Monday, October 18, 2010

A Little Bit of This and That.....

There's been a mixture of things going on as of late! I hadn't meant to stay away but things have been a little busy. But busy is good when it doesn't involve a ton of stress.  Here's what the last several days for me have looked like.....

-I recently finished a quick Apron pattern for a client. It's See & Sew pattern B5274.  It turned out well and although I've never seen this pattern before, I've come to like the style of this apron. If I decide to make one in the future I think I'll use this pattern. The one for my client is made out of cotton batik with green and bronze tones. At first when I saw her fabric choice I thought the apron was going to look dowdy.  I was pleasantly surprised. It's really pretty---for an apron that is:)

-I had a couple of client alterations in addition to the apron so that was all of my sewing for last week. Unfortunately one of them was a last minute alteration for a client who needed a suit altered for her Father's funeral. It's always nice to be able to help out, especially when people need it the most.

-I did grab the new Vogue patterns I'd been stalking for the last couple of weeks. They finally went on sale for $3.99 at Jo-Ann's and I couldn't wait to get to the store to snatch them up. I love, love, love them!!! They are some really cute looks. I'm telling you, Cynthia Steffe and Kay Unger created some stunning looks this go around!!!! But really, are we ever disappointed by these designers?

-I've been on a MAJOR ORGANIZATION KICK for the last couple of months. I organized my personal clothes/ shoe closet and bought a new shoe rack from Bed Bath and Beyond which I LOVE!!!!! It holds 36 pairs and I have another type of rack in the closet to hold the rest of my shoes. I have a fair amount of shoes so I like to keep them organized.

In addition, I've organized my sewing room, and have started on my garage and family room. I just feel the need to scale down. My house isn't junky by any means but I just feel like purging some. With less stuff to fuss over, there's always less to clean. With less time spent cleaning, there's more time to spend with family and SEW---and I'm all about that!!!

-My family and I took a quick trip to Atlanta this weekend to go to the Aquarium and run some other errands. To aid in my organizing, I stopped by IKEA to pick up some great bookshelves. I was pretty excited about the visit and was impressed by the store. Fortunately I'd planned to what I wanted to buy before going in the store. I only needed 3 bookshelves. So I was done within 45 minutes but the store is so overwhelmingly big that it took forever to get out of it. By the end of it I was ready to run out of the store!!! I felt like a mouse in a maze. LOL! I'm realzing I don't like to browse like I used to----I'm a get-in-and-out-quick girl!!!! I do plan to go back in the future with a list to get a couple of more items. I'll be sure to have my running shoes on the next time! LOL!!!

I also stopped in Decatur to visit the Discount Fabric store on Memorial drive. I mean come on, did you really think I was going to go out of town without visiting a fabric store! LOL!!! I was actually pretty restraint. I usually visit every fabric store within a 20 mile radius! LOL!   The entire store was a warehouse store full of fabric and everything sold for $1/yd.

The selection wasn't too impressive but I was able to pick up a few pieces.......
(The upper left blue fabric is a cotton knit, the middle fabric is also a knit with an amazing print and colors, the far right fabric is a woven one in jewel tones and neat design (I plan to use this for a coat) and the bottom burgundy fabric is spandex.)

So those were my adventures for the last few days. I'm currently working on this Vogue pattern if I don't change my mind again. I hadn't planned on making it in red but I don't have any other cotton spandex or lycra fabrics (well I do but they're all prints which would drown out the design lines of this pattern--which I love)!!! I really love this pattern and am looking forward to sewing it up......


  1. I own the Janome Coverpro 900. It is user friendly and you don't need the 1000 model. You should be able to get a really good deal on the 900's. I have not had a single lesson and that machine does not disappoint. Good Luck with your wish list...I would like a blind hem machine.....too.

