Me-Made-May 2018, Post #6


Hi friends! Sorry for the lapse in posts but I was waylaid with a stomach bug, but I’m back and hoping to finish MMM18 strong!

Not every project comes out kittens and unicorns and such was the case with this top!


Initially the plan was to make view D from McCalls 7562… with this wild and wonderful printed mid weight, cotton/viscose blend purchased from Mood NYC. Once finished the dress just didn’t drape well..the fabric choice, although fun fun fun was just too stiff. After much debate with my daughter, we agreed it would work better as a top. So cut and altered down, and closing up the neckline placket, I came up with this.


I added a trim of natural cotton tassels, from East Coast Trimming, to the hem…I think this embellishment is my favorite feature of this top! My main take away from this mishap is to be more mindful of those tricky fabrics that catch your eye, draw you in and make you say, “what can I do with this?”  The weight and stiffness of this fabric made it fall between the categories of what is best suited for tops, dresses or bottom garments! I do like the pattern and am still thinking I’ll go back and give it another go with a more drapey fabric. I’ll keep you posted!

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Me-Made-May, Post #5



As a family we have had the pleasure of attending not one but two weddings this year. The most recent one was in Tampa, FL and today’s blog post and Me-Made-May entry features the dress I made for the occasion. First the fabric. Purchased in-store at Mood NYC, it is a black and ivory printed, cotton sateen with stretch. It had such a nice weight and drape there was no need to line it.



I really wanted a party dress that had a flared skirt for fun and for ease of movement. The Vogue pattern I chose gave me everything I was looking for. I did drop the neckline in both the front and back about an inch and also shortened the overall length.


On the inside, I added a vintage ivory, cotton scallop trim to edge the hemline, as a treat for me the wearer! Loved making and wearing this little dress and would truly make it again! For more information on Me-Made-May2018, click on the badge on the upper right sidebar. See you next time!


Me-Made-May 2018 Post #4


Vintage fabric gets me every time. There is something so luxurious and unique in its design and texture that draws me in and whispers…create something with me! This skirt was a self-drafted pattern; not quite a circle skirt but definitely twirl-worthy! The vintage cloth came from my stash and has a cotton base with all-over black machine embroidery stitching in floral designs. Since the cloth was sheer in the white ground areas, I decided to line the shirt with a light weight cotton batiste fabric. I went back and forth about using such a light weight cotton for the lining, unsure whether it would ride up or not when I wore the skirt. I solved the mystery by adding this adorable mini pompom trim to the hem line of the batiste. The trim gave just the needed amount of extra weight to hold the lining down and it worked like a charm. Every time I see it peeking out, I smile!


Speaking of trim, the featured fabric has its own trim to show off…I found this black rosette trim years ago at Tinsel Trading when they had their NYC store. What a treasure trove! Now they have closed up in The Big Apple and opened up a brick and mortar shop out in CA. I sure do miss shopping in there heavenly store back here in the Metropolitan area but you can check out their vast inventory in on-line shop, here.


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Me-Made-May 2018 Post #3


This is a very special MMM18 post! For over 20 years I have been teaching adults and children sewing in my home studio during the afternoons and evenings. When it was time to select a new project for two of my young students, I decided on New Look 6529. It featured this trendy tunic/hoodie, I knew they would love it. I also chose to do the project with them as a “sew-a-long.” The three of us even settled on using the same mid-weight, a heathered-gray knit, purchased at our local JoAnn Fabrics. This SAL had several good sewing challenges for my eager students:  giving them their first experience working with a knit fabric, learning to make and attach a hood and a kangaroo pocket and learning how to set-in sleeves. The hem was a high-low with vents on both sides. We made a couple of simple fit adjustments and also rotated the pocket.

The ladies did a super job and we had way too much fun on our little photo shoot! They said several times how much they enjoyed making the hoodie as a SAL and asked if we could make another garment together! I so enjoyed this shared creative experience with the girls. We are all so happy with our final pieces! Since out town is a beachfront community, we will all no doubt enjoy wearing our hoodies on cool, windy walks on the sand!


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Me-Made-May 2018, Post #2


Now my dear knit sewists, who amongst us doesn’t love a good Ponte knit! I present this little wrap dress, done up with a Ponte from Mood NYC.


The pattern used is Burda 6829. This was my first wrap style dress and I must admit to having to do quite a bit of fiddling around to get the fit just right. I had to pin, repin, stitch and restitch to get the fit nice and smooth in the hip area where the drape of the wrap is stitched in place.


Truly hard to appreciate due to the difficult lighting but the fabric color is a deep eggplant…a delicious shade! I will probably give this pattern another go around perhaps with the optional long sleeve for winter! Thanks to my girl T for taking the photos for Post 1 and this Post 2!

