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Greetings From Napa!

Greetings From Napa!

View of downtown from our house Well, we have been here for about a month and a half and we are loving it! Napa is still a ‘small’ town but the downtown has gone through a transformation in the last few years with new shops and upscale restaurants. Its been fun trying new restaurants and bars in our little town and what fun talking to people visiting from all over the world! Our plan is to eat and drink our…

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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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Burdastyle Magazine 03-2009-111

Burdastyle Magazine 03-2009-111

I am finally done this corduroy blazer. The lining seemed to take me forever but I am glad I could use this fabric. I’m proud to say that EVERYTHING is from my stash! (Okay, except for the buttons) Pattern Description:This is a lined shortish length blazer with a yoke, side panels, pockets with flaps and optional topstitching. Pattern Sizing: 36-44 Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?They used a linen…

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What have I been working on lately?

What have I been working on lately?

My last post, I vowed to make an effort to post more. And 3 months later…erm, here’s my next post. I HAVE been sewing, though. My latest project has been a corduroy jacket. I saw this jacket on a retail site. I thought the color and zig zag topstitching was nice. And then I remembered that deep in the gallows of my fabric stash was a pinwale stretch corduroy in exactly the same colour. I ordered it online and actually…

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Something Easy For a Change!

Something Easy For a Change!

After my last difficult project, I decided to put the redo on hold and  go with something light and fluffy. This pattern was just right:McCalls 5853 What a great deal this pattern is – 4 for the price of one. Although I doubt I will ever do the bubble bottom top, that is still 3 patterns – and I think I bought this pattern at the 99cent sale at Joanns! I used a periwinkle blue activewear fabric from Fashion Fabrics Club…

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When great sewing projects go bad

When great sewing projects go bad

Sigh. Fitting woes – they happen to all of us at one time or another.Now that nice weather has finally arrived in N. California, in between riding my horse and mountain biking, I have been working on a top from Burda Magazine May 2010: It’s a cute top, and since I had just made a pair of pants in beige and had enough material left over, I thought it would make a nice outfit. Although I find topstitching to be…

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Burda Magazine 10-2008-135

Burda Magazine 10-2008-135

I’m finally getting around to reviewing this jacket I made for my husband. I was pleased with the results and he loves it 🙂 Pattern Description:A traditional seaman’s jacket, made of high-quality woollen cloth with sleeve tabs and a single row of buttons, adapts to modern men’s wear but retains its typical navy blue and practical pockets. An absolutely essential classic! He will always look his best in straight flannel trousers with pressed creases because they can be styled for…

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Cats and Sewing

Cats and Sewing

Yesterday I had to say goodbye to my cat of 19 1/2 years, Pudge – Pudgie as we affectionately called her. Renal failure had finally taken its toll over her little body. We counted ourselves lucky to have had her around for 7 months longer than we thought we would. She was terrified of travelling in the car and we were thankful that our vet made house calls. She loved being a California cat and hanging out in her cat condo gazing at…

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Vogue – WTF?

Vogue – WTF?

My previous post praised Vogue’s new site look and new patterns. But today’s new offerings brings a wtf…I give you…. The Satin Burka A new design from Chado Ralph Rucci. Ralph, I love ya, I even bought the Star Trekkie pattern from last year. But an epic FAIL for this one. I can’t think of any way this would look flattering on anyone! The I-want-my-ass-to-look-twice-as-big Jumpsuit Really, Vogue – seriously?? There are no words! I am assuming since the model is…

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Hurrah for Vogue!

Hurrah for Vogue!

Vogue/Butterick/McCalls  have completely redesigned their websites. As they are all the same company, they have tied all 3 together. When you buy from any of the 3, it all goes to one shopping cart. All I can say is: It’s about time! I like some of the new designs for Spring and there is a $3.99 sale on right now – so I am off to shop! Love this! and this VA VA VOOM!