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Another Akita and Other Going Ons

Sewed another Akita with leftover lightweight denim from the Moji pant sew.  The Akita silhouette looks good on me and, I really love this pattern! ❤️

(Sorry for the laundry in the pic — it was wash day).

And, for other going ons…

#1 Hurricane Hermine will make landfall in middle of nite, approximately 4 hours.  Also, we’ve just been alerted by our local tv broadcast and our phones of tornado warnings happening now and near!  Who can sleep?

#2 I’ve joined the McCall Pattern Blog’s Bomber Jacket Sew-Along!  Starts next week!  

I’ve had this purple corduroy in my stash waiting to become something beautiful and wonderful and useful!  I’m making 2 jackets in the purple for me and my Sissy!

The pic does not do justice for either fabrics – sorry!  The cord is a deep and rich purple and the silk plaid matches it perfectly and is vibrant!  I’m picking another lining for Sissy, Oh and I need to pick and purchase ribbing also.  I’m also using BurdaStyle Plaid Bomber pattern.

So excited to begin!  I have a 3-day weekend and will be cutting out the pattern and maybe fitting a muslin.

Stay safe!  Peace!


Photo of the Day – 8 Nov 2014

Signature Style – usually a scoop neck top, straight leg jeans, and oxfords!

Most tops are Me-made! (except the pic of me a couple of days ago) ;D

McCall 2818

I need more tops in my life and I’ve been wanting to sew up this pattern for Y-E-A-R-S!

This top/blouse pattern has princess seaming and a button-down back. It is written by Palmer/Pletsch and is a “Learn to Fit a Full Bust” pattern; including how to fit a sway-back!

So, I have leftover white silk from another project; just enough for View D (sleeveless and V-cut neckline). I also have a light blue stretch cotton from my stash, for which I will sew View B (short-sleeved and scoop neck). I’ve picked pretty vintage buttons for both tops!


I ALWAYS have to do a FBA, and so I made a muslin. After the first fitting, I extended the length 2″ on the back piece; pinned out excess on front and side front pieces; and, extended 1″ on front facing.

After fitting alterations made – the second muslin fitting…



PERFECTO! (Oh, and yes I cut-off my locs!)

I transferred all of my alterations onto pattern pieces. Am now cutting out the pattern with my fabric! Will keep y’all updated!

Until next time, HAPPY SEWING!

Sunshiny and Other Stuff

Hello World!

Lots going on in my world…dentists, prom dresses, flu symptoms in my household AND we’re spreading the love amongst ourselves!

On another note, I’d finally got over my sewing slump and sewed up a bright yellow, sunshiny knit tee from a self-drafted pattern in one day!

I lowered the neckline a bit, approximately 1.5 inches and, I extended the bottom 4 inches to cover some tummy bulge (while I work on that)! However, look at the neckband…fail! Hmmmm, should it have been a bit smaller to lay flat?

Check out this vintage book I picked up for a smile!

This book is a great reference on sewing knits with a regular sewing machine (no serger included)! Now, check out the introduction page by Dr. Joyce Brothers…

Sewing IS one of my creative outlets and with all of my creative endeavors, I have a great satisfaction and a wonderful sense of accomplishment when I bring a project to completion!

What’s your thoughts on Dr. Brothers’ statement?

On another, another note, throughout the year I will also destash sewing patterns and other stuff! This goes along with my year of ethical fashion and the Stash Diet I’m participating! If you like to receive this pattern, follow this blog, if you already follow, let me know. On Friday, afternoon I will pull a name out of my hat and announce the winner! This is for shipping in U.S. only! (I’m sorry all of my sewing sisters across the pond)! ;(




BSWS Tops/Blouses

Building Summer Wardrobe Series’ project is tops and blouses. Please check out my picks and let me know what you think!

The Gysophelia Peasant Top, a free pattern from Fabric.com. The soft cotton print fabric with pineapples and such will look good with my slim-leg orange pants!

Second, is a vintage Vogue 5211, so cute! It has a button-down back, with a pretty collar or without; a short-sleeve and/or no-sleeve. I would love it in the pretty pink floral fabric and, another using a garage-sale find, white cotton fabric with mini blue flowers! These fabric choices would look good with the white and hot pink shorts!

And finally, another vintage pattern, McCall’s 4284! Lovely, isn’t it? I am doing a sew-along with friend using this vintage beauty! My fabric choice is a crisp solid white cotton. It would look so wonderful with the shiny denim slim-leg pants!

First on the cutting table is the peasant top (muslin, first)!

Until next time…Happy Sewing!