Elegance in Vogue 7365

Close-fitting, flared, bias evening dress with halter neckline. Low back, as in down to there, and a leg slit.

Gorgeous, just gorgeous.

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GoofingOff’s Friday Freebie

Today’s Friday Freebie is a day late but awesome just the same. It is a flower wreath by Jacquelynne Steves. The design is suitable for embroidery, applique, needlepoint, or punch embroidery. It can be done in pastels for springs, orange, brown, and yellow for fall, or silver (or gold) with red berries for the holidays.

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Quilt block by Jacquelynne Steves

Have fun and keep stitching!

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New Listings at GoofingOff Sewing

Get a sneak peek at new listings at GoofingOff Sewing. Well, maybe not new-in-the-box new but new to you. I have 4 Stretch & Sew patterns from the 1960’s and 1970’s that I just love and know you will, too.

Stretch & Sew 1050

Stretch & Sew 1050

This first pattern is Stretch & Sew 1050 from 1967. It was re-issued in 1974. Misses’ Jacket with Set-in Sleeves is single-breasted, long set-in sleeves, and notched collar. Bust 28-40 inches. UNCUT. To purchase click HERE.

Stretch & Sew 1325

Stretch & Sew 1325

This cutie is Stretch & Sew 1325, Misses’ Sun and Swim Suit. First printed in 1967 and re-issued in 1974. Bust measurement 32-42 inches. UNCUT.  “What is it? It’s a swim suit. It’s a tank top over shorts. It’s the new layered look. We call it the Sun and Swim Suit. You’ll like it. Our top has darts and bra cups for smooth fit and the swim trunks have elastic at the waist and legs. Wear your new Sun and Swim Suit with or without belt.”  To purchase click HERE

Jean Hardy Patterns No. 470

Jean Hardy Patterns No. 470

Jean Hardy patterns came out in the 1970’s. This one, Misses’ Body Shirt and Sweater, is designed for use with knit or stretch fabrics. Sizes, small, medium, large, and extra large, are all included. Excellent condition, UNCUT. To purchase, click HERE.

Stretch & Sew 440

Stretch & Sew 440

The Maxi Skirt!!! I loved them when they first arrived on the fashion scene and I still do, especially in an a-line. Stretch & Sew 440 from 1974 in hip size 30-46 inches. “For a dressy look, this long a-line skirt provides comfort and fit with classic styling. One pattern piece for front and back makes it easy to sew with darts to add shaping and an encased elastic waistband which eliminates the need for a zipper.”  Two pattern pieces to make this amazing skirt! Yippee! To purchase click HERE

Sew, what do you think? Great finds? I think so. I really love the maxi skirt; the length gives it a bit of elegance and it’s easy to sew. What a combination!

Well, that’s it for now. More later. Carry on and Keep Stitching!

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What’s in a (Nick) Name

Mopsy Comic 1947

What is a name? A name is something bestowed upon a person by loving parents with hopes, dreams, and aspirations. I wonder sometimes by some of the names I’ve heard. A nickname, however, is all together different. That’s the name that comes from family and friends (sometimes not so good friends) that tells more about a person than their real, on-the-birth-certificate name. The hubby’s family has a Twinkie (he used to eat a lot of Twinkies), a Stink (stinky diapers, not a name I would treasure), and JayBird (from fishing in the summer naked as a jaybird…a little bit of the exhibitionist).

As for me, I went for years without a nickname. Nothing. The closest I got to having one was Leenie. Really? I didn’t like it. Not one bit. After all, my sisters had nicknames but not me. Feeling unloved and slighted (I am so sensitive) I went to my father about it. After all, I thought he could fix anything. 

“Dad, why don’t I have a nickname?”

“You do. It’s Leenie.”

“That’s not a good nickname!”

“What’s wrong with it?”

“I don’t like it. It sounds dumb.”

“I’ll think about it.”

And he did. Soon I was given the nickname Mopsy and I was proud. I finally had a nickname. Proud until the day I asked him where Mopsy came from. 

“A comic strip.”

“A comic strip? Like Brenda Starr, Star Reporter ….gorgeous redhead with stars in her eyes?”

“No, like Mopsy, the secretary in the comic strip.” 

“Because of her curly black hair?”

“No, because she is scatter-brained like you.”

Be careful what you wish for. 

Besides, I am not scatter-brained. I am easily distracted. 

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7 Ways to Get Better Organized

What do I know about organization?  I come from very organized parents, a father who organized the refrigerator alphabetically (Mom, did you know Grandpa organizes the fridge alphabetically?) and a mother whose jewelry was organized by metal, color, and use. Amazing. Being a rebellious child I rejected some of my parents’ advice and it seems organizational skills was among them. I should have picked more wisely. 

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My parents at Dad’s retirement from the Navy, 1973.

No, I am not an expert on organization; I am a novice. Forever a novice, but I did learn a few things about organizing.

Here’s a few lessons I learned.

