Wednesday, December 26, 2012

New Look 6123

I've had this pattern in my stash for a little bit now and it wasn't until I saw a few others versions that I decided to go ahead and make it.  New Look 6123 looks like a great dress and I wanted one too since I am trying to increase the almost "non-existant" dress count in my wardrobe!

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This is a really cute one too!  I used a Navy Ponte Roma from my stash, although the pattern does not require knits...I thought I could easily make it work and I did.  It went together well without many issues at all and the couple I did have were definitely "user errors!" LOL!  I didn't add a zipper because I felt I could get my head through the opening without a problem and I was correct.  However, being in such a rush, I forgot to include the pleating on the lower portion of the dress!  (I did include it on the top though!). I just used the incorrect pattern piece for the skirt front.  I can live with it...and therefore call it my "design change"!  Yea right...we all know the truth now, LOL!  The other issue was putting the bottom ruffle on the wrong side (ok another one of my design changes...not really 😏!). 

Despite my little mishaps, I still think it turned out great!...

  

There was a little bit of gaping in the front, however I can't blame it on the pattern because I tried to make the front a little wider for modesty purposes and I believe I added too much!  I can live with that one too!

I will be making this one again and will make sure I follow the well written instructions next time!

  


  

  

Tis is a really great pattern and I am so glad I tried it in a knit!  If you like the style, it is so worth your time!  Just don't do like I did, follow the instructions!

Thanks so much for stopping by and...

HAPPY SEWING!




Monday, December 24, 2012

New Look 6150

OMG!  I really can't say enough about New Look's pattern 6150!  I know one thing, I'm really, really  glad I tried it!  


I had this Denim stretch fabric in my stash I purchased sometime ago and can't remember where I bought it!  Sorry everyone!  Learned a lesson here...I'm going to keep "info stickers" on all fabrics until used from this point forward!  I believe the fabric is a combination of rayon polyester and has a very soft hand with a great amount of stretch.  It was a perfect use of this fabric!  The only problem...I wish I had bought enough to make a dress using this pattern!

It went together very well with no issues or alterations!  The instructions are great and it only took a few hours to create this awesome fitting top!  I've already worn it a couple of times at work and was told I should have made it as a dress! (sorry I don't have photos of me, it's currently in the laundry hamper!) I agree but don't remember where I got the darn fabric!  Now I'm on the hunt for this fabric so I can make a denim look dress version!

  


I just love the fit on this top and NO GAPING, no kidding!  I didn't do anything to prevent it from gaping either honest!  I think I want one in white for the summer and one in black for the winter!

It you like this type of style, it definitely worth a try!  It going to be my TNT for wrap tops!

Now on another note, I recently received a The One Lovely Blog Award / The Very Inspiring Blogger Award from  the lovely ArtAttack, Thank You very much!  I'm extremely happy when I can inspire anyone!  

  

Now there are some rules that go along with my new award, so here goes:

1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Add The One Lovely Blog Award The Very Inspiring Blogger Award to your post.
3. Share 7 things about yourself.
4. Pass the award on to 10 nominees (or a few less if you are short on time)
5. Include this set of rules.
6. Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs.
 
Here are 7 things about me some of you may or may not know:

1. 

I owned a Desktop Publishing company and sold it to go back into corporate many years ago.  (Big mistake! But I learned a value able lesson!) 
2.

My husband and I have been happily together for almost 35 years...no kidding, it's really been great years and I'd do it all over again!
3.

My favorite color is blue, but you couldn't tell that by looking in my closet which is predominantly black!  Go figure that one out!
4.

I wish I were much taller...I'm 5'6" but always wanted to be at least 5'11"!  My aunt is that tall and I always admired her height!
5.
I love to cook and eat!  I have to workout because of the first two in order for me to fit through my doors!
6. 

I SERIOUSLY want to retire and make beautiful clothes the rest of my life!  But life won't let that happen...for now anyway!
7.

I am very much shy and an introvert...most people who know me don't even know that!  Surprise, surprise, they do now! 
 
