Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Sewing Party/Sleepover

Is a girl ever too old to have a sleepover? I think not!  This past weekend, a snowstorm was forecasted for the weekend, my husband was out of town, and I had a large sewing project that I wanted to work on.  I talked to my dear friend T, and together she and I came up with a great plan.. let's get together for a weekend of sewing, and have her spend the night.  Her husband obliged to have her come stay with me, and the fun began!

Since we were so excited about our time together, we started out with just wanting to make a top for each of us, however, I told her I think we should also make a top for her daughter, and then she said she wanted my daughter to have one too.  So then we ended up going by the fabric store and buying more fabric, and cutting out and starting to sew on four tops! Whew!


We got started on the first top, which was mine.  I already had the fabric washed and ironed and ready to start.  The rest of the fabrics we went together to purchase at our local Ben Franklin's, and while they were washing and drying, I made some crunchy kale chips for us to snack on.


My friend T is a very talented and skilled seamstress, and I learned a lot from her this weekend.  I have been sewing a long time, but this was the first time I learned how to make a different sized pattern from the  pattern.  Because we wanted all four tops to come from the same pattern, and not have to buy the pattern in the different sizes, T showed me how to create a different pattern for each size.


Once the fabrics were dried and ironed, we started cutting out the rest of the tops.


The pattern directions called for over 2 yards of fabric.  T said she could do it with 1-1/2 yards - and she did!  I was amazed!


While our sewing party was going on, some of my children's friends came over too.  The more the merrier is the way I like it {smiles}... and one of them brought their blue heeler puppy... and she and Riley had a great time playing together, they were the perfect size to romp and roll around!


T had a great idea to try out with the sleeves.  She created her own pattern to add a ruffle to the sleeves. How she did all this with 1-1/2 yards of fabric was pretty amazing!


The last top to get cut out and marked, now ready to start sewing.  We did not finish the tops this weekend.  Time simply ran away from us, lol!  We hope to finish them up this week, and have a fun reveal this weekend with all four of us wearing our tops together :)

You will have to stay tuned for the final result of our sewing efforts this weekend... I did finish my top, but T told me today that she is not feeling well (she has been struggling with some tummy issues lately, and doctors cannot seem to pinpoint what is wrong), so hopefully she will feel well enough to continue making the tops, but I told her not to worry if she can't!

It was such a fun weekend, that we hope to do this again if we can, before spring gets here, before we both get so busy with our gardens and outdoor chores and activities (she has chickens, a huge fruit orchard and a large garden to care for too)... so we are hoping that we will have another weekend soon of fun sewing together before spring.  I wonder if we hope spring won't come so fast, more than likely, that it will... lol!

At any rate, the next time we get together, T has promised to show me how to measure myself AND make my own pattern from my measurements!  I can't wait to learn how to do that... it will be exciting to learn how to create my own patterns.  T went to school for several years to learn how to do this, and I am benefiting from all her training, and we are having fun together too!  So I hope to have a post with all four of our tops finished, possibly sometime next week. (Prayers for T appreciated!)


After I dropped T off at home, and I was driving home, the views before me were incredible.  The snow storm had abated, and the world was quiet and still.  The sun was a hazy ball in the sky with very diffuse light.  I love how the dapper light just hovered over this old barn.


Pine trees standing silent as the hazy light of the sun brushed their tops, wishing them a good night.


We are blessed in this beautiful country we live in to have an abundance of lakes, streams and rivers.  The sun was setting over the river here, and I was not the only one who stopped before the bridge to get out and take some pictures.  It was a stunning scene!


It might appear this picture to be upside down, but it really is not... just the reflection of the sun in the water.


Well, I took far too many pictures of this scene.  It was  just too beautiful for words to see.


As I continued my drive home, the sun's brilliance lit up the mountains in the distance as if they were on fire.


