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It’s here It’s here! Well almost

Remember the duct tape dressform Jean Haas made for me when I was in Chicago. Well, since it’s too large to fit in one box, it’s being shipped to me in sections. The revolving base arrived yesterday! OMG I am so excited I can barely sleep.

I am now counting days till it gets here. Oh boy!!!!

My August Project

Ok so I did finish the white shirt last night. And the skirt in the picture is a gift from my aunt who just visited me. I couldn’t wear the skirt while she was here because I didn’t have anything which goes with it. This white top also enables me to wear many other pieces in my wardrobe and I am pretty happy with it. I am now convinced that white may not be a bad color on me after all. Thanks Renee for pushing me in the right direction.

Now, about the pattern: It’s my favorite knit top pattern from Vogue 2925. I’ve written a review here. I’ve made this pattern 3 more times and all the tops manage to look different. My favorite method of finishing this top is using Foldover elastic. Since this knit was lacy, instead of lining it, I decided to just wear a white cami underneath. Depending on the mood I am in, I can choose to wear a contrasting color t-shirt under this shirt too.

I can’t even remember how long I’ve had this fabric in my stash for. It was never enough to make a full sleeve shirt so I’ve kept it. But for this project, it was perfect.

And for the record, not only did I finish this top last night, I did end up going to the gym AND bake these scrumptious Banana Nut Muffins! I modified the recipe from King Arthur Flour Book to make them low-fat too. Oh and this time I was finally able to get the tops of the muffins just like you find in the stores. Very crunchy and great texture. The trick is in really not stirring the batter too much. I think I’ll reward myself by having another one of these now. YUMMO!

I am so close…

to my finished top for the month of August. I know it’s again one of those quickie project and I am not too proud of myself. But it does fill the void in my wardrobe. All it needs is the foldover elastic to finish off the neckline and sleeves and the hem. I can do it I can do it.

I still need to go to the gym, finish up the newsletter, make dinner AND pack for my weekend trip to Maine!! Can I do it? ABSOLUTELY!

Wish me luck. Stay tuned…

Where have I been?

Wow, it’s been a while hasn’t it? Summer’s almost over. Well I’ve been entertaining all summer long and while it was really nice to have family around, I am kinda glad that I have some time to myself and I can sew again! And cook too! A lot has happened between the time I blogged last and now.

My trip to chicago was super fun. I hung out with some PR members at Vogue fabrics and made new friends, bought fabric to make my lace skirt too. Haven’t done anything on it since then though, but having the fabric is half the battle won right?

Here you go…

The lavender (under the lace) will be the lining and the chocolate brown will be a simple top. I wanted silk but I just couldnt find the color which worked with the lace. So this is polyester, but still very very nice. I am a little nervous about sewing it but you know what… if I don’t sew, I’ll never know 🙂

Now I need to work on some simple skirt patterns. I’ve been hunting on PR and I have selected a few.

New Look 6300. It has the shape I want but zipper in the back. Very easy to move to the side, so this might be a good candidate.

While in Chicago I also got taped for my FIRST Dress Form! I couldnt believe my luck when Jean Haas offered to tape me when I told her I was coming to Chicago. What a fun little day it was. I made myself a quick t-shirt dress from an old rib knit sitting in my stash and she taped me in Vogue Fabrics Class Room. That’s all I’ve been talking about since then. It’s getting stuffed and ready with Jean so I still don’t have it, but it’ll be here very soon. I can hardly wait. I’m just so excited that I think I might even plan a wardrobe for the Dress Form 🙂

Speaking of wardrobes, I haven’t forgotten about my August project. In fact it’s become quite a thing on PR so it’s hard to ignore the goal 😉

I am adding a little twist in my plan. So now every month not only do I have to make a wearable item, but it has to either fill a void in my existing wardrobe or, I have to make a coordinating item for it in the same month!

This month’s project is going to be a white top. It’s going to bring a lot of my garments to life which never got worn because of a lack of white shirt. I don’t think white looks good on me but I’ve been told otherwise so I am giving it a shot.

Oh boy, looks like I am just rambling on arent I? That’s what happens when you only write once a month. Well hopefully you’ll hear from me sooner than that next time. Thanks for reading and being a part of my life.

More Chicago Photos

July Project – Simplicity 2936

Last month I started a sew along on which got a huge response from others. So now sewing one garment a month is even more fun watching others and motivating each other. I’ve been traveling a lot too and hooking up with other PR members in my travels. It’s a great feeling meeting them and talking about sewing, PR and how it all got started.

My next meet up is in Vogue fabrics in Evanston, IL on July 28th. So exciting!

Here’s a shirt I just finished as my July project. I am really enjoying sewing fun and funky woven prints. I think I’ll give my serger a little rest while I make a few more of these. Granted that they are not the quick and easy projects I am used to but they are definitely more satisfying. However now that I’ve spent a few days basting, stitching and topstitching this, I think I need to make something quick for my upcoming trip to Chicago.

I have some knit left from my June project which will become a quick a-line skirt. I can’t wait to get my custom dress form!

My June Burda arrived yesterday and I can’t wait to start working on some of the cute projects from this issue. I used to subscribe to Burda WOF two years ago but never made that many items so decided to suspend it. But lately there has been a renewed interest in Burda and other pattern magazines on PR that I have no choice 🙂 I broken down and subscribed through Great price there. Since my first issue isnt going to arrive for 6 weeks, I bought the June Burda from

I like a lot of things from this issue but my first project is going to be this super cute shoulder cut out tunic. There are several reviews of this top on PR but my favorite is Christina’s version! I think this top will be perfect with my lace skirt. I might even do some beading on the neckband.

