A blog about my adventures in sewing & crafting

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Simplicity 7243 Blue Double Knit Dress & Hubby Update

Sewing with a recovering Hubby is almost like sewing with a toddler!  But I did sew up a quick version of my TNT Simplicity 7243 dress in a blue double knit fabric.  I made this version with short sleeves so that I could wear it without a cardigan during the hot Florida summer.

Simplicity 7243 Blue Knit Dress

Simplicity 7243 Texture

This fabric was so nice to work with.  It has a textured print on one side and is smooth on the other.

I am thinking that this pattern just keeps getting better and better.

Dear Hubby's surgery went well.  The Doctor said that the bones were easily moved due to being soft and that it made the surgery easier for him but recovery will take longer.  They sent him home that afternoon in no pain and he relaxed and started taking his pain meds before the surgery meds wore off.  About midnight he was in so much pain.  The pain meds were not even touching it.  He alternated with Advil every other two hours to help with the inflammation.  Finally at 5am he asked me to unwrap the bandage on his foot and leg to see if it would relive the pressure, and sure enough about an hour later he was out!  Finally asleep for a few hours.  The rest of the first day home his pain was between a 6 and 9 but he woke up the next morning and no pain at all!

Dear Hubby is not having to take any pain meds.  He wants me to unwrap ALL his bandages to see the incision, but I won't do it!  He's starting to get bored sitting in the recliner ALL day.  He has to have his foot elevated for 10 days until we see the Doctor again.  He tries to be a good sport but I would scream if I had to watch TV ALL day.  I love a little quiet during my day.  But we are hopeful that the Friday visit to the Doctor that he will get a hard cast and will be able to be a little more mobile.


I never did realize how much a grown man eats!  I have to fix him three meals a day and sometimes a snack.  I try to fix a meal or two during the week in the crock pot so that I don't have to use the oven.  It's been so hot here in Florida already and it's only April!  I like to cook on our grill but it does get lonely out there by myself.

I'm off to try to sew something.................

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


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Update on Dear Hubby

I try to take more selfies, but it's so much better when we take one together!

Day Before Surgery
Ever since Dear Hubby's accident this past October he has continued to have trouble with his left foot.  We realized the Orthopedic Doctor he was seeing was NOT the best choice for him.  Various reasons but our #1 complaint was that the Doctor did NOT listen.  After 3 months since being released we realized that there is STILL something wrong with his foot.  It's hard to find a Doctor who will take a look at someone else's mistake.  But after a few phone calls and explainings we found another Orthopedic Doctor who would take a few minutes and LISTEN.

The new Doctor took new x-rays and found the problem.  Dear Hubby has a Lisfranc fracture on his foot.  The tendons stretched out/or tore when he fell and now the bones in the top of his foot have all shifted and separated.  Also his broken fibea isn't healed.  The Doctor couldn't guarantee how much the foot surgery would help with re-aligning the bones but said that it should relieve the pain.

The new Doctor noted that Dear Hubby should have had this surgery within 10 days of his accident.  When I look back at past Doctor visits, we didn't even see the previous Doctor until 35 days after the accident.  I remember calling the office telling them that he was in extreme pain but they said that is would just "take time" to heal.  Every visit is noted that he continued to have mid-foot pain.

Dear Hubby thought that the pain would eventually get better with time and after short term disability giving taking it's time to pay us and the Doctor telling us it will just take time to heal, he decided he was going to return to work.

I'm sad because Dear Hubby has been in severe pain daily and he never complained much but I felt that it was worse than he let on.  His foot/leg swelled daily and his limp has gotten worse.

It was a relief to know that there is something wrong but now another worry about IF the surgery will help.  Dear Hubby is thinking positive that unless he tries to see if the surgery will help he will never know.  The new Doctor is unsure if he will be using screws, pins and/or plates to re-align the bones. He won't be able to tell until he opens up the foot and scrapes away the calcium built up.

So now Dear Hubby will be home for the next 3 to 4 months with me.  Another test to see if we will enjoy each other during retirement!   I am happy to note is that this time around our home isn't in the middle of remodeling.  I need to get going on the kitchen but I am so HAPPY that I've procrastinated on starting!

I know God has a plan and I trying to see the BIG picture of all of this.  I am sure there is a reason for this trial.  I am trying to be vigilant and open to see HIS hand at work.  Please keep us in your prayers.

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


PS.  Thank you for listening to my non-sewing update.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Dress for Dear Daughter

I finally finished Dear Daughter's Easter dress on Saturday night about 9pm.  I am my own worse critic.  Sometimes I think I really am too hard on myself.  I am happy to say that she LOVED the dress and only gave it a 10.5 (since it didn't come with three more!).

I used her TNT T-shirt pattern for knits.  I treated the knit and the lace as one on the bodice.  Unlined long sleeves, maxi length with an above the knee slit.

She received many, many compliments at Church and I think she will let me make her more now.

Easter 2017
It was just a quick photo before we left for Church at 6:15AM so it's the best I could do.

She took one of me and Dear Hubby, it's not great but it's all I have!  I didn't have on my jacket yet and my pose is funny looking, so I cropped it.  Look at that grey shining!

