Monday, May 18, 2015

I'm Pooped! LOL

here are a few thing I made for the Pattern Review Wardrobe challenge, now to get everything into collage shots & bribe someone to clean the sewing room lol!


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Do You Like To Color?

LOL! came across this on The McCall site
 & thought you might enjoy!


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

How Many Interested in a Facebook Group for the Challenge?

This is a simple poll....

How many of you would be interested in participating in a Facebook group of the same name, and would it even work? Let us know....

Monday, February 16, 2015

Someone donated these two beauties to our sewing club!


I started a new sewing club that meets monthly in my home. The name of the group is "Life Lessons from the Cutting Room Floor." Our ladies meet monthly and the level of sewing skill varies.

This past week, as I shared that some of the ladies don't actually have machines but would still like to learn, someone offered to bring two machines they had picked up at thrift stores and yard sales but had never used. What a God-moment...a tremendous blessing!!! After a bit of dusting, oil, and a few minor repairs, they should be just what we need for the ladies.  I'm thrilled about this journey!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Welcome, welcome, welcome!!!

Hi all,

We are off and running, and Natalea and I are thrilled to have you all on board!

We have some new sewists/seamstresses joining us:

Buddhini blogs at

Pago blogs at 

Ronda blogs at

Mrs Smith blogs at 

Rebecca blogs at 

April blogs at

Welcome to each of you and we look forward to seeing your progress throughout the year.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Help & Advice Please

I forget what this fabric is called but I do know it's very pricey but when Hancock's had it on a clearance table for less than $4 a yard I had to get some, the charcoal is not showing it's true color, blame it on the lights, blame it on the camera I dunno but it's a dark charcoal, after watching this fabric come & go in so many delicious colors through the years, with this price I decided to go for it, but now that I have it, I'm kinda scared of it lol! I'm pretty sure once you cut whatever  sleeves & hems are pretty much taken care of, but what about the waist of a skirt or a neckline, surely you wouldn't  just turn it with all those ripples so can you help me or are you scared too? lol!


Thursday, December 25, 2014

wishing all my sewing buddies a very Merry Christmas! Helen

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Back in Action for 2015

Hi everyone,

After a year of trauma and angst, I'm r-e-a-l-l-y ready for the 2015 challenge.

I first joined this challenge in 2013 and really enjoyed reading of everyone's success . I live in Sydney, Australia, so my sewing may seem unseasonal, but fits with our climate. Garment sewing is my passion and I've sewn for as long as I can remember - most of my wardrobe is 'Me-Made'.

Unfortunately, my intentions to continue the Challenge in 2014 were waylaid. Much of the first 5 months of 2014 were spent supporting my dear father in hospital. The cancer that he'd faced in early 2013 (and thought he'd beaten) unfortunately resurfaced and aggressively overtook his body. Sadly, he passed away at the end of May. We have been dealing with his estate ever since.

We decided to take a break to the snow in September. Someone wasn't looking after me as I had a very simple fall which resulted in major injury. I dislocated both the tibia and fibia, fractured my tibia vertically and destroyed my knee joint of my right leg!! I don't do things by half. After 2 surgeries, (the first to bring the bones back into alignment with an external frame and the second, to plate and screw the tibia, repair the joint and install a bone graft) and some hospital time, sewing was not an option. Three months in and still using crutches, I'm just getting back to sewing.

I seriously am looking forward to the New Year.

Janine in Sydney, Australia

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Royal blue cowl neck tunic

Hi all,

I haven't posted here in forever. I have been sewing for myself in the last couple of weeks. I completed my first sew a long a week or so ago. Jocole has this awesome mix and match pattern where you pick the bodice, sleeves, and length. She has the pattern for women and kids. I sewed this top with cowl bodice, elbow length sleeves and A-line tunic length bottom. I used a royal blue ITY knit and I'm really happy with how it turned out. Please excuse the bathroom shot, but I wore it out for date night:)


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Join the Craftsy Affiliate Program!

Hi Sewists!!!

In case you've never checked it out, Craftsy has a great affiliate program!


I've enrolled in several of the Craftsy sewing classes and have loved every one. Here are a few of my favorites:

As a Craftsy Affiliate, you'll receive free enrollment in one class as well. Check it out and see if it's a good fit for you. 

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