Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Bonnell Dress

I love to support Indie designers! Their passion for the craft leads to innovative style, and the Bonnell dress is no exception. I feel blessed to be able to test this pattern and make a beautiful dress to carry me into summer.                  
I made this dress with a brightly patterned challis with a crisp hand. The pattern has inset pockets in the skirt and trendy triangle shaped cutouts at the waist.
This pattern is well drafted and looks flattering on many body types, including my old lady body! The pattern is available at
Check it out!

Monday, December 29, 2014

2015 is Almost Here!

And my blogging efforts in 2014 were dismal at best! My life has changed since the days I blogged most every day. I know it will inevitably change again, so not to worry. I have been sewing (and aquiring fabric). I'm saving up for retirement when spontaneous fabric shopping will have to stop slow down (who am I kidding?) There has been sewing this year, but mostly basics and special requests. I have perfected my leggings pattern and have made a ton of them. I made a long underwear set out of some lovely wicking fabric that is sure to keep me toasty under my snow suit! Speaking of snow, we had our first ride on Saturday. Here is a picture of our friend Becky. You can see Tom and I in the background.
And the other wonderful thing that happened in 2014 was the birth of Jack Fitzgerald McCall!
And let's not forget big brother Colt who seems to have obtained both of the candy canes from Santa!

Saturday, August 23, 2014


This is my version of Barb's Flypaper Thoughts...years of schooling has taught me to fear plagiarizing!

* I have shelves in the studio now and part of my stash is on display
* Yes, I have more fabric than the shelves can hold
* I have a new love
* His name is Jack and he is perfect!
* Jack lives in Texas with his brother Colt
* We took an epic trip to Texas
* It took 2 1/2 days to get there
* We took a little longer to get home
* I don't care for New Mexico
* I love Colorado
* Jackson Wyoming is a special place
* Work has been intense
* I love my job
* I really do...I'm not being sarcastic
* I have miles to go before I sleep
* Listening to Tim McGraw
* He still floats my boat
* Now Luke Bryan is singing
* Oh yeah...
* Can't wait for winter
* Love my sled
* Tom will probably want an upgrade and then I'll love his sled
* Oops, I meant Colt's sled
* I ride Jack's
* The kids are planning to come to Oregon for Christmas
* I miss Gaylen...what you been up to girl?
* Finally found some time to watch the second season of OITNB
* I miss prison
* Don't freak out...I worked there
* Retirement looks fun
* Wish I was at the ranch with Tom
* Someday
* I only bought one pattern today
* Maggy London is my krypytonite
* Found an immaculate pair of white Danskos in my size at Goodwill today
* Scored on scrubs too
* Sorry my Rachels
* Tomorrow I sew

This has been a fun exercise. I leave you with a picture from Jackson...the town I would adopt had I not fell in love with La Pine

Saturday, June 7, 2014


The dogs got me up at 5:45 am. On my day off. FabricMart is having a sale. Free 6 yard bundle with $50.00 purchase. Once again...I'm blaming it on the dogs! Enablers! Now I'm off to the studio to sew down the stash!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Oops I did it Again...

It was a long day at work today. In at 7:00 am...home by 8:00 pm. I was excited to watch the Voice finale (called it! Way to go Josh Kaufman!) I also was excited to spend some time in my studio. I cranked out a simple striped knit skirt that will be fun to wear this summer. It feels good to be working in my room and using up the stash...especially since the fabric fairy will being making a drop this week!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Create Something Every Day...

Or so says the sign in my studio. Today I created something. I holed up in my room and sewed while watching Silhouette Pattern webcasts until my dress was done...completely. Granted it was a simple knit dress...McCall's 6612 view B. I had a simple striped knit. From layout and cutting to finished hem, it probably took me 3 hours, including a quick break to make lunch and a potty stop for the dogs. It is still quite chilly here in the high desert, so long sleeves are still appropriate. Here it is modeled by Valentine.
The Chief is the best studio buddy ever. I will miss her when she moves to Texas!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Hello to a Friend...

I'm home after a long day at work, enjoying a glass of wine while checking on my blog roll and listening to the news. There was a post from Laura, of Sew at Sea, who we haven't heard from in quite some time. It brought me such joy to hear from her and get a brief update! Plus a great selfie of Wilbur, her beloved pit bull. It got me thinking about the friendships I've made through blogging and how we pass in and out of each other's lives. I used to blog all the time. Now if I get a post off once a month I feel like I've accomplished something. Some day I may have the time to blog more regularly, but until that time I appreciate a quick drive by from the people I have met through our mutual interests. I wish you all well in your journey, and may our paths cross again soon.