No, indeed... I never, ever tire of the glorious views that abound around us here.  :)




55 comments:

  1. OH, what fun! I love to sew, would have enjoyed your sleep-over!! Always enjoy your pretty winter pictures!

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    1. It was so much fun, we hope to do it again soon! :)

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  2. Your friend has such skill and talent and a sharing spirit. What a perfect combination.

    Beautiful photos!

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    1. Indeed, and I am blessed to call her my friend!

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  3. How fun to have a sleep-over and sewing time together. Sorry your friend is struggling with stomach issues. The pups are so cute romping around together - they are perfectly matched size wise. These are the prettiest sunset photos. So thankful you snapped them to share with us.

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    1. It was so much fun, we hope to repeat the sewing sleepover soon... T has plans for a new project... stay tuned :) Hugs to you today Mildred!

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  4. How fun!! I have done sleepovers in the past and it has always been so wonderful. I love it. You have such glorious views indeed. Hugs.

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    1. One is never too old for sleepovers! You need to do it again with a friend, its so fun :) Hugs to you today, and I'm praying for you!

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  5. I am all thumbs when it comes to sewing. Even in high school... I got a C in that part of the home ec class. I look forward to seeing your tops! Glad Riley had a playmate too. Thank you for showing us your beautiful photographs.

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    1. I understand. Sewing is just not for some people, but there are plenty other things to craft away at :) Appreciate your visits as always Gina!

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  6. Girl sleepovers?? Of course, you're never too old!! My girlfriends and I spent a weekend away "sleeping over" and it was wonderful...and I never tire of your beautiful photos either! Thanks for sharing. :)

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    1. So refreshing and fun to have that time together, isn't it! We plan to do it again soon... winter is still hanging around... more snow/rain/ice today! LOL... we will be thankful for the moisture come summer!

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  7. How fun Marylin. .. Beautiful photos :-)

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    1. Thank you Mari, have a blessed day :)

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  8. What fun! Sleepovers are so much fun. I haven't done that in awhile. The last one I had was with my mom and auntie and we had lots of good and much needed giggles. I can't wait to see how your tops turn out. I'll be lifting prayers up for your friend.
    I never get tired of your sky photos either ;) they are truly amazing my friend!

    Hugs,
    Amy

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    1. Appreciate your prayers for T, she does feel better! And one never gets too old for some fun and laughter! Glad to hear you had that time with your mom and aunt :) I will email you back soon! :)

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  9. I enjoy your photography so much. I finally got snow... for about a minute! Literally! It started snowing big lovely flakes that quickly got smaller then turned to rain! Oh well. God loves me. He gave me snow. ~smile~ Your sewing sleepover sounds like terrific fun! I cannot wait to see how your sleeves turn out. I've wondered about doing something similar with a dress pattern I have. The sleeves are more fitted than I like.

    Have a terrific week Marilyn. I am praying for your mother-in-love and family tonight.
    Hugs,
    Laura

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    1. I do wish I could send you some snow! Is some headed your way this weekend? I saw on the news there may be a possibility of snow in the midwest. I hope so for your sake :) Appreciate your prayers for my MIL... she is now discharged from the hospital, thank you for praying!

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  10. What a fun time you had. I can't wait to see the finished product!
    Your photos are simply stunning!

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    1. We did finally finish our tops! It was a lot of fun to make them :)

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  11. Oh sweet friend, what a delightful time you must have had! How I would LOVE to have a sewing sleepover party with you {{smiles}} I must say that I can't wait to see your top all finished - I know it will be lovely.

    Please know that your dear friend will be in my prayers. I sincerely hope the doctors are able to find out what's wrong.

    As always, your photos are stunning! Thank you for sharing. Love and hugs!

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    1. That would be so wonderful! Oh the time we would have! It truly would be a delight to be able to craft together! Thank you for praying for T, she is doing better. Appreciate your sweet lovely visit as always, and I am praying for you as the tea exchange is ongoing with all that you have to do!

