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Thank You Mood!

I got to visit Mood!

There are two Mood stores in the U.S., one is in New York and the other is in Los Angeles.

On our road trip to San Diego, my very sweet hubbie asked me if I wanted to stop by the store and check it out. It was amazing! Walking through the door, an iconic live doggie sat in a leather chair watching the action. I must say it was a little overwelming, but exciting.

Fabrics are stacked on rolls from floor to ceiling and organized by type. It was fun to feel and see so many fabrics. There were probably a dozen helpers who are there to pull any roll you want from the vast sea of material. I found myself gazing mostly at eye level out of habit and then mesmerized as I gazed up and down at the the variety of colors and patterns.

The prices are inconveniently tucked tightly within the roll, as if of little importance. By habit, I’m a bargain and sale shopper, so I found this a little off-putting. I did purchase three pieces at prices that are a little higher than I usually spring for at Beverly’s or Jo-Ann’s, but it was well worth it.



I’ll cherish the experience and most importantly that it was my hubbie’s idea.

Thank you, Mood! And thank you, Alex.


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Who wants to join in the fun?

It’s been awhile since I posted, but that’s because I’ve been busy making items for a Christmas Bazaar and doing a bit of traveling with my Mr. We enjoyed a great Thanksgiving holiday in Phoenix where it was wonderfully warm and sunny. On the way, we spent two nights in Death Valley and wow was it ever breathtaking! Check out some of my photos of this National Park on my Flickr Site. (button on the right).


282 Feet Below Sea Level!

Back to the sewing and crocheting, I managed to create quite a few items, which I priced reasonably from 5 to 15 dollars. I set up my space at the bazaar with all of my goods and my business cards that advertise my alteration and sewing business. I met other very creative and friendly venders while there, and somewhat enjoyed myself. More because of the company than the sales. You see, we’ve had a really cold, icy spell in this neck of the woods. Not many braved the weather to come to the bazaar. So now I have plenty of gift items for Christmas and birthdays, I guess. I’m not sure I’ll try that again, but it was on my bucket list, so that can be checked off now.

Apart from sewing for clients, I’m anxious to sew a few things for myself and family again. I’m part of the Monthly Stitch gang, but I needed more inspiration and that came to me in the form of a 2014 RTW fast. (No buying clothes for a whole year!) I’ve done it before and it was a hoot. Luckily for me, and possibly you too, GoodbyeValentino, a contributor to Mood Fabrics, is organizing this event. She’s quite the seamstress, and models her outfits with  charm and style.

Here’s her invite! Won’t you join us?


Have a a happy and safe holiday with your family and friends. :)


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Preparations for More Hawthorns

I took a sewing lesson on Craftsy for fitting a muslin and I have been practicing. First, I decided to make a muslin and adjust it to fit as I had learned. “Sew the Perfect Fit” by Lynda Maynard guides you through every step and demonstrates how to adjust the muslin on several different body types.

After you decide on the pattern size according to your bust measurement, (if you are full busted, use your above the bust measurement) sew up a muslin using just the back and front bodice. Lynda’s method is to mark and then  actually sew guide lines into the muslin for a true horizontal and vertical positioning of the garment.


Once on the body, cut slashes along the guide lines where it is necessary to create a comfortable fit. Pin in strips of another color fabric to fill in the space.


Once this is done, baste strips in place so that they don’t move around. Take measurements of the width and length of the additional fabric that you added. You can also pinch out extra fabric where needed. Transfer all of the measurements to your paper pattern by cutting vertically and horizontally using the hinge method. Add or subtract fullness as needed. Of course Lynda explains it and demonstrates it better than I can. Her tutorial is very informative.


Cut the pattern horizontally and vertically, But leave the corner attached to form a hinge. Move the pattern the amount needed according to the measurement. Tape paper underneath, and true up the seams that have been skewed.


I added the sleeves and peplum to the bodice to check the fit

Finally, with a new pattern made especially for me, I cut a Hathorn blouse out of the sheerest fabric I’ve ever sewn with. I should have used french seams throughout for a cleaner finished look, but I settled for serging most of the seams. I did French seam the sleeves under the arms as that would be the most visible.

