Friday, June 17, 2016

Love My Cream Cheese Pound Cake


 Mmm Mmm Good Cream Cheese Pound Cake!

There are a few versions of this delicious cake online.  Originally, I got the recipe from Adrienne of Real Life:  Live & Unscripted.  Since then I tweaked it a bit.  So here is my version of Cream Cheese Pound Cake.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups butter (3 sticks)
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
3 cups white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon almond extract
6 eggs
3 cups of Swam Down cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

  • Bring eggs, butter, and cream cheese to room temperature.
  • Preheat oven to 345 degree F.  Grease one 10 inch bundt cake pan, sprinkle with flour, then sprinkle ground  cinnamon into the pan.
  •  Cream together the butter, cream cheese, and sugar until light.
  • Stir in the vanilla and the almond extracts.

  • Add the flour (baking powder) and eggs alternately, beginning and ending with the flour.

  • Pour batter into the prepared pan.

  • Bake at 345 degree F for about an hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  (place a pan of water beneath the cake to keep it moist and prevent burning - from my grandmother.)

  • Add icing if you like or eat it plain.  Either way it's delicious.

Happy Baking!
C

Monday, June 6, 2016

Generosity ...,

Patty at the Sandra Betzina Retreat (2012)


Life is full of unexpected moments. Throughout our journey we meet people. Some we remember, some we forget, and others become friends. Social media has made the world seem very small compare to how we viewed it 25 years ago. So many people have crossed our paths via social media. So many enjoy sewing and crafting as we do.

Gay, Sandra Betzina Retreat (2012)


 
It never ceases to amaze me at the number of people I've met over the past ten years through blogging, Facebook, or Pattern Review. Last week I received a Facebook message from Gay, who I met at one of Sandra Betzina's retreat (2012). Gay attended with her friend Patty. At the workshop we were among many ladies who shared a passion for sewing.

Patty of the far left (2012)

In Gay's message, she said, "Patty was climbing a ladder in her garage and fell down. I'm not sure of the cause, but Ms. Patty passed.  I was shocked by this news. Patty was young and appeared to be in good health when I saw her at the retreat.  Gay was helping the family find new homes for Patty's fabric and pattern collections.  She thought of me. 

Patty far left (2012)

Gay shipped me a huge box containing many fabrics from Marci Tilton and Britex. Also, in the box were about three dozen patterns. It was so nice of her to send me such a gift.  I'm grateful and will put it to use. I already owned many of the patterns, so I shared them with some of my friends at the Haute Couture Club and with Andrea (Sew to Fit). Gay and Patty's family can rest assured that the patterns and the fabric will be used to create something beautiful. My plan is to start using some of the fabric this summer, post the finished garments on my blog as well as on Facebook to share with Gay and Patty's family to show my gratitude for the wonderful gift.


I hope and pray that the family and friends are healing after the lost of their love one.


 



Kimono fabric- some was gifted to a dear friend

Be well all,
C

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Black, Red, and White Striped Rayon Jersey Knit - Vogue 1314



After a mini purge of my closets, I noticed that there were huge empty spaces that need to be filled with more clothes made by me. ;-) I decided to start with a few tops. This is the second of many more to make.  My new toppers will fill the void were the worn tattered garments used to hang. So here's to beefing up my wardrobe with a simple pullover t-shirt made with Mood's Italian Pirate Black/Mars Red/Bright White Bengal Striped Stretch Rayon Jersey Knit.



This jersey is fantastic. It's perfect for keeping it simple. I used Vogue 1314 again. I wanted it to be a quick and easy project; I knew this pattern could deliver with no problem at all. So, here's to simple and easy with great fabric and a must have TNT pattern.



Parting Shot:  flowering bunches in my backyard.



 Happy Sewing!
C

Friday, May 27, 2016

Liberty on London Silk-Cotton Voile - McCall 7359







Do you want to make a breezy, floaty top for the summer? Well look no further, Mood has a slew of beautiful  Liberty on London fabrics that are perfect for light, airy summer tops.  It took me a while to settle on Mistral Golden Nutria Silk-Cotton Voile.  This beauty has a hint of transparency.  The finish is smooth and glossy. The drape is a perfect match for McCall's 7359. 




The pattern is described as:  pullover tops (semi-fitted through bust) have upper sections extending into sleeves with gathers, front pleated lower sections, and narow hem. A, B: Neck band. B: Shaped hemline, wrong side shows. C: Sleeve band. C, D: Collar.

It comes in sizes XS to XL.  I used size medium with modifications.  See my post here for the details.




With a few adjustments I was able to make it work for me.  It is a great complement to a nice pair of  leggings or slim pants.  That's how I'll wear it. ;-)

This little pattern is a winner.  I will probably make a few more before the end of summer.  My likes:
  •  dolman sleeves and "V" neckline
  • long curve hemline of view B
  • easy to  make and wear




The fabric and the pattern are both winners.  Try them.  You won't be disappointed.

