Friday, September 17, 2021

Spectacular Shirtwaist Dress Pattern Sale $3. Today Only!

 Calling all shirtwaist dress lovers!  This is a wonderful dress pattern that lends itself well to all kinds of adaptations as well as being a great classic shirtwaist!  The sale only lasts for today, September 17, 2021.  Check out her website here:  Winter Wear Designs

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Summer Sewing Thoughts



Hot, dry, and windy--a good time to check out what would work best for the weather you are having.  Stores are air conditioned.  Or maybe if you have time to relax search for patterns online while sipping lemonade or iced tea!

Here is a sermon that is worth listening to if you have any questions about what you wear and whether it is God-honoring.  Hot weather tends to make one want to "be comfortable"  but that doesn't mean you take off clothes or not put enough on.  Take a listen to this.  He is being honest. "Nakedness & Modesty"

Now after you have listened to this sermon, peruse the following patterns to see if they come close to the suggestions implied, perhaps with some simple alterations such as lowering the hemline or raising the neckline.  These are patterns pretty much available either online or storefront such as JoAnn's.

Perhaps sew skirt opening securely!

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Interesting Blog from So Sew Easy!

 A blog caught my attention this last week as I was searching for something to post that would be encouraging.  I enjoyed the thoughts and comments from Mayra Cecilia on her post of  June 20, 2021.  She has inspiring patterns and once in a while a drawing for sewing machine like this post: 

Winner Announced Singer Quantum Stylist Giveaway: Did you win?

I would encourage you to check out her site and read about her adventures and her charming "free" dress pattern! Notice the conversation about " housewife." Is it a term that is used much anymore in the United States of America?  What do you call your vocation if you fit in this category?

          Faviola, The “Housewife” Summer Dress

Enjoy your summer and see what refreshment the Lord brings your way through these trying times.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths. 

Proverbs 3:5-6

Friday, October 30, 2020

Jean Jacket Pattern on sale

If you like this pattern it is only $3! today only!

  Otherwise $9.95.  Check it out!

Fall 2020: Some Thoughts on Clothing

                                  Autumn photo from Pexels

2020 has been a very unusual year and it has taken its toll on many parts of life.  However, one can find solace in the Lord in the most trying times as well as the good times because he has designed our life for our good and his glory.  So whatever we have to go through we find our strength in our God.

In the meantime we make the best of everything we have control of.  If you need some time to sew and have that available as well as the supplies, now with the shorter nights and cooler temperatures, we can begin our projects either for present needs or for the upcoming seasons.

I have tried to find some decent and simple styles that work on most figures.  I find there are more patterns that are designed for larger sizes which is wonderful and encouraging,  Here are some for cooler weather wear.  

For those who are able to wear cotton dresses part of the season, this is a great pattern.  It  can also be made in heavier fabrics, just make sure it hangs with a nice drape in the skirt.

Above:  Another simple and classic style which lends itself well to heavier fabrics.  A very nice length for the skirt.

This one needs a longer skirt to make is look balanced and feminine.  Interesting shoulder detail.

This is definitely summery, but with longer sleeves in a heavier fabric it would work nicely.

Above:  This classic shirtwaist needs a longer hem also but will work in heavier fabrics and can be dressed up with scarves, jewelry, and jackets.

For those needing a long full coat, this one is ample and  warm looking.   It looks feminine because of the waist and flare of the skirt.  

Butterick 6793  A coat for the cool weather.

I found  a jacket that could be used more for casual wear from WinterWearDesigns with interesting details.

This one below is a very simple and easy design.  Not a lot of buttonholes to make and a nice, slightly flared skirt.

This one is not quite so fitted but gives room for comfort.  It does need a lengthened hemline to balance it out.  The offset buttons give it a little different look.  The drawstring waist is another comfort feature.

This is the Hinterland Dress by Sew Liberated.   If this was made in a corduroy one could put a turtleneck sweater underneath with leggings to keep warm.                                                        

 This HInterland Dress above was modified with no buttons in the front.

This is a pattern I purchased and am looking forward to making it for this winter.  Found at WinterWear Designs.  You have probably noticed I like shirt dresses because they never go out of style.

For those who like jumpers, this one looks nice.  Skirts need to be lengthened.  This one is practical and comfortable looking.

So this is a small collection of clothes that would work for cooler weather.  I hope that you are able to enjoy sewing this winter.  Sometimes it is easier to buy online in the pattern department, but more difficult to do for fabrics as they have a "hand" that requires actual handling to know if the fabric is the right choice.    

May it be:

Monday, October 26, 2020

By what standards do we live ?

                                                  Dress found at

 It is increasingly difficult to find clothing that is beautiful and pretty.  There always seems to be some sexualization in the designing of the garment i.e., bare shoulders, low necklines, very fitted over bust and hips, short skirts, revealing fabrics, etc..  It is as though if there wasn't something "sexy" about a garment it wouldn't sell. Major pattern companies like McCalls, Vogue, Simplicity, and Butterick seem to have taken some of that to heart also.

Along that line while I was home due to snow closure of church I listened to a very poignant sermon called Female Modesty   I highly recommend listening to it. 

Classics are timeless in that one can use current fabrics, adjust collars, sleeves, add extra couture touches or just add pieces that coordinate well.  Classic patterns can be used many times.  They are investments as well as the classic clothing made from them.

If you are honestly trying to please the Lord Jesus Christ your desires would be to act and live as much as possible with the reliance and guidance of the Holy Spirit and by studying God's word and following his reasons for you to be a gracious, loving, kind, and gentle woman and dressing in a complementary way. 

"Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ."       Philippians 1:27a 

Sunday, July 19, 2020

A few suggestions for Summer Wear

Summer is almost half over.  There is still plenty of time to make a few lightweight additions to your wardrobe.  If you are still in situations where you have time to sew, read, write letters, etc., due to Covid19, this would be a good time to sew a new garment.  I have found a few items that are available from the 4 major pattern companies that are mostly quick and easy to sew.

  • First, a few different angles on some jackets for a little warmth when the days or evenings are cooler.

This one could be made shorter in length and with a level hem. 

A short open jacket might work well with a lot of outfits that have a definite waist line.  A solid color would be best.

I found this jacket to be a little different and would go nicely with dresses and skirts.  It looks very comfortable and not difficult to sew.  Heavier fabrics or a loose weave would work well.

  • Secondly, dresses that are fairly easy to sew and quick to make and comfortable to wear.

A pullover dress that is modest as well as comfortable.

Some more easy to sew dresses

Lengthen this pattern for a modest loose look or even a dress for those expecting, just make sure you have room to expand.

This dress has interesting gathering details at the neck and waist making it a very feminine-looking garment.

A cute dress that is fitted and would look great on young ladies with a lengthened hemline.

 Well, those  are a  few suggestions for now.  Summer is the time for some easy and quick to sew projects because with the days being longer and warm weather there are many outdoor activities that most people want to take advantage of while they can.

May your summer time with your family be blessed, may your faith in the LORD  increase,  and may your projects glorify the LORD.

  • Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.  Psalm 147:1