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My very own custom dress form!

This seems to be my lucky month!!! Guess what I am getting soon? Yup I am getting taped for my dress form! And that too from the dress form expert Jean Haas herself.

When I told her about my upcoming trip to Chicago, she offered to create a dress form for me which I’ll be able to carry back with me. I jumped with joy when I got Jean’s email, startling Gagan 🙂 Men… they’ll never get it will they?

Ok so now I need to make a really tight fitting turtleneck dress similar to this American Apparel shirt. Any pattern ideas?

I am so excited!

French Chantily Lace!

Ok so I sorta suck at this blogging thing. I disappeared for a while I know but things have been a little crazy here but today I got a package in the mail which I just had to blog about.

So I met a wonderful PR member at Baltimore at Michael’s fabrics. Robin Denning has been a PR member for a while and she has the perfect glowing skin! I couldn’t stop staring 😉 Anyway, so ever since I took the class with Susan Khalje at the PR weekend in LA, I have a new found love for hand sewing (not that much still) and french lace. Now this lace is super expensive (obviously) and is not easily available.

I had a chance to feel and touch some really gorgeous French Chantily Lace at A Fabric Place in Baltimore recently and I knew I HAD to have it. Still, I couldn’t justify spending $85/yard on a piece of fabric. Robin saw me lusting after the lace and offered a piece from her collection for a steal!

It arrived today and I just have to share it with you. It’s this gorgeous lavender color with sparkly beads all over and a lovely scalloped edge.

Isnt it a beauty?

Now, I need suggestions for a really simple skirt pattern for this fabric. I am thinking a knee length skirt with a zipper on the side. I am thinking of using a contrasting color solid silk as lining for this. What do you think of brown? Also since the skirt is (hopefully) going to be gorgeous, I need to start thinking of a top too. Maybe the silk which is used for the lining can be used to make a top? Or a knit top of the same color?

I have no experience sewing something fabulous like this before so I am going to need all the help I can get on this. But all I can say is that I am pretty excited about this!!!

Maybe this will be my September Project. I am planning on bringing the lace with me to Vogue fabrics in chicago to find a coordinating lining fabric.

Another Friend save the day, June Project

So once again, I relied on a friend to save my project. But that’s just me. I am happiest in the company of my friends and always have been. Like last night sewing till midnight was a blast with Emily. She worked on her Maternity wardrobe while I squeezed in my June project.

I am traveling to Canada next week and meeting Emilie (Jalie co-owner) and wanted to show off my new top (The newest Jalie pattern 2806) in the fabric she sent for me, so this was sort of out of necessity.

So last night everything was going well and I am trying to be patient with the foldover pleat but it was just not cooperating. I tried hand tacking the allowance to inside but that didnt work either. Emily suggested that I try adding some weight inside the top to keep the pleat in place the but I just couldnt come up with a feasible solution.

Enter Donna… the problem solver!

“Lets tack the pleat down sewing through all the layers! And we’ll make the stitches so tiny that they become part of the gathers.” Brilliant! Of course she did the sewing too because unlike her my hand sewing skills are… Pathetic!

She she first basted the pleat down and I tried it on. It was perfect. She then used a coordinating thread and took really tiny stitches on the pleat. I love em!



Here’s my review of Jalie 2806 on

We then went outside to take some photos. So she takes the credit for pretty much half of my June project 🙂

My May Project

So you thought that I skipped a month right? Nope. I did manage to finish the bias skirt as my May Project. I had been fussing over this project for so long. Should I line it or not? What seam finishes? How will my first bias project turn out.. so on and so forth. In the end I only had 2 days left until month end and I needed to stick to my plan so I decided to jump right in and just sew it to the best of my abilities. Granted that this is not something I would enter in a contest, but it’s a bias skirt and I love it! I decide not to line it and just wear a slip under it if I feel the need.

I also realized that there is no need to be afraid of bias. In fact I am going to make my next bias skirt in a gorgeous linen I picked up in NYC at the PR weekend last year. I’ve heard that bias is beautiful in linen and I want to see for myself. Plus its sweltering hot here so I need some linen on my body 🙂

Ok enough talk, lets see the photo of my FIRST BIAS SKIRT in silk charmeuse from Mike’s Fabrics (The BEST!) at PR weekend LA.

I’ll have to take a better picture when I wear it. It was 1:00 AM when I finished it and I could barely get Gagan to look at me, let alone take a photo 🙂

Super Quick April Project

Whew! Just in time. So as you know, this year I decided that I HAVE to sew at least one wearable item each month. So, while I am finishing the knitting UFOs this month, they still don’t count. Last evening I put my knitting aside to whip up this quick top. Now, I already had the pieces cut out from a year ago (that’s right, a year!!!) but never made it. I ran into a few problems with this one, like forgetting to cut the binding for the neck…

So, I decided to take the easy route and just do rolled hems on my serger. I stay stitched the V neckline and carefully rolled all the top edges, including the hem on my serger. I LOVE this finish and it’s so EASY. If you havent tried it, you’ve gotta give it a shot. Just serge slowly without stretching the fabric so you don’t end up with lettuce edging instead.

I know this is not from my wardrobe plan, but at least it’s a wearable project so I am good :). Next up… a silk scarf to go with this top!

Oh almost forgot about the pattern. It’s (unfortunately) an OOP Pattern from Burda.

Burda 8356.

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