Matching stripes on curved seams


If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!Matching stripes on a curved seam. It’s enough to make you want to throw your sewing machine across the room! Even with the most careful pattern cutting, the small stripes can be off, if only a tiny bit. I was […]

McCall’s 6744


Hi readers! Thanks for your nice comments on my last post. I was feeling disheartened about my sewing, and just needed some time off. Since then, I decided to revisit a maxi dress pattern I made a few years ago for Isabelle. McCall’s 6744. I didn’t like how it looked as a maxi dress so […]

sewing wadders and discouragement


Wadder; from the noun wad. Slightly vulgar. Some apt definitions: Informal. a comparatively large stock or quantity of something, especially money: He’s got a healthy wad salted away. A plug of cloth, tow, paper, or the like, used to hold the powder or shot, or both, in place in a gun or cartridge. British Dialect. […]

Fitted button down shirt with military details. McCall’s 6035

MCall's 6035

  Hi everyone! So here is my finished fitted button front shirt. I’m entering into the Pattern Review Sewing Bee contest. Below is my review, more photos, and details of my shirt. Sewing Bee Round 1 – Fitted Blouse Pattern or style used and how it fits the criteria: I used McCall’s 6035 for my […]

Ladies button down shirt patterns for the fuller busted woman


Ready to wear button down shirts rarely fit me. I have a full bust but narrow shoulders, so if the bust fits, the shoulders and armholes are usually huge on me.  I need to make my own. This week, I decided to enter the Pattern Review Sewing Bee  contest! The first project is a button […]

Order of garment construction.

garment order

Are you tired of confusing pattern sewing instructions in today’s sewing world? Or do you want to design your own clothes or patterns, but aren’t sure how to actually sew them together once you’ve drafted or draped your design? There is an established order to clothing construction. I learned it in fashion school years ago. […]

A Dottie Angel Frock Smock- Simplicity 1080


I took a break from painting Lily’s room today to make my Dottie Angel Smock. I’ve been a big fan of Tif and her Dottie Angel blog for years. I was sad to see her stop blogging this year. I used to love reading her blog posts. I found her style and manner of writing […]

Cleaning out my college son’s room. sniff.


My son left for his senior year of college last week. And my youngest has been living in a small room connected behind our bedroom that we recently have demo’d to make a master bathroom. So now she doesn’t have a room. She’s been sharing with her sister as well as crawling in with us, […]