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  12. Sounds like a great fun time, bet the tops will be lovely!
    Hope your friend feels better!
    Love all those beautiful photos!

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    1. We did finish the tops, it was so much fun! Hugs to you today :)

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  13. Oh, what a wonderful time you had! I am so thankful you were able to spend this precious time with your friend and doing something both of you enjoy so much. God is so good. Even in our hard times, He is faithful to send along happy moments to get us through. I can't wait to see all four of your finished products and smiling faces! I am praying for you and your burdens and trusting Jesus to see you through it all. The pictures were just stunning, as usual. I loved them all, but my favorite was the one over the barn. It almost looks like there is a person's form in the area right under the sun...I often wonder if a photo can capture the dear Lord looking down upon us. At any rate, it was just beautiful. I trust Jesus to lead T's doctors and allow them to find out what is wrong with her. She sounds like such a wonderful, giving person, so willing to teach what she knows. Wow, she is so very talented, too. I am so thankful she is able to help you learn new things. Thank you for sharing about your fun adventures with us. Sending you love, hugs, and many prayers!

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    1. Thank you for praying for T, she tells me she is somewhat better, and I do believe it is because of all the prayers for her! Our God is so good! It was so much fun sewing with her, and then to have the beautiful sunset on my way home, was just icing on the cake :) Hugs to you today dear friend, keeping you in my prayers as always!

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  14. In the barn photo, it looks like someone had just turned on the light over the barn! so awesome.. all of those photos are wonderful and just take my breath away. You live in a truly amazing area. And how fun to have a "sewing bee". Years ago a friend of mine and I had sewing bees quite often at each other's house. We lived about 1-1/2 hours apart so it was fun to go to the other's house and spend the weekend.. this was "before kids". We would each lug our big bag of fabrics and laces to the other's house, to show off what we had bought! My sister and I do this occasionally now also, but is usually a crafting bee and we love it. I'm anxious to see your 4 tops and hope T feels better soon. Marilyn

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    1. Isn't that a great effect with the light over the barn! It was so amazing to see, and then the amazing sunset down at the river too. Oh my! Oh how fun it must have been to get together with your friend, and sew! It really is more fun to craft with other ladies :) T is feeling better, thank you for praying! Appreciate your wonderful visits :)

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  15. Seems like you had a great time with your friend, I hope that top finishes soon and you'll show it in your next post.:) Those photos of nature are just beyond words to describe. You get beautiful shots and angle too. Have a blessed March ahead..how time flies!Godspeed!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and visit, seeing those views was so amazing, and I was happy to be able to capture them on my camera :) Hugs to you today!

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  16. ....and nor do I tire of looking at your photos, friend. smiles.

    Have a beautiful rest of the week.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoy the pictures my friend! Have a blessed day!

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  17. Oh, Marilyn...how very glad I am to hear of your special sewing time with your sweet friend! It sounds like the two of you had a wonderful time and oh my...I simply cannot wait to see the finished products! And I am delighted to hear you picked up a few handy tips! {{Smiles}} What gorgeous photographs...you do live in a most beautiful area...I agree with Linda...I never tire of looking at your photographs! My goodness, it must be incredible to witness such amazing sunsets!
    Thinking of you and sending much dear love your way...and happy March!
    Love always,
    Kelly-Anne

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  18. Getting together with a friend is a blessing. So glad y'all enjoyed sewing together and learning new things. Can't wait to see your tops. Riley looks like she is having fun with her friend too!

    Those views are spectacular! I can sure see why you stopped. Thanks for sharing a bit of your part of the country.

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  19. It sounds like you and your friend had a fun and productive weekend of sewing. Your photos of the sunset are beautiful and I especially like the first one with the barn. I hope your week is going well for you. I'm glad today is March 1st! Blessings. Pam

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  20. Oh my! What a fun sleepover! I love this idea! Beautiful pictures as always dear lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  21. What a lovely time with your friend, and so productive too.

