Saturday, January 25, 2014

Basic Sewing In My Challenge

I was reading a few of my favorite blogs this morning over a "cup of Joe" when inspiration struck once again! The first inspiration is a challenging one, wherein I joined Victoria's " 2014 Fearless February" Challenge! I participated last year and since I'm sewing all my clothing this year, (in the RTW Fast Challenge) I felt I needed to incorporate all aspects of sewing. So challenging myself to be "Fearless" is definitely a winner in my book!

The second inspiration came via Carolyn from Diary of a Sewing Fanatic...she found as she retired basic clothing pieces from her closet, they were not immediately replaced. So over time, of course there was a shortage of basics! How many of you have found yourself in this situation? I know I have and there lies the second inspiration...I also need to replace some of those missing basics! That lead me to this very next post; a basic black button up shirt!

I had one I loved many years ago and after I just couldn't mend it any finally went to the fashion district in heaven! To replace it, I selected a pattern I've had in my stash for quite a while. It's Jalie 3130...

I pulled fabric from my stash and it's a Black 100% Rayon Challis. This fabric has a very soft touch and is also very drapey. I believe I purchased this one from Michael Levine's. This is becoming my favorite online fabric store because I love their selection of fabrics, their website is so easy to navigate and their fast shipping and follow up tracking cannot be beat! Heck, I even know when my fabric arrives at my door when I'm at work!

The pattern was very easy to create and the instructions were easy enough to follow as well. However this is not a "quick" sew! There is a lot of top stitching and details which give beautiful results, but it took me a couple of days to complete this top. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining because I love the way it came out, it's just lately I've been on this "quick sew" journey. You know...the quick gratification projects! I have to say though, the couple of days work was so worth it. This is a basic black button up top spruced up by adding some shiny silver buttons for a different look..


I paired this top with my "Project Runway" slacks made last year; you can read that review again here. It turned out so pretty, I can't believe it took me so long to make another!


Oh Boy...I'm feeling a great new wardrobe in my closet this year! Thanks to all of you out there who so inspire me! Keep the blog posts coming and thanks so much for stopping by and supporting me with your wonderful comments!!


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Baby It's Cold Outside...

Florida temperatures have dropped and baby it's really been cold outside! But our little 40 to 60 degrees during the daytime is "swimming" weather to some of those in the Midwest and the East! Brrrrrrr! I sure wish I could pack up some of our weather and ship it to you!

Seriously though, it is really chilly here in Florida and I had my eye on a really cute project, don't know if it's a trend or not, but I really like the style! Heck, maybe I'll start a trend in my area! Surfing the internet, I saw a few celebrities wearing fur vests and since I've never owned one, thought this was a good time to have one! Here are a few of the inspiration photos that sparked my latest project..



Now to create one of my own, I dug through my pattern stash and had to go way back to the "archive" section (way in the back of my boxes!) to find something I wanted to use. McCalls Vest Pattern 8940 had the perfect selection for me to choose from.

I used View F, the striped in the bottom row. I wanted something super simple because the fabric I selected is going to make the statement for this project! I selected a faux fur that resembles red fox fur and is so pretty, soft and luxurious! I purchased it from Michael Levine's and loved it just as much when it arrived!
But oh...hold on for a moment! Silly Myra forgot what happens when you start cutting gets all over everything! I had fur flying in places I didn't think it would go, seriously!!! Here's a snapshot of my cutting table after cutting one piece...

...and that was nothing compared to my sewing machine! But I have to say, it was so worth it and I would do it all over again to get the results of this project! My first faux fur vest and it's a success! YEAH!!
The pattern was a very simple one to put together, there were only two pattern pieces. Because it was so simple, I really didn't have to do any alterations to the pattern. Adding a lining was the only change I made to the original pattern. I used a beige colored rayon bemberg from my stash.
Oh there's going to be another version being made in my sewing room soon. I truly am happy with this and can't wait to take this for a test drive soon! I wasn't going anywhere in these shots, I just got all dolled up for you all!

Looks like my sewing mojo is alive and well these days, I sure hope to keep it that way for a while too!  

How about you all...does anyone currently own a faux fur vest or real fur vest? Do you like fur vest styles?

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Burda 7828 A Quick Post

Hello again everyone! This is going to be a quick post about the other top I made during the Christmas holiday I promised to show you. I first saw this fabric on Mimi G's website in a beautiful dress she made. You can see it here. OMG! I so wanted a dress like this one! So I quickly headed over to Michael Levine's to get some of this Gorgeous fabric only to find out they had "one yard left"! ONE YARD, say it ain't so! Well I took it...something was better than nothing, right? Now at this point, I knew I was not going to have that same beautiful Mimi wrap dress. :( But maybe, just maybe, I would have enough for a wrap top! Well a pattern already in my stash made my wish come true! Burda 7838!  

Using some black Ponte fabric also from my stash for the sleeves, my new wrap top is now a reality...

I love it! I wore it to work already and sorry I didn't get a photo of me in it, but it truly was a hit at work! (Thanks Mimi!). I wore it with a black pencil skirt and I have to say, it was one of my favorite outfits!

These last three tops have really put my sewing mojo in "hyper-speed"! So I'm off to the sewing room to work on some much needed wanted items!

Thanks again for stopping by everyone! I really appreciate all your wonderful comments!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Happy New Year and Year End Sewing


I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful and blessed holiday season!
It has definitely been a very good year, but as we know all good things MUST come to an end! Out with the old and in with the new! I actually ended my year with some sewing this week! I completed three (yep I said three!) tops this week! Two of them were made from the same pattern because I liked it so much.  

I'll post one a little later, but first up is McCalls 6841...
This little number made me do a double take! It was Toy from "Life Happens Be Positive" who made a version of this pattern I fell in love with! She looked so chic in her version, I ran out that very next day and bought the pattern! Lucky for me I wasn't on the late show in getting this pattern, they had plenty of them in stock! This was a very easy one to sew and extremely quick. I unfortunately don't remember how long because I didn't pay attention to the time, but I know it wasn't more than a few hours. (There are only two pattern pieces!) The sizes ranged from XS to XXL, I made a size small and the only alteration I made was for modesty purposes. (I raised the v-neck by 1-1/2"). The fabric is a sueded stretch knit I purchased from Michael Levine's Fabrics a while back in a dark Taupe color. Perfect for this pattern...


The fabric is really, really silky soft, with a truly sueded look and feel!

I liked this pattern so much that I re-made it immediately from a fabric I had in my stash already! I believe I purchased it from Hancock Fabric and it makes this top a little more dressy because it has silver glitter all over it. It's a rayon/polyester mix that's very soft to touch as well...
...and I barely had enough fabric to complete it! I had to piece the back together to make it work, that's really how bad I wanted it, LOL!

I see one more in my future too, I have to have this one in black as well!


By the way...I joined Sarah from Goodbye Valentino in her RTW (Ready To Wear) fast for this year! I figured since I make almost everything I wear already, this would be a great challenge for me! So look forward to a lot more coming from my sewing room because my current wardrobe needs some serious updating! If you would like to see the more than 200+ individuals who also decided to join the fast for 2014, click the link challenge icon below...
2014 Goodbye Valentino Ready To Wear Fast

I think this is going to be a really fun challenge and I'm so excited about getting started! Thanks for stopping by everyone and I hope you all enjoyed your time with friends and family during the holidays!