imageI’ve been thinking a lot over the past couple of weeks. I love sewing. I don’t mind alterations. Custom sewing is ok. I hate not having time to do my own sewing anymore.

I’m taking a step back. One year in business has taught me some things.

  • If people don’t want to pay me what I’m worth, don’t take the job. I’m not a sweat shop employee.
    Don’t price myself like you’re a box store. I’m better than that and so is my work.
  • I can explain everyone has a different sewing style and people may or may not get it. We just might not mesh.
  • Don’t go all out on business tools. I don’t need top shelf accounting programs for a tiny business. Use something small and practical. I like Wave.
  • Cut out doing work you don’t want to. I work full-time, so this side gig had best make me happy. I lost my happiness so I’m changing my business model.
  • From here on out, small alterations and my creativity rule. I make what I want for my shop. I sew personal things when I want, it comes first from now on, not last.

With my chronic illness I have to learn to say no. This will be that year. I’ve been lucky, my clients are great. I just bite off more than I can chew. It’s time to re-evaluate and move forward!

Difficult year

I’ve been pretty ill this year and still seeking diagnoses. I’ve had an IV in my hand too many times for my comfort this year. I know I have autoimmune issues but no answer so far to the newest problems.

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I have gotten a couple of things finished for me, in addition to my client work, like this denim Lisette shirt dress. The pattern was pretty easy although I didn’t do the hip pockets. I’m afraid it will draw too much attention to an area that just doesn’t need more attention. I also made a modification to the closure. I did decorative stitching on the placket up to mid-chest so I can slip it on and off during flare times when my hands don’t work. Put that on the list of shit you don’t usually worry about at 45.

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Sewing room at last!


Look who has a sewing room! My daughter has left the nest and I’m working on a sewing room. Still a long way to go but I’m super excited! I have room to have everything in one space. Now to finish clearing and decorating it.

Washi dress

I made my first Washi dress recently and I love it. Pull on, pockets, comfy. I made it in a twill which means I had to use heavy elastic on the back. I like the neck but it's a little low for the busty at work so next time will be be plain scoop. Def. need more of these for spring.


Washi dress

I made my first Washi dress recently and I love it. Pull on, pockets, comfy. I made it in a twill which means I had to use heavy elastic on the back. I like the neck but it's a little low for the busty at work so next time will be be plain scoop. Def. need more of these for spring.


Mad Men challenge


So, I have terrible photos for my challenge. Good news, I love this dress! I took a a Renfrew tee and made it 13 inches longer ( dang I’m short) to make a dress. Added a ruffle! It’s cotton interlock, good weight. I’d like a ponte in it. I wanted to try a knit and adapted the Renfrew because on days my MCTD or fibro acts up I still want to look nice but feel comfortable.


Sewing list for first half 2014

I've started a list of all the items I want to sew in the first half of 2014. Some are WIP. Here's the list!

  1. Floral voile Hawthorne shirt. I love my dress and have the shirt cut and need to finish.
  2. Dress for the Dolly Clackett challenge. I already have this picked out and ready to sew,
  3. Mad Men challenge dress. I have my inspiration, just need to get my fabric.
  4. Red ponte pencil skirt with foldover waist. I need to draft a pattern for this.
  5. Reversible Lucy shirt for Aubree. I have some puppy fabric for one side and hot pink voile for the other.
  6. Denim Thurlow trousers.
  7. Wool jersey Renfrew.
  8. A blue Valerie Wells voile Cambie.
  9. Navy silk voile blouse, unsure of pattern.
  10. Red floral crepe vintage inspired button up with kimono sleeves.
  11. Michael Miller challenge quilt
  12. Wedding quilt
  13. Scrappy quilt from Sunday Morning Quilts
  14. A new tote bag
  15. Bind mug rugs

That's it so far. I think I can knock out most of it! I didn't dare make my whole year plan. Eek.


Best sewing investment this winter

That would easily be the Onion 1032 pattern. 1032_1 I bought it on Pattern Review for $8.50 with shipping and bought some anti-pill grey fleece on sale before Thanksgiving at $1.99 a yard. Total cost for this jacket? Less than $14. Worn at least 2x a week since December 1. Super cozy and warm.

I like the pointed hood on it. Since I’m so short it makes me feel extra elfish. I’d really like to make this up in a wool and make a quilted lining for a coat. I never button my coats anyway so a tie would be fine with me. I’d just need to size up the shoulder and arms as they are slim fitted.

Getting a pic at the end of the day of my hood.
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New baby, Old memories

I’ve been tossing around the idea of a new quilt for Aubs. I knew I wanted to make her one, IMG_1416 not pink, to keep. My first inspiration came when I was going through old tee shirts of her mom’s for the rag drawer. The A  would make the perfect applique on her quilt. Ok, so, I know her quilt will have green.  I poked around Hawthorne Threads and Fat Quarter Shop looking for just the right fabric

photo I fell in love with Sarah Jane’s Wee Wander line.  Firefly hunting, deer, twilight, all the magical elements of childhood. I ordered a fat quarter bundle of the blue/green and started looking for a quilt.







I was totally inspired by Film in the Fridge’s hexi quilt. Since I do not have the patience for cutting that many hexis, nor the hand grip, I found Accuquilt dies on Sewforless for a really reasonable price and ordered a hexi, a rectangle and an LED for my machine.


So glad I did!  It saved me oodles of time and I didn’t have to worry about ruining my fabric trying to cut a hexi.








Don’t worry, my sewing area isn’t really that dark, I was doing this while Aubs was napping so that LED light came in handy. My Brother doesn’t have super duper lighting capacity like my dream Janome.






I just did straight/wonky line quilting on my sandwich. I ordered a Onmigrip ruler to trim my sandwich with. WOW! I suck at cutting straight lines IMG_1421without gridded rulers and this thing is the queen bee. I had a small one but couldn’t imagine a quilt with a tiny ruler. This made it a breeze to line up and trim.







Here’s the front. That’s probably a dog under our blanket!






Aaaaaand the back. The background for the front and back is difficult to see. It’s cream with lt. blue polka dot on it.  The bottom back of the quilt has a solid blue fabric that came from my baby blanket that my grandma made. I cut part of it off to add it too this. She passed away and I want to keep her quilting tradition with us.That fabric is a wee old, so I sewed the A and a couple of hexis over some small holes.




For the binding I decided I wanted to bring out the pink in the piece and used a hot pink voile.



I hated the flat binding look so quilted it too. I love it.




My first embroidery. It would help if I didn’t have the handwriting of a serial killer.    So, there we go.  It’s my third quilt ever. My first non patchwork. I can only get better, right?             IMG_1431

Finished Hawthorn

IMG_1514Yay!  It’s done.  I finished my Colette Hawthorn. Life sure did keep me busy.  Baby showers, my grandma had a stroke, I’ve been in a flare. Luckily all I had to do was finish the buttons and hem it.  So, last night during Dexter and The Newsroom, I finished my dress.  It’s a very lightweight voile that I got on sale for $2.49 so the fabric total was less than a tenner. I have a vintage slip under it because I didn’t want to line it and lose the airiness of the fabric. It is perfect for warm days.

I cut a 16 shoulder and bust, graded out to 18 waist and hip. I should have cut it a straight 16 as the waist is a little too big. It’s pretty blousy. I actually have a smaller waist and I think I didn’t do myself any favors by making this too large. I still love it but am going to take it in a smidge.

I was super careful with the border print and layout.  I reversed it for the top and bottom so the center of dress is white and cut the collar from the darkest part at bottom of border for more contrast.  I just wanted to make sure no straggling vines ended up on my boobs. Edna Moda approves this dress.

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