Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Goodbye 2009

I can not even begin to explain my long absence. The one year mark of Michael's death was a bigger slam than I could ever have anticipated. The holidays came and went with all of us still struggling to sort out what our new 'normal' is going to be without Michael. I am grateful beyond measure to my six children who do so much everyday to fill in the gaps. This year also marked the last Christmas outfit I will make for one of my girls using a children's size pattern. My youngest daughter is almost twelve and is just outgrowing girl's size patterns. This outfit was made from Simplicity 4518 (Lizzie McGuire) and she seems to be quite pleased with it. I will try to post of picture of her wearing it if I can get her to sit still long enough.

The jacket is 100% cotton velvet (stash left over from her oldest sister's wedding 10 years ago!) and the skirt a poly/rayon Asian brocade. She will probably wear the jacket with jeans the next few months as I fear she will grow out of it before next fall.

I've been busy getting class samples ready for teaching next year. I like to size check all my patterns so these next pictures are different size versions of the four piece set previously shown .

The navy blue set is made from feather weight corduroy paired with a navy floral brushed twill. I completely interfaced all the jacket pattern pieces with fuseable baby interfacing from Farmhouse Fabrics ( It gave the corduroy just the right amount of thickness to make it a pleasure to embroider on. Happy New Year to all my blog friends.


  1. Putting one foot in front of the other is PROGRESS

    Anniversaries are tough - time passes, without our consent. I LOVE the new designs and can't wait to laugh foolishly in your classes as the inspiration of your teaching minimizes all other thoughts (of food, sleep, Life Balance etc.....)

  2. No explanations necessary. I love the navy blue set. So cute!!!Hope to be in a class you teach in the next year. Welcome back to blog land.

  3. You do not need to explain anything, Gail. Love the outfits, they're all so cute. I hope I get to enjoy a class with you in the near future.

    Happy New Year to you and yours.

  4. Happy New Year Gail. No explanations needed. Welcome to 2010 and can't wait to enjoy your classes this summer!

  5. Hearts don't heal just because the calendar pages change. You were missed, but no explanation is required. The samples are all gorgeous, and we are all thrilled you are returning to the classroom! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  6. Gail, the others have said it so beautifully. Here is to a new year and new experiences. I love the cute little clothes that you have designed and would love to get the patterns. Hope to see you soon.

    Melanie Hopes

  7. Gail, how can I get a copy of this pattern of the little blouse, pants and jacket that you made this year at your class at Farmhouse Fabric this past year? I live near San Diego, but shop online at FH Fabric and have seen what you are making in the class and wished so much I could go to South Carolina to attend it! Could I by chance buy a kit or the pattern from you? My e-mail address is, and my name is Jane. Thanks-and I love your book Sew Cute Couture, I've made a dress and a jacket from it! Too cute!!!


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March 22-25
t of St Louis SAGA
St. Louis,
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Children's Corner
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Chadwick Heirlooms
Richmond, Virginia

May 22-26
Birmingham, Alabama
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Private class
Fernlake, Tennessee

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Huntsville SAGA
Huntsville, Alabama
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Private class
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Becky's Barn
Grinsley, Tennessee

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Private class
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Farmhouse Fabrics
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