Monthly Archives: September 2009

Life interrupts

jack in the hospital Sept 09

So this is why I have been absent the last few days.  Jack landed in the hospital when he started to have trouble breathing on Sunday.  We were at the hospital until Tuesday afternoon.  He’s all better now though, so all’s well with the world.  The picture above is Jack sleeping in the hospital crib with Elmo.  So cute (if I do say so myself).  And in case you were wondering, yes, an adult can fit in the hospital crib with a child.  It’s not incredibly comfortable but doable if there is a need, i.e., child demands you to sleep with him.

I am behind now with my plans to make Butterick 5314 and my Burda trench coat.  But I have a lesson tonight with Thea and hopefully we’ll be able to get back on track.  I am trying not to let deadlines bring me down.  The most important part is making something, not when it is completed, right? 

Anyway, I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend and were able to get some sewing in.

Happy sewing!


Question of the Day: Pattern Review vs Stitcher’s Guild


I just joined Stitcher’s Guild today.  Now, full disclosure here, I haven’t really checked it out yet, so this is not a review per se on Stitcher’s Guild.  As you know I am enthusiastic user of Pattern Review.  But I have noticed right away that different sewists use Pattern Review than those that use Stitcher’s Guild.

There are similarities between the two, both have boards, a beginner sewist section, contests, and a techniques section.  The one thing I don’t see on Stitcher’s Guild is class offerings, but maybe I missed it my cursory glance.  I will definitely take more time in the coming weeks to see what Stitcher’s Guild has to offer.

So my question of the day for you all is which do you prefer and why?


I have an update on how my first pair of pants wore on their first day of use.  First, let me say that they needed to have a little more structure for the lightweight fabric from which they were made.  The waistband seemed flimsy.  I am not a fan of the invisible zipper in front.  They wrinkled like crazy and pilled at the inner thighs.  PILLED!!!  What’s up with that?  The fit is still fabulous for my first pair of pants though.  One thing I will change next time  is the length for capris; they were too short.  When I sat down, they tended to hike above my knees which was weird and uncomfortable.  I compared them to some RTW capris I like from Ann Taylor and they were about an inch to an inch and a half too short.  Not sure how that happened.   One question I have is with a stretch fabric, should you automatically draft a pattern more fitted than you would for a non-stretch woven?  Let me know if you have thoughts on this.  Sorry, no pictures of the pants in action.


Jack and I have been back from San Diego a few days now and are settled back into our routines.  We had some tough times out there with the time change and new environment, but I think when we go back in December for Christmas, he might be a better little traveler.  Here’s a picture of one of the good times…



Happy sewing everyone!