Progress??? Not really…

I was really starting to make great progress on the sewing room. Miss PJ came over and we finally got all of the carpet ripped, pretty much got everything shuffled around to where it needed to be, and was just down to sorting everything for keep, give away, and trash piles, plus hauling all of the carpet and carpet pad bundles up and out to the trash. The goal line was well within sight. Then, this happened:


Long story short (shocker, I know, as I love my long stories), I have no clue what I did to my foot, I woke up with it in extreme pain the day before Thanksgiving. I soldiered on, went into work, toughed it out all day, but decided that I was going to the urgent care after work. When I got to the urgent care, they took one look at my foot, and sent me to the emergency room. Several hours (sent home around 10:30 pm), an ultrasound, 3 x-rays, and a doppler sounding of my foot and ankle, I was sent home with this funny shoe to wear for several weeks, pain meds, and orders to stay off of it as much as possible, along with a follow up with my family doctor. So, all we know is that it isn’t a bone spur, I didn’t step on anything, and nothing bit me. We are down to tendon, muscle or other issues. I am pretty much getting back to normal, but it’s taken the better part of a week to get there. In the meantime, I did not get 90% of my Thanksgiving baking/cooking done, I have not been able to make it down the stairs to do anything with the sewing room, and have taken a large number of naps on the couch, which contributed to the fact that I missed posting last week’s My Fave 5 Friday. Sorry. My hubby was extremely sweet in the fact that he made sure all of the carpet and carpet pad bundles made it up out of the basement and out to the curb for the bulk pickup I had scheduled, and then cleared out everything I had in the garage for the same pick up. I am hoping to get back down into the sewing room to keep moving on it. I need to, as I’m starting to go through sewing withdrawals. If nothing else, as long as I can make it down the stairs, I can at least use my newly acquired rolling chair to move around and sort stuff. Hopefully, by this time next week, I’ll have lots of progress made in the sewing room.

Hope everyone’s Thanksgiving holiday went much better, and much smoother than mine. Until next time….. Happy Sewing!


My Fave 5 Friday – Sewing Room Design Ideas

If you have read the blog in the past couple of weeks, you’ll know that I am currently in the process of remodeling the sewing room. I got started later in the year that I wanted, and it’s taking a bit longer than I wanted, but it’s moving along. So, in that spirit, I thought I would share the top 5 things I found on (where else) Pinterest that inspired me, and what I will be working into the sewing room makeover.

#5 – Framed Vintage Patterns

I love this idea! There have been many times that I have found some lovely vintage patterns at the thrift store. As it is now, they just occupy space in a pattern box. So, I will be picking my favorites, purchasing frames, and displaying them on the wall.

#4 – Stenciled Peg Board

We did start using peg board in the sewing room several years ago, but with the temporary set up we had, we didn’t attach it to the walls, and left it the drab brown color it came in. Besides the two large sections I already have, I was able to salvage several more pieces from work in different sizes. We’ll be painting all of it a nice base color, and then stenciling designs on it before hanging it all up.

#3 – Curtain Rod Paper Holder

I picked up a huge roll of brown paper several years ago at a yard sale. The guy had the roll of paper for about $5, and he saw that I really wanted, and was only slightly interested in the industrial sewing machine he had sitting beside it. Well, he made me a deal I couldn’t refuse. He told me that if I buy the sewing machine for $5, he would throw in the roll of paper for $1. Who can pass up a deal like that?!?!? Obviously, I couldn’t, even though my hubby wished I had when it came to the sewing machine. lol. I had been looking for a way to store/utilize it since, then I found this idea. Just so happens that as I was cleaning and rearranging the sewing room, I found a couple of old curtain rod hooks. Paired with a sturdy broom handle, and attached to the end of the cutting table, this looks like just the ticket.

#2 – Sewing Table

This idea is already being put together in the sewing room. I used a couple of half sized bookcases I had in the house already, and put a nicely finished counter top I salvaged from work on top. Not sure about the height of it yet, as I have yet to actually work on it, but I’m liking it so far.

And, now for….

#1 – Rolling Chair Cover

This past summer, my work relocated to a brand new facility, and when we did, we got all new office furniture. I took advantage of this and took home 3 nice office chairs for the sewing room. Now, since I work for a freight transportation company, they did get a little dirty, but nothing too terribly bad. So, when I saw this slip cover idea, I fell in love. I can’t wait to go to the fabric store and pick out a lovely fabric to cover them in.

This week, I decided to add a bonus pick:

My Dream Sewing Room

If I ever hit the lotto, this is what my sewing room will probably look like. How about you? What would your sewing room look like? Do any of the above design ideas inspire you? Have a few suggestions that would work great in any sewing room? Please share. I love hearing new ideas. Just click the little heart in the top right corner of the post. Until next time…. Happy Sewing!


My Fave 5 Friday – WWI Era Fashion Inspiration

Since today is Armistice Day, Veteran’s Day here in the US, I thought I would share some of my favorite inspirations from the WWI era. Earlier this year, I was given some fabric and wanted to find something I could use it for. Now, I used to pass over this era, but after seeing the 1910’s pattern from Wearing History, this era caught my attention in a big way. The fabric did become my 1916 Suit, and I fell in love with an era I might never have explored otherwise. So, here are my top favorites I found while doing research.

#5 – A picture is worth a thousand words

This photo is just fabulous! I love her suit, and her attitude. I like the hem detail of her skirt, the lapel details on the jacket, and the blouse sets it all off.

#4 – 1915 Fashion Plate

All four ensembles in this plate are lovely, but the dark purple skirt with pale purple blouse on the left speak to me. I love the tiers on the skirt, along with the shoulder straps. I may just have to find some light weight purple wool to recreate this one. šŸ˜‰

#3 – 1915 Cranberry Wool Suit

I love the cranberry color of this suit, it reminds me of the cranberry wool I used in my suit. I really like the embroidery detail on the front, and all of the buttons. This is another one that I would love to recreate.

#2 – 1915 Skirt and Blouse EnsembleĀ 

I love everything about this outfit. The pocket and skirt yoke details are a great touch, and the pale blue accent color on the blouse keeps it light and lovely. This one is definitely on my recreate list.

And, finally…

#1 – 1915 Linen Crepe Dress

This is a lovely example of an original garment. I love all of the details on this dress. It makes for the perfect summer dress.

Did you like this week’s picks? Are there any of these that inspire you? Have some that you would like to share? Please comment and tell me. To comment, just click the heart in the top right corner of the post. I would love to hear from you. Until next time…. Happy Sewing!