November 14, 2010


The winner of my 200th Follower Book Give-A-Way is...
Victoria of 10,000 Sewing Hours

Victoria, I certainly hope that you enjoy having this book in your resource library as much as I do. Please email me your address, and I will get the book in the mail to you before the end of the week..

Lady Grey Update:
As another weekend sewing saga comes to an end, we find that the sleeves have been set in, the collar has been basted on, and what was once only a shell now bears a striking resemblance to the actual Lady Grey coat. My feeble attempts to installing roll lines, pad stitching, and molding the collar for it's sleepover pinned around the dressmaker's ham - I think I'm ready to move on to constructing the lining/underlining. Maybe after pulling two nights on the late shift I'll be able to get some more sewing done during the week.


There's a lot going on at my humble abode right now. Tuesday evening will be spent setting up a temporary sewing station at the kitchen table because my Sewing Cave is being completely emptied in preparation of a long awaited paint job. Yes, very soon the dark paneled walls will take on the hue of "Powdered Snow" - i.e. the name of the paint color. Hopefully the room will be finished and everything in it completely re-assembled before Thanksgiving Day. But if not, I'm making sure that everything I need in order to keep right on sewing is very easy to get to in the kitchen. Painting the Sewing Cave (and the rest of the interior) will be a dream come true for me.

So until the next update, happy sewing....


  1. It's looking fantastic! I love the colour. And Victoria is going to LOVE that book - she's all on about denim lately.

  2. Lady Grey is looking great! (That link you sent me was awesome!)

  3. Your coat is going to be fantastic! I love that color.

  4. I am really looking forward to seeing your finished coat. I've seen so many lovely versions and I wish my climate was cold enough to warrant making one. I saw a stunning purple patent leather bag today and it would look lovely with your coat.

  5. Excellent color. Can't wait to see it finished!

  6. Faye, congratulations on your 200th mark of followers. Wow! It is no surprise, I love your blog. That coat is looking great, can't wait to see the finished coat. I've been doing some sewing just need to take pics of me wearing. It has been really exciting to get back into the sewing room.

  7. Your coat is looking good!

    Lightening the walls sounds like a good idea. I know some people choke at the idea of painting wood panelling, but I think it is a good idea when you need to freshen things up. My mom did it once in a house when I was a kid and the difference was remarkable- everything became light and bright.

    It sounds like you are crazy busy, and now Thanksgiving is coming up. Don't run yourself into the ground! We'll wait for you :)

  8. Looking forward to your finished coat. A bit of paint can do wonders to a room. A bit of a hassle before it's done, but you'll be very happy after that, I'm sure.

  9. This coat is shaping up very well. You are doing a fantastic job.

  10. Your coat is looking great Faye. I love that colour!
    And congrats on having your sewing room spruced up. What a joy that will be I'm sure.

  11. Lady Grey is coming along nicely and the purple is perfect for that style.

  12. Yayyyy (squealing with joy), I'm delighted that I won the book and will definitely put it to good use. How exciting. Equally exciting is the progress you've made on your coat. It's turning out quite lovely. Can't wait to see it when it's done:)

  13. The purple is great! And you're making progress. Mine will be finished today! (I have to keep saying it, or I just might not do it!)

  14. Great progress! I started putting the outer pieces together this past weekend, too... even though I haven't finished the padstitching. I wanted to put it together so that it would resemble a coat.

  15. Congrats on your 200th follower, WOW. Your lady Grey is coming along beautifully and that purple is just perfect.

  16. The coat is really looking good! I hope you're going to show us your sewing cave when it's done...

  17. Really looking forward to seeing you in that beautiful purple Lady Grey. It's coming along really well and I know you can hardly wait to finish and get started on all those sewing projects you've built up in your head...right? That's where my sewing projects are right now (laugh). Thanks for all your inspiration.

  18. Congratulations to Victoria. What a great gift. The coat looks marvelous. The collar on the Lady Grey is super cute and the color is a perfect for this cute little number. Well, Ms. Faye you are doing a great job on designing your Lady Grey coat.

  19. Your coat looks great. I'm new to the Lady Grey concept... what a fun idea. Unfortunately, I don't live in a cold enough area to warrant one, but yours is sure looking cute.

  20. Your coat is looking fabulous. Can't wait to see it!




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