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General Sewing

Six Sewing Projects for 2020

“Most of us are called on to perform tasks far beyond what we can do. Our capabilities seldom match our aspirations, and we are often woefully unprepared. To this extent, we are all Assistant Pig-Keepers at heart.”  (Lloyd Alexander, Introduction to The Chronicles of Prydain) I still read to my kid every night, and we […]

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General Sewing Sew Along

#SewingTop5: Highlights, Reflections, Goals

Continuing the reflections as inspired by the Sewcialists: in this post, I combine my highlights, reflections and goals.  I occasionally reach into the past decade to do so. Non-Sewing Highlights for the Decade – top 5 (good and bad): 5.  Moving to Florida a few years ago.  Yes, it’s hot.  My make-up runs and my […]

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General Sewing

Sewing Top 5: Hits & Misses

Happy Solstice! I’m a little late to the game in the year-end reflections, so I’m going to combine my hits and misses.  (The semester ended with a bang – and I’ve got company through the end of the year, so squeezing in time when I can find it.) When I first started reading everyone’s hits/misses […]

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Contemporary Skirts Tops

Cotton Sateen “Zebra” print skirt (Vogue 2984 & McCall6796)

So this skirt and top was not on my sewing list, at all.  But I was sifting through the fabrics at the Gorgeous Fabrics website, and saw this blue/black/white zebra cotton sateen.  I was smitten.  I held off.  I waited a week.  I kept thinking about the fabric, so I bought it, along with some […]

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Contemporary Dresses

Simple Floral Cotton Frock (Butterick 6718)

Wow! Look at me – I sewed a newly released pattern from Butterick!  I made View B of Butterick 6718, with a few changes. As busy as November was, I did manage to find time to sew: I finished three (simple) items and am nearly finished a far more complex one.  This is one of […]

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General Sewing

The Halloween Post (Simplicity 8482)

This year, DH and DS went out together to purchase costumes.  They wanted to do Fortnite.  I opted to go as Trinity from Matrix Reloaded.   Simplicity 8482 (B) is almost exactly like Trinity’s duster in the movie.   Sewing on imitation latex (backed with a knit fabric), isn’t that difficult.  But I couldn’t press, ease, […]

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Contemporary Dresses General Sewing Skirts

Successful Failure? B6554

Summer sewing?  But it’s fall!  Yes, it is even fall here in Florida, but summer warmth is still part of our days.  This dress started as McCall 7745, and ended up as skirt.  Last May I determined that I really liked view D of McCall 7745, and purchased the yellow viscose/linen that became a hi-lo […]

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Contemporary Dresses

Stash-busting: Kay Unger Color Block (V1329)

Need a quick, comfortable, easy dress that is also figure-flattering?  Look no further than Vogue 1329. I’m not kidding.  This dress is easy, very flattering, and comfortable. And, if you want the ultimate, it would be easy to add pockets (which I wish I did, as I looked for them several times yesterday).  The figure-flattering […]

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Contemporary Jackets pants

When did I start this one? Paco Peralta pant & jacket, V1526

I started Paco Peralta’s short sleeved jacket and pant (Vogue 1526) in August after returning from vacation.  I purchased the fabric and planned the project months and months before that. I finished hemming them Sunday, and wore them to work.  I’ve been that busy – just an hour every couple of days. I finished the […]

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General Sewing

I have little time, but loads of inspiration!

Well, the new position, along with preparing for hurricanes, means I have had little time for sewing regularly or for any extended periods of time.  I have had the week off because of Dorian, but so has the kiddo.  Still, I began to think about the next few dozen projects. No really.  When I have […]