An unexpected weekend . . .

In 2020, we were excited to jet off to Athens, Georgia in May to watch our oldest daughter graduate college, Go DAWGS! We purchased our tickets in February, literally right before the world went crazy. We got a refund and forgot all about the tickets until one night. I was reading my email and said, “Hey babe, American says I need to use my credit.” He checked and to our horror we had a day to use them. So he called and figured it out, we booked a trip to New York for the five of us to use the credit.

Thursday morning I work up early to wash my hair because I was pushing the boundaries of hygiene pretty hard with it and as I got ready I kept getting clues from our cat that things weren’t ok. Twenty-five minutes before we had to leave for the airport we all sat down and it was decided
I would stay and they would go.

I took Pounce to the vet and was relieved to know that my gut was right, he needed help.

So began three days on my own. I haven’t been on my own in 14 years. Yes, you read that right. I leave and go on trips alone with my kids but my husband never has and I have not been on my own in my home in 14 years. I tried to relax and back fill the much needed alone time and I sewed up a storm. Here is what I made in three days.

I got my Minerva fabric from the last post in the mail and as I waited for it to wash and dry, I made this top!

Then I whipped up my Minerva pants . . .

Next up was this unfinished project that had been sitting on my table since the colder months. Obviously, a cardigan does zero good in Texas, June weather but I really wanted to clear off my table. I can’t say that I love the cardigan. I thought I would like it more than the Helen’s closet cardigans that I’ve been making but nope. So far Helen’s Closet Blackwood cardigan continues to be my go to cardigan pattern. This one is a McCall’s pattern, M7254.

They only have you interface one side of the outer part and I just don’t love how it lays.

And then I closed out the weekend by making two more tops and starting on my next pair of pants.

I also made some pretty fun reels on instagram to show off all the times I’ve made these shorts and this shirt . . . it’s a lot.

I didn’t take pictures of my final top of the weekend but I did make a reel. These are actually so much work than they look like, the reels that it. The top is easy.

Well, that concludes the magical weekend home alone with a sick cat. No idea how much time I’ll have in the coming weeks to sew, but I have piles of ideas and fabrics I’d like to get made. I’ve decided I want this McCall’s pattern to be my go to for pants as well as shorts and I have a few more I’d like to make for the winter months.


  1. Wow, you have been busy. Great pants and top. Unfortunately I no longer use IG due to META demanding that I enter my birth date which I will not do, so I can’t watch your reels after all that work. Thank you for staying home to care for your cat. How is he?

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    1. I get it, I’ve pretty much abandoned facebook. He’s getting a little better, thanks for asking. Sadly he’s only five and I think he will always be medically fragile.


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