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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A Crochet Moment

A Crochet Moment

A while ago, in a fit of creativity, I decided make a crochet dress. I hadn’t crocheted since I was a little kid, helping my mom make squares for a quilt. But after seeing Ms Erica B’s creation, I was truly inspired (isn’t she fabulous?). And she made it in a month? GADS!Now <cough> <cough> two years later, I finally finished MINE! Yep, there were a lot of mornings at Starbucks, airline flights with curious onlookers, fighting off cats and…

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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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