Book Club themed “Twee” dress

I’m not going to give my review untill after the book club meeting ( which I have to miss, due to being out of town ) .

However, The Widow by Fiona Barton is a “who done it” which involves the kidnapping of a little girl. I decieded to give a nod to the Twee, fashion style.


Little girlish, innocent vibes, slight vintage feel. Bows ribbons, little cats…you get the drift. I had bought the blue material to make the dress. I used the same pattern ,IMG_3581

but altered the neck line, made bigger pleats and added some detail in burgundy to go with the burgundy/brown “baby Jane ” shoes…which are very comfortable and sturdy feeling.

I added  more pleats around the sleeves.



I spent a lot of time on a Peter Pan collar which I made detachable.

IMG_7281Then I found a pearl peter son collar you can attach, but in the end, I went for just the piping and vintage buttons. I was also going to wear colourful tights, in green, but I liked the blue pants hose better.

I do like the dress, and will likely wear it often this summer.

I have decided this will be the last of my book themed sewing projects.  I have a new idea I’ll fill you in on later.

Happy Mothers Day  tomorrow


My daughter Nancy had these delivered, aren’t they beautiful!

Hope your having fun !


Till the next time ,

joyce.    All photos taken by author unless other wise stated.

Tea dress for June


Finished the dress for the tea booked in Toronto, the beginning of June. I’m trying to buy as much as I can from the new “Sew  Local Sewing Lounge” which recently opened in New Sudbury. This, is quilting cotton, and it’s not my first choice for fashion fabric, but the design was great…so I went for it.

I used Simplicity 2404 and the added this to the sleeves.


On trend for the spring season, and, covers my ageing  arms…yet cool…in more ways then one! Tee hee. This is the true colour, taken outside in natural lighting.


My sister is crocheting me a narrow scarf.. I’m hoping to get an ” on location, at the tea ” shot to feature the scarf, as she is just making it now.

In other news, I have read The Widow, which was Marie’s choice for the book club….and I will be sewing something in a Twee look, for the book club theme sewing project , for the end of May. More fabric from The Sewing Lounge, already purchased.

Till we chat again, I’m now onto the second pair of socks for the neighbour



Hope your having a wonderful spring day.


All  photos taken by author unless otherwise stated

Book club Canadian theme dressing

Ladies Good Book Lunch Club / march


Marie and Gayle greatly missed!

photo by waitress


Today we discussed “Open Heart Open Mind” by Clara Hughes.scores 3.5/5   3.5/5   4/5  4.5/5

I gave the book a 3.5/5.  I’ve read better and I don’t think she is a great writer. I also expect people who are writing this kind of book to have their act together , and I can’t say I totally believe she does. We had good things to say about the book and we all admire her for over coming what she has, and for doing good work globally  but we were all confused as to what the book was really about. She would have done better ,we felt, if she concentrated on one aspect,  We all agreed we wouldn’t give this book as an aid for anyone suffering from depression. Many of us were surprised that they had not heard of her , till now, yet many people around us had! It was interesting to learn more about the sport of skating and cycling.

next book meeting will be sometime at the end of May, and I don’t know yet what the book will be….but it gives me time to move forward with my next sewing project which will be a fancy ” tea” dress for early June. I’m meeting some friends at a hotel in Toronto for ” high tea”….which is reall afternoon tea……yadda yadda.

…wore my fleece blazer to the meeting



With Mr Seamsalright pins from his work with Aboriginal Northern Development Canada and the found Canadian vintage buttons!

I do like the jacket, and it is warm. I’ll have to replace the lining, some day soon. Looks better with grey pants, but I was working a theme teehee.

So thats it for today. I do love being a Canadian!

We have adopted a dog. His name is Bullet. Cutest dog ever!


All photographs taken by author unless other wise stated.

Till the next time ,



“Canadian” themed jacket , it ain’t no Chanel!