1) Put it back where it belongs. 

What is it? It is the glasses I can’t find (they are on the top of my head), the car keys that should be on the hook on the key rack but are in my coat pocket, the book I was reading that should be on my night stand but is in my tote. 

Learning to put things away where they belong means finding them and not wasting time searching.

2) De-stash 

This has got to be one of the hardest things for me…me with the hoarding tendencies. Do I really need to buy more fabric? Yes…well, maybe not….OK, no…at least not today. Do I really need more yarn? No. Can I give away some? Sure…er, well, yes, I can. I will start by putting it in a bag and see if it gets to the car (then we’ll see how long it stays in the car before getting lost in my trunk…big car problems). I keep a donation bag handy for those little things I find and think what the hell was I thinking? Obviously more money than sense that day. Before I know it the bag is full and ready to go to the car. Maybe the bag will make it to the hospice center’s box.

3) Buy just what you need. 

Oh boy, retailers hate this kind of advice (like me, OK. A little self-hate and self-deprecation going on). But really, do I really need nail polish in every shade even though I haven’t polished my nails in over a month? Granted, the idea was good at the time, and I didn’t buy every color, just three because I thought red, white, and blue nails would look very patriotic. I my defense, I didn’t buy every essential oil in the store when I was making salt scrubs….just 3….because they were too expense to buy too many….and I caught myself before they went in the shopping cart…before I had one of those “If I make and I could sell them” moments.

4) Make a list before you shop

And what does this have to do with organization? one might ask. Everything. You can’t organize if you have too much, don’t have the space, and/or don’t have the need. Eggs for $1.50 a dozen is a great price but if you don’t eat eggs (like me) or only use them for cooking once and a while (sometimes I have to). It could be the $1 a jar peanut butter. Cheap, yes, but buying 12 jars? True story but I didn’t do it…not that time. I came home to 6 jars of PB on my kitchen table. 
Example; 4 dozen eggs isn’t a bargain when you don’t eat eggs (and the hubby shouldn’t, either). The money I save up front becomes the money lose when the bargain is either thrown away or given away. I could spend the money better, like buying things to organize my things, which leads me to tip #5.

5)   Have organizational things to keep your stuff organized.

Call them whatever the things names are, bookcases, bag organizers, shoe holder, coat hook, coat rack, key hook (yes, that is where my keys go unless I forget to get them out of my purse). They are invaluable if they are used. I have one for my car (all the car stuff goes in it so they are not all over my trunk). I have a box to hold the vintage handbags I sell (a shining moment in organizational achievement) and a special place to keep the Pyrex (another shining moment). I even rewarded myself with a new earring holder (ok, not new…I found it at a thrift shop but it’s new to me).


New-to-me earring holder found at a thrift shop.

6) Keep the organizational thing close to where it will be used. 

This no-brainer isn’t always a no-brainer to everyone. Some of us have to learn (like me…I am a slow learner). Now the mail I need to keep, a-k-a bills, is on my desk (along with other papers I don’t know what the hell I am supposed to keep) instead of in the kitchen with my keys.  A coat rack should be near a door going outside. Simple. Dishwashing detergent near the sink and dishwasher. Iron where you use it (mine is in the sewing room on the ironing board always ready for a project).


This little shelf keeps extra rolls of toilet paper close by and has a place to display pretty vintage bottles.

7) Ask for Help

No, not necessarily professional help….although that is OK…I am too cheap. I have friends who are organized and see the world different than me. Thank God. I go to them. My good buddy, Nancy, can look at a room and say “Here, try this” and it works. She helps me with my vast supply of patterns. 

Keep doing the good things that work and slowly but surely they will become a habit. 

Life is a series of works in progress…..and I’m working on it. 

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Famous People: Do We Adore Because They Are Famous?

Today I saw a post by We Are That Couple with the most intriguing title:

Pop Culture: Adoring the Famous Because They are Famous?

The post went on to tell about the writer’s trip to an Andy Warhol exhibit. Interesting, yes, but I was left thinking about the title and with this thought:

Are the famous loved because they are famous or are they famous because they are loved? Sort of a what came first, the chicken or the egg kind of thing. Still, are we, as a society, excited to see Kim Kardashian for example, because of her notoriety and fame or because she is a talented human being? Do we admire because of the herd mentality (everyone else does so it must be good) or because we truly think highly of them?

I remember someone once telling me that she had seen Robert De Niro. How cool! I would love to meet him, I said. Her answer, “Why? Because he is famous?” stopped me dead in my tracks. Was I like that? Did I think it would be cool to rub elbows, so to speak, just because he was famous or because I truly admire his work (The Godfather and Raging Bull). Am I a Lucy, crazy to meet any and all famous stars because they were stars?

I am not above the getting caught in the tide. I am thrilled when I have the chance to meet someone famous but honestly, I am much more excited if I admire the person or have been a long-time fan.

