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Monday, January 25, 2010

Help, I need an intervention

You know you have ordered just too much fabric when they can't fit your order into one box and one of the boxes they send you contains too much fabric to fold so they just rolled it up and sent it. I am happy with my loot though and am ashamed to say I am expecting two more deliveries this week. This really does have to be it at least for awhile because it's coming in much faster than I can sew it and I am running out of room to store it. Off to take advantage of my last two guaranteed sewing hours this week.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Early Spring Selections

It feels like it's been forever since I've seen new patterns. Thanks to Erica B, I was able to check these out days before I received the e-mails.

S2455 - I like the blue dress even though it's fairly simple, I like the neckline details and the belt.

M6037 - Even though I've never made or worn a caftan in life, I always like the idea of having something like this to lounge in and to run to the post office or grocery store if necessary.

M6035 - I love the shirt on the model and the view at the bottom. I was forced to buy a white shirt for pics with my siblings and loved it so now I'm on a mission to add several different styles of white shirts to my wardrobe.

M6031 - I like the the neckline on the peach top in the middle. Don't know if I'll actually buy this one, but I thought it was cute.

M6028 - I love, love the color blocked view. I definitely plan to make this. Very crisp. Very smart.

M6024 - I like the pink dress on the right. It's very romatic, very Laura Ashley. This will likely make my Spring/Summer sewing list.

Have you had a chance to look at the latest selections? What are your pics.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!!!!

I don't know about you but I am really looking forward to 2010. 2009 started off great with my return to sewing in February, a new sewing machine and long awaited serger, then it was quickly derailed when a very close friend had a stroke in March and I later had the house guest from hell from June through September followed by the end of a 30 year friendship. Talk about a roller coaster. The truth is, the thing that kept me sane through the worst of it was sewing and my connection with the online sewing community and I want to say a big THANK YOU to all of you who have commented on my reviews and/or blog, offered suggestions and words of encouragement and support. Because of all of you and the beautiful work you do, I have been motivated to new heights this year, sewing more that I ever have in one year:


9 Dresses
2 Tops (first ever)
1 Baby Sling

I've also realized a few things about my sewing self this year.

1. I am a very slow sewer. I used to start projects a day or two before I needed to wear them and then get all bummed out because I couldn't get them done or they turned out to be wadders for one reason or another (fit, style, etc.). Now I realize I need to start at least a month in advance if I want to make something for a specific event.

2. Even though it slows me down more, I like to watch TV while I sew.

3. When in doubt, make a muslin. I used to think I could do without a muslin to save time. ROFL!!!!!!!

4. I feel better when I am wearing clothes I've made for myself.

5. If I have a snowballs chance in H#$%at making it to PR Weekend in Philadelphia, I have got to stop buying fabric, seriously, I have spent more $$$$ on fabric this year than I care to admit, most of which is still folded and stacked.

6. The more I sew the better I get at it.

Armed with my revelations and the support of my sewing cyber friends, I am excited to see what we all will create in the coming year.

2010 here I come!