Sunday, October 4, 2015

Back From Paris

I'm back home  ( well I've been home for a while )and as always the trip seemed too short but am glad to be back .

I went to Paris with my DD, a friend of hers and this friend's aunt. We were all very compatible and had a wonderful time or we would have if it hadn't been for the weather which ranged from cloudy, a little bit of sunshine, rain and torrential downpours ( this last one being after climbing at least 250   steps to the top of the Arc de Triomphe only to get completely soaked and visibility being nil ! )

                              I know it looks beautiful but this was taken on a different day.

We visited the Louvre,


.D'Orsay Museum. ( I LOVE that place !)

I could have stared at this Renoir for hours it is so beautiful!


Notre Dame,

Being  Catholic,I  was quite  moved when I saw this statue of Pope John Paul II

the Conciergerie , one of my personal favorite things to do in Paris (where Marie Antoinette was imprisoned before dying on the guillotine),

This plaque is placed just beside the obelisk at the Place de la Concorde designating the spot  where the guillotine that took the life of many including Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette in 1793, stood.

and many more .

We took a tour of the champagne region ( in the pouring rain ! ) and were suppose to have dinner at the Eiffel Tower but guess what? The tower was closed because something ! ? had fallen from somewhere up there and while we were waiting to find out if it would reopen, we were hit by another hurricane-like rainfall and wind storm which lasted 15 minutes.

 All the people waiting for the same reason  ,including us,were huddled together  under umbrellas which everyone shared. I had a young man taking shelter under my rain poncho ! but what could I do ? There was no question of us finding shelter because we couldn't walk against the force of the wind! We were then suppose to go on an evening cruise down the Seine but by this time we figured we'd drown so we cancelled.

Needless to say, we had some good times too and one of my very favorites was my solo trip to Montmartre

 to the fabric district, Oh my what fun I had there! And it didn't rain once that day !
And you know I got some goodies. I'll show those to you next time along with some wardrobe pics so please come back .

On Saturday, My daughter and I took a leisurely walk along the Seine. The weather was finally fine and we enjoyed just looking at the beauty that is Paris.

This is Pont Alexandre III which is very ornamental , to say the least,

Just look at some f the details.

From the bridge we walked past le Grand Palais which has been the venue for several Fashion Shows, (Chanel, Dior) watched on You Tube. It wasn't open so we peeked inside .

 and on to the Champs Elysee which is very large and very commercial. We saw MacDonald's and The Gap and to tell the truth  I found it disappointing . I forgot to take pictures.

Traveling back home was an ordeal when we missed our connection in Montreal and had to fly stand-by five hours later.  Needless to say I was glad to land in Fredericton and see my DH . 

In spite of the yucky things that happened on our trip I would love to go back one day and I probably will. For though I`m glad to be back in my routine and have some interesting pieces planned for fall. 

Happy Sewing and more later from

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

I'm going to Paris ! and a Self Drafted Jumpsuit

Yes . That's right ,a jumpsuit.  I had decided that I would absolutely not fall for the jumpsuit craze. But then, I bought this Aztec print knit and it shouted out JUMPSUIT and I couldn't shut it up. I wanted something different to wear to a family gathering at one of my sisters and this seemed just the thing.

I used a t-shirt pattern andcut it off three inches below the waistline.I slashed it at the shoulder to the waist, spread it a couple of inches in the front and an inch at the back, gathered it a bit  (in the front) and ended up with a cap sleeve look.  I  joined the top  to my Silhouette yoga pant pattern to which I added a couple of inches at the side seams.  I added elastic at the waist,which formed a blouson thanks to the three extra inches below the waist . A slit opening at the back neckline with a loop and button closure is the only way to put on or remove this thing.

This is what it looks like on .

This is a very comfortable outfit and I love to wear it but the going to the bathroom is not fun!!!

Oh!! Yes ! I'm going to Paris ! With my daughter ! We leave Saturday ! So excited !!

I'll have lots to show you when I get back. I made a few things to take with me but have had no time for pictures. I hope to get some "action " shots in the "city of lights."

So more later for sure from

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Polka Dots for Two Little Girls

My son Jeff just left after a 10 day visit with Riley and Poppy. I feel a bit bereft today although it's awfully nice to get back to normal and my DH and I have gone back to  enjoying our latest Netflix obsession, "Heartland" If you love horses ( or even if you don't)  and want a really good and wholesome series to watch, you won't be disappointed with this one. Every episode is so good and enjoyable !

Before , their arrival, I started little dresses for my two little cuties. I tried for the first time shirring fabric by using elastic thread in the bobbin of my machine. I loved this process and can't wait to use it again..

I didn't use patterns for these dresses but only guessed how wide to shir and luckily I got it right. I started by using a picot edge finish for the upper bodice .

Since I use push button sewing, I was able to let both Riley and Poppy help sew the back seams and I then finished the hems and made the shoulder straps. My little sweeties were so happy with their dresses that Riley wore hers three days in a row and Poppy insisted on wearing hers four days!

The fabric is  a coral rayon /lycra and therefor very comfy for active little girls. I used a straight stitch with a stitch length of 3 for the shirring.

So here they are, Nana's little sweethearts.

And with face painting done by Nana. ( I may have discovered a new skill !!)

Riley had a hard time to leave me this morning and was on the verge of tears as I was buckling her booster seat when my darling Bob came up with a solution. A $10 bill! What kid doesn't love money !!

