A blog about my adventures in sewing & crafting

Monday, October 3, 2022

Itch to Stitch Davina Dress

 The Itch to Stitch Davina Dress caught my eye but the cover photos didn't do the pattern justice.  I made a simple version (no pockets) out of an ITY knit from my stash.  I like that the bodice is lined so I can use thin or light colored fabric.  It's an easy sew and I love the fit.

ITY Knit fabric

Itch to Stitch Davina Dress

Sunday Selfie

I think posting this pattern has inspired me to sew up another version.   I'm off to sew something!

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


Saturday, October 1, 2022

Styla Portofino Dress

Hello Dear Friends!  I have been sewing but between caregiving and life, blogging has taken a backseat.  I'm happy to report that we were truly Blessed to be outside of the damage area from Hurricane Ian.  We never lost power, only received 3" of rain and minimal winds.  Boy F is working in Ft. Myers area helping to restore power to the damaged area.  Prayers for him, all linemen & people recovering from the storm.

One of my latest sews is the Little Lizard King Styla Portofino Dress.  I love the cowl style drape neck and the  back has a lot of interest too.  There was nothing to not like about the pattern.  I'll make quiet a few of them I'm sure.

Styla Portofino Dress

Back View

I love the look of the circle sleeves on this dress.  I did not finish the edges/hems of the sleeves or the dress.  No one will know!

Sunday Selfie

I'm considering a split short sleeve on this version.  I also made the skirt a midi circle skirt in place of the rectangle gathered skirt previously.

Trial fitting version with circle midi skirt

Portofino with circle skirt & split short sleeve

Back view

I used ITY/DTY knits for both dresses.  This pattern & fabric combo can make this dress as dressy or casual as you want.  It's a great overall pattern.

Sunday Selfie

I hope to be able to post more sewing happenings in the future.

Hugs & Happy Sewing


Monday, June 20, 2022

Love Notions Tempo Sundress

 I am in LOVE with making the Love Notions Tempo Sundress.  Summer temperatures and the humidity here in Florida make this dress perfect for wearing the next 6 months!  

Love Notions Tempo Dress

My first version turned out great except it didn't fit me!  But it fit Girl M. perfect!  So she ended up with a new dress.  

Tempo for Girl M.

Back View

How many is too many?  I made two Tempo sundresses for myself.  The first from a black & white check cotton shirting and the second from a tropical rainforest print challis fabric.  Easy sew and very fun.

Two Tempos for me!

The shirring on the back panel is so much fun to sew up.  I added a ruffle on the bottom of the rainforest print one.  I am thinking a maxi or midi length version will be in the works soon!

Back View

So glad to be able to sew a little bit more now.

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


Thursday, June 16, 2022

Girl M Graduates!

 Girl M finally graduated LPN school!  That was a long 10 months!  We are so proud of her!

Now to sewing!  Here is her inspiration Retro style nurse's dress she wanted.

Inspiration Dress
I had to Frankenpattern the dress pattern.  The main pattern I used was the New Look 6180.  I added a wide waistband, made a 3/4 circle skirt, wide waist ties to make a back bow and added inseam pockets!  Girl M Loved it!

New Look 6180

Final Product

She was all smiles when she tried on the dress!

Try on-dress approved!

Girl M would not spend $80 on her graduation dress so Mom dress to the rescue!  $14.97 cotton sheet from Wal-Mart was perfect for the fabric choice.

Inspiration Dress

Back View-Try On

Graduation Ceremony


Girl M Graduation

We are very proud parents!

Boy T, Lady K and Nephew C.

Boy F & Lady K2

Girl M

Girl M & Boy AJ

Girl M & Nanny S

The whole Family!

Girl M & Aunt P.

Girl M & her Friend E.

Now that Nursing school is over, Girl M has to take the State Board Exam then we can be in "WEDDING" mode!

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


Friday, June 10, 2022

Updates from May

 Well, May started out with a tear in our pool liner!  It's been 9 years and the eventually finally happened.

Tear in pool liner

Dear Hubby spent days repacking the bottom and coping along the sides in the Florida heat & humidity.  He was only able to work a few hours every morning.

Liner prep

We finally were able to schedule a weekend when all the kids were able to help install the new liner.  It was hot!

Liner filling with water

It took almost a week to fill the pool.  30,000 gallons is a lot of water from a water hose!

Filling pool

Glad to have to pool ready for Summer.  Since there will be no traveling this year because of gas prices and taking care of my Aunt.  The pool makes a great escape, even if we have to dodge rain storms!

Pool is ready for Summer!

We had a hen hatch a baby chick!  The downside is that she sat on 12 eggs and only one hatched.

Baby Chick

I did sew the Love Notions Lyric Dress.  Nothing exciting, blue chambray with lots of buttons.  Cool. comfortable dressing for Florida's heat.  

Love Notions Lyric Dress

Boy F. bought a house!  Dear Hubby and I have been helping with painting and putting in new flooring.  So happy to have him closer to us (only 15 minutes away!) We'll see what he thinks about that!  LOL!

Boy F

Boy F. New Homeowner!

Boy T. has a Birthday today, 29!! Oh my!  He has been promoted at work to Detective in the Drug unit.  So proud of him!
Boy T.

Dear Hubby & I have just been taking life one day at a time with my Aunt.  We're trying to learn to live together and how best to help her.  She is in the mid stages of Dementia.  It's uncharted area for us so we are learning along the way.

My sidekick!

Girl M. is graduating LPN Nursing school next week and wanted a "MOM" made graduation dress.  Really, she was not wanting to pay $80 for a dress!  So I've been working on her vision dress.  Retro style Nurse dress patterns are not easy to find so I had to be creative and Frankenpattern a few patterns together.

Graduation dress muslin
 do hope to get to more sewing in the month of June but life always gets in the way.

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


Saturday, April 16, 2022

Reasons for no Post

 Hello Dear Sewing Friends!  Life seems to get in the way of my sewing lately. I had hoped to sew a new dress for Easter Resurrection Sunday but I am going to have to wear a has been already made by me dress this year.  I am thankful to be able to attend Church this year so I won’t complain about a dress.

I have a Dear Aunt whom I’ve been helping out.  She lives on the other side of the state so my weekdays are spent with her and that limits my sewing time.  Hopefully May will have things back to normal and I can sew once again!

Sunday selfie with my Favorite!

Girl M. turned 20!

My Favorite Aunt!

I also had a Birthday last month and my dear friends spoiled me!  Cheryl and her husband came and had dinner with me and showered me with lovely gifts.  My friend, Brenda sent me a goody box of sewing trinkets.  They know me so well!  I am truly Blessed!

I hope to have sewing to show one day soon.

Happy Resurrection "Easter" Sunday


Tuesday, March 1, 2022


 Girl M was a bridesmaid in a wedding this past weekend. I made her dress from the Love Notion’s Willow wrap dress.  I lengthened the skirt to floor length and made a double flutter sleeve.  I was very limited on fabric choices in the bride’s requested color of dusty sage. But eventually I found a brushed ITY knit from Amazon. In my opinion it was a double brushed jersey not ITY knit. But the color was 99% a match.

My dress is the Designer Stitch Brenda dress. I used the slim long skirt and the petal sleeves. 

Girl M has a wedding date of September 10, 2022! Let the planning begin!  

Until next time!