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December 9, 2007

RECOGNIZING THE BLESSING

I wonder how many blessings have come my way that I failed to recognize? This questions probably sounds a little silly to many, but it is something that I have been thinking about since yesterday. I imagine that there have been some of God's blessings that I have failed to recognize. My observation of things that I can count as blessings also extend over into my Sewing Adventures. Yesterday I met with Artist Lisa from http://www.sewonandsewon.blogspot.com/. We got together at my house for a sew along and fellowship. BOY DID I HAVE A G-R-E-A-T TIME! Lisa worked on a fabulous gored skirt and finished it all but the facing and the hem. It looked great on her and fit like a glove. Lisa says she will be sporting her new skirt with some kewl black boots. Hope she'll show us a picture of it on her blog soon. I cut out and started this knit top during our sew along and finished today.


I still don't understand why my pictures are so dark, but my top turned out really nice. I had made one just like it earlier this year, but it turned out too small so I sent it to my sister. I made this one of the same fabric, but of course cut the pattern wider. This top has a flounce at the end of the sleeve. I stepped out of the box just a little bit and doubled the flounce this time. I'm trying to get to the point where I can visualize beyond the picture on the pattern envelope. I'm taking baby steps.

I also finished the mock wrap dress that I had started and here's a picture of it - however dark.

I took Lisa's suggested and took the side under arm zipper out completely, after installing the zipper twice and still not being satisfied with it. The dress fits quite well and I was able to get into it without the zipper. Thanks Lisa, leaving the zipper out was a great idea!

Lisa also helped me come up with just the right fit on a pants pattern. Turns out that my correct crouch length was almost 2 inches shorter than the patterns I had been trying to use - thus the baggy crouch syndrone. I had also been using my measurements to figure out the pattern size for my waist and hip areas; the size I was using always turned out way to large. Lisa patiently helped me cut out a muslin for my pants and after stitching them up the fit just fine. So now I have my ULTIMATE "TNT" pants pattern - THANK GOD!!! I cut out a pair today in brown with a white stripe. Wanted to sew them up tonight, but guess I'd better get to bed. Lisa suggests that I reinforce my TNT pants pattern with fusible interfacing so it will last a long time. I can't tell you just how happy I am about solving this pants pattern fitting issue. And Yes, Carolyn I can see myself making 5 pairs of well fitting black pants - now that Lisa has helped me with my problem!

As I said I had the greatest day with Lisa, and to reinforce the title of this post I recognize our Sew Along as a true blessing from God. Hope we are able to have many, many more.



7 comments:

  1. Glad you had a good time!!!

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  2. Girl, you've been busy. Glad to hear you are "stepping out of the box". Sorry about the fit though. I'm sure your sister will be thrilled to get such a lovely blouse. The mock wrap dress is cute too. Great suggestion by Lisa.

    BTW- Please check my Pattern Give Away post.

    Thanks,
    Happy Sewing.

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  3. I'm loving the sewing meet-ups!!!


    BTW, Not that I take the best pictures, I think your flash is off timing, maybe reset your camera setting?

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  4. Hi Faye.That top is very pretty.I'm glad I got to see it in person.The colors and print are stunning.5 pairs of black pants...OMG! You go girl!

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  5. Sounds as if you had a wonderful day. Congrats on getting the pants to fit. That in itself is a great accomplishment. Looks like your flash didn't go off so the photos are darker than usual. The blouse and dress look great. Good job!

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  6. Hi Faye,

    Please e-mail me. Thanks,
    Cennetta

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  7. Hello, came across your blog via Sew On Sew On. Although your pics are dark... I can see your projects came out really nice. Totally loving the wrap dress.

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