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Teacher Training, Jetlag, my whereabouts and fabricholism...

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Los Angelas was my place to be last week.  I went for the Trained Sewing Instructor program.  Since I love what I do and enjoy more sharing what I do, I thought this would help me in my endeavors as the new instructor at our local Hancock Fabrics.   I met a really nice group of ladies who shared my same goals.  This program offered more than I thought.  It was really packed full of clear business management materials.  I didn't really need to learn how to sew, just how to teach sewing.  And the program was right on point for helping me get organized.  Here are my fun classmates. I stayed at the plush Millenium Biltmore hotel, how nice was that.  I even got to see some shooting of the show "Bad Men" while there.  I just kept running into important people, I was totally aloof!.  I didn't know these people.  I don't watch much TV, so when I met the star of "Single Ladies" I got a chance to get a picture with her, but I still had to text my sister to

Jumpsuits..a sign of the times, who's copying who?

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I wasn't much of a fashionista when I made this 25 years ago.  But, I tell you I was a pretty good sewist by anyone's standards.   And I did know fashion, also by  the looks of it, I also had a good handle on the moonwalk.  Life was so much fun back then.  Erica B.  on her blog, says she wants this cutie. Of course the up-to-date version...Kwik Sew 3898  I just know, from past experience, she will rock this jumpsuit.  As comfortable for the tom-boy as it is stylish for the fashionista. This jumpsuit, suits all styles.  Dress it up or down, and you have a tough little outfit to do anything in.  I made mine back then, I think, out out a grey brushed cotton twill.  But you have to remember, if you are old enough, that back then there wasn't much in the fabric department to choose from. So, I can't wait to see this made up in the silk crepe de chine she is hoping to find. I know I wouldn't wear this again, my rump roast is way to big for this type of look.  Somethi

Pattern Inventory and studio organization project.

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I have come to realize that no matter my attempt to organize my patterns, whether self-drafted, or purchased, it will require some sort of system that I myself am willing to follow and stick to in the future. Now  Flylady  has long been the way I attempt to maintain a decent home and a welcoming place for guest anytime.  I must have some kind of routine in order to stay balanced.  But crafting and sewing can take anybody over the top.  In order to be creative, my surroundings have to be organized or at least de-cluttered, or my mind and my thoughts will emulate my surroundings.  As you may recall in my Sewn Confessions, I exposed myself, my sewing room , at least it is dear to me, so sharing that space with the world is like making friends.  It's personal...  Either way, every since I talked about my disorganized workroom studio, I have been on a quest to put it into a more productive state of organization.  One that beckons the creative mind to actually create.  Thus, I went abo

Photo adventure...Burda 8488 Pants

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 Finding Pattern Review.com has been so much fun. Knowing there are so many others in the world who want to know how I did with a pattern is exhilerating. It encourages me to complete my projects and try new ones. Taking all the pictures is fun too, yet can cause the family to run everytime you pull out the camera.  But, lucky, my fashionista daugther loves to see the pics come out nice.  So, on her visit she treated me to a fun photoshoot and actually made me accessorize the outfit....Enjoy! Project Description: Burda 8488- Wide leg pants that are close fitting through the hips. Pattern Sizing: 34-44, us- 8-18. See my blog entry-- Making the "Grade" a matter of size. for the size differences with the Burda Patterns compared to the "big four" pattern companies. Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? These pants are totally awesome. I saw a Tracey Reese Resort Wear pair that I just fell in love with. Th

Blue Lace Lingerie Set..another happy ending.

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 Bra making is quickly becoming my new love.  Its quick and satisfying all at the same time.  Especially when you are certain to come out of it with a perfectly fitting bra. One might wonder, why it would be ok to publically talk about, let alone disclose the interworkings of your foundation garments.  Of couse, any woman would admit "albeit" in private, that she has always wanted to be open and discuss the problems she has with the undergarments.  We all look for the perfect fit in clothing, whether it be pants, blouses, t-shirts, dresses, and the like.  Who doesn't want their boobs to fit "inside" the bra cups.  Tara Banks was candid enough to have a show about the "bra".  Oprah Windfrey discussed it and women listened.  There spawned the bra fitting craze so to speak.  Even pattern companies increased their offerings.  What is so illusive about fitting a bra or underwear?  Tara knows how to make us feel comfortable about the requirements of the bo

I count today a success. Lingerie set sneak peek...

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Summer is a good time of year for most.  However, when you have a burning desire to sew, and the sun is burning up outside, and you have constant company from your lovely grandchild, something has to give.  My sewing time has been sporadic at best. Although, I have some really good systems in place for what I plan to do, and I do actually get some things completed, those items that I get completed are actually GTD project components.  Not necessarily completing a "said" project can be daunting, however.  This is why I find it extremely important to keep a GTD list.  That way I know I am actually making headway on all these projects, although I really don't have any tangible item to show for the hard work I have put in for the day. However, today was a fun and productive day, if I say so myself.  Besides taking care of the home office requirements, and babysitting...I actually cooked dinner.  Whoo hooo!  You see, I am not a domestic diva.. I'm just a sewing diva.  So

Vogue 1249- My birthday suit...jumpsuit that is.

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Project Birthday Jumpsuit...is a Badgley Mischka for Vogue Jumpsuit. V1249.. Close-fitting (through bustline), partially interfaced, lined jumpsuit has back invisible zipper. Pattern Sizing: Size 14-20, I cut a 14/16. But I actually should have cut the 12/14 up top. The drawing didn't fall in the front, but she was standing pretty straight and tall. Also, I don't have much curve definition in the front. I am really straight, and my bust are small. So my garment tends to collapsed a little. Next time I wear it, I will wear a padded bra to add to the front curves. I don't want to take out anything there, I want to give the illusion of more…which is why I liked the addition of the ruffles up front. The garment on the pattern envelope was obviously belted a little tight, cause the front on the model actually looked liked gathers, on mine it was plenty smooth with the acceptation of the pleats. For the boning I used a technique that I invented (at least I thin