Monthly Archives: June 2008

Almost there!

I am finishing up the painting in my new studio today and then The Boyfriend is coming over later to help me move the machines back. My son hates, hates, hates moving machines with me because he says he always stubs his toes on the stand (true, it happens to me too). I am giddy with anticipation!

Here’s a pic from Animal Kingdom – me with the wonderful man in my life. It rained all day and we were soaked to the skin before we broke down and bought those stylish ponchos. I’m so glad I thought to bring my lucky Red Sox hat so I didn’t have to walk around with really bad hair all day. Take a good look, you’ll probably never see me this dressed down again. ;-)


Speaking of my son, he closed on his house this past Thursday and is moving out on Monday. When he first told me he was buying a house (and leaving me!) I was very upset. Now? Well, I’m very ashamed to say that I’m looking forward to not having to clean up after him, not having any comings and goings at all hours of the night and not having my son and his friends drink all of my beer and liquor. Because when a girl wants a martini she doesn’t want to have to go out to the liquor store to replace the bottle she bought three days ago! Yes, I do feel like a terrible mother and very guilty but I guess that comes with the territory. I’ll wait a few days before I do the Happy Dance.


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I’ll be back shortly…

I had a wonderful time this weekend at Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Sea World! Now I’m back to working on the floor and had to disconnect my computer last night. :-( I’m working on DS’ laptop right now but will have limited access for the next few days. I also have some emergency dental work that needs to be done this week (isn’t it always something?) but I should be back by the weekend. I hope you are all busy sewing something wonderful!

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The boyfriend and I are headed out to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the weekend so things will be quiet here. I’m not a park person *at all* but we had so much fun at the zoo that I figured what the heck! It’ll just be nice to get away and, on the plus side, I won’t have any little kids to run around after. :-)

I’ll be back on Sunday and we will start moving machines back into my shop (I guess I should call it Sewing Studio #2 now that I’m no longer in business). I still have to move and paint under the desk and file cabinets but I should be back to 100% by next Friday. The floor looks fantastic, I can’t wait to be back in action! Now that I’m on a roll with my sewing again, these past few days have been killing me.

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More temptation!

Talk about timing! Check out this new Hot Patterns suit inspired by Carrie’s vintage wedding suit from the Sex and the City movie – isn’t it fabulous? This is a great classic that will never go out of style. Even if you don’t have much cause to wear a jacket, the skirt alone is worth the price of the pattern.


And, if you’ve ever lusted after the YSL Tribute bag (but not the $1200 price tag!), you can now make your own! I just happen to have some beautiful bronze leather in my stash from a trip to NYC last year. Of course, only the very best Riri zippers would be good enough for this bag! I will make mine even better than the original by using suede for the lining.



Not sure how quickly I will get to these although the bag will be a quick project. Still, I MUST add them to The Collection. Add them to yours at Hot Patterns.Com


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Ann over at Gorgeous Fabrics is kicking my butt lately with the fantastic knit prints she keeps posting! I keep trying to go on a fabric diet but it’s just no use unless someone takes my computer away. I have placed three orders in the past week and then yesterday she posts this:


Seriously, how am I supposed to resist this? It’s paisley! It’s impressionistic! It’s Impressionistic Paisley! And only 8 yards were left so I HAD to buy it…that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.


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DIY Paper Dispenser

After two years I thought it was finally time to get my roll of manilla pattern paper out of it’s box on the floor and into a dispenser. I looked online and the least expensive single-roll wall-mounted dispenser I could find was around $100, the most expensive around $200. Thrift is certainly not one of my strong suits but I had a problem paying that kind of money for something to hold a roll of paper.

On Sunday, I headed to Home Depot with the hope that I would find something that I could repurpose. My original thought was a pair of curtain rod brackets with a metal plumbing pipe but they were not deep enough for the roll of paper. Then I found the perfect thing: closet brackets designed to hold a rod and shelf! The metal closet rod was available in 4′, 6′ and 8′ lengths. Since my paper is 48″ wide, my boyfriend cut the 6′ rod down to 5′ for me – it is perfect! Although the brackets are rated for 125 pounds (my paper roll weighs 67 lbs) I opted to double them up and tie-wrap them together for extra stability. The brackets on the right are attached to a stud. On the left I used four 75lb EZ-Anchors.



Supplies needed:

* 6′ Rod $9.79
* 4 Brackets $13.16
* End caps $1.79

Grand total: $24.74. And it looks nice! Now I am getting ready to paint my garage floor with epoxy paint, ugh. I was going to lay a nice floor down but now that my son is buying a house and moving out next month (!) I’m thinking I’ll probably sell as soon as the market improves and don’t want to invest in anything expensive. While I certainly can fill up a 4/3 house with sewing stuff, the maintenance is just too much for one person. I’d rather spend my free time sewing! Let’s hope I can find a large enough town- or patio home to house all of my sewing equipment…


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Happy Father’s Day!

My dear, wonderful father-in-law likes me to make custom shirts for him – he appreciates what I call my “maternity for men” alteration that gives him a little more room over his tummy. :-) So, I decided to make him a shirt for Father’s Day yesterday. I hadn’t really planned on making it yesterday, I’d planned to do it weeks ago but you know how that goes!

I used my trusty old Kwik-Sew 2935 pattern and a beautiful, heavy sueded rayon that I bought at the Doncaster outlet about ten years ago – it is a tiny houndstooth check in dusty blue with black. Gorgeous but so tightly woven that it was a bit uncooperative at times and required beating into submission with my clapper. I’m 99% happy with the result but the collar just isn’t rolling as nicely as I would have liked. I had a yard leftover and at first thought I’d make a little summer cargo skirt with it but instead I added it to the scrap bag! Happily, I had exactly five mother-of-pearl buttons in my stash that matched – the pattern calls for six but I never bother with the button under the collar since no one uses it anyway (I just make the lapel loop).



I have been intrigued by Pamela Erny’s “Cigar Pocket” for some time so I was excited to finally have the opportunity to borrow this idea from her. My father-in-law does not smoke cigars so I made the pocket narrower to accomodate a pen. I doubt he’ll actually use it but it is a very nice designer detail, don’t you think? Be sure to check out Pamela’s website, her custom shirts are beyond fabulous plus she sells some wonderful notions on her site. The customer service is great!


As an aside, a couple of years ago, I met a really nice fellow sewer online – Gail – who owns and runs a surfing magazine with her husband. She graciously sent me a bunch of great coconut buttons from a surfwear manufacturer (these are the same type of buttons that Tommy Bahama uses) but darned if I can find them! I am normally very organized (you have to be when you are dealing with mass quantities!) when it comes to my sewing supplies but apparently I did not put them in my button stash. They would have looked great with this blue fabric, grrr. Now this is driving me crazy and I can’t rest until I figure out what I did with them!

NOTE: In case you missed my original tutorial for this type of shirt, here is the LINK. Never mind that guy modeling the shirt, just someone I used to know. ;-)


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