#MMM17 Still Jumper Weather!


Hi there sewists! Time for another #MMM, Me Made May 2017, post.  According to the calendar it’s Spring but when the temps dipped into the mid 40’s, making it quite nippy this morning, I was all about wearing this jumper to school!

I have had this mid weight, cotton linen blend in my stash for quite a while. It’s olive drab in color with horizontal lines and threads slubs in other earth tone colors. I made it up based on McCalls pattern M7120, view D. It’s a pullover style jumper that is semi fitted.  It can also definitely be belted. And of course it has “must have” on-seam pockets, large enough to hold my cell.



The jumper has a shaped high-low hemline.


The armhole are low enough so that I can wear a top underneath or not!

Love this versatile transition dress!

Photos courtesy of JJ

Me-Made-May 2016 Post #10


Well here we are with my last post for the global sewing challenge, Me-Made-May 2016! The photos from my last couple posts were taken during our daughter’s college commencement weekend up in Ithaca, NY. So many beautiful settings! The weather was less than ideal for most of the time but the sun did make a couple appearances and when it did…we were ready!  Graduation night we dined at a very special restaurant, John Thomas Steakhouse. Located right behind JTS is the La Tourelle Resort & Spa. There was this sweet little garden shed on the property with a vibrant floral mural, perfect for the shot. Wow!  While posing in front this joyous art I imagined there was a mini sewing/art studio inside!

This is the dress I had made to wear to the graduation ceremony that morning. (However due to the damp wet weather, I ended up wearing a different “me Made” midi length maxi knit dress.) This fabric is a printed, double knit from Mood NYC. Although bit heavier in weight and less stretchy than the knits I have been working with lately, it worked great with this pullover shift style dress. I used commercial pattern McCalls 6886 and was able to keep pretty true to the silhouette, except I changed the sleeveless sleeve to a cap sleeve.

Thanks everyone for following me through my first Me-Made-May challenge. Posting twice a week was definitely manageable. I so appreciate all your very kind comments! I hope you found inspiration to create some of your own “me-mades”! Thanks again to SoZo for creating and maintaining #MMM. There’s nothing like a good challenge to get the creative juices going and sewing machine revved up! I am thrilled to report I have acquired new followers and new-to-me bloggers to follow as a result of participating! Expanding my handmade world! Yay! See ya’ll next spring for #MMM17!


Book Launch Party: The Sketchbook Project 2014


On Friday, March 14, 2014. I attended the annual Book Launch of The Sketchbook Party at The Brooklyn Art Library. This is my 5th journal. I have been with The Project since the beginning!
I was blessed to be joined by my hubby n 2 children. It was a great evening. The BAL is a very hip arty space. Thoughtfully set up to showcase it’s impressive holding of over 30,000 sketchbooks, a gift shop and a few cozy areas to chill and enjoy a journal or two.




After chatting with TSP directors and organizers, I was shown how to obtain my first BAL card and find my journals!
They are so friendly and organized… This is one efficient and technologically, up to date system they have there! The tour this year includes 20 cities!

The BAL is located in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NY. Lots of sweet trendy shops and restaurants and a few blocks from a spectacular view of the NYC skyline from the East River


So pleased was I that I picked up their fab 2014 poster and 2015 Sketchbook!


Looking forward to gathering ideas and beginning the book for next years tour! With working at the bridal and at home with my private sewing students, I always use my down time in January, just weeks before TSP deadline, to create my journal! Hopefully I get a chance to get started a little earlier this year ( I say that every year!)!


The Sketchbook Project 2014

Today was the deadline for submissions to The Sketchbook Project 2014. I have been a participant in this now global effort since the beginning. This is my fourth submission!
My book this year is called ” Respect The Dress”. It’s a fairy tale about special occasion dresses that need to find a way to make their wearers/clients happy about their beautiful dresses. The dresses always talk in the sewing room after hours about their sad,distressed clients, frustrated seamstresses and overall dismal atmosphere in the shoppe. They have a crazy night where they kick up their hems, so to speak and come up with a very funny and clever solution to their dilemma!

The Art House, that runs TSP, provides all registrants with a Moleskine Journal that is the basis for your piece. I unbound mine and replaced the sketch weight paper with 140lb watercolor paper. Acrylics, pastel pans, markers, stamps, stamp pads and glitter spray were used to collage and embellish the pages. After all the collage work, hand lettering and sewing on the pages themselves was done, I rebound the journal by hand with linen thread.



I so love the fantasy and giddiness of the story and the handmade vintage feel of my book!
I’ve even gotten some very strong encouragement to copyright the story!
Anyway it’s been such a joy to create and I look forward to receiving notifications from my readers in the two regions I selected to send books out to tour: The Northeast and The Northwest states. You can read more about The Sketchbook Project at
http://www.sketchbookproject.com/aboutThe Sketchbook Project