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  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 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...