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Dresses General Sewing

Summer Maxi: McCalls 7385

Just a quick post for my latest summer creation:  McCall’s Maxi, 7385, view D (oop). This dress, as styled on the envelope, didn’t appeal to me on release. However, after I saw a few on the internet that I really liked, I bought it.  Still, I could never find the right fabric for it.  The […]

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General Sewing

Pattern Grading & Fitting

Well, procrastination will take a few more minutes of my time as I write this post.  I’ve finally worked up the courage to make my Balmain linen dress from my six in 2020: Construction-wise, it’s not going to be too difficult.  I’ve read the instructions a few times.  It has bound button holes, flat piping […]

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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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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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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 […]

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General Sewing

Grandma

My grandmother died 20 years ago this past  weekend. It’s hard to believe it’s been that many years. I remember packing my car to drive from the North Shore of Long Island to Upstate South Carolina for the funeral like it was yesterday.  It was packed with books, as I was to take my comps […]

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Gardening General Sewing

My sewing space is a disaster…

I’d like to say I’ve been sewing, but I haven’t for about a month.  Too many things demanding my time, and I’ve been exhausted.  I mentioned I start a new job in the fall (at the same place), but parts of that job have already begun, while I continue with the old.  And when I […]