Sunday, August 30, 2015

Butterick 5913---The Birthday Girl Top

This has been a very sentimental week! I celebrated my wedding Anniversary with my Wonderful Hubby (I love me some him!) and our daughter turned 8! We had a party/sleepover with some of her girlfriends over the weekend. I wanted to make a cute little top for her to wear to her party. Months ago she saw a fabric in my stash (It's colorful with gold shimmery streaks) that she really liked so the night before I cut out this pattern and whipped it together right before we had to leave.  I used pattern---Butterick 5913. I love the cute "bat wings"tops as I like to call them. I don't have a formal review for this top since it's SOOOO EASY to make. I cut out the size 8 adding 3" to the length. But no other changes were needed. I did have her wear a little cami underneath I'm planning on making a few more. I like the style---it's a mix between cute and playful!

(Front view---I can't believe how fast she's growing!)

(Look at those sleeves)

(The saucy attitude pose LOL)

Ok, now I'm resuming wardrobe sewing for myself. I have an upcoming out of town trip that I need clothes for!!! More to come....

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sewgenious interview and T& D Show Catch-up!

The lovely Anke over at was so kind to interview me for her newly created Sewing Business Success Stories interview program. She is a wonderfully talented Flamenco costume designer and I was all too thrilled when she asked for my participation. She came up with the marvelous idea to conduct interviews of business sewers to inspire and encourage those who may want to turn their sewing into a business but don't quite now how.  You can see the interview below if you're interested.

Also, I'll be posting about sewing clothes in my next few posts but before I do I need to catch up on some house cleaning. Have you been able to check out my new sewing show with Gentleman Jim---The Tailor and The Dressmaker. By now hopefully you've seen the first episode, signed up for the Giveaway, seen the Mini-Episode (just released yesterday) and received our newsletter. If not then the links for all are below.

Tailor and Dressmaker First Episode
Giveaway details
Mini Episode
Tailor and Dressmaker Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 1

Also don't forget that Episode #2 (Topic: How to Achieve Sewing Mastery) comes out on Tuesday, Aug 25th. Ok, I just wanted to make sure everyone stayed in the loop. Ok, I've got to move on to finishing some work for clients so I can do much needed sewing for myself!!!! I'm working on my pre-Fall wardrobe. Details to come.......

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Tailor and The Dressmaker Youtube Show Launch!

Well our first episode of The Tailor and The Dressmaker just launched on yesterday. We were all too pleased and excited to get that out to you guys.  Thanks to all who tuned in and found the info valuable and who also made requests regarding future show topics. Thanks for all of your kind comments!  We really did put our heart and soul into making this and are excited about bringing you future episodes. You can watch episode 1 here.....

To celebrate the launch of our new show we are hosting TONS of Giveaways. Here's a list....

1. Pretty polyester blend fabric bundle
2. Good quality wool suiting
3. Seamster Pattern Advocado Hoodie
4. True Bias pattern Sutton Blouse
5. Gentleman Jim's Basic Alteration 2 DVD Disc Set
6. Gentleman Jim's Tailored Pants DVD
7. Gentleman Jim's Online Tailored Jacket Course
8. and a SEWING MACHINE!!!!

To get the Entry rules please visit our Facebook Page "The Tailor and The Dressmaker" and look for the GIVEAWAY ENTRY RULES post.

We're already at work on Episode 2 which will air on August 26th and the topic will be "How to Achieve Sewing Mastery". Trust me this will be an exciting and informative episode with some great demos. You don't want to miss it! New episodes are released bi-monthly---every other Wednesday.

So don't forget to follow us, sign up for the Giveaways and stay tuned for future episodes:)

Friday, August 7, 2015

Sutton Blouse Review & my New Youtube Sewing Show

Happy August! This month will be full of lots of sewing for sure. I finally get to start it off by sewing for me. Haven't done that in a while LOL! I was excited when Mari Miller creator of Seamster patterns asked me to  be a part of spreading the word of about the upcoming Sewing Indie Month (SIM). To celebrate she has teamed up with other Indie patternmakers to create a wonderful bundle of patterns that are on sale through the 12! The top I'm wearing is one of the patterns. It's the Sutton blouse by True Bias and let me just say that I love this top! I love the interesting design lines and drape. I pulled out this beautiful Asian inspired dark berry polyester from my stash and I think it's a match made in Heaven. I LOVE this top!  See pattern sale details below! Also, before I forget did you know I have a YOUTUBE show coming out in just 3 days???? I've posted it for a while on my FB page.  I'm teaming up with that well known Master Tailor---Gentleman Jim--- that you guys know and love so well.  To hear more details check out this post...... More details tomorrow......Happy Sewing!
 (Front view. Hubby was gone, was in hurry for visiting friend to take a pick so I threw on some old capris. I plan to wear with black leggings and strappy heels. I like that this top can be dressed up or down.)

 (Back View)

 (On my body double form)

(Excuse after wear wrinkles. Just wanted to show that top was assymetrical---front shorter than back)

Here are the details about the sale.....
  • The sale will run from Monday August 3rd to Wednesday August 12th.
  • Please link to the sale at:
  • 20% of bundle proceeds will be donated to the International Folk Art Alliance, which provides education and exhibition opportunities to folk artists from around the world. Just a few examples of what the International Folk Art Alliance has been able to accomplish by helping artists create stable, year-round livelihoods includes helping shelter women from domestic violence in Ecuador, building a school for children in Pakistan, empowering women in repressive cultures around the world, and feeding villages in Niger.
  • Sewing Indie Month (SIM) is a month-long celebration of indie sewing patterns where designers collaborate to bring you fun blog posts and informative tutorials. This year SIM will take place in September. It's accompanied by a sewalong contest with fantastic prizes. Since the patterns in the SIM Bundle 1 are mostly wovens, this sale gives you time to make muslins before the contest begins in September while supporting small women-owned businesses and raising money for charity.
  • This year the Sewing Indie Month HQ will be Sew Independent, which Mari from Seamster Sewing Patterns took over from Donna, who decided to step back from the site. You can buy the bundle and keep up to date with the latest SIM news on 

Pay what you want for the bundle! The more you pay, the more rewards you'll receive. 
  • Pay $25 or more to get the Sutton Blouse, Cressida Skirt, Sugar Plum Dress, Mississippi Ave Dress & Top, and the Ultimate Trousers.
  • Pay $32 or more to get the Cookie Blouson and Bonnell Dress.
  • Pay $38 or more to get the Melissa Dress, Blouse & Skirt, the NEW Saltbox Top, and the NEW Sorrel Dress & Top.
  • The 10 people who spend the most will get printed copy shop versions of the patterns mailed to them as a free bonus.


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