Monday, December 30, 2013

Trending the Luxe T-Shirt

While I love the new luxe seatshirts, the large amounts of ease in "sweatshirts" do not wear well on this over-50 body!  So I chose Vogue 8536, a close fitting tee shirt.  I cut a size 14 in the shoulders and size 16 in the body.  This gave me a good fit in the shoulder/arms and a tad of "sweatshirt roominess" in the body.

I eliminated the side seam vents and lowered the hem one inch at center back and center front.  Lowering the back hem one inch is a tip I learned from Susan Khalje.  A curved hem is more slenderizing than a horizontal line.  Since the pattern of the fabric at the front hem has horizontal lines, I curved the hem line on the front as well.  These slightly curved hemlines really improve the look of the top.

I used Scallops for the front only and used Black Rib Knit for the back, sleeves and neck band.  These fabrics sewed up nicely.  I don't have a serger so used a straight stitch, slightly stretching the fabric while stitching, and then used a zig-zag stitch 1/4 inch into the seam allowance.  The fabric didn't mind one bit!

I love these two fabrics together. The subtle shine of the Black Rib Knit pairs nicely with the silver metallic thread in Scallops. Together they gave me a fun, casual holiday top with just enough sparkle for this introvert :-).

Love, Love, Love this Cathy!  
This would also look great with a pencil skirt and silver metallic shoes for a dressier look.  Thank you for the review!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Burda Style January 2014

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Weekend Glam!
sleeveless jacket #106-Cream/Brown Faux Fur

This loose fitting blouse looks best with a pencil skirt or slim pants.

Be ready for your first special occasion of 2014.
wrap-top dress #107-Silk Charmeuse-Red for the bodice
and Red Rose for the skirt.

Couture dress by designer Aquilano-Rimondi

Plus Size
Love this for work!

And this would work for causal Friday.
blouson jacket #132-Black/White Micro Check

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Purrrfect....Burda Style 10/2012 #118A

I love when I can pull a pattern out of the envelope, go straight to the fabric, cut it out and sew it up without any worries!  Well, the only time this happens to me (and I'm not dreaming) is when I've made the pattern before.  This pattern is made for wovens but I think it's best made from a knit.  See no zipper!!!

But I never say may see it again in a stretch wool.

I'm also thinking about making it this summer without sleeves.  But for now long sleeves are purrrfect......

Monday, November 25, 2013

And the winner....................................

of the SA Curve measuring wheel is............


Thank you to everyone that left a comment and all of the delicious recipe suggestions. I gained a few pounds just looking at the names of the recipes!  And a big thank you to for providing the prize!

ETA: Here's Claudia's recipe for Glazed Sweet Potatoes from one of her favorite cooking shows. 

Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Prep Time: 10 min
Inactive Prep Time: hr min
Cook Time: 55 min
Level: Easy
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

4 tablespoons butter, plus 1 tablespoon for greasing
4 medium yams or sweet potatoes, peeled
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons maple syrup
Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9 by 13-inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon butter.  Cut each of the yams into 8 evenly shaped wedges. Lay them out in the  prepared baking dish in an even layer. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar and allow to dissolve. Mix in syrup and cook until smooth. Pour the glaze over the yams and sprinkle with nutmeg.
Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for about 45 minutes or until the yams are tender when pierced with a fork but they still hold their shape.
Claudia sent her Ambrosia recipe, too
Thanks, Claudia!

1 Doz. Oranges – med. to large (TX Sweet)
1 large can crushed pineapple
1 lb. Maraschino cherries
1 cup or more coconut

Best to slice the oranges over a large bowl, so you can catch the juice.  Peel oranges making sure to get all of the white covering (pith) off the oranges.  Slice into small pieces, removing seeds and core as you work – maintain as much juice as possible. Sweeten to taste with sugar (about 1/2-1 cup).  Rinse cherries in water and drain to remove excess coloring.  Add pineapple, coconut, and cherries to orange slices and juice.  Make ahead 12 hours or more and store in fridge at all times. This recipe gets sweeter as it sits.

Monday, November 18, 2013


Free, free, did somebody say FREE!!!  

In the spirit of the holiday season we here at want to say thank you for your loyalty. We have teamed up with Claire, from, to give you her latest and greatest measuring tool (it's available in imperial and metric) the SA Curve measuring wheel. What's a SA Curve measuring wheel?  Glad you asked! Check out Claire's YouTube video. 

How do I get one for free?  Another great question!  I would love a new recipe for Thanksgiving so use the comment section on the blog to list the name of a delicious recipe you'll make for your Thanksgiving feast. The winner will have their recipe posted on the blog AND get this curved measuring wheel for FREE!!! This gift will make your sewing that much easier.  We will draw the name at random and the winner will be announced on this blog November 25th.  So name your recipe!  Again, thank you for being such a loyal customer of  (This givaway is available to international clients, too!)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Trending Fall 2013: Luxe Sweatshirts

Remember when tracksuits were all the rage (no I never wore one, thank you!) or what about all of those Juicy Couture sweatpants and sweatshirts (I have a friend who had the sweatsuit with JUICY plastered across her bottom. Yikes!)  It all seems so dated now. Well, Fall 2013 fashion is taking the sweat out of sweatshirt and bringing this gym staple to you, with a twist. has put together a few fabric combinations to help you with this trend. Luxe sweatshirts are trending and this comfy trend will kick your weekend glam up a few notches!

Many of the luxe sweatshirts are shown in two tones-one for the body and the other for the sleeves. Try the Animal Print Knit in grey then add Streaks for sleeve and/or for the ribbing. Make a skirt or a pair of pants with the Dark Grey/Metallic Silver Pinstripe Wool to finish the look. Here you have combined 3 of the hottest trends-animal print, grey and menswear.

The knit fabric Scallops is perfect as a luxe sweatshirt.  The hint of metallic silver hits all the right notes. Pair this with the Wall Street Grey (or Black/White Pinstripe if you like mixing prints) and you have nailed a great look to meet your co-workers for dinner and drinks.

The holidays are just around the corner so for a festive weekend glam look, how about a luxe sweatshirt in Desert Sunset combined with Amber Knit for the ribbing.  Add the Red Cotton Stretch Sateen made into skinny leg pants with flats and you are ready to shop for holiday gifts. 

And then there are the holiday parties. Sequins are perfect to add some sparkle.  Try the Black Sequin Stretch Velvet with the Black Rib Knit.  The Black Rib Knit is a true ribbing and has a slight sheen for that high end look. Make your skirt or pants out of the Black/White Pinstripe Wool. Remember, these are LUXURIOUS sweatshirts and the choice of fabric makes it all the more fabulous!

Pattern suggestions to make this trending look are Burda Style 11/2012 #128, McCalls 6614, or New Look 6230.  For patterns that don't have the ribbing at the hem, you will need to add 2-3 inches to the hem width. You want the luxe sweatshirt to be slouchy not baggy!  Fall 2013 envisions pairing your new look with pants like Vogue 8909 and McCall 6707 or a skirt like Vogue 8928 and of course the classic pencil skirt. Add a pair of flats or booties and bam, you've got a weekend glam outfit!