Thursday, February 22, 2018

Gertie's Sewing Book Review

Ever since YouTube made a suggestion of me watching a video with Gretchen Hirsch, through Good Housekeeping TV, I've been secretly stalking Gretchen a.k.a. "Gertie".  To see her reminds me to the Stepford wives movie and how the actors dresses so vintage.  Vintage.  That's a great way to describe her aesthetic.  To me, she is the Vintage Queen!

As I became more serious about my drive for sewing,  I decided to start my Sewing book library.  I managed to get my hands on 2 of her books - Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing and Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book.

Below you will see my video review of these 2 books.  These are books that you definitely want on your shelf.  I find the Ultimate Dress Book tobe more of a text book style.  She starts from the very beginning of sewing.  She even teaches about the different types of fabric.  Every beginner, intermediate, and Advanced sewer can learn from this book.

Check out the video and let me know what you think in the comment section.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

DIY Whipped Body Butter

Hey guys!!!

Valentine's will be here before you know it!!

Why not hand make your gift this year and make a delicious smelling Body Butter for your loved one this year.  Add the Body Scrub and you've got yourself a nice little gift set.

I made a ton of these for Christmas for family and friends and it was a BIG HIT!!!!!

Watch below to see how I made these!

Once you make your own,  come back and let me know how they turned out.

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Happy Creating!!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Creator of the Month!

Hi Guys!!

This year I am adding to the blog a few new things.  One of which is the Creator's Showcase!!
I wanted to be able to share the love of my Sew Sisters and Creatives as well as the things that they are doing in their creative world.

Each post is done in the form of a virtual interview.  So if you're a creative and want to join in, send an email to and someone will get back to you!

So here's our very first Creative:

 Emerald Bowden of Emerald Sewcial Club

1.  Emerald tell us when did you first learn to sew and and why?
     My interest first started in middle school when I found a box of fabric scraps in my closet while           home alone. I took a brief sewing class in school, but never really pursued it.  then in 2010, I met       a friend at a party who sewed, and my interest grew from there.

2.  What is your favorite fabric to create with?
       It depends.  I guess I kind of like knit fabrics more, bamboo, ponte and scuba.

3.  How do you get inspired?
     How do you walk around God's beautiful earth and not be?  Inspiration is everywhere from                 nature to advertisement and social media.

4.  What are your top 3 sewing tools?
      Hmmm.....  My thread snips, glue for basting and a good pair of shears.

5.  What is the last thing you made?
      The last thing I completed was a Bomber jacket for my mom.

6.  What is your favorite creation thus far?  Why is it your favorite?
      My favorite so far is a jumper that I pattern hacked.  I love it because it's super easy to wear, and        I finally have one that fits! Ready to wear jumpers are always too long.  It's great to be able to           sew what you like and fits!!

7.  When is your favorite time of the day to sew?
      Any time I can!  I beginning early in the morning and sewing all day!  But more realistically, I'm        usually up late nights.

8.  Have you ever lost your "Sewjo"?  If so, what brings you back?
     Fortunately not.  There are times I have been unable to sew though.  I'm not at my best at those           times.  I get so cranky and irritable.

9.  Who are your top 5 Sewing Bloggers or Vloggers to follow?
      SoIsewedthis, Bluehousejoys, The Revelout, That Black Chic and the English Standard.

10.  Do you work a Full-time job?  How do you find time to sew?
       I do.  Sewing is of paramount importance to me, so I make time by sewing at every opportunity,          and sometimes staying up late, if that's what it takes.  I have come to realize it doesn't always              take several hours blocked off to sew. 10-15 minutes is enough time to sew a few seams, get a few        pieces cut to get prepared,  I always end my sewing time with the next step ready to be done.               This helps when I am short on time.

Wow!!  You gave us some great tips on how to get our sewing in with our everyday lives.  I have to add this to my routine.  I'm usually falling asleep at the machine then I just get up and go to bed.  Preparation for the next step is key!!.

Thanks for sharing a few of who you follow you follow.  I see I follow at least 3 of these creatives.  I have to run and add the others as well.

It was definitely a pleasure virtual chatting with you.  Tell us where can readers go to follow you?

On Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat: Emeraldjeana
on Facebook:  Emerald Sewing Club
on the Web: 

If you're not already following, head on over to Emerald's social media sites and make sure your follow.

