Monday, January 1, 2001

About Me

I'm Debbie Cook and this is my blog. I'm a Work At Home Mom to 2 grown sons still living at home, wife of 23 years to Mike, stepmother to one more son, and adopted mom to 3 very cute and very spoiled pooches. We all live in Florida and put up with the oppressive humidity and ravenous mosquitos as a trade-off for sunshine and warmth nearly every day of the year. (Don't remind me about this past January, OK? Brrrr!)

I love to sew, but I didn't know it until about 9 years ago. My mom and grandmothers sewed my whole life and while I never had real lessons from them, I found out later that I had actually learned a lot just by watching and helping. With these "custom dressmakers" available, I never felt the need to sew for myself or sit in front of my own machine unless I was mending, hemming or sewing on Boy Scout badges.

Fast forward to my late-30s and the sewing bug finally bit and I haven't stopped since. My mom is still in shock, and now she calls me for advice! I've sewn almost everything - home dec, quilting, gifts, lingerie & more, but sewing clothes for myself is what I really love and I sew most of my wardrobe because I have fun doing it and because it fits me better than anything I'd find in a store. Granted, my wardrobe needs aren't too varied since I do work at home and tend to live in jeans/capris, knit tops, and flip-flops, but I do venture out from time to time. I'm mostly self-taught for fitting, although I owe a big Thank You to Belinda for her friendship and private mentoring.

I stash fabric and patterns a LOT, and lately I seem to have started collecting vintage sewing machines too. I use everything though, so it's all good, right?

I like to share what goes on in my sewing room and some of what goes on in my enjoyably-boring life. I've been blogging about it all for almost 4 years now.

I try to answer questions and comments when I can, but I can't promise I'll answer everything. Sometimes my days are so busy and I'd rather walk away from the computer for a while, you know? There are just never enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do!



LindaNan said...

Debbie, is your website no longer active. I used to go there for your wonderful tutorials.


Debbie Cook said...

Hi LindaNan,
I'm slowly moving everything from my website to this blog. If you hang on, it will all be here eventually. If you have a specific request, let me know and I'll move that to the top of my list.

K.Line said...

Hi Debbie: I just found this blog. I actually bookmarked your fantastic tutorials on FBAs from a link on Pattern Review, which is no longer available. Can you advise where, on this blog, I might find those posts. I refer to them whenever I do FBAs. The raglan sleeve / remove dart to centre front and then out of side seam, has been particularly helpful. Thanks so much for any info. Can't wait to acquaint myself with this blog. Kristin

Anonymous said...

Hello Debbie,

I read a wonderful review about your fleece booties (slippers) from a PR member. She said you had a tutorial for these booties but I have not been able to find it. Do you think you could add that tutorial back to your file?

I know you are quite busy but I would be so thankful if you could find the time to include it with your other tutorials.

Thanks so much.

Debbie Cook said...

@Anonymous - The link is now on the Tutorials page.

Debbie Cook said...

@K.Line - I'm sorry, I missed your post I think. I believe all the FBA info is back up on the blog under the Tutorials link at the top.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Debbie,

Just found your blog and it is wonderful!!!!!!!

Soooooo much great information on how to alter patterns - I really love it!

I have a figure shaped rather like yours, and I'm pretty new to sewing, so seeing so many awesome examples of how you've altered commercial patterns for better fit is invaluable.

Thanks for sharing!


Mary said...

Hello Debbie,
When I was researching coverstitch sewing machines, your name and tutorials showed up on every single search. Will you be posting all of the wonderful coverstitch tutorials on your blog? Thank you in advance for considering doing this.

Debbie Cook said...

@Mary - they're already here. Look at the top for the button. Is there something in particular you are looking for?

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for your blog ;) Long time searching for it ;)

My only regret: it's not in french :)

You are so amazing!


kristenmakes said...

Lovely blog, I found you through Male Patern Boldness! I'm from FL myself, but the husband and I are currently living in Scotland and I really miss the sun! I think the FL mosquitos have prepared me for the midges here because they are 'nay bother' after what I've been through! I look forward to following your blog more and please soak up some lovely sunshine for me!

didyoumakethat said...

What a great biog, full of personality and warmth!

Susan said...

Debbie, your blog is inspiring. I just read through your "remodel" a men's tee shirt. How did you come up with your pattern? Thanks.

Debbie Cook said...

Susan, That pattern is a morph between Pattern Master Boutique and Ottobre patterns, which has become my TNT tee base from which I morph all other tee patterns.

Nancy Nix-Rice said...

Hi Debbie -
I just discovered your blog and enjoyed it a lot. Especially loved the idea about sewing down the pocket flaps on your white capris/skirt.
I'm just returning to sewing - having been an industry professional, Baby Lock education director/fabric retailer/sewing school owner, etc. and then away from sewing for a decade or two.
I'm also an image consultant and suthor of the Palmer/Pletsch book LOOKING GOOD. You might enjoy my e-newsletter "New You in 52". It's a series of mini-lessons to help a woman update/upgrade her look over the span of a year. I don't mean to imply that you need help - just that you might find the articles interesting. You can sign up at
One opinion to share: if you can possibly fix the fit concerns with the fern-print version of B6363, it is such a killer color combo on you. In fact, flaws and all, I think it looks better on yu than the one on the model.
Nice to "meet" you. Hope it can be face-to-face at some time.
Nancy Nix-Rice

Mugwump said...

Hi Debbie,

I just got a CS machine and am blowing through all my stretch scraps trying to learn to attach binding without creating waves in the garment. Have you got any hints/techniques that I have missed while searching your (WONDERFUL) blog

MG said...

I am looking for your review on Vogue 8648...where can I find it? I sew love our blog...

girlwhowearsglasses said...

I discovered your blog in two unrelated searches in the last few days - one for fabric Expedit Bins and one for Simplicity 2475. Both very helpful! You've got a new reader! :)

Unknown said...

What I know about webs, blogs and HTML you could put in a thimble. I actually know less about a computer than a sewing machine and that is saying a lot. I do not know how to join your blog. The only way it will let me send you a comment is anonymously. How do I fix that please. Can you help me? I love your blog and read it all the time. I am 69 and I'm trying to learn the internet and the sewing machine at one time. How do I join your blog? Thank you.
Texas Bonnet

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the new position, the raise and the new home.
Texas Bonnet

Iryna Boehland said...

Hi Debbie, I just found your blog and spent a LOT of time reading your posts. I think I am hooked and will come often! Thank you for the inspiration!
~ Iryna
PS - wanted to sign-up for posts by e-mail, but couldn't find the button. Go back to look again!

Sheron said...

Hi Debbie:
We haven't heard from you for a while. How are you doing? Please let us know what you are up to.

Sheron in SoCal

Sophie-Lee said...

Hi Debbie,

Unfortunately I can't find a email address to message you. If you'd be interested in doing a tutorial on how to get rid of fabric rucking up above our bums, that would be great! Give us an email on and we can sort out the details