Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Saturday is for Sewing

From Sunday:

And some sewing got done. But the Yellow shirt dress is far from finished.

Friday is Nana's day with the girls—The girls being Misses J, C, and K. The day really starts at midday, picking Misses J and C (4 year old twins) up from nature school. Some times we stop for errands, (last week I got my oil changed (not much fun for the girls) but the place I go to offers a free car wash—and the girl enjoy watching all the cars get washed.

The most frequent stop on the way home is “Old McDonald”-- As they have renamed the chain. Its the cheap junky toys they really like—They never finish the burgers, and often don't finish the fries--(unlike the spinach and cheese roll they get from the pizzeria—They LOVE spinach rolls.

After lunch, Miss K(2 years old) joins the fray. Miss K, like any loving younger sister, always wants to join her older sisters, but, alas, at age 2 she isn't always up to the game.

Nana stepped and and diverted Miss K with a game of Trot, Trot to Boston—I am sure you know it—but maybe by a different name. The child is placed in your lap, hold your hands like reins, and is “trotted” by lifting your heels, as you sing song, Trot, trot to Boston, Trot Trot to Lynne, Watch out the (child’s name) doesn't fall in! At that point, you spread your legs, and the child slips down When this Nana plays the game, the child in question always land on the floor—butt first and gently, have slid down Nana's skirt. It is always followed by a giddy “Again”. The first half dozen times, Miss K had me all to herself, and LOVED the game.

But soon enough, the twins joined in, and an ordered progress followed, first Miss C, then Miss J, and finally Miss K.

Its a work out! Lifting sturdy (read “well muscled”) 4 year olds is lifting 40 pounds. The “Trotting” means lifting them with your feet/leg muscles, and the controlled “fall in” works your arms—8 repeats turns into 16, and 24 before Nana puts an end to the game.

This work out, (and napless day) leaves me tired on Saturday. But I woke early, and started sewing by 10 am. Got the side seams sewn, (and ironed) then the sleeves set in, (with a lovely little eased cap--(not a truly man-tailored flat sewn sleeve) More ironing, (working on the hem), filled yet another bobbin, before lunch (1PM to 2PM) and after lunch, the band collar basted in place, and facings pinned.

Then I needed a nap... I opened my eyes an hour and half latter, but decided to continue, for just a few minutes more..4 hours later, it was dark, I was ravenously hungry, and sewing was done for day!

I planned to Monday, , so sewing will have to wait.. I'll to do a little bit each day, on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to get the dress completed.

There were other little projects done, too. A box of 2 gal zip lock bags were put to use organizing future project—I am such a miser—I save every little scrap—Last year I planned to make some appliques, to add to T Shirts, but never did. This year I am going to get that done.

Half a dozen years ago, at a garage sale, I bought a huge bag of “fat quarters' (about half of them were denim pieces, of every shade of indigo and blue.) The seller was 'going to” make a denim quilt top. I turned them into skirts—The 18 inch by 22 inch quarters were too small to make a skirt length that suited me, but when I trimmed them out with scraps, they became long enough—I really enjoyed the creativity required

And I especially enjoyed that a small part of $10 bag provided, (along with other scraps) 5 skirts—One with a simple add on, (not shown) one with a ruffled edge, another with a gathered hem, a double tiered long skirt, and finally, one with a extension made of bandana's –5 skirts for a little more than $10! And that was just the denim fat quarters.  There are still many more fat quarters, (some even in denim!)

I am still thinking how to use up the other pieces—The remaining pieces, are for the most part, singles. One fat quarter isn't enough fabric to do much with—well in terms of making clothes! But there are a few quarters that are 'over represented” , that is, there are 4 or 5 (in one case, 7!) These bits and pieces are challenging me again to make use of them. But for right now, I am just sorting them—Paired with other pieces, (large scraps!) I can see how they can become simple tops--(I have already made some of the fat quarters into totes/knitting project bags)-
See instructions on how to make a "shoe box" style tote bag, (from 10 years ago!) using fat quarters here

One set is 7 fat quarters of a pock-a-dots—now paired with 2 remnant lengths of a claret--(each about 1 yard) I still have to  decided how I am going to put them together,--but they will go well with the plum skirt to make a top. I like monochromatic, (or near monochromatic) outfits. There are 2 other "pairing" of solids and prints, (some from last years print outfits, so there will be a few almost free pieces of clothing.  

