painting happy places (aka, a fabric store)

painting happy places (aka, a fabric store)

Nothing better for obsessed sewaholics than a fabric store.

Here’s a visit to one from a while ago.

Let’s check out the buttons first . . . . .

Pardon me whilst I drool over

the rest of these gorgeous closures . . .

Not forgetting the 3 rooms of fabrics & patterns. . .

Vogue Fabrics Evanston (Illinois)

Vogue Fabrics
Evanston (Illinois)

And here’s a mural painted decades ago on what used to be New York Fabrics’ Mountain View (California) store.

The building has no windows, so all this is faux. Great mural, no?

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pattern boundaries? or am i too intense?

set of 3-fronts

set of 3-fronts

Spotted this immediately . . .

. . . after walking through the door,  . . .

. . .  so I grabbed it.





😢  Nooooo . . . .


label close-up

After several moments of incredulity, astonishment, and delight . . . I started reading. Oh.  They’re notebooks.

Lovely Sewing Readers ~

Does this push boundaries too far?
Am I getting too intense??
Is there such a thing???


American sewers can keep their eyes peeled, possibly in several chain stores. (🇺🇸 $12.95)

Sorry, but I don’t know about elsewhere… however they do list a U.K. price of 🇬🇧£9.99 so there’s hope.

Had time to do a quick search – shh, don’t tell!

Amazon US & UK list this and note cards in similar designs, as well as McCall’s/Butterick (it’s the same company these days, plus Vogue).

Cost Plus World Market
Vintage McCall’s Patterns Notebooks, Set of 3
SKU#  504152
“Set of 3 notebooks fastened with twine
Include 64 pages each”
6″W x 8.5″L

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taking a break ~

taking a break ~

Remember this shirt?

I saw a video (also below ~ this time it inserted) last week that got me thinking about things I might like to change . . . sleeve length & those darned cuffs, amongst other things.

Managed to get the pocket safely removed last week. As I well know from other efforts on other fabrics, that’s sometimes a lot harder than it sounds. pocket

Chopping off those cuffs might be next, for stress relief if nothing else!

Miss everyone, but things are winding up tight here with sewing definitely last on any list.

Heigh, ho. This too will pass.

Watercolor Inspirations for South Sea Imports ca 1995Meanwhile, made time to change over to my fav Autumn table topper, and looked at the selvage info: “Watercolor Inspirations” by Pat Margaret & Donna Slusser for SSI (South Sea Imports).

There was no date, so I sleuthed a bit and discovered these two quilters published at least 2 books about their quilts, appeared on a quilting TV show in the mid-to-late 1990s, and were apparently well-known and regarded.

Mid-1990’s is about when I found this fabric. It’s held up quite well, moving from West Coast to Mid-West to East Coast, coming out most Autumns to be enjoyed again. Ah, the delights of a favourite piece of fabric . . .

2 new lagenlook patterns from marcy tilton


Ms. Marcy T’s latest Vogue patterns are now available:

blouse V9153


Vogue 9153
click to go to pattern
photo from Vogue

and a skirt V9161


Vogue 9161
click to go to pattern
photo from Vogue

Ms. Marcy’s current blog post is all about the blouse, featuring …

  • a mock pocket
  • asymmetrical font/back bottom finishes
  • exposed darts
  • set-in sleeves because they give “a subtly better fit”
  • two collar styles

Vogue 9153
click to go to pattern
photo from Vogue

Also in the post are tips for sewing and finishing collar points.

Do you hate buttonholes as much as I do? We’re not alone!

Ms. Marcy wrote, “Even though I’ve been sewing well over 50 years, I still have qualms and fits over making buttonholes!”

Here’s her latest YouTube video on buttonholes. (No idea why this couldn’t be inserted the usual way…)



Left & below is one of several shirts bought from a charity shop, and not put on a hanger until this time of year.

Very appropriate colours in this men’s shirt, don’t you think?

It jumped out at me, and I had to have it – recycling for $2 couldn’t be beat. 😉

Below are some of the matchey details. (Click to go to all the details & captions.)

My apologies for any confusion the other day at the bottom of that post. Hope below will clarify.

The Great British Bake Off – The original series from Great Britain. Click link for more details.

  • It started in 2010 in Britain with Season 1 containing 6 episodes
  • It’s continued every year in Britain, with increased numbers of contestants and episodes
  • Currently, Britain is seeing Season 6 containing 10 episodes

The Great British Baking Show – the re-titled, Americanized reruns of The Great British Bake Off

  • Reruns began in America in January 2015 with repeats of Britain’s Season 5 (10 episodes) renamed in the U.S. as “Series 1”
  • Currently, America is seeing reruns of Britain’s Season 4 (10 episodes) renamed in the U.S. “Series 2”
  • Note: All episodes in “Series 1” and “Series 2” are shown in proper order.

in other words…  The world waits whilst Britain sees each new season.  That’s fair ~ they created it!  😍

other shows America sees later

Antiques Roadshow  began in Britain in 1979.  18 years later, PBS bought the idea and created an American version. To further confuse Americans, PBS also bought the rights to replay some of the old British Antiques Roadshows, and renamed them Antiques Roadshow UK.