  2. Hmmm,now where exactly is this fabric store in Decatur? lol Hope your daughter enjoyed the Aquarium, my kids love it!

  3. The apron turned out really pretty. I love that shoe rack! I have six Ikea bookshelves. I love them. I also have the Trofast storage system. One in the sewing area. One in the art area. And one in each of the kids' rooms. We have some other furniture from Ikea, too. They do make you walk through the whole place before they let you out. and it's so huge. Part of their marketing ploy. I've been doing a lot of purging recently as well. Last few days in the master.

  4. The apron looks lovely. Ikea is quite impressive... SOme things are worth the money. I love ikea! Looking forward to see your finish project. I think it's a lovely pattern!

  5. I picked up a couple of apron patters for the holidays. I never thought of using a batik.

  6. Sounds like a super fun shopping trip!! I love Ikea, but we go often, so I know all the short cuts. I always make sure to hit the cafe round mealtimes so we can get swedish meatballs and mac and cheese (my kids love it!). I am soooo envious of the dollar a yard fabric store. Wow!

  7. Fabric World on Memorial drive is where I shop. Dirt cheap are the prices. But you have to buy what you want when you see it or it won't be there a day later.

  8. Thanks Joanne M for the tip--I'll see if I can track down the 900 model for a good price.

    SLSPE---I should have asked you guys. I didn't know there was another fabric store in the area (boo-hiss)! I'll check it out the next time I go.

  9. Cute apron and reminds me that I have that pattern and would make great gifts for the upcoming holidays.

  10. I am quite envious of the many shoes ;-).
    Like a mouse in a maze I feel always when I go to Ikea. Good walking shoes are a must-shopping at Ikea!

  11. I wish I could find $1 fabrics!!! Love the apron, you sooo correct, it's really pretty!! I'm also looking to replace my outdated serger. I don't even own an electronic one yet!

  12. The Cynthia Steffe and Kay Unger dresses were my favorites of the new Vogue releases, too.

  13. I live in Atlanta and didn't know about either of those stores in Decatur. I do really like Gail K's on Cheshire Bridge Rd. for dressy fabrics and suitings (but it's definitely NOT $1 a yard). And at $1 that would make some pretty cheap muslins.

  14. Victoria,
    You came to Atlanta and didn't visit GailK's? Have you been there? The discount store in Decatur is hit or miss for fabric.

    Take care,

    CarlaF-in Atlanta

  15. I know CarlaF! I agree that Discount fabric is definitely hit or miss. I only went there because I called and they were supposed to be having a dynamic sale. Turns out I was misinformed. I didn't want to make the trip about my fabric shopping so I only picked one store. But I'll be sure to make up for it the next visit. Thanks for the recommendation. Aside from sewing, visiting new fabric stores is also one of my favorite to-do's!!!

  16. You have been one busy lady. Wow! The apron looks great and you grabbed some very cute patterns and beautiful fabric. You have your sewing projects lined up for fall.

    Like you, I'm in a "scale down, get it organized mode as well. I've packed up things to give to goodwill and am trying to get a handle on all the fall projects already cut and ready to sew.

    Well we both will be pretty busy this fall.

  17. $1 a yard fabric, that's what I'm talking about!
    You picked some pretty nice ones. Great stash of patterns too :D

  18. You have GOT to go to Gail K! The selection is OVERWHELMING but wonderful lol.

    I'm working on V1207 now. I am LOVING this pattern!!!

  19. I have that same blue/brown mosaic knit print and purchased it from that store. It is definitely hit and miss. I've gotten some awesome fabric from there but there are times I go and they have nothing but junk. I live pretty close to it so I can drop in whenever.

  20. I just bought that same shoe rack! I saw it on Apartment Therapy.

  21. That apron is so cute - and it looks like it's very easy to make as well. I haven't taken the time to make an apron in a very long time. Funny. I was just telling someone yesterday that I've been focusing on using my fabric for other things. Looks like it's time to get back into an apron state of mind and make myself one for the holidays.

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