Sunday, February 26, 2012

Its Sunday and I've done nuthin...

...and I'm okay with that!  *LOL*  Yesterday I babysat my grandchildren so that day was lost...but not lost in a bad way...okay maybe when the almost 3 year old threw his juice box against my new vanilla walls, I wondered why the h*ll I was doing this.  But my DD and her husband do need a rest from children (my own mother did this for me) so I sacrificed sewing for them.  It was worth it.

However, today I'm slow getting started and am not sure just what I'm going to accomplish...especially since the Academy Awards are tonight and I really want to watch the Red Carpet shows.  But before I go any further, I want to thank everyone who left comments on The Whitney Dress and the McCalls 6460 posts. Thank you so much for taking the time to compliment both dresses, to leave some constructive criticism and to marvel over either of the dresses.  The positive reinforcement is appreciated.

I did wear both dresses to work this week...the good weather is still holding here on the East Coast...and I actually received more compliments on the M6460 dress. I think it's the print/color combination and it wore better than I thought it would. I think my dislike of the dress was directly related to the challenges I had with getting it completed. I will wear it again but I won't sew the pattern again. The Whitney Dress was a champ. But of course it would be because it's made from my TNT dress pattern...and it did receive a few compliments also.  

The May 2012 issue of Threads magazine showed up this weekend and there is an article, "One Pattern, Endless Options" by Patricia Keay in it that really caught my eye.  This article of course speaks to my way of sewing, however, the author also used her dress pattern to make a cute little fitted jacket. Whoa!  I've never done this before and never even thought of it. So now I have to add this to my sewing list.  Can you imagine?  Maybe my quest for the perfect jacket pattern is over!  Maybe I can get the jacket of my dreams from my TNT dress pattern...seriously I'm quivering with excitement peoples!  *LOL*

There are two dresses that I really want to make in the next couple of weeks...of course, The McQueen Dress and then my fall/winter version of The Rachel Dress.  I don't really have a great desire to sew today...maybe I'm still tired from watching those little people...or maybe I just need a breather...I've been sewing pretty steadily since the beginning of the year...11 garments made so far.

Speaking of dresses, I loved this Victoria Beckham that Viola Davis wore to the 5th Annual Essence Women in Hollywood Luncheon.

Ummm, this is like my Whitney Dress but with three quarter length sleeves...I need one of these!  *LOL*  Just have to decide what color I want mine in.  See another dress added to the list...but isn't it just lovely!!!

Okay, I'm off to figure out what I'm working on in the sewing cave today... always, more later!


  1. I am sure your daughter appreciates it very, very much when you watch your grandchildren! What a blessing! I wish one set of our kids' grandparents would do that...but they don't. Think what nice memories you are building for the grands, too :)

    Thanks for the preview about Threads...hopefully mine will be coming soon! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

  2. We need fallow time too, don't you think? I was productive earlier in the weekend, but now right now. Just laying here and it's 9:37am. ;)

    Like you, I plan to enjoy the Oscars. In fact, my next task is to lay in some food and maybe make an Oscar treat. I'm feeling apple cobbler. ;)

    I think the McCalls was my favorite too. That white dress on Viola is amazing. She is so gorgeous.

    Enjoy the day!

  3. Speaking as a daughter who has a lot of babysitting support from my mother and my in-laws, it really is appreciated. Even if all you get to do is catch up on housework, it's such a blessing. It was a very good thing you did.

    As a seamstress, I'm absolutely in love with Victoria Beckham's dresses. Her designs are simple and elegant and very inspirational for the home seamstress as they are designs that translate to everyday wear if you work or "going out for dinner with hubby" wear if you're a stay-at-home mum of very small people like me.

    I can't wait to see your version of this dress. And can't help thinking you could totally pull off the ivory.

    Enjoy your quiet day.

  4. That dress is so beautiful! Of course Viola makes it even better.

  5. Viola looks absolutely gorgeous! Of course, you have to take some inspiration from that. So glad you enjoyed the feedback on your new dresses, both in person and on the web. You've earned some relaxation time, and you'll get inspired by the Oscars too.

  6. I understand the babysitting thing. I'm helping my daughter with my sweet, adorable little Isabella! The same was done for me. I had a village that consisted of my MIL, my grandmother and a host of other relatives that always spent a great deal of time with our children. I was blessed to never even know that motherhood was hard. I truly had it easy and now I'm paying it forward.

    Viola looks absolutely amazing without one of those ridiculous wigs on. And that dress is simply fabulous!

  7. yes! oscars watching! i pretty much just watch the red carpet and then turn it off, but I love watching the dresses on the carpet. :o)

    and can you believe how great the weather is today? this is such an improvement over last year!

  8. Receive my issue of Threads yesterday and the article by Patricia Keay had me thinking about you. Kept saying in the back of my head,"that's Carolyn TNT; I wonder did she see this!"
    Grandchildren are such a blessing, but when you are baby sitting there not much you can do but watch them and enjoy.

  9. Why is it that little ones have to throw everything? My grandsons are constantly throwing, regardless of how many times I tell them not to. It's like to just put something down is not in their radar! Oh, I can't wait for my issue of Threads. Sounds like something fun, all these

  10. Me, too. But after all, tomorrow is another day.

  11. Hi Carolyn ~ What a great idea to use a dress pattern for a jacket! (Think I'm gonna try that one.) I also love, love, love the white dress Viola is wearing.

    So, I hope you are flattered and not annoyed that I nominated you for a Versatile Blogger award! You've been such an inspiration to me, and I so appreciate your generous sharing of your projects and techniques. You can see my blog post about this at

    To accept you follow these rules:
    1. Add the award to your blog;
    2. Thank the blogger who gave it to you;
    3. Mention 7 random things about yourself;
    4. List the rules;
    5. Give the award to 15 bloggers;
    6. Inform each of those 15 bloggers by leaving a comment on their blog.

    Thanks—and have fun watching the Oscars! ~ Peggy

  12. Love Viola's dress. Victoria Beckham's line is a regular source of inspiration!

  13. First off, bless you for giving your daughter a break. We don't have any babysitting support so it's all us . . . all the time. I adore my babies but can only imagine how lovely it would be to get a short break.


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