Sunday, October 2, 2016

September Denim Challenge

Hello everyone! How was your September? It was a very fast paced and eventful month for me. A lot went gone on, we traveled to Las Vegas, attended a beautiful wedding (I picked up a virus on the flight home and spent two days in bed sick!) Now I am wrapping up the month with a denim challenge I wanted to participate in for September.

I don't know about you all, but I start these challenges off with high hopes and lots of project goals. Unfortunately, reality sets in and I end up way below my initial plans! That's definitely what happened to me with this denim challenge. I had plans for two pair of new jeans, at least one or two denim dresses and a special denim project. By now, you've probably guessed...none or most of it did not happen and you would be absolutely correct! LOL!

I did manage to crank out one special project. I called this a special project because of the fabric. I've had this piece of fabric in my stash for years, I can't say when I got it and I don't even remember where I purchased it! Shame on me because it is beautiful! It's a "beige colored sueded stretch denim"...

My first thought was that this fabric was "reversible" but upon inspecting it closely, I realize that the blue is actually the inside (Wrong side) of the denim. This piece of fabric has been in my stash for so long because I could never figure out what to do with it. Then one day while showing the fabric during a periscope for the denim challenge, an idea came to me...I could make this a bomber jacket! I have a pattern for a bomber jacket, but it just wasn't working for me and the majority of ones that I found online, didn't have the exact look I was going for either. Of course I had to have what was in my brain, so I self drafted a pattern using a fleece jacket from my closet (RTW) as a template.

Plaid fabric was muslin
After cutting out the pattern pieces I need it, I thought I had better be smart and make a muslin. As it turns out, that was a great decision, LOL! I didn't have to put together the entire muslin, because one side was enough to tell me what I needed to do to make this jacket come together and fit. Because of the weight of the denim, I decided to use a "heavy weight rayon ponte" knit for the collar, lower and sleeve bands. I was correct on this thought too because it worked liked a dream

I decided not to line the jacket because I like the denim look on the underside. I guess I underestimated working with the weight of this fabric… It's pretty heavy weight and using a size 18 needle in my sewing machine help tremendously! This jacket challenged my thinking process, especially when it came to all of the zipper details. I wanted each of the zippers to be active working pockets and they are. Each sleeve zippered pocket can hold a large Smart phone (I don't have the largest but trust me it will fit!)...

I love the way this project turned out and it made me feel so much better about not completing everything I wanted to for this denim challenge! This one piece made up for everything! (And just in time for the fall season!)

So, tell me what have you challenged yourself with lately?

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog post!

Happy Sewing!


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A visit with Norma Kamali

Hello everyone, this is going to be a short post about my visit to the Norma Kamali exhibit at the Tampa Museum of Art. Recently a friend of mine, Andrea (Satinbird Designs) and I decided to see the exhibit before it leaves September 25. When we first walked into the exhibit, Andrea and I were both giddy with excitement from all the beautiful garments Norma had designed...right there for our eager little eyes to examine! What a treat for sewing bloggers!! (Down side...of course we were not allowed to touch anything, LOL!)

It was a small exhibit, but here are a few photos...

The "All in One" dress (they are the same)
The "Sleeping Bag" coat/jacket
Close up of feathers
Having fun!!

It was truly a fun afternoon looking at what a professional designer created and would have only been better if we could have touched some of the clothing! (Although I totally understand why we could not!).

I will leave you with a photo of me by another piece of beautiful artwork we saw at the museum...this piece scared me it was so large, I thought it might come to life and grab me!! LOL!!

I hope you enjoyed the photos...please share with me the last time you visited a designer's exhibit or fashion show. I love hearing about everything fashion!! Thanks for stopping by, and

Happy Sewing!



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