I almost feel a little sorry for the famous. Will they ever know if someone is genuine? Will they ever know if someone cares about them if they weren’t famous? Will they succumb to loneliness and despair, in an alcoholic haze, or drug-induced fog when the fame is gone?

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New Listings at GoofingOff Sewing: Costumes!

Crunch time at GoofingOff Sewing….no, not school or exams…the 5th Annual Costume Sewing Pattern Sale starts soon and I am stocking the shelves with costume patterns…lots of them.

Here’s some of the newest in the shop:

Beautiful gowns inspired by Game of Thrones, available in size 6-12 or 14-22.

Cute and sexy…..


Simplicity 1299 Steampunk Costume in size 6-12 UNCUT $8

A little Steam Punk?

More Game of Thrones…..Tauriel.

Lots of Steam Punk….Like ruffled bustles, jackets….

and corsets…

Something for the little ones….frilly tutus…

Skirts and tops…..

and Elegant Edwardian inspired by Downton Abbey.

Lots to look at

Dress up

Be who you want to be

It’s fantasy!

Post by Eileen of GoofingOff Sewing. The 5th Annual Costume Sewing Pattern Sale starts September 1st. All costume sewing patterns will be 40% off for the entire month of September…..or until they are all gone.

Time Traveling with GoofingOff Sewing to 1943

Sometimes I wish I could time travel. There are certain eras that interest me more than others.

The war years….the 1940’s (a little earlier for folks across “the pond”) is one of my favorites. I like the Hollywood version, seeing Abbot and Costello on the silver screen and hearing the Andrew Sisters singing The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B on the radio……..

Sewing Pattern Simplicity 1777 Misses Dress 1943 design  Uncut Complete

and wearing a dress like Simplicity 1777. Skirts were a bit shorter during the war (rationing) and women were showing some leg.

Silk stockings were in short supply (silk was used for parachutes) so I would have to draw a line down the back of my legs it would look like I was wearing seamed stockings.

Of course I would be sporting a Victory Roll hairdo. The hair styles were pulled away from the face. The Veronica Lake Peek-a-boo hairdo didn’t work well with women on the assembly lines.


And my shoes would have to be sturdy shoes…something to wear while I walked everywhere….gas rationing, but a little heel wouldn’t hurt.



1943 Air Step Shoe print ad Women's shoes with the magic sole 1940's women's fashion
Vintage Air Step Shoe advertisement, 1943. from Catching Canaries at Etsy.


I think I’d wear the alligator leather shoes at the top of the ad.

But, then again, I’d probably be a nurse, maybe an Army nurse.

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“So Proudly We Hail” 1943, Paramount Pictures starring Claudette Colbert and George Reeves

I wonder if sometime in the future someone will think “oh, the 2010’s was my favorite era. I just love the clothes.”

One never knows……

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A Dress for a Summer Evening: New Look 6119

New Look 6119

New Look 6119

New Look 6119 Misses’ dress from Project Runway is a fabulous look. Simple, flattering lines that look wonderful with gorgeous, flowing fabrics. 

Angela at Collected Yarns

Angela at Collected Yarns

The dress in the shorter version by Angela at Collected Yarns. She added lining but still kept the flowing look and feel. Great job. Read about how she did it HERE.

I think this dress would be wonderful for a summer date night or wedding….and the lining is a great idea, Angela. 

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Sit and Sew at the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shop

Made by Karen Brake from “Skinny Quilts for All Seasons” 

Happy Thursday! 

Yesterday I took a trip to one of my favorite sewing/quilt shops for supplies (Yes, I needed more fabric….stop laughing). I spent quite a while just walking around…until I realized I was getting lost in the fabric. Ever do that? I’m sure I’m not the only one. 
Anyway, while checking out I noticed this adorable quilt hanging on the wall. One of our local quilters, Karen Brake, made this lovely and is going to teach others to do the same. 

I don’t know if anyone remembers but a few months ago I sat in at the monthly Sit and Sew. It was wonderful. I could sew for hours, get tips, have lunch with good company, and not be disturbed by the phone, dogs (please walk me, whine, whine), hubby, or something on the stove (Babe, are you cooking something? Oops). I watched Karen as she started the table runner and was amazed by her work. She is also quite knowledgeable and taught me how to do French seams on the pillowcases I was making. Mais oui!
If anyone lives in this area….as in North Florida…..stop by for the Sit and Sew. The next one is August 22 at 10am. I won’t be there (working….got patients to care for) but Karen will be. You can make the table runner if you want to or just take advantage of the time away from the house and do anything. I worked on pillowcases and made a strip quilt…..it was good to have people there who had experience so I could ask questions. 
Besides, time with the girls is always good. 
More about what I bought and what I am making (a baby quilt) later. 
Enjoy the day. Pack it full of good stuff. Savor every moment. It only comes around once. 
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More about what I bought and what I am making (a baby quilt) later. 
Enjoy the day. Pack it full of good stuff. Savor every moment. It only comes around once. 
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