Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Wow! I can not believe how fast time is passing.  I remember my mom always telling me on those early, cold school mornings, when I was moving slow and not wanting to go...she would be in the kitchen yelling, "Girl, get up!  Time is not waiting on you!" : ) Lord knows, I miss my mom so much.

OK - so, it is about a week before Thanksgiving and I must say, I'm much more ahead of schedule this year than I was last year.  I will be picking up the last of my ingredients this weekend, which is mostly fresh produce.  And I plan to start making my desserts (sweet potatoe and apple pies, peach cobbler, a keylime for a client of mine and a carrot cake for one of my sisters) on Monday and Tuesday. 

My last class ended 2 weeks ago. And I had planned on updating this blog 2 weeks ago.  But, we all know how life just happens. : )  Sorry ladies for the delay.  AND I thank you all for such a great great class.  It has been the best one yet.  We had so much fun!  Patty you are a doll and please keep up with the stitching, I just might need that assistant in the Spring. : ) lol.  Alex never returned after the first session. We are guessing that she had the baby and wish her many many blessings with her new bundle of joy.

I will be working on some new classes that will be held at another location.  But, my usual will still be at Saratoga Schools in Spring 2012.

Everyone, once again, thank you for another great semester of sewing.  I look forward to seeing you all in the Spring.  Enjoy the Holidays and have a Happy New Year!

Blessings - Rosalind.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Beginning Sewing class ended last night : (.   It was a great class.  Two of the participants picked tough projects but considering it was their first sewing endeaver, the end result was great.  I look forward to receiving those pics ladies. Up next: a Minnie Mouse costume for my grandbaby - Charisma.  Its looking good so far.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Hi Y'all : )

I finally got some items listed on Etsy.  If you get a moment please check them out.  Have a blessed day.  http://t.co/DmrNv3G

Monday, October 17, 2011

Tonight is the last night of "Get Comfy with Your Sewing Machine."  There is another 3 week session starting next week.  Same place and same time.

I'm also in the process of working out some more classes and a great location so stay tuned. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Im in my second week of sewing classes and so far it is going good.  I'm so excited about the Tuesday night class because it is the first time in years that I have a class where everyone is making clothing.  I'm evening making a dress for myself!  3 weeks left.  Who will survive it?  The story continues.......

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

FALL SEWING CLASSES ARE STARTING NEXT WEEK, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th.  IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER. For further information call or email me: (518) 683-4488 or lilacs.lavender@yahoo.com

To Register contact: 
Saratoga Springs Schools
Continuing Education Department
Shirley J. Neander, Secretary
Phone: (518) 583-4782
Office Hours: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.
email: continuing_education@saratogaschools.org

  6 weeks    Rosalind Hewitt-Moultrie
This class will get you started on the basics of sewing instruction for clothing.  On the first night of class you will learn how to take body measurement and discuss your pattern and fabric options.  Throughout the remaining weeks you will learn how to read and understand the sewing instructions that come with the pattern, as well as constructing a finished garment.  Come to class the first night with a tape measure (if you are sewing for yourself), your pattern and the fabric you are considering using.  Class size limited to 10.
Starts 9/20 Tuesday   6:30-8:30 p.m.   $40**  D202

  3 weeks     Rosalind Hewitt-Moultrie
Come learn to love using your sewing machine!  We will focus strictly on the basics, such as threading, stitching and fabric control.  Each night we will simply sew using various fabrics and discuss the different machine functions.  This three week class is aimed toward building your confidence in sewing.  Fabric swatches will be available for your use.  Materials fee of $10 payable to the instructor the first night of class.
Session I:  Starts 9/19  or Session II:  Starts 10/24 Monday    6:30-8:30 p.m.   $25**  D202
   7 weeks    Rosalind Hewitt-Moultrie

This sewing class is for those who feel they are beyond the beginning stage of sewing.  You should be able to read and understand pattern instructions, layout and cut a pattern, sew straight and curved seams.  With those skills you should be ready to go on to learning how to do more detailed sewing projects such as:  linings, pockets, zippers, collars, plackets and more.  Come to class the first night with a tape measure and any patterns and fabrics you are considering using.  Class size limited to 10.
Starts 9/21  Wednesday   6:30-9:00 p.m.   $45**  D202

6 weeks Rosalind Hewitt-Moultrie
Learn to make various home accessories such as throw pillows, table settings and everyone’s favorite – curtains. Come to the first class with your own sewing kit consisting of long pins, 6” ruler, marking pen, seam ripper and both paper and fabric scissors and your choice of a medium-weight fabric (1 yard). There are sewing machines available, but it is recommended that you bring your own. Materials fee of $15 payable to the instructor the first night of class. Class size limited to 10.
Starts 9/22 Thursday 6:30-8:30 p.m. $40** D202

Vintage Coat, Anyone?

