Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Maxine Moved In With Me!

If you're familiar with Maxine, the "tell it like it is" cartoon character, you will recognize her as this doll.  I inherited her.  I love her and will give her a good home.  When you push her button, she gripes,   talks like only Maxine can.  I had a doll chair in storage, and she fits perfectly in it.  I'll get a lot of pleasure chatting with her.


Last week, I picked up a few patterns at Jos.  One, the handbag pattern that DebbieCook has been making in beige camo. I'm thinking of making the large version in green camo.   I also got a couple of Burda patterns, basic jackets and I love that swing coat.  Also a Simplicity. Along the way, I spotted a rack of plaids.  I don't sew with them often, but this black/red/white one caught my eye.  When I felt it, I knew I had to have it.  It's a "cushy", soft, thick brushed cotton. 



From it, I cut this old Stretch&Sew Barn Jacket.  It's not feminine, nor fitted, nor pretty.  But it feels wonderful, and will be perfect for fall leaf raking, or apple and pumpkin picking, or just romping with the grandkids.


I'm short just a bit of fabric, so I'll pick up a solid flannel tomorrow for the under collar and cuff facings.  I won't be sewing until next week, but this will be ready when I can get to the machine.

More later.

16 Talk to me:

vernonfashionstudio said...

I hope you and Maxine have many wonderful years together!
That Barn Jacket should probably be a staple in all our closets. It is the perfect dress down style. Can't wait to see your finished jacket.

Linda T

Cennetta said...

I laughed out loud when I saw Maxine sitting of the chair. Too funny. I'm sure you will enjoy her. I really like the swing coat and barn jacket pattern. Ummm.., fall is coming.., and I better get a move on fall sewing.

Clio said...

OMG - I think Maxine is awesome. I can see you kibitzing over morning coffee.

Bunny said...

Would love to have a cup of coffee with Maxine! She's quite prescious.

Jane M said...

Oh, how funny. One of my favorite Maxine quips: "Don't believe everything you think." Looks like you have some fun sewing coming up. I too love that swing coat, especially in the plaid. And your plaid jacket will be perfect for the fall.

Kyle said...

Thank you for all your kind words on my blog, always, Gwen!
Ha ha for Maxine! Have fun with her!

Lori said...

Maxine iw wonderful, enjoy. Cute patterns and fabric. Can't wait to see your jacket.

Patty said...

Looking forward to seeing how that gorgeous plaid works up!

Linda T said...

I'm so jealous that Maxine moved in with you instead of me!!! I just love her and all her "words of wisdom." Looking forward to seeing all you new creations!

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

Look at you with your very own Maxine! BTW are you going to the sewing expo this year? I'd love to meet you.

Claire S. said...

Maxine is too funny - love the doll !

Sister said...

Where the heck did you get Maxime? I need one too!

MushyWear said...

I just have to smile at your new Maxine doll. Too cute! I am excited to see you picked up one of the same Burda patterns I picked up recently, the one in the middle on the top row. Doesn't that one look interesting? Looks like you also found some nice fabrics for fall.

Carol said...

I've never heard of Maxine before, I guess we don't get them here, but I could do with one, I think! I actually like the barn jacket and think it's a great addition to a wardrobe. Now that I've moved to a much, much colder climate I will be taking a deeper interest in garments like these. Looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

Rosy said...

So beautiful!! I did not know Maxine, but it is totally fun to watch. Love your finds patterns and of course looking forward to that wonderful coat project.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

I love plaid but I always have to psych myself up for it! That does look like it will make a great Fall jacket.

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