I used the F14 stitch spaced an inch apart on my Viking Husqvarna to tack down the facings. The stitch outline gives it a dimensional effect.The result - I think it was worth the effort and determination to get it right! I look forward to making it again...and I did.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
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I bought it at Target for $16. Check out the cool Target logo sticker handle. I always wondered what those plastic strips were at the end of the checkout conveyer. Before using, your best bet is to read the reviews on Amazon.com for very helpful tips, such as adding a couple of teaspoons of olive oil to the water to help keep it from sputtering all over the counter, floor...At least it wasn't as messy as when I used the saucepan on the stove...and giving it a little stir when it is close to done before beginning the 5-7 minute wait in the warm cycle. My brown rice turned out perfectly, though. I bet when I try their suggestions it will be even better next time. I also think they have improved this model when reading the opinions. For instance, the steamer only sits 1/4" into the pot, so you can steam and make rice at the same time - thereby negating all the worries about no room for the rice. I used one cup of rice and it made plenty for our red beans and rice last night. When I was in the checkout line, the person ahead of me said he had one those, too and loved it. I told the checkout clerk I was tired of weighing down the saucepan lid with plates, bricks, whatever was handy in the kitchen and she asked "Are you from the North? People from the North don't know how to cook rice!" My "people from the North" used Minute Rice!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Continuing "The Stash Sew Down of 2009". . .Today I'm trying 3124 View C of the Butterick Today's Fit Sandra Betzina pattern line. Back in the early 2000's, both Vogue and Butterick had the Today's Fit patterns. Some were similiar to the Vogues and others weren't - particularly 3123 - a bias hooded top and dress, and 3338 - bathrobe (!) and nightgown.
Here are the other Butterick Today's Fit in my collection - top left to right: 3439 - blouse and pants, 3300 - vests, bottom left to right: 3013 - vest and jacket, 3016 - vests.
Did you know she also had two Sewing Workshop patterns? The Sandra Betzina Coat and The Sandra Betzina Vest and Skirt.
I was even able to score some of the ones she did with Burda (1995-97) - 3204 - Shirtdress, shirtjacket and pants...3381 deeply pleated and pocketed pants and cropped pants...3653 long or short sleeved dresses.
Let's also not forget the Rodale Designer Collection "No Time To Sew" book (1997) and pattern wardrobe. There were mixed reviews on this book, but I liked it. Another ASG chapter member and I sewed many verisions of her Tuxedo Shirt. I made two, I think she did at least seven and they were all cool, all different. It's now out-of-print, but if you find the book on Amazon or eBay, make sure you get the pattern envelope, too!
Once again, another sewing detour. I should be cutting out, not dumping out my pattern drawers and blogging about it! I just wanted to share these in case other Sandra Betzina fans might be interested in her earlier patterns.
- Mini Pot Rouge in Pink Truffle
- Oil Free Even Finish Foundation, SPF 15
- Overnight cream
They also have good online makeup artists, either via live chat or email. Very helpful - I had one suggest a great eye makeup color combination that looks great.
Monday, January 19, 2009
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Friday, January 16, 2009
Funny how you can remember all the details of the things you've made. Coming across patterns on the Internet and in my collection was like running into old friends.