Agatha Christie’s Poirot We always waited at least a year to see Poirot, and then not necessarily in the order they were originally shown in Britain, and with edited bits. (Americans get edited versions of maaany overseas programmes.)

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is an Australian TV show with great 1928 fashions. Aussies have just seen the 3rd series.  America is waiting.  siiigh . . .

Midsomer Murders US fans: MAJOR spoiler alert in the first paragraph if you click the link. Ohhhh, don’t get me started! The reruns in America are so old & mixed up that one week John Nettles (and only he – you Brits know what I mean & please don’t reveal!) has Sergeant Jones, and the next week Sergeant Troy.

Downton Abbey somehow got a very brief delay between British and American viewings. In Britain, they’re about to begin viewing the newest season. America will probably see it in January.

Other outstanding programs have also been purchased and shown in America on independent network MHz, including Montalbano (Italy), Wallander (Sweden), and Maigret (France).

I wrote a piece about Montalbano over on my other blog with behind-the-scenes videos available from MHz.


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poncho repeté

poncho repeté

Remember this fabric from a couple of weeks past?

Here’s a quick update on that package sent to Australia ~

A piccie of my friend’s mum wearing said poncho!

one warm Sydneysider!

one warm Sydneysider!

Phew! Looks like my fit guesses weren’t too far off.

Am told she wanted to pose doing a thumbs up, but my friend reminded her I’d rather see the fit.

Am delighted with this version, but would have loved either!

sewing, sorting, & baking

sewing, sorting, & baking

Well, I could blame it on witness 2 fashion

She did a great post about pyjamas!

But truth be told, have been thinking about them since Ali’s jumpsuit challenge in May somehow combined in my head with my 2 pair of sleep shorts (here & here) that I’ve worn constantly (indoors only!) this summer.

After making that third pair (top), it seemed natural to give a whole outfit a try. If I could just get back to finishing this blouse’s sleeves… Definitely don’t want to keep that neck binding, either. Too stiff by half! Meanwhile, mending summer & getting out transitional continues. . . 😴

Decorating for Autumn? Hallowe’en? Look at all the lovely patterns over on Pattern Patter.

Spent time last week sorting & labeling haberdashery and fabrics. Makes  final fabric sorting much easier. (click a pic to see the whole photo)

Thinking about baking? Know I am, partly because we’re finally getting to see “The Great British Bake Off.” But . . .

In their infinite wisdom (?), American public broadcasting services (pbs) is airing seasons chronologically. Backwards. And they re-named the programme: The Great British Bake Off is “The Great British Baking Show” over here.

Here’s a key to what’s what on our side of the pond.

  • British Series 5 was shown here as Series 1 in early 2015, and is currently being re-run.
  • British Series 4 is currently showing in U.S. as Series 2.

I discovered that both Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood have written scads of cook books, and both have lots of listings on YouTube.

Wednesday is the official start of Northern Hemisphere’s cooler seasons, and it can’t begin soon enough for me! How about you?

Edited to add: If you haven’t seen Did You Make That’s post today, do! It’s all about fitting.

a bit of summing up

a bit of summing up

Thought there’d be a post about a blouse (Butterick 5432) to match the rayon pedal pushers (left) I love so much. Had enough fabric & decided I needed one.

But sadly no, other events overtook it before I got the sleeves finished & a piccie taken.

Will make do with some bits & pieces ~ although to be fair, there’s been mending going on, but I shan’t bore you with that.  LOL!



Another idea for that digital pink …

Do you think something similar to the Stardust Skirt from Decades of Style would work?

Tanya, over at Mrs. Hughes, has a fantastic version that got me thinking.

If you use IG (I don’t but peek every blue moon), here’s another

Don’t know that I’d cut out & appliqué the pattern, as I’m always pushed for time (and basically lazy). 😉

the wooden yard stick is above the 1 complete pattern rep

the wooden yard stick is above the 1 complete pattern rep

However, the 30″ skirt length would definitely allow for the pattern’s height.

I’d place the skirt panels along the pattern’s bottom edge, similar to their layout, which gave me the idea.

Those pieces would need to be on the straight grain, but hopefully I could position them very close together.

Do you think it would work?

Am still dithering, but leaning, definitely leaning . . .

What’s up for my weekend? Who knows!

Hope yours will be relaxing and productive.


Update: Just posted some city photos over on my other blog…