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Monday, September 24, 2007

Disappointing show

I love Martha Stewart. I love her taste when it comes to decorating and I loved her old shows where you couldn't help to learn something new everytime.

Her new show however has been nothing but disappointing. I started to watch it when it first aired (her triumphant return) and I decided that it was superficial.

Because today's show was about sewing and Tim Gunn was going to be there I gave it another try. Oh well, it was nice to see Tim Gunn but that was about it. The entire show was promoting...Pfaff sewing machine, Tim's show, Martha's new line at Macy's (which I can't wait to go inspect) and Martha's line at Michaels.

Did I learn anything? No. Not even a good project to try. And the show and tells from the audience? I know a lot of talented ladies on the net that could have really dazzled the viewers ( I kept thinking of Cidell and how Martha really missed out when she lost her number).

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Butterick 4976





I was all excited about finally using the black and white jersey from Gorgeous Things. It was the first fabric that Ann sold and I fell in love as soon as I saw it made up in the Hot Patterns Cosmopolitan dress.

Well, I don't have that pattern but the Butterick that looks a lot like it. However when I went to modify the pattern I noticed that the waist band sash does not fit the contrasting band of the fabric. I contacted Ann and she said hers just fitted the band. Well the Butterick patterns sash is folded down and then sewn unto the dress. Then I could split the band in half add seam allowances and put the sash and tie ends back together. Unfortunately, even though I bought three yards of the fabric I don't have enough of the contrast band to do this.
I believe the sash in the Cosmopolitan dress is part of the dress itself (right Ann?) and that is why it fitted so nicely on the band.
Well, I guess I have several options:
1. Buy the Cosmopolitan pattern and use the fabric or

2. Buy the Cha Cha dress pattern (which I also want) and use the fabric
and
make the Butterick with two other coordinating fabrics.

What would you do Ann?



Sunday, September 02, 2007

What I have been up to


It has been a while since I posted. I have been on vacation (to Montreal), have welcomed my brother's girlfriend to our family and have gotten the kids ready for school. Also my job as an interpreter for the county's school system picked up and have been very busy helping some families in need of communication.
The above picture was taking in the greenhouse of the Montreal Botanical Gardens. Now, I have been to many beautiful gardens but the Montreal Botanical Gardens are the most heavenly I have ever been to. My family and I spent seven hours there and if it hadn't been for exhaustion and the fact that they closed, I would have stayed there longer. I highly recommend a visit there if you find yourself in the area.
In the sewing front, I am almost done with Simplicity 3803 and should have pictures soon.
I also started crocheting the Zigzag Skirt from Interweave Knits Crochet Jan/2006 which I had to undo. It was a great project to work in the car while I took my breaks from driving the many hours to Canada. I am done with one half. Yay!!!