From today:

A few little details done: facing sewn, the under arms trimmed and overlocked, the hem sewn. Still needs buttons and buttonholes, but the end is in sight! Shown with one of several scarves that will make a nice match.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Saturday Sewing—Completed

See how the fabric unravels!

Part 1—Saturday: Which is to say, nothing was sewn together! Instead, every piece (fronts, back, yoke, pockets, collar) was edged with an over lock stitch! Two partial spools (one, a 220 yds spool 90% full. The other, about the same yardage) were used up! And nothing was sewn (together), though I did get the darts sewn. The edge stitch— two stitches to left, 2 stitches down, 2 stitches up hill and to the right, (starting point) and 2 stitches forward, 8 stitches, and only 2 moving forward. It is no wonder it ate up thread--(and time!) When sewing seams, a front and back are stitched—but with edging, each edge (one front, one back) needs to be sewn.

edge stitch in contrasting color.
The coarse even weave (something like Oxford cloth) frays just looking at it, so edge stitching was not an options, but a necessity!

I also got the interfacing ironed on (I almost always use non-woven iron on interfacing) So, now that each piece is prepped, sewing up won't take much time at all!

Plans for today(Monday) are to spend a little time sewing up the (collar) band. This needs a bit of precision; sewing round the curves, grading the seam allowances, notching, turning and pressing. Nothing very hard, but a little time consuming. Tomorrow or Wednesday, I will get the pocket pieces sewn to the side seams, and other day, I'll get the sleeves hemmed.

When Saturday rolls around again, putting all the pieces together will be quick work! Well, quick work except for the button holes. The actual button holes won't take much time or effort (How I LOVE that my sewing machine has this automated!) Measuring and marking, making, cutting, and hand sewing on the buttons—that will take some time-- Because I have changed the neckline, I will likely have to adjust the button placement. Change one detail, and other details need adjusting!

That is part of the reason I want to do other little details during the week. Then, come Saturday, I will have enough time for basic assembly, and the detailed button holes, too!

I have another spool of yellow thread, enough to finish everything, but I will need some more, for when I start on the second piece of yellow ( a skirt and vest) The pieces for those will need the same overcast edging, and the edging stitching eats up thread! Plus, I tend to keep some basic colors on hand-- But thread is not a pressing need--I have plenty of spools for the next 3 skirts, and the 3 vests--(buttons, too). The skirts will have finished edges, too, but a simpler basic zig zag stitch will be more than enough. (I remember the huge dressmakers spools of seam binding tape my mother would painstaking sew on—Just another reason I am so grateful to have a machine that sew a multitude of stitches!)

After this batch of wardrobe enhancements, I am going to take a break and make some doll clothes—My granddaughters have 18 wanna-be American dolls—time to make some wardrobes for them. I will splurge and buy some fat quarters of velvet, and they will get party dresses, and other fun stuff. I will likely add some purchased shoes and socks, too. I had a similar doll when I was a child, I played with it till I was a young teen. My mother made a few pieces of clothing for her, too. It's a family tradition—My daughter had a “Holly Hobby” doll, (an 18 inch soft/rag doll) I went so far as to crochet lace on the doll underclothes! I became more 'invested” in the doll than she was!

Then—another big cutting fest, and more sewing!

Monday to Wednesday

The yoke sew--the beginning of the end.
Collar done, pockets attached; sleeves sewn and hemmed—but not attached, A practice buttonhole done, to set up for doing buttonholes. Finally, the fronts and backs were attached at the yoke. Come Saturday again, and all that will be needed is final assembly. Mostly straight seams. Starting with the side seams, with some detailing with the pockets. Then facings and collar; stopping to press the seams before setting in the sleeves, and finishing detail on the collar. I'll press the hem, too, before I attempt to sew, a bit of painstaking worked since the curved edges add a bit of challenge. That will leave the buttonholes-- I always hand sew the buttons on, that my be “while watching TV” project—and might be put off till Sunday.

