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Monday, December 11, 2017

Simplicity 1072 Red Velvet Knit Sweatshirt

This is going to be the last version of the Simplicity 1072 sweatshirt.  I promise!

This version I shortened 1" and did a little sleeve gathering.

Simplicity 1072

Sleeve Gathering

Back View
 I don't wear many "holiday" shirts but I think that I will wear this one a lot.

Simplicity 1072

1 yard of Gray jersey knit @ $3.60

1 Yard Red Velvet Knit @ $3.00 = $6.60 Holiday Shirt
I'm going to move on to another pattern now.........I promise..........unless..........no really.........it's time for something new!

Until next time.............


Friday, December 8, 2017

Simplicity 1072 Black Gray Sequin Sweatshirt

Ok, this version of the Simplicity has sequins but I don't think it's as flashy as the blue version from 2015.

Simplicity 1072

Side View

Back View
 I bought this black brushed ITY Knit fabric from my usual Fabricmartfabrics.com.  It did not disappoint.  It feels and acts more like a jersey knit but it feels like heaven!  It's so soft!

3/4 yard used

$6.80 Sweatshirt!
I'm thinking of one more sweatshirt.........maybe something a little more casual.........maybe even with a Christmas theme!

Until next time................


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Simplicity 1072 Sweatshirt

I've made the Simplicity 1079 sweatshirt back in 2015.  I've since donated the two sweatshirts being too big.  I loved my sequin version but only wore it twice.  It was a little to shiney!

Simplicity 1072

2015 Version

2015 Version

My first version this time was too big too. I'm going to gift it to my Mother or Sister-In-Law,  So off I am to sew up another version.

Simplicity 1072 Too big.............

Back View

I cut out a size 18, adding only 1.65" at the hip seam allowances.  I also lengthen it by 2-1/2" since I didn't use a bottom band.  I raised the neckline 1" and removed 1/2" from the sleeve circumference.

I'm thinking this is going to be a wearable muslin.

Simplicity 1072 

Back View

Side View

You know I can't just make one of a pattern, so I'm off the make another version!

Until next time.............


Monday, December 4, 2017

Burda 9207 Dark Berry Peachskin Blouse

Another version of the Burda 9207 blouse.

Burda 9207 Dark Berry Peachskin Blouse

Glitzy Buttons

Back View

$12.00 Blouse
I've been thinking of sewing up a sweatshirt..................

Until next time.................


Friday, December 1, 2017

Burda 9207 Plaid Flannel Blouse

I have never sewn a Burda pattern before!

I'm trying to go outside my comfort zone a little more.

So I get two points:  1 for a new pattern company and 2 for a woven!

Burda 9207

I was unsure what color buttons to use.  Dark navy or red.  I didn't like white at all so they were put back.

Navy Buttons

Red Buttons?
I went with the red buttons.  They seemed a little more muted than the navy buttons.

Burda 9207 plaid flannel top
I love the rolled collar.  Very flattering.  I usually don't look good in collar shirts but this one is soft and I was able to move the buttons so the top is very modest.

Burda 9207 plaid Flannel blouse
I like the pleats at the shoulder and the cuffed sleeve.  I can't wait for cooler weather to wear this top.

$12.50 Flannel top

I have wine colored peachskin fabric that may be my next version.

Until next time.................


Friday, November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving & Black Friday

For the past 10+ years our family has escaped multi-Thanksgiving dinners and hid at hunt camp in Georgia.  We look forward to a quiet Thanksgiving and we DON'T eat Turkey either. (We had soup!)

Oldest son & his wife are joining us this afternoon so we will have a house full the rest of the weekend. Five people plus 3 dogs in a 288 sq.ft trailer.  Luckily we have a nice front porch and everyone is usually in the woods during the morning and evening hours.

Since there isn't enough room for my sewing I brought patterns to cut.  Cutting patterns is my least favorite part of sewing.  But it passes the time and encourages me to try a new pattern.  I do have great wi-fi here and I did browse through PatternReview.com and stalk many blogs.  I watched a few youtube videos and watched old movies. 

I don't do Black Friday (late Thursday?) shopping either.  I don't like crowds and I don't need a TV.  I didn't even do any online shopping either.  I guess after a year of minimizing my home and remodeling, I didn't NEED anything.

I have so much to be Thankful for:

  • My Faith
  • My Family
  • My little dog (Bojangles)
  • My Health
  • My Sewing

Peace, quiet, Thanksgiving, Coffee!

Hot Coffee, Cold Mornings

From October thru December my life seems like a big blur.  I hate that the holidays come so fast and that there is hardly anytime to enjoy them.  I dread the crowds at the stores and holiday shopping is not my favorite past-time. I wish I could just do all my shopping online!

