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Year: 2011

What Am I Working On….

What Am I Working On….

I seem to suffer from chronic sewaphrenia. I start one project, then am completely dazzled by something else then take a break and work on another hobby. I wish I could organize myself better. I still have a ton of fabric purchases left over for the Summer 2011 wardrobe. Oh well, I will have to find room in the closet for the now Summer 2012 fabric. Thank goodness I don’t buy too much trendy fabric!Below is a list of projects I’m…

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Sweet Satisfaction!

Sweet Satisfaction!

Five years after I ventured into designing a competition ballroom gown  I finally got to see it in action. Palm Desert Dancesport Championships July 2011  Watching the video made me remember the long hours spent researching, designing prototypes, the frustrating failures before I finally created a competition worthy dress. It was all worth it to achieve that goal, creating something I never thought I could. I hope this is a lesson to all sewers out there who think they cannot sew…

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The Ubuntu Top – New Look 6149 And MY new look

The Ubuntu Top – New Look 6149 And MY new look

I just finished redesigning my blog and moving it back over to Blogger. Yep, I designed it all myself!! I had to change the cartoon of me a little because 2 weeks ago I got my hair completely chopped and she originally had long flowing hair! Do you always have the urge to wear something new everytime you go out? I certainly do, and of course most of the time, I will end up making it. Sometimes I give myself…

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The Gary Danko Dress – Vogue 1233

The Gary Danko Dress – Vogue 1233

The Pamella Roland dress is finally completed. I am calling it the Gary Danko  dress because that is where I wore it for the first time out as we were entertaining a business associate from Sweden. Although I love the dress, it did not pass the dinner test very well as you will read below. Pattern Description: Close-fitting, lined dress has front darts, princess seams, patch pockets with flaps, cap sleeves, large turned back collar with extensions, partially concealed button closure…

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New Project – Vogue 1233 Pamella Roland Dress

New Project – Vogue 1233 Pamella Roland Dress

I am currently sewing together this dress: To be honest, I did not think of sewing this dress until I had found the perfect fabric – and I did. If you belong to Fabric Marts swatch service, there was a silk with metallic threads linen type fabric that came in last months samples. Perfect for this dress. A little off grain, though – so it was a challenge to cut. Details to come….

Burda Magazine 01-2008-119

Burda Magazine 01-2008-119

Moving to wine country means – a new wine county wardrobe, of course! I’ve started off with this fairly simple top from Burda Magazine. I had made the top a couple of years ago, but I never liked the all around elastic that went right under the bust. It felt uncomfortable and looked…sausage-y. With this second attempt, I added 2 inches to the upper front and back pieces so the elastic casing is lower. I think it looks much better,…

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We’re moving to Napa, baby!

We’re moving to Napa, baby!

My husband and I have been pretty busy lately and I am happy to finally announce that we are moving –  to Napa!!! It took a long time and years of saving to realize this dream, but we finally found the perfect home in wine country for the two of us. It overlooks the Napa valley and beyond. Check out these views! It’s going to be great to get out of our townhouse condo. Right now, we live about 45 minutes from Napa….

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The Laurelle Skirt

The Laurelle Skirt

Courtesy of Burda Style. The photographs from the pattern creator show rear welt pockets, yet the pattern comes with regular back jeans pockets. I chose the latter. But after sewing them on, I realized they sat way below my butt because they are placed below the rounded seam. Seriously, I looked gangsta. So I took them off and left the rear pocketless.I used a dark stretch denim from my stash and yellow topstitching thread. Jeans thread was way too thick…

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UPDATE: Burda World of Fashion Magazine and How I Avoid Tracing AT ALLCOSTS!

UPDATE: Burda World of Fashion Magazine and How I Avoid Tracing AT ALLCOSTS!

Since I posted my original article on how to scan Burda World of Fashion patterns instead of trace, I have come up with some tweaks and shortcuts, based on my experience and others. This is for all those that HATE to trace the Burda Patterns. Some of you may not like my method. This works for me and if you are a computer nerd like myself, you will probably find this easier than tracing a million lines through carbon paper!…

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