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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Fascinator





Fascinator
Hello everyone! I’ve been experimenting with fascinators lately. I’m having a lot fun looking through pinterest for ideas. This is the first one I put together. It’s a lot of fun to create and even more exciting to wear. I’m not sure what triggered my interest, all I know is, I’m willing to try to create things that bring me joy.  Hope you like it as much as I do. Meanwhile, I hope your exploring new ideas and creating things only you can create… and as always, thank you for sharing in our sewing journey. Debora



Tuesday, January 3, 2017

"For the Love of Mother Dress Collection"





"For the Love of Mother Dress Collection"

Dear readers. I started this sewing blog four years ago, as a way of sharing my joy of sewing as I took care of my elderly mother. My beautiful mother is now in her resting place. I’m so glad I was granted the opportunity to spend so much time with her. It was the greatest experience of my life. She leaves me with so many wonderful memories. In my thoughts and dreams she remains alive. The best of her continues to grow in me. The greatest inheritance she leaves me with is faith, love, joy, patience, kindness, and an endless talent of sewing and creating just about anything.

Thank you for sharing in our sewing journey. Debora



Monday, November 7, 2016




Simplicity pattern 1011

Well, hello everyone!
It’s a beautiful time of the year here in New England. It’s nice to cozy up and sew.
I’ve finally got around to completing this fall dress. I used Simplicity pattern 1011. The fabric is a gift from my sister Dorinda from her last trip to the Azores, Portugal. It's vivid flowers with a feel of the island itself. The skirt is my own design with panels on the sides and of course pockets. I've come to enjoy pockets in all my garments.






The dress is fully lined and the top is layered to create support. I've spoiled myself with this look. It's hard to go back to wearing store bought flimsy dresses without any built in foundation.





Well, that's all for now. I’m hoping to make a few more pieces this season. It’s exciting just thinking about it.  It’s such a great feeling to create. Hope to post again soon. Meanwhile, I hope your exploring new ideas and creating things only you can create… and as always, thank you for sharing in our sewing journey. Debora
 Enjoy!  



Saturday, May 21, 2016

Make do and move forward - 1920’s piece








Hello everyone! Here’s another 1920’s piece that I wore for the first time today. I’m still obsessing with the 20’s. Actually, the more I make of these dresses the more I want them. They are very comfortable, slimming, easy and carefree. I feel great in them. I also think they go well with my persona. The kimono style top, I actually made over a year ago. It hung in my closet like a lost soul. I think we all have lost souls in our closet. I thought at the time I made it that it would hold as a single piece. It didn’t. I just couldn’t seem to wear it with anything else. Finally this year, I committed myself to finalize some of these pieces into outfits. I have a  few left I hope to do the same for. The Kimono was made from a pattern. I don’t remember the make. As for the rest of the outfit, it’s all my own cut and design. The dress underneath looks like a two piece, but it’s not. It’s all sewn together and the skirt is pleated, and with side pockets of course. The pleats are all sewn down inside and out. Crazy, but that’s how you get that kind of texture and richness. You can see the difference between the top of the fabric and the skirt. It’s an amazing outfit. I’m really pleased with it. Now, I’m ready to move forward to another project. After a while, you spend so much time working with something you can’t stand looking at it anymore. Ever piece I make teaches me something. This outfit thought me to make do and move forward. There’s an incredible amount of beauty in moving forward. Trust me! Meanwhile, I hope your exploring new ideas and creating things only you can create… and as always, thank you for sharing in our sewing journey. Debora


Sunday, April 3, 2016

Honeycomb Smocking Dress


Honeycomb Smocking Dress

Hello everyone! I’ve been working on this dress for some time now. I never thought I could take so long in making a dress, but I have. First, I pleated the material and then I cut the dress. I kind of made it up as I went along. The dress was too big at the waist, so I decided to smock it. It’s a long process. It was the first time I’ve ever did anything like it. I had no idea where I was going with it. But that’s what makes it exciting. Overall, I’m pleased with it. I’m just tired of looking at it. I still have two more rows of smocking at the waist and I want to make a matching purse. And when I’ve completed this dress, I will be putting it away and hopefully only look at it next winter. I don’t have anything lined up right now for a new project. Which is a good thing. I want my sewing adventures to be fun and un-expecting. Sometimes, it’s good to just take some time to reorganize yourself. I might just do that for a short while. Meanwhile, I hope your exploring new ideas and creating things only you can create… and as always, thank you for sharing in our sewing journey. Debora













Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Jacket - Simplicity #2149


Jacket - Simplicity  #2149
Hello everyone! It’s been a quick month. We are enjoying early signs of spring. My most recent project is this light wool jacket fully lined with a zipper. This is a great pattern and fairly easy to follow. It does not come with a lining, but you can easily use the same pattern pieces and it should work. The sleeves ran a bit short, at least for me. Which is OK, seeing it’s a light  weight jacket and not meant for extreme cold temperatures. The pockets too were a bit small. And the collar could have been higher up and closer to the neck front. Overall, I think it has great lines and wears really comfortably. This is a pattern I hope to revisit soon. Meanwhile, I’m working on a dress that is nothing like I’ve ever made before. It’s all pleated and more pleated. It’s driving me crazy and it’s been taking up a lot of my time. I’ve become obsesses in making it work. I believe that by the end of this week I should have it finished.  Meanwhile, I hope your exploring new ideas and creating things only you can create… and as always, thank you for sharing in our sewing journey. Debora






Saturday, February 13, 2016

Happy Valentines everyone! Vogue pattern V8164


Happy Valentines everyone! I’ve been doing more sewing than posting lately. Here is one of a  few pieces I’ve made in the past several weeks. This is a beautiful coat I made using Vogue pattern V8164. The fabric is a new super fleece from JoAnn’s fabric store. The fur collar I’ve had for several years waiting in my closet for the perfect coat. I think the burgundy fabric was a nice match up to the brown fur. This coat is so warm and cozy. Perfect for the cold spell we are experiencing here in New England. Well, I hope everyone is having a great weekend. Meanwhile, I hope your exploring new ideas and creating thing only you can create… and as always, thank you for sharing in our sewing journey. Debora