I have dresses for the Day Dress, Night Dress contest! I used a New Look pattern and ended up with a wearable muslin. The white version, illustrated with rocket ships and a clock by my boy, is the day dress. The black, with blue underlining, is the night dress. Somehow, I cut the front (or back) on the reverse side of the fabric. I just went with it, so it came out a little less interesting than I had planned. Live and learn, right? This month has been full of sickness, so the best photos I could muster were on the dress form. The dresses fit pretty well to my body both have a bit of stretch in the material. 

Here’s the day look.

Here’s the night look.


I’ve also made a few bowties for friend’s pets. These were fun and easy. I based the design off of Grainline Studio’s free downloadable Happy pattern (for humans). Sake modeled.


In other news, I think I’m in the market for a new serger. I’ve been working with a dealer to service mine, but I think the needle tension is unrepairable.

And some other photos of how blue the under layer is, my textile designer at work, and the art of distracting sewing “helpers.”


Pretty, Girly, Fun

I had a brief layover in LA. I almost wrote El Lay–note to self, I need to abstain from perezhilton.com. Yikes! So I was in LA and got to spend a few hours at the Road to California quilt show. I made one purchase. It wasn’t much. And it was at the first booth we checked out. Funny how you just know.

Usually I’m a bit more ┬áindecisive. Like with what classes I’ll take this spring–the semester has already started–but my undecided class hasn’t. Yep, I’m potentially one of those people holding a spot in a class you really want–when I can’t make up my mind if I actually want it myself. Le sigh. A friend offered the following advice for decision making.

Write down the pros and cons… throw it out and go with your heart!

I think my indecisiveness in this situation is based on my full schedule and the very vague class description. The information would be great–details on constructing pants. But how many pants am I really going to make? Really? I can think of two–one a vintage reproduction pattern I got for my birthday! And maybe making a pattern off of some of the pants that I have loved to death–or at least worn holes in–from my closet.

I have a problem with tangents too.

What I purchased was a bag of dried lavender and some colorful some fabric scraps. Add to that some rice, and a few stitches and I made a super-quick lavender sachet. I used the postcard they threw in the bag as a make-shift funnel.

I love it. Such a fun, and really great smelling trinket. I can’t wait to get one made for my own lingerie drawer, or to use a paperweight–or even a pin cushion. They are awfully pretty to just hide in a drawer.

In honor of a friend’s wedding today, I’ll make one in a brightly printed fabric and send it to a reader. To enter, just leave a comment and I’ll draw one winner on Wednesday, January 27.




Life happens. Right now I feel frozen as everything is zooming past me. I’m not sure what is paralyzing me at the moment, but daylight savings time is not helping. Except I wake up a little easier. It is possible Eric’s leukemia is no longer responding to the drug he is on. We’re waiting for test results. And waiting sucks. Here’s some photos from the past few days. Here’s Scotch taking up lots of space on the bathroom counter.

Decisions to be made about graduate school. And for things like this, I’m a terrible decision maker. Never fully satisfied and always asking “what-if…”

And here’s the kitties this morning. I think maybe I should turn on the heat. The photo doesn’t do the desperation in their postures justice.

Skip over to AfricanKelli’s to see the prize she one from the blog-i-versary contest ages ago.


Katy ^_^

Catching Up

Here’s me working on a Frida-inspired something special for Kelli.

I’m putting it in the mail tomorrow. Really!

Tonight’s dinner is one of my favorite meals!

Cabbage Salad

Cabbage, Red Bell Pepper, Mandarin Oranges, Avocado, Toasted Almonds, and a dressing of Balsamic Vinegar, Olive Oil, and Fresh Ground Pepper. Yummy!

In other news, Eric and I joined a gym today! We’re planning on our first class–spin–tomorrow evening!



The Winner

Here’s the video, enjoy. If you have any complaints you can send them to Sake.

**Updated ridiculously early on Sunday morning. So I waited, and waited, and waited. YouTube’s processing time is taking forever. Until that link works, here is the unglamourized link. The video is the same…**

***Upate 2- much later.. Looks like the way I exported the video it was a screenshot only. So user error–not You Tube error. ***

It should be processed soon. ­čÖé

Congrats, Kelli! Shoot me an e-mail and let me know what you’d like. Perhaps something Frida inspired?