“Traditions and Transitions” with Vaune and Cindy – August 24-26, 2018 in the Owensboro, KY area!

Cindy Foose and I have found a new home for our 2018 retreat, “Traditions and Transitions”, which will be August 24-26, 2018. We will also have a Come Early Class on Thursday and a Stay and Sew Day on Monday.

As summer wanes, transitions into cooler weather, fall activities, and holiday preparations receive a hearty welcome. The colors and textures of a new season’s fabrics whet our interest and nudge us to sew for the children in our lives. Vaune and Cindy invite you to join them at Mount St. Joseph Retreat Center, in Maple Mount, Kentucky, for three days of superb instruction centered around two adorable outfits guaranteed to ease a young girl’s wardrobe into fall with traditional comfort and style.

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Men of the Cloth



     I just finished watching the film “Men of the Cloth”, which is about 3 Master Tailors and the dying art of tailoring (and makes very clear that tailoring is VERY different from alterations!).   It is a wonderful film and shows the incredible amount of work and talent it takes to make a custom suit (bespoke is the word that is often used today).

Running time is about an hour an a half – great to watch if you are stitching.  It is available on Amazon Prime!

Here is link to the trailer,

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Foot Sale at Bernina

Only until tomorrow!  All Bernina feet are 25% off.  Now is the perfect time to get that foot you have been wanting!

For those of you who have sewn with me before, you know my favorite feet are:

#31, 5 groove pintuck foot (making and attaching piping)
#37,  1/4 inch foot (French seams, general sewing)
#10,  Edge or Stitch in the Ditch foot (French seams, heirloom sewing, top stitching)
#23,  Clear Applique’ Foot (has a groove and short toe – attaching piping around a curve).


Hope all of you that are in the Harvey or Irma path are safe!

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2018 Pantone Color Palettes


Pantone has just announced their 2018 Color Palettes.  These are the colors that they ‘predict’ that will be used throughout the clothing and garment industry.  The top palette in the picture is dedicated to home dec.  The palette names for 2018 are:

Vedure                               Playful                         Discretion                       TECH-nique

Far-fetched                        Resourceful                     Intricacy                       Intensity



The 2018 Color of the Year will not be announced until later in the year, usually about November or December.  LAST year’s coor (2017) was Greenery


Stay tuned and see what they will choose,

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BYD…with a SLIP! :) and Ditto Form picture

Here she is again – a pink floral this time.  Puff sleeves and a ruffle collar!  The next picture gets even better!



     You can see that she has on a SLIP with her dress…be still my beating heart!

And on to other things –

I have wanted to do more sewing for myself, but always have trouble fitting myself.  Even though I am on the small size, I am no where near a standard size.  I am short waisted, and have long arms and legs. I read about a personalized dress form,where they scan your body and then make a dress form with your measurements. 

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Button Bits in Classic SewingMagazine

Button Bits


I finally received my copy today in the mail!  This was such a fun dress to make…. one of my favorites for my Hope Chest!

The picture here does not do it justice.  I love, love, love classic Basic Yoke Dresses!

Kits are available on my website.  The plate is in the new Classic Sewing Magazine, Fall 2017 issue, and the download is available through your My Account tab at the Classic Sewing Magazine website.

Someone asked about the download instructions, in general, that the magazines tend to be leaning towards these days. 

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