I got some ironing done, too. I like to pre-wash my fabric, especially the cottons, and pre-washing means a spot of ironing. I also had some touch up ironing, too. I am impatient to get the pieces I've cut sewn—First the skirts I think, then the vests, then more cutting! A few sets of doll clothes, and more skirts, and more vests, and another shirt dress. Sort of like washing your hair; shampoo, lather, rinse and repeat!

The next time, the shirt dress will have a different collar, (in a contrasting color), for a different look. This will be the third shirt dress in a solid color—a nice navy blue. No shoulder yoke in this version either. A “uniform dress” that is different every time I make it. Typical me—an uniform made from a bunch of different versions!

Three identical/not dresses, from last year, one grey with military details, (shoulder yoke, epilaats, pockets with button down flaps, and metallic buttons), two; the current shirt dress with man tailored details, (shoulder yoke, band collar, and shirt tail hem), three; the next one, in navy, no yoke, but a detailed sailor collar, (buttons, top stitching and a neck tie)--and maybe an anchor embroidered on the front. The basics for all three are the same, but the colors, fabric choices, and details make them seem different.

Cleaning and organizing along the way, I unearthed some fabric I had forgotten about. So, my plans have expanded—I'll soon have a rainbow array of skirts, some with matching vests, some just color co-ordinates—and few more dresses—in prints and solids alike. I am never sure of my favorite color—i really like the all, but judging by my stash of fabric, BLUE is very popular with me.

Monday, March 05, 2018


Most Sundays, I am to be found watching TV, because most Sundays, my local PBS station (WNET, channel 13) has an afternoon of cooking shows; Cooking with Lydia, Martha Stewart's Cooking School, America's Test Kitchen and other are all part of the line up.

But about once a month, there are specials—So instead of watching TV, I went shopping. I had a few lists—The longest was sewing stuff. I needed buttons: for all three vest, and another set for the plum skirt that has a button down front. I need something for the lining for the purple vest, I had lining (and had cut it) for the print and grey vest.. I needed some groceries, stuff I like, that my Aldi's doesnt't carry.

I needed to go to Aldi's too, the had a great special on a charging station. Now day, so many THINGS need to be charged. Instead of outlets clogged with transforms, a charging station has one single plug, that allows you to connect 4 UBS connections—so, a phone hand set, cel phone, and tablet can all be charged at once –using 1 outlet, not 3, making things easier and neater.

I got one for my DD, too. She has things worse—Her hubby has a job that requires him to carry a company cel phone, (and he also has his personal cel) the girls (as I call the twins) have tablets, she has a phone, and her laptop, too. That is 5 things to charge! Luckily, the charger station has 2 outlet so you can plug in two things as well.

pretty new cotton print.
One problem with shopping for buttons, is, I went in to fabric stores... While looking for something to line the purple vest, I saw a pretty print—in peach/corral/turquoise—I passed it by—I wasn't shopping for more fabric. But I found that the rack was on sale, and the print I liked? Just $1 a yard! I bought the bolt (well what was left on the bolt!) 4.3 yards. Likely, because I have enough, it will be skirt and shirt combo—but, I am still not sure. It could end up being a dress, or a skirt and vest combo. I might trim it with a peachy orange, or with the turquoise blue. Or both! I have 2 peach/corral swim suits, what I ever I make will match nicely—I like going to a pool with my swimsuit on (I do change out of my wet suit before coming home) a skirt and top might be the best option –a simple casual outfit to wear to the pool.

I still have some work to do to prepare the yellow dress for sewing. I like to use tailor tacks to mark out darts and other details like pocket placement, and these need to be done. Plus I will pre-fill 2 bobbins—the even weave fabric will need need to have a zigzag binding stitch on every edge—so I will easily use up 2 bobbins worth of thread.

