Monday, July 16, 2012

What wear on a hot @$$ed Day? M6556!

Peace Y’all,

It has been is hot as Satan’s scrotum lately. The funny thing is you would think the south would get all the hot weather and everyplace would be cooler. But surprisingly no. Seems like everybody is getting slapped upside the face with heat. There have been days my inlaws in upstate NY had higher temps than we did. It makes it difficult to dress 3/4th when it's hot like that. I mean I could stay home and be naked, but this Earth has people to see and things to do!

M6556 was almost the dress that wasn’t. I cut this joker out at the beginning of the summer to teach another Earth how to sew. Since it really only has 2 pieces (once you tape them together) I thought it would be a good teaching experience. Unfortunately she got lost cutting it out. And folks who claim they want to learn to sew don’t necessarily mean it. And her mother sews!!!!!

I went through 3 different planned fabrics on this too. The green gauze was my original intention. I hate when I go through hell just to start back at the beginning. I swear this dress didn’t want to be made. I t was impossible to cut on the table so I had to cut it on the floor. Just crazy reasons NOT to make this “dress.” But I persevered and here it is. Shall we?

I don't know what I was looking at.

Pattern Description:
M6556 Misses Dresses. But this is not a dress unless you are under 5’ tall. I had to wear it with a skirt

Pattern Sizing: 12-20

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Actually it did

Were the instructions easy to follow?

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
It is a very unique top. But for some reason the front neckline is a bit wonky. I had to readjust it while I wore it. I think the weight of the right arm fabric kept pivoting it.

Fabric Used:
Cotton gauze

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I added 2” to the top trying to get it to be a dress. And that didn’t work. The package said the finished garment should be 41”. And had that been the truth then the additional 2” would have allowed it to cover the exposed knee. Any longer than 2” then the hanging part would have dragged the floor when my arm was down

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I doubt I’d sew it again, and I do recommend this to others if you like this style. But be forewarned it’s a top and not a dress.

Cute and different top.


Monday, July 2, 2012


Peace Family.

I sort of had a vacation last week. Sort of… The office I work for was closed for an entire week, but….. I came in on Monday and Thursday, had a funeral on Tuesday that took all day and Wednesday I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t come in on Friday because my coworker and I are not allowed to be alone together (it’s that serious y’all) and Friday is her day to come in the office since we are usually closed on Fridays. Mix in the FACT that our AC went out at home on Wednesday and the temps have been over 100* of late means I didn’t get much sewing done. But I did get something completed.


This is a baby quilt for my newest nephew. Dillon Benjamin, though I’m not completely sure of the name. I want to get his name embroidered on the blanket but my people have not confirmed the spelling of his name. You know how we can be…. My niece and I are 1 year apart in age. When her sister started having babies, I made blankets for her girls. All 4 of them. This started me the tradition of me making blankets for the next generation. My niece even asked me if I was making a blanket for her son. You know I had to say YES! Besides, this niece has been sickly all her life and never expected to have a child. He was a blessed surprise. We are all very geeked.

I kind of cheated on this quilt. I made the 1st square 3 years ago. A fellow Earth was baring and I volunteered to make her a quilt. I had made another Earth a quilt when she was baring, but it was a group project. This Earth and I were cool at the time so I agreed to make her a baby quilt and allowed her to choose the colors. You need to understand. I don’t like to quilt. But I will make a baby quilt if the squares are large enough that I don’t have to make that many. And I have to really like you to make you a quilt. And I never allow the recipients to dictate the colors unless I’m not quilting but teaching someone how to quilt.

So I allowed this woman to choose her own colors… blue and lavender. Since it’s hot here in GA, I don’t always use quilt batting. I back the quilt with fleece. I find that’s usually enough to make a solid baby quilt. Anywhoo… As I was building with the Earth…. Who KNEW I was making her a quilt…. Waits until the week before her shower to tell me she doesn’t want a quilt from me but something else. Apparently, she went through her guest list and decided what certain people should contribute. The shower was clearly intended to be a gift receiving venture. She didn’t even stay in the room with her guests or participate in any of the games. I didn’t buy her what she asked for and was planning not to attend the shower. B.U.T. she made the shower coed and invited my God to said shower who did purchase what she asked for and put both our names on the gift. To this day I am still waiting for a thank you card….. So…

I used the same fabric for my new nephew’s quilt. Luckily my niece isn’t picky doesn’t know the story nor does she follow my blog. Even though I’m pissed how the story unfolded, I’m thrilled with the out come. It is a 16” block. I made 4 with a 2.5” strip of white in the middle with another red piece. I think it’s really cute. And once I got rolling, it wasn’t hard at all. In the future, I will spring for a quilting foot. I broke 2 needles! I will only quilt baby quilts on my machine. Anything bigger gets sent out.

The quilt square is called “A Mother’s Life.” If you look you will see a red square of love in the center and arrows going out and coming in to represent a mother’s love in how she loves others and they love her right back. Here is the link to the website.

I hope Dillon Likes it. It is very different from his cousin’s blankets. You can see how my skill level increased through the years. The oldest niece is 15 now. Her blanket was one of the ones that you make maybe a few stitches here and there. Grand-niece 2 & 3 got quilts and #4 got a crocheted blanket. I was in my crochet phase then. Each of the girls still keeps her own respective ‘blanky”.

Yay Dillon!!!!!