Absolute gorgeous coats.  Too bad I can not fit any of them. : (
 I have a few more that are waiting to be photographed.  Please give me your
input on these pieces.  Like? Dislike?  Some of them can use a little bit
of repairing.  Then they will be up for sale on Etsy.com

This is one of my many favorite pieces.  The fabric is brocade and the back has these cut little bows an the bottom of the strap (sorry I dont have the back view up).  Unfortunately, I don't know the time period. I hope that my fellow vintage lovers can help me out. : )

Monday, July 18, 2011


Wow! we are almost half way through the summer! And I have so much work to do. There are so many great projects on the table and of course my goal is to get the "all" done by September.

For you sewing enthusiast, September is "National Sewing Month" and in celebration of the event they are having a sewing contest - "Sew for the Love of It". I've decided to show my love of this great craft by designing a coat. The trick is to complete it by the start of the submission date: August 10, 2011.

Let's see what else is on the project table? O yeah. I have my decoupage handbags. I'm not too sure if these bags should be called decoupage...but, once I get them done and posted, maybe you all can help me with a proper name.

Starting in August, I will be getting my sewing kits together for Fall classes. I will be listing the upcoming classes very soon. They also will be in the Saratoga Springs School District Continuing Education Catalog. I think they get mailed out in late August/early September.

One more thing, I'm in the process of updating my website - www.lilacsandlavender.webs.com So if you shall visit in the meantime, please bare with me. I'm doing a new logo and adding/deleting some products.

Last, but not least, thank you all for visiting. And a special shoutout to all of my Twitter followers and the following. I'm slowing but surely growing and the daily words of inspiration that you all are tweeting ... it really encourages me to keep pushing on.

Stay Blessed.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sewing Grove

Today (well...actually yesturday, now that it is 12:04am) I finally had a moment to sit down and actally work on some of my sewing projects. To help cut costs, I picked up several peices from one of the "free places" we have here in Saratoga Springs. Mostly skirts that are long and rather full at the lower portion. Since I've gained weight I had my eyes open for more circle and A-line style, so that I could use the bottom half of the skirt. I measure the length from the bottom of the skirt up to where I should cut (usually 24). It is a big help because the hem is already finished. I only have to re-create the waistline. And most of the time I use elastic, its easy and fast. :)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Monday, May 9, 2011

Fall Classes

I can't believe that it is already time to put descriptions together for my fall classes. As my mother use to say to me, "Time is not waiting on you girl. Get going." : )

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Vintage Patterns

Maybe some of my fellow sewers & fashionistas can help me with the time period of these vintage styles. The first pic is McCalls 125th Anniversary pattern #7538, second is Simplicity's 60th Anniversary pattern #9560 & then another Simplcity 60th Anniversary pattern #9360 (wow, I paid .60 cents for this one).


Friday, April 29, 2011

Happy Easter

Here's my grandbaby, Charisma in her first Easter dress. I used a combination of two New Look patterns; 6877 & 6879.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sneak Preview

Here is a couple of shots of the bag in progress. I'm hoping to get the battery for my digital camera by the time the bag is completed. Cell phone pics does not justice for the texture in the fabric and the leaf work.

New Projects

I have finally got around to starting (or should I say continuing)on a bag that I started months ago. I lining, closure and a border that I decided to put around the front outside of the bag has been completed. I'm trying to decide what I'm going to do about the traps. Fabric or beads? Maybe fabric & beads....mmmmmm.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Art to Wear

I'm working on a few projects one being creating awesome jackets & coats for Fall 2011. Also, I will be making a cute dress or two for my 6 month old grandbaby. Can't wait to see her chunky little thighs in a summer dress. Bless her heart. : ) So, my dear followers - plz keep visiting and by all means give me your feedback as I post. Thank you all.