I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving.

Until next time.............


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Ponte Vedra Beach Mini-Vacation

Dear hubby had a convention to attend near Jacksonville.  I was able to go with him to the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach.

I have never been able to go with him on trips like this because of the kids being young & in school.  But now that they are older it's easier to make arrangements.

Dear Hubby and I have NEVER been away together (alone) in our 25 years of being married!  So I thought the time was right and his work paid for all the rest!

Our "villa" was just beatiful!  Such luxury and being pampered was something I could get used to!
We had a one bedroom luxury style apartment.

Living Room

Living Room



Spa like Bathroom!

I spent about 90% of my time on the porch.  The weather was a perfect 80 degrees the whole time and I had a wonderful view of the water, a golf course, trees, birds and squirrels with plenty of peace and quiet!

Outside porch

 We were treated to dinner one night by a very generous CEO/Owner of a medical company to Ruth's Chris Steak House.  This was the nicest, fanciest restaurant I have ever eaten at.  They are known for the best steakhouse experience.  The Prime steak arrives on sizzling 500 degree plate and offers a dining experience you will long remember.  It did not disappoint!

We ate with 27 other guest and Dear Hubby has a hard time hearing in room with so much noise but he did ok with small talk and once dinner service started all talk halted anyways.  We were served a limited menu but it was delicious!

We started with Shrimp cocktail and blue crab cakes.  I LOVE both but the shrimp were the biggest I had ever seen.  They were the size of chicken tenders.  They tasted like heaven!  The blue crab cakes were good, I thought they were very fishy tasting, I don't eat fresh blue crab very often so maybe that was why the smell was so strong to me.  Dear Hubby didn't eat either since he will only eat seafood fried.

Our salad was a choice of either Caesar or a House salad with a balsamic vinaigrette.  Dear Hubby & I each had a different one but my Caesar was better.

For the main course, we had a choice of stuffed chicken breast, salmon, petite filet or a petite ribeye.  Of course we had the not so small petite 12 oz. ribeye .  The most beautiful piece of meat, served on a sizzling hot 500 degree plate with butter.  We had mashed potatoes and mushrooms served family style for sides but the best was they surprised us with their signature creamed spinach.  The whole table laughed when I clapped with joy when the waiter brought out the creamed spinach.  I make creamed spinach at least once a week at home.  Theirs was very good but I really think I could give that chef a tip or two!

Dinner finished up with cheesecake with fresh berries which I did not eat.  I try my hardest to make good choices with our Keto style diet and I am proud to say that in the last 10+ months I have not cheated.  I've lost close to 50 pounds and I am not going to sabotage myself.  Sticking to my way of eating is now easier after all these months and cheesecakes and sweets no longer tempt me.

I really enjoyed the experience for Ruth's Chris Steak House and now I can say I've been there and done that.

To keep with my sewing, I did sew a nightgown for the trip:

Satin & Mesh knit nightgown
I used my TNT tank pattern, made it v-neck and sleeveless, empire waist, lace mesh skirt and serged all the seams.  I didn't even hem the bottom.  It's prettier on but that's not to be seen here!

The last night we went out with another group to Clark's Fish Camp.  They are "Rumored to be one of the largest privately owned collections of taxidermy in the country, Clark's menagerie of preserved animals includes lions, tigers, monkeys, bears, giraffes, deer, bobcats, and a flock of birds that gaze eerily at guests in the bar area and dining rooms."

Clark's Fish camp was an experience I can't wait to share with my kids.  This is a must see & eat at place!  We all joked that for a 40 minute drive from the resort this better be worth it and it was!

This restaurant/bar/museum/oddity sits ON the water.  Not near or next to but ON the water.  It was dark when we arrived and I think that helped with the mystery of the place.  It's so full of everything your eyes can't land in one place long.  After walking through the bar of cypress tables and stools the server walks you through a museum of china plates with different fish displayed in rows from the floor to the ceiling.  I'm sure there were over 300 plates.

Clark's Fish Camp-Entry Hallway

Once entering the dining room it's like WOW!

Welcoming Opossum

Dining Area

Dining Room


I'm thinking this is me protecting Dear Hubby................

More amazements


Photo shoot?


This one is alive!

This giraffe was HUGE!
A truly amazing collection

Dear Hubby doesn't like bears, this one was for him!

The bathrooms didn't disappoint either, but I didn't think it was appropriate to take a photo in there!

The food was very good & so many choices.  There was seafood anyway you like it and exotic meats (I don't think so!) This is a definite come again.

I must say for my first mini-vacation is was very nice & such a treat.

But I want to go home and see Girl M & my Bobo and my own bed and my sewing room!

Until next time......