Showing posts from June 21, 2009

Sewing interrupted to share an inspirational news story about a friend

At my previous job I had this one-in-million co-worker - hard worker, cheerful disposition, slightly sarcastic, always ready with a joke - I'll call him Wayne. Because his name is Wayne (that one's for you Wayne). Wayne is married to this incredible woman named Stacy, a talented writer who happens to be blind. This television clip is about Stacy. Watch the clip and you'll understand how blessed we are to be able to call these two our friends. KSTP TV - Minneapolis and St. Paul - Apple Valley Woman Overcomes Blindness to Books KSTP TV - Minneapolis and St. Paul - Apple Valley Woman Overcomes Blindness to Books Shared via AddThis

A walk on the wild side - McCall's 5890 Knit Dress pattern review

I admit it. I like animal prints. Although I typically wear them in small doses - a top worn underneath a suit jacket, a pair of shoes or a belt. You see I have a secret fear that I will look like that Laverne character on the old Sonny and Cher television show ... the one clad head to toe in a tacky leopard print. However, when I saw this McCall's pattern, 5890 , I pushed my fear aside and decided to go for it. I searched the Internet for an animal print knit, which was harder than I had anticipated. Not finding exactly what I wanted, I settled for a cheetah print from Gorgeous Fabrics. The dress itself is so stickin' simple to sew that there is hardly anything to say about it. Here's my observations about the pattern: It's a princess seam knit dress, perfect for adjusting the fit in the bust, waist and hip while maintaining the shape of the design. The only adjustments I made to the pattern were 1) forward shoulder adjustment and 2) sway back adjustment. The pat