Easter 2017
I hope everyone had a Blessed Easter and enjoyed their family & friends.

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


Monday, April 10, 2017

Easter Simplicity 7243 Dress & New Look 6853 Jacket

I made my TNT Simplicity 7243 Princess seam sheath dress in purple ponte knit for Easter.  I think that a solid simple basic will be a great choice in my wardrobe to continue wearing though the summer.

Simplilcity 7243 Princess Ponte Knit Sheath Dress

 I'm thinking of making a cardigan with this striped jersey knit to wear during the summer.

Jersey cardigan option plans
 I made a version of the New Look 6853 back in January 2015 shown here.  I didn't know at the time about the different types of interfacing and I used a woven interfacing on the WHOLE jacket to help stabilize the fabric.  Wrong choice, it made the jacket very stiff and uncomfortable.  This time I used a knit stabilizer and the jacket is much, much softer but the weave of the fabric isn't affected at all.

Both versions are from a Boulce fabric.

New Look 6853 Jacket

Back View
 The only fabric I could find in my stash that would work for a lining was this peach satiny type fabric.  It worked out fine and it helps the jacket slide on nicely.

Lining View

New Look 6853 Jacket
I'm working on Dear Daughters dress now.  She just wants a simple maxi length knit dress with lace overlay and lace sleeves.  Wish me luck!

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


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Growing Out My Gray-4 Month Update

I'm loving my haircut this time around.  I can not believe how much silver is shining!  The hairdresser said that all the color is off in the back and hopefully two more cuts and it will be off on the top.

Growing out my Gray-4 months

Side View

New Glasses, Sun in my eyes, Silver Streak!
I have done a little sewing, getting ready for Easter.  A dress and jacket for me and a dress for Dear Daughter.

Will have pictures soon.

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


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Simplicity 7243 Princess Sheath Dress.......again!

Something in the back of my mind told me to dig out my TNT pattern of the Simplicity 7243 princess sheath dress and make a few more.  I can't tell you how many versions I have made, but here's a previous post.

This black and print ponte version is very slimming and I love how it makes me look like I have a tiny waist.
Simplicity 7243 Princess Sheath Dress

Neck view

Side View

Back View

Then I had to make another version to wear to have lunch with my favorite Aunt.  This one looked so springy and cool.  It's suppose to be 90 degrees here today!

Simplicity 7243 Ponte Floral Print

Side View

Back View

The floral version I had to make a few adjustments to my pattern since I've lost 15 lbs since the first of January.  I took a 1/2 pleat in the pattern at center back and I narrowed the the bottom hem by 1/2" at each seam allowance.  I also had to take in about 1/2" at the seam allowances above the bust point.  My chest must be hollowing out in my old age!

 I am excited to wear both of these to Church.  Since both dresses are sleeveless, I will be wearing some type of cardigan or sweater over them.  I think that I will have many choices to mix and match shoes, accessories and cover-ups with these dresses.

With White Denim Jacket

I am really leaning to making a purple ponte version for Easter.  I'm slowly getting my sewing mojo back.  Dear Hubby will be going back to day shift the first of April and I will have a few days a week to myself again.  But also with the hot weather comes pool time so I will have to divide it out!

Look who got her driving permit last week!  Dear Daughter is growing up too fast!  Where does the time go?

15 Already!
Until next time.....................


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Another Birthday and Simplicity 8016 Top

Well, it's that time of year again.  Another birthday.  I thought that this selfie looks like I'm wearing a party hat! 15 weeks of no hair color.  I'm shining!

15 weeks no hair color
 Wearable muslin on the Simplicity 8016 is a good thing!  I thought that this remnant piece of jersey knit fabric was perfect for the front of the top. I just used black jersey for the back piece.

Simplicity 8016 Top

Simplicity 8016 Side View

Simplicity 8016 Back View
 I also made a sleeveless green ITY knit version to match Dear Daughter's softball team.  It reminds me of a top my grandmother wore in the 80's.

Simplicity 8016 Green Sleeveless

I finally sewed the buttons and buttonholes onto the two McCall 6076 shirts I made last month.

Dear Daughter thought red buttons looked best with the paisley shirt.

McCall 6076 Shirt
 I went for a basic brown button with the denim shirt.  Just to keep things simple.

McCall 6076 Shirt
My next sewing project is going to be super boring!  I have to make drapery liners for the front of our house.  Since we've cut trees down the sun coming in the front windows is crazy HOT!  I have bought room darkening curtains but I still need more.  I purchased thermal lining to sew onto some of them and I think I'll just make curtains that will hang onto tension rods that can be removed during the spring/fall.  Just boring rectangle sewing.

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


Monday, March 13, 2017

Happy Early Birthday to Me!

My sweet Mom bought me something for my birthday!  It's BIG!  It's Brown!  It's a buffet!

Isn't it BEAUTIFUL!  It's just what I wanted!  I have been looking on online yard sale sites and Craigslist for something to put on this wall in the dining room/entry way.  She found the perfect piece on her side of the state and brought it over to me last week.

I can't wait to add some accessories to it!

