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Sewing is fabric during metamorphosis, as with the Blue Morpho

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I am dearly mesmerized by the beauty of the butterfly.  The beauty, the strength and the fragile nature of the butterfly does something to my spirit.  I can't explain why, but to say, I am at peace when admiring God's grander.  I took this picture while at the Houston Museum of Science, Cockrell Butterfly Center, an indoor rain forest built for the sole purpose of raising and harnessing the beauty and natural habitat of the butterfly.    "The genus name  Morpho  comes from the Greek epithet of  Aphrodite , goddess of love.  Achilles  was a Greek hero of the Trojan War, the central character of Homer's  Iliad . Achilles' downfall was his love of the cousin of Paris, the Prince of Troy during the Trojan War.     Legends (beginning with a poem by  Statius  in the 1st century AD) state that Achilles was invulnerable in all of his body except for his heel. Because of his death from a small wound in the heel, the term  Achilles' heel  has come to mean a person&

Mini-Me the Mermaid- McCall’s 3566

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In September of last year I took Mini-Me to an ASG (American Sewing Guild) meeting with me while I taught on bodice fitting.  Mini-Me is totally in tuned to these types of conversations, however, during this meeting she was into the “iPad” games she was playing.  As the meeting came to an end, I was engaged in a conversation with another member about a “mermaid” costume she had made for her granddaughter.  OOOH boy!!!  Mini-Me’s ears peeled up and before I knew it she was standing beside me looking at the digital pics, exclaiming that “we” must make one for her.  Needless to say, she was not happy to hear me tell her to wait until next year, a concept not known by your average child…”next year!!” really Mimi?  “Yes dear, I will get it done for your birthday.” I exclaimed.  Fast forward nine months and Mimi has come through on her promise…whew!  It was a close call.  Although I got some input from my fellow ASG member and the fin pattern she made, I still wanted the ensemble to be con

Contest Entry: Butterick 5895 Crop Pants Review

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These are my entry for the Pattern Review “Fitted Pant Contest” that ends on June 9th.  I have been wanting a pair of crop pants for quite sometime now, so this was a perfect time to force me to make a pair.  Entering a contest is not something I normally do, however, after meeting so many fantastic ladies at the PR Weekend in Austin at the start of May, I couldn’t resist participating.  Sewtofit- Butterick 5895 I used the Butterick 5895 pattern. Pattern Description: Fitted cotton crop pants with high waist and tapered to hem.  Has optional roll-up hem. Back zipper, side front pockets and hook closure. Pattern Sizing: I cut a size 16 and graded the waist to a 14.  Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, actually it did. Sewtofit- Butterick 5895 Were the instructions easy to follow? Extremely easy.  I only checked the instructions to make sure I didn't miss anything.  I chose not to topstitch the cr