Watch Out Project Runway!

Last summer, I was totally inspired by author Kristi Belle of the elegantly fabulous lifestyle blog - La Bella Figura.

Kristi whipped up a wrap skirt so cute it stirred up my long-dormant sewing skills, and I bought a beginner’s sewing machine of my own!

To give you an idea how long it’s been since I’ve touched a sewing machine - Saturday Night Fever was tops at the box office and Lionel was still a Commodore.

Yep, that long.

I opted for the Janome Hello Kitty 11706 Size Freearm Sewing Machine pictured below:
Don’t let the cutesiness fool you. It’s genuine sewing machine - not a toy.

So far I’ve made a cut and sew apron:

Next up is a pillow for my office chair from this fabric:

Here’s the pattern for Kristi’s adorable summer skirt. I’m working my way up to making it.

Okay, soooo maybe the title of this post was a touch ambitious, and Project Runway candidates have nothing to fear – YET!


  1. How cute is that machine. You make me want to pull out mine. I just might.You've done great work!

  2. I love that apron! I've been wanting to learn how to sew for the longest time but I just haven't gotten around to it. A Hello Kitty sewing machine might be just the inspiration that I need...

  3. Okay that machine is so damned cute you've got me wanting one too. Jeez, me sewing? Really? I am very interested in seeing more that you sew.

    From my recall of my past sewing days, I made truly ugly, matronly and unwearable clothing. But I can see making nonwearable items. Hmmm.

  4. I always wished that I could sew. I love the apron and the pillow. You go girl!

  5. wow. i had no idea that you could sew. you are a true modern day sista, i see. the creations look very nice and appear to be most needed items.

    you are cool peep. even cooler than little kitty (who is taking over EVERYTHING it seems).

  6. also, i notice the picture on the sidebar of your book sitting besides the coldest winter ever.

    look @ you cheesin'...

    i don't blame you.

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  8. Can't wait to see the skirt!

  9. Thanks for stopping by y'all.

    @Kwana @Chelle <-- my favorite knitters!!! The last time I sewed was for 7th grade home economics class, but threading the machine came right back to me.

    @Don - It was the only store that didn't shelve me on the floor (Williams), so I was just happy to be "standing" next to it.

    @Beautylogicblog @The Hollywood Memoirs - LOL! I wouldn't say I can sew either. But I'm going to give it my best shot.

    @Kristi - hopefully it will come out as nice as yours.

  10. Seriously? You know I can't sew! I used canned tomatoes to hold the seams down instead of pins and ironed in the other places that were supposed to have pins. It's super easy. But do you remember I totally skipped the waist part and instead sewed on a ribbon and used that to tie it closed -- this is part of what made it easy.

  11. i would love to tap into my dormant DESIRE to sew lol... i need to learn first. youtube? ;) lol omg the book signing post was hilar. i missed out on a book signing today. i hope all went well for the author. =(

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