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Improved CDC mask pattern

Million Mask Project

Hi everyone!! Word is getting out about the CDC approved facial mask pattern. Ladies are signing up for the Million Mask Project, and Joann’s just sent out an email that kits are available online, and you can drop completed masks off at their stores.

Close to My Heart

My one sister is an MD. Big shout out to Dr. Allison Lamont. She has confirmed that they have NO PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). When I learned of this, I quickly went to work making masks.

HEPA Helps

What I didn’t like about the existing mask pattern is that it is just two pieces of fabric sewn together. Granted, something is better than nothing at this point, but this is my sister we’re talking about!! I wondered if a HEPA filter would filter out any viruses. I researched and, yes, a HEPA filter filters out some germs. HEPA filters catch 99.97% of all material down to 0.03 micron in size. They don’t catch everything, but they do provide protection against some viruses. This is progress!!

I, therefore, altered the CDC pattern to make it sEo a piece of HEPA material can be slid into a pouch. This makes it so the medical professional can remove the piece of HEPA material after work, launder the mask in the hottest water possible (the sanitize cycle on the newer front load washers is best), dry it, then put the HEPA piece back in for their next shift at work.

Enormous Demand

This does, however, mean that each medical professional is going to need a few of these to get them through their work week. I sent my sister 8 yesterday, and am fast and furiously making 50 more for her immediate colleagues.

For the HEPA material, I am using vacuum bags. You can buy it buy the roll, but it comes from China and costs $641 to ship. So, I bought HEPA vacuum bags. I will cut the vacuum bags into pieces 5.5″ x 8″ and insert into the pouch found in the videos below.

Improved CDC mask Tutorial

Here are the set of videos I made on how to make the improved CDC facial mask. Enjoy, and stay healthy my friends. Thanks for all your efforts!!

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Sewing Revival amidst Closing Fabric Stores

While I have long been a committed sewist, my time for it dropped dramatically when I went back to school in the early 2000’s. I had only visited Yardage Town a couple times, usually for ribbon, and never bought any apparel fabrics there.

Two weeks ago, learning that Yardage Town was closing, a friend and I visited the Vista location. I can’t tell you how much I wish I had a reason to make a special occasion dress. Their fabrics are BEAUTIFUL. Yardage Town has a considerable selection. And, just like the article says, the chain stores do not carry most of what Yardage Town offers.

In the 80’s, being a student at Purdue University, I frequented Neuwelt’s fabric store in Lafayette, Indiana. I bought some of the fabric for my wedding gown there the last time I visited in 1992. Sadly, Neuwelt’s closed not long thereafter.

Moving as I had to Orange County, Californ, I found and developed a very serious love affair for Left Bank Fabrics in Newport Beach. My retirement fund and bank account would look SO much better if I’d never discovered that place. Gorgeous French brocades running $300/ yard, beautiful Italian wool suit fabrics at $125/ yard. I never bought as much there as I wanted to, but I did buy some. I still have some of my gorgeous Left Bank Fabrics fabric that I have not yet sewn up. When I went back to school, my wardrobe needs changed, and I found no need for the silk jacquard prints I still have. Not wanting to waste the fabric, it still hangs in my craft room closet, some 25+ years after I bought it. Since I am no longer in college, I am hoping occasions will arise that justify me making a dress or blouse from that fabric. Sadly, Left Bank Fabrics closed over 20 years ago. Its been a bike shop for a long time.

I bought most of my wedding gown fabric and laces from House of Fabrics. They, too, closed, and most locations became a Joann’s. While I love Joann’s, they no longer carry the fabrics I made my wedding gown of. Just Saturday, I was lamenting this with a friend of mine. We decided a trip to LA’s garment district is in order. I guess the good part of all these fancy apparel fabric stores closing is that my bank account will no longer suffer. With none of the gorgeous fabrics nearby, I won’t be tempted to buy and “age” my fabric, as I have in the past.

I am told that M&L fabrics in Santa Ana, a place I now recall visiting over two decades ago, still has a fantastic selection. I guess a road trip to OC is in order as well.