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Happy Sewing

Saturday, December 9, 2017


Here's a quick DIY  that can serve 2 purposes.  A product to help eliminate dry skin and serve as a gift for family and friends.

Leave me a comment down below and let me know what do you use to eliminate dry skin and what are your favorite DIY gifts to make for the holiday season..

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

So you want to sew....where to start

I wanted to create this post for my newbies while this is fresh in my mind - since I am not far from it.

So here are some of tools I started out with as a newbie.

1.  The obvious tool would be - a sewing machine.

I advise that you not go out and buy the most expensive machine on you first go out.  My first machine is this Brothers Sewing Machine.  That was about 19 years ago.  I had it sitting around longer than I was using it.  Believe I still use it as my fall back machine.

The reason for me saying don't go out and buy an expensive machine is.  I want you to make sure that you invest in a purchase that you will use often.   When I purchased this machine, I wasn't sure and I was right in this purchase.  I brought the machine home, opened it, made a few skirts, then pushed it to the side for about a year or two.  When I decided to take up sewing for real, I had to search for it in the basement.   Now that I've been sewing for a few years, I've upgraded my machine, but old Susie is still alive and well and still being used.

I have since purchased and use the Singer Sew Mate 5400.

My latest upgrade is a Project Runway Edition.  To see the unboxing of this machine, click HERE.  I have yet to use this machine yet.

So here's some other tools that I purchased in my beginning days. Most of which you can purchase from your local Joann fabrics or Walmart.

  • Tape measure
  • Clear plastic ruler
  • Fabic scissors
  • Paper scissors
  • Stick pins ( you want a lot of these)
  • Safety pins (just a few)
  • Tracing Paper
  • Notions ( thread, Marking pens, seam ripper, marking wheel, tailor chalk)
  • Fabric weights
  • Cutting mat
A lot of these items you can already find in a kit assembled for you like this ONE for example.


**As I mentioned before, do go out and buy the most expensive machine first.  At least, not until you know that sewing is for you and you will get plently of use from your machine.**


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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Epic fail!

I'm sure you've all heard the term - EPIC FAIL.

Well the realness of this Epic fail - blog post is evident in these pictures. With my hectic schedule, sometimes I have to force myself to sit down and sew.  I would love to work part-time and sew part-time on a daily basis, but life has not yet afforded me that gift.

Often times sewing for me gets put on the late night burner.  In my younger years, I could stay up 24 hours or more without sleep but as I get older……… those days are far from me.  With working full-time, being a mom, and a glam-mom,  sewing gets pushed off day after day until I force myself to sit in my studio and make something.

At the top of the year, it was my goal to wear something that I’ve made every Sunday to church.  I didn’t need 52 new outfits, but I wanted what I wore to church to be something I’ve made.  Well……. I made it all the way to August 27th, 2017 on my goal.  I would have made it until now if it weren’t for me SEWING WHILE SLEEPY!!

I just knew I was wide awake and paying full attention to what I was doing but apparently, I was sewing in my sleep for real.. or at least cutting in my sleep.  In the sew world, that’s a crime.   As you can see from the picture posted below this dress would have been an awesome dress. 

I used pattern  NL6723.  I was doing good with it so I thought.  I made my markings once I cut the pattern.  Clipped all my notches too.  I thought I was doing everything right.  Once I finished I pinned my pieces together. Then life interrupted and I laid the pattern to side.  There’s no telling how long it had been lying around. 3 weeks, a month? 

Finally time came back around and I had a moment to pick it back up.  I was going to wear it for a conference.  I picked up where I left off.  Back like I never left. I was almost done.  All I needed to do was add sleeves and insert the zipper.  Before I continued, I decided to try on the dress to see if I needed to take it in any.  I first put it on Penelope cause we're the same size) and this is what I saw..

I couldn't believe my eyes  Even though I set up Penelope to my exact measurements, at that moment I couldn't trust myself.  SO I tried on the dress myself.  It was then that I was brought to the realization that when I came back from my conference………. I came back 18 pounds HEAVIER!!!!!!!!  How in the world?!?! 

Needless to say, there was no way to expand this dress at this point.  (Insert Sad Face).  Ok so, no crying over spilled milk here.  I have time to make something quick.  So let’s go for something short and sweet.  So I thought, I’ll make a Peplum top that I can match up with a Peplum skirt. 

