Hink for Ladies by MaeT

{April 27, 2009}   I’m not dead yet…

Hey!  Yes, I’m still alive, and still sewing.  Finally getting around to posting.  First things first: the final finished project photos from my Easter dress.  I had my husband take them.  We were in Louisville, KY staying with his brother and sister-in-law and nephew for the holiday.  It was gorgeous outside, so that’s where we did the shots.  Look how GREEN the grass is!


It’s very light and flowy, and fun to wear!  The only problem is the stretch.  It keeps pulling lower, so I’m hoping washing it will tighten it back up again…we shall see.

Next, I thought I’d finally post up some pictures of the fabric I bought for my Harry Potter dress.  I’m doing Ravenclaw colors (blue and bronze).


Also picutred is the pattern envelope and the trim I’ve gotten.  I think I may have to get some bigger trim though.  Here’s a closer shot of it:


I like it, but I think it’s too small.  I found this awesome ribbon that had both colors in it, but when I took it up to be cut, there was only 1/2 a yard on the roll and they didn’t have any more.  Angry.  Maybe I’ll order it from the website?  We’ll see.

In other news, I thought I’d put up some patterns I’ve been collecting.  I have a ton!  I’m sure you all have boxes and boxes of patterns collecting, but I’m just getting started here.  Hancock was again having an amazing sale when I went in on Sunday: 99 cent McCalls patterns!  I’m including those that I got Sunday, as well as other ones I’ve been storing up for a rainy day.


These 3 are all from Butterick: B5052, B5262, B5193


Of the Simplicity 2938 pattern, I have made the tank (though not posted about it) and I have the stuff for the pants and jacket.

The McCall’s 5116 pattern has kicked my butt for the moment.  Need to buy new fabric for it.


Some McCalls from the sale Sunday: M5484 & M5145


A possible Halloween costume someday? McCall’s 4954


Some crafty McCall’s patterns I got to make gifts for people: M5826 & M5644.


And finally, some stuff to make for my husband! Butterick 6844 (He’s starting seminary in the fall to be a pastor) and McCall’s 4244, ’cause he needs some new jammie pants!

BTW – If anyone has good leads on mens clothing patterns, let me know.  The main companies (McCalls, Simplicity, Butterick…) don’t have much to choose from, and many of the choices are very dated (think 1980’s tanks and short shorts on guys…eww).  Thanks!  Happy sewing!


{April 15, 2009}   And now…Harry Potter!

harry-potter-0036A few weeks back I put up this post about a dress I’d be making for the Harry Potter Convention, LeakyCon2009.  Now that Easter is over and I’ve finished that dress, I can focus on my new project!  Tonight my friend Abbey and I (who is also going to the convention and making a Slytherin colored dress) are going fabric shopping for our dresses!  Thanks to the wonderfulness of Hancock Fabrics, I have coupons galore to use tonight!  Also I signed up for the JoAnn Fabric mailing list and got a coupon for them, so hopefully all this fabric won’t cost me an arm and a leg!  I’ll also be picking up some notions for a present I’m making, so I have another project but won’t put it up until the gift has been recieved.  I’ll try to put up some pics tomorrow of tonights goods!  Hope you are all sewing well…Peace!

{January 3, 2009}   Tour of my “Sewing Room”

I thought I’d give you all (well, that would be about 10 people according to the stats) a tour of my sewing area.  Also to show off my stash I just got from Hancock Fabrics.  Lovely, lovely Hancock Fabrics!  Let me tell you why I love them so much – it seems every time I step in there everything I want is 50% off!  There is always a sale there, and I love it.  I got a $50 gift card for Christmas so I went in and went crazy the other day!  I got about $100 worth of stuff for only $53!!!!!!  That’s with 10.25% tax even (yeah, Chicago sales tax is rediculous).  So…here’s what I got:


Look at all my loot!!  Of course, when I WANT to take a picture of Malcolm, he turns his head or runs away.  When I’m trying to take a picture of my sewing stuff, he jumps right in the shot and won’t move…but he’s pretty cute, so I forgive him 😀

So, I got a big cutting board, and cutting matt for my new rotary cutter I got for Christmas, sewing ruler, machine needles, iron rest, bobbins, dress makers tracing paper, tailors chalk, tracing wheel, organic bamboo filler fiber and 4 yards of fusible interfacing.  Oh yeah, I’m all set!  It’s nice to have most of the starting basics.  I don’t have to beg from my friends anymore now – yay 😀

Of course, now I need a new project…I’m thinking I’ll do this free pattern for a blue jean skirt I found.  I’ve got lots of old jeans lying around, and I love blue jean skirts, plus, I get to recycle stuff, so I don’t have to buy anything else 😀

Anyway, on to the tour of my sewing “room”.  It’s actually just the bit of room behind the couch in my living room, but it suits the purposes right now.


This is what you see when you first “walk in” to my studio.  My new cutting board and my sewing basket that my mom got me for Christmas.  The chair was made by my husband grandparents.


Here’s the other side of the area.  You can see my “idea wall” in the background (close up later) and another sewing basket.  A few random projects are on the other chair, and my new 3-in-one printer/scanner/copier which comes in very handy for sewing occasionally 😀  I’ve also gotten some iron on transfer paper so I can make my own labels for the clothes I sew.

dsc05385Here’s the close up.  It’s just a bit of wall that I’m using to put up inspirations and things I’d like to someday make.


My plant shelf doubles as fabric storage.  I don’t have much yet, but I have TONS of muslin, thanks to my lovely husband (Christmas gift).



Next is my sewing table and a close up of my machine.  It’s a Singer Athena 2000.  It used to belong to my pastor’s mother.  She has another sewing machine, so she’s allowing me to use this one.  It’s a really great machine and has served me well.  It’s from about the mid-70’s, so it dosen’t have all the fancy bells and whistles that newer machines have, but I’d rather learn on a machine that can’t do everything for me so I have to learn to do it myself.

dsc05392I also have a small crafting corner in the living room where I keep my sewing books, scrapbooking and knitting stuff.

Well…that’s it for the tour.  Hope you enjoyed it!  I hope to have up a post about the blue jean skirt by the end of next weekend, but we’ll see how the week goes.  Peace…

et cetera