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My Latest Plan For A Plan

Ugh. I hate it when I miss so much sewing/blogging/pattern-reviewing time. When I looked at my blog tonight I realized that I have four "drafts" that I started to write in the last six months but never finished them. Well, I'm is the oldest one and I posting it even though fall is almost over. Keep reading, there a  couple of pix at the end to prove that I have actually been able to complete a few projects.

At the time I started this post it seemed a realistic goal to have some of these pieces completed before May. Well, there hasn't been any spring sewing and thankfully (not really) the weather hasn't turned to spring yet either. Anyway, this is how I'm now going to start creating my SWAP's. I was inspired by my favorite wardrobe planning blog The Vivienne Files. I couldn't find the original post I remember about the Crazy 8 but if you look for it on her blog you will find loads of ideas and inspiration. As I remember it, there is a blazer, a cardiga…


Just a quick link to show you where I wish I was today Cleveland Museum of Art  It's only about 10 minutes from my house, but there's no way I can fit it in my schedule. Le sigh.

(Pic from the Cleveland Plain Dealer)


This post is about my non-sewing life. Tomorrow my choir and band are performing at Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Since I recently realized that some Clevelanders might actually read my blog thought I would share this.

It's a great (free) way to support Cleveland student's and visit the museum (shhh, they don't advertise this part, but if you tell them you came to hear the John Marshall choir/band your wristband will be free). I think this is the 14th year for this event and I've only missed one. But, this is the first year I have been just plain excited to perform. I'm at a new school, the kids are great, and I know it will make this year of stress and non-blogging worthwhile. By tomorrow evening I might even be ready to sew!
Have a great spring weekend, and if you come to the Rock Hall make sure to come over and say "Hello." (Choir at 12:40pm, Band at 1:20pm)!

Sewing, It’s a Head Game.

Sewing’s not just skill, it’s a head game and right now I’m on the losing end! It’s seems like it’s been at least a year since I’ve made a garment without some stupid mistake. This time it’s my lovely gold suit. The first mistake was that I really should have interfaced all the pieces. The wool is very soft and drapey and it just needs more structure. The second mistake, which I didn’t discover until I took the pictures and studied them a bit. I’m 99% sure the sleeves were put in backwards. Yup, backwards sleeves. See those lines on the sleeves? I’ve made this jacket before and it didn’t have those lines. Sigh. The final stupid mistake was that after I made all the buttonholes and added the buttons – which were really hard to match with this color – I remembered I needed one more for the back. This I didn’t have. I didn’t have the additional button and had no idea when or where I bought the four that were on the front. (Probably JoAnn’s but in the last year they have completely restoc…

One, Two, Three, Four, FIVE?

That's right in my never-ending quest for the perfect-every-time buttonhole I have now purchased FIVE vintage buttonholers. Rather than go through the very lengthy explanation I shall refer you to my handy-dandy butthonhole flowchart. Of course, it doesn't really end there. The Necchi student model, and the Singer Fashion-Mate were donated/sold. After that I decided I had to give the whole idea a rest...a long rest. Then, about 1-1/2 years ago I was at an antique mall and saw one of those old b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l machines for a mere $35. I buckled, bought it, and brought it home. It's a black Necchi BU Nova in it's own table. Sigh. It's so pretty. It didn't work with any of my buttonholers but I didn't really care.

After surfing Craigslist, and ebay, and posts about buttonholers recently I finally found what I think is a perfect match. On a recent unexpected snow days (only unexpected because my kids had to go to school but I didn't - yipee!) I took the p…


Finally started sewing the one piece of fabric I wanted to tackle during my Christmas break. I managed to cut out the main pieces on the last day of break but you know, sewing is a lot like painting a room. You can't wait to do the painting and see the results but there's so much prep work. This weekend I cut out the lining, fusible interfacing and organza, then fused everything. Saturday night I finally got to sew.

Hoping to write an actual review for this one when it's done. Here are a couple of teaser pix.

Crossing my fingers that I'll have a new outfit for church (because that's usually my Saturday night goal) soon!

No More Excuses

Hmmm, just looked over my posts from 2012 and it was pretty sad in both quantity and quality. Hardly any of them were actually about sewing! Many were just excuses for why I didn't have anything to share. Well, for this post I've decided to end the year with some actual finished sewing projects!

Vogue 8772 Let's start at the end with this chambray shirt. (Technically finished on 2013 but I'm not the technical type.) I hardly ever think to use Pattern Review as a resource but when I remember it's very helpful. This pattern was purchased before the research but it looked like many people had success with it. A nice classic, fitted blouse with darts (I'm just really not a fan of the princess seam).

Well, just look for the lines, they point to all the problems. Apparently the full bust adjustment I made wasn't quite enough, and the upper arm width I added wasn't quite enough, and even though others felt the sleeves were too long (which is why I didn't a…