Saturday, April 28, 2012


This isn't a ghost.  The term obake is a Japanese word for "thing that changes", but is also used in reference to ghosts.

  Well, I did it! I made my first jacket and my first anime costume.

I thought installing the zipper would be the most difficult part of this project, but it wasn't.  I spent hours hand stitching sections of the lining...augh...glad that is over since I dislike hand stitching.

It's done and I'm happy!!

Friday, April 27, 2012


Somehow all of this will come together.  This is the first time I have sewn with pleather.  The material is very easy to sew through with my vintage ladies. The seams are sewn together using the Two Spools, and the top stitching with the Singer 201.

I have been working on the lining for the past couple of days. I incorporated two jacket patterns that call for buttons; but since this jacket calls for a zipper, I had to make some alterations to jacket and lining.   

Here is a peek of the shoulder area of the jacket.  And yes, I do have some nails left.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

For the Little Ladies

I took a detour while waiting to use my 30% off total price discount from JoAnn's Fabrics on the material for my son's costume.  While waiting for sale date, I got busy making little girl dresses for my nieces' kids.

A pretty floral dress for a little lady who loves her dresses.

And daisy theme for the sisters.

 I took the easy way out on the hems by inserting the double folded bias tape to the end of dresses, running a straight stitch to hold tape in place, and then going over the straight stitch with a decorative stitch from my Necchi.  I love how this turned out!

Thursday, April 19, 2012


 My son loves anime so much that he wants his own anime costume for the future conventions that he plans to attend. Just one problem, he doesn't know how to sew.  SEW, he has asked me to design and make a trench coat modeled after one of his favorite character's outfits. 

Trial and error took place...

Designs and motifs started to come together...

Multiple patterns were incorporated to form the look.  While I bite my nails and sew, you will just have to wait for the final product.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Bouquet of Spring Flowers

With apple trees, lavender, and tulips all in bloom in my yard, I was inspired to capture my idea of "spring" in a quilt.

The front of the quilt has some stars, while the back is fabric full of flowers.

The stars were paper pieced using my Singer 201, quilting done on Davis NVF, and binding with my Necchi Supernova.  And yes, all machines are in treadles.

Monday, April 9, 2012

How Do You Do...

My name is Sue. I can still hear Sue introduce herself to someone new with these words. As a kid, I thought it was funny, yet clever and cool. And only Sue could get away with such an introduction. Sue recently passed away. In her honor, I made the recipe of Lithuanian Bacon Buns that she had given to my mother decades ago. In my home, these buns are now called "Sue's Buns". She would get a kick out that!
Sue's Bacon Buns
 2 cups of warm milk (110-115F)
 1/2 cup sugar
 2 tsp salt
 2 envelopes of yeast
 Let foam up for about 10-15 minutes.

 Stir in
 2 eggs 2Tbps and 1/2 cup of melted butter
 Add 7 cups of flour slowly and knead. Let rise until doubled in size.

 While dough is rising make filling.
 2 finely chopped onions
 5 chopped cooked eggs
 1 large packaged of finely chopped sliced ham
 1 packaged of fried finely chopped bacon.

Roll out dough into thin 3" diameter circles and fill buns. Wrap dough around filling and pinch together. Set bun pinch side down on baking sheet. Let rise a bit. Glaze with milk. Bake for 15-20 minutes in a  415F degree oven. Makes about 4-5 dozen buns.

My husband and kids love these buns so much that they will help me make the buns. Nothing like biting into a warm bacon bun- so yummy!

Sue...How do you do...I thank you Sue for sharing your tradition with my mother, who passed it on to me. From one hand to another...and so it goes. May you rest in peace with your "Honey Bun".

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Happy Easter!

Wishing all a Happy Easter!