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2014 September 7
by elizabeth_admin

Hello!    Long time no see!

The little boy who lives with me and I had a lovely summer and I hope you all did too.  We had an epic car trip, driving 2,540 miles through Utah, Colorado and Arizona.  We visited 4 National parks, including Bryce Canyon, Dinosaur Monument, Arches, and the Grand Canyon.  And we spent a lovely week with my sister and her family in Snowmass/Aspen.  We only got lost once in spite of having a GPS map and drove on one 30 mile dirt road.  It was such an awesome adventure.  Here are a few photos from our trip (don’t worry, I won’t bore you with a ton of them).

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon


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Hunter Trail, Aspen


Grand Canyon Photobomb

Grand Canyon Photobomb


Jack scared the crap out of me on that last picture.  I was about 4 feet away from the canyon edge when I was taking that picture and he snuck behind me to photo bomb.  Cute but totally freaked me out.

So we’ve been home a few weeks, and school, soccer and flag football have all started.  I’m looking for a job.  So things are a bit busy.  I have had a friend in town come over a few times so she could work on my sewing machines and get some help with some projects.  And I have to admit that helping her made my mojo tickle a little bit.  I haven’t touched my machines for a long time.  My sewing area was a disaster.  In fact, I wasn’t even sure I would sew again.  I am so sick of trying to fit myself.  But helping my friend and seeing some of my fabric just waiting for me got me wanting to sew again.

I tried to make M6559 tank dress again with this really cool graffiti fabric I picked up in July.  It was the perfect weight for that pattern, not too skimpy, not too thick.  I thought I would use my coverstitch to bind the neck and armholes, but it was a disaster.  The binding twisted, was too lumpy for the serger to close  up the shoulder seams.  What could have been a cute and quick dress, turned out a complete wadder.  My first time sewing in months and it was a failure.  🙁   I guess I’m a bit rusty.

I have to say it was quite a disappointment.  But maybe this will be my way in.  I am going to buy more of that fabric if I can’t salvage this one.  We’ll see.

So, am I back to blogging?  I don’t know.  I did say I would check back in with you in September and here I am.  I don’t know if I want to continue this blog still though.  It was such a respite not writing over the summer and not reading other blogs.  I’m not into popularity contests, sew alongs, and how many followers I have.  I did like having a voice and sharing my garments, wadders and otherwise with you.  But as I said in July, I’m just not sure I have much else to say.  I guess I will have to see if I have the urge to write another post and take it from there.

I hope you all had a great summer and that you’re enjoying the new season and all that it brings.  Cheers!

16 Responses leave one →
  1. September 7, 2014

    Life changes and we move on. I hope that this isn’t the last that you sew or share with us. I do still believe that there is a core group of us out there blogging to share our love of sewing and our garments…no sew-alongs, no contests, just sewing because we are passionate about it. It was awesome to see your photos on Instagram and I hope you continue to share some there! Miss you much!

  2. ceci permalink
    September 7, 2014

    Lovely vacation pics, and the little boy you live with seems to be growing new teeth! Hopefully the mojo will reanimate, but it should all be fun not work….


  3. Julie B permalink
    September 7, 2014

    I was/still am the “sewer/sewist” in the family to fix rips and shorten hems (pants, shorts, dresses, skirts, sleeves…several generations of shorties!) Sadly, my expertise never really progressed much beyond 9th grade Home Ec as “life” happened!

    I am a million years older now and love reading the sewing blogs, although admittedly, I skim the technical entries–too much for my pea-brain. Honestly, I don’t have the skills to sew those fabulous projects, but I sure do enjoy reading about all of you who do love to sew and share your projects–whether your projects turned out fabulous or not!

    I have enjoyed reading your blog. Best wishes to you and I hope to read a post now and then.


    PS: Your vacation looked WONDERFUL! Precious memories.

  4. Susan permalink
    September 7, 2014

    Nice to see you made a post. Bummer about the wadder and I can totally relate to the frustration in fitting. I hope your mojo returns and it becomes fun again.

  5. September 7, 2014

    Great holiday. Like the one the boy who lives with me and I had last September holidays in New Zealand and the one we will have in Australia (going south to NSW & Victoria) this September. I find my boy needs the one on one time exclusively to just roam around together and have no deadlines, plans or fixed ideas etc.

    I hope you do post once in a while .. I too am not into stats, followers, sew alongs or making patterns to sell but I love to read and see what people have made. I am still surprised that anybody (not many admittedly) reads my blog.