M7021 is one of my favorite patterns!!  Meaning there’s no zipper and I can use a stretch knit.  So I cut out the fabric.  Then I realized I didn’t measure with this new weight gain. Yikes!!   Ok, let me think.. Wait, it’s a stretch fabric.  I can throw on my Body Magic ® and be good.  I continue to make the top.  As you can see, it looks pretty good, I’m almost done.  Then I decided to try it on only AFTER I attached the peplum and sleeves.


There's so many things wrong with this picture.  Let's start with.  I made the upper portion of the top TOO SMALL!!!!  Just how did I do that?  I didn’t pay attention to my own notes that I have written on the pattern. “ ADD 2 inches” . I know you’re like only 2 inches?  Yes.  2 inches can make a world of difference in the world of sewing if you ask me. 

So not only did I not increase the width of the pattern with my increase in weight, I failed to increase the length.  Even though I was down to the wire on making these outfits, I didn’t cry.  I could only laugh.  It was my fault for not paying attention to my own notes AND what I was feeding myself!!!!!!!!!!!!   I had stayed the same weight for so long.  I never thought to re-measure myself after my initial cut.

Now I understand the phrase that I learned from my experienced Sew Sisters.

I've learned my lesson.  The one thing I can't stand is wasting fabric.  So from now on..  I'm going to measure myself quite a few times before I cut.  I pray I never make this mistake ever again!!!!

So as I close ( in my sewing ministry voice) I leave you with this.  Don't a mistake here or there stop you or keep you from sewing.  We all do it at some time or another.
Take your time, pay attention and DON’T SEW WHILE SLEEPY OR SLEEPING!!!!! Measure, Measure, then measure again.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

DIY Wall Décor ~ Dollar Tree Style

Never in my wildest dreams have I ever thought to consider being a Martha Stewart kind of person.  That is until I met Pinterest. 

As a teen and young adult, I was the busy body type.  In school I was very active in sports, friends, I worked at Roy Rogers in between.  I literally came home to sleep and shower.  My family always had the house looking very nice and clean, but I never paid attention to the décor that made it a home.  With the creation of Pinterest, I have been lured to spending minutes and maybe even hours scrolling (research) the pages of awesome pins to this app.   Some of the pins were costly and difficult to re-create so I scrolled past with like a “Like”.  Then I was hit with a Dollar Tree Décor Board and my eyes were open to the fact that I too can have a beautifully decorated home as when I was younger – on a budget.

Here’s one of my favorite DIY that I stumbled upon as a re-pin on Pinterest.  Check out the video below.  Below that are the written steps to follow to make your own.

Supplies Needed:
Krylon Paint (Michael’s, Joann’s, A.C. Moore)
3 Etched Nickel plated serving trays (Dollar Tree)
Main Street Wall Creation Stickers (Dollar Tree)
Picture hanging Kit (Dollar Tree)
Glue Gun and sticks (Michael’s, Joann’s, A.C. Moore)

The very first thing I did was remove the price stickers from the back of the serving trays.  I did this by just wetting a paper towel and leaving on top of the label  for a few minutes.  that made it easier to peel off.

Then I went outside with the trays and spray paint to paint the nickel plated serving trays. Side bar - NEVER EVER EVER spray paint in your house without proper ventilation.  I gave the trays a couple coats to get the look that I wanted.  I let it dry outside while I went inside to tape a different YouTube video.

Once dry, I applied the Wall Street Main Creation stickers on the tray giving it a slight rub to insure that it adhered to the trays.

On the back of the trays, I attached a wall hanging unit using a glue gun.  Although I didn't measure to get the middle of the try, you may want to do that for a picture perfect hanging.

The entire project costs me $5.00 outside of the glue gun and can of paint (which I already had). Incidentally,  I used a coupon for both of those items.  

Only thing left after gluing the wall hanging kit is to locate the perfect spot and hang.

NOTE:  The stickers do not have glue on the back.  If you make a mistake placing them on the trays, you can easily peel it right back off.  I created my project about 5 months ago and the stickers have not loosened or come off yet.

This is an easy breezy project that even your teenagers can do.

I posted this project on YouTube 3 months ago and never did I imagine that it would give me OVER 12,000 views.  For this I am grateful.

Take a look and tell me what you think.

Tell me your favorite Dollar store decor project.

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