Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday Morning Ramblings

I like the sound of ramblings and have seen them on quite a few blogs.  I thought I might try them as well, they seem to help release the soul.  Here goes...

Lost my corporate job 02-28-14. The eye health care company I worked for was sold in August 2013 and they moved all of Finance to their headquarters in Bridgewater, NJ.

Home trying to decide what next.  My 3 grown children live in the states of GA and MD.  I'm considering moving in between them VA or NC....we'll see.  I am not sad just contemplating my next move with much prayer....

Have been sewing a little. Participated in a couple of fashion shows this year as well. 

Made a dress yesterday and one last week. Have decided I will make at least one garment each day to increase my mojo.

I am hooked on Scandal and watched last week with my mouth wide open..Sometimes I think that show is too much but I still love the writing.

I'm a sports fan so you know I have been watching March Madness.  Did not complete a bracket this year but wanted Syracuse, Duke and Wichita State to go further.  Now I am gravitating towards the Michigan teams since NC lost yesterday.  Who cares who really wins I just love the fierce competitive mode in which these young men play.  Also been watching tennis, you know I love me some Serena Williams...she seems a bit rusty...I hope she pulls out of her funk and gets going...I want her the win her 18th grand slam plus more....Glad Venus won a tournament this year as well, glad to see she is physically better...Would love for her to win another grand slam....I'll be watching.

I registered to attend the Mimi G blogger conference in Los Angeles this year in July.  I will make the most of my first visit to Cali.....My brother lives there and I am planning on spending a week with him then head for the conference....looking forward to that trip.

These are all the ramblings I have for this morning.  Hope to get some good pictures of the dresses I made and post them soon.

As always, Happy Sewing.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

First sewn garment of 2014

I wanted to begin the year sewing and hopefully complete a number of garments a month.  I am trying not to set any unrealistic goals this year so that I don't overly stress myself to complete them.  Sewing is not on a way to add to my wardrobe but it is also a way for me to unwind from the hustle and bustle of everything else that is going on in my world. 

Here is my review of V8944

Pattern Description: Vogue 8944, View B. 

Fabric Used: Ponte knit from my stash, purchased from Joann’s a while back, faux leather, purchased from Vogue Fabrics on line and tricot lining from my stash as well.

Pattern Sizing: (14-16-18-20-22), I made the size 16 and took the side seems in about 1 inch.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy to follow as the pattern states Very Easy Vogue.


What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked that it was simple and I needed an easy pattern to jumpstart my mojo.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added 4 inches to the length.

Would you sew it again? I may sew view A in the summer and color block it as the pattern shows.
My picture was taken with my tablet and is not as clear as I would like but I do like the dress. I plan on wearing it church tomorrow.  Hopefully I can get someone to take a picture for me.

As always, Happy Sewing.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

I thought I would post this first day of 2014  to be set a precendence for myself.  I am grateful to see another year and hope to do much better than last year with posting.  I figure if I post more I will get more sewing accomplished.  As I have read various blogs and everyone is posting reviews of their 2013 sewing, I have decided that since I did not due a fraction of the sewing I had wanted that I would not post a review. 
With that being said I hope everyone has a productive year of sewing completing projects and learning new skills.
Happy New Year!
And as always, Happy Sewing.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

I have been missing in action for so many reasons, mainly Life. I have been sewing, completed a number of Christmas presents which included a quilt for my youngest daughter. See below

I wish the picture was more clear, then you could really see the colors.  It is a queen size and made from scraps of African fabrics and she absolutely loves it.  I have now completed a quilt for all three of my children and now my oldest wants another one because hers was made when she went off to college in 1992 and it was only a twin size. Not to worry, I have already begun her queen size.

I have really enjoyed reading all of your blogs this year and commenting on many. I endeavor to do better with my own posts in 2014, God willing.

I hope everyone is having a Merry Christmas and wonderful holiday season.

As always, Happy Sewing.   

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Sewing Plans

As I stated in a previous post that I have decided to get a little smarter with my sewing.  I am developing a sewing plan for fall garments.  Each time I make that declaration other things start to creep up that try to put a little hitch in my giddy up, not to worry, I am not going to let them this time.
I begin by pulling some of the fabrics that I want to sew first and I am starting a list:

2 black pair of dress pants, lined
2 pencil skirts, one black and one navy
2 skirts made out of the various pieces of wool in my stash
2 button up white shirts
Shirt dress
3 color blocked dresses, not sure of the color combinations at this moment
3 lined pant suits
2 coats, the current boxy shape and another 3/4 length
2 or 3 cardigans, one or two in the traditional style and another in the wrap style

I know this seems like quite a lot but I am pushing myself to get back to the day when I would make a garment a day just because.  My closet is boring right now and I need to add some life to it.  I have made myself a promise that I will not purchase one single garment as everything I on my list, I want to make it myself. 

This list does not include the 4 garments that my youngest daughter has requested, she will be home to visit me this weekend for a whole week. I will pump her stuff out and add a couple of my easier pieces in as well.

This should keep me pretty busy...Hopefully in a week I will have something to post.

As always, Happy Sewing.