Just Life,  Sewing


Hello friends and Happy Friday!

I wrote a few weeks back about how much I enjoy sitting down late on a Monday afternoon to write a weekending post. Writing a TGIF post late on a Friday afternoon is also a joy … especially when the weather gods have been kind enough to grant Marc an afternoon round of golf and me an afternoon “alone” with my podcasts, my thoughts, my sewing machines … and Holly!

Thinking about … my making plans. I know. again. (always.) But #memadeMay is helping me identify what I wear, what I like to wear … and where the gaps are. This week, I made progress on closing one of the gaps – sleeveless shift dresses. They are perfect for pretty much everything I do in the warm weather months (well, everything that that follows a shower and getting dressed … much of this season is definitely spent in running shorts and a t-shirt, but that doesn’t count!)

I spent all day yesterday and a good bit of today working on the Sew Over It Ultimate Shift … first the dress (fail – too big) … and then the top (redrafted the pattern to grade from a size 8 to a 10 and lowered the bust darts 5/8″) … the test seemed good, so I cut another top using the dress and the scraps. I think it works (and Marc thinks it fits). So I’m going to try another top-from-scraps tomorrow and see what I think. This first top is quilting cotton and I promised myself I wasn’t going to sew another garment with quilting cotton, but for a wearable muslin, it’s hard to pass up. 

(by the way … I haven’t knit a single stitch since Wednesday evening. WHO AM I??!!)

Grateful for … my neighborhood bookclub. I love having a way to connect with my neighbors (well, the women at least) about things I love (books, wine, food). We met last night to discuss (among a million other things of course) Where the Crawdads Sing. which I loved (in spite of the fact that I have yet to even tell Goodreads I’ve read it).  The conversation was smart and I had gained some new insights into the book.

Inspired by … this week’s at-home assignment for our The Universal Christ discussion to “deliberately practice actually enjoying a positive response and a grateful heart for a minimum of fifteen seconds every day.” I’m going to write down the thought and the emotion I experience after the thought for the next seven days. (I’ll share more about this – and the science behind it – next week … first, I’m curious to see where it takes me/us.)

Fun … there’s a new baby in the royal family. #7 in line for the throne. and I have completely. totally. LOVED. all the posts from @sussexroyal. I have this one saved to simply look back at when the news in my state sends me into a very bad place.

Click that last link. Celebrate the strong, brave women who have been mothers in your lives. and enjoy your weekend!





  • Honore´

    Hello! Celebrating YOU! and my mom and all the moms I know…enjoy your weekend and sewing spree! I think I’m ready to resurface!

  • Kat

    I love the remake of your shift! And, I agree – sometimes quilting cotton can be so stiff. (But for a muslin they are so perfect!) I too have been thinking about making and what I wear and had some light bulb moments!

    Have a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to you! XO

  • Dee

    Happy Mother’s Day, Mary.

    You look beautiful in your new pink top. By the way . . . you have quite a head start on me for growing out our hair. 😉

  • Sara

    I’m not really much of a royal family person but the news of the royal baby made me unexpectedly emotional this week (especially in light of, as you said, so much other horrible news, however close to home). Even in the darkest of times, there is light and hope and new beginnings. Something to think about amid all this chaos.

  • Bonny

    Like everyone else, I think pink is your color and hope you are having fun sewing, modifying, and learning. I’ve thought a lot about your state this past week and truly hope that aging white men keep their hands off of women’s reproductive rights (but I’m afraid that is not the case).

  • karen

    sewing has overtaken you, while watercoloring has overtaken me! I love seeing your sewing adventures and your process. Also your photos of you in your hand sewn clothes are delightful!!