Look Ma, I made a button!

People are soooo smart. Last week I posted that I was going to buy purse feet for my Betty Shopper bag. Nancy and BeeBee suggested I use buttons instead. I went through my button stash (and it’s been a stash since I bought not one but TWO of the four pound button bundles from Fabric Mart).

I liked the way the red coordinated. But, it wasn’t thick enough for me. I really don’t want the bottom of the bag getting gross. Then I remembered reading somewhere that you could double up buttons for interest.


Cool, huh? Just a few drops of crazy clue from the dollar store and I have purse feet.

And, they go great with this stretchy brown woven that I’ve envisioned as BWOF 1-2007-113.

I love these blog awards that go around! Well, Marji from FiberArts Afloat, Gwendolyn of After the Dress and Domestic Haven’s Mimi nominated me for the Excellent Blog Award. Well, shucks. Thanks ladies! And I’d like to nominate two more. Yes, I’m supposed to do 10. But it was a long day at work and I’ve got tickets to Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette with the Baltimore Opera tonight. Am very excited! I bought one ticket for this and for Madame Butterfly almost a year ago. Talk about delayed gratification.

The first is for Leslie of Loohoo Originals who I officially met at PR weekend in LA. Since we met, she’s been my daily source of sewing when the boards or blogs are slow. She launched her blog last week and her first post is on one of my favorite gadgets, the Consew Gravity Feed Iron.

I don’t usually seek out the knitting blogs. I can’t knit and it just makes me bitter that I can’t. But, there’s a cool knitter out there who sews too and is a sci-fi junkie like me (don’t sleep on Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Star Wars y’all). So, if you have a moment, check out Peacock Chic.

Before I close, I’d like to say THANK YOU to Ben. Ben (who is from New Jersey) found my driver’s license outside of the Walnut Room in Philadelphia. He tracked my number down and called to let me know he put it in the mail. I told him ‘thanks’ and he said I should pay it forward.

I can get with that. So, I’ll send a set of 10 of these red and brown buttons to the (pre-determined number) person who who asks for them in the comments. Or, umm, if I’m the only one who likes them, I’ll just keep them and say I did :-)

Rock On

Ooooohhhh. I’m a Rockin’ Girl Blogger now too! Thanks to Dawn at the Secret Pocket. I’m so flattered because Dawn really knows what she’s doing. I just wing it and hope for the best. I’ve learned a lot from her and am thrilled to bits she reads the blog.

So here are my five nominations. Please feel no pressure ladies to pass it on. I’m going to be a bit of an ageist in my nominations. I picked all of these women because we’re all about the same age and love to sew. Growing up and really until last year, I didn’t know anyone who sewed. Now, because of the internet there is a whole community of younger women who love clothes and love to sew. If only we were all in the same time zone…

Narcissaqtpie from SewlSista #1. We live about 15 minutes apart and I’ve even seen her from a distance at Joanns. More importantly, she has a fun attitude toward sewing and cracks me up with her commentary.

Stephanie from Creative Reveries. Stephanie and I have made a couple of similar outfits within weeks of each other. We both love the prints and the seersucker. She makes simple, classic clothes that no one would know came from home.

Christina from Assorted Notions. Gah. I still remember the series of Vogue dresses she made. I decided then and there I was going to force her to be my friend. That and we both grew up Army brats and she too likes the Kinder Egg. I just wish she lived on the east coast I could go to yard sales with her.

The Slapdash Sewist from The Slapdash Sewist. Well, she lets me call her and go through my entire packing list when I travel and weigh pattern options in a crunch. That and she understands my irrational attachment to fabric.

Chicago Sarah from Chicago is 1230 miles from Maine. I love a DIY girl with her own set of tools. She wouldn’t think it strange that I own a jig saw, drill, plane, and circular saw. Like me, she’d replace her kitchen counter top on her own. But, those tools don’t compare to her sewing machine and knitting needles.


As as aside, I’m racking my brain trying to remember a Butterick pattern I used to have . It’s from the 90s, was a designer edition and featured a Burberry style plaid trench on the front. I was convinced it was Cynthia Rowley, but it’s not turning up on any search engines. Could it have been Betsey Johnson? Does anyone else remember this coat? If you do remember or have one, could you tell me the pattern number or the right designer name so I can readjust my search?