Birthday Buffet
 I usually take the worse pictures but Dear Daughter took this at oldest son's graduation last week and I just love it!

It's a two for one photo because I can see my gray growing out, 3 months now and I can see that my hair color will end up being pretty close to my Mom's.

Mom & I
I've been wearing my QVC Denim & Co. hack skirts and the more I wear them, the more I love them!  They are so comfy!  I really want a printed one now but the problem I have is I usually don't wear solid color T-shirts.  I don't like the way they show bra seams and nipples.  Any suggestions for wearing solid color t-shirts?  Wearing a tank under will not work since it's so hot here in Florida.  Maybe there's a tip my Mom didn't tell me growing up..............

Dear Daughter is turning 15 this week!  Where has the time gone?  She's such a sweet girl.  Maybe she'll let me take a photo of her.

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


Thursday, March 9, 2017

New Skirts

My skirt hack from my favorite QVC Denim & Co. skirt I wear so much has four new friends to share my closet with!

The pattern is four pieces: skirt front, skirt back, waistband and pocket.  I can sew up this skirt in about an hour if I don't get distracted.

Denim hack shirt

pocket view

Khaki skirt

Khaki skirt up close
The black skirt is by far my MOST favorite.  I've worn it 4 times already!  It does have a little more stretch in it than the other two, the fabric is thinner and so comfortable!

Black stretch denim skirt
I also made a marbled blue denim skirt, but I must have forgot to take a photo!  Maybe I'll update when I wear it.

I am thinking a new top pattern will be in the works soon.

I don't know if I mentioned that Dear Hubby and I have changed our way of eating.  We have ate a low carb diet in the past and have been able to control our weight.  We started a Keto way of eating (WOE) back in January and as of today, 9 weeks, I have lost 15.5lbs!  No exercise either!  I am so excited!

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


Friday, March 3, 2017

Growing Out My Gray 90 Day Update & Haircut

It's been three months since my last color.  I am slightly amused by how fast my hair grows but also aggravated at how my hair looks.  Some days I just HATE it and I refuse to look in the mirror.  Some days I am amused at all the colors and what's really under all the colored hair.

I tried the no poo method (no shampoo, just conditioner to wash your hair)  that was NOT for me!  My hair was so oily and it had flakes all in it!  YUCK!  My Dear Daughter doesn't use shampoo on her waist length blond hair and doesn't have any trouble with it but maybe because my hair is darker and shorter I was not happy after trying it for a month.

No poo not for me!
The gray is getting harder and harder to hide when I style my hair.

72 days

Top of my head

I have a lot of white over my right eye.  I haven't been brave enough to wear it showing to Church yet.  I can still part it on the opposite side to cover the white a little bit.

Parted hair on right side

For years I have used a styling product called Dry Icing by Samy on my hair and I LOVE it!  Unfortunately, like everything else, it's no longer available.  I am trying a product called Dry Wax by En Joy.  It's ok, but it's not my Dry Icing.  I'll just have to make it work.

The hairdresser said that two more cuts and all the color should be out.  That's about 12 weeks.  So probably June I will be all transitioned.

82 days

White patch showing

I tried to hold off getting a haircut this time so that I would be able to get a lot of the color cut off.  Boy what a shock!  I couldn't get as much cut off the top but she cut the back and sides and it's complete sparkle!

I have a white patch on both sides of my head above my ears.  I didn't know that was there!

90 days
 The gray hair behaves differently.  It has a mind of it's own sometimes.

Misbehaving gray hair

The hairdresser has warned me that with the white spot on top of my head that my scalp will get sunburned easily.  I have bought a big black sun hat!

90 days

This has tried my patience but I am glad that my hair is short, I don't think I have the patience to wait out a year or two to transition long hair.  Those women are STRONG!

Wish me patience, I'll update you next month on my progress.

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


Monday, February 27, 2017

McCall 6076 Shirt

Believe it or not I have been sewing.  In between alterations of a wedding dress, two bridesmaid dresses, 5 pairs of uniform pants and two shirts, I have worked in a shirt or two.

I liked the McCall 6076 shirt pattern.  It has princess seams that go to the shoulder instead of the armholes.  The shirt is easy to sew up but I do hate collars.  I don't wear them well on ready to wear clothing.  The collar always looks like it pulling to the back on me.  I am hoping that making a shirt that fits my curves will eliminate the pull.

McCall 6076 Shirt
I opted to make short sleeves since it's so hot here in Florida and I would like to wear this shirt more than one day of the year!  I used my armhole template and sleeve template (it fits perfect).

Lightweight chambray type denim fabric I had in my stash was a perfect weight for this top.

M6067 Denim Shirt

Back View

Shoulder princess

My second version was from a stretch cotton paisley/floral print fabric.  I love the colors in this one.

M6067 Stretch Cotton Paisley Floral Shirt

Back View

Both tops are waiting for button holes and buttons to be finished.

About 5 years ago I bought a denim skirt from QVC, I LOVE this skirt.  But I can't see paying $35 for another one.  So I think I'm going to copy it and make my own pattern of one.  Wish me luck!

QVC Denim & Co A97747 Denim Skirt

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