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  22. Wow, what a talented friend you have in T.! Lucky you!
    And the photos? Breathtaking! Thank you for sharing with us.

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  23. Never too old for a sleepover, and it looks like you had a lot of fun. You captured the sunset beautifully. xo

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  24. Oh what fun to have your friend T come and spend the weekend! I'm praying for her to find answers to what is causing her tummy troubles and for healing for her. As usual, your photos capture the beauty all around you. Thank you for sharing them! :)

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  25. How fun to get together with friends,learn and end up with matching tops!
    The puppies look like they became friends after the sleepover, too.

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  26. What a wonderful way to spend the weekend with a friend! Sounds like so much fun! I can't wait to see your "tops" when they are finished. The fabrics were so pretty! Now, the photos of the ride home are amazing! I am in awe of those sunset pictures...really beautiful. Our God IS an awesome God!!! Such a Master Designer is He!!! Thank you for sharing these with us.

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  27. Such fun, sewing and learning with your talented friend. Lovely fabrics....can't wait to see the big reveal. Glorious sunsets, glorious scenery, glorious photos!

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  28. What a fun way to spend a weekend! I am so glad that you and T had that opportunity. I'll look forward to the pics of the finished projects. :)

    Your scenery pictures are breathtaking, Marilyn. They truly are. What beautiful country you live in!

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  29. This looks like a great time! I just ordered a new sewing machine, and can't wait for it's arrival! If only I had someone to have a sewing party with. :) Such pretty pictures you shared, as well. Wishing you a wonderful March!

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  30. Oh how fun... Know you and your friend had lots of fun.. Can't wait to see your new blouses..
    I wish i had a sewing friend.. None of my friends sew nor or they interested at all.lol
    The snow is beautiful.

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  31. I will pray for your friend. Where did she go to school? It really sounds like useful knowledge. I should write it down incase my daughter has a sewing interest and would like to pursue it when she is older. She is very interested in everything craft related.

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  32. What a sweet friendship! The two of you must have so enjoyed one another company as you created your tops. I'm looking forward to the reveal.
    Sorry to hear that your friend is having stomach issues. I will certainly pray for her.

    A always, the beauty of your little corner of the world shows forth the glory of God.
    Your photos are gorgeous, Marilyn!
    Thank you for sharing them with us.

    Bless you~~

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  33. Your views are incredible! What a beautiful and diverse country we live in! Love that you had a sewing weekend too! What fun! Can I come next time? Hugs, Diane

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  34. What a wonderful way to spend a snowy weekend and how nice to have a talented seamstress friend. My mother and older sisters got the seamstress genes and I was dismal at it. Love your views and I was a lot closer to your corner of the world than usual last weekend. We finally made it back home to the Seattle area yesterday. Praying T's stomach issues can be properly diagnosed and helped.

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  35. What a wonderful time spent enjoying a sleepover and sewing weekend. Looks like so much fun!
    Your photos are incredible and share the beauty we are blessed with from God.
    Have a wonderful weekend ahead. Blessings xo

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  36. Your sleepover sounds like so much fun. We are never too old to enjoy having a special friend over to spend time with. Such beautiful photos. Thank you so much for sharing. Have a blessed evening. Hugs ♥ Teri

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  37. Fun!!
    I like the idea you had. :-)
    Beautiful photos. I just can not get over the beauty! Thank you for sharing!!
    Carla

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  38. You are so lucky to be able to sew. I could just never master the art of sewing. My mom could sew up a storm but didn't have the patience to work with me and I just never could get into it. - Love the fabrics you all picked and can't wait to see the end results. I hope your friend is feeling better by now. Lovely, lovely photos you shared of the landscape. You still have quite a bunch of snow. It's gone here now and we are into "rainy" day weather.

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  39. It sounds like the two of you had so much fun together, I'm looking forward to seeing the results. Your photos are gorgeous. The first one looks like the light switch was turned on over the barn.

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