Monthly Archives: February 2008

Just Call Me Bette

I’m going to forewarn you, this entry has absolutely nothing to do with sewing! You see, today has been a ‘lazy’ day – Taylor is off all week for parentteacher conferences, it’s bitterly cold outside (we were in the 50’s yesterday, today in the low 20s), and aside from playing Monopoly, we haven’t done much. We’ve had the t.v. on a lot and almost everyone is reporting on Bette Middler’s new show that starts tonight in Las Vegas. So, that prompted me to put up this post. Why? Because apparently I look a lot like her:

Now if I could just sing like her! So my question is, what celebrity do you most resemble? [photo via Monsters&}


One of the more frustrating aspects of sewing is getting little tiny tubes of fabric to turn right side out. There are lots of methods, using a ribbon and safety pin, leaving the thread tail long and pulling it through the tube, and using a bobby pin and snipping a hole at the top (and pulling it through) – none of which I work fantastically. I’ve purchased commercial tools as well, some of which work better than others. However, I was recently sent a Fasturn to test out and I have to say “I love it”!
I had heard about this product previously on notions reviews, but didn’t understand how this tool could be so useful until I tried it myself. And it’s easy to use too – create your fabric tube, slip the Fasturn inside, insert the ‘pigtail’ and twist so that it grabs the fabric, and pull (you can check out an illustration here). I tried it several times and got great results each trial.
If you’re interested in purchasing this product yourself, The Crowing Touch company is offering a 20% discount on your order when you enter in the coupon code “BLOG”. While you’re there you can check out their other selection of sewing notions including bias tape makers, patterns, a video on how to use the Fasturn, and fabrics.

New Patterns

At the beginning of this month I said I wouldn’t purchase fabric during February, but apparently, it hasn’t stopped me from picking up a couple of patterns! First off my Emmeline apron pattern arrived in the mail! I’m so excited to give this one a try since the style is so fabulous and it’s completely reversible! I also love the fact that each side (not including the ties) takes 1 yard of fabric – I can’t wait to go shopping! I also broke down and got the new Hot Patterns Plain and Simple Boy Short Body. I’d love to be able to start working on this one soon as I LOVED bodysuits, but I’m going to have to wait until after I deliver so I can see where my measurements are going to be (not to mention if the length of the body suit is going to be enough to go around my longer torso – even though I’m short, I’m long waisted). Lastly, on a whim, I picked up New Look 6784. I am really attracted to the contrasting bustline – although, it’s that design feature that has me the most worried about how it’s going to look on me!
Although I haven’t purchased it yet, I’ve been mulling over the idea of buying the next issue of Ottobre Woman. CraftyMamas listed the patterns for this issue:

This issue includes twenty (20) patterns for women (European sizes
34-52) – a neat spring coat, wide-leg linen pants, a sweet blouse, a special-occassion dress, a tunic, leggins plus other casual wear sewn from knits. Also fitness and exercise apparel for active women and a fresh collection for mothers-to-be.

Even though there aren’t any pictures up yet (other than the cover on the left), the description sounds right up my alley!

Spring Tunic

It’s about that time – I’m tired of sewing things for winter which means I’m moving onto spring! Since I won’t be pregnant in 59 more days (not that I’m counting), I’ve started thinking about post-maternity wear. Kwik Sew 3467 seemed to fit the bill. The tunic style is in fashion, but will also hide the post-delivery belly and the sleeveless version will work well into summer. After spending the afternoon sewing, here’s the finished top:

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Links For The Weekend

It looks as if it’s going to be another wintery weekend here (how I long for spring!) which means that aside from cleaning, I’ll be getting some time in the sewing room. So if you’re like me – needing some inspiration to keep the winter blues away, check out some of these links:
It’s a Peep Show! Take those sugary Peep treats and turn them into characters in your own diorama and you could win $101 and bragging rights.
Make an oven mitt to coordinate with your kitchen. [link via Design Sponge]
Bring a little spring inside and create a cute Bunny Pillow. [link via Craft]
Amy Butler craft bags are at A.C. Moore. I wish we had one here!
If I hadn’t already filled up on too many Valentine’s treats, I’d be making these cupcakes today. My mouth starts watering every time I look at them.
Simple alterations you can make to any bag.
If you’re great with a needle and thread, be sure to check out Posie Gets Cozy’s free embroidery designs for dishtowels. Sunday’s is definitely my favorite.
Father’s day is still far off, but if you’ve been searching for a good tie tutorial, your wait is over. BurdaStyle has instructions for a 4 fold, lined, silk tie.
Denyse Schmidt, author of Denyse Schmidt Quilts, has a free coaster project up at Sew, Mamma, Sew! I love her version, it looks like summer!
If I had a large sewing studio, I’d fill my room with these. [link via Decor8]

I Blame ABC

I promise never to watch an engrossing television program and either 1) trace or 2) cut a patternfabric again. Why? Because I make mistakes! Check out the biggie I didn’t notice until I started sewing it together:

I managed to trace off a different style and size of the Kwik Sew romper while watching Lost. I did the same when cutting out the fabric…. I thought everything was going just perfect – that is until it came to sewing the sides together. That’s when I noticed I traced and cut the fabric for the shorts version in the front and the back was for the longer style! I think I’m just going to put this aside for a few days and figure out how I want to fix this up or if I just want to start from scratch – either way, I’m doing it T.V. free!

Happy Valentines And Other Stuff

Happy Valentines Day! I hope your day is filled with all sorts of goodies and treats – not to mention sewing! I plan on getting a bit in and maybe even purchase this new Hot Pattern (I loved my bodysuits in the late 80s early 90s plus I love their description that it gives you a ‘pert & perky derriere’!). I’m also hoping to spend some time in the kitchen – Bret sent me this link for …… Bacon Candy as a hint that I should make some.
Today is also the 2 year anniversary of this site! I’ve absolutely loved sharing my projects, links, and fun articles with you all every day (not to mention meeting so many new sewing friends) – I have no idea where the time has gone. Thank you to everyone who visits this site, it’s been a great 2 years and hopefully there’s many more to come!

Internet Withdrawl

I was beginning to think that today’s post was never going to go up since out internet has been down most of the day (ARG!!!!). I originally had a long update planned for today, but now that it’s later in the day, I’ve opted for a more abbreviated version:

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