Last Class

Looking forward to this Monday's class. It will be the last until....I'm pretty sure I won't be going back in the Fall. I'm looking forward to taking a little time off and then getting a couple of lines together. : ) Its been a bit of a tough semester, but God has got me through it. Now its time to celebrate Spring!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Getting Comfy With Your Sewing Machine

13 people in a 10 maxium class AND 3 of them are men. O! AND I have the first married couple ever to participate in my class.  Awesome!  Its great to see so many people interested in the art of sewing.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Update on: Get Comfy With Your Sewing Machine

Just received confirmation - 12 registered for the new 3 week session.  GREAT!

Monday, March 21, 2011

"Get Comfy with Your Sewing Machine"

Tonight was the last class of my 3 wk session of "Get Comfy with Your Sewing Machine."  The class was a small group, which is a good thing because I'm able to spend more time with each participant.  Some nights I'm too tired to get to the class, but everytime I arrive, I'm so motivated and excited to be there.  And tonight was no exception.  Especially when one of the women wrote a peice in the paper about the class.  It really put a smile on my heart.  And it stories like hers that makes my work so exciting. 

I thank God for the talent that he has given me and the ability to share it with others.

Enjoy the story and have a good night.

Family threads

It was a beginner level class, but I worried whether the teacherwould be ready for my level of beginner.
I might need remedial help, I thought to myself walking into theschool with my sewing machine.
Then I saw a fellow night class student carrying a sewing machinestuffed inside a black garbage bag, and I knew I'd be fine.
Though I wasn't sure how to turn my machine on, it at least camewith a nice plastic cover.
I hadn't sat behind a sewing machine since my 8th grade homeeconomics class. If only I had paid more attention then and appliedmyself to making that 3-inch pin cushion, my life could be sodifferent.
I might have become a great seamstress. A New York City fashiondesigner. Or, at the very least, someone who would never want for3-inch pin cushions.
But alas, I was too consumed with my crush on nameless boy and onfiguring out how many shades of eyeshadow I could fit on my lids.As a result, I didn't earn my "E" for effort in sewing.
Fast forward a couple decades and I'm back at a middle school deskwith a sewing machine ready to do it all again, but this time Iactually wanted to learn something. (And, I don't wear eyeshadowanymore, so that's one less distraction.)
I was joined in my continuing education class, "Getting Comfy withYour Sewing Machine," with a half dozen other young women, who bythe looks of them didn't pay attention in home economics classeither.
"Um, I don't have one of those little round things," said oneclassmate, sitting behind an old Singer.
"It's called a bobbin," said our instructor.
We came to the class lugging machines once belonging to mothers andgrandmothers. The machines were handed down to the next generation;the skills to use them, however, were not.
After some instruction, I got to work threading my machine withlime green thread, the color that was on it when I inheritedit.
I pulled out my mother's sewing kit to look for a pair of scissors.The plastic case was packed, largely with stuff that had absolutelynothing to do with sewing: a bundle of eyeglass nose pads, a GirlScout cookie badge from 1983, a finger puppet of a little bald manwho looked like my father - a strange time capsule, for sure, andone without a pair of scissors.
The 20-something girl across from me was having bobbin trouble. Shecalled her mom on the phone. As I listened to them chat, I felt atwinge of jealously wishing I could phone my own mother and ask herabout her sewing machine with the lime green thread. But my mom hasbeen gone for two years now. After I thought about it, I was notreally sure how much hearing her say, "I don't know how to get thedamn thing working!" would really be all that helpful or inspiring.Nothing could get my mother in a sour mood quicker than placing herbehind a sewing machine.
By taking the sewing class, I figured I'd naturally follow the samepath. A few minutes with the machine and I'd be cursing at thething just like she used to - what a beautiful connection.
But something amazing happened during that class. Everythingactually went right.
I loaded my bobbin. Threaded my machine. Adjusted tension. Chosethe stitch setting. Then, I took a piece of cloth and gently, everso gently, pushed down on the floor pedal.
My heart beat fast with excitement. I was actually doing it! Istitched and turned, stitched and turned. Ziz-Ziz-Ziz-Ziz. After afew minutes, I had created a design that looked like Pangaea.
It was liberating.
Today the world on a piece of muslin. Tomorrow ... a cocktaildress!
By the end of the two-hour class, I felt like a domestic goddess. Icouldn't wait to get home. I had a date with a pair of plaid pajamapants sporting a hole in the rear.
After that, I might even get around to finishing that pincushion.
Martha Petteys writes a weekly column for The Post-Star. Writeto her at petteyshome@aol.com.