I’m Still here! Thanks for checking.

Its February already, 2020. The Fall of 2019 passed quickly and Winter 2020 is flying along. So much has happened and been made that I’ll not be able to catch up. Some highlights of have been flannel shirts, more jean’s, cardigans, turtlenecks, underwear, coffee filters and zipper bags. That’s enough to share now. It’s been busy and I’ve sewed every week, except a few weeks when my Juki broke down hard.

Here are a few projects of late.

Undies, I spent a day making 5 pair.
Sequined dress I made for New Years Eve (at home, lol)
Pajama pants for the guys.
I bought the sleeve expansion for my Closet Case Kalle Shirt pattern and used this gorgeous and soft yarn dyed cotton.
I was low on coffee filters, so decided to try making some after dreaming I found them at a store. I used scraps of heavy cotton and light linen. Both work so well! Success.
I sewed with my lovely sister in law on Tuesday and we made these zippered bags. So fun to sew together. Love you, Bev.

Cat team

I recently made a cover for an old but still warm quilt and the 3 cats are giving it a go. Seriously, I love them, but wonder why they have made me their leader. Can you find them all?

I can’t stop making….

My 3rd pair of Jean’s are in the making. This pair features love and happiness pockets.

I participated in #memademay on IG. I had no trouble wearing me-made clothing everyday, but I did have challenges with my photos. I’m not good at selfies and struggled to portray my outfits. Something to work on.

I envisioned a linen skirt and this lacy overshirt, both came about with no particular pattern. I let the fabric inform me to its design. The linen became a circle skirt and the lacy fabric is to be worn over camisoles. Together, or not together…

This is my first button down since my shirt making period in 2015-16. It’s got a kimono style sleeve which is fun.

This is a loose fun top from a Folkwear pattern that caught my eye.

I needed a fresh bag.

Spring renewal

So, we had a big trip to BC, Canada and returned to the Bay Area, CA. I guess it was time to look at what I’ve done and what I want to do. I have several projects that are calling out to me, but I needed to put on the brakes and look at these small pieces of fabric I’ve been holding onto.

The Dress 1 from #100actsofsewing is a good start point for a bodice that fits me. So, by cropping it into a top and adding sleeves, I found it’s possible to make a top with 1 yard of fabric. Voila.

I have at least 4 more of these on the pile. It’s so wonderful to not waste ends, remnants and bits. It is bringing out the creative. It’s fun and just what I need before delving into my next more difficult projects.

It’s Mother’s Day again. ♡♡Thanks mom for the sewing example.

Sketch everyday

Recently my husband and I road tripped from our Bay Area home to Beautiful British Columbia.

We built a small log cabin in the “bush” north of Yale, which is north of Hope, which is East of Vancouver. No electricity or running water means a portable solar system and dishwashing in the Creek.

It was restful and stressful alternately, but many days of just reading and looking at beautiful green things budding out everywhere happened.

I managed to applique some butterflies to my Old Mexico top.

I just signed up for a Udemy course in Scandinavian Surface Design, and 2 music courses as well. I’m feeling ready for school as I always feel like learning and taking on new projects after travel.

Sketching everyday, exercise everyday and relax everyday.

Summer tops

This is from the Old Mexico Dress pattern from Folkware Patterns. I changed the neckline and adhered some butterflies I cut out from a piece of fabric from the free community bin at Stone Mountain Fabrics. I will hand applique them on my vacation, I’ll be camping in Canada.

Here is another version in super sheer and soft rayon voile batik. You can’t even see the neckline with such a busy pattern.

Summer ready.

Kitty time

Bella aka Little Kitty, exploring for cat foods in the box.

Peanut’s silky fur, just washed by him. He washes himself to sleep.

Big Kitty, herself, posing and showing her glam side.

These are our cats and they provide affection, entertainment and vet bills.


Hi. I’m trying a few Folkwear patterns. I felt an attraction to something different and saw this Old Mexican Dress pattern I wanted to try as a shortened top.

This is a rayon crinkle gauze I got at the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse a few months ago. The fit was pretty good and its lovely and airy under the arms. I wore it to work and some of my coworkers have the pattern but never made it.

I got some new rayons today to try to make up a few more. It’s a good summer day top.

This pattern is the Romanian Peasant Blouse, also Folkwear. It’s a wonderful pattern, fully gathered at the top with a drawstring, small square gussets under the arms. It has layouts for embroidery and also a smocking instruction for the neckline as a choice.

I tried the simple drawstring version in this lightweight yarn dye plaid. I kept all the pieces starting on the same spot in the plaid, so the effect is obvious here. Its a modern version.

I’m going to try the smocking on my next one.

Peace, love and jeans.

Well I did it!! Its a milestone for me and I’m proud as a peacock. Day 2 of the jean’s adventure has resulted in a pair of wonderfully fitting new jeans. Bear in mind the pattern was 19.00, the fabric was 24.00. That’s a great thing. Self designed Jean’s for 40ish dollars.

I dont usually get all economical about my makes, but in this case, I can’t help it. It adds to my joy, more cash for other sewing projects!

I got all complex and added a special interior to my waistband, which shows a bit here, oh well….

Bless this tummy in these jeans. By the way, this is non-stretch old school “rigid” denim. So, the fit is pretty important. I’m a mix of sizes, so I mixed them. There is just enough ease to move and sit, but, still fit. Lol.

And here’s my jeans fitting my straight up and down not curvy self. Well, subtle curves….

The surprise today was the jeans buttons I bought were weirdly terrible. The posts bent instead of inserting into the button upon hammering. Cheap metal? I’m not sure. But, I had a package of 4 dungarees buttons on hand and they worked just as well. It’s a button fly, after all.

Lastly, for my top stitching. I chose a subtle gray, and for my back pocket decor, I decided on a peace sign. We can all use a little peace in our days. ♡

Into the great unknown I go:

That’s my toile cutout for my first ever me made jean’s. I spent a good deal of time reading the straightforward instructions for the “Dawn Jeans” by Megan Neilson Patterns. I selected the waist and hips lines that match mine (not the same sizes as the patterns!) and tapered the lines, then traced the altered pattern to my pattern paper.

Next step, baste it up and try it on.

After cutting out the hybrid of my 2 closest sizes, I stitched it up with lots of top stitching and buttonhole practice. I also used my toile fabric inside out as an idea. I’ve had this in my stash for several years, a gift from someone else’s destashing.

The fly went together very easily and I was happily surprised. The pockets confused me quite a bit because I tend to think ahead and they involved following instructions that at first made no sense, but later, voila, exactly. Faith was required and I can learn from that.

The back pockets and yoke went fine, then the inseam and side seams. Finally, I tried them on. There was tightness in the hips and upper thighs. I ripped out the side seams and added a quarter inch between the waist and upper thigh area, that eased some tightness. Then I ripped out the inseam and took another quarter inch out of the crotch and upper thigh area, tapering into the normal seam allowance above the knees.

This was a pretty good fit, but there is not much ease in the thighs when I sit. The next time, This will be in non-stretch rigid denim. It reminds me of high school days and tight Levi’s that needed breaking in.

I say, it’s a pretty good fit. With room for my tummy. 😉