Vintage find at Thrift Store

I went thrift shopping Friday and got some great sweaters, some tee shirts to use for baby leggings and tees, and I found a few handmade items on the rack. I found an old seersucker dress with a small stain that will cut apart for quilts, a gingham apron with rickrack, and a 60’s poly wool dress. This person put lots of care into sewing it. It’s not my color or size but I bought it to study the pleat construction.

A classic shape with pleats.

The box pleat is pieced in and has the lovely stitching at top.

The hem and sleeves both have hem tape and hand stitched hems.

Lapped zipper and perfect straight stitches. The zipper is a little crooked from me washing and drying the thrift store finds.

I just love the care and time that went into this dress and couldn’t stand to see it get tossed. I’ll put in my studio as a reminder of how well made garments last.

Graston Technique

Physical therapy is rough. 

I went to the doctor for chronic plantar fasciitis. They did some physical therapy, a soft tissue scraping that stimulates blood to the tissue to help heal quickly. It loosened the tight muscles some but wasn’t enough to release the plantar fascia.

I ending up having a Tenex procedure which was fast, about 20 minutes, with only a local anesthetic. I wore a walking air cast for about 6 weeks and then could wear regular shoes again-as long as they have excellent arch support. I have to ice and stretch my foot daily still to make sure I don’t get overly right or inflamed again. Totally worth it.

If you have chronic plantar fasciitis I would look into it.

Me Made May, going slowly

I love me made may, where you pledge to wear as much clothing you made as possible. I have discovered that I have hardly any me made clothes! I have several Lodo dresses, which are fantastic for me. Grab, throw on and go. I have a lot of self-drafted pencil skirts.

Purple interlock Lodo dress.



Navy cotton/lycra hooded relaxed raglan.

I am seriously lacking in me made tops. I think I have less than a dozen items good for summer, so I am currently working on filling the gaps rather than photographing the same dresses over and over. I do have a navy Patterns for Pirates tee with a hood that I love, love, love. I pack it on all my trips.

Pink rayon challis Amy Butler fabric in a Burda pattern with french darts.

The pink paisley is an Amy Butler rayon challis that I loved as a dress but shrank so now it’s a tunic.

Pink Lodo dress with a great Alexander Henry bias trim.

The pink lodo dress was my first and got me hooked on the pattern. Fast, easy, comfy in 90+ degrees.

Fresh start

I cleared my blog history because it didn’t really represent me and who I am. So, who am I? A 49-year-old woman who has four grown children and one granddaughter. A gardener, a seamstress, a wife to a talented artist. Sometimes a knitter, definitely not a crocheter. Crocheting is way confusing. A baker, a cook. A weightlifting yoga lover. An animal lover. A woman with chronic pain and autoimmune disease.


The radish queen

Working on a wrap dress

Summer bounty

Local fields

First doll for the grandbebe

My ferocious Chihuahua

Bread baking supplies