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Perhaps this has happened to you.

Your mom gives you some clothes and tells you to use them or give them away or whatever you want.

In the pile are a pair of Bill Blass peach colored jeans. And while they are tight around the waist, they are loose in the legs. I am not sure if this how all Bill Blass clothes fit.

There is a part of me thinking there is no way I am going to wear these pants while another part is thinking this color is really in style and I need a new skirt or two.

So I make plans to convert it from pants to a skirt which will be easier now that I have a new Husquverna-Viking sewing machine. After watching a wiki video, I feel ready to try it but I really need a practice run.


That is when I discover a pair of jeans that my daughter has stretched beyond repair in the rear seam area. Perfect.

First things first, I cut off the lower 12 inches of pant leg.

Pants - Beginning

Then with my favorite tool, the seam ripper, I open up the inside pant seams and seams leading up to the zipper and back yoke. This is the longest task of the project.

Pants - Unsewn

Next up is pinning the back seam and sewing it down. The trick here is to make a straight seam out of extra fabric. If I had to do this part again, I would have laid the pieces flat and drawn a straight line to sew on.

Pants - Pinned

After getting the front seam done, I cut off the extra fabric and use one of my serge stitches on the outside ends before ironing the seam to one side.

Now I make one final mark for the desired length of the hem. My daughter wants this to be above her knees and I want it below the thighs. We find a good compromise so a quick roll through with my rotary cutter gets the right length.

Pants - Final hem cut

I stitch to a different serger stitch on the hem to prevent future unraveling, turn up the hem and sew it down.

Pants - New Hem

Ba-Bam! The girl has a new skirt and we do not have to throw away her favorite jeans.

Pants - Completed

Now all I need is peach-colored thread.

What are you sewing this summer?



Wordless Wednesday

Today, I am sharing a few favorite tunes.

Image by Earl 53

This first tune has been around for what seems like forever. Apparently it was written for Sinatra but Babs has made it her own. There are versions by Sarah Vaughn, Shirley Bassey and Fantasia. I personally like this version because the music background is stark and never overpowering of the poetic lyrics.

Bobbi Jeam Wilson singing \”What are You Doing the rest of Your Life.\”


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George Harrison recently was given the Martin Scorsee treatment in a new documentary. Paul may be the Tin Pan Alley songwriter, John was the experimental one, while Ringo was Ringo. But George was the poet, putting the most difficult feelings into melodic song.

The Beatles \”While My Guitar Gently Weeps.\”



Image from Wikipedia




Now the weather today is sad and gloomy. The skies are grey, the ground is wet. Leaves are matted and brown on the ground. That is when you need a song to lift your spirits and make you feet move. Chrissy, take us to the Middle of The Road.



Just a song or two…

Wordless Wednesday

Picture by Mods

Today I am sharing a few of my favorite songs. The first is a Rolling Stones song. I used to hate them when I was a kid. But these days, I understand them better. This song is one of my favorites, love it for not being a traditional song – Mick is rapping a bit – and the really bad back-up by Keith and Ron.


Shattered by the Rolling Stones

The next I love because Adele is one of the best singers I have ever heard. This song was recorded when she was 19. I never had this amount of vocal shading before listening and studying Reba McIntire; Adele’s talent is only going to grow.



This last one hits me there, you know what I mean. Those English girls really do it well.

What are your favorite songs?

Getting Into the YouTube

This past week one of my friends on Facebook asked for his friends to list their favorite covers of songs.

Johnny Cash covering “Hurt,” KD Lang doing “Hallelujah,” Social D with “Ring of Fire.”

Picture by NPClark2K

The selections were not surprising, I had heard some of them myself or from my kids’ musical selections (which are always louder than you want. How the guinea pig who lives next to the stereo has any hearing left I will never know).

 While Shannon’s question did not send me on a YouTube quest for great cover songs (Dancing in the Streets by Van Halen), I will admit I go there from time to time. Like daily.

 My office radio is limited to the stations it will accept. So I find myself looking on YouTube for favorite artists and songs. Some days I am into classical (Joshua Bell), be it violin or piano. Here is a side note. Want funny reading? Look at the comments for the classical music pieces. There is more swearing than anywhere else I have been by people who are incredibly passionate about their music.

Other days I want Linda Ronstadt and EmmyLou Harris. I did a Doobie Brothers day, listened to the Eagles, found my way to Mo-town selections. When it is office cleaning day, I put on upbeat songs to make the task that much quicker. My husband found Beausoleil and 80s alternative to listen to after a day of work.

I have watched movies, the latest BBC Jane Austen mini-series of all of her books, and BBC’s Jane Eyre. There were a few nights I went to bed much later than I should have because I wanted to finish the episode.

Thanks to YouTube, I have discovered and rediscovered so much music. When I get on a Mo-Town kick, I admit to only wanting to hear Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. They really had great chemistry and were never a couple. The saddest part of this is learning that Tammi Terrell was only 24 when she died from Brain Cancer.

She had so much talent and passion in her singing that 40 years after her death we still remember her songs. ‘Precious Love,’ ‘Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing.’

 My favorite is ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.’

Watch her performance, the little things she does that seem to add and truly connect with Marvin. It is said they loved each other like a brother and sister. He was married to Anita Gordy and she would become engaged to a doctor in the final year or so of her life.

 What makes their music special is the amount of passion, the joy they had at crafting each note into a love story, a resounding affirmation of the happiness in their hearts. Even if that only existed for the moments they sang together.

 What are your favorites to watch on YouTube?