Sunday, February 1, 2015

McCall's 2353-Pinstripe Blouse...

                                    

I chose this pattern because this is an easy shirt to construct and takes hardly no time at all!  I've had it in my stash for quite a while and it's currently out of print but can be found in different places on the web.  I found and a site a called eCrater, here's the link…


The fabric was purchased quite a while ago on one of my first visits to Pennie Fabrics (Textiles). When I first laid my hand on it, I thought it was silk, only to confirm with Nasir (the shops owner) that it's actually a polyester lining, big shocker!  This fabric has the feel of a fine silk and has a slight stretch to it as well, along with a soft sheen!  It falls along the body like a fine silk too and feels really good! The great part about it being polyester is, I can throw it in the washer and dryer unlike silk!

The color is hard to describe, it's a pastel gray with fine black pinstripes.  Here's a close-up of the fabric hope you can see the pinstripes…

             
     

All in all this was a quick gratification sew and  something I needed to kickstart my sewing mojo again!

            
   

         

   

Another thing that kickstarted my sewing for this weekend...I was the winner of  a mini fabric shopping spree at Fabric Mart care of Nakisha from the Sew Crafty Chemist blog!  THANK YOU!   I already know what I'm going to make with the fabric I purchase from Fabric Mart!

I feel this is going to be a great year...thanks for stopping by everyone and as always,

HAPPY SEWING!


Sunday, January 18, 2015

First WADDER of 2015!

I cannot believe I did this!! I had this beautiful purple Ponte fabric in my stash for a while and when I finally decide to use it, I freak'n don't like the outcome! I used a Burda Style downloadable pattern called the "122 Dress". When I first saw the photo of this dress on "Cozy Cotton", I knew I wanted to use my purple Ponte fabric for it.  

BurdaStyle Magazine: 09-2014-122 by CozyCotton  

...and because this pattern has such nice curved seaming, I thought the use of color block would be a great idea. So I used a scrap of contrasting Ponte in light tan color and picked the smallest curve to accommodate the amount of scrap fabric I had. I also, shortened the hem of the back so it wouldn't hang lower than the front. I do like the color scheme a lot and I love the way the dress

looks on Ms. Thing (my dressform). However, I HATE the way the dress looks on me!! Here is a photo of the dress on Ms. Thing...
 

 


I had HIGH hopes when I put it on Ms. Thing! Her body closely resembles mine perfectly except for the "middle aged" abdomen I'm currently working to remove on me!!! The dress is not complete...the sleeves and bottom need to be hemmed, it really, really looks good on her! Then the dreaded moment happend when I tried on the dress and Wha La, instant matronly style! Say it ain't so! I could not have ruined my fabric this horribly!!!! Here are the things I don't like about it:

1.  The front neckline is much, much too low! Why don't the pattern companies get this! We've spoken about it on a cazillion times!

2.  The back neckline is too big and I have "gaposis"! I should have know this because I always, always have to alter this with my knit patterns! That's what I get for not doing a muslin first!! I guess you can consider this a muslin!

3.  The Ponte fabric I used for the contrast is different from the purple Ponte. It has much more stretch and I believe it is a rayon Ponte (which I like more) and the purple is more of a cotton/polyester combination with a minimal stretch.

Sadly, here is the dress on me....
 

 

Please, please disregard the "no make up face"! I had to tear my hubby away from the TV and the Seahawks / Packers game to take my photo, so I had to move quickly!!!

Since I have an absolute dislike for alterations, I decided to scrap the dress and salvage some of the fabric by keeping the bottom and creating a skirt! I only make alterations after a garment is completed if I ABSOLUTELY have to and I just don't feel that with this dress. However, I still really like the pattern, it's a great style and will make the necessary changes on the pattern pieces and try again later in the year. (after a little more exercise to get rid if that "middle age pouch" too!!) You'll probably see this dress again and I pray with better results!

On to the next project and there are a few for this long holiday weekend!
Thanks so much for stopping by and as always,

HAPPY SEWING!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year and Year End Wrap Up


I hope each and everyone of you had a wonderful Christmas and a better New Year's Eve celebration!

Reflecting back on 2014, it has meant so much to be a part of the RTW fast with all of the other wonderful sewers in the group!  I definitely did not create the amount of clothes my little mind told me I could!  I also did not have enough time to post some of the items I did create for all to see either.  However, I will try to briefly make up for that in this post!

Regarding 2015, I have a lot of plans in the works for my future (sewing definitely included!)  I no longer believe in New Years Resolutions, so I don't make them.  My goal is to do whatever I need to make 2015 the best year ever for myself!  With that said, let's close out 2014!

Here's my summary for the 2014 RTW fast (49 garments made)...

Dresses: 4

Skirts: 5

Pants: 3

Vest: 1

Tops: 36  (do you think I had enough tops for 2014?)

Below are photos of items made but not posted on blog...

  

  

  

  


  

  

  

  

  

Christmas Present from Hubby...Christmas in Key West, FL

That's a wrap for 2014!!

Did you make a New Year's Resolution?  If so, what will yours be for 2015?

Thanks again for stopping by to read my blog and thanks again to all of you who joined the 2014 RTW fast!  Until next time...

Keep It Hand Made!!

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