Weekend Draping Intensive!


Greetings friends…


This will be another time of creative “playing with muslin on a mannequin”. You will be able to drape and create the basic building blocks of clothing patterns, and be able to understand what makes garments what they are in terms of shape and in fit to the body! This can be helpful to your sewing skills as you more deeply understand how your favorite styles of clothing are created and sewn. I will teach you how to take the basic garment patterns you’ve draped and create the simple style variations to the pattern that may be your favorite style to wear. Come have fun with us this summer in draping class.!! You can register at the Workroom Social website at workroomsocial.com

Sewing Friends


Just talking about friends here in this posting.

My friend Nancy ( pictured above ) moved away to another state  recently and I will miss her!  It’s just as simple as that.

Some of you who  do more quilting than garment sewing may recognize Nancy from where she used to work at the City Quilter. Nancy has decided to take both her summer and, especially, her WINTER living to warmer climates. I really don’t blame her for that, considering the NY winters we have been having (–no, suffering through..) in recent years. I wouldn’t mind 73 degrees, no humidity, and no snow in January!

Nancy welcomed me into the quilting world and didn’t hold it against that I was  mainly a garment sewing person with a bad fabric addiction (quilting cottons make SUCH COMFORTABLE   clothing. I HAD to use them. And OH BOY- the colors!!!) Yeah- I think I have been stung by a  quilting bee. I will probably do more quilting since I discovered a whole new set of sewing friends that “come with”.

Don’t get it too twisted. I would never give up on my first love of garment sewing. On the contrary, I am now looking to see how many quilting techniques I can incorporate into garments. Turns out there is a lot  of creative things I can do in garment sewing, now that I am armed with some quilting skills. Hoping to show that off in the future as I sew for myself.

Oh yeah- the last thing Nancy asked me to do for her before her move was to make  her a corset! Sort of like a going away present. So I did! Nancy picked the fabric and I used a “fat quarter” for the binding of the corset edges and  for the modesty panel in the back of the corset. I set the grommets myself. I had a fun time making this corset for Nancy. She loved it.

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I am probably going to be doing more sewing for me in the coming seasons.  I need a rest from sewing for other people and I’m  feeling  like I am the  “abandoned stepchild” of my own sewing room and  sewing skills.  As far as sewing for others -Most people appreciate my sewing work, some don’t.  It can be hurtful to me sometimes when some don’t appreciate the work that goes into a custom made garment, but its ALL GOOD. I have learned  valuable lessons about myself, about  people and about  sewing with each sewing  encounter I’ve had.  I will DEFINITELY keep teaching sewing as others allow me to come into their creative sewing world. But I think it’s ME time.

Lastly -Nancy introduced me to two other wonderful sewing friends.  I mention them here in honor of mentioning Nancy.

One is Andrea- the owner of Gotham Quilts. Knowing Andrea has not only added a kindred sewing person to my life,  Gotham Quilts has  also  added more fabric to my already bad  fabric addiction. It’s wonderful !!

The other is named  Teri.


Teri is  fun woman!  You can see us here just goofing off for the camera. But seriously- Teri is an amazing and highly knowledgeable and skilled quilter. She is a Bernina Ambassador  and has helped me to learn and  get the most out of using my new Bernina machine.  Teri also keeps me laughing ( as you can see) and I appreciate her  lively, but dry sense of humor. Teri has a blog ( Terificreations.wordpress.com ) that I follow  not only because she is a friend, but I get to “expand my sewing horizons” by taking a look at the  news, and notes, and the links  that Teri posts there. It’s pretty good !

Well those are the two sewing friend gifts that Nancy left me before Nancy moved away. Nice to know I can still  text Nancy tonight and tell her  THANKS for  being a friend and leaving the friends to me that she has.

Happy sewing y’all.



Draping again!


Been a few weeks since my last post! Took an early summer vacation after sewing for wedding season, enjoyed being with my family in fresh air and rest. Sewing during vacation?? Hmmm… not so much!   But I am well rested and will be starting up sewing  and teaching again.

That being said:


This will be another time of creative “playing with muslin on a mannequin”.  You will be able to  drape and create the basic building  blocks of clothing patterns,  and be able to  understand what makes garments what they are in terms of  shape and in fit to the body! This  can be helpful to your sewing skills as you more deeply understand how your favorite styles of clothing are created and sewn.  I will teach you how to take the  basic garment patterns you’ve draped and create the simple style  variations  to the pattern that may be your favorite style to wear.  Come have fun with us  this summer in draping class.!! You can register at  the Workroom Social website at workroomsocial.com





Bride “B”

Last November I posted pictures of a couple of brides  dresses that I had been working on for the fall.  I featured “Bride  A” and “Bride B”. As you may recall I had not gotten pictures of ” Bride B” in her dress  – until now…  Take a peek!

As I wrote:

Bride “B” wanted an organic cotton, strapless, sweetheart neckline, A-line, lined in silk and cotton, floor length dress, with a 4 foot long (church length) train.We put a crinoline under the skirt for a gentle “poof” underneath. Bride and her mom picked out the lace for the bustier part of the dress. I thought it was a beautiful lace choice.

