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So over the last few weeks, I have been quite busy in my sewing room! I have had some busts but also some awesome wardrobe builders too!

I have been focusing on dresses. I LOVE dresses. They are feminine, comfy when you feel blah, most of the time flattering, can be casual or dressed up..I can go on and on…


I started to feel inspired once I completed my famous “Mu Mu” dress. So then I decided to make TWO more of that style

Please excuse my hideous posing, but after T made fun of me, I tried to liven my stance up a bit 🙂



Red Firecrackers


My favorite variation


Then I visited another old favorite,  New Look 6677


reminds me of a funky top from the 70's


Ok, so now I am feeling pretty confident and decide to dive into a NEW pattern..Ugh


Not so crazy about the sash


And my first Bust…New Look 6239. It was so super easy to make, but it just made me look like a BLIMP!

I even tried to make a second dress, hoping it would miraculously become flattering..

No dice.  But it is the perfect post-beach attire…light comfy and I could run to grocery store if I really had too


Post Beach Dress, for sure!


Alright, that pattern is socked away for a much later day and I decide to try, try again!


White Eyelet Tunic


Yay! Simplicity 2596!! LOVE LOVE this top! There are so many ways to change this top up, possibilities are endless!


Eyelet trim


This has renewed my drive for sewing! I LOVE to sew and I especially enjoy it during the lazy days and nights of Summer :O)


will look nicer with a cami underneath


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Summer is Here! And I am going to have a PLAN! 

Don’t get me wrong, we always have a great Summer, I just don’t always get to accomplish everything I wanted to. 

So..my new plan is to write a to-do list 

  • Beach days at least twice a week – with or without the kids!
  • Read a book a week
  • Go out to dinner for our 15th Wedding Anniversary
  • Scrub my bike with brillo to get rid of some of that rust
  • Go for bike ride with kids
  • Camp in our Pop-Up, even it means we have to sleep in the back yard
  • Sew! for me, the kids..whoever..just SEW
  • Clean my van inside and out, with some help from the kids
  • Finally save a jar for those darn Lightening Bugs
  • Take the kids to the beach to watch the sunrise
  • Dinners on the Beach
  • Hit the Gym 3 times a week
  • Have dinner with my parents at least every other week
  • More nights on the deck
  • Finally catch those free movies on Thursday mornings
  • More days laughing, less days yelling
  • Sign the kids and ME up for the FREE Summer bowling plan
  • Bring Nate to the Library program every week
  • Attend the Tuesday Worship Services
  • Have one-on-one time with each of the kids more than once
  • Have a girls nite by the firepit with Sangria
  • Make more dinners in the Crock-Pot on Beach Days
  • Use the Pedicure G/C that hubs gave me for CHRISTMAS!



Summer 2010



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Ugh..I have been MIA in my blogging world..yes I know. Life has been quite busy and sewing…well I have been sewing. But lately it has been nothing to blog about 😦 That is..until today!

Yes, I had a Hallelujah moment!

I have been trying to sew the perfect dress. But not just any dress. I need it to be functional, comfy and also something I could run out of the house with and not feel like a hot mess.

Enter….The MU-MU


Simplicity 2408

I have to admit, I was a bit worried that it would be too frumpy, but I really don’t think so! And can you believe I made this out of an old bed sheet! After all the mishaps that I have had with patterns lately, I was hesitant to use any of my good fabric.

Another neat plus….It has pockets! I am a pocket gal, I always have a paper towel shoved in one, my chapstick, hair ties….you get the point


I will be making this again, hopefully TONIGHT!


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Well, I  have been a bit busy this week, but I was still able to get some sewing done.  I was waiting pretty impatiently for all my new Sewing Patterns to arrive in the mail, so I just couldn’t get any more accomplished.



I have had this pattern for some time, and when I pulled it out I realized I had already cut  fabric out, so that was my motivation!

I did find the neck facing to be a bit tricky, but when it was complete, I was very pleased!

 I will make this again for sure, especially with the longer sleeves

New Look 6677


Another pattern I have had for quite some time. I wasn’t sure about the fit, and didn’t want to waste all that fabric. So, I decided to make use of an old top sheet I had. The fabric worked perfectly and I have decided this will make a great cover-up for the beach. I have been wanting some shorter length tops, so this pattern proves to be a winner in my summer wardrobe!


Simplicity 2643

Well, as I was on a roll..a NEW pattern came in the mail! 🙂



I had seen this pattern on PR and realized this was just what I was looking for a few weeks back! A loose fitting skirt with a foldover waist! I loved the look of the bubble skirt, but without the bubble. So I omitted the lining and created a perfect skirt! I think I make the next skirt just a little longer…

Sorry I didn’t model the skirt, but it was late and I was too lazy to change


Simplicity 4237

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One of my many weaknesses is Sewing Patterns.. I just love them. I love looking for them, buying, and even sometime making them 🙂

One of my favorite place to look is Ebay. You can find so many different &  OOP (out of print) varieties. But, today I was taken back….

Can someone please tell me when the 1980’s became VINTAGE???

My definition of vintage is 50’s, 60’s and maybe just possibly the 70’s (which would make me vintage)..but the 80’s???

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I had purchased this pattern off  of Ebay quite some time ago. It is an OOP (out of print) pattern. I wanted a dress that didn’t require a shirt underneath, and that would also have a flattering fit. I did adjust the sizes a bit in the hip area 😳 and it fit perfectly!  


  • Lined Bodice – Love the seamless simplicity
  • Neck variations – I think I will try the scoop neck next


  • I felt the bodice was a little too short – I think I will lengthen it by and 1 1/2″ next time
  • Tie Ends – I hate the instructions for turning the straps, I prefer to turn in seams and sew

This is a pattern that I can really dress up or down…mostly down with earthy prints to wear with my Birkenstocks 😉 


I am already on my second dress from this pattern and I am very excited! Now if I can just have Mother Nature cooperate with my plans of wearing sleeveless dresses, I will be SET! 


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Aahhh..We have really been blessed. Not only do we have the week off, but we are having this un-seasonably warm weather to enjoy right along with it! With the temperatures ranging in the 70-80’s, it has given me a glimpse of what my future Summer holds, and boy, am I excited! Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not quite ready for Summer. I will equally enjoy the kids returning to school next week, but when June rolls around…woo hoo! 

We have been all enjoying the week off with Summer reminiscent activities… 

Nate is going on day 2 of spending the Day at the BEACH with his buddy R! 


Summer 2009


We have been enjoying meals on the grill 



And the part I have been enjoying the most… I have been sewing until the wee hours of the night 😉 


Midnight Creation

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