Fashion Friday! Skirt

I saw this skirt on Pinterest and knew I needed one. The orignal is a Nic + Zoe skirt from Nordstroms, which cost about $130.

I made mine for $16.20! I purchased the fabric and zipper from Joanns. I used my 1-hour skirt technique for the basic skirt and added the pleats as an embelishiment. Total time to construct was less than 2 hours.

To make this, I created a basic pencil skirt. I created 1 1/2″ tubes of the fabric and stiched them to the front of the skirt in an asymetrical design.

The skirt takes an 1/2 yard more fabric than a pencil skirt to create the pleats.

Take my class on a 1-hour skirt at Quilting at the Beach and create your own!

New Beginnings – Teaching in Myrtle Beach

In August, I moved to Myrtle Beach area. I have started a new endeavor teaching various sewing classes in the area. At Quilting at the Beach, I am teaching classes using your embroidery machine to do embroideries and quilting in the hoop!. Also, various projects each month. Checkout their web page to see the classes at

I am teaching clothing construction and sewing at Accent Sewing in Murrell’s Inlet. (

This is very exiting. Please leave comments on the types of classes you would like to see.

New patterns

DSC00361I just love the patterns by Connie Crawford. I must have over 20 of them by now. They are fashion classics and they fit better than anything else I have ever tried. Butterick was having a sale, so I purchased 5 more. I just made the wrap dress – twice. I’ll post on that shortly. Here are the patterns.

Sewing & Crocheting for a new baby

DSC00429I also made a car quilt and a couple of sweaters for the new baby. The quilt is a stip quilt. I only used half of the strips, so I had enough left over for a table runner that is just waiting for the binding. The colors are blues, greens and yellows. I forget which designer produced the strip set.

The green sweater is an old pattern from my mother’s collection. I think I made it for every baby in the family. It only takes a couple of evenings while watching TV. It is one of the fastest patterns I have. The Blue & grey sweater has no pattern. I produced it from measurements. Both yarns are from Vanna White’s collection.

Sewing for a new baby

The baby shower for my niece Jac was last week. It was fun sewing and crocheting for a baby again. It has been many years since I used those patterns. My main gift was a Christening gown and Quilt. The gown is the same pattern I used for my niece when she was christened 21 years ago. It is (out of print) Butterick 3317. The quilt is an idea from Fons & Porter Quilting show. I quilted angel wings into the quilt and the idea is that you lay the baby between them for pictures. I used an embroidery from called Delicate Wings . Then I added some Celtic Knotwork around the edges. It came out better than I planned. Here are some pictures.



January Sewing – delayed post

  I haven’t been writing, but I have been sewing.  In January I made 3 cardigan sweaters.  All 3 are from patterns by Connie Crawford at Fashion Patterns by Coni.  I love her patterns.  She has an entire line of classic designs along with current designs.  The first Design is B5793, published by Butterick.  It is very comfortable and I received multiple complements when I wore it.  Image


The next two were both from K6101, which may be out of print.  I have had the patter for 15 years or more.  It is a great raglan sleeve light weight knit sweater.   On both I shortened the length from mid thigh to hip length.


I purchased this purple print for $2 a yard at Lorraines in Pawtucket.  Great find.


This blue nubby knit came from The Fabric Place in Natick.