A Little Housekeeping…

19 Mar

Happy Wednesday, friends! I hope your week is going well. I am writing this post to cover a few loose ends that are dangling around. First, I have entered my recent Elisalex dress in the Pattern Review New to Me Pattern Company contest. If you are a Pattern Review member, I would love to have your vote — go here.

My next piece of news is that I hosted a sewing workshop at my house today for girls in my stepson’s school. We sewed poodle skirts for their upcoming sock hop! It was lots of fun but unfortunately I don’t have any pics yet. I will try to get some Friday at the event.

This was my first time to really “teach” someone about sewing and I enjoyed it immensely. One of the young ladies had never touched a needle or thread before and the other two were beginners. I am pleased to say, after only 2.5 hrs, each girl left with a completed skirt waiting only for a hand stitched appliqué. We made self-drafted circle skirts and inserted a simple zip and one piece waistband. Since we made the skirts from felt, they didn’t require a hem. Yay!

I prepared a few treats for the girls to sustain them during our sewing — my mother’s lemon bars and some Ghirardelli brownies (don’t tell, but I like those better than scratch made!).

Per my husband’s recommendation, I put out some of my hand sewn-garments for the girls to look at for inspiration — I would love to inspire the next great seamstress! As I was pulling things from my closet, I was shocked by how many completed garments I have that I consider wearable. Come on Me Made May 2014!!!

Here’s a photo for you of some of the clothes I put out on display.


Other pair of curtains are waiting on their hem (for the past 18 months, lol!).

And here are a few pictures of my sewing room. I don’t think I’ve ever shown it to you so I figured I should take pictures while it was clean for this special occasion. As soon as the creativity strikes back up, it will be messy again!





Finally, if you are a Pattern Review member, I would love to have your vote in the New to Me Pattern Company contest where I entered my Elisalex dress. You can vote here. Thanks and have a great rest of the week!

9 Responses to “A Little Housekeeping…”

  1. Judi March 20, 2014 at 12:43 am #

    I certainly will vote for the leggy roses dress! The dress/pattern/fabric is beautiful, but when you finally realize the roses have legs…oh my…ever so fun!!!

    • Judi March 20, 2014 at 1:01 am #

      …and teaching the girls to make poodle skirts was awesome!

    • Susie Homemaker, MD March 20, 2014 at 7:59 am #

      Thank you, Judi! The fabric is definitely my favorite thing about this dress. And making the poodle skirts was a lot of fun. 🙂

  2. Annette March 20, 2014 at 8:53 am #

    I commend you for introducing and helping a new generation to sew.

  3. Dr. Fun March 20, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

    All fabulous, but I am SOO jealous of your sewing space!

    • Susie Homemaker, MD March 20, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

      Haha! You probably wouldn’t be if you saw it on a “typical” day!! :)-

  4. lindaseldercarelessons March 23, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

    Could you use old material scraps for anything? Have a bunch at my mom’s house. Linda

    Sent from my iPad


    • Susie Homemaker, MD March 24, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

      I would be happy to look at them and see. If it’s not something I can use, I can definitely find a good home! Thanks 🙂

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