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First Frost Capsule Wardrobe Plan

I woke up one morning this week to a beautiful frost all over our back yard.  It was just breathtaking, and I wished later that I had taken some photos.  Later, I was looking at color palettes to inspire me for sewing, and I found this photo on colorpalettes.net that was speaking to me.   If you're looking for inspiration, this is a wonderful resource. They have hundreds of beautiful images broken out into individual color palettes.  I could spend all day looking through them.

I had just purchased a dusty lavender wool from Fabric Mart that I knew would be the star of the show for this capsule. It matches the light silver color in the palette pretty well.  Everything else will have to work with it.   


I really want a coat design with a hood, and this one from Simplicity reminds me of a coat that I had about 30 years ago that I absolutely loved.  Why do so few coat patterns have hoods?  Honestly, I could only find a few sweatshirts with hoods on the McVoguerick sites.  So, thank y…
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My New Winter Coat with McCalls 7485

Hello everyone! Fall is my favorite time of year, and every year, I can't wait to make a new coat. There are really only so many styles of winter coats available in the stores to choose from, so making your own gives you the opportunity to find that special style or color that really fits you.


Last February, I made some mauve colored dresses, and I realized that I had no coats that looked nice over them. So, I was on the hunt for something in the purple/brown colorway, and as usual, FabricMart had the perfect fabric- a wool tweed that was a mix of plum and black with some orange flecks. If you think that you are seeing some purple in my hair, don't adjust your monitor- I have dyed my hair lavender! So, this fabric also complements my new hair color.

I wanted a style that is easy to close. I hate messing around with buttons and zippers, but I also don't like a constricting belt around my tummy. I found McCalls 7485, which is a Khaliah Ali design that had an interesti…

Vogue 8344 Caponcho

What do you get when you combine a cape and a poncho?  Why, a caponcho, of course!  I've been holding on to Vogue 8344, which was originally published in 2006, for just the right fabric.  I can't tell you how many times, I've pulled out this pattern, and then put it back!


So, after 11 years, I finally found the perfect fabric.  It was a grey ombre wool from Fabric Mart, that had shades of lavender and pink.  This may have been my most favorite fabric EVER to work with!  I don't know who else was able to snag this fabric up, but I would love to see what other people have created with it.


Being a panel fabric, I had three panels to work with.  I used one panel for the front, one panel for the back, and one panel divided between the collar and the sleeves.


 I wanted the color to be at the collar front and the sleeve bottom, which was a bit tricky to work out, but I did the best I could.


With what was left, I constructed the ties. Oops, I see a thread tail that I missed. …

DIY Lavender Eye Pillows

I went to a yoga studio last week that ended the practice by having you lay down with a flax seed eye pillow scented with lavender.  It was so relaxing, I really had a hard time staying awake!  The yoga instructor said that the weight of the flax seed in the pillow stops your eyes from moving while your eyelids are closed, which helps to relax you.  Plus the fragrance of the lavender makes you breathe deeper, furthering the relaxation even more.  I thought, I really want one of these at home!  I went to Amazon to buy one, and the pretty ones were as high as $18 each.  So, I knew that I could whip one up quickly for a fraction of that price!


First, I mixed up my filling.  I used flax seed and real lavender buds that I had purchased from a lavender farm earlier this summer.  I used about 1/4 cup of lavender buds and 10 ounces of flax seed for one pillow. I just used some packaged flax seed that I had in my pantry from the grocery store. 

Next, I cut a 5" x 21" piece of fabri…

Starting a Sewing Club for Kids

Sharing my love for sewing is something that I am passionate about. For the last 5 years, I’ve organized an afterschool sewing club for 5th graders at a local elementary school. This has been so much fun and so rewarding that I thought I would share with you some of the things that I did to get it started, and some of the things that I’ve learned along the way.




Getting a club of any kind started in the schools requires both finding students that are interested and finding supportive people in the administration. Here are some tips for finding both of these things:

Pick a school that you think might be interested and call to speak with someone at that school in the administration, such as a principal or community involvement coordinator, to see if after-school clubs are possible. This may seem intimidating, but from my experience, school administrators are devoted to providing their students with enriching experiences, and will jump at the chance to expose their students to the art of…