Thursday, August 20, 2009

Fall Sewing

I have finally gotten a little sewing done this week. Actually, I made the pants to the batik outfit a couple of weeks ago. I couldn't decide how to make the top to go with them -- but I finally decided on a plan. The pants are Simplicity 5378 shortened with a ruffle about 5 inches long added. The top is the pillowcase dress pattern shortened to tunic length and a 5 inch ruffle added to mimic the pants. i added a buttonhole to the casing in the back for it to tie in the back. It can be
turned around- since the pillowcase pattern doesn't have a front or back and tie in the front. Anyway, I am pretty pleased with how it turned out for a sort of boutique-y look. I think it will be pretty cute with a turtleneck under it this fall.

The next is a dress I made for Madison this week. I used Simplicity pattern 3743 which is a top pattern. I then lengthened it for dress length, added a pleated
ruffle to the bottom and a casing at the bodice area for elastic. The elastic just seems to give the dress/top more shape. I found a pair of olive tights on clearance at Walmart for a $1 that was the inspiration for this dress.

One more thing to share. Last weekend Emma Kate helped me make cupcakes for a youth get together at church. I didn't realize she liked cake icing so well but here she is licking the spoon.

The cupcakes are decorated using Wilton tip 2D-- which is the dropped flower tip and you
just go in a circle. They look like you really slaved but really they are very easy. Someone shared a video how to on You Tube doing this-- so I can't really take credit for figuring out using the tip in this manner.

For supper we had a country supper-- fried okra, white beans, homemade biscuits and potato salad. Yummo, it was good. Next week I think I will try to eat better-- but for today that was the perfect southern meal and just doesn't get better.

till later, Judy

Thursday, August 6, 2009


I can't believe how fast this summer is winding down. School started back this week. One grandchild started first grade and another started kindergarten. So far so good both are happy after a few anxious feelings in the beginning. Praying for a great school year for all the kids.

I don't think I have mentioned before that I ride a motorcycle. My husband and i both have one. Mine is a Harley Davidson Sportster. Nice and loud--- I love it. We went for a ride this evening after we had supper. I guess riding a motorcycle is my midlife crisis if I must have one-- I know everyone thought we flipped when we bought the first one. I learned to ride at the ripe old age of 48. My mother always had a saying when i said i couldn't do something-- she would say "well, you want learn any younger". I guess she was right.

I also started making an infant size dress this afternoon. I just had an urge to do some hand embroidery. I'm not good at it, but every once in awhile I like to do some embroidery. I don't know who this dress will be for but I'm sure I will be able to find a recipient.

till later,