Monday, April 9, 2018

Sew A Long

I have been busy sewing but not blogging this year.  I have been wanting to add some staple pieces to my personal wardrobe for quite some time now and this particular sew a long begins this weekend and I decided to join in.  Thank Faye @Faye's Sewing Adventure for assisting me in adding more tops.  I look forward to the challenge and can't wait to see how many I add to my wardrobe.  The weather here is still quite cold, Spring seems to be taking forever to arrive and that is all I want to sew is Spring tops.  Hopefully it won't be for naught.

Hope to post some pics real soon of the sew a long or anything else I make during the next couple of weeks.

As always, Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Dress

It took me three weeks to complete this dress, not because it was difficult only because I am busier than I care to be right now.  Once completed, I fell in love with it. The way I envisioned it would look and fit is exactly what happened. I used the dress pattern of V8792 and the sleeves of M7627. Loved it. The fabric is a Ponte knit purchased in 2014 from
I already had the perfect jewelry and shoes.
Here are pics.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Sewing Plans for the Year 2018

Happy New Year to all!

I have been so busy since September of last year.  I had wanted to post at least once a month but that did not happen as life happened. My goal in starting this blog was to post about my sewing and other crafty related items or whatever popped into my head. I will as with all things make an attempt to be more consistent in posting.  It's not that I have not been sewing, I have, it's just that I have not had the time to post but have been reading other's posts.  I suppose I could use some of that free time to post about my own pursuits and accomplishments. We'll see.

Every year I want to try the SWAP(sewing with a plan) but I never seem to complete it.  This year I have decided to focus on some additions to my wardrobe that are needed and that I will wear on a continuous basis.  Often times I sew for myself for specific occasions, not just because. I aim to change that approach as I am always finding that I need a garment for some reason or another and it is not readily available in my closet and I have to go to Plan B. I am really tired of that approach. I like to look and feel well put together all of the time so I have made an assessment of my wardrobe and found that I need to focus on specific items.  I need some items in black, as it stands I have need of  2 LBD (little black dresses) 2 pair of black slacks, 2 button up black blouses and 2 black skirts.
I also have need of some solid garment pieces.  I found last year I was drawn to prints all year long and that is basically what I sewed.  I also want to add 2 white button ups as well as chambray and another solid color.  These are all staple items for me but I feel the need for a couple of blazers and of course other solid color dresses.   

I plan to make these items from fabrics I already own as I am trying to not purchase any additional fabric, #1 I don't need it, #2 I don't have any other place to store it and #3 I want to use what I already have and not continue to feed this fabric demon. It must be brought under control, as it stands I think I could sew everyday for a number of years and not run out of fabric.  

My goal is to sew like I use to for myself and family so that I can decrease the stash and wear some garments that just plain make me happy.  There was a time I enjoyed getting dressed, just because. Now I get dressed out of a need to whatever function I may be attending, work, in which I only wear jeans and a nice top, which by the way I don't have enough of.  Such a shame, given that I could make them without that much effort.  

Basically what I am saying is that I have been in a sewing rut as it pertains to my personal wardrobe. I have been sewing for others but not for me.  That always makes me sad and it is very difficult for me to get out of that rut.  But hopefully with somewhat of a plan in mind I will be able to climb out of this spot.

Happy Sewing to all in 2018.  Hope to sew more for myself and post just as well. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Vogue 1534 Review

My youngest daughter is currently on a cruise with friends.  She wanted a dress to wear to the Captain's dinner and of course turned to her mom(ME).  I was thrilled as usual because I love to sew for her.  She is a little demanding because she knows exactly what she wants and how she wants it to fit.  I have no problem with that but sometimes we bump heads, all in all it always seems to turn out right and everyone is happy, including (ME).

She chose Vogue 1534, which I thought was a very beautiful dress that would look great on her frame.  I had some lace printed fabric in my stash and purchased some taffeta for the bottom portion of the dress.

Here is my review.