Not all the seams in the Hawthorn are 5/8 in., so beware. The neck seam and facing seams are all 1/4 in. This caught me off guard as my stay-stitching was more than 1/4 in. and I had to unpick it later.

My blouse turned out beautifully! I’m very pleased with the fit.


To continue learning more about fit, I made two more muslins for two daughters. Both are full-busted, but one is a size 4 and other a size 12.


New muslin on the left made from the fitted muslin on the right.

As we were all meeting up in Tahoe for a family vacation, I took my sewing gear, and practiced the slash and add fabric on the muslins that I had prepared according to their bust measurements.

The Family Vacay in Tahoe

The Family Vacay in Tahoe

At home, I transferred the changes to the paper pattern, made new clean patterns, and cut two new muslins. One I sent to my daughter in Arizona and the other will be fitted next week when I visit my daughter in Redwood City.  The girls have already selected their fabrics, so once I get the final fitting done, I’ll be sewing them up.

Thanks for visiting!


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MMM13 Week 3 Round Up

We had some cool days this last week in Northern California, which only reminds me that I need to make more tops to go with jeans. All of my skimpy summer dresses left me shivering. What a gal won’t do to wear her Me Made! I ended the week in Santa Rosa with three of my daughters and my two lovely granddaughters. We had a scrumptious Vietnamese dinner, followed by fro-yo at Yogurt Time. We stayed at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa and enjoyed the Olympic size pool and hot tub. For fun and laughs we practiced our synchronized swimming routine, which we made up on the spot. I don’t think we’ll win the gold, but it sure was funny!

#Ladies out on the town

#Ladies out on the town



Watch our silly routine on youtube. Synchronized Swimming

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Time Out

How refreshing to have a vacation around the time of my birthday and my anniversary. It seems to happen every time in February just for me. Valentine’s Day, my birthday, my anniversary, and usually the week off from work all make me feel very special.

I put my sewing and projects aside to enjoy the time with my husband. We were able to get away to the coast for a few days. We stayed at the lovely Continental Inn,  went birding,  and sight-seeing. We visited Drakes Bay and took the shuttle out to the lighthouse. The peninsula was once home to 26 dairies named for every letter of the alphabet. It’s a beautiful park with lots to see and do. Unfortunately a freezing  cold wind blew all day long. No worries, though, we warmed up quickly in Point Reyes at the Point Reyes  Station Restaurant.



Now we’re home and a quilting project awaits me.  I bought a jelly roll, my first, of civil war era reproduction fabric.  I watched a clever tutorial at Missouri  Star Quilt Company and I have pieced together the top.  That’s all for today! More updates on the quilt to come.

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Posting on the go!

snow-002Snow! Sleep in… school will start at 10:00.  Here’s a few pictures to make everyone laugh back East. We are totally unprepared for this kind of weather, so we just stay home. (The kids go crazy, by the way)snow-001


I configured twitter and my mobile so that I can post on the go! Check out the twitter application on the bottom left! Really cool!

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Bathing Beauties

We met up with even more cool people in Ocean City, Maryland as we continued on our journey down the coast. The girls practiced their jump shots, a trick inspired by Kim.

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East Coast Day Four

After leaving DC, we traveled to St Michaels, Maryland, where we met up with some really cool people. We joined them for a fabulous, all you can eat seafood buffet! Boy did my husband enjoy all those oysters!

Later we joined the cool people back at their luxurious accomodations on the Eastern Shores of the Chesapeake Bay. The fireflies, the spectacular view, and the family fun were enjoyed by all.

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East Coast Day Three

Day three was spent touring the sights of Washington D.C. in the mobiltour bus. We passed the train station, the Smithsonian museums, the Washington Monument, the Capitol, the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, The US mint, some other federal buildings, and finally the White House. All the while, our tour guide fed us with interesting historical facts and trivia. For example, did you know that there are four U.S. presidents that are not burried on U.S. soil?
We had an unexpected encounter with Obama while enjoying some ice cream. He didn’t have a lot to say, but he gave us his undivided attention.

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East Coast Day Two

We visited a few of the Smithsonian museums: Museum of Natural History, Air and Space Museum and a modern Art Museum, with an exceptional video/film exhibit. We crisscrossed the mall, letting the heat and humidity tire us out. Back in Alexandria, we ate at the Fish Market.

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