for 2018 is to knit more and learn new techniques. Most of my knitting has been focused on using the stockinette stitch, a row of knit and then a row of purl. Recently I taught myself how to knit cable patterns. This scarf, hat and mittens were my first foray into… Continue reading Learning to Knit Cables – Wool Cabled Hat, Scarf and Mittens
I recently finished knitting this brown wool vest. The pattern, called Splitstone by designer Alicia Plummer. is available on Ravelry. I used Rowan's pure worsted wool made in England that I purchased at Fibre Space - a Yarn Universe in Alexandria, Virginia. If you haven't been to this wonderful indie store yet, you need to… Continue reading Knitted Wool Vest – Splitstone Vest Pattern
I just finished sewing this tailored shirt using Simplicity 1538, view B. This was the first time that I've made a shirt from this pattern and I am so pleased with the results...
Hot off my sewing machine! I just finished a partial-band bra and pantie set made from black stretch galloon lace and fushia powernet...
After a summer of sewing for other people and for our new home, I decided it was time to make a dress for myself. I love gingham and...
Making these kimono robes was a win-win for both me and my twin - she has a new robe and I have a great pattern, in two lengths and two chest widths, that I'm sewing again and again.
Nothing says summer like peach cobbler made from fresh peaches, warm from the oven and served with vanilla bean ice cream!
This cake is light and moist with raspberries and vanilla and delicious any time of day and throughout the year. It is not too sweet and great for brunch. The aroma as it bakes is heavenly!
This lace bra was a fun pieces of lingerie to make - I know there are many more lace bras in my future!
I love this recipe because in addition to the results, amazing waffles, you make them the night before, store the batter in the refrigerator, and in the morning, add the baking soda, stir and make waffles! Just 15 minutes from the time you wake up until you are EATING THE BEST WAFFLES EVER!
This was my first time using a Butterick pattern by Gertie. I followed Gertie's Butterick pattern 6031 to make a chemise and panties from sheer stretch mesh and stretch lace. They turned out really pretty, don't you think? I made the chemise, which is a modified variation of version C, and the panties, version D,… Continue reading A Pretty Rosy Chemise and Panties from Butterick B6031 – A Pattern Review
I recently made two bralette and panty sets using Simplicity 8228. This fabulous pattern was designed by Madalynne "Maddie" Flanigan. I also have her other pattern, Simplicity 8229, which is an underwire bra and panty. I am really looking forward to making these. If you haven't yet had an opportunity to make intimate apparel… Continue reading Two Bralette and Panty Sets from Simplicity 8228
After I made my first bra, I was hooked on making bras! I knew I had finally figured out what I want to do with my life. It felt like magic!