I’m  feeling a little annoyed, because I had lined this jacket with winter coat lining, after I was finished, I just couldn’t stand it because I knew it was wrong, too heavy. So last night I riped out the thick lining, made another in dress weight lining, and put that in today. And , I wasn’t going to make button holes, because of the fleece and I only used light interfacing….but, I broke down and did them. The big buttons and big snaps were too thick, too much, and yes, I had sewn them all on before I decided to back track. Anyhow, I’m pleased enough but this jacket has a few more stories that caused me frustrations. Like, I thought I had cut out sleeve linings..but couldn’t find them, cause I didn’t cut them out, just thought I did. So, after another twenty dollars on thick coat lining, ( which I didn’t use) was purchased, I found a nice meter , thrifter for two dollars, grey.

So you see, it seems to be one foot forward, two steps back with this “Canadian” themed for the next book club meeting outfit.

Ill save you some frustration, and tell you more stories about this jacket, after the meeting.

In the meantime, let’s celebrate that I finally finished a sock for the neighbour.


I have a story or two to go with this sock, but I’ll keep that for the next post too! Right now,   I just wanna think of it as done! Teehee. Hopefully he will try it on tonight and we will see how far off it is…and I do hope he doesn’t laugh too hard, my first sock and all that. I really think I can do a better job on the next one, now that I know how it goes together, what I should be very careful about etc.

Where Is spring, why is everyone talking about spring…it’s freezing here!

Till the next time we chat,


all photos by ipad camera…some distortion may apply!



Off the Rib


Finally fished the knitted vest.  I ripped back that collar so many times – it was insane. So when it looked like this


I said to myself….good enough



I had put a seed stitch around the bottom of the back and fronts…so….can we stretch our imaginations and say this collar is a combo of seed stitch and ribbing, to match?  No! Ok…but for now I’m saying this good enough and wearable.


I think I will try this pattern one more time in a different colour…and see what happens.

And thats the end  of that story.

Thanks for dropping by…have a great day. We are having winter wonderland snow , and it’s fairly mild.

Till the next time


February ladies book club 2017


Sue Monk’s book, “The Invention of Wings” received –

****.25.         ****          ****            *****

I gave the book a score of 4.  ( pointing to  my Button of hope)



this  book brought up discussions about history, slaves, torture, today’s political situation, travelling outside of Canada and the way people with power mistreat others, slaves of today. We all liked the book.

Missing our friends Margie and Marie as they are on vacation in the USA….enjoying warm weather . Hurry back home for march 23 Rd , Faye’s choice, ” Open  Heart, Open Mind ” by Clara Hughes.


I’ll be visiting the fleece and knit selection of the fabric store as our next book is about a Canadian women who has won awards in the Olympics . My thinking so far is leasure wear, or very Canadian  somehow.  There is always the skater dress..ha ha…or perhaps Stephanie  will inspire me with her very personal Canadian Sewing With A Purpose Project. ( in honour of Canada’s milestone birthday)  we will see what happens.

Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day this year. However you celebrate it.

Till we chat again


Theme dressing ” The invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd


For this theme I decieded to go with black and white material as the story is about a white girl, Sarah , who was given a slave, Hetty, as a birthday present.  The story takes place  in Charleston in the early 19th century.

I used this pattern


First, I have to thank my friend Lena for spending HOURS in the fabric store searching for material with me. Honestly, there was nothing, but this knit! With a vinyl coating! We looked and we pondered, and were very close to purchasing a lace, but in the end we decided the black and white was our only real choice. It was on sale and I’m trying to cut down on the cost of these themed outfits and thirty dollars did not seem bad.

Being a knit, I decided to line the bodice with a light woven black material. I accidentally lowered the bust point before I did the full bust adjustment…therefore, I had to make the bodice twice, to get it right. Therefore…I was short material for the sleeves. I searched high and low for a comparable white or black material. I did put black sleeves in…but I hated them, so ..I took the scraps of the black and white vinyl material, fudged pieces together and cut the sleeves, upper and lower, the sewed them together. Took off the black sleeves and inserted these.  I also forgot to buy extra material for the pattern…so matching the pattern was not a priority – but whatever, good enough, especially as I’m considering this a wearable toil.


Im not one hundred percent happy with the dress, but frankly, it’s the best one in my closet! I lined everything but the sleeves. The minute I finished hemming it, I read a tip to place a one inch strip of interfacing on the hem to stabilize it. Too little too late , ha ha.

The book meeting was moved up to this Thursday, so I need to get cracking and get it read, but I’ve finished the dress, so yippie!