Me-Made-May 2018-1st Post!


Happy May 1st and to all makers, friends and followers, Happy Me-Made-May 2018! I am so excited to be a part of this annual international sharing of hand mades again this year.

I thought I would start off my month of makes with this fabulous shift dress. It is a simple silhouette with just the right amount of ease and cap sleeves. It has become one of my most comfortable, go-tos. The pattern is “Christine Hayes’ Marianne.” To read a review by Threads magazine, click here. For the Christine Hayes website featuring the “Marianne” pattern, click here. Honestly the very best part about this piece is the fabric. It is a printed, mid-weight, stretch velvet from I rarely purchase fabric online but when I saw this one I simply couldn’t resist! One really never knows what you might get with an online fabric order, colors and weight often aren’t what you are hoping for. I decided in advance however that no matter what the weight turned out to be I would find just the right design for it! Seriously I whipped this baby up in a couple hours and have enjoyed every wear!


I’m looking forward to posting as often as possible this month, sharing all sorts of makes. For more information on Me-Made-May 2018, click on the badge up on the right sidebar.

See you soon!

Day 7 of My 25 Days of Make & Give: Taking a creative time out!


Day 7 found me sharing some creative down time in my studio with my daughter. She expressed an interest in learning how to distress her jeans. I had taught a workshop on that just recently, so I was ready to share!

First we did a test piece using a pair of sample jeans. I demonstated a few different techniques:  sanding, cutting an opening with scissors and fringing with a seam ripper and then just tearing the denim. She chose the ones she liked and went right to it. The end result was to her satisfaction and she enjoyed wearing the jeans on a trip down to NOLA, this month. I did offer her a future lesson in how to embellish her jeans with some slow stitching, when she’s ready to go to the next level! It was great to bring the fast pace of holiday making down to a more chill level of activity and what could be better than sharing creative time and space with a beloved one of your own!

Day 25 of My 25 Days of Make & Give: From our House to Yours


Merry Christmas, my friends! Every year when I begin my 25 Days of Make & Give, I gather up my makes and recipients, and set up my calendar for deliveries. Every day, I check off a name and make from the list. And with what seems like a blink of an eye, it is Christmas! Do you feel that way?! All that making and giving has finally come to a close, but does it really? No, not ever. Makers and givers never want to stop creating and sharing their abilities to spread joy to others. So with that thought, one of my Christmas wishes to you all is that you try to keep making and giving, no matter the time of the year. As “Toy Story” character, Buzz Lightyear says “to infinity and beyond.” Wishing you a blessed day and season full of love, life and laughter.



Day 24 of My 25 Days of Make & Give: Annual Visit to St Vincent’s Hospital ER


Tonight, on Christmas Eve, we made our annual visit to St Vincent’s Hospital’s ER. This is our second year to do this service and we do this as a family. Lots of little treats, wrapped by my hubby, were delivered to patients and families who were waiting and/or in treatment. Christmas headbands decorated with antlers and Christmas trees were gifted to the staff to wear as they do their rounds.  Dozens of candy canes were passed out to the administrators and personnel we met in the hallways. As we walked by I heard the crinkling sound of unwrapping paper, it made me smile.  The nurses and staffers were so friendly and sweet as they walked us through the wards and into every room.


It’s just a little gesture. As we drove back home we talked about the experience and how good this felt to come back to St V’s. We alway feel so welcomed by the patients and the dedicated staff, despite the serious nature and activity of the emergency room. How hard it must be to be feeling so unwell on the holidays and to be in the hospital. We are wishing everyone a most happy, healthy and Christmas Eve.



Day 23 of My 25 Days of Make & Give: Creative time shared


Today’s Make & Give is all about sharing. It was a very gloomy rainy kind of day, weather-wise, but you would never know that by the festive creative spirit that pervaded my home today. I opened up the my studio and the room adjacent, to some of my most beloved local sewing student alumnae. We keep in touch through text, email and social media but nothing beats the in-person connection. Not exactly knowing how creatively ambitious the ladies would feel this afternoon, I set up four different fabric and paper related projects. With Christmas music in the background and lots of yummy confections for sustenance, they pleasantly surprised me by really jumping right in, crafting and sewing all afternoon!  The age range from high school to working professional made no difference whatsoever. All the women chatted about work, school, movies, music and pop culture in general with each other while they created. A couple of their moms even joined in the fun! I so loved seeing each one, catching up on their lives and sharing creative time and space. The gals came and went as we are all so pressed for time during the holiday season. But it was so good to see them all. We are definitely doing this again next year! Love you gals!


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