Showing posts from May 27, 2007

One final skirt for the "Sew, Mama, Sew" Sew-Along

I was supposed to be choosing a paint color and prepping the kitchen walls ... But - shhhhh - this is what I did.... Sewed one last skirt for the Sew, Mama, Sew! sew-along. This one is McCall's 5431 - a winner in my opinion. This skirt has the all important twirlability factor built right in. I'll be adding more of these to my summer wardrobe...maybe even rethinking the use of the cool ladybug print as the border of a skirt. Full review of the skirt is on Patternreview . Oh, and don't forget to take a peek at all of the wonderful skirts that are posted on the Sew, Mama, Sew Flickr: Skirt Month. Lest you think I shirked my home improvement projects completely, I leave you with photos of the final step in the retaining wall - the cap. DH carefully laid out and marked each cap piece noting where they would need to be cut. After cutting one with his own tool, he decided it would be better to rent the proper equipment from Home Depot. Well, DH has this way about him and b

Rainy days and muslins always get me down

(With sincere apologies to the Carpenters....) The day started out just fine. We awoke to the sound of a soft breeze blowing through the tree tops and the birds singing away. Oh how I love that sound in the morning! The plan for the day was a quick drive for our bi-weekly chiropractic appointment, choose paint for the kitchen and begin the retaining wall. As we were driving home from our chiropractic appointment we ended up in the midst of road crews setting up signs and traffic cones. They were closing two of the three lanes of highway traffic for road construction project. (Are those projects never ending where you live also?) We were in the one open lane, the left lane, heading south, when all of a sudden we saw a car in the northbound lane burst out of the traffic, head for the grassy median where it spun and came to a stop. At first we thought this person had been going too fast and when they braked they spun out of control. DH even commented that it was a smart move on their pa

Vogue 7855 Sandra Betzina Jacket

Hey Mom! This one's for you! I had a piece of embroidered linen/blend that I purchased last fall from Joann's. I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but when has that ever stopped me before?!? I set the fabric aside but it kept making its way to the front of stash as if to say "pick me! pick me!" I kept wondering what to do with it - skirt - nope, fabric is too heavy; top - nah; maybe a simple a-line dress? Oh gosh, I just don't know. The poor lovely piece of fabric was preparing to make its way back into the closet when it hit me! A jacket for my mother would be the perfect use for this fabric. The other day, I had a conversation with my mother and she was telling me how much she has been wearing the latest jacket I had given her. I had sewn her a simple white linen unlined jacket with a beautiful piece of lace trim added to the hemline to make it ultra feminine. Then, of all things, we got into a conversation about favorite colors. Her favorite color is