...and now for the really fun part, passing the Paton to a few other lovely bloggers!  I'm running out of time so, Drum roll please:

Andrea from Satin Bird Designs...she is so funny and there's always something great going on in her Blogworld!  Just checkout the beautiful serene Christmas photos (not to mention the great looking cookies) on her current post. 

Toy from Life Happens Be Positive.  I've been following this young lady since I started blogging.  Her clothes are beautifully made and she's always giving us tips on the latest trends and colors.  If you don't know her, you should!

Shannon from MushyWear is pretty popular in Blogland and I believe just about everyone follows her beautiful work and would love to visit her beautiful State! (Hawaii!). 

KMQ from Smoking Needles is a another woman truly dedicated to her sewing craft!  This woman still creates beautiful clothing despite her health challenges and is a real inspiration to us all!  When I get down in the "sewing dumps", I think about how KMQ manages to crank out work while not 100% of herself and then I feel silly!  She truly is an inspiration!

Aminat from SewFit says she is a beginner but truly has found her passion in sewing!  Take a look at her "Iro and Buba" she just made for her niece's wedding!

If I had more time, I'd love to give each and every sewer an award, because you all are inspirations to me!  

I'm praying that you all have a very Merry Christmas and the best 2013 has to offer!


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Holiday Lace Peplum

I've been wanting a black lace top for quite some time and just never got around to it. Recently, I've been noticing a lot of them around...I guess they are the trend now.  Well I tthink it's about time I jumped on the bandwagon too!  I had purchased this black stretch lace fabric from Mood some time ago when I was thinking about making a top.  It set in my stash for a while because I just couldn't figure out what to make.  Then a design came to me last week!  So off to my pattern stash to find one to help me bring my creation to life.  I found two patterns that would work.  Vogue 8815 and Butterick 4801.

     

I used the majority of  Butterick 4801 to create my design.  I used the peplum from the Vogue pattern and left it open in the front since this top was going to be a button front.   I had worked with both patterns before with success, so using pieces from them this time wasn't a problem, everything went together fine.  This top was truly a "work in progress"!  I literally was coming up with additional ideas as I sewed!  

  

  

I placed a white tank underneath so you all could see the details better

The trim I decided to add because I still felt it needed something when I was done, so I ran over to Joann and picked up a trim  that worked beautifully!  I added this around the collar band and down the right front edge.  I just serged the bottom edge of the top as well as the sleeve hems.  This look was perfect!  The fabric is a stretch lace and I didn't want any "waffle" looking edges!  Then, stepping back to look at it again, I thought...how would a belt or sash impact this look?  Back to the stash and out comes this perfect black satin that was given to me a while back.  I made a sash and now my look is COMPLETE!

  


See how creative we sewers can be when we put our minds to it?!  This top is so nice in my opinion, I wore it to our office Holiday Party this past Friday and everyone loved it!  (Sorry I don't have any photos of me wearing it!). However, lace was the trend for our holiday party...at least 4 ladies were wearing lace outfits!  (Mine being the only "handmade" in the group and of course I was proud!)

Once again, thank you all for your comments!  They're very much appreciated!

HAPPY SEWING!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Winter Sewing

I guess I'm really slow at the gate when it comes to sewing for the seasons!  I always find myself either starting at the end of a season or I missed it altogether!  I'm going to try hard to get some winter things created that I'd really like to have!  For starters, sweaters...I don't have any NICE winter type sweaters and cardi's!  So that's where I started.  I saw this really cute shrug on TV while watching Giada on Everyday Italian (I love watching cooking shows!).  I quickly grabbed my phone and snapped a photo right off the TV!  I do this often too, because inspirations are all around us and you have to be ready right?!  Here's the snapshot of the shrug...


I thought it was such a cute shrug and would be a great staple in my wardrobe for some of those sleeveless or short sleeve tops during the winter months.

...and I happen to have a pattern in my stash that I made a few years back that would work perfectly!  McCalls 5983...


