How to Taper a Man’s pants

One of my YouTube subscribers asked to make a video on how to taper a man’s pants.  This is such an easy alteration.  Check out the video and if you try the alteration for yourself, I’d love to hear your feedback!



How to shorten dress shirt sleeves.

This is such an easy alteration once you’ve gotten used to it.  I worked for another alteration shop and they removed the cuff and cut the desired amount off, including the placket.  This made the placket look awkward and disproportionate.  All it took was a little more effort and you couldn’t tell it was altered.

1. Remove cuff

2. Remove the top part of the placket

3. Remove the bottom or narrow part of the placket.  Take note of how the bottom or narrow piece of the placket is positioned, because you’ll be working in reverse order to reassemble it and will need to put back in correctly. Measure the length of the slit where you removed the placket.  Write this number down.

4. Measure up from the end of the sleeve, the amount you want it shortened. Chalk mark a line across the sleeve, parallel to the end of the sleeve and cut on that line.

5. Take the amount that you removed from the length of the sleeve and measure up that same amount at the end of the slit and cut it open, making sure it’s the same length that you measured after you removed the placket.

Reassembling the sleeve

6. Pin the smaller placket piece in place and sew.

7. Pin the larger placket piece in place and sew, being careful to catch the back side of the placket in the stitching.

8. Beginning with the right sleeve, pin the cuff in place. You’ll be sewing with the right side of the sleeve facing up.  Position the sleeve in the cuff just the way it was when you took it apart.  Begin sewing.  When you get about 1/2 way through sewing the cuff, stop and put two small pleats in the sleeve (closest to the button hole in the cuff) so that the sleeve will fit into the cuff. Pin the pleats in place and finish sewing. Measure the pleats and put the same size pleats in the left sleeve near button hole in the cuff.

I hope these instructions are clear. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Job hunting is the worst!

I hate the way we have to apply for jobs.  Everything is online.  That’s why I apply at mom and pop businesses.  I can walk in and talk to the owners and they can talk to me.  It just gives you a better feel for the person.  After talking to the owner, you can get a better idea of the type of person they are and if you’ll work well with each other. I got a job at the beginning of Dec.  I walked in and talked to them and I knew it wasn’t a good fit, but I am living with family and I couldn’t refuse the job when I need to be paying rent, so I accepted the job.  From day 1, all he did was tell me how I don’t do things his way so I’m doing it wrong. He was so wonderful and has so many loyal customers and he has no competition in this town etc. I heard it every day! I would tell him to teach me.  I’d  do the work his way.  I was too slow, I was wrong, he was wonderful, I was not. geez!  But I couldn’t quit my job.  I didn’t want my family to think I was going to freeload, but every fiber of my being was telling me not to go back.  I even prayed and told God, if this is where you want me, then I’ll go back, but I really don’t want to.

Two days before I was supposed to go back, he called and said that it just wasn’t a good fit and let me go.  I was so relieved!! then I realized, I don’t have an income.

I immediately got to work.  I put my business cards out around town and got a couple calls.  I tried to do some sewing videos.  I have about 10 already, but I’m not going to lie, sometimes life just knocks the wind out of me.  I have a zillion insecurities that I have to overcome just to record a 10- minute video.  I never realized how self-absorbed I am!!

On the days that I can’t overcome them I usually just lay in my bed and watch shows that make me forget.  Lately, I’ve tried to be conscious of this behavior, so I made a list of goals and rewards for the new year, and hung them on my sewing studio wall. I get so many ideas that they distract me so I write my ideas down as soon as I get them so I won’t forget.

So, I’m finally seeing some growth and interaction on my Youtube channel.  Just that little bit is such an encouragement! like a floodlight on my little corner of the world. Just knowing that my quirky little way of doing something was of value to the person that commented.

While it’s almost impossible for me to get a job by applying online, I really don’t want a job working for anyone. I’m grateful for 24 hours a day, a boatload of skills, the internet, and determination. I’ll create my own work and I can determine my own income.

I need to get off here and get lunch then finish the skirt construction video!

Have a great day!


I’m home!

I arrived in California on Thursday about 4:00pm.  It will take some time to get settled, but for now, I’m enjoying spending some time with my son.  I need to get some work going, so today, I’ll be working on setting up my sewing studio.

The week before moving here, the temperature was dropping down into the 40’s in S.C. while it was boiling at 100+ degrees in SoCal.  But since arriving in SoCal, It’s been cool! such a welcome surprise!

Moving here is a new beginning is so many ways.  One of the things I wanted to get started on is my diet.  I’ve been looking into the Ketogenic diet.  I don’t know much yet, but I’m going to start with what little knowledge I do have. The one thing I have to address is sugar! I am addicted to it!  I don’t know that I can go off cold turkey, but I’m cutting back.

My breakfast this morning was:

Bacon, 1 egg cooked in the bacon grease, on a bed of fresh spinach and a couple thin slices of Mozzarella cheese. Coffee with half and half and a teaspoon of honey. I drink water all throughout the day.

I know the keto diet is high fat, moderate protein, and low carb.  I have no idea if my protein intake was too much or not.  I was focusing on no sugar. I’ll have to look into it for my next meal.

I started cutting the sugar back yesterday and I woke up with a lot of pain.  I often confuse sinus pain with the aches and pains of sleeping on a mattress that should have been replaced ages ago.  From a week before I moved to now, I’ve been sleeping on the floor, so that might be an issue too.

Here’s to new beginnings!

Sewing With Knit Fabric

There are many different types of knits, but I’m just going to go over 2 of them in my video.  Please scroll down below the video to read more about the knits in the video.

  • Jersey Knit
  • Interlock knit


To purchase ballpoint needles and twin needles for your machine, click the pictures below.

Jersey knit is a single knit fabric. One side of a jersey knit will be the knit stitches and on the back, you’ll see the purl stitches.  Jersey is an ideal fabric for maxi dresses and skirts

Ribbed knit is the fabric that is typically used on the neckline of t-shirts and has a great amount of elasticity.

Interlock knit is made up of two layers of knitting.  It looks the same on both sides.  It’s thicker than jersey and is more stable, which means it doesn’t stretch out as easily and doesn’t curl at the edges.  Interlock knit fabric is great for bottoms, such as leggings.  This is an ideal knit fabric for beginners to use.