Happy sewing!!!!!!

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KANVAS Cheers Fabric Arrives!!!!

I did a Stupid Thing

Four years ago, it might’ve been closer to five, I attended the Del Mar Quilt Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds north of San Diego, CA. Wisely, or so I thought, I allocated myself a budget for the show. So, by the time I feasted my eyes upon this fabric, my budget was nearly spent. I only bought a half yard.

KANVAS Cheers fabric pink background with cherry red wine glasses in diagonal pattern
A truly Sandy fabric …

What the heck was I thinking? Had some anti-sewing aliens taken over my body? This fabric is so ME!!! It is so Sandy. Remember that scene from, “Legally Blonde,” where Reese Witherspoon proclaims fuchsia as her signature color? Yeah. This color scheme is darned near mine. I have set my eyes upon this fabric in the ensuing years, I have kicked myself a thousand times for not buying more. Between the wine glasses full of cherry red wine on the pink background, this fabric just screams of ME!!! What possessed me to buy so little?

And so began a several year quest to find more of it. Fabric, as you may know, has a shelf life. It is like milk. It has an expiration date. What is in one season is not in the next. Fabrics get released and discontinued all the time. This is why sewists have such a considerable stash: we see fabric we love and have to have, and know we must buy it now, lest it be discontinued and unavailable again.

I have searched repeatedly for this fabric. With a smaller pattern, a half yard would be plenty. It could be used as a blender with so many other fabrics. But, with a print this large, anything I would want to do with it would ruin the effect of the print. Arrrrrrrggggghhhhh!!! I simply must have more fabric.

Although it had been five years, my quest continued. This last Monday, I struck gold. A lady in Pennsylvania had four yards available for less than normal quilt fabric prices. I bought all four. It arrived today. And I have already smoothed it against my face, smelled it, admired it, and run my fingers over it. This is good fabric. This is the fabric I wanted.

Now all I have to do is wait for Vogue patterns to go on sale 70% off again at Joann’s so I can make the perfect skirt and top combo for warm summer days at wineries.

Sewing Mends the Soul. Happy Sewing!!!!!

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Indiana Teen turns Prom Dress into Career

You never know where your talents will take you. I can’t count how many special occasion dresses I have made myself over the years – including designing and making my wedding gown and the bridesmaids dresses. This guy is from Pendleton, Indiana – not very far from where I went to high school.

Teen Can’t Afford Dream Dress, So Her Prom Date Teaches Himself How To Make It From Scratch

I teach custom sewing classes at my home sewing studio in Oceanside, California. I serve the communities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista, San Marcos, Encinitas, Rancho San Fe, Escondido and even down to Poway, Rancho Bernardo, and San Diego and La Jolla. With over 50 years experience behind a sewing machine, I am sure I can help you sew the creation of your dreams. Call me at 858-848-0860 to schedule your appointment today.

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How to keep a Cat off your Sewing Project

Snuggle Sack progress

I moved into this home several months ago. When I did, several UFO’s got moved with me. A UFO is an UnFinished Object. Since I now how a sewing room in my new home, I am making a concerted effort to eliminate my UFO’s. One such UFO is a Snuggle Sack. A Snuggle Sack is a proprietary pattern I’ve developed over several years that consists of fleece, flannel, and Thinsulate. I usually machine embroider the inside, with motifs representing hobbies and accomplishments of the recipient.

I am cutting out lining pieces today while watching the Notre Dame vs. Boston College football game. There is little in the universe I enjoy more than sewing while watching football. There is freshly pressed black flannel spread out on my project table. I am trying to cut it to make the lining. Mr. Problem Child cat keeps jumping into the middle of it.

Orange tabby cat Jase sitting on Sandy Eulitt's lap in her sewing room
Jase, the Wonder Kitty, wondering what he can get into next.

After several unsuccessful attempts at getting and keeping him off my fabric, I surmised an easier solution might be available. I grabbed the Football Field fleece throw just completed Friday night, and folded it on the ground. Then, I placed him upon it, waiting for a reaction. Two hours later, he hasn’t budged from this spot. I guess its all about learning to speak cat.

