Monday, October 20, 2014

Me Made Mondays

It's Monday!!!  
Did you proudly wear something that you made this past week? I hope you so!!!
I actually wore the outfit that I'm posting today, today, so it really is a Me Made Monday item this week. As I told you last week, I'm the social chairman for a group here in Chicago called The Musicians Club of Women. It's a very old organization and it was formed to give women a place to perform as it wasn't acceptable for women to perform in public when the organization was initially started. We have truly come a long way!! Thankfully. I usually end up doing a lot of running around, so I want to look nice, but I also need to be comfortable. I was especially tired this morning, so I chose something that didn't take a lot of effort.  
 I made the top as well as the skirt. The skirt is basically a long straight skirt with one exception....
it has a laced up pleat down center back.
The pleat runs from the waist to the hem.
The pleat was left open at the bottom.
There's a zipper inside the pleat at the waistline. To hold the pleats closed, I inserted grommets and added a lace tie. Look closely and you can see that my butterfly is not matched perfectly!!!! What kind of seamstress am I?!!! :-)
The fabric is called Gothic Prairie. Take a look and you'll see thistles, Queen Anne's Lace, spiders and moths that are all typical of the prairie.  
So, nothing too spectacular today, but it did tie in with the pleats that I posted earlier.....kinda, sorta!!!
If you would like to link up one of your garments that you made and wore this last week, just click on the button and link away!!!


Monday Morning Inspiration

Good Morning and a very Happy Monday to everyone!!
Last week we took a look at some very interesting details. I thought that today we would take a look at pleats, interesting pleats!  By just manipulating the fabric, we can turn what would just be a basic garment into a "wow, look at that" outfit. Many of these are quite over the top,but it's more about what it can inspire. Just take a look and enjoy! 




 What a lovely way to turn a basic jacket into something truly special.


I came across this picture and thought that it was especially interesting. With a little more research, I found out that it was part of an entire collection by Georgia Hardinge.
 You may not want an entire outfit with the detail, but a touch would be great.l


Isn't it amazing what can be done by just manipulating a little fabric.
Have a fabulous day!!
Rhonda

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday's Supper

My husband, like so many, loves classic Macaroni and Cheese. I recently tweaked it a bit, and he now has a new favorite dish.

Grilled Cauliflower with Macaroni and Cheese 

There are 2 keys to this dish. First, the cauliflower has to be baked until tender and it has turned a golden brown.
Simply break apart the cauliflower, place it in a bowl. Sprinkle with salt, black pepper, garlic powder and olive oil. Stir well to coat and pour out onto a baking pan. I like to cover my pan with baking paper.
Bake at 350 degrees until the cauliflower is tender and golden brown. You will need to turn it about every 10 to 15 minutes.
While the cauliflower is baking, boil 8 ounces of elbow macaroni according to package directions.
Once the cauliflower is tender, break apart and place in a buttered casserole.

The second key ingredient in this dish is good cheese, but not just good cheese, but really good sharp cheddar cheese. There's a very small cheese factory in the very small Wisconsin town of Fremont called Union Star. Their sharp cheddar is the BEST I have ever had. And here's the good news, they ship!!!!! You can find their website here.

Make a cheese sauce
2 cups of milk
2 tablespoons of corn starch
2 tablespoons of butter
2 cups of shredded cheese, reserve about 1/2 cup of cheese to top dish

Place corn starch in a pan. Over medium heat, slowly add milk, stirring constantly. Add butter and continue to stir until sauce begins to thicken. Add cheese and stir well.

Once macaroni has cooked, add to cauliflower and pour over the cheese sauce. I like to add a handful of chopped fresh chives. Stir to mix.  
Top the dish with the reserved cheese and fresh breadcrumbs that have been mixed with a tablespoon of melted butter. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

I made this dish last Sunday for our supper and used up the last of my elbow macaroni. The next morning, a new box of macaroni was on my kitchen counter. A subtle message from my husband that he wants more :)
If you like cauliflower and macaroni and cheese, give it a try, I think you'll enjoy it!
Happy Sunday!!!
Rhonda

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The T-Shirt Shawl Pictures

Thanks for all the lovely compliments on the top that I posted yesterday for Fabulous Free Pattern Friday.
Quite a few of you asked to see pictures of me in the top, so I ran down to the fitness center this morning and took a few pictures. It was a toss up between crummy selfy pictures in my room, or crummy selfy pictures in the fitness center. The fitness center won! The pictures are not that great, but at least you can get an idea of how it looks on the body.