Unfortunately, I believe this pattern is currently OOP.  but if you still have it in your stash, it's worth pulling it out again!  Now when I checked my fabric stash, I had this nice sweater fabric in a dark charcoal grey.  It's a blend of acrylic/wool/rayon and I believe I purchased it from Mood Fabrics some time ago.  Turns out, this was the perfect pairing of fabric and pattern!

    

I did make a couple of design changes to the pattern.  The first change was to drop the front by 3".  I liked the look of the one Giada was wearing and since I had already made this patterm before, I knew it was going to be a bit higher in the front than I wanted.  The change worked and made the front so much more stylish!

The second change was "rounding" the hemline in the back.  The look appealed to me more than it being straight across.  This was a very quick sew...it  literally took me 2 hours of sewing time!  I really like this shrug and see another being made before the winter ends!  

Now it's time to run to the kitchen and start my Turkey Day meal!   Thanks so much for stopping by and taking time to read my posts!  I truly appreciate each and every one of you and wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!



Friday, November 16, 2012

Mother of the Groom Dress

Hi everyone, I just got back from a long vacation in Negril Jamaica where our youngest son was just married on November 10th!   What a vacation!  Before we left, I was busy making my "Mother of the Groom" dress.  Before I made it, I had to figure out (more like STRESS OUT) about what to wear to a beach wedding!  I wanted the perfect dress and stressed for weeks on what to do and what pattern I could use!  Then I had a "Project Runway" thought!  Why not create something from your own imagination...and that's just what I did!  First for the color...I selected my favorite, "baby blue", then I decided on fabric, a soft drapery knit and I was on my way!  I purchased a really great baby blue rayon/spandex jersey with a nice heavy drape.  

Now for the creation...I decided on a long sun dress.  Here is the initial sketch drawn on my Google Docs design software...


It was easy to put this one together once I looked at the sketch.  I used Tamisha Glashen's method of tracing a RTW halter top I currently owned.  Rather than leave it a halter in back, I cut the back and front almost identical.  I added a strip of 1/4" elastic to the front armhole edges to ensure no gaping around this area and then used self fabric to make the neckline binding...


Then I created a "keyhole" opening with a snap closer in the back.  Because this was a knit, I really didn't need a large opening to get into it, so this worked like a charm! 
  

Of course, I traced further down the length of the top to create this long dress version and I wanted it to "puddle" a little at the feet, since we would be on the beach.(this was more for dramatics when walking)   Now for the hard part (you know there always is at least one!)...the sash!  I used a pattern piece from Simplicity 2181 View C (the yellow one)...


I used the piece that created the sash on the right (the short one).  Instead of making one short sash, I made two that connected in the middle.  The look turned out just right and after hemming, I had the perfect dress! Do you agree this is the perfect "Mother of the Groom" dress for a beach wedding?...

  

I loved it!  This dress was so comfortable and cool to wear!  It definitely drew attention, but did not take away from the GORGEOUS bride! There were conversations after the wedding on whether I had purchased it or made it...now that was funny!  When asked by the bride if I had made it, of course I beamed with pride and told her she was correct.  I did indeed design and make my dress for their very special day!

Below are a few photos from our son and new daughter's very special day...


Parents of the bride on the left, me and my DH on the right.

  

Our son with us just before he said "I Do!"

  



Thanks for stopping by and sharing a moment of my life with me!

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

First Peplum Dress

There are so many patterns out there for Peplum tops, skirt and dresses.  But I have to share with you all, a young lady I've been a You Tube subscriber of for a long time!  She has the quickest versions for making Peplum tops, dresses, skirts and belts...yes that's correct, a Peplum belt!  No patterns are used and after my experience, her process is quick and easy too! (and she's absolutely adorable!).  Her name is Tamisha Glashen and she has her own apparel business on Esty.  She also sells some of the fabrics used in her tutorials for reduced prices!

For my first project from one of her tutorials, I selected the Peplum Dress.  I made it exactly as instructed in her video with one alteration...I added short sleeves.  I am planning another, only this one will be a little longer in length.   Everything went as she described with no issues and in a very short time, I had this beautiful dress...

