Thanksgiving Food Shopping at Reading Terminal

I’m a Philly girl through and through. I’ve enjoyed many a cheesesteak in my meat eating days; Krimpets, soft pretzels, Frank’s soda, the Liberty Bell and Rocky are all apart of what makes this place unique, but visiting Reading Terminal is something I didn’t experience much until I was an adult. My mother was a fan of the Italian Market. That was where we headed on our meat and veggie stock up trips. Reading Terminal is the same type of experience, but different.The sights, sounds & smells are similar. The hustle and bustle of moving bodies, pull-along carts and the occasional tourist are similar. The thing about Reading Terminal I like the most and what sets them apart is that it’s indoors! It was raining today (and still is) and the prospect of walking back and forth down 9th street, bumping umbrellas, and getting soaked down through the bone was not appealing.

We lined up before 8:00am and waited for the doors to open. We were greeted by a friendly staffer and all given shopping bags.


Iovine’s Brothers Produce was the first stop. One of the best places in the city to get fresh (mostly conventionally grown) produce. The veggie skyscrapers of collard greens, mounds of bell peppers & chorus of fresh herbs put a big old smile on my face. The early morning shoppers were a pleasant sort. Folks were as happy as I was to be there before the impending mob scene that was due to happen any moment.



My oldest son, Steven, loves turkey sage sausage in his stuffing and asked me to get some. Usually, I get my sausage & chicken from 9th street so I was taking a chance and had my fingers crossed I could find a merchant who sold it. Eureka! Godshall’s had it, along with any poultry product you could find. Although, the prices on 9th street are lower, I was just happy I found it.


We settled on breakfast at the Down Home Diner; a cute little sit down spot that had a good breakfast menu. Their staff was pleasant & the food was flavorful. Darryl gave them props for the pancakes and the shrimp & grits were good as well. Most diners serve up crappy rye toast, this bread was great, smelled even better ! It even had caraway seeds on it! He said they skimped on the shrimp (I think they gave me his portion) and was none to please, but overall, a good breakfast.




I’m glad I made the trip to this Philly institution for turkey day shopping. It felt kind of cool to be able to partake of a piece of Philly.

Here are a few other flicks of the sights we took in today. If you’re ever in the city of Brotherly love & Sisterly affection, make sure you pay Reading Terminal a visit.



My 1st Burda Style Magazine

The first time I ever heard of BurdaStyle was reading a a blog that said, BurdaStyle patterns are the hardest to sew. YIKES! As a newbie, I didn’t want any parts of those and stayed with the big 4. Alas, after reading a blog post on Mood Fabrics. There is this fierce coat that Nikki of  Beaute J’Adore made and it was a BurdaStyle  pattern.

Mood Style: Wool Coat with Leather Arm Warmers

After stumbling onto their site, I liked the more modern styles they offered and saw that they had a magazine. I’m addicted to magazines!! I had to pick one up to see what all the fuss was about. The magazine is $14.99 (What?!?!), but I had to have it. The subscription card inside has an offer for 4 issues (1 year) for $19.99.

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With this being their flag ship US issue of the publication, I think they hit the mark with this one. This thing is choked full of WONDERFUL information about how to work with their patterns. The article called, “Burda Patterns 101” really shed light on how best to work with their patterns. The even cooler thing is, it even comes with patterns inside. 40 total (20 inside 20 to download) that range all skill levels.

The Burda website is the This is where you can buy patterns and download the wonderful freebies as well. They have an active community on their forums and users post photos their finished work. I can get used to this really quickly 🙂

I’m looking forward to tacking a few projects to see for myself. Wish me luck!

Textured Purple Pencil Skirt

It seems that skirts are one of the best garments to sew if you’re new to making clothing. Well, I’m new, and skirts are my go to project for the time being (until I get the nerve up to try something different).  The pattern I used was McCall’s 3830  (view D) from my pattern haul from Joann’s a few weeks ago. I wanted to try my hand at making a lining since my last skirt really could have used one. I opted for a beautiful purple fabric and I wish I would have written down the description or took a photo of the end of the bolt.  I declare I will not forget to do that again. There is really good info there and I’ll never remember it. In addition, I used bemberg rayon in wine for the lining and Pellon fusible interfacing for the waistband.

The Pattern:

McCall’s 3830
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7 inch zipper, purple

This pattern comes in so many lengths, I decided to trace the pattern and use that instead of cutting out view D in my size. I may want another at a different length in the future. I used Canson Tracing Paper and it worked perfectly.

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I cut out a 16, but in the end, it was too big. I took 3/4 inch in on both sides ( a little more in the waist) and hemmed it to 20 inches. I used my handy dandy hip curve and it worked like a charm on lining up chalk marks I made where the pins were placed.

*Note* I’m not a size 16. In the sewing world, pattern sizes have NOTHING to do with ready to wear sizes. I’m a size 10.

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I’ve gotten the hang of the zipper. Barbara, my sewing teacher at Making it showed me a new way to put one in. I think it’s called the lapped zipper. It seemed like voodoo in the beginning and I’m not sure I should have used it on this skirt, but I went with it.

There was something called ease written on the pattern. I had to look that up and found Colleen G. Lea’s blog post about the ease stitch and it really helped me make sense of it all. I have a small tuck on the waist, but since I had to rip out so many mistakes, I let that one ride.

The lining was a first for me. I knew I just had to cut out the skirt pattern and sew it up like I did the skirt, but since there were no instructions on the pattern about lining, I winged it and I like the results. I do wish I had did something with the raw edges (although, I read that if the garment is lined. it’s usually not required) I may hand stitch them up so they don’t totally unravel. Although the interfacing was a bit too bulky and I had to hem the lining twice, here is the finished product and it’s my favorite one to date.

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Happy Sewing!

Quick Apron Project

I’m so new to sewing that my machine still has the new car smell.  I’m really enjoying the process of exploring patterns, paying more attention to garment design and fabric as well as taking sewing classes at Making it Sewing Workshop. I’ve become a Pintrest addict in every sense of the word. DIYs, tutorials, crafts, beginner projects, you name it, I’m pinning it.  It would probably take me 20 years to make my way through all of my pins (but a girl can dream, can’t she?)

Yesterday was the annual fashion show at Making it and I got to model my first successful skirt project. After seeing all the wonderful projects everyone created, I was so inspired that I came straight home and wanted to make something ASAP!

Joann Fabrics had a sale this weekend on McCall’s patterns 5 for $7 so I grabbed 5  after perusing the drawers and decided on making an apron first. It seems simple enough so jumped right in.

Apron Pattern

I’m not a frillly girl so I settled on the one in the middle (F). I cut out the 3 pieces (13, 14 and 17), ironed and pinned them. I got stumped on the binding piece. See, what you’re really doing is turning that one piece into something that looks like bias tape. I swear I stared at the instructions for so long I almost used one of my lifelines and phoned a friend. At last, I figured out what it asked of me, especially after I transferred the marking onto the fabric & lined up the markings. I was stunned!

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Reading IS fundamental, even if you have to do it 3,000 times! I mad my very own bias tape. Do you know how cool that was. I’ve since purchased 2 bias tape makers (1/2in and 1 in) and I plan on getting a lager one as well. Darn, I love learning sewing tips and tricks.

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The pocket instructions were not that simple. Even after 3,000 re-reads, google and my lifeline, I didn’t understand what it was asking so I just freeballed it.

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After an evening of hard work, here is my new apron. I wore it to my sewing class and my instructor gave me 2 thumbs up!


Happy Sewing!


Here are a few more images from this project.

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