Jase, the male orange tabby cat, lounging out on a Football field fleece throw
Jase has me extraordinarily well trained to cater to his every need

Shockingly, I was able to get my fabric cut out, now that he was not jumping into the middle of the project table.

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Babylock Ovation Accessories

I moved several months ago. As if moving were not bad enough, most of my sewing stuff had been stored for the three years prior to the move. This is a LONG story, and if you’d like to buy me a few shots of tequila sometime, I will regale you with the unpleasant adventure. I need one of those memory erase things from, “Men in Black,” to excise that part of my life from the memory banks. Absent that, tequila usually works wonders. lol.

Like turning a cocaine addict loose in Colombia, I clicked on the Joann’s ad in my email over the weekend. Why do I do this? Why? Its that time of year when fleece is on mega sale. Please, let me point out here that I have enough fleece and blankets to keep someone warm outdoors in Antarctica, but I am always tempted by more.

Football Field Fleece

Now, if there is one thing I might be more addicted to than fleece, its football, namely college football. Hey, if you’re raised in the Midwest, your entertainment choices in the fall are watch them harvest corn or watch football. Which would you choose? Sure enough, Joann’s has this football fleece no-sew throw kit on sale. My hands start trembling. I break out in a sweat. I have to have this. Again, coke addict in Colombia analogy here. Of course, I find several other cute fleece designs, of which I want 3 yards each, but I’m being responsible. NO Fleece!! Is there a 12 step group for withdrawing from buying fleece? I admit that I am powerless over fleece …

I bought the no-sew football stadium fleece throw kit. It was the last one my local Joann’s had. I resisted the temptation to buy any other fleece, though. My linen closet is already overflowing.

Last night, I took a break from my laptop and decided to spend some time in my craft room. The no-sew kit wasn’t going to be no-sew with me. In the time in would take for me to cut all the slits along the edges of the two pieces of 48″ x 60″ fleece, and knot them together, I could serge the edges all around using Woolly Nylon on a wide three thread overlocked edge. And, I had some Thinsulate laying around, so I could line my throw with Thinsulate. Because I am, apparently, also convinced that I, at least, still live in the frozen tundra of the Midwest, if not Antarctica. Every blanket or throw I make must be made to withstand freezing temperatures (or at least you’d think). My Babylock Ovation serger was already set up, but I needed to do a quick needle change to create a 3 thread wide overlocked edge. I just needed the screwdriver …

And off I went on a two hour search through drawers and packed boxes, frantically seeking the needle changing screwdriver for my serger. No such luck. I dug and dug, to no avail. Frustrated, I went downstairs to watch some tv and pout. I really wanted to make this throw up. Ok, I did not want to make it vomit, I wanted to sew the edges of the football stadium throw, so I could cross this project off my UFO list. A UFO is an Unfinished Object in craft parlance. Besides, it was cold out, and I could use the throw to wrap myself in while watching football on Saturday. Sewing while watching football is, certifiably, the absolute best way to spend a Saturday in my book. Now this stupid screwdriver was going to ruin my plans. Where was it?

Very puzzling

After “Chicago Med,” was over, I spent some time working on my “Space Shuttle launch,” puzzle. I have about 150 pieces of mostly blue sky left to go. In other words, the slow, hard part of the puzzle. While I was puzzling, the missing screwdriver kept going through my head. I could swear it was in some compartment or something that was part of the serger. After two hours puzzling and rolling this around in my head, I went back upstairs, looked around my serger and, voila!!! There was the secret compartment. I found the missing screwdriver and could now serge to my heart’s content.

I went to bed, instead of staying up late, but now I can make the throw. So, I wasted two hours of my life looking for a screwdriver that was right in front of me. This is what I get for leaving my sewing stuff stored for three years. Ugh. No more moves. Ever. No more moves.

Here is the all-important screwdriver, in its little secret compartment.