Wednesday, November 18, 2015


 This pattern of Katherine's is a fun one to use up some pieces of fabric. A friend had given me some scrap pieces that I was able to incorporate along with some that I had to give a nice variety.
 I like how it turned out. I shorten it by a inch.
This shows you the wings that it has and it is very interesting how it all hangs out together.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

China It Is

 Here is their beloved Panda Bear. They are so cute.
 A rickshaw ride. We rode through the old district and visited a home that had been owned by five generations. There were no sewers so none of the houses had toilets. Every so often there was a public toilet. I was thinking that I wonder if they go in their pajamas at night.
 The Great Wall. The steps to the top were very irregular. Some where very high and some very small. So it was not easy walking. I only got three/fourths of the way up and altitude really effected me so I had to stop.
I was trying out the exercise equipment that they have in a public senior park. This was really something to see. Seniors exercising. Even some came in their wheel chairs and got out and exercised. They were dancing and doing yoga. They are into little birds and bring their little cages with them. The women are knitting or crocheting in groups. They have card games they are playing. They told me that 1% of the population are in old peoples homes. I can see why. They are keeping themselves so active,

Thursday, October 8, 2015


 I made a couple pairs of pants that Marcy calls her skinny pants. I like them and they are very easy to make.
 This pair I made with black ponte and I am afraid you can't see the detail of the pin tucks at the knees.
 The back pockets I trimmed with a little chain and beads on velvet ribbon which I got in Paris.
 This pair was my first pair and my muslin. It turned out good, so I will be wearing this pair too.
If you click on the photos you might be able to see the detail.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Sewing Workshop Sweater

 I like this sweater turned out. I made a small as it runs big. I usually use a medium. I shorten it a inch in the body of it and a inch in the sleeves.

 I used a trim that I brought back from Paris and had some poke dot knit to trim the turn back on the sleeves and trim on the neck. I might try this in a linen. Think it might look nice too.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Vest V1453

 I really like this vest.
 I bought some of Marcy's polyester which she says is the good kind and doesn't get hot. I have never tried it before. It is going to be nice for travel and to wear black and add this for color so it pops.
 I love the back design with the pleat and zipper. It makes a good conversation piece.

The other feature that I added was to put some netting on the inside of the fronts and added to buttoned pockets for when I want something to be secret. I made a mistake on this vest which I made come out anyway. The front bands are suppose to come up to the top of the collar edge. I used a 14 and could of used a little bit more room in the bust area. I did shorten it a inch. I found this a totally fun fabric and pattern to work with.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Another Shirt

I made one more shirt from Marcy's pattern. She had some silk jersey on her website and it is hard to find. I love to wear silk. It feels so soft and cool.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Marcy's new Sundress

 It always amazes me the way Marcy can come up with so many pieces and they always seem to go together and create a really nice effect.
 I used a voile fabric for the main part of this dress. I had enough fabric so I could double it so you couldn't see through it.

 I like the way this collar lays. There is a tuck at the back so it flops over, but looks good.
Here it is so you can see up closer the pieces that are inserted and have a little gathering at the tops of them.