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Betty Draper Blue Dress

Simplicity 1755 - Betty Draper Blue

This version of the dress reminds me of Betty cooking in the kitchen or running after Sally. I love the new rounded collar. This was the best fabric to work with, I got it at SR Harris last fall and I love it. Was looking forward to making a blouse but this was perfect for the third dress. Read more here for…


Added by Renata on January 31, 2013 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Simplicity 1755 - Tea in Paris Dress

My first project of 2013 is complete, my goal is to be more active this year on SWN.

I felt it would be nice to lay the foundation down as to why I choose the dress and the name. Over the last 3…


Added by Renata on January 26, 2013 at 2:30pm — 12 Comments

Vintage Dress Mad Men Style

I wanted to share this awesome dress I made for a fun Party. Things has been super crazy at my house, and happy to announce I made time to sew :) . This is Burda 138 - a vintage piece in the 11/2012 Magazine.

The fabric is from Hancock, it's an ottoman with glitzy silver splashes. I can't remember ever sewing with this fabric, but I love it. It has a little…


Added by Renata on December 17, 2012 at 10:30pm — 12 Comments

Unplanned Project ~ Ottobre Cool Hippie

 Ottobre Top Saves the Evening!

Saturday October 27th, was the day for me to sew my Jacket. I've been excited to start and get this project going. I've been plague by illness during the October month, so when I began to feel better last week, I was happy.

I started to cut my interfacing (white) but ran out. Not a problem I have black one, the same…


Added by Renata on October 29, 2012 at 11:52pm — 1 Comment

Simplicity 2892 ~ Green Machine Blouse

Taking October by the horn has put me in overdrive. I've completed view E of Simplicity 2892. Feeling like I could not wrap my mind around the yoke instructions. I almost gave up, it got a bit fuzzy at step 8, but made sense after a while.…


Added by Renata on October 13, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Burda 08-2012-119 Paris is Everywhere Dress

Project Recipe

Fabric: Crepe (Approx 1.5yds gift from my mom in Trinidad)

Pattern: BurdaMagazine 08/2011/119

Notion: zipper & hook n eye (free from stash)

Year: 2011

Time to complete: 3 days

First worn: It was hot off the sewing machine, worn for the Pattern Stash contest photo

Total Cost: Affordable

I love this dress, it fits like a glove, it holds me really good and I don't feel like…


Added by Renata on August 1, 2012 at 10:36pm — 2 Comments

Spark My Interest Skirt

I apologize for not posting for a while; life has been hectic but fun. This project runway inspired design was on my to-do list for a while. I’m very glad I took the time to sit and make it. Here is my review :)




Added by Renata on July 1, 2012 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

Strange Lines Maxi Skirt

Strange Lines

After seeing the below photo on, I decided to make a maxi shirt.…


Added by Renata on May 30, 2012 at 1:33am — 1 Comment

Shirring - What a pain on Jersey Fabric

Sewing for others

How fun is life if we just did things for ourselves? More safe for sure :). Well this is the second time I made anything for someone outside my family. My friend (Kelly) wanted me to make a casual dress for her to wear to a beach wedding. She found this very casual…


Added by Renata on May 26, 2012 at 9:55pm — No Comments

Red Soirée Dress - Simplicity 2176

This is the second blog post that was submitted to the Queen of the Castle magazine. I have to say I really enjoyed writing the article and pretending to be a tutor.

my previous post, then you know how easy it is to start and complete a sewing project.  I would consider myself an…

Added by Renata on May 2, 2012 at 12:00am — 11 Comments

The Blue Shindig Skirt ~ Guest Contributor

About 3 months ago, I was asked once more to participate in the Queen of the Castle Magazine. Not to be a cover-model but to share my blog and sewing projects. Below is one of the two projects…


Added by Renata on May 1, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Simplicity 2337 :- The Ms. Brown Dress

Here it is, my review of Simplicity 2337. It's late but it's finally up and hope you agree with my that this is a rockin' dress. Its a short review as I'm getting ready for work.


Fabric: Brown Linen (Approx 2 1/4 yard x $8)

Pattern: Simplicity 2337 ( 99 cents)

Notion: Buttons $2.75

Year: 2011

Time to complete: 1 week (Life is busy)



Added by Renata on February 27, 2012 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Burda 2011 122B Blouse

Here's the review of  "I Love My Garden Top" an experience with Burda Style Pattern.


Fabric: Floral Voile (Approx 1 yard x $6)

Pattern: Burda Style Magazine $7.90/53 patterns = 0.14 per pattern

Year: 2011

Style #: 122 B

Time to complete: 2 hours

First worn: February…


Added by Renata on February 15, 2012 at 2:20am — 4 Comments

Anna Maria Horner Taxi Tote Bags and Book

skim through the directions.  One of my worst habits, which has lead to hours of practice with the hem ripper! :)

What do you think of the fabric selections?…

Added by Renata on December 26, 2011 at 12:30am — 15 Comments

Fall Semester 2009

Hi All,

Soon my fall semester will be over!!! Yeah (say 3 weeks) and I'll be finally making that coat for my husband. At present I'm working on a paper about human nature, Statistics and Leadership.

Wish me luck, I can't wait to be done. Each day of school seems to be dragging on.

Have a fun day sewing.


Added by Renata on November 12, 2009 at 8:58am — No Comments

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