“Always wear clean underwear in case you get in an accident!”

“Always wear clean underwear in case you get in an accident!”

My Grandma used to say this before we left the house. I fell down a Google rabbit hole trying to figure out where this saying came from and why it even exists. I found nothing useful, except that almost everyone has heard this bizarre saying. Well, I try to wear decent underwear most days, but you know, laundry day happens.

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Over the holidays I decided to splurge and buy a couple of matching underwear and bra sets. I haven’t gotten around to making my own yet. I found this really cute pair, but they are a full brief cut. And I mean, full! They come up over my belly button. I decided to cut them down to a hipster style. It really wasn’t very difficult and a nice way to work on a new-to-me lingerie fabric. Continue reading

Love Notions Laundry Day Tee

I have been fussing with two troublesome party dress muslins and I am not quite ready to cut into my good fabric. So I decided I needed a break and the instant gratification of just finishing one easy thing! Enter the Laundry Day Tee. It is a really quick make with simple instructions, and yet, I managed to mess up each and every step! Have you ever had one of those sewing days? It’s embarrassing, but not so mortifying that I am unwilling to share it with you!

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See? I even had trouble taking photos. I snapped so many with my eyes closed. Although, this turned out to be kind of sassy.

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Watching Old Movies, And Drooling Over the Clothing

I have been on an old movie watching kick lately and I tend to lean towards the comedies. I love the era when vaudeville is still transforming in to movie performance. I also love the hat era. Everyone used to wear hats and I love it!

Road to Rio (1947): Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, Gale Sondergaard

Dorothy Lamour is a rich woman whose evil, fabulously dressed Auntie, Gale Sondergaard, is hypnotizing her into marrying a fortune hunter. You know, like you do. Two showbiz stowaways on a stop her from leaping from the ship, in fabulous white gown, as her own erratic behavior has caused her to become suicidal. Many people are hyponotized, the Andrews Sisters sing with Bing, and Bob dresses up as Carmen Miranda. Essentially everything I enjoy in a silly movie!

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The dress she is going to commit suicide in. It’s gorgeous!
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This unreal black lace and tulle fantasy!

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January 21, 2017 – Women’s March on St. Louis

This post is about reflection and a little soapboxing! Please feel free to move on if you don’t want to read this. I will totally get it! All comments are moderated and I will not publish anything hateful. Back to sewing in a couple of days!

First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Megan

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Sew House Seven: Toaster Sweater #1 aka Turtle Sweater

Oh man, all through November and December I had a cough that I could not shake! I have been looking at all the cozy coats and sweaters that people have been making and I decided I needed one of my own. I have had my eye on the Toaster Sweater #1 from Sew House Seven for a while. I finally decided to take the plunge and bought the pattern. It looks like the warmest sweater and it is a little edgy with that neck piece!

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Of course I knew that the model would have a MUCH longer neck than I do, but it’s been so cold I took a chance on it anyway. Let me tell you, this sweater went through about 3 weeks of tweaking and altering to get it to fit! I think it works on me and most importantly it is very warm!

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2017 Sewing Goals

I hope you are looking forward to a new year as much as I am! It’s time to start thinking about my reading and sewing goals for the year. 2 years ago I decided to start using Goodreads.com to keep track of the books I had read for the year. It turns out that it motivated me to “read harder” or really read more books that were not in my normal repertoire. Last year I discovered Margaret Atwood, Octavia Butler, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, while rediscovering Barbara Kingsolver, Neil Gaiman, and Lois Lowry. P.S. I am always open to book suggestions, so feel free to share them with me!

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Top 5 Hits of 2016

Crafting a Rainbow is on of my favorite blogs to follow! Partially because she takes such beautiful joyful photos of her makes, someday I would like to take an outdoor photo, but I am just so shy. The other reason I love the blog is because she does things like #sewingtop5 of 2016! It is just a good way to reflect on a few of the things you have made for the year! I’m shocked I actually made 13 finished pieces this year so I am going to revisit the hits!

