Sunday Night Reflections

 Control your temper,For anger labels you a fool.Ecclesiastes 7:9

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Finally, a Jalie Bella Dress for ME!

I’ve made this dress so many times this summer. It fits so well, it’s such a fun dress, and it goes together very easily. I have made (not even kidding here) six other Bella dresses this summer for all the little girls in my life. That’s how much of a winner it is. For my version, I used another Liverpool knit and just did my regular size. I made the sleeves 3/4 length.


It’s kind of a crazy print, isn’t it? I love it. It looks kind of washed out in the pictures but I think that’s because it is so bright in the background and that makes the foreground dark.


I love the dip at the back neckline.


This double knit has an interesting texture and I love it. It is very bright and fun. I promise I’m moving on and making something else. Really!!! Have you made one of these yet? I have three in my closet I wear often.

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Whats on my table

Oh it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these!Lately, I’ve been a busy bee, flitting to different projects here and there like many flowers. It’s keeping me content, thankfully.I’m craving a beautiful 1940’s suit, and McCalls 4184 is just the ticke…

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black // white

Dress: Self-Portrait (also love this skirt and this dress). Coat: Old (similar here and here). Bag: Chanel. Shoes: Gianvito Rossi (sold out similar here and here). Thank you to Nordstrom for partnering on this post. 

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Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you’re enjoying these last weeks of summer… I’ve been (over) Read More >>

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How to Make a Reusable Snack Bag

We interrupt this season of Refashion Runway to bring you this important DIY… New school clothes? Check! New school supplies? Check! New lunch box? Check! Megabox of ziplock snack baggies? NOPE! This year, instead of throwing away mountains of baggies each … Continue reading

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Workin’ Knit 

Hello! I’m really excited about completing this dress because it is the beginning of my expanding my work wardrobe! (Well at least the dresses). The fabric I got in the clearance section of Joann’s last year and for the pattern I used McCall’s 6752.  I love almost everything about this dress. It is super comfy,…

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Free Needlepoint Barrette Pattern

Are you looking for a great little needlepoint you can stitch quickly and finish yourself? Wouldn’t it be even better if it used up your scraps of fabric and your stash of threads. Look no further than the needlepoint section at for this delightful needlepoint barrette project. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2016Original content here is published under these […]

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Handy sewing hint of the day #23

My sister and her husband left at 6:00 a.m. this morning to drive home to Ottawa, leaving their nursing student daughter with me. I am so happy to have a student/kid back under my roof. My ideal zen state is to be in sewing room working away but to have the sound of other people in the house, same as Miss Daisy and Birdie when he stays over – they sniff around at opposite ends of the yard but every once and while look over to make sure the other one is still there.

Some of us are just pack animals, and if you are, you might as well admit it.

Today I will be doing a little cleaning up after a summer of company (my son’s in-laws will be here in two weeks and I am looking forward to that a lot – lucked out there) and making pickles.

I am for the first time going to try fermented dills and pickling a bunch of Jalapeño peppers. It is a mystery why someone who doesn’t like to spend more than 10 minutes on making dinner is happy spending hours pickling- probably some genetic remanent of my rural background.

I am also thinking of trying a sewing podcast to go along with my Fall of Sewing. If I did that anyone think they would listen?

Now back to the title of this post and a sort, but I hope useful, handy hint.

I have talked about trimming, grading and clipping, and what is left is notches.

Often instructions, particularly for more complex patterns, will tell you to notch. If you don’t know the why, many sewers just clip when they read this, but notching is very different.

You cut notches, instead of clips, in any application where you have a convex (curving out) shape that will later be turned inside. 

Now as I continue to explain this you have to take into count that I haven’t taken any geometry since Grade 10, being a beneficiary of the marvellous Quebec educational system in high school that allowed you to drop all maths and sciences early on as part of the French romantic languages tradition. This used to drive my pharmacist turned science teacher father nuts and I passed Grade 10 geometry only because he bribed me with promises of pickled herring (my favourite food then in the days before I discovered Creme Brûlée ) if I paid attention during our kitchen table tutoring sessions.

Which explains why I am so proud that I remembered what convex means.

Back to my explanation of notching.

When you have a curve that bends outwards, as you do in a curved collar shape, a curved cuff edge or  more often a round edge patch pocket, once you turn that shape to the right side you are going to have a lot of extra fabric (because the seam allowance is going to have more fabric in it then the shape it turns into) pack into that shape. This means bumps and lumps and weirdness that a iron can’t eliminate.

Notching removes this extra fabric so when that patch pocket is turned right side for example, it will lie nice and flat.

Here is what it looks like:

Such an easy idea, isn’t it?

And so effective.

Now back to scrubbing cucumbers.

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Harvesting Patterns

Lots of colour inspiration from the natural world right now. Which means it’s a good job someone’s gifted me some Sixties and Seventies patterns that would really suit autumnal. Planning, planning, who else is planning? I’m intrigued by these pintucks… … Continue reading

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“All Wings Report In.”

Back in November Star Wars took over a good chunk of Tomorrowland with “Season of the Force” (you can read the original blog post on it here), which included turning Space Mountain into Hyperspace Mountain, where Guests could join the Rebel Forces and help battle the evil Galactic Empire. Season of the Force had an original end […]

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Backpack Crush!

