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Friday, April 28, 2017

Simplicity 7243 Again

I know you probably get tired of the same dress all the time, but I LOVE this pattern.  It fits so well and I like that I can dress it up or wear it casual.

Simplicity 7243 Again

Simplicity 7243

$8.00 Ponte Knit Dress

I have many options to wear with this jacket.......................

Turquoise sweater

Black Sweater

White Denim Jacket
But since it's going to be 95 degrees today, I think I will just wear it sleeveless with some sandals.  Dear Hubby is going to the Doctor and I will have to push him in the wheelchair uphill to the Doctor's Office.

Wish my back luck......................!

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


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..................