Pattern Description:  Vogue 1534, Halter neck pleated floor length dress.  Close-fitting through the bodice, lined dress has halter neckline, full skirt and contrast bodice.
Pattern Sizing: 6-22

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? yes it did

Were the instructions easy to follow?
 I actually did not follow the instructions as they were not in the pattern that I purchased. The dress was simple enough for me to figure out without instructions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
 I liked the pattern as it was straightforward, no twists and turns.

Fabric used:
 for the bodice and waist I used a lace printed fabric I had in my stash and the skirt was made from a taffeta purchased from JoAnn's Fabrics.  I used a lining that was already in my stash as well.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I did not have to do any alterations, the only thing I changed was on the bodice I left the top portion unlined as my daughter wanted a sweetheart neckline to show through the lace.

Would you sew it again? I may sew the skirt portion again.  Would you recommend it to others?
 Yes, it is a quick and easy pattern.

 Very satisfied with how this turned out.  

This is the only pic sent to me by my daughter. She looks very beautiful in the dress and was very pleased.

As always, Happy Sewing!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

My Mini Me

Today's post is about my youngest daughter.  I moved a year ago to live with her and it has taken a great deal of adjustment but in the end I love it.  She is smart, sweet, caring and a very hard worker.  She is consistent and the best friend to all of her friends.  We are not best friends because from my vantage point, parent's should not be your best friend. I am extremely happy to be her and her siblings mother.  I would not have it any other way.

I love to sew for her and she wears what I make her so well.  It is also a plus that she stands 5'9 in her bare feet and has long arms and legs.  I have  been a little busy sewing over the last two weeks, will be busy again starting tomorrow.

Here is the skirt I made and she is wearing it so nicely. I love the combination of the tulle and Ankara print that she combined for her look. The skirt was self drafted based upon her waist measurements and finished length.  The tulle underskirt was made the same way minus the back zipper and pockets.

As always, Happy Sewing

Saturday, September 16, 2017

McCalls 7100 Review

I have had this pattern since it came out but had not made it.  I actually have many patterns that were purchased as soon as they were released just sitting in my stash.  But this pattern in particular has been on trend over a year maybe longer and is still holding pretty steady.  It is the infamous bomber jacket that has been made up in various fabrics.  I finally made mine and am very happy with it. Here is my review.

Pattern Description: Semi-fitted, unlined jackets have collar, side-front seams, bands, side-front pockets, exposed front zipper contrast panels and sleeves with shoulder dart. A, B, C: Welt pockets. D: Kangaroo pocket. Collar & Bands: For moderate stretch knits only.

Pattern Sizing: XSSM-LXLXXL, I made the Large

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Absolutely does.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Very simple to follow. If you are a newbie, the instructions to add the knit band around the bottom may be a little confusing.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I needed to make something rather quickly and this fit the bill for me.

Fabric used: I used Ankara wax print for the front and back pieces, a sweatshirt knit for the sleeves and ribbed knit for the collar and bands.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I did not make any changes this time but for future makes I will add a lining.

Would you sew it again? Definitely making this again. Would you recommend it to others? Highly recommend it to others.

Conclusion: This jacket was quick and easy and true to size.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Summers Over Looking forward to Fall

I cannot believe I have not been posting to my blog. I have been sewing and posting to my Instagram.  I had great intentions of making great posts but that fell by the wayside.  Hopefully I can make up for the lack of posts before the year is done.

Here is one of my latest makes.  I saw this particular cape on a friend at church over a year ago and knew I wanted one in my wardrobe. I begin making the strips necessary for the cape and that was as far as I got.  Balled them up and placed them in a plastic bag and forgot about.

A year later and I am working on another project and I decided to pull out the bag with my strips and decided I needed to get her done.  Well it took me a day to put all of the strips together, to make sure the cape draped around my shoulders and fell exactly where I wanted it and VOLA....finished.

I can't tell you how pleased I am that it is completed and I have already begin another one.  But it is very time consuming to get it just right.

Check out the pics below and see what I am talking about.  Happy Sewing during this National Sewing Month!

Sew A Long

I have been busy sewing but not blogging this year.  I have been wanting to add some staple pieces to my personal wardrobe for quite some ti...