Friday, April 30, 2010


I'm always amazed at the creativity of sewists and fibre artists. Especially when everyday things can be recycled through sewing. So, when I found a sewing pattern that used window screen and turned it into a tote, I just had to try it out. Then, I read another article that talked about making a pillow cover from a T-shirt, another sewing project was born.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Completion of the Sixty Year Old Unfinshed Project

We moved to Calgary last July, and although I setup my sewing room months ago the walls are bare. So this weekend I decided it was time to decorate those bare walls. One of the things that I've been carrying around with me for over 15 years is my mom's dressmaking diploma. A diploma that she earned in Holland in 1949. For years, my mom said she was going to frame it and display it in her sewing area. When she passed away in 1993, the diploma was given to me. And for over 16 years I've been saying I'm going to frame it and hang it in my sewing area. It took over sixty years, but that diploma is finally getting framed. It will be ready in a couple of weeks and I'm so excited to be able to display it in my sewing room.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Vogue Patterns

While learning to sew, Simplicity and McCalls sewing patterns were my patterns of choice. They were cheap and you could buy them at the local department store. Once I had the confidence to tackle a Vogue pattern I was hooked on the designer touches and started to pay attention to how the garmet looked on the inside and the outside. I still have some of those cherished Vogue patterns in my stash. Here's a peek at a couple of favorites.

Welcome to my musings about all things sewing

Sewing has been a part of my life since I was very young. My mom was a seamstress, trained in Europe and she taught me the Art of Sewing. On my 10th birthday, I asked for a toy sewing machine, and my parents surprised me with a real one. That basic Singer Fashion Mate zig zag sewing machine kept me going for several years, and it has seen many projects...Barbie clothes, 70's and 80's fashions, Halloween costumes, and my high school grad dress. My main sewing interests are clothing, and clothing accessories. I'm a handbag addict and also collect teddy bears, so my sewing projects also reflect those interests. And I don't know if I'll ever be able to part with my HUGE sewing pattern stash.

I moved to Calgary in July 2009, and while searching the internet for fabric stores in Calgary I stumbled across a blog written by another Calgary sewing enthusiast, Aminat, who inspired me to start blogging...

Sew, the rest is history and my blog begins