Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Nothing to do with sewing!

It's been a little over 2 years  since my cancer diagnosis and treatment.  Went for my every 4 months testing last week and found out this morning that the tests were negative.  Yea!!  I am truly blessed!   

I really am doing some sewing and hope to have pictures this weekend.


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Cleaning the Sewing Room

Well, I did a little sewing on Thursday and Friday.  I made a Burda  06-2009-109 batwing top  that I had seen on another blog.  But what was I thinking!  I made it at least 2 sizes too big and I had taken a lot out of the "wings."  I know I could take in the side seams and take more out of the "wings" but the neck was soooooo big.  It reminded me of the Flash Dance sweatshirts of the 80's.  Good enough to wear to wash the car I guess and it was an experiment!  I actually like the look of the pattern so I will re-trace it in a smaller size and tweak it somemore.

Also made myself some pajamas.  I used  McCall's 2476 for the pj bottoms.  I have used that pattern to make them at least a dozen times.  I like them because they sit at the waist and the legs are full and comfy.  I used the top view A from McCall's 4979 and it was huge in the neck.  I see why they show it open like a jacket on the model. In spite of the fit of the top, they are cute.  I used some Tinkerbell purple flannel from Fabric.com.  Sorry no picture!

I decided it might be time to remeasure myself and sure enough, I should be using a size 14 through the neck and shoulders based on my high bust instead of the 16 I've been using.  Of course the rest of my post-menopausal body still needs a bigger size.  And I will need to do a bigger FBA.

Oh well...live and learn.

Plus, I have been finding it hard to want to sew because my sewing room (the house out back) looks like something from the TV show Hoarders.  So today I spent about 4 hours trying to get it workable.  (It was sad when I wanted to use my coverstich machine on Thursday and couldn't get to it.)  I will still need to spend more time getting notions organized and to file some patterns in the bankers boxes I use to store them in numerical order by company.  I need to rethink this system because it's not really working for me.  But that will have to wait.  I do think I need a bookcase for my sewing books that are currently in the main house but don't know where it would go until I make some changes.  Do I really need a mini-refrigerator in my sewing room? 

Maybe there will be pictures in my next post!!

More soon!


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

New Year, New Beginning

Last year was crazy! I didn't blog. I didn't do much sewing.  It seemed like all I did was work.  So...I decided that it was time to retire from the business world and do the things I enjoy. After all I'm not young anymore.  Once I retired it took several months to get my energy level back.  Now, I still go in and help out a few days a month but I am really happy with my decision .

I will be sewing more and blogging more.  It's time to do some stash busting.  I need to get busy making clothes for my new lifestyle.  My business wardrobe just doesn't work anymore.  So expect to see more t-shirts and cardigans in the future.

I'm looking forward to this new life phase.

In closing, we have had some cold weather the past few days (cold for Louisiana) so I will leave you with this cartoon that is pretty accurate when there is any winter weather here!!!



I will be back soon.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

It's been a long time!

 I realize I haven't posted anything for 10 months! Wow!  I have done a little sewing recently but mostly utilitarian, boring clothes to wear to work. But, that's about to change!  I have made a commitment to myself not to buy any RTW clothes for the rest of the year.

 I feel the  need to be more creative and to use some of the fabric I have been collecting for the past few years. Since 2010 I have been  keeping a list of all the fabric I buy in a notebook.  I am up to number 208 on the list.  Now, I have used some of the fabric but that number doesn't include the fabric I already had when I started the list!    I'm in my 60s so I may never get all this fabric sewn in my lifetime!  I have to admit that some of  it doesn't really appeal to me anymore so it may be time to do some purging.

Now that House is over forever and Mad Men is finished for the season (I'm really mad at DISH network - but that's another story) I hope to start spending my time in a more productive manner...like sewing. I tend to  waste way too much time in front of the TV and on the computer.

 I have to drive to Dallas on Monday for a doctor's appointment (6 hour round trip) and I want something new and comfortable to wear on the drive.  So, I should have something to post this weekend.

Happy sewing!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011


One more day at work and then I have 10 days off! Yes...10!!  It was a case of "use them or lose them" and I didn't want to lose them.  It's still so miserably hot here that I am not planning to go anywhere except the house out back.  Hope to make some progress on some fall wardrobe pieces.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

It's Back!

I think my sewing mojo is back!  It's been gone a long, long time!  I actually made a black knit skirt and a matching  3/4 sleeve top last Sunday.  Granted, these are very simple but it's a start!  I even wore them to work this week.  Today, I made a tank top out of some fun fabric from Gorgeous Fabrics.  I also made a black knit tank top from the fabric left over from the black skirt and top fabric.  And, I even cut out a dress.  Hope to get it made tomorrow.  Hope to post pictures soon.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Cancer Update

My cancer surgery went well.  The pathology reports show that the margins and lymphnodes are clear...no CANCER!  I am beginning to feel better.  Plan to return to work on Feb 16th.  During my time off I will have my mammogram and bone density tests.  I am truly blessed to have caught the cancer so early. 

January is Cervical Cancer Awarness Month.  Ladies, please go for your routine pap test.  It could save your life.