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McCall’s M6362 Is FINISHED!!






I finished it! :) YAY!!! I love it! It is so light and so airy.  I love the way it moves. The neckline is a little too low but I can just wear a tank under it. The whole thing is about a size too big but that’s OK. I tend to like clothes like that to be roomy and comfy.  ;) If you are thinking about making it you might want to cut a size smaller, though. The pattern was very easy to follow. I was a little concerned about the pockets but they were super easy to do. :)  I will definitely be making a pair with the long pants for fall.


Now, what’s next??? I have no idea…. I have several things bouncing around in my head but I haven’t been able to settle on one of them.  Do I make a bag from the yellow and blue toile? Do I make the owl bag I have been thinking about??? Do I make a companion outfit for c1’s Flower Power outfit??? Do I do the McCall’s M6553 or the Vintage Vogue V8812?? I’m soooooo confused!!! Help me out here! LOL


While you’re here don’t forget to enter the CONTEST!!!! :)


McCall’s M6362 Progress



ALMOST done!! YAY!!! I just need to finish attaching the back bodice to the bottom, hem and sew the sash! :) YAY!!!!!!  This pattern has been a breeze to follow!!! But I am starting to think I should have gone down a size….. LOL Anyway, it’s says easy on the front and that has been very true. SHEW!!!!!


Don’t forget, that pattern is on clearance for $3! ;)  Click HERE!!!!

I was putting the zipper in when the needle broke. Part of it flew up and hit me in the face…. LOL My 2nd oldest son (j2) said that I am the only one he knows that needs to wear goggles when they sew…. Gee, thanks… LOL  It would be SO much better with a zipper foot! WHY do I keep forgetting to get one???? Good grief!! I only remember right before I start putting one in!

I think once that is done I will make a purse out of the yellow and blue toile that I picked up the other day! :)


But then I have a few ideas floating around in my head and just might do those first…… LOL  I’ve been sketching a lot of ideas lately. Too bad I can’t draw worth a darn! LOL

Either way it goes, I should be getting a new tutorial up soon. :)

Where do you look for inspiration? Do you just look at patterns? Or maybe stores? Pinterest?

I now have 3 tutorials up on YAY!!!!! :) It is SOOOOOO cool! LOL

So, tell me, what are YOU working on? Seriously, I want to know! LOL Talk to me! ;)



McCall’s M6362 and GREAT News



I got started on the McCall’s M6362 today! YAY!! It says easy on the package and so far that has been correct! ;) I’m thinking I ought to be able to finish it up tomorrow! :) I decided to go with the red jacquard since the back of the envelope suggested light weight fabrics and the views all show a light weight FLOWY fabric. LOL

Here’s a look at the envelope.



I am making View A. OH, and by the way, that pattern is on clearance for $3 right now! Just click HERE! Yes, there I go being a pattern pusher, again! ;) LOL


Oh, I almost forgot to tell you my GREAT NEWS!!! I received an e-mail yesterday from and the editor liked the links that I sent in!! She asked for permission to link to my other projects! YAY!!!! AND I will be on the designer’s page! WOOO HOOO!!! :) Isn’t that AWESOME???? I love it!!!


I have been thinking about taking some design classes. That’s my favorite part of sewing, taking an idea out of my head and making it come to life.  I don’t know, though… Maybe when my youngest 2 kids are older…. School will be starting back soon and that will limit my time.


So, what are YOU working on???? I would LOVE to hear about it!!!

Upcoming Projects

I have a few projects that I am very excited about!! :) One of them will be a tutorial for book covers that will be part of a Christmas in July blog hop that will be hosted by Stringtown Home that will start next week!! :) YAY!!! I can’t wait!

Another project that I am excited about is another purse! I had an idea hit me last night like a bolt of lightning and had to immediately sketch it out before I lost it. LOL A friend has asked me to make a purse for her so the first one I do will be a trial run. ;)

Then I will be making another gift… But it’s a little hush, hush right now. ;) Don’t worry, though. As soon as it gets to the recipient I will post a tutorial. ;)

FINALLY after all of that I will be starting on McCall’s M6362. It came in the mail a couple of days ago!! WOO HOOO!!! :)


I will be making view A. Right now I am thinking about going with madras… What do you think??

Don’t forget about my giveaway!! You have until Friday Noon Eastern to follow and leave a comment! :)

My Next Tutorial Will Be……

I have it all figured out. Sort of… ;) I know what I WANT to make it just remains to be seen if I can actually DO it.

Let me give you an idea. :)

It starts with these 2 fabrics (that I got for $1 a piece in the remnants bin at Hancock’s!!!!) –

I want to try to merge these two looks-

The Sound of Music Collared Romper from
Morning at the Manor Top from  I found this on Pinterest and the link doesn’t seem to work for the blouse. :/ Maybe it’s just sold out?
Anyway… I want to make this for c1. I think it would be awfully cute IF I can pull it off. LOL
If I have enough of the blue left over I want to make c2 some dressy shorts. Maybe… Not sure if they would look right or not. What do you think? Blue rayon(ish) shorts for a boy? Will it work???
I ordered a couple of patterns a few days ago and I wish they would hurry up and get here!!! I am anxious to start one of them!!
These are the two I ordered-
McCall’s 6362
I want to make view A in a bad, bad way. And then maybe mix the bodice from A with C. :)
Butterick’s 5046
I fell in love with this one. I want ALL the views! ;)
I reallllly need to make a trip to Hancock’s or Joann’s. I am in bad need of bias tape. I went through some of my patterns and it seems that every single one that I really want to make needs bias tape!  And I need to pick up some nice buttons. And a zipper foot. And….. LOL The list just keeps growing! ;) OH!! And today is my cousin’s Birthday!!(Happy Birthday, Amy!!) and I want to make her some PJ pants. She really likes the owls that I made and I want to either find some owl fabric OR monkeys. OOH! I wonder if I can find sock monkeys??? That would be AWESOME!!! Don’t worry, it’s not a secret. ;)