Happy Sewing!
C


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Notes on a Pattern - McCall 7359






The minute I saw this pattern, I wanted to make it.  I like the length of view B and the neckband and sleeves of view C.



My challenge was to feature out how I could make it fit me across the bust area without drastically changing the style lines.  Good thing is the cut on dolman sleeves and the front pleat provide quite a bit of wearing ease.

After I made the muslin, it revealed a few minor fit issues.  I needed  my usual adjustments: prominent shoulder blades, sway back and FBA.

Note the pattern pieces below:


  • I added a little more move at the shoulder and upper arm area.  This was done on the upper front and back pattern pieces.
  • For my prominent shoulder blades, I slashed the upper back from the shoulder to the end of the pattern pieces spreading 3/4" at the top and over lapping at the lower section.  This process was carried out through the lower back section.


  • Added length to the sleeve (1 1/2") on all four pattern pieces.
  • Added width and length starting under the arm to the hem of the front and back.
  • On the lower back pattern pieces, I made a small tuck just above the waistline.


These changes help make the top more suited for my size and shape.  My first top is finished, but I have to post it on the Mood Sewing Network first, then on my blog.  I will probably make a few this season.

The construction, overall is relatively simple.  The most difficult parts are:  the rolled hem and the neckband.  If you have a rolled hem foot, no problem.  But if not, follow the instructions in the guide sheet and take your time.  Second, the back neckband is much larger the the neckline.  So you may need to ease it in a bit along with slashing the neckline of the top.

So that's it for this installation of "Notes on a Pattern".  Check out the Mood Sewing Network tomorrow for the rest of my review and photos.

Happy Sewing!
C

Neglect..,

Hi everyone,

I thought about just posting something, anything, to get me back to blogging.  So this is my little perlude to return to sharing my sewing experience.

There were so many opportunities missed to share projects, notes, and pictures.   But for one reason or another I didn't.  Blurred pictures, unwearable garments, lost for words or just plan out of touch with blogging.

Many of my links are broken and I will try to address them as soon as possible.  And I plan to update the layout soon.  The blog needs an over haul.  It's out-dated.  So that's it for now.

P.S.

Next post is Notes on a Pattern for McCall's 7359.  I will publish that blog tonight.

Thanks and Happy Sewing!
C


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Princely purple silk Faille with sparkling black jersey knit – Vogue 8980 and Vogue 1314




There is something magical about the color purple.  Yes, it’s noticeable, vibrant, and regal.  It’s a royal color worn by noble throughout the ages. The color purple is also associated with power, ambition, luxury, wealth, dignity, grandeur, peace, independence, and wisdom.  
 
So, you can understand why I am drawn to the color. It symbolizing many qualities that I am or hope to be.  Simply, it is beautiful and I love the many shades of it.  I paired this mysterioso purple silk faille with an audience high-low full skirt, Vogue 8980.

 
It’s not your typical box pleat skirt.  It is made of circles: full and half circles. I like how to circles come together to create beautiful drape and shape.  There are a few small pleats about the waist, but the majority of the fullness is formed by the cut of the circle.  To sum it up, this skirt is huge.  It took about 5 yards to make it.
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I only added a few inches to the length. Additionally, I used tulle to underline it and completely lined the skirt attaching it at the hem.

I could have used a stiffer interfacing in the waistband though.  There was some creases across the small of my back.  Not too, too bad as the cropped top covers it.
 
For my sparkling top I used  glamourous poly-lycra jersey with star burst all over it.  Very pretty, but the glitter was a little messy.  So I shake, shake, shook it until most of the glitter fell off leaving me with enough sparkle to make the top unique compared to the typical t-shirt cropped tops.  Underneath all the glitz is a lovely texture knit that has a fair amount of stretch. 


  
Initially, I thought I would complete the look with Butterick 6285, but after making it I didn’t like the outcome of it.  I ended up using Vogue1314 to create a little cropped t-shirt styled top.  It’s not what I originally envisioned for the fabric, but it was doable.  I did notice, though, some winkles in the bust area.  This knit does have more stretch than the previously used knit for this pattern.  I will see if I can tweak it a bit to remove the winkles. 

Overall, the outfit is very good.  It was my last garment modeled for the Haute Couture Club of Chicago fashion show 2016.  Although it’s not what I originally envisioned; it works and I will wear it.


Parting Shot:  One of my favorite music artists, Prince Roger Nelson, made his transition yesterday (April 21, 2016).  He was only 57 years old.  The world has lost a great musical genius.



Happy Sewing!
C

"I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.  People think pleasing God is all God cares about. But any fool living in the world can see He's always trying to please us back."

Alice Walker, "The Color Purple"


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