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).

06 2011 107

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

I’ve never done this before!


OK, many of you will laugh at me. I’m cleaning my oven – the ‘self clean’ thingie.

Backstory: Back in early November, I had a medical emergency at home, the ambulance came, and I told them I thought my oven was on (I was making toast).

What a great EMT team. They turned off my oven, locked up my house, got my wallet and keys, and took me off.

Four days in the hospital and, then home. After a few days I went to make toast, and what a horrible oven disaster, soot and so on everywhere.

Finally I’m getting it all cleaned up.

But I’m so nervous! I’ve never used the self-clean on my oven before. Eighteen years, and, because I really don’t cook, I just never needed to do it.

Two hours to go! and I hope the result is stupendous.

Ciao! Coco

New PJs – essential sewing!


At last, cool weather has arrived. For those of us in south Florida, that means night temperatures in the fifties. Not cold! But what a difference. Our dry season has begun, with lower humidity and the beautiful temperate days that bring so many people to Florida for the winter. Best of all – open windows, fresh air, and no A/C!

I get the urge to sew new PJs in the fall and in the spring. I’m wearing these as I write, and I might not take them off until next year! It’s my only matching ‘winter’ PJ set – I admit that most of my PJs are collection of T-shirts and leggings that have been downgraded from the closet to the drawer 🙂 Terrible… and I plan to grit my teeth and do something about that! Soon.


The top is a modified Wiksten tank, and bottoms are Love Notions Sabrina Slims.


These are two great patterns that I’ve used over and over. The Wiksten top is designed for woven fabrics, and I’ve sewn some cute sleeveless versions in simple cottons, but it works beautifully with knits as well.


In a totally different direction, I just finished a nightgown that’s pretty enough to wear all day. I’m so in love with this rayon challis print from Cali Fabrics.


The gown is a mix of elements – I used a favorite bodice sloper, with a 1.5″ wide waistband (it’s faced on the inside), and a gathered skirt that’s simply a 50″w x 38″l rectangle.n1  n4

When I wear this, I match my house 🙂

I hope everyone has a nice weekend, spent doing favorite things.

Bye for now – Coco