Finally, I need to clean up a bit—fabric has been pulled out, while looking for lining pieces, and needs to be put away, as do patterns. There is a small under shelf in my new cutting table (just 8 inches, by 32—even smaller than the table top when folded) but I have some 8 inch metal baskets, and these are just the right size for storing pattern! A bonus!

By the time Saturday rolls around again, I will be ready to start sewing

I Have Got My Work Cut Out For Me

I planned to post this Sunday--but best laid plans and all.  More to follow.

Or more precisely, I have cut out my work for myself.

Remember last spring? When Saturday was for sewing? Week after week I worked on new additions to my wardrobe. A few skirts, a few dresses, and a dent made in my fabric stash. As the summer came to an end, so did my energy. Sewing came to a halt. Sure I did a little bit of mending here and there, but no real projects.

new sewing table
Then, this year I bought myself 2 gifts—A sewing (machine) table, and a cutting table. I ditched the old kitchen/dinette table (recycled!) that was a bit too high for sewing, and definitely too low for cutting (and besides which was oval shaped) The cutting table is a huge 36 X 60 opened and a compact 36 X 10 closed. I also added some bits and pieces, a thread rack, an ott light (I had this in storage) a bulletin board, too. Now everything is set up everything. The best addition are the two metal baskets that fit on the shelf of the cutting board—Perfect for holding patterns! My sewing room has needed these improvements for years—I still need to get some storage bins—and I plan to get a small shelf unit—the kind that holds cloth cubes—and use it to store some of my fabric stash. Since this photo was taken, I have mounted the power strips (out of sight) and hung the bulletin board, too.

3 skirts
This Saturday, I put the cutting table to use. 3 skirts, 3 vests, and a dress. All cut, including interfacing and linings (well one vest doesn't have a lining, but 2 do)

2 of the skirts, (purple and pink) are my “uniform” skirt, a 6 gore A line. The third, (plum) is a variation, 3 gores in front, with a center front button closure, (2 gores in back). There will be more of this variation, I think.

3 vests
The vests? One to match the purple skirt, one to match last years light grey skirt, (lining was cut, too!) and the third is a multi-color print—13 different colors—but really a few shades of pink, purple, and grey—So it will match lots of thing—the three skirts I've cut today for sure!

a soon to be dress
The dress is the uniform button down the front dress—this time, as a “man tailored” shirt dress, with a band collar, and shirt tail hem, and breast pocket detail-- just to add a bit of variation. There is more of this yellow, you can expect to see a skirt and vest combo, too, later in the season. I have several versions of this dress done in prints, this is my second version done in a solid. I have several more solid dresses planned; one in a navy/purple linen blend, another in a teal linen blend, plus a black one, in an even weave—which will be trimmed with red piping

I have several yellow hand knit scarves/shawls –but till now, no yellow clothing. I actually have an array of colors of hand knit scarf, and several “pashima” style shawls, in multi color prints—so some solid color clothes will show these off to good advantage. There are more solid dresses and skirt and vest sets planned. There are even more colors to add to the mix—sky blue, turquoise, more yellow, a rainbow of colors.

On deck, (as it were) is a piece of Prussian blue, to make into a skirt. This, like many of the pieces of fabric I buy, this was a remnant. How I wish it was bigger! I would truly love to have a vest and skirt pair—but I do have some white which will become a vest, since it is too small a piece to make a skirt. A white vest will go with so many solids, and prints, too. Right now my red vest is my must worn stand alone vest. I think a white vest will be almost as popular.

There will be some more jumpers & dresses, too. The kind that can be worn in the summer, as a dress, and with a shirt (long sleeved T type shirt), as a jumper in the winter. Some of these will be solids, and at least one, a print.
And I haven't even begun to work on the denim! I have a lot of denim skirts, some not too old, and 3 denim vests already, so there is no rush.

Once again, for the next few months, Saturday will once again for sewing.

