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The Skirt that was a Shirt

Posted on June 9, 2010 at 7:30pm 9 Comments

This was once a size 12/14 dress shirt that was hiding out in the recesses or our son's closet...just begging to become a skirt for my 11 year old daughter. I'm in a skirty mood now for some reason, so this project was extra fun. The best part about this one is that it has raw edges exposed which is cool looking and requires no serging or…


Confessions of a Zipper Virgin

Posted on June 3, 2010 at 9:30am 6 Comments

* cringe* I've never installed a zipper - there, I admitted

it, along with all my other sewing shortcomings in previous posts. Not only have I neglected installing a zipper, I've avoided it like the plague. I keep old zippers I've cut out of a variety of discarded clothes, in a jar

for looks in… Continue

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I am an awesome:
My "loves"...
God/Yeshua, the Lover of my soul, my fabulous husband, my precious kids, my country, crafts of all sorts including sewing (of course), knitting, beading etc...I also love baking and making Windows Movie Maker Videos of our guinea pigs. You can check them out on Youtube @
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My sewing machine(s):
An early 90's Kenmore "somethin'-er-other"

I didn't see any category for the type of sewing I enjoy so I'll just add that here! I like many sewing projects, but my favorite by far is making softies/plushies. I also like making market bags, baby items, Guinea pig beds & other pet items, T-shirt appliques etc...
I am interested in patterns such as:
My own. I always do best when using my own ideas. Sometimes I have trouble with patterns for some reason. Using them normally leads to frustration!

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At 4:28pm on June 18, 2010, PAOLA DE GIOVANNI said…
OMG! The Skirt that was a Skirt is simply gorgeous, beautiful and unique! Your work is so inspiring! Best wishes from across the pond! Paola
At 9:16pm on April 27, 2010, Melinda Sarpal said…
Thanks so much Birdie. I really love your work and I think each person should feel acknowledged for their awesomeness. And you are AWESOME!
At 12:54pm on April 21, 2010, Birdie said…
Thanks Sadie for your kindness!
At 8:40am on April 21, 2010, Sadie said…
Yes, She's famous! I mean I haven't personally seen one (likely because I'm in India, but she's the only cancer doll I've seen on the internet and I wasn't really looking for dolls... I am in a Yahoo Sewing group which is pretty big - almost about 5K members... And they all know Hope. The owner sews for charity. Every time someone posts any doll they comment something that she's not as cute as the chemo-doll/Hope and all.... I remember asking about her once and was pointed to your ProjectHope site. So she's the same doll I'm talking about :P and almost 5000 women I know of know about her...

You're such a brilliant doll maker! Wish you the best

Its such a sweet movement you've started with Hope... I hope it reaches more and more people
At 10:47am on March 7, 2010, Birdie said…
Why thank you Patricia! I suppose I should post one of her with hair & clothes too *L* XO & thanks for your kind words!
At 6:29am on March 7, 2010, Patricia W. Tingley said…
Birdie, that was after 20 years in NYC and I forgot that Field Mouse like to come in for the Winter! I think my pattern was McCall's from the 50's.

Three cheers for Birdie and her personal pattern; she's a real gem!!
At 7:50pm on March 5, 2010, Larri said…
Birdie, Birdie, sweet and purdie, sewing is going slow :o)
At 11:47pm on March 4, 2010, Melissa said…
I am so late replying to your comment on the fabric flowers I made. Thank you so much. You know, I haven't washed those pretties yet ;-0 I'm thinking scotch guard.........because I have them hot glued to a felt circle base. You could sew the petals to the base and wash away. I posted some quick instructions. Let me know if you have any questions. By the way, I am looking forward to seeing your Raggedy Ann dolls;-)
At 7:13am on March 2, 2010, Patricia W. Tingley said…
OK, I finally "get it" big time! Thge first section of "My Page" is like the Headlines of a Newspaper "digest" on line. If I want the "whole story, I go to the comment wall. My, what a brilliant discovery. Thank you for the Shalom Beginning of my day!
At 6:39am on March 1, 2010, Patricia W. Tingley said…
Good Morning, Birdie, thanks for your kind response, I think I'm better at covering shoes than figuring how to use this program. :)

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