I did a little research on head wraps….and discovered lots of interesting things. African women consider them rebellious. Although I do like to wear head bands, I think for the meeting I will go with a more “60’s” vibe… less perils too, but we shall see, I haven’t really decided. Anyhow….

Ill give you the report on the Ladies Luncheon Good Book Club  rateing  in my next post.

I look forward to making this pattern again, in a different fabric.

Till we chat again




Theme dressing for the book of January 2017

Black Venus : by James MacManus

Ladies Good Book Club Meeting


I am not going to wear this costume to the lunch meeting with the Ladies Good Book Club! But I will take a couple of pictures, for fun!


I love my cane and I liked the book. I’m giving it a four out of five and I’ll be wearing something more like this.


The weather has been really mild this week, so I will add this to get me there and back

Ooppes it was too mild! So I wore the vintage chinchilla wrap. ( beef restaurant, who could complain)


Photo by waiter.

The book got scores or 3’s and 4’s.

We discussed love and drugs and toxic relationships. One member found the book depressing. Most of us liked the discriptions of Paris.More then half of the members have been there.  We really liked this restaurant suggested by Lena. We plan to meet here again next month.

Till the next time, I say…..


Kick up your heels and have some fun….cause this ain’t no dress rehearsal !

Joyce ….all photos taken by author unless otherwise stated.

Bring it on 2017



I’ve been silent for far too long.  Ha ha!

Here’s what’s been happening in my 2017 so far.

The Good Book Club is reading



I have been working on my “book themed”outfit, and i feel it is close enough to “finished” to share .  I’m basting it off the character in the novel Jeanne Duval,the lover of the main character,  Charles Baudelaire. It’s based on a true story. Baudelaire was breaking the rules and writing poetry people were not used to. Edouard Manet had painted Jeanne Duval and it hangs in the Budapest National Gallery now. You can find it in goggle easily enough.

She was race-y ……all about the cleavage …

I won’t reveal my score untill we have our meeting….in the mean time….



Just  the rolled hems to do. A little pressing etc.

Excuse the paper jewelry…that was for Flickr which I have decided to return to for a 365 ….a photo a day for the year 2017.  I’m in a group called ” we’re here” which invades groups that are not very active. We join these groups and post our photographs. It’s very helpful for people doing a 365 of any kind.  You end up doing some wacko things, like zippers in your mouth, but it’s also super fun!

Dont you just love my cane? I found it on line for a resonable price…..there is a walking cane mentioned often in the story which caused me to do a little research. They were used as fashion accessories , and some had hidden weapons, like a blade. Once they were mass produced, they fell out of fashion. They should bring them back!

On the knitting end of things



I’m a little stuck on the collar. I’ve ripped it back twice now. This pattern seems to give information, just for the sake of information, and it’s not really instruction…?   I think I have it almost figured out….we shall see.

It makes me feel like this


But….whatever, I’ll keep working on it ….especially now that I have the themed outfit almost done.

I used this pattern, (mc calls 6770 ) which I used when I made my cousin debbie this costume to wear to a tea party.I made another in pink for me….here’s Debbie


I cut the flounce on the skirt shorter , which really modernized it I thought. …and again used the t-shirt pattern for my top.


I do believe I’ve hacked that pattern up…too much and I’ll have to buy another. It has served me well.

And that pretty much brings me up to date.

hope your year is off to a great start.

Till we chat again.

Joyce     All photographs taken by author unless otherwise stated.


Untill the new year


Ladies Good Book Christmas Lunch 2016

photo credit waiter

We had a very merry lunch, and opened our gifts of books.



I made some cards of my “Santa Kerry” water colour  …even managed some matching wrap from the photo copy store, along with a little Picasso portraits of each of the ladies. Margie received my book. I know she will enjoy it as she is a photographer and follows Humans of New York on facebook. (Sorry the photographs are from my iPad camera in low lighting.)

Our book club member Faye sings in a choir and plays the drums. It was a nice Christmassy event . Thanks Faye .


My hand made knits came in handy for grand-sonnies Christmas concert !



My knitting ( the vest) is almost complete, I’ll show it to you in the new year which I’m really looking forward to.

And so…..untill then , I’m sending you …. a…..



Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !

Joyce      All photos taken by author unless other wise stated