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Metallic Magic: V1701 & B6718

This week my employer and my county school board announced their fall plans.  I’ll be teaching on line again at the university.  My kid can enroll in the digital academy or go back to a physical school.  I live in Florida.  Perhaps you’ve heard of it?  Land of heat, humidity, snakes, alligators, mosquitoes, Florida Man, […]

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Summer Bohemian: Butterick 6678

7/4/2020 edit:  My husband definitely didn’t like the dress.  He’s always open and honest with his opinions, but it is rare that he dislikes something I make.  Anyway, this morning he said, “I figured out what I didn’t like about that dress… it covered up too much of your shoulders.”  I agree.  I was already […]

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Contemporary pants Tops

Zoom-wear: Donna Karan Vogue 1440 (repeat)

I almost didn’t blog this one.  I don’t like the black shirt with the purple leggings.  I like the pieces separately.  I like the purple leggings with a white shirt, and the black shirt with white cropped skinny jeans.  But the pictures are of the purple leggings and black top. Six weeks ago, I anticipated […]

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Contemporary Dresses Unfinished Business

Finished Another UFO: Very Easy Vogue 9184

I really don’t know when I started this dress.  I bought the linen fabric from Britex Fabrics in 2015, and the pattern is dated 2016.  I think I started it in 2016, tried it on, felt like I looked like a sausage in it.  I know we drove out to Colorado that summer, and I […]

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Contemporary pants Tops

Peralta’s Culottes (Vogue 1619 + a redo on M6933)

I hope everyone is taking good care of themselves and their loved ones.  Life has been disrupted for so many over the last few weeks.  Even though Covid19 is a 100 miles or more from us, our university is taking proactive measures and putting us online.  I’m hoping to keep my husband and kiddo safe […]

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Contemporary Skirts

Origami Skirt: Paco Peralta/Vogue1567

When I first saw this pattern for sale two years ago, I didn’t care for it much.  I did buy it, because I wanted to make the top.  I did, but I didn’t keep it long (more in a bit).  The skirt didn’t appeal to me for some reason, but perhaps because I didn’t like […]

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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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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 […]