  6. September 8, 2014

    Nice to hear from you! But life is definitely too short to blog if you are not feeling in the mood. Glad that the mojo has come back a bit.

  7. September 8, 2014

    ugh, i hate those times!! I’m 52, sewing since i was 14 and believe me i’ve gone thru these periods…..not so fun, however thus far they’ve always turned around. I have to say you sound like a seamster with experience under her belt – the lost mojo, despair in fitting, and most especially the simplest of garments going somehow horribly awry! 😉

    altho i find knits are a lot fussier to sew than they generally get credit for. All that time on the bolt gets the grain all twisty, you have to let it lay out for days to let it come back to straight – if it ever does. Fortunately i developed the capacity to follow grain along by eye as a youngster, so many times i’ll just cut along the grain like that to get a good starting line……but even then many times it’s not at right angles to the selvage. yikes! That’s one reason i love me some woven in stripes 🙂

    I hope you post again because your ideas and writing are so interesting! Which is what i like about blogs…..i also really like Stitcher’s Guild for the same reason, plus you get a lot of process and problems there and not just rainbows and unicorns, charming as they may be there’s lots more to sewing.

    Fantastic vacation and that last picture is phenomenal! You can just see that % of worry increasing in your face, too much – your kid must be beside himself with triumph 😉

    Let me know if you’re up in the Bay Area and want to have a bash at some fitting. Have you ever drafted a sloper from scratch? I think you may have but not sure and too much on the clock to search right now. Anyhow it’s not hard to do and can be illuminating…..take care and have fun! stpeh

  8. September 8, 2014

    I have barely any time to sew or knit these days and both of my last attempts have been failures. I feel your pain.

  9. Judi permalink
    September 8, 2014

    Nice vacation…you and Jack look happy! I miss your posts, so I hope you keep on blogging now and then in your “spare” minutes if you will have such minutes because you and Jack come 1st, for sure. Praying you find a job right away and one you really like!!!

  10. September 8, 2014

    It stinks when a wadder comes out of nowhere. Glad you aren’t giving up on blogging/sewing just yet….

  11. Kay permalink
    September 11, 2014

    I decided to click on my link to your site since school is back in session, and was happy to see your update.

    It looks like you and your boy had a great summer! I planned a cross-country camping trip with my sons the summer before entering middle and high school. Unfortunately a got a 12-month job a few months before, and was not able to take my dream trip. Fortunately I hadn’t got further than the dreaming stage, so they weren’t too disappointed about missing the trip (also they were teenagers so…). They are men in their thirties now, and I still regret not making that trip with them. You have made some wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.

    I do hope you post now and then. I really like your sense of style. You have such a lovely shape and you know how to flatter it.

  12. September 12, 2014

    Look like you had a beautiful summer! Happy for you and your great trip (and feeling wonderful seeing the pics), whether you continue to blog or not!

  13. September 12, 2014

    Hi Elizabeth,
    I’m happy to see this post! Your vacation looks like it was really wonderful.
    I finally made that McCall’s dress and will blog it in my next blog post–I was inspired by you to make it! So I’m sorry to hear the bindings went wrong with your latest attempt. 🙁
    I too thought about giving up sewing but the creative bug always comes back–what about making a bag or something similar that requires no fitting and only your sewing machine to make?
    I’m getting tired of futzing with my serger–I feel that Baby Lock that threads itself and adjusts its own tension coming on!!!
    Happy Fall!

  14. Janis permalink
    September 13, 2014

    When it becomes a chore or a job then let it go. You have a child and much more stuff inlife.

  15. September 15, 2014

    Your summer looks like it was awesome! I had a total sewing meltdown this summer, so I totally understand wanting to focus on life stuff and not on blog stuff. Especially when it feels like work and not play. I hope you can fix your dress – I usually don’t sew much from the end of July through the middle of August (due to skating competitions) and the first project back always feels a bit rough. So hopefully the mojo comes back. But don’t worry if it doesn’t. In my (recent and somewhat limited) experience, sometimes it can take a long while.

    Anyway, glad to see that your summer went well, good luck in your job search, and I hope Jack has fun with all of his activities this fall!

  16. September 29, 2014

    You were missed and you have your unique perspective and voice to share when/if you wish to. Fitting is a journey. You get it and then things shift and then you’re discouraged and then you move forward again. For me, the very best thing I did to help things was to fit a fitting shell very well and then use those measurements to adjust all the other patterns. REALLY upped my success rate. Email me privately if you want to discuss it more. Happy to encourage you.

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