McCall’s 6467 and Upcoming Tutorials

I have been working on the McCall’s 6467 but I have hit a brick wall. I need more bias tape!! And I am so sunburned that I can’t even wear regular clothes so I can’t go to the store! Let’s just say that I have been celebrating No Bra Day for the past 3 days….LOL The seat belt is a real problem for me…. You see, I couldn’t quite stay out of the pool yesterday or today… I know, I know… Stupid move… But I LOVE the water!! And I wore a t-shirt and gobbed on the sunblock….. Yeah, it didn’t help much. I now have a blistered face and one hand. SIGH….. Will it keep me out of the water??? Probably not. LOL

Anyway, here is where I stand with the McCall’s 6467-

Dang, 3 yards of bias tape doesn’t go very far does it?? LOL I think it’s really helping the look of the blouse, though. The Hubby thought I was making a nightie…. LOL He says the bias tape makes look more like a blouse. ;)

Soooo, since I can’t work on the blouse I figured I would work on a couple of tutorials for y’all. ;) Here are the fabrics that I put together. I have a plan for each set but I can’t figure out which one I want to do first!











And for Carol…..



Either way it goes, I hope to have a new tutorial up for you tomorrow!!! :) In the mean time you can always check out my tutorials page or my Pinterest! There are tons of tutorials and free patterns and such on there!




McCall’s 6467 and Lobsters

Here’s the latest picture of the McCall’s 6467!



I just need to add the sleeves and figure out how to finish it off. I am all out of the lace hem tape so I am thinking about using some white bias tape instead. I think I have enough of it.

I have actually sewn a stitch today. All that was was done last night.


HERE is what I have been doing today! ;)






2 applications each of 50 SPF and we are ALL still as red as lobsters. SIGH… I knew I should have gotten the 100 SPF!! :/

We went out last night and bought the pool!! Then we called the water guy this morning to come out and deliver the water!! And then we spent 5 hours in the pool. LOL I am SOOOO tired and SOOOOOO red!!! LOL I think I could go to sleep now and not wake up for a week!!

Anything exciting going on in your world?? Any cool new sewing projects??


Silky Stuff and Bobbins Make Me CRAZY!!!

Well… SNOT! This silky fabric is making me a crazy person. I have ripped out the hem on the flounce 3 times!!! I replaced the whole flounce once already… SIGH… I think most of this is due to my bobbin thread going nuts. I have cleaned the little compartment out and changed bobbins but it’s still making the bottom stitches too loose. Anyone have any advice???

Here is what I have so far on the McCall’s 6467



SIGH… I have ironed and ironed and ironed and still can’t get the dang wrinkles out. :/


I think I am just going to cover the flounce hem with some lace hem tape and be done with it before I cause it bodily harm.

I am going to have to make a shell to go under it. It is SOOO thin! Luckily I still have enough of the fabric left (I think….).

SIGH…. Maybe it will look better once I get it all done….. You think???


On a GOOD note The Hubby bought me Wicked Business (Lizzy and Diesel, Bk 2) by Janet Evanovich today!!! WOOO HOOO!!!! Gotta love Carl the Monkey! ;) I can’t wait to read it!


SQUEE!!! Look What I Bought!!

And another SQUEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! SOOOOOO excited!! I went to the sale at Hancock’s (of course) and look at what I bought!!!

Simplicity 1777
Vintage Vogue 8812
Vintage Vogue 1171
SQUEEEE!!!!! Aren’t they DIVINE??? Aren’t they AWESOME??? Hee hee hee!! I think I’m drunk on patterns…. Is that possible???
I also picked up some fabric, naturally. The remnants were $1 today only!! I got 4 yards of pink silk type stuff for $2!!! OMGOSH!!! Definitely going to use that for this
McCall’s 6467
to go with this
I got some great Tutti Frutti to make c1 a sundress. Oh!! And I got some blue knit to make this
McCall’s Fashion Star 6553
*Giggling like a crazy person*
Yep… Definitely drunk on patterns. ;)
Have a great 4th of July!  We are cooking out today!! YAY!! Time for The Hubby’s famous steaks! And let’s face it, any time that *I* don’t have to cook is AWESOME! ;)

Upcoming Projects

This is going to be a VERY busy week for me. Vacation Bible School starts tomorrow and I will be teaching the 4 and 5 year olds! I’m a little nervous and VERY excited!!!! I spent part of the afternoon fixing up my room. :) I’ll take some pictures tomorrow once I have it all finished.

This week I will be working on…..


Retro Butterick ’47 B 5209 – I LOVE that hat!!!!

I’ll be using this fabric!

And at some point I want to make d a purse out of this….

I’ll also be attempting a purse for myself out of this……

That is the fabric I won from Handmade by Hilani. I think it will go nicely with a navy blue. :)

It will probably be a slow week sewing wise but I will at least post some great patterns and fabric pictures to keep you entertained. And when I DO make the purses I will be sure to include tutorials. ;)

I hope you all are enjoying the tutorials. I would LOVE to know if anyone has tried one out.

Don’t forget to check out my Pinterest boards. TONS of great stuff there!!!

c1 wore her Fab Mod Dress to church this morning. She loved it. It looked very comfy. I wore this with my petticoat. It was nice and comfy in the heat! :)


So, what are YOU working on????

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