With all these new clothes, I have been cleaning my closet of old, dingy and worn stuff, and have upgraded with new clothing hangers—all matching! No more hodge podge of styles and shapes and colors! I had been thinking about this, (many of my older plastic hanger had been breaking) and then Costco pushed me over the limit. Boxes of 35 hangers (the velvet flox kind) for $10 (30 of very similar one were over $20 at Bed, Bath and Beyond) 125 hangers later, my closet looks better! I did end up buying a bunch of skirt clips at B, B & B, since Costco didn't have these handy accessories.

I painted all my closets when I moved here (almost 20 years ago now!) with good quality paints, and they still look pretty fresh (before painting the white paint (a flat) was a dingy grey—I used a semi gloss and it has held up well. The paints (several different ones) were cheap—Custom colors that had be returned to big box home improvement stores—My bright pure yellow 'computer room” has a marigold yellow closet, (with toffy brown shelves) Other closets are periwinkle blue (a sort of blue violet color) with true blue shelves, that don't exactly match the colors of the bedroom (more of blue green color) or the entryway (a better match to the deep violet)--It was one of those good pieces of advice I picked up—Paint your closets before you move in! I am so happy I did!

I spent most of the last 6 months reading,. First Ron Chernow's HAMILTON, and then I started on GRANT (which I haven't finished yet) I highly recommend both.

Monday, January 01, 2018

My Craft Room Sewing table

I haven't done much knitting or sewing since September—I have been reading instead.

And this past week, I have been fighting the flu—and working on a new (really new, not just a recycled new to me) sewing table... This is the first part of some planned improvements. The table came completed unassembled. The package came with a hundred or so screws and bolts and over a dozen pieces to put together. It was, I guess a four hour job—but working while not feeling well turned it into a 5 day job!

Part 1—replacing the old kitchen/dinette table with a proper sewing table DONE!

Here is my new sewing table (pristine ) The center insert can be easily lowered or raised to be use as a sewing table (as is) or with the center raised, a cutting or crafting table.

I am MOSTLY pleased with the table—The “drawers” are fabric and only supported at the edge—and almost useless, the are not strong enough to hold a pair of sewing shears—I plan to hang my shears—but. I think I have an idea that will work to improve the situation—I need something flat, thin and strong—(and cheap!) I think that I can cut slats to support the “drawers” from vertical blind slats. Slats will over more support to the bottom of the draws--(I might even use some crazy glue to make them sort of permanent. One great advantage of living in a multifamily building is the “Recycling” room is actually a great source of recycled material! I 'll keep an eye out, and hopefully find some soon.

Some features I do LIKE--
1—I have routed the machine cords UNDER the table with the use of some Velcro zip ties. Tidier to start. When the center is lowered (as it will be for sewing) the power cords are handy to plug in. When the center is raised, the power cord to the machine will be secure neatly under the table

2-- The flat surface make it possible to clamp on the work light. It holds a U shaped florescent bulb—It is not a OTT brand fixture, but I replaced the standard bulb with an OTT brand one—so it has great lighting. (the previous dinette type table had an apron and it wasn't possible to mount the light.)

3—The size and shape—the dinette table was oval, wider and shorter. This table fits up against the wall, with the leaf, is 60 inches long (vs 45) and 23 inches wide (vs 30) The rounded corners of the old table contributed to things falling off the edges—this is less likely to happen now. A better shape and size.

4--The ability to vary the height is great—It makes sewing easier –My sewing machine came with the extended bed and now this bed is at table level making a HUGE work surface. My machine can be packed away, and the center lifted, and I will have nice craft table for painting or beading or jewelry making (with great light!) That is the machine cover tucked under the table.

I like that the little plastic set of drawers fits below the left side extension, and that my little waste can fits under the drawers. on the right.

Part 2 (still to come—and soon) Will be be hanging some stuff. The cork/magnetic white board combo, and some spool racks, shears, and my yard (really a meter) stick will be the first things to be hung—all with 3M command hangers--Organizing the wall space will put my tools right where I need them. The extension cord/power strips will be mounted too There will be a floating shelf, too I tried to install it last summer, but I messed up. My walls (even the interior ones) are not plaster but cement—and hanging anything is a major PITA. These improvements won't take much time or effort—but I haven't decided on the exact placement for all these things—so it might take a week or two to get them done.

