Hey All! I am alive!! No photos today, but I promise them sometime this weekend!! Tomorrow will be busy. I am going to training for volunteering at a women’s homeless shelter. I hope I can handle it. I’m a little nervous–I’m not exactly the most assertive person.
I found the most amazing site yesterday. The Daily Plate. You sign up and it use it to track your calorie intake, and usage. It is awesome! Hopefully it’ll help me get back on the wagon.
Tonight Eric and I worked on creating a duct tape dress form. I was saving to buy a nice dress form, but $500-$1000 is a lot of money if I can make one. It needs a bit of tweaking, but hopefully I’ll have it in working order soon. Here is the information I used to create the dress form. Enjoy!!


I made the pee pee tee pees. They were so easy and fun I may make more!! I haven’t yet started on the baby shoes, but I think serging them will make things easier.

Yesterday when I left work it was cold and rainy. I’m not ready for fall, yet. I’ll never be ready. I’ve decided one of my projects for fall. I hope to make some pants (either jeans or khakis) and fully line them in flannel! Nice and snuggly!!

I found out today I will be going to NYC in January. Hopefully, I will have sewn through my stash from the last NYC trip so I can go fabric shopping again!!

Here are some photos of the projects!! There are 5 tee pees in each and a bag to store dirty/wet ones and wash them in! Enjoy


Hi all. Another week, can you believe it? My article was posted on Fashion-Incubator. It is great fun to share that part of my life with all. Let me know if you have any questions!

I have a goal for this week–well several!

  1. I hope to finish/start some baby gifts. I have 3 in mind with a 4th on hold. They include: baby shoes. This link is just one there are several available on line. The other two are Pee Pee Tee Pees because I’ve been informed it can only help. I better hurry before those babies get too big!! Also I have a since of humor! The one on hold is a baby outfit of some sort for children of some friends (we tend to hang out with an older crowd–maybe because we are so mature)! They are adopting a little girl from Ethiopia, so I am hoping to incorporate some traditional designs. The problem is they don’t yet know when she may arrive, hopefully by Christmas, and what her age is, it could be from 0 months-1 year.
  2. Tomorrow and the following Monday, I am meeting with a group of wives at my husband’s graduate school. They have all recently moved, some young and newly married, some older with kids out of the house. I hated my transition. I couldn’t find a job, my husband was diagnosed with leukemia, our cat that was under 2 died. It just sucked. So I hoping to sit and encourage other people that things can get better, and they are not alone!
  3. I bought a nice stash of fabric in July in NYC for fall/winter sewing. None of it has been used. I want to plan the garments and draft patterns, or use store-bought in essence creating a line. I’d like to pre-wash any fabric–remember that involves a laundromat, and sketch out my line–which can be modified once I start by next Sunday!!

I think that is enough to-dos. They are more want-to-dos which makes getting them done a lot easier!! I still need to figure out my sewing room. We didn’t switch desks and I feel really cramped. There has to be a solution!! Also, much love to my parents. We enjoyed their visit this weekend and the weather was gorgeous!!

Peace and love,


I pulled out three different projects and was not interested in any of them. One was Eric’s shorts, one was a simple short, short sleeved shirt, and the last was a Vogue dress. Both Eric’s shorts and the dress are Vogue, so they are a little more complicated. That and the first thing I needed to do on the dress is press some darts. Well, that means getting my ironing board out, then my iron. Setting it up, sweating a good deal–I always get hot when I sew. I’m not sure why. So I passed. Then the shirt is okay, but I cut it out last summer. It is even serged. The problem is it needs two tiny pieces of interfacing which also require the iron. Did I mention Sake runs and hides for a long time whenever I get the iron out? She hates the noise of the board going up. Scotch didn’t cooperate either. He laid on the directions.
So, I organized some of the vintage patterns I purchased. The lady said there were 800, I haven’t counted, but there are a lot! I’m hoping to sell them slowly on etsy eventually. But that’s not a super-huge priority. There are several people I’d like to share these jewels with first.
I love this simple shirt. This pattern’s copyright date is 1953. One of my parents is younger than that, one is older. So this pattern is ancient! Just teasing!
I bought several pieces of material when I was in NYC in July. For some reason, I keep telling myself I have to finish the things I started first, then use the new material. I think that rule is going out the window. I bought a nice blue and white silk shirting that I’m thinking might work well for this.
I love the one with the the 3/4 length sleeves. I pulled out the pieces to see what they look like. It is amazing to see how much patterns have changed in the past 54 years! Can you believe this pattern is that old? That’s amazing. It is like touching history. The hubby thinks this style is super-contemporary for 1953.
First the instructions are short.
Next the pattern pieces have no printing. They have cut outs labeling them and showing the seam allowance!
I’m thinking this may be a bit ambitious for my first sewing project back in a while. So, I may continue to fiddle with what I already have started. Time will tell. How do you get going when you get “stuck?”
*Disregard the watermarks on the images. The hubby edited them with a trial software. Once we realized they were watermarked, it was too late to worry about it.