Monday, March 13, 2017

New top

 I made a new top last week . It's a Sandra Betzina Todays Fit pattern . 
It's my second version . I like the fit much better than the first one , but I'm no sure I Love this version . 
It's a brighter color than I normally wear , but hey different can be better too. 
The knit is pretty thin ITY I got at Stone Mountain & daughter last year. The pattern needs fabric with drape , but I do fiddle with the "knot" part . 
So I'll wear it a few more times to decide if it's a keeper .
Happy Sewing 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Garment mojo is back

I finally got my garment sewing mojo back this week .
I have been sewing a ton , but seem to always put myself & sewing for myself on the back burner. 
I made this Sandra Betzina Today's Fit pattern . I was fitted for this pattern by Sandra at her recent workshop I attended . It is a very flattering pattern & her fitting tips were great. I need to make a few tweaks next time, but nothing too major . The fabric was a combo knit set I got from Marcy Tilton fabrics when I attended Sewing Expo in Puyallup 2 years ago. 
I had never sewn with mesh & had been very intimidated. But I followed Sandra's knit tips & it sewed like a dream . 
I have another version cut & ready to go ! 
I'm taking advantage of the sewing mojo being back & making another version . 
Happy Sewing 

Friday, February 10, 2017

My sisters Christmas gift is finished 🤗

Yeah I finished my sisters Christmas gift 2106 
I've made the London City Bag 4 times now .
My sister wanted it in brown , and I did a brown & teal lining . 
It's a fun purse to sew, but even after the 4th  time I still have to follow the directions . 
I think it came out great & I'm giving it to her tomorrow. 
I've also been busy catching up on sewing onesies for the Layette bags my group gives to the hospital. 
I've done 60 in the last few weeks . 
Next up is finished up  the Sandra Betzina tunic I started at her workshop in January . 
Happy Sewing 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Sandra Betzina Sewing Retreat pictures

Google didn't like these as a collage , but here are some of the many items I purchased at Sandra Betzina's sewing retreat.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Sandra Betzina sewing retreat

Sandra Betzina Sewing Week 
Wow -where to start!!!
She is so amazing & amazingly generous with her time & knowledge. We started on Sunday with an escorted trip to 3 San Francisco area fabric stores-Stone Mountain & daughter, Piedmont & Fabrix 
Stone Mountain & Piedmont were my favorites. It was especially helpful having Sandra there to help guide with choices . She has such a great eye. I added to my stash at both of these places. 
The sewing retreat is at a great hotel in downtown -Marine Memorial . Rooms are very spacious & meals were great. Breakfast & lunch included. Happy Hour on the INCREDIBLE VIEW 12 th floor is also included.
I had only attended last year for the first time , but most of the other ladies have come every year for 10-20 years. All very nice ladies-most more advanced than I am . But they were also very generous with their help & knowledge. 
I did not get much finished, but got lots of patterns fitted by Sandra . 
She brings a truck show of her garments & leaves them there all week. It was a fashion show everyday when Sandra arrived 😍 She has great taste & always wore something of hers. 
We all had a great time everyday trying on her garments. I was seated near the mirror & I loved it. Ladies would come by all day trying on something different . There were 10 sewers, Sandra & her wonderful assistant Elke. 
The Marine hotel is right around the corner from Britex-another great SF fabric institution. 
It was fun to run over there to look at fabulous fabric .
I'm so sorry this is Sandra's last year of teaching & doing these retreats. 
It was a fabulous week & I learned so much !!!
Sandra also has dinner one night in her historic home which was fabulous !

Monday, January 16, 2017

Fabric shopping with Sandra Betzina

We had a great day fabric shopping yesterday in San Francisco! We made stops at Piedmont Fabric, Stone Mountain & daughter & FabriX.
Sho & tell in the van back to the hotel was great! 
Sewing with Sandra starts this morning !!
I can't wait !!!!!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sandra Betzina retreat -Here i come !!!

I'm so beyond excited that I'm heading to San Francisco on Sunday for a week of sewing with 
Sandra  Betzina !!!!!!
This will be my second year attending this wonderful workshop in San Francisco. I am much better prepared this year . I even made zipper pouches for everyone. Last year I found d out AFTER I got there that the ladies brought gifts for each other. So this year I'm ready . I used a Pickle Pie -Sew Trendy bag pattern . I found garment sewing related fabric & had a ball making these. 
I sent the first one to Kyle from Vacuumingthealawn . I won her giveaway of a wonderful calendar & wanted to send her a thank you gift. 

I'm still sorting which of Sandra Betzina's patterns I'm bringing & which ones I'll use . Sandra was great last year with fitting tips ,sizing etc. I made the mistake last year of bringing non Sandra patterns -what was I thinking ????
Anyway I'm set this year -just need to narrow down my 10 choices to 2-3 . 
Sandra gave us so many tips & I learned sooooooo much ! 

Can't wait until Sunday !!