There are other improvements to come—I needs some bins for fabric storage—and other stuff-- But I am happy the table is put together and ready to be used! I might even repaint the entire room—I have a lot of work to do—but I am happy with this start.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Some On Going Projects

Back in May, when I started my sewing spree, I spent some time in the evening knitting up a semi secret project—namely, yards and yards of knit cotton edging.. I finished sometime in June. Now finally, I am sewing the edging onto pillow cases and sheeting.

image of cream white sheet and knit edging
Pillow case and top sheet edged
One set of bed linens (or should I say cottons?) ended up with lace edging on the hem of the top sheet, as well as on the hems of the pillow cases. The other set, just has lace trim on the pillowcases. I love this kind of luxury touch--my DD thinks it is a total waste of time! She claims no one under the age of 60 would be interested. She might well be right.

I also made up 4 sets of “bonus” pillowcases—these will be embroidered—I like these nice little touches (well not the past few days when I have been engaged in attaching the lace to the hems!) even if they are out of style.  

Attaching the lace to the sheeting is slow and boring. Not helped by being a bit sick. Last week, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday I helped out my DD—One, then other,  twin came down with a cold like virus. Both girls had mild fevers, were cranky, (headachy) and had upset stomachs--(which generated lots of laundry.) I provided some relief—mostly simple babysitting while my DD got laundry and other projects done.

I ended up exhausted—the NY area had a mild heat wave—with 90° temps, (not horrible, since at least 2 days had somewhat lower humidity) but it never cooled down—76° or warmer at night. So I didn't sleep well, and missed my afternoon naps. I tried to recover on Saturday—but by Sunday, it was clear to me, I had caught what ever it was the girls had.

I was so sick Sunday to Monday night—high fever, headaches, and muscle cramps...So sever, that I was uncomfortable all day Monday. I felt like I overdid it.. tender arms, and tender abdominals, too. I missed being sick to my stomach—but only because I hardly ate anything. I could complain more and provide more (TMI) —but I won't. I am over the worst of it –sleeping away most of Monday helped.

Feeling a bit better today, I am continuing to do bits and pieces of sewing too—all sort of hand stuff—replacing buttons, and stuff. I have all sorts of chores to do—laundry, shopping and the like..The laundry is all sorted and ready to go, the shopping lists (yes, plural) are ready to go too. Now I just need to get going! 

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Final Project—for Now.

Along the lines of “the best laid plans of mice and men” Life interfered—I didn't post this yesterday, and I didn't have an hour to finish it..and I won't have the time today either... So it will be finished, and the mending done, when life settles down.

This is the last project—a quick little mu-mu dress. Not a tent like mu-mu, just a bit loose and simple.  It is not really finished—I want to add a bit of elastic at the back and two ties (to tie in front) but that will take less than hour. I already have the ties made, and the casing ready to go..

It's a pretty little thing to wear to the pool—the front has a zipper making it easy to step into, or out of. It has, of course 2 side seam pockets. The basis for this little dress is the top I made in the beginning of July,  which was also in blue—but a totally different print. With an added ruffled tier to lengthen it and some other small changes.    I also made a wider bias band for the neckline--(and I like it better than the narrow one!) But all in all simple, almost shapeless.. Easy to sew, easy to wear.

It will be a “better” house dress after the summer—good for wearing around the house, and even good enough to wear when doing laundry-- It is loose enough to admit a T-shirt underneath—so come the cold days of winter, with a long sleeved T worn under it, will make it suitable to wear then, too.

Nothing very special, cheap as they come (under $10 for the whole thing—including the zipper and elastic) but pretty enough.

While I should be putting my sewing machine away—I won't—Not quite yet. I still have 2 or 3 things that need a spot of mending... and I intend to get them done. But no big projects.. just a seam that has a broken thread repaired, and the like. If I just spend an hour a day, I will have all the final mending projects done in a week.

