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weekly photo challenge: the golden hour

Interesting challenge this week, and one I was eager to find besides-the-obvious meanings. Sure enough, according to Wikipedia, the golden hour can also mean . . .

  • the first hour a customer spends with a new product (software engineering)
  • the first hour “after major traumatic injury” (medicine)
  • 7 to 9 pm telly in Japan (Americans say prime time)

My favorite dictionary says . . .

GOLDEN, a. Made of gold; consisting of gold.  1. Bright; shining; splendid; as the golden sun. 2. Yellow; of a gold color; as a golden harvest; golden fruit. 3. Excellent; most valuable; as the golden rule. 4. Happy; pure; as the golden age, the age of simplicity and purity of manners.  5. Preeminently favorable or auspicious.

Here’s the WordPress post.

2013 winter swap ~ yes, i do mean **now**


Penny over at Dresses and Me ( in New Zealand) is hosting a winter swap. Southern Hemisphere seasons are opposite of Northern Hemisphere, so she really can say Winter.

Hurray!  Have seen other swaps and am amazed and more than slightly envious at how people view their partners, and was green with envy to participate. Hee-hee!

If you’re interested, and have a sewing blog (so your partner can see what you like) click onto Penny’s blog post and sign up right away – there is a time limit!

Kat at Modern Vintage Cupcakes also just posted an interview with Penny about her online store and her personal sewing likes – quite interesting!

Will be posting about my package as soon as it arrived, so stay tuned!

weekend update

Realized that buttons post might have left some unanswered questions, and we couldn’t have that, sew…

burda blouse button

completed burda blouse button back closure + embroidery
completed burda blouse button back closure + embroidery

I was faffing about a bit with buttons for the back closure for my burda blouse, then realized what a fab post a sampling of them would be, so I posted a few.  Couldn’t stop faffing, so added some embroidered french knots just because.  Result on the side here, which I’d meant to post after I’d posted the collection. Sorry I forgot!

indie pattern list update

Had a looong think about this list – like how to put it all together alphabetically, be able to update it whenever (added 1 just yesterday), how important it would be for us to know ahead of time the country of origin & if  international shipping was offered, and if offered, is it very expensive.

Decided to do a spreadsheet with those topics & am almost half through the 4 landscape-oriented  pages, Lovely Readers. It takes a bit of time delving into each site to locate the info, and upon occasion I couldn’t locate it.  Please wish me lots of luck with it, and I’ll let you know when it’s posted.  Which brings me to…


Yep, CnS is now on fb, sorta.  Haven’t had much time to explore and add to it; however, if you’d care to like me/follow me, I’d be delighted to have your company!

All for now – cheerio!

weekly photo challenge: fleeting, or what a difference a button makes

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Last week’s photo challenge was fleeting

Fleet”ing, a. Passing swiftly away; not durable; transient; transitory; as, the fleeting hours or moments. Syn. — Evanescent; ephemeral. See Transient.

What’s fleeting about sewing? We spend our time creating fashion that is durable, classic, unique, that fits us & our lifestyle. Fleeting???  Hmm… evanescent?… ephemeral… ah — buttons!

What do we do when we want to update a blouse? If it’s got buttons, we consider changing them. A blazer/jacket needs updating? Change those buttons!

Maybe that’s why we collect them – hee-hee!   🙂

a wee bit more sewing bee!

from the BBC-2 web site
from the BBC-2 web site

Note-This shoulda been a monday or tuesday post, but was too busy to put it up – apologies for not feeling like writing this week, & saving them all up for today – my bad On a brighter note, you’ve the whole weekend to catch up.   he-he!

There’s just something about the camaraderie all 8 contestants displayed that’s knocked a big hole in many people’s hearts around the globe.  If you’re one of those with withdrawal pangs, here’s a wee bit more detail. And lots more piccies!

❤❤  Faithful Readers know I’m a fan of Debi over at My Happy Sewing Place.  Her partner, David, has written a beautiful guest post of his observations of the show, having accompanied Debi to Lauren’s Grand Opening last weekend, when many of the contestants also came to help out. As a man who doesn’t sew, he had time to observe and reflect on what was happening. It’s inspiring reading!  ❤❤

the sewers, in alpha order

  • Ann is on Ravelry, and has ventured into quilting
  • Jane’s gorgeous handbags are available online
  • Lauren’s shop sells online & has just opened in Birmingham, U.K.
  • Mark & his wife spend their evenings making historic costumes for themselves
  • Michelle is a young mum & makes unique fashions for herself & her baby
  • Sandra continues to sew for herself & her 3 daughters… and has started her own label
  • Stuart writes a quilting column for a monthly magazine, and holds quilting workshops around the U.K., including at Lauren’s store
  • Tilly is publishing her own patterns, has a very popular blog, and also does workshops at Lauren’s store

judges & presenter

  • May Martin has taught at Denman College (Women’s Institute Academy) since 1995
  • Savile Row’s Patrick Grant is a director of a bespoke menswear firm and has absorbed their high level of workmanship
  • Claudia Winkleman is well-known for hosting BBC programmes, including Strictly Come Dancing & The Arts Show with Claudia Winkleman

