Stretch-n-Sew skills for sewing contest

I know a lot of people are afraid to sew on knits. I am a child of the Stretch-n-Sew era. My mom was a big fan and shared all the great techniques for sewing on knits with me. I was excited when I ran across this sewing contest sponsored by Girl Charlee. The contest was to make something from their Black and White Chevron fabric.

Here’s what I made.
The pattern is Burda 7817. It is trimmed with scraps of recycled T-shirts that I dye. The model, of course, is my daughter Hanna.

This was shared on Sew County Chick.


pouch with a pom pom

Recently I have noticed zippered pouches and clutches everywhere. Many are made of leather in beautiful, bright colors. I decided to make my version of a little, zippered pouch using a combination of hand-dyed and print fabrics.


The pouch is 7 1/2″ x 7″. It’s fully lined with a contrasting print fabric. I got my zippers from my favorite source, Zipit. They carry any color you can imagine.

These little bags are as fun as they are practical! Great for travel.

They are for sale in my Modern Home Ec shop.

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DIY wedding dress, circa 1989

After sifting through social media sites last week, I discovered Me Made May. While I certainly have not worned the dress I am posting recently, I decided it warranted a post for a few reasons. My post on my daughter’s prom dress receive the most “views” ever on my blog, 168+ (and counting). So I figured, hey, why not share another special occasion dress that I made. Also, just engaged, it was this week 24 years ago that I probably bought my first bridal magazines dreaming about my wedding dress that I would sew for myself.

Lori and Michael, December 30, 1989

Lori and Michael, December 30, 1989

I made the bow and vail, too.


My mom, a third generation seamstress, who taught me almost everything I know about sewing, made her mother-of-the-bride dress, too!

I made my bridesmaids dresses, too. My cousin Gail tells a story that she was wearing her bridesmaid dress, again, on the night that her husband proposed to her! I’m so glad she got more use out it.


As I recall, the fabric for all these dresses was purchased at F and S Fabrics which still stands on the corner of Pico and Manning in Los Angeles 24 years later.

Grungy t-shirts become beautiful little bag

I’m currently working on my inventory for my Summer’s Coming Open House. I thought a little bag made from tie-dyed, recycled T-shirt yarn would be a great addition to my collection. I had quite a stash of dyed pieces made from very worn, white T-shirts donated to me by my son.

My project started like this.



In progress, it looked like this.



Finished, it looks like this.



It’s has a silk lining.



Now my son’s upcycled T-shirts sit happily on my happily on my daughter’s hip!