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Chocolate Chip and Mint Mullet Dress – Simplicity 1358

August 31, 2014


More end of summer sewing. I’ve wanted one of these mullet dresses for a while and settled on Simplicity 1358.

In theory, this is an exceptionally easy dress to make. However…the pattern drafting of the Big 4 (Vogue, McCalls, Butterick & Simplicity) contains A LOT of ease, especially for my figure. Any time there is a pattern piece that you are to place on the fold and cut spells disaster for me. There is no shaping in that, particularly through the back. I’m more of an athletic build with narrow hips and slim through the back, so where traditional ease is included for the typical female figure, I often times have to draft out.

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A new Little Black Dress – New Look 6123

August 29, 2014

black dress18_730pxYou can never have enough LBD’s. They’re just so dang flattering and fun. Well I love this pattern so much that I had to make it in black. I made New Look 6123 last year as a test run. It turned out so well that I just had to make it again.

I love no-brainer dressing. For this, you just need killer shoes, earrings and you’re good to go. It’s also a versatile look. The pattern calls for a variety of woven fabrics, like cotton, damask pique, sateen, wool crepe, charmeuse, etc. so you can see that it can be a polished business look all the way through to an after-five look.

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The Mullet Top – New Look 6286

August 22, 2014


So incredibly glad to finally be back behind a sewing machine again!

I know fall is around the corner, but I’m cramming in as much summer sewing as possible. To get back into the swing of things I made this simple sleeveless top, New Look 6286. Easy enough you really don’t need the sewing instructions.

This top is so incredibly comfortable and flattering. It can be worn with jeans…

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Fitness Recipes

Chicken and Pasta

April 8, 2014


Looking for something filling and quick with a double whammy of protein and carbs, I always shoot for chicken and fill-in-the-blank. On this occasion, pasta. This is one of those ” a little bit of this, a little bit of that” recipes, so use your best judgement.

Season boneless, skinless chicken breasts with just salt and pepper.
Saute in olive oil and with a pat of butter.
While chicken is cooking, cook the whole wheat pasta.
Add white wine. Simmer for just a few minutes.
Add chicken stock and capers. Simmer a few minutes more.
Mix approximately 1 tsp. of corn starch with cold water and to chicken to thicken stock.
Then add in whole wheat pasta. Cover a simmer until pasta is heated through.

Quick and easy. Enjoy!


New Look 6123 – Inspiration Green Dress

December 2, 2013
New Look 6123

New Look 6123

It’s so good to be back in front on my sewing machine. She probably thinks I’m divorcing her ’cause I’ve been so negligent.

This dress has been on my mannequin for 3 months and I finally finished it. I’m usually a neutrals kind of girl, mainly because it’s no brainer color selecting; black, grey, beige, navy. I’m not sure what possessed me to buy green, but I went for it. Thought I’d look like Kermit the Frog, but I’m diggin’ the vert now.

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Pseudo self-drafted strapless maxi-dress

October 6, 2013


This was my last summer hurrah. I have always loved the maxi dress or anything that lengthens and leans the body. I’m also an avid fan of stripes. Wide, thin, pinstripe, I love them all. So I combined the two using a G Street Fabric clearance bin knit.

Now I already had in mind the dress I wanted, but couldn’t find a suitable pattern. Like any good sewist hellbent on having her way, I drafted the top and stole the bottom from somewhere else, Simplicity 2580. The bodice is fully lined and the skirt is lined to the knee, both with black tricot which is quickly becoming one of my favs.

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Easy Cosmetic Bag

June 29, 2013

When you’ve been out of the game for a while you need to break yourself in slowly. My skill set is a little rusty, so I decided on something simple. A cosmetic bag.


Made by Marzipan posted this video tutorial on how to make this adorable little bag. Shouldn’t take you an hour…tops! Looks like she used quilting weight fabric in her version, but I opted for a heavier weight cotton canvas which I bought from JoAnn Fabric years ago. More sturdy I figure, especially if I plan on giving this as a gift to a young lady headed to college.

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Dabble and Stitch Review

June 7, 2013

Visited Ohio recently and made it a stop by a local cutie-pie of a creative space. They cover all the basics; sewing, knitting, jewelry. Being the sewist that I am, I made a beeline for the fabrics. Basically all cottons, more quilt weight, but a few fashion fabric worthy too. They have that young mom, dare say i.e. slightly hipster feel, but good of quality.

They staff was delightful and dedicated to sharing information about the classes available. A description from their site…”The studio area is equipped with cutting tables, ironing boards, scissors, tools and space, plus you can rent one of our computerized sewing machines, serger, or embroidery machine. Beginners can sign up for an orientation or a personal lesson. You can pay a la carte or sign up for a monthly membership. Sewers, knitters, and crafters of all stripes are welcome and the water is always hot and ready for a nice cup of tea to go with your crafting.”

The pattern selection featured mainly independent lines such as Sewaholic and Megan Nielsen. I bought a simple dress pattern (Megan Nielsen) that should be good for casual wear, but the price, $20, was hard to stomach, especially with $1.99 sales at JoAnn’s. But it’s always nice to try something new.

Definitely worth stopping by.
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