BBC-2 aired the programmes, and this is their site. Note that I’ve tried several times to view clips on their site and have only gotten to see 1 or 2.  Not certain if it’s because I’m not in England, or if the site was overloaded with requests to view.

still stalling…

can't help myself - insanity reigned when i couldn't resist this slightly vintage piece!
can’t help myself – insanity reigned when i couldn’t resist this slightly vintage piece!

Last week I had an opportunity to get gussied up a bit, and literally dug out this pin to wear with a scarf.  Isn’t it wonderfully tacky?!  It glitters like $1,000 bucks, despite missing stones. Don’t mind – wear it anyway.

Have another outing this week, and am tempted to wear it again.  But also have a store-bought (discount) dark green blouse that I glitzed up with these buttons.  Can wear either the blouse or the pin, but not both.

As it was St. Patrick’s Day yesterday, I  had an even gaudier pin to wear.

Ain’t bling fun sometimes?  Lol!

a december project

after wearing several times without the red button, decided to add it... just cause red's so nice!
after wearing several times without the red button, decided to add it… just cause red’s so nice!

Apologies for the delay in reporting my experiment with a zippered hoodie sweatshirt.  I wanted to change the overall effect from casual to something more feminine.  Hm… tried out some lace and crochet work.  A piece that seemed just right had tiny stains that wouldn’t bleach out.   Buttons might hid the stains.

You know I  couldn’t resist that combination!

The sweatshirt fabric was too thick to sew comfortably by hand.  Had to use lots of very short straight stitches, with the needle stopping in the down position so everything could be shifted around the circle.  Actually, that didn’t get done too accurately, so button placement came to the rescue!  Then I got out the pliers to help get the needle through the fabric enough times to sew on the buttons.

Some buttons flop around a bit because they’re shank buttons, but I don’t mind.

All that’s needed now is an idea for replacing the frayed ribbed cuffs.  Suggestions?

bits n bobs

Lady Cora's mum from ITV.com Photo Gallery
Lady Cora’s mum from ITV.com Photo Gallery

Have been in alternatively quite different states of mind lately, ogling through the Simplicity Sewing Books received in the mail (more about them later), trying to think 20s instead of 30s a la Downton, and discovering in the light of day that the 2 buttons for the transitional green skirt (currently in the wash before final elastic-waist fitting) don’t match after all.
So will give it all a go, and get it out of me system…

Transitional skirt + button = NOT!
Transitional skirt + button = NOT!

Transitional green skirt.  Well, that photo says it all.  Off the carefully sewn 2 buttons will come, and we’re down to a plain dark green skirt.  Could be worse.  At this point, after all the pains from cutting to seam binding to matching thread for top stitching, guess I’m just grateful to have it wearable.  We need work horses as well as confetti pieces.   😉

Downton Abbey-inspired.  Although we won’t have Downton until 2013, we’ll be hearing and seeing a lot before then.  Meanwhile, inspired by that sweeping arm of Lady Cora’s mum as she arrives at Downton and  descends from her limo, I might have discovered what to do with a bit of stash from me golden years in California.

stash velour stretches...
stash velour stretches…

Only sticky wicket is the fabric is velour, with a lot of lengthwise stretch.  Will need to back it with something to stop gravity, and curtail the too slippery wrong side.  Perhaps wool + interfacing.  This will require some thought, but might be sorted by the time Downton rolls across the pond come January.  Am currently thinking the tunic from Folkwear #264 Monte Carlo Dress

Simplicity Sewing Books.  Decided to use Amazon to purchase copies of the 1930, 1940, and 1950 editions of these, and compare them.  Have 20s & 30s thus far.  It’s been so great to read them, with 30s including a great section on godets, which the 40s doesn’t mention.

It’s also been tremendous because I’m reminded of how I learned to sew a home in the early 60s.  We didn’t have many zippers around, so most of the skirts that got made by any of us had plackets and poppers for closure.

Belt-making kits were unheard of in our house!  We used a length of interfaced fabric, or the stiffer belt interfacing if there was any about, and maybe an old buckle.  As I recall, sometimes the buckle was the problem — no way to fasten it, so it became more of a sash.  he-he!

Toodles, possums!