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I made my own pattern: Grey Window Pane Pants

I worked at Lane Bryant for many, many years so I have a lot of their clothes that were really made to last. Every winter they used to sell 4 or 5 colors of ponte knit pants that fit so amazingly! I am down to my last pair and I decided I would try to recreate them by making a pattern from them without taking them apart. They are a really simple shaped pant with a thick elastic waist band that doesn’t look frumpy! Sadly, they do not have pockets, but I think I can fix that!

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So first I traced the pants on both sides with a front leg and a back leg.

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The Seamstress Tag

I have started to see quite a few posts with “The Seamstress Tag” created by Hollie Sews in my feed. Of course I fell down the rabbit hole of finding more people’s blogs and vlogs of the seamstress tag. I love how much sewing people love sewing! It makes me feel like my obsession is normal! (It is, right?)

Who are you? I’m Megan; lover of books, cats, dogs, art, cooking, and sewing. I live in St. Louis, Missouri with 2 step-cats who are starting to think I am OK.

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When / Why did you start sewing? I have always hand-sewn. Hemming pants is a must when you are 5′ 3″ but I started sewing on a machine about 1 year ago. I have always wanted to learn to machine sew. My grandmother made all of my Mom’s clothes and my Mom never learned so it stopped there. I decided to gift myself a sewing class as an early 30th Birthday gift last year!

Favorite/Proudest make? Simplicity 1872 Cynthia Rowley’s Tiered Dress. I whipped this up in 2 weeks because I had an urgent desire to wear something me-made for engagement photos. I altered the pattern quite a bit by making it longer and adding sleeves, but it turned out rather well!

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Disastrous make? Very Easy Vogue V8615 Retro Dress with pockets! I don’t think I am even going to finish this one. I don’t know that I would consider a lined dress “very easy” but I did learn how to line a dress properly! On the other hand this was just not quite made for my body shape. The neck is too high and the boat neck is too wide for me. Also, I ran out of fabric for the sleeves and ended up with petal sleeves that are OK, but not my favorite.

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Favorite place for fabric shopping? Sadly, in  my area the only fabric stores are Joann’s and a quilting store. I spend most of my fabric budget at Fabric.com. They list the content of the fabric and then you get a receipt with the photo and name of the fabric. You can click on the photo to go directly to the page on the website that shows you the fiber content, even if it is sold out! I have found that so useful!

Most used pattern? So far it has been pajama pants. I know that is not the most exciting thing but I have just made several of them for friends, family and myself! They are a really fast sew and I can use all the twee fabric my little heart desires!

Most dreaded sewing task? It is a tie between cleaning up all the little threads out of my carpet after I finish something or cutting fabric. It is stressful to make sure you are cutting everything properly and I have certainly messed some things up because the fabric wasn’t lined up correctly.

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Favorite sewing task? Anything where fabric is running through the machine. I love it so much! It’s so gratifying!

Favorite sewing entertainment? I like to watch or listen to something I have seen a many times so I can drift in and out of it without missing anything. I go through periods of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Gilmore Girls, Golden Girls, and re-runs of radio shows like Car Talk and Wait, Wait, Don’t tell me on NPR. I did find that on a cold day when the wind is rattling the windows a great option is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and a mug of hot tea while sewing something cozy!

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Printed or PDF patterns? PDF. I LOVE watching a movie and throwing my laundry in the washer and then while I am waiting I tape together my patterns. It is very relaxing for me! I’m sorry, I know that goes against the grain, but I hate it when I rip that pattern tissue or have to try to get it back into the envelope! I also prefer the instructions that I stick in a 3-ring binder instead of road map style instructions! All around they are just easier for me to manage.

What sewing machine do you use? A refurbished Husqvarna Viking E10, also known as the Huskystar E10. It’s been pretty good to me for a starter machine!
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Any other hobbies? I’m a homebody that loves to read (books and blogs) and I love to cook! Basically all the activities that are good for someone who is indoorsy and introverted!

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Tiny Bottle Cap Pin Cushions

I don’t know about you but I am forever knocking over my pincushion and filling my mouth with pins as I am sewing! Enter this tutorial for adorable little pincushions that you can stick to your sewing machine on Tea Rose Home’s blog! Everything is cuter when it is smaller, right?

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