Resolutions time!

It’s a new year and definitly time to start sewing again! I just pulled all my fabric and sundry of other items out of their tote and dumped it all over the living room. I found two half done skirts and piles of projects that I neglected to sort and now have no idea what goes with what. I still have the wonderful pattern I bought from Gertie and I cant wait to make the dress, I just need to get the last of the supplies first.

Not really sure where to start at this point but my goal right now is to make:

  • Two every day dresses
  • Three skirts
  • One corset top – maybe
  • One special ocasion dress
  • Six soap pouches – they really come in handy when at a campground

Last year I made: One beach coverup, one apron, one blanket, one skirt, and one soap pouch.


Happy Summer

Hello to my lovely blog followers and I apologize for my long absence, wedding planning has put a temporary halt on my sewing adventures.

I have been doing some cooking though, yesterday I made a potato salad using potatos I grew in my garden!

My ‘recipe’

I chuncked up the potatos, then boiled them, once done set in the fridge to cool – or if you are like me and leave it to the last minute, you might want to cool them in the freezer. Just don’t forget about them in there!

While the potatos are boiling put some eggs in a pot with water to boil as well

Fry up some bacon – I used maple bacon since it’s my favourite and what happened to be in the fridge.

Dice up some red bell pepper and chop some spring onion (also called green onion)

Put the veggies in the bowl you will be using to serve the salad.

In a cereal bowl put in a squeeze of mustard and 2 dollops of miracle whip, add a dash of chives (fresh or freeze dried) and a sprinkle of herbes de provence. Whip together then mix in with the veggies.

In hindsight I would have added the bacon now and stirred it in. I crumbled it on top.

Peel and slice your hardboiled eggs (cool them first) then layer them ontop.

Sprinkle the whole thing with a bit of peprika and you are done.

I dont have a picture of it because it didnt last long enough to take one!

SONP2013 Project 1 Part 2

Lesson learned today… never buy cheap thread, its not worth the headache. I now have the dress panels mostly together. As long as I can get some more thread I will hopefully finish it soon. I might leave out the pockets… I am really not sure how to do them, I think skirt #2 will have pockets instead so I have more time to do some research.

Pictures up soon hopefully.

SONP2013 Project 1

So I started working on my SONP project late, with no idea what I would make first, I decided on an a line skirt with pockets, with a pretty yellow fabric, I have done an a line skirt before, see here and despite a few issues while hemming it turned out great.

I started this one and I did not really measure very well so I ended up with three panels instead of two, luckily I usually over estimate how much fabric I need when I am at the store…

I stitched the back panel together just fine and then decided to sew the pocket pieces together when everything went sideways. I don’t know if its the tension or something I am doing wrong but I cannot get through a project without it happening at lease once that the underside of the fabric ends up being a big snarl of thread while the top looks normal, and thread gets all jammed up where the bobbin goes.

I did take pictures and will upload them tomorrow. I will also finish my skirt tomorrow during daylight hours as currently June bugs are throwing themselves at all of the window around me and giving me the heebe jeebes, I just get squirrelly hearing the noise… one got in my hair once… it was tramatic… come to think of it I left my plants that I was hardening off out on the deck… they will just have to survive overnight… I am not going out there!


#SONP teaser – Pattern Review

On June 10th I will do a  pattern review for Hideous Dreadful Stinky’s Summer of No Pants.

I purchased B5317


For B5317

For B5317

and this fabric to make the dress with.

The problem:

the pattern calls for 60″ fabric, I purchased 45″

so now what to do…

luckily I have a skirt pattern, we will see what happens with it, stay tuned for my post on June 10th.

Also on May 27th SONP2013 starts up, four skirts in four weeks, I am excited for the challenge! Each Friday I will post my finished product.

Online Ordering – Experience No. 2

For B5750

For B5750


Looks really pretty doesn’t it….

I thought so too, that is until I received it…

What I thought would be a nice off white colour is actuallynicotine coloured, the description of the fabric said it would be very light and flowy, not sure how that translates to heavy and scratchy.

I also ordered another fabric:

For B5317

For B5317

I am going to keep this one, even though the stiching is a bit shiney, I have a lining fabric to go under it as well.

I have been wondering lately about linings, am I better off to make a lining for each dress or to splurge on some good quality silk and make a nice slip that I can wear under the dress….


But back to online ordering, this time I ordered from, which luckily for me has a very nice return policy, unluckily they only pay the shipping if its domestic and I happen to be international as far as they are concerned.

We will have to wait and see how that turns out once I hear back from them.

I also received my covered boning for B5882 I still have not found a fabric yet though, and I may wait until I can get to a real store and feel the fabric before I buy it.

Mostly this experience just reminded me how difficult it can be to get something you like when online ordering, 2 out of 3 aint bad, but if I had been in a store I would have liked all of them.

Curious about my plans for the fabric? Check out my future projects page!



#SONP 2013 and a new project

I am getting really excited for the #SONP 2013 I am going to do a beginner pattern review for it in June – more details on that closer to the date, if you have any suggestions of a pattern to review let me know! – I have been itching to get back to my sewing machine. Today I am going to make some curtains, blinds are NOT enough to keep out the lights from the ships that go by.

I bought a nice chocolate brown cotton for my curtains, I have not decided if I am going to add any accents to it or if it will just be brown, I will have to ponder that…

I also picked up some nice red and white polka dot fabric to make some cushion covers.

When I first started sewing I always wondered what people meant when they said that their stash was getting out of hand, well now I understand! I have caught myself buying fabric without having a project for it, I have some red and white check cloth – like a picnic cloth, and no plans for that, as well as some green freckle cloth that is currently collecting dust… and a few others.

Do you have stash problems? Any suggestions for uses of the fabrics mentioned – the green was going to be for a skirt but once I got it home I realized that I don’t really love it…