McCall’s 6754 peplum top

McCalls6754aSure, I’ve known this peplum thing is a trend. I’ve seen it. I’ve noticed. But I did not think it applied to me for 2 reasons: 1) All peplum tops I’d seen were very dressy tailored tops and not appropriate for my lifestyle 2) I don’t care for highwaisted items. They feel funny and I attempt to pull them down to my belly button. Continue reading

Navy and kelly, paired on a Lola

Victory LolaThe Lola dress from Victory Patterns is such a cute, fun pattern! I love this dress. How it looks AND how comfy it is to wear.

It sewed up fast and easy even though my serger and I are having a big disagreement right now. I don’t know what the heck is up with my serger but I can’t stand to look at it right now so I just sewed the whole thing with a slight zig zag on my Bernina. I figure I can go back and finish the seams when I have the patience and skill to get the serger working again. Continue reading

Peacock Chiffon Dress for Project Sewn

peacock dress1For once, I can say that I’m so thrilled with how this turned out. I created this! I felt very Project Runway (except I made it for Project Sewn) while I worked. There was a hard deadline– my little brother’s wedding. I had to fly to Texas for it, so I would be away from my sewing machine (does anyone else get filled with dread when they contemplate that?). I actually sewed the zipper in and slid it off the machine to hop in the car and leave for the airport. I even hand finished the hook and eye while waiting for my flight. And actually, since my flight ended up being VERY delayed, my hook and eye is very well done, if I do say so myself. Continue reading

E is for Eyelet Skirts


A couple months ago my husband and I found ourselves relaxing without kids, so we moseyed on down to the Fremont Flea Market here in Seattle. It started out innocently enough, with the usual flea market stuff; furniture, antiques, weird hippie stuff, cool garden planters, etc. All of a sudden I saw sewing stuff! My husband audibly groaned as I beelined over. The lady at the booth and I talked for at least 15 minutes and she is Cheryl Kuczek of Paradiso Designs. I bought a skirt pattern from her, mostly to support indie designers. She had amazing buttons and trims, too, but there was no way I could narrow the choices down without a specific project in mind so I got a pattern. Continue reading