Now it's on to sewing for my 18 year old grand-daughter before she leaves for university in Vancouver. I doubt tears can be averted in this case, at least for me!! Sigh!!

Happy Sewing to all of you!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

A Culottes Outfit B4861 and V7340

Jumpsuits and culottes. I've always loved them both. Anytime since I reached adulthood that either came in style. I was right there. It didn't matter to me that jumpsuits were hard to deal with when using the bathroom, they were worth it. Culottes sometimes came with matching jackets that I thought  formed such smart suits.

So far, I've resisted the jumpsuit urge,  although I have the perfect ITY knit for a version that's increasingly in my head.

I remember culottes getting very wrinkled when made out of linen or cotton but I've had this great faux linen for a while and I love this fabric for pants because it drapes so well and  they hold their crease and never wrinkle. Perfect for culottes!

So here is this week's outfit.

The culottes are an OOP Butterick pattern, B4861   , View E . I cut a size 12 and they were just about perfect except I decided to add one inch of length to the crotch depth because I like my waistbands to fit above my muffin top.

I love the pleats ,which you can't really see because of the print and the width of the legs is perfect for me.

The waistband is finished in  a cute point which adds a certain "je ne sais quoi! "

 The top was a UFO which has been living in a basket for 9 years!!
The pattern, this OOP Vogue 7340

Isn't it pretty!

The fabric is embroidered linen and just beautiful. I actually have a few yards of this same linen in a beautiful buttercup yellow in my stash.

I love the collar on a band  in this pattern. It's perfect and I pinned it to my cork board for use with a soon to be denim polka dot shirt.


This is a great pattern  (my DGD wants one in red !) and everything worked well, even this curved facing that is top stitched to look like a band.

The green isn't the exact match to the green in the culottes but it's in the same family only lighter so I think it works.

I've already worn this outfit twice and it is so comfortable and fun to wear. I love it it!

I'm not crazy about the tied closure. I may change that to buttons and snaps, but we'll see.

My pics were taken on our new deck which has been built since May but the railings just arrived and installed last week. We are loving spending time out here!

I hope you are all enjoying summer weather but are still finding time for our favorite passtime !


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Summer White Pieces With a Little Bit of Black ( M6844, V8793, V8952, & V8004 )

I have bad allergies that are particularly troublesome and debilitating this summer .I've been pretty well house bound for all of July and believe it or not but my sewing room ,which is in our basement, seems the only room in the house where my symptoms are much less harsh!!!Needless to say, I've been sewing every day.

I've become very committed to sewing up my stash and I decided to concentrate on the shelf of whites which have been sitting there for years!

My first garment was the fluted neck silk dupioni top blogged here
Then I made the Marcy Tilton cotton jacquard top shown here.

Next came this M6844  cardigan  which I made when I realized it was never going to get hot this summer and I've gotten a lot of wear out of it , let me tell you!
The fabric is a  cotton knit bought at Fabricville last year.
I lengthened the pattern by 5" and added to the width below the waist of both front and back.

Well that was only the beginning.My next piece was this cotton crochet Katherine Tilton top which got rave reviews from the girls at Fabricville when I dropped in for some interfacing the other day.
My DGD loved it too.

The pattern is V8793

The fabric is a cotton crochet with some stretch

I cut the whole thing to utilize the selvedge  for all hems , including the outer edge of the outer collar.

I omitted the zipper trim on the collar but I did underline both collar layers with silk organza. I also omitted the cuffs on the sleeves.

When my serger refused to run this fabric through, I decided to finish all seams with french seams and then top stitched them. It was a bit challenging but not impossible as you can see.

And I love the end result!

Next I made View C of V8952.

The fabric is rayon lycra.
I added 2" to the length and cut the back hem the same as the front because I prefer that silhouette.

This was a really quick sew and  is a great at home piece to lounge in.

My next piece was this one.

The pattern is V8004 , which I've wanted to make for a long time. I did my usual FBA and rounded upper back adjustment Can I say that this simple little adjustment makes such a difference in the comfort of a garment!!)   but didn't change anything else.

The fabric is a medium weight slubbed cotton knit.
I would lengthen it by at least an inch another time  but I think it's the perfect companion piece for my Black and white  Rachel Comey skirt.

 I have  a great culottes outfit to show you next time . So please come back for a look.

Happy Sewing from

Monday, July 20, 2015

A Top With a Difference

Thank you to all who visted my last post and who left a comment. It was greatly appreciated!

Last fall, I made this dress by combining the sleeves, armhole  and neckline of Today's Fit V1109       and the body of Burda 5522 , both OOP.

 I've gotten compliments every time I've worn it and I thought I'd use the same concept and make a  tunic length top.

 I cut the band using lengthwise stripes for contrast.

The contrast is totally lost on the sleeves and in retrospect, a plain white band would have made a bolder statement but I do so  love these sleeves with their pleats on either side of the band.

BTW, the fabric is cotton lycra and very drapey. 

I had the top on my dress form when my DGD, Jessica came to visit and she really liked it. I had her try it on with the intention of making her one but when I saw her in it, I just had to let her have it because it looked so great on her. I ended up giving her my white ankle jeans to wear with it too.

Jessie also went home with the yellow Sandra Betzina top from this outfit because it was too tight to be attractive on me and looked amazing on her but I forgot to snap a pic.

Pretty cool when a Nana and a Grand-daughter can share clothes, don't you think!

I have lots more to show you so please come visit me again and Happy Sewing from