  Oh, MIchael, you may not dig the hairy forearm look, but I’m totally crushing on your hairy / fur backpack for Fall 2016.   Talk about “Love at First Sight” !!!     Even though this backpack is plastered all over …

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Well I’m Not Sewing…

…and it’s hard to blog if you have nothing newly sewn to share! And I hate to leave this space blank for too long ~ so what to do ~ why share what I’m thinking about, plotting, deciding of course.See I’ve pretty much lost my desire to sew summer clot…

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Madame Tricot’s Book “Delicatessen” and 3D Knitting Exhibit at Sibler in Zürich

This is a special post about a unique way knitting and crochet are used in window display. The photos were taken by Niall Twamley on his trip to Zurich and they’re enthralling! So, it all starts with a book, Madame Tricot “Delicatessen” and…

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Not *too* Boring Basics: Butterick 5760

versions 5 and 6… 🙂 Hey, that’s what TNT’s are for!!!I’m at the point where I really need to retrace this pattern onto something nice and sturdy, it’s starting to look a little beat up.As per usual, I cut a 16 front and 18 back. I removed the excess…

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the dog days of summer

Ok, I know it’s the end of August. Most people have returned from their summer  holidays, schools are starting again and soon, it will be autumn. But here in the Netherlands, it certainly doesn’t feel like summer is over yet. We’ve had some of the…

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Refashion Runway All Stars: Time to Vote on the Tunic Challenge

Tunics are EVERYWHERE these days!!! So comfortable, so cute and so many options. Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr have just released their new book, The Tunic Bible, and guess what?! I had the honor of being featured in the book as part … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Spa Night Shopping List!

Let’s face it – we could all use a little more R & R in our lives. Maybe it’s time for you to set up a spa night with a few girlfriends where you can chill out, get a little mani-pedi action going on, and catch up on all the latest news. To make sure you are well stocked, here’s a must-have list for your exfoliation extravaganza: 01. Set your…

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Learning about Beads

Nordic Needle has a great new post about beads as the most recent post in their Save the Stitches series. Not only does it summarize great information about beads, you’ll also learn about books and supplies to use. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2016Original content here is published under these license terms: X License Type:5License Summary:

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Refashion Runway All Stars: The Winner of the Button Challenge

Well the ladies have done it again!! We have a another tie for first place in the button challenge. You all loved Carissa’s handmade buttons from tree branches and her amazing dress transformation. And you all loved Susan’s nautical look … Continue reading

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european // frills

Coat: RED Valentino. Dress: Wayf. Shoes: Chanel (similar). Bag: Cult Gaia. Sunglasses: Karen Walker. Hat: Eugenia Kim (similar). Thank you to Nordstrom for partnering on this post!

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Half ‘n’ Half

My goodness, but you girls love a dress, or two! Today, however, I’m showing separates: versatile, impartial to season (think layering), casual, dressy and no limits on the colour spectrum. Rarely do I buy factory made clothes. I’ve never sworn off … Continue reading

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Madalynne X Simplicity Video Tutorial

Just when you thought everything from the Madalynne X Simplicity lingerie line was released, I have more! Muahaha… In July, I posted a sneak peek hinting that a video tutorial would accompany the patterns. Well, it’s here! I am a visual learner and absorb information best by watching someone first, then attempting it myself after. So, although I hope this short video

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Derby Shoes

I made a pair of derby shoes! I had another 2 pairs of shoes that I was working on in my head deciding which one to make first when I spotted this blue, metallic, laser cut leather and fell in LOVE. So naturally that bumped itself to the top of the que…

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Colored pencil technique 101: leaves with shadows

Brace yourselves: I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole of YouTube colored pencil tutorials.  Whoa, there is SO much awesome stuff to learn about drawing and coloring with colored pencils!  My innocent adult coloring book obsession has turned in a full-blown fascination with the big, bad world of art technique.  Who knew there was so much to […]

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10 Gorgeous Free Printables to Get You Organized

10 Gorgeous Free Printables to Get You OrganizedGetting organized can be a chore. Sometimes it just feels overwhelming and you aren’t sure where to start. Well, I think of the best ways to begin is with a home management binder and these free printables. It does not have to cost much money to start to get your house in order and that is why…

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15 Back to School Lunch Ideas

15 Back to School Lunch IdeasHave your kiddos already started school? Or maybe they are getting ready to go back to school next week! Either way, you are probably looking for a variety of lunch ideas. Here’s a look at 15 Back to School Lunch Ideas we have shared on Family Food Live with Holly & Chris! These 15 ideas,…

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Refashion Runway Season Four: Button Sew Along

A big thank you to everyone who sewed along with us this week on the Button Challenge! ************************************************* Vicky Myers from Vicky Myers Creations I have been lucky to inherit my Gran’s and mother-in-law’s button boxes. I have designed a … Continue reading

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Scrap Bag: 68 years of blue ribbon quilts, quilt show controversy update, 50,000-year-old needle found, and more

Summer is winding down whether it feels like it or not — how long until “quilting weather” arrives?   “Marian Brockschmidt of Springfield won eight blue ribbons from among her 21 entries in the textile division at this year’s Illinois … Continue reading

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common welsh green

Probably my dorkiest title to date. If you’re not well-versed in the Potter-universe, this title refers to the species of dragon that a certain Miss Fleur Delacour had to pass in the first task of the Triwizard Tournament (Goblet of Fire). And yes, tha…

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