Santa Ana Stash Airing

We’ve had a cool, damp, summer… much to my pleasure.  But it’s no good for stored fabrics, even fabrics stored properly in cedar chests.   This weekend we’re having a Santa Ana – aka desert weather – and I’m using the hot and try to air out my fabric stash and my fabric chests.

I thought  y’all would get a kick out of this, or at least a laugh or three.

And I found a few things that I’d forgotten I had!  (The white is a scrap of silk left from having my wedding gown made – I think I might have just enough to make a corset someday.  Yes, that’s real silk, not the silk-poly you can get now).

I don’t have a problem.  Why does everyone say I have a problem?  ;)


ETA:  This became inventorying and neatly re-stashing, including *three bags* full of scraps (some quite large) headed to ASG next month.  I can now shut all my fabric drawers properly, and have inspiration for my next makes.

ETA2:  Quite a lot of the bulk of stash is large cuts of wool from my mom’s occasional treks to the PNW, where she always hooks a girl up by stopping by the Pendleton Wool Mill outlet.   I also have a few very nice things that I’ve made over the years stashed to be remade (long wool skirt) or given to grandkids.



Having a tug of war between my desire for a long-sleeved blouse (I feel like such a grown up!) and pretty sleeves (so not boring) and my knowledge that my proportions don’t exactly go with that… dsc05002

So, why not see if I can’t change proportions by putting on a dirndl vest?

Yes.  This works.

Also, I look SO N. European in this photo… and my amusement is why I’m sharing.


Finally got the waistband on my linen skirt – it was not cooperative in the least.  It’s hanging out the hem now, all that wants doing is a buttonhole/button and hemming and we’re GTG.

dsc04993Cut into my cotton from Mood.  I muslined a new pattern, it was AWFUL, so I went back to a tried & true… the change is, I’m going to make long sleeves.  (Not the long-sleeved version, because that has a ruched bodice.  Sleeves can be ruched on me, but not my bodice).

If you’re new to sewing/fitting, I recommend the Sandra Betzina patterns, this pattern is how I finally learned to fit a princess seam the right way.  It’s out of print, but she still has lots of patterns available.

Just wanted to show you how pretty this outfit is going to be, once it’s done.  :)dsc04992

Business chatter (whine)

Oy.   This trying to tackle the first paying client business is stressful.   :p

First things first, if I’ve helped you out and you want to tell the world how fabu I am, drop over to HIC ( and leave a comment on the testimonial page, won’t you?

So, now my sad, sad story…   I’ve been open for business since Sept 1.  It’s the 20th.  In that time, I’ve scouted three malls, upgraded my business wardrobe a bit, listed myself with yelp and thumbtack, blogged, sewn, and generally worked my tail off (oh, and gotten my kids to school and ran my normal life).  Am I on social media?  Yes, I am.  LinkedIn, FB (pro,not just personal), Instagram… I’m there.

Do I have any clients?  Nope.  -sigh-  Eternal optimist that I am, I was hoping to start working right away.  Not so much, really.

I had hopes of selling (or at least giving away) a ton of books.  I’ve earned enough in royalties to buy myself lunch, and 13 people have availed themselves of the free book code I’ve given out.  (That sucks too, because I’ve given out about 50 codes.  So only 13/50 could be bothered to download it…)  I had run the numbers and figured out that the book would basically be marketing and education, but I’d hoped to do a little Christmas shopping too… and so far?  Nope.  (If you’ve read the book, leaving a review would also be cool – where ever, you know?)  (If you want to read the book for free, drop me a note and I’ll email you a code).

Research indicated that some folks are finding clients through thumbtack, which is a way to source professionals in your area.  So – yes and no.  Yes, I’ve gotten three requests-for-quote, but no … no actual clients.  (TT says it averages 10 clients before a first time win).   Yours truly is NOT used to the rejection process, so people who actually *know* that I exist, check out my website, and then decide that I’m not what they want?  NOT AWESOME.  (I totally get that this is now my life, I’m not mad… but it sucks and this is my blog and I get to be real about it).   Of course no feedback about “why” so … I don’t know what I can fix.  Probably that lack of reviews on TT, which is a lack ’cause I don’t have any clients.  Can’t produce what I don’t have, y’know?  (At least I have stranger-inquiries through TT, so that’s cool).

Anyway.  I normally just throw myself harder into the game to fix any lack, but that’s not going to fix this.

I feel like sometimes we only blog when things are a win.  This isn’t a win, this is hard.   It will be okay in the end, but right now… it’s hard.  I was diligent in my preparations, and … this is still hard.  I guess I should have known that it would be?  Eh.   I’ll get over it.

-deep breath-  I DO have to take the boy out tonight, maybe I’ll go get a book and boba.


I went out for a book and boba…. didn’t get a book, did wander around B&N.  But on my WAY to get said sympathy drugs, God hooked me up bigtime with a full double rainbow.  We ****very**** rarely get 1) rainbows 2) rain 3) full rainbows 4) double rainbows, so this was pretty awesome.  And on the way out, I got a great sunset with clouds and lights.  I feel happy.   Also, boba is yummy.


Zac Posen put up this video of a girl twirling in one of his dresses.

THIS is the proper expression for girls wearing dresses.  THIS.

When your clothes make you feel like this, you’ve got it right.

Denim Skirt Redux

This is a lightweight, somewhat stretchy denim that I picked up at Joann’s.   I’m using an (extremely) out of print Vogue pattern for a long, drapey A-line skirt, which I have altered to a six-gore skirt (I prefer gores when dealing with denim, and it reduces the piggyness of this pattern – which is a fabric gobbler).

We’ve seen this skirt before… in medium-weight, light blue denim, in heavy-weight dark blue denim, and in any number of other fabrics.  Right now the dark denim (well-worn) is in my go-bag, and the light has long since met the garbage bin.   You’ll shortly see the two-panel version in a medium-light linen.  It’s flattering and easy to deal with, what can I say?

I like to belt my skirts, and previously I’d used exquisite metal buttons, but they had a shank, and that was uncomfortable.  Well, I remember buying this button, but I hadn’t when I grabbed the buttons off the shelf – so that was my cool moment today, finding it and happy squee.

So, this is me in the closest thing you’re going to see to a white t-shirt and jeans.  :D  Wardrobe building, that seems to be my mode right now.