Cowboys Hi-low skirt

What do you do when the wedding colors are blue and silver and your friend, the bride, is a Cowboys fan?

Answer: She asked me to make her a hi-low skirt from Cowboys fabric.


What do you think?

Happy sewing – Erica


Practice: Rolling Hem Foot

Today, I watched several videos on sewing with a rolling hem foot. This “foot” attachment actually rolls the fabric so it’s stitched down.  Didn’t look too hard. But as you can see, I’m going to need more practice.

I’m glad I know how to do a “rolling hem” without this piece. (wink)

Until the next practice, enjoy learning!


Rusting Pins

There is certainly a way to know that, maybe, just maybe you’ve had a your sewing project for too long.


When the pin has been in your fabric long enough to rust, it might be time to finish the project.

I think so.

“Lady in Denim”

rainbow colors

The invitation for the 2017 GIRLFRIENDS’ GATHERING read: “Pick a color – red, yellow, green, purple, orange, brown, blue, etc. and wear it (from head to toe), and become one of the many “colored girls”. How exciting! Especially since I love color.

The birthday dinner theme “For Colored Girls” was inspired by Ntozake Shange’s 1975 original choreopoem for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf. The only difference is the party host added several more shades like gold, lavenderblack, white, pink, turquoise, denim, etc.

As soon as I saw denim, I knew that was the color choice for me.

The birthday dinner experience was just that, an experience. A room full of women- age 90 to 20, smiles, laughter, music, tears, dancing, conversation, poems, pictures, and love. For my sewing readers, followers, friends and those just curious, I used McCall’s pattern 7543. See pattern review below.

Pattern Photo:

Misses’ Off-the-Shoulder Tops, Tunic and Dress. 

 Pattern Sizing: Small View D

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Loved the simplicity of this pattern.

Fabric Used: Lightweight denim.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I used the short sleeves from View A and shortened the dress hem (View D) by 2.5″. I used the Small size at top and under arms. According to the pattern, finished product at the bust, waist, and hips measured 36″, 39″, 42″. Since my waist and hips measure 2 inches more, I added 1/2 inch from the Small line on sides for fit.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I will sew it again. Instead of the additional 1/2″, I think I’ll make the adjustment from 5/8 to 2/8 in the seam allowance. Will probably add basic side-seam pockets instead of the recommended patch pockets. I highly recommend to others.

Conclusion: This is a great pattern for beginners and experts alike. Just in time for spring and summer.

Happy Sewing!


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Robes, Part 2

It’s been crazy and busy, but I haven’t forgotten the rest of the robes. Here you will find more robes sewn for the ordination. The pictures below capture a black cassock just like the one in my previous blog.


I cannot take credit for all the work completed during this project. The robe below was created by my sewing friend.


Only the robes on the left and the middle were sewn for this event.


For more information or consultation for a robe, please  leave a comment here or email me at

As always, enjoy your journey.    ~Erica


Threads: Getting Organized

I found myself having to search one container for thread and another for the matching bobbin. Well not any more.


With about 8-9 inches of ribbon or cording, I am now able to attach my bobbin to the thread. Next organizing project is to sort and store thread by color.

Let me know what you think and share your organizing tips and ideas.