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!


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...


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:


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!) 

My husband and I have been happily together for almost 35 kidding, it's really been great years and I'd do it all over again!

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!

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!
I love to cook and eat!  I have to workout because of the first two in order for me to fit through my doors!

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

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 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 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!