  

I'm sorry I don't have a photo of me wearing it...but please take my word for it, this dress fits me like a glove!  I love it so much, as I said earlier in this post, I am planning another version right away!  The fabric is a royal blue Ponte knit with a great stretch, which is always good for fitting.

Here's a link to Tamisha's You Tube tutorial for the peplum dress,  I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!  Thanks for stopping by and...

HAPPY SEWING!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

My First Bridesmaid Dress

Hi everyone...so sorry I've been MIA!  One day a few weeks ago while at a dinner outing with my husband, our son's fiancée called me for a favor...little did I know she was about to ask my most dreaded question...."could you make a dress for me"!  Now please, please don't get me wrong, I love helping others...actually, that's what I do for a living.  However, I've learned something about myself in my old age...I am somewhat of a SOD "Selfish Old Diva" when it comes to my sewing! (for now that is).  I'm going through a phase in my life where it's all about me!  Some of you know what I'm talking 
about...kids all grown up & out of the house (actually for me, they're out of the State) :(  

But every now & then I feel like giving in & making some one else feel good too!  This was one of those times.  But long distance, REALLY...Myra how do you always manage to get yourself into these situations!!!  So I reluctantly said yes with the usual lectures about how I don't normally sew for others...blah, blah, blah! (I'm sure she didn't hear any of that...all she heard was YES!).  

So while Skyping later that same night, she tells me that she is standing up in a wedding and the bride asked that everyone purchase a light grey simple sheath.  But Elle didn't just want a bridesmaid dress, she wanted something she would enjoy wearing again.  She had been searching and searching and not finding anything!  Then she came across this cute little number online...

  

WOW, perfect for her, cute and classy, was my first thought!  This dress was on a website for bridesmaid dresses where they make them.  But when Elle sent them an email she didn't like the response she received and she was running out of time, the wedding being only a few weeks away.  That's how I came into the picture.

I knew just what pattern I could use to help me design a replica of this dress, Vogue 1288!  

 

I suggested Elle look at the "bones" of this dress...I also recommended against 
adding the little pleating in the front on lower tummy of the original gray dress above, didn't want anything poofing out in this area! 

Elle agreed and liked my suggestions, so off I went ordering fabric swatches.  I had the swatches sent directly to her and she found one in the first group! I was so happy when I received something from her saying I "nailed it" on the first try.  It was a pretty light gray stretch woven from Mood Fabrics.  Elle ordered the fabric and had it shipped directly to me.

I created a muslin based on her measurements (and made it bigger of course!) and shipped that to her.  We Skyped when she received the dress.  Now with a glass of wine and enlisting the help of her trusty assistant (our son!) for fitting, we were on our way!  They shipped the pinned and marked up dress back to me so I could start my work.

Once I completed the dress, I shipped it back to her for a final fitting.  This is what I shipped to her (with only 6 days reaming to the wedding!)...

  

Now for those of you who may be wondering...yes this is "Ms. Thing" my dressform. And no, Elle and I are not the same size..not even remotely close!  Thank goodness Ms. Thing was able to adjust down that many sizes!!  Now why in the heck can't that happen in real life??  Click a button and go down three dress sizes, can you say HEAVEN!!!  

Changes I made to the original pattern...

Did not use the flounce
Added a sash gathered in back
Changed the back to a low V-neck
Added a kick pleat in the back
Fully lined the dress in contrasting dark gray rayon bemberg lining

The Lord was definitely watching over this project...can you believe it fit her almost perfectly!!  The only thing I saw (you know us perfectionists) were the wrinkles in the front under her breasts. (you could also see them on Ms. Thing above too)  Adding two tiny front darts took care of that quickly and we had a perfect fit!

This dress fit her like a glove...she loved it and said it was just the dress she was looking
for which of course made me a very happy woman too!  Unfortunately, I only received one photo of her from the wedding in the DRESS...


But she wore it again for another wedding and they sent me a few shots to post.  Doesn't she look great in this dress...I can't believe I got such a great fit "long distance" sewing!

   



Elle, you look absolutely lovely!  I am going to be one very happy mother-in-law in a few days!  Yes we're preparing for their wedding!!!  More on that later!  Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY SEWING!