About me…..

Recently retired from career in healthcare and with 1/2 century of sewing under my belt, I am enjoying every minute of my new found free time.  My life includes sewing, fibers and fabric as well as other hobbies and interests.  My husband of 40 years is a wonderful man who supports my love for sewing and doesn’t complain too much about the sizable stash or when he steps on a needle or pin.  We are blessed with 3 terrific adult children who humor me about the “matching outfits” they wore as young children.  Secretly, I think they liked the fact that I sewed many of their clothes.

Sewing clothing is what I enjoy most – for my daughters, myself, for gifts and for my granddaughters.

As for this blog, my intent is to share with you my sewing successes and failures and to have a little fun along the way, with the real hope that persons who don’t sew will become interested in this creative form, that they’ll learn to sew and pass it on to someone else.   Come learn and travel with me.

20 thoughts on “About me…..

  1. This is incredible. And, I love the name of your blog, very clever! I’ll have to forward this to my girls. Great job. SRH

  2. Hi Annette,
    I met you years & years ago. I’ve been a friend of Sheila’s for 56 years. Unbelievable we’re that old. Your work is beautiful. I didn’t realize you made Sheila’s dress & the others. How do you find time? Very clever blog site.

    Sheri (Gnewikow) Beich

  3. Hi There…my daughter Abby Bronstein told me I had to read your blog…and WOW.
    I have been sewing since I’ve been a little girl, bet you started on doll clothes too. I made my sister’s bridesmaid dresses–1971. My own wedding gown a few years later. And flower girl dresses for my daughter and niece.
    My husband of 33 years encourages me and has never once told me I have too much fabric – even though I took over an entire room for my ‘stuff’.
    I do not get to sew as much as I want but always have projects. I set a goal to complete most of my unfinished work before I start a new one. So far it’s working. It does not stop me from fabric shopping though (just can’t help myself). Hopefully, with your blog I will find inspiration and make more time to follow my passion: the love of fabric and sewing. Thanks.

  4. Hi Annette(?)
    My name is Beverly, I made the wedding dress on PatternReview that you commented on. Please e-mail me if you have any questions about sewing a wedding dress, I’d be happy to help (if I can!)

  5. I just happened upon this today. what a nice site and fun to stay more up to date with you than our too seldom calls.

    much love dear friend

  6. I am a friend of Sheila’s and I’ve met you several times. She forwarded your blog to me and I read it soon after your daughter’s wedding and today read your latest posts. What a fantastic seamtress you are. I love reading all your tips and hints. Thanks.

  7. Thanks so much. Where did you buy your fabric. Just purchased ruffled fabric. Wash very expensive. Where can I buy ruffled patterns for an adult. I would like to make a top and skirt from fabric I have. These pointers are most appreciative. Please reply buy email.

  8. This is the first time I’ve entered your web site. I’ve enjoyed it very much. I love the details of your trip to New York and saw the pictures of the clothes on the ground waiting to be sold. Believe it or not, there is a place in Cambridge, MA called the Garment District where they have huge amounts of clothes on the floor. They are sold by the pound. Is it possible for you to name some of the fabric stores in New York City. I know of one or two. I went there years ago and I can’t even remember the names of the places or the streets they are located on. Thanks for the great blog. Lucille

  9. Thank you so much! It’s been years since I’ve been there. I can’t believe its been over 30 years since I’ve been shopping there. It was when I young and didn’t understand money didn’t grow in my husband’s wallet or on a tree in his parent’s backyard or for that matter my parent’s back yard.
    I recognize the streets I went down now. I suppose some stuff has changed and some has remained the same. I can still see two men rolling a clothes rack in the middle of the street. That to me was exciting I never saw that done before. Once again thank you!

  10. The only places I’ve seen them in the US is in Asian import stores however my daughter found some at a name brand retailer – not sure which one however. Sorry to not be of more help.

  11. I came across your very informative blog while searching for a new steam iron for my workroom. I wonder if you are still “pretty high” on the rgb600 steam iron. It seems to fit my needs and your review was glowing

  12. I was searching for information on sewing a men’s traveling shirt when google pointed me to your posting on your DIY travel shirt. I’m now thinking I can modify a men’s dress shirt pattern. One question though. When sewing the mesh yoke to the back piece, before topstitching, did you press the seam towards the back piece, towards the mesh yoke, or do you press it open?

  13. I pressed it toward the yoke, which also provides a little more bulk when topstitching. Good luck on your shirt and let me know if you have any additional questions. Makes me think I should make another one as I love that shirt.

  14. Good Afternoon! I found your post on sewing with pre-ruffled fabric and must tell you how much I appreciated it! I also picked up a few pieces of this ruffled fabric at Jomar in NE Philly just because I love ruffles and to create. I have been looking at them in my stash bin now for a few months and wanting to do something with them. I have had many ideas rolling around in my head but must admit that I feel a little intimidated by this fabric. I am just a beginner and really appreciated your post! I feel a little more confident about cutting into this fabric now. Wish me luck! LoL.

  15. Hello Annette–I found your blog through a search I was doing on pina fabric. You had posted on another website that your sewing guild had been given some of this fabric and was planning on selling it to benefit The Sewing Machine project. Have you sold the fabric yet? If not, I would be interested in purchasing some.

    Thank you!

  16. Hi Annette! I was just wondering where abouts in San Pedro you found that lace only fabric store. I’ve been obsessed with the northern Guatemalan traje but have sadly missed my opportunity to purchase one. I was hoping to buy fabric to make my own. Thanks so much!

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