You may remember this sleeve that I posted for Sleeves On Saturdays a while back.
I wore the top on Thursday. While shopping, I decided to make use of a large mirror and take a few pictures.
 It has become one of my favorite tops to wear.
So that's it for my crummy picture review ;)
Hope you've had a great day.
Rhonda

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fabulous Free Pattern Friday

Good Morning and Happy Friday!!!
As I shared a few days ago, I am enjoying a few days of relaxation. But before I left, I put this top together for today's post. I wore the top on Wednesday to a concert and luncheon and everyone went crazy over it. I was especially pleased with how it turned out. It's just a t-shirt pattern with a rectangular extension. SUPER easy!!! Sadly, I did not get any pictures of me in the top, but I think you will be able to get an idea of how the top is made.
The T-Shirt Shawl
Above you see that only one side has a sleeve. Below you see the rectangle extension on the other side. Hmmm, I should have pressed the hem before I took the picture, opps!!!
To hold the top in place on the body, I stitched a vertical line about 3" long at the waistline on the extension side.
 The extension is open from the shoulder to the hem.
To do top, use a basic top pattern that you like and that fits well. Cut out the armhole and side seam on one side and the entire neckline. On the opposite side at the shoulder, draw a straight line out from the neckline. The length should be your measurement from your neckline to your wrist. Square the line down to the hem. And that's it! As I said, it's super easy and it looks super great!!!
This is also a great idea for border prints. I used the border print across the body and then to continue the pattern, I used it on the sleeve as well.
Be sure to let me know if you give this a try. I think you are going to love it if you do!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thrifty Thursday

Good Morning, or Afternoon as it may be for you!
Well.....a little bird told me that you are talking about me :)
I awoke this morning to this most delightful message,

Good Morning!
Just wanted you to know that I hear the most wonderful things about your blog. You are helping people and inspiring them!
I can't imagine how much work it is, but trust me, your readers adore it.
Susan Khalje

So, to Susan, thank you for taking the time to send the note. And to all of you who have "talked about me," my most heart felt thanks. In response to the comment about the work, it's not work when you love doing whatever it is you do :)

Now, on to the day at hand! Before you think that I have somehow slipped into some strange gap in the cyber world and the blog has become a craft blog, i.e. yesterday's pumpkins and now today's post, just wait until tomorrow for Fabulous Free Pattern Friday!!! But in all honesty, I LOVE crafts!!! I think it helps to satisfy the kid in me.
Although Christmas is still a few months away, it will be here before we know it. Since I love doing little gifts for my friends that are actually useful, I need to get started. So I came across this super cute little potholder from
http://missmary.com.au/2013/02/25/easter-pot-holder/
She calls it an Easter Potholder as it's shaped like an Easter Egg. I think it's super cute and very useful for anytime of the year. 
The shape is simple, but Miss Mary has kindly made a free pattern available so that we are sure to get the correct size. It's just one page, so NO TAPING!!!! Print out 2 sheets of the pattern, cut out the egg shape for the body of the pot holder and then cut out the shaped piece for the pocket. Simple!!!
I have a group of friends whom I exchange gifts with and they all enjoy music, so I made musical potholders for them!!! The surprise is over if they see this post, but that's okay :) They'll love them anyway.
As I said, they are so easy to put together and such fun to make. You can customize them for whatever the occasion is or whatever the person enjoys.The thought occurred to me that they would even make a great money holder. So if you would like to give money to a bride to be, she gets a useful gift with a little bonus tucked inside the pocket.
They wrap beautifully around a pot handle.
You can find the instructions and the free pattern here. There are lots of other cute ideas on Miss Mary's blog, so be sure to check it out!

Now, if you are planning to do some sewing for Christmas, there are a few free patterns available from me.
This easy to make Fleece Slipper pattern.
The Poinsettia Napkin Ring Pattern.

And The Clamshell Wristlet. 

If you would like a pattern for the Fleece Slippers, the Poinsettia Napkin Ring, or the Clam Shell Wristlet, or all of the above, just email me at sewbussted@yahoo.com and I will be happy to send out the pattern....or patterns.
Happy Sewing!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Little Fall Decorating

The Wednesday Showcase post will come a little later today. I'll be sitting in the airport for some time this afternoon, so I'll have a little more time then. But just quickly, I thought I would share a project that I've been working on over the last couple of weeks.
A few years ago, I found this article in a Country Living magazine for decoupaged pumpkins. I loved the idea of using fabric to decorate artificial pumpkins.
It's a great way to use up scraps and make something pretty.
And I have something that I can use year after year. You can see the original post and the how-tos here.
I'm the social chairman for a musician's group and one of my jobs is to decorate the tables for the monthly luncheons. I enjoy doing something special when I can, so this month, I decorated artificial pumpkins with musical fabric!
 I added some artificial leaves, moss and the tiny little pinecone looking seed pods that I found on a walk.
All lined up and ready to go. I think they will look especially pretty on the tables.
I bought a couple of extra pumpkins for myself and I am planning to decorate them with some sewing related fabric. Why not, right???
Happy Fall decorating!