I have already done a whole lot of mending.. and cleaning up (2 “waste can” sized bags of scraps, and threads and wrappers from zippers, and card stock from buttons) –but there is more to do—Not sewing, but stuff to do in the sewing room—including some organizing.

Soon, I will have some photos of pillow cases (Part 1) finished, and pillow cases Part 2—ready to be started...

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

The End of the Month

The last Saturday of sewing—for a while, at least.

The skirt and vest
 The grey skirt is finished. I made a quick little summer dress too. It's not completely finished, but it will before the end of the month(Monday) That's enough for now. I have been busy sewing since May –3 months of making clothes! Some matching sets, and some coordinating sets, and some simple additions.

A trio of Tee's to match.
I have culled clothes that were old, worn, stained and really other wise unfit. My closet is neater, (and prettier) I still have plans for new hangers. 

 Before I moved into this apartment, I painted. The living room and dining room and entry were all professionally painted. At the same time, I bought some very cheap paints—Top quality paints that had been custom colored, and then returned to the store—to paint the closets. The color choices were close (but not perfect) matches—but the inside of the closets went from dry, cracked, dull and dirty white, to pretty.

My purple foyer has a huge walk in closet—Painted a periwinkle blue (more of the same was used in my bedroom closet) really changed it form drab to cheerful. Periwinkle is quite purple, it was a almost a pastel shade, and besides, the inside of a closet doesn't really have to match the room. The walk in Linen/utility closet in the Sunny yellow computer room end up with a marigold yellow interior--(and toffee brown shelves.) I only had a quart of the yellow—and another quart of the toffee brown. All the closets got spiffed up (patched and spackled) and with a new coat of paint, (and a  week to dry). While I was at it,   I polished all the closet poles with butchers wax—designed for hard wood floors. So when I moved in—I had cheerful pretty closets with slick, smooth poles, to hang my clothes in.

The finishing touch was, I bought a whole lot of hangers—all matching. OK, so the entry closet(coat and raincoats) got a mix matched set of left overs, but my clothes closets look nice and neat with all matching hangers.

Now, some 17 years later, those plastic hangers are breaking.  The heads snap off, the lower bar snaps—sometimes in two, (and can be temporally saved with some duct tape,) sometimes in 3—and the hanger is a goner. The same too with the skirt clips. many of those have broken, too.   My plan now is to head to Bed, Bath, and Beyond and to buy a box of 50 new hangers, and a few packs of skirt clip. and to once again have a neat looking organized closet. Everything will come out, the pole with get a new coat of wax and will be smooth again. The clothes I want, will be hung up, the clothes I have been on the fence about will be altered, (or chucked) and order will be totally restored!

There is no need to repaint, the 20 year old paint still looks good—But there will also be some better organization to the shelves as well as some new hooks for all the hanging stuff. A little corner of my world will be perfected--(at least for a little while.)

While I have decided to put sewing new projects on hold for a month (at least) I will end the month with getting a jumper dress and matching vest, cut and ready to go (and maybe, sneak in some sewing on some rainy day—if there are any.)

The Jumper will be a bright yellow denim—I don't intend to wear the vest with the jumper—it's just an extra one. I needed 3 yards for the jumper, and the bolt had 3.5 yards—A half yard isn't enough to make a vest (normally) but I have made this jumper before and know that I will have a lot of fabric left over. I need the LENGTH—no matter the width—and this denim is 60 inches wide, so I will have a good bit of left over fabric—the sides and even the back will be cut from this “waste”--So the vest will mostly be a bonus--especially since the extra half yard was discounted. . I love vests, and an extra one in a solid color will go with lots of things.

The final bit will be organizing the remaining fabrics and pairing them with patterns. I sort of plan to start sewing some more things come September—but there are quite a few other things already planned for the first 2 weeks in September, so I won't start in right away. I also want to invest in some better organization of my sewing stuff. I am determined to buy some spool racks and to put up some shelves and other organizing bits. Lots of plans.. Now I just have to implement them!