The sewing mojo chez Houtz has been strong lately! I made another Paris Piece,
a very textured silver tunic to go with many of my already-sewn jackets.

The pattern is my old friend B5526, with added pockets and a stand-up ruffled collar. Shams from Communing with Fabric chose the fabric for me, a textured synthetic from Fabrix several years ago.

It enhances many of the fabrics in my Paris Wardrobe-to-be, so I made it so that I could use it as a layer, as well as on its own.

Here it is under the Minoru

I’m very pleased with it!  Here is a peek at the new hanging rack I got to put the Paris wardrobe possibilities on…more on this later.

After I finished that, I went to work on my “Franken Pant” pattern, which is 
Marcy Tilton’s V8929 plus my custom pattern from Lynda Maynard. I’m trying to get the combined patterns (that’s the Franken part) to the point that I can cut them out, serge all the edges and sew them together in a day. The first one was a wadder, the second ok, but meh…and here’s the third one in a stretch cotton from someone on Etsy…


It gets better every time! While I was doing all this sewing, I listened to the
final two books of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes trilogy, Finders Keepers and End of Watch.  They’re pretty good…I’ve not been a Stephen King  fan in the past, but I enjoyed Mr. Mercedes so I decided to follow through on the last two. After those, I started Barkskins, Annie Proulx’s new book. It’s loooooong and fabulous. I’m about ⅔ finished. All these audio books are available on Audible Books.

Before I bring you up to date on the puppies (I know some of you are mostly interested in them….!) here’s a RTW outfit from Sun Kim that I had to have…

I’ve already worn it several times and I love it!

Our beloved housekeeper gifted me with this awesome charm “bracelet” for my birthday…her sister made it and I’m so touched by it!

It’s a spool of thread, a button, a dress form, a measuring tape, a thimble and a pair of scissors with a rose. Love it!

And one more thing…there were quite a few questions after my last post about  my raincoat…here are some answers…

I didn’t line it or add inside pockets as I wanted it to be as lightweight as possible.
I did not shorten it.
The top in “the wineglass picture” was the top of this Alembika outfit that I bought in Oregon

The sheer sleeves belong to my “Sleevey Wonder”!

And HERE are the latest pictures of the puppies…(they are English Cocker Spaniels, blue roan, and we’re only getting ONE although Dave has been wondering if we should get TWO
NO I said…


I have a very cute video of them tussling with each other, yipping and GROWLING…
I’ll try to up load it.

Well, I tried twice and I couldn’t get it to work… 

I’m headed over to Patti’s Visible Monday…come see us!


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