December 2012

31 Dec Hits – Misses – Reflections – Inspirations – Goals

2012 was a great year full of new adventures for me which included more sewing than I thought I was capable of. I know by now that even our mistakes are worthwhile, although it's the successes  I like to celebrate. Below is my honest appraisal of the Best and Worst of 2012 :) HITS TOP FIVE HITS - NEW PROJECTS Vogue 8648 - The first thought that pops to mind is - "Thank you, Susan Khalje for teaching me how to make a dress that fits!" What a winner this is :) Vintage Simplicity 7715 - Though I don't have the opportunity to wear this...

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30 Dec Vogue 8742

Whew! (click Like if you feel the same way)  On the First Day of Christmas my true love gave to me……. On the Third Day of Christmas I found myself alone, ;) Which meant by the Fourth Day of Christmas I had made a new dress. And on the Fifth Day of Christmas…….. I made it to the beach.O h  H a p p y   D a y !   Would you believe my husband said of all the dresses I’ve made, this is his favorite? This dress was  s o  e a s y  to make that it belongs in a different category from the dress projects...

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22 Dec December to Remember

Snazzy Sew 'n' Sew got her Sewing Mojo back. Cissie continues to inspire us all and Jilly's hand has healed. As for the title of my post - I got that from Barbara Dean; her words not mine. The RTW Fasters "behind the scenes" rapport is nothing short of inspirational to me.   Other than providing support for anyone who wanted to give up buying clothes for a year, my vision for the page was pretty loose. With the help of Google Groups, these ladies communicate with each other all the time sharing tips, seeking advice and support. Christmas is not only...

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20 Dec Razook’s Remake

“Smile Granny!” joked my husband. This is all I need to look twenty years older – a matronly dress and no makeup. Ta-da! My mother recently gave me her latest thrift store find, suggesting I might want to do a little something with it. Hmmm….I was immediately attracted to the beautiful Pantone color of  2013 silk, and then noticed the Razook’s label inside (once an exclusive women’s apparel store).  It was a go.  Deciding what to do with the dress was harder than the remake.   I eventually settled on the following: Cut off the sleeves. Measured and sewed side seams. The dress had pockets which were discarded. Measured new armscye...

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13 Dec Elizabeth McKay Inspired – Vogue 1323

  I spent the first weekend of December in New York and was exhilarated by the Christmas sights and festivities throughout the city. I spent the second weekend of December visiting my parents in Southern Pines, NC thoroughly charmed by small-town Christmas celebrations including the cutest horse and buggy parade.                   I went from being among millions of people dressed in black to hundreds of people dressed in red inspiring me to do the same. On a mission to recreate this Elizabeth McKay top, I chose a red and white silk charmeuse from Mood Fabrics for my...

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12 Dec Thanks, Cherry Pix !

While waiting for my latest garment post to be published by Mood, I received a lovely surprise! The very clever and always witty Cherry Pix nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blog/One Lovely Blogger award!  Many thanks Cherry Pix!       I know I’m in for a little chuckle whenever a comment or post lands in my mailbox from Cherry Pix. I’ve even thought about sending her my post before publishing because she always finds the punch line I wish I had thought of….. clever thing. She sews well too ;)  ________________________________ The rules of this lovely award are as follows: 1. Thank the person...

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03 Dec Holiday Fasting

A funny thing happens when sewers quit buying clothes…… they become very clothes conscious. At least that is what’s going on with the RTW Fasters, and it certainly happened with me. I became obsessed with all things clothes. I recently asked the Fasters to briefly comment on the experience so far and to date no one said they miss shopping for clothes – quite the opposite. Many have expressed a new sense of freedom as shopping for RTW is becoming a distant memory. So what are they doing? Robin bought a practically new Bernina Artista 200 last month and is all over the place...

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