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"Back in the Saddle"- Tailoring my son's suit, a testimony.

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I am excited to get back in the "saddle" with the suit for my son.  I know, it's been almost three months since I last worked on the jacket, or the pants for that matter.  "Man!, talk about procrastination!!".  This is why having someone help nudge you along is important.  Here's to having a fun, caring "online" sewing community.    These people are ones to keep me motivated and also, hold me accountable.  At first I thought it would be terrible to post an incomplete project with status updates.  "What happens if I don't finish it when I say?"  At first, I felt I would be stressed and have a lot of guilt or be crucified by the evil demons of the  "WorldWideWeb!"  Thanks to Faye's progress updates on her coat , The Mahogany Stylist's  encouragement, and Andrea of Knit-Knac I am back at it now.  And guess what, I don't feel bad.  With the gentle nudging of a few, I actually feel inspired to keep plugging alon

DIY Last-Minute Holiday Party Shrug Project by your's truly is up on the Bernina Website!!!

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I'm excited to bring to you my first DIY tutorial to make a shrug for the holidays or just to go over your favorite tank top or strapless dress.  Go to the WeAllSew website for complete details and instructions to make the DIY Shrug before your holiday party. I have had the dress for about 9 years, but since it has a cut out sleeveless bodice, it wasn't always feasible to wear for every event I had wanted to attend.  My inspiration for this project came when I was trying to figure out a way to combine the idea of a lace cape and an infinity scarf as a coverup.   I really hope you enjoy the tutorial, and will give it a try. Until next time...stay sharp.

Biking Down Memory Lane...a non-sewing post.

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I have been feeling kind of nostalgic lately, whilst updating picture albums and working on my scrapbooking projects.  Sorting pictures and seeing all the fun times really makes me warm and fuzzy inside. My sister treated me to a vacation in San Francisco a couple years back during December.  I was so excited to actually see all the wonderful things that San Francisco is known for, especially the "Golden Gate Bridge", which I discovered was not golden....duh!!!  Anyway, we had the opportunity to ride bikes across this beautiful bridge and experience it up close and personal.   Sis is trying to control her bike..lol.  She was too short for the smallest bike. We rode "electric" bikes on a tour of the side of the city to the bridge and across.  Of course you are forbidden from using "powered" devices on the bridge....but, every once and a while, we did hit the power button to give us a little push.  That was work riding all that way. Based on t

My first Video Pattern Review: The StyleArc Amber Top...

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Okay, now this is when you will really know whether what I have to share is worth your time.  Will you last to the end of the video?  Will you fall asleep less than halfway into the saga...or will you be so enthralled with the material that you are asking for more by the end of the first taping?  Lights!!! Camera!! ACTION!!! (For those of you who just hate hearing my voice, or don't have time to watch the video..a short pattern review snippet is at the bottom.)  Thanks for your support.   Be kind y'all, because I had a lot of fun doing this video.  Way more fun than I had actually constructing the top.  Well, actually, thats a lie..cause I really like dealing with details.  I just get moody at times, and put things away for indefinite lengths of time.  Until, one day, I ran across it and realize this was something I actually wanted at some point or another. I was taking time to clear my photo files, trying to clean my computer, when I came across this picture....W

StyleArc: The Cassie Pants

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If you want a new take on the boring leggings...these pants would be them.  I'm always looking to get a cute design detail, something out of the norm.   The fabric was this new stuff that has been showing up all over the place, "Bengaline" sold by StyleArc, JoAnns and also Hancock.  I got mine at Hancock.  It really is extremely stretchy.  Not easy to topstitch if you go across the "grain" or across the direction of the stretch. This fabric is so new to me.  It takes some getting used to, in order to stable on the different cross seams and topstitching.  I'm really not too fond of it right now.  But, we shall see.  I got a little more for some other projects. I know you couldn't wait to see the back!!!  That is the main reason we read about peoples pants post..to see if the butt fits.  LOL...yes, me too, I have no shame. I cut the size 16, but the waist again, as has been with the last 3 pair of stylearc, had to be taken up by 6 inches.  Th

Rotary Cutter Safety Tips

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1. DONOT cut with your free hand in front of the blade. 2. Take your time and don't rush. 3. Always cut with your eyes open. 4. DONOT cut and text!!! Now back to our regularly scheduled programming. Workroom safety habits are key!!

Renfrew once again. My favorite "T"

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I did an inventory of my wardrobe and found that nice t-shirts and button downs comprise the majority of my separates.  Well, nice to me...I don't actuall have lace ones just test..but that's on the burner. So, I went to my studio to rectify the problem and this is what I came up with. another Renfrew . Go figure. In my own defense, I settled with the fact that this version, view "C" has a cool collar. ... a different sleeve length. Lol. Does it help that it can be used as a hoodie if I were trying to protect the hair? After I get my fill of t-shirts and button downs, we shall see where I go from here.  I am truly a creature of habit. In the meantime another button down is in the works... This next one will be in a really luxurious, buttery  stretch 4-ply silk. I have made it already for a Christmas gift and really LOVE it.  I used a poly georgette from Hancock. Until next time, keep sewing. Andrea

NFL Football and sewing with family, oh the love.

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PJ's for game day. Win or lose, it's always so much fun to watch our Texans football games with the family. Even more fun when we dress the part. These are the coolest pjs I have made. Not because they are Texans fabric, but because I get to sew and enjoy the things I love with my "Mini-me". Man, I get so much joy from sewing with my granddaughter!! It takes me back to the days when I watched and sometimes joined in to help my mom. Though, I think then, she did most of the sewing. I made my pair using the easy Simplicity pattern 2414 . It's a pattern meant for cargo pants. But I just left off the pockets. What drew me to this pattern is that the waistband was separate and had 3 elastic channels plus buttonholes and a drawstring. For Mini-me I self-drafted a pair from a sloper I use from my Cameo Professional pattern design software by Wild Ginger. We sewed these on the sweet, 780 sewing and embroidery computer on loan to me from the lovely folks

I call her "ENVY", but she was first Samantha's Jacket

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The Teal Leather Jacket... they whispered at Pattern Review weekend back in May.   "Did you see Andrea's Jacket?"  "Did you see all those zippers?"   Should this be considered a late arrive to the party...  I have so much to share, but where do I start?  Should I begin with telling you about how Envy , as she is known, manifested?  For many of you, this post is the prose to the picture you have been seeing in my header for the last six months.  And I hear the cries!!! its about darn time she shared!!   Well I say to you...my lovely sewcialites....here she is!... Envy!!! has arrived in blog land. "Why, would I name my jacket a name such as that?"   Well, I say, when I am sewing, I have the need to name garments that require a lot of emotional input to get it done.  This here was an emotional roller coaster.  Sewing leather is easy, it was the pattern fitting that was the problem.  (I'll get to that more later.)    Back to the name.... I d