Wow – a tale of detergents!


Not my usual post. But I bought Arm and Hammer Sensitive Scent pods on a buy one/get one a few months ago. And I started to notice that my clothing smelled like I had just run a marathon!! It was driving me crazy and into the shower more than once a day. I finally figured out it might be my new detergent.


I’m back to All Free & Clear liquid, not pods, no smell, and I’ll never ever use anything else.


Of course, all my garments went back through the laundry, so compulsive, yes 🙂 Has this ever happened to you?

Ciao! Coco

Mystery Blogger Tour

awardWow. I haven’t done an award rota in a while. But it’s always fun and, IMHO, revives flagging blogger inspiration. I was recently nominated by two favorite bloggers, Linda/Danville Girl and Linda/ElleGee Makes. So, here we go!

The award description: “Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious post. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.” Created by: Okoto Enigma

That description alone is so complimentary!

Danville Linda:

What do you like to sew the most?
Things for me! I’ve often been asked to sew for others, but I find my attention and interest lag. The pressure, the pressure…

What is your favorite fabric to sew?
‘Favorite to sew’ equates to favorite to wear for me. Living in south Florida has its challenges, because I have to forego some of my beloved layered looks. Love love Brussels Washer Linen and knits.

What is your favorite movie?
Not one! No Country for Old Men, Sicario, Deepwater Horizon, Alien, The Revenant, Fargo, Jaws, Tinker,Tailor, Soldier,Spy.

What is your favorite book?
Has to be The Shipping News by Annie Proulx.

If you had a million dollars what would you buy first?
Nothing! I’d give 1/3 to each of my children and put 1/3 into savings for a comfortable cushion for myself.

ElleGee Linda:

If you could eat anything without worrying if it was healthy or fattening, what would it be?
Ice cream! I’m on such a strict diet, but every once in a while I give in and splurge on Halo Top…

Where would you like to go if you could go any where?
Paris. I love Paris. I’ve actually been to 29 countries on business or pleasure, and often to Paris. I would go back to Paris in a New York minute.


Which is bigger; your fabric stash or pattern stash?
Pattern stash! So much more affordable…the stuff of dreams.

What makes you laugh like a lunatic?
ummm…nothing 🙂 I thought about this, and I’ve decided I’m an introvert. But I do dance in the kitchen. Below, made and gifted by my dear Ashley, she always dances with me.


What do you love about where you live?
I love the open sky, rampant color, warmth, and multi-cultural influences.

Three things about me:
  • I’m a Navy brat, born in California.

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  • My young-life aspiration was to be a book editor and live in Chicago. Never got close, but I do love to read.
  • My degree is in computer engineering, and over 30 years I worked as a technologies project manager in the international divisions of 4 Fortune 100 companies. Wonderful career!

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Nomination and rule time:

The award rules are simple:

  • Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself
  • Answer the questions from the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers you feel deserve the award
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny one
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

And nominees, some blog friends who inspire and motivate me. Hope you’ll join in, but in no way required.

La Sewista



A Colourful Canvas

Five questions:

  1. Whose sewing or style most inspires or influences your sewing?
  2. How often do you bin a garment and throw up your hands in defeat?
  3. How often do you pull the latter out of the bin and keep going?
  4. What is your favorite thing about your sewing space?
  5. How many sewing machines do you own?

In closing, a nod to all my Instagram fav’s who do not blog. Love everything you do!

Ciao – Coco

A huge thank you and an update…


Your many comments have been such a support for me over the last week. Thank you is not enough, so please know that I appreciate each and every comment, and each of you. Your friendship is valued.

The last week feels like a year. I didn’t think I’d have news so quickly, but I do. Background, I’ve been challenged since late last year with a heart issue. I was in hospital for 3 days in November. The first medication I was given was a set-back, as I had an adverse reaction to it.  And over the next 4 months, I started four more. Ha. Instead of a chair of bowlies (I love Mary Engelbreit), I have a bowl of meds. The last one, started in mid-May, was just awful. I had subtle reactions to it that suddenly became acute. A seizure and more time in the hospital.

With the offending drug discontinued, I’m feeling much better. The underlying condition for which it was prescribed is still there, but my body needs some recovery time, as well as some tests to be sure all is well. Meanwhile I’m reading, playing Australian Patience solitaire, watching favorite movies, cruising blogs, drawing, and getting my head straight.

I adore you guys 🙂 Coco

How to say it…


I love all my followers and blog friends. But, I find myself overwhelmed by health issues. Scleroderma, heart, other TBD …

I am under good, wonderful care at Cleveland Clinic.

I won’t stop sewing until I have to! And I’ll continue to enjoy everyone’s posts.

Thank you all for your friendship and support over the last 6 years. Great ride.

Best – Coco


Playing with a copycat dress…



I think this Hugo Boss dress, beautifully worn by Meghan Markle, is so pretty. I love the relaxed look, simple elegance, and unexpected belt design.

I researched it as much as possible. It was shown in Boss’ 2018 Ready-to-Wear collection, but I didn’t find it available for purchase. A dress done in the same fabric is in his shop, so I did confirm that the fabric is cotton/poly plisse.


No plisse in my stash! but I decided to work with a rayon challis that I’ve had for a few months, but don’t like very much 🙂 It was an easy sacrifice. I also went through my patterns for something similar. I can’t wear zippers, so I knew my dress would not have the shaping of the original.

I settled on Burda Style 06/2011 #107, a simple A-link tank dress that, on its own, works best in something like linen, not challis. It has dropped shoulders, which I prefer, and neckline facings. BTW, those pockets are so cute – they’re topstitched to the front of the dress. I made it once 4 years ago, but at the time the style didn’t appeal to me (here).

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Moving on, pics of the dress:



I’m trying to overlook the print, but I still think this is a sad attempt! The high spot is the belt. It’s 54″ long, and I really like it.

All the time I was working on this little disaster, I was thinking about how much more I would like it in a knit fabric. I recently got Christine Jonson’s #526 wrap dress, which has a nice vibe. Picture it with a modified funky belt…

526 wrap dress cjonson-side

Since wrap dresses are on trend at the moment, I might just do this 🙂

Ciao! Coco