Sunday, August 20, 2017

What I've Been Sewing & New YouTube Channel


Hello all,

Well we're almost at the end of summer and I don't know about you but I only got half as much of the sewing done I have planned for this year's summer! However, I am not complaining because it was a very productive 2017 so far! (And I hope it has been for you as well!)

I'm going to use this post to highlight a few of the pieces that I've made over the last few weeks…

First up is "a first" for me in the Sewing arena, LOL! I can't understand why that is because it was so easy to do!  I made two swimsuits (actually three because one of them was a wearable muslin).  

This swimsuit is the "Sewtofit Freedom" swimsuit.  It is a very basic simple "starter" swimsuit pattern that fits almost perfectly for me.  The only alteration I had to do to the pattern was shorten the waist in the back, but that was only because I am very short waisted.  I absolutely adore the print of this fabric find my stash. It a performance knit purchased from Michael Levine fabrics A while ago and, I purchased the last 7/8 yards thinking one day I would use it for something (probably athletic wear).  Now, as luck would have it…it's perfect for this swimsuit!
 

Next up is a swimsuit pattern from Kwik Sew #3064.  Now, if you want to kick your swimsuit up at notch, this definitely is the pattern!  This pattern was easy to sell as well, if you more pieces than the first one but not very many at all!  Both Fabrics used to create the swimsuit our performance Fabrics. Unfortunately, the animal print I can not tell you where I purchased it from because I literally had it in my stash for at least 2 1/2 years! (No kidding!). Since I do a lot of my fabric shopping online, my guess was purchased from either Michael Levine Fabrics or Mood.  The black fabric was purchased from Joanne fabrics. Either way I absolutely love this swimsuit!
 

I love both these swimsuit patterns and would highly recommend them both. Depending on which style you prefer, I think both are great patterns for beginners too! 

Next up is a sweater I made using a pattern by Sew To Fit called the "Misty" top.  While this sweater/tee is very, very easy to put together I would only recommend it for intermediate/advanced sewists.  Unless you're very comfortable with following instructions via video (then go for it, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!).  This pattern is a PDF download and does not include written instructions. However, I followed the video and found it very informative.  Can I just say I love the style and fit of the sweater/tee...
 
 

The fabric is a charcoal colored, brushed poly knit I purchased from Joanne fabrics.  I made no alterations to the patterns whatsoever and as a design element only, I decided to segment the split sleeve and add double-capped rivets to each section.  I truly love the way it turned out!
 

This blog post is already pretty long, so I decided to do a more detailed review of the patterns on my *new* YouTube channel titled, "Myra Lorraine".


As always, thank you so much for sharing a little bit of your time to read my humble little blog post!  It is truly appreciated and therefore the reason why I tried to respond to each and every comment!  

Happy Sewing Everyone!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

I'm Still Sewing!

Hello my sewing family!  Yes, I'm still around and have been doing some sewing. (Mostly sewing challenges).  My mood for sewing diminished for a little while because we lost one of our dear friends to a heart attack.  Sewing was the last thing on my mind at that time.  However, I've been slowly getting back into my routine and wanted to share a few of the items I did make during my time away from my blog.  I used this sewing as my therapy after the lost of a very good friend!

So I hope you enjoy this brief review of the items I made and please stop back soon to see what's coming up next!

Closet Case Ginger Jean (lowrise)- White Stretch Cotton Twill (I really don't care for this fabric because it's "see thru"!); My favorite pattern and now my TNT for jeans!  
 

McCalls 7603 (view C)  Rayon Challis, Red & white flowers on black background  - ok, but not a favorite.

  

  

McCalls 6886  (Pattern Hack!) ITY Knit, multi print Fushia, Blue and Off White  - I like the dress and may make again.


  

Style Arc Cindy Jean Jacket  White denim - love this jacket and will make again in a different color!
  



I missed taking to you all and until next time,

Happy Sewing!