Posts by Lorraine

Puyallup Sewing and Stitchery Expo Review

On March 3, I went to the Sewing and Stitchery Expo at the Puyallup fairgrounds. It was my first time, so I didn’t know what to expect, but I had a good time. This is an enormous event with classes, shows and vendors. I attended two of the one-needle (cheapest) classes, which were helpful and [...]

New Brother XR 7700 Sewing Machine

Well, after a month of absolutely no crafting–not a stitch sewn nor knit–I feel like I’m ready to get back into the saddle. Helping me in this department will be my new sewing machine! This is a reconditioned Brother XR 7700, purchased from this eBay seller, whom I highly recommend. It has 69 stitches, seven [...]

Pinterest Jacket Knock-Off

There are lots of reasons why people sew. Some like to play with color or form. Some can’t find clothes that fit them in stores. Some just like to create. Me, I sew so that I can wear clothes that are nicer than I can afford. I’d like to say that I’ve sewn myself a [...]

I got some press!

Remember this project, reviewed here? It got into Pattern Review’s Best of 2011! I shouldn’t be surprised–I wear this all the time. It’s fun and interesting, and fits into my wardrobe perfectly. About halfway down, you’ll see the pattern, with a quote from me! I’m Lobolita on Pattern Review. And most everywhere, come to think [...]

Yellow pea soup with bacon, chipotle, and greens

Did you know that pea soup was a staple food in Britain during the Middle Ages? This one uses dried Swedish yellow peas and is a great way to get oodles of vegetables in one tasty dish. It is the perfect place to use greens that are slightly past their prime–nobody will notice the wilted [...]

McCall’s 6400 Pattern Review

Pattern Description: Close fitting knit top Pattern Sizing: Y(XSmall-Small-Medium), ZZ(Large-XLarge-XXLarge) I made the large. Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, including the armpit pouch they cleverly hid in the pattern photo Were the instructions easy to follow? Extremely What did you particularly like [...]

Spiffy New Skill

Thanks to Pinterest, I recently ran across a tutorial on how to use the free graphics program Gimp to combine pictures of fabric with pattern line drawings. Wait. I feel like there were too many prepositions in that sentence. Let’s try again. I just learned how to put pictures of fabric and pattern line drawings [...]

New Vogue Patterns

The latest crop of Vogue Patterns has arrived at last. It seemed to take forever, especially since McCall’s and Simplicity have had their early spring offerings available for a while now. I am underwhelmed by the Vogue selection. There are a couple of things I might want to make, but overall, this collection tends to [...]

McCalls 6512 pattern review

Pattern Description: Loose-fitting blouses have neck/front bands, yoke and front sleeve (cut on crosswise grain of fabric), no shoulder seams, back pleats and narrow hem. Pattern Sizing: 4-18, I used a size 14 Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes Were the instructions easy [...]