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That's What Friends Are For

My friend, Londa, posted on her blog about making a dress, V1250. I headed over to the Vogue website to see the pattern and, holey-moley! it was on sale for $3.99. "Hmm", I said to self. "I think I need that pattern. And free shipping on orders over $25. I could see if any of the patterns on my wish list are $3.99…


Added by Gloria Allender on April 19, 2011 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Unproductive Weekend

I didn't accomplish a lot of sewing this weekend. The navy pants are about half finished. The fly-front zipper instructions were not clear and I had to pin & baste all the steps to make sure I understood them correctly. The zipper looks nice now that it is in, but it took extra time.


I did make an apron over the weekend. I purchased the panel at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo held recently in Schaumburg…


Added by Gloria Allender on April 18, 2011 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Knitting in Public

I am going public. Yep, it's true. Last night for the first time every in my whole entire life I knit in public.


I am not a "Knitter". I only knit. "Knitters" are people who live, breath, sleep and eat knitting and yarn. You can call out a pattern name and "Knitters" immediately know exactly what you are talking about. Yeah, that's not me. I can barely remember the name of the pattern I am working on, let alone patterns from magazines 5 years ago. And my yarn…


Added by Gloria Allender on April 15, 2011 at 10:22am — 1 Comment

In Lieu of Working…

I know. I'm supposed to be slaving away at work right now, but hey, every girl deserves a break, right?


So have you seen these mug rugs? They are just way too cute! Two thoughts—

  1. I have no desire to become a "Quilter", but this is doable.
  2. I can finally throw away the coffee-stained, broken plastic canvas mug rugs currently residing on my table…

Added by Gloria Allender on April 14, 2011 at 10:33am — 2 Comments

My Soul is Fed by Needle & Thread

Simplicity 2562



Tonight I cut out these pants sans cuffs in some navy blue cotton fabric for summer.


It's been a few months since I have sewn actual garments. I have been so blue over my mom's illness and death that I just didn't have the desire to really delve…


Added by Gloria Allender on April 13, 2011 at 9:26pm — 13 Comments

Escape to the Sewing Studio

I had a very stressful week last week both professionally & personally and, unfortunately, it carried over into Monday. So when I left work last night I asked The Love how he felt about having pizza from the local Italian restaurant for dinner. "Mmmm, yum," he said. Then I made him an offer. He could sit in his easy chair all evening and watch TV uninterrupted, if I could "escape" to my sewing studio. Now, seriously, how could he refuse an offer like… Continue

Added by Gloria Allender on December 7, 2010 at 4:11pm — 7 Comments

ASG Gift Exchange #1

Here is an apron I made for an ASG gift exchange today. I

have 2 confessions: 1) I have become obsessed with aprons; 2) I utilized a lot of the tips posted by Londa a few days ago.

Description:Simplicity 3752, a variety of aprons…


Added by Gloria Allender on December 5, 2010 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

I've Got To Get Out More

I've got to get out more. :) I didn't realize I had a Hobby Lobby less than 5 miles from my house. I thought the closest Hobby Lobby was about 15 miles from house so I rarely go there. Boy have I been missing out.

I had to go to a medical lab today to have some blood drawn for a test. The lab is located about 5 miles from my house-but in a direction I rarely go. As I pulled into the shopping center where the lab is, located there dead center, the biggest store in the shopping area,… Continue

Added by Gloria Allender on December 3, 2010 at 9:20pm — 8 Comments

Marathon Weekend Sewing - Abrupt Ending

Bad news: My Marathon Sewing Weekend came to an abrupt halt about 10 minutes ago with a phone call from The Love announcing he was on his way home, ETA 1 hour. Huh?

Good news: The reason he's coming home is that he is the bigger winner at poker and everyone else is out of money. Woo-hoo! Seriously, they play for quarters so we are not talking high stakes poker here. But still. . . The Love sees himself as the worst poker player in the group so we tend to get really excited if he gets… Continue

Added by Gloria Allender on November 21, 2010 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Marathon Weekend Sewing Part 2

I had a very productive day.…


Added by Gloria Allender on November 20, 2010 at 9:05pm — No Comments

Marathon Weekend Sewing Part 1

The Love is out camping with his buddies this weekend and I am so psyched about being able to sew & create all weekend. Here is what I accomplished last night.…


Added by Gloria Allender on November 20, 2010 at 8:17am — 13 Comments


At the recent Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Kansas City MO I saw some really cute fabric pumpkins in a booth called Sew Cherished. The owner of Sew Cherished, Dawn, hand dyes wool and sells it along with other needlework and quilting items. I walked away without purchasing anything, but those pumpkins just planted themselves in my head and would not go away. As you… Continue

Added by Gloria Allender on November 16, 2010 at 3:51pm — 1 Comment

Apron & Napkins

Here is the apron I just finished, along with some Fall napkins I whipped up.

The blue accent fabric on the apron is called Falling Coffee Beans, I think. It is just small coffee beans sprinkled on the blue background. The pattern is the Vintage Style Apron from It is unique because of the way the ties attach to the apron…


Added by Gloria Allender on November 11, 2010 at 1:29pm — 5 Comments

A 2nd Blog?

I have a blog here. And up till now I've chosen to ignore the blog capabilities here at Sew-Whats-New. But I've changed my mind. I'm going to try to keep both blogs updated.We'll see how it goes.

Added by Gloria Allender on November 11, 2010 at 9:40am — 2 Comments

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