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Sewing for the Shops

I've been sewing, but not blogging as I have mixed feelings about blogging lately. I think I need to take some time to sort those issues out in my head and then save that for another post.

In the meantime, have a look at what's hot off the machine...

More angels.  Apparently, my daughter was right and people do want these.

hanging angel

hanging angel

hanging angel

This hot water bottle cover is just like these, except it is half the size.

half-size hot water bottle cover

S asked me to make a wedding dress wine sleeve to compliment these sleeves. I think this is good in theory, but it needs a better designer than me to make it work. Current wedding dresses don't really have sleeves, much less straps. The Preacher, whose fashion observation skills are pretty close to nil, even mentioned this. If they do have sleeves, they are made from only lace or bell-shaped - neither of which would work well for this wine sleeve idea. I spent way too much time searching online for wedding dresses and in the end I decided to go with a leg of mutton sleeve idea.  That style was very common in vintage gowns and seemed the most likely to work with a wine bottle.

wedding dress wine sleeve

I wasn't very happy with the result, but S seemed to be pleased.

wedding dress wine sleeve

I always feel good when I get these things done and then start thinking about what I can make for me.  But, when I drop them off, M and S always have more things they'd like me to make.  Tote bags, purses, more (different) wine sleeves...  Just like the blogging, I'm having mixed feelings about this, too.


  1. I love reading your blog, and will miss your posts if you stop blogging, but I can certainly understand mixed feelings about blogging. You have a lovely tone to your writing, and your projects are varied and interesting.

  2. I also enjoy your blog. You explain well, your projects are so interesting, and I really like your color sense. I believe you are more creative than you sometimes given yourself credit for. I also like that you communicate that Preacher's wives are regular people, too. I would miss you and your cutie kids!

  3. the wedding dress sleeve will make sense next to the tux sleeve.
    maybe vacation will help.
    i love your blog.

  4. Be careful that you don't get burned out by sewing so much for others. Remember to sew for yourself and your family and for joy and then the shop can have what is left. :-)

    Take care!


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