I am pleased at how the dress turned out and I am glad that Bride ( and  her MOM …) were also pleased with the dress.  From the message I got from Mother of the bride, the wedding day was fun  and joyous, and the bride felt good in her dress! YAY!

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Best Wishes to the happy couple!



Nina’s First Steps- completed!

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Probably like millions of other  sewing machine owners, I named my new sewing machine. Probably like millions of other Bernina owners I have named my   new machine “Nina”. Easy to do! Covenient to do- especially when you want  an easy name to both bless the machine when it does well, and curse the machine if it does something crazy when you are trying to get a project done by a certain time. Okay  so maybe I am  the only one  who does this!

Anyway…I am blessing Nina. Profusely.

Her first steps sewing in my  little sewing place were a bundle of bras I created for a friend. Nina did well and I am happy with her. I made 6 “work-a-day” regular bras for  my friend G. who wanted every day  basic lingerie.  You know those “old faithful” garments that you roll out of bed, throw on, and run out  of the door to get to work on time. Yep-  sewing them worked out great on Nina. Just posting the pics  here to record what I have sewn- all in the interest of having this blog help me archive and  remember. I  can see the pictures which help me remember the techniques I have used to create the garment.

As I get the time I will post the techniques  in  the sewing process. I am thinking, though, that  ” everybody and her sister” is now sewing bras.  OK -I read that  ” everybody/sister” statement  recently on the Curvy Sewing Collective, but I guess I agree with it. If you  search the site you can even find a pattern for a free bra  that was posted for Feb 2016.  Also-with Beverly Johnson now with a Craftsy  bra making class and her blog , I may not need to show a lot of technique here. Beverly taught me, and  I feel  Beverly’s class is pretty good.

AND SO- Nina’s first steps- completed! Baby girl machine  is helping me to crank  it out, and it’s  ALL good! Love it!

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( Warning- here comes a shameless advertisement, but here goes –) If you are interested in having fun, expanding your sewing and pattern making skills, and playing with fabric on the mannequin, sign up for  the Weekend Draping Intensive at Workroom Social. It’s happening on April 2nd & 3rd in the Brooklyn Workroom Social studio. I’ll be teaching the basics of draping and  we can work together to help  you take those draping skills and boost your overall  sewing skills  up  to the next level.

Going on with Nina into the next project. I’ll keep you posted!

Be Well. Happy sewing


Draping Time! C’mon and play!


As I continue on in my sewing journey, I am grateful to get  the chance to share a little bit of what I know  in sewing and design with other sewing people.  It’s great to get together with others who ( like me )wish to expand their  sewing skills and learn  more  design techniques  to help them better  express their creativity in garment making.

That being said,  I invite one and all to join me in a  creative weekend  where I will be teaching the  fundamentals of draping skill.  C’mon and play with fabric on the  small mannnequin!

The 2 day class is called  Weekend Draping Intensive and is being held at  Workroom Social  on April 2 and April 3 2016. Workroom Social is a relaxing, friendly  Brooklyn, NY sewing studio where you can learn something new, increase your sewing skills in a fun way, and meet new friends in the  local sewing community.

What’s great about this class is that you will  be able to  learn and understand how some of the basic building blocks of garment patterns ( called slopers )are formed. You’ll learn  how to  first create slopers,  and then learn how to  reform and reshape those basic   patterns to form  some of the simple  fashion styles that you love to wear.  Although you will be learning  how to drape and create  on the small mannequin, the same core  principles of  draping and pattern creation  you  are learning  will translate well into what you can do for your own sized garment patterns.

Now to give a fair “head’s up”, this class is for the  advanced beginner sewing person. Anyone  just starting out in sewing and not knowing a thing or two about garment making might feel a  little overwhelmed. But for those of you who have conquered zipper insertions, know  a small  bit about using  sewing patterns, and are familiar with sewing straight and curved seams, I invite you to  expand yourself and see where learning simple  draping skills can take your  sewing skills. This  Weekend Draping Intensive may be just what you need to help take ( or kick..) your creative garment making UP a notch or two!

Checkout  the Workroom Social website for more details and class description!

Happy sewing and see you in April !!



New Tool in the girl cave…

This will be short!

Nope- I’m not trying to  show off to anybody.  Just wanting to declare gratefulness. I am truly blessed.

So I said to Santa- ” PLEASE SIR, you cannot go to your midwinters’s nap, and sleep for the year without first  CONSIDERING giving me my ChristmasHannukahKwaansaNewYearbirthdayValentines’ gift.  I know how sleepy you are after your holiday run, but think about it!” He considered my request, looked at my last blog post and archives, and decided that my sewing skills might be worth the giving.

“You keep on sewing there, girlie girl”, he said to me in a loving fatherly manner as he yawned and went off to sleep till next Christmas.

” Yes sir, yes sir – I will !!  THANK YOU, Santa” I said.

New tool in the sewing room (a.k.a girl cave ) to  get creative with. I am very grateful and feeling very blessed. Now to start  the sewing worthy of the gift. One stitch at a time.