Sunday, February 28, 2010

We went to Albany, Ga this past weekend and I just happened to be walking by a TJ Maxx and, and, and Ok...see what had happened was....I was uhhh just walking by TJ Maxx and a strong wind came along and opened the door and pushed me in...all the way to the shoe section...That's my story and I am sticking to it!!!

These are Tahari patent leather

Cute lil sandals for maxidress season

Cute...lovin the ruffles

These are just too cute...turquoise stones with crystals...Maxi dresses here I come!!1

These are by Ellen Tracy...Classic with a twist...

OK OK...alright, I more shoe shopping for this month!!!

Green Wool Tweed Pantsuit/Simp 2810 and Simp 2562


Pattern Description: Misses Lined Jackets Project Runway CollectionPattern Sizing: size 12-20. I used a combination of a 16-18.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? I did not use them, but they seemed OK

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I bought this pattern when it first came out and I am just getting around to sewing it. I love shoulder princess seam jackets and blouses and this pattern had that plus a single and double breasted versions. Wonderful.

Fabric Used: Wool tweed with flecks of pink, blue and yellow. It has been in the stash for a couple years and I have forgotten where I got it from. I think maybe Hancock's a few years back. It is lined in ambience from Joann's. I used self fabric buttons. I usually use armo tie interfacing to set in my sleeves, but my normal supplier did not have any, so I had to use some fleece...It worked great and also made for a very nice sleeve head. Plus it is much cheaper...

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I did my usual 2 inch FBA then added another 4 inches at the lower edge. I added 3 inches to the sleeve length at the lower edge, but I forgot to add the other additional 3 inches at the elbow (of course I discover this after I had attached the sleeves!!!) (Yes, I have REALLY long arms!) What to do? I cut off each sleeve about 3 inches up from where the vent ended...I then cut out another lower section of sleeve adding the necessary 3 inches in length...It turned out to be a "design element"


Would you sew it again?
Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I will and I will also try the single breast version. This is going to be a TNT for me. I wore it this weekend and received lots of compliments. The trouser is simplicity 2562 that I have reviewed previously.

Conclusion: A very nice pattern that made a very nice suit.

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Ok, so I admit it....I have a thing for shoes (and handbags). I was out minding my own business and these followed me home this month (so far)!!!

These I got at the Nine West outlet in Ellenton, Fl.

These are from Burlington Coat Factory

I walked into the Bandolino store in the mall and saw these..They did not have my size but the clerk ordered them for me and I got them by mail in 4 days.. Ra rahr!!

Ok Sears was having a major clearance sale so I got these...they were $12.99

Sears again....$12.99

One more time for Sears, $12.99

And Sears again...these are Westies (nine west) and they were $14.99

These last 2 pair of sandals are from Burlington Coat Factory...I think they will look super cute with all the maxi dressed I am making for summer!!