Sunday, August 20, 2017

What I've Been Sewing & New YouTube Channel

Hello all,

Well we're almost at the end of summer and I don't know about you but I only got half as much of the sewing done I have planned for this year's summer! However, I am not complaining because it was a very productive 2017 so far! (And I hope it has been for you as well!)

I'm going to use this post to highlight a few of the pieces that I've made over the last few weeks…

First up is "a first" for me in the Sewing arena, LOL! I can't understand why that is because it was so easy to do!  I made two swimsuits (actually three because one of them was a wearable muslin).  

This swimsuit is the "Sewtofit Freedom" swimsuit.  It is a very basic simple "starter" swimsuit pattern that fits almost perfectly for me.  The only alteration I had to do to the pattern was shorten the waist in the back, but that was only because I am very short waisted.  I absolutely adore the print of this fabric find my stash. It a performance knit purchased from Michael Levine fabrics A while ago and, I purchased the last 7/8 yards thinking one day I would use it for something (probably athletic wear).  Now, as luck would have it…it's perfect for this swimsuit!

Next up is a swimsuit pattern from Kwik Sew #3064.  Now, if you want to kick your swimsuit up at notch, this definitely is the pattern!  This pattern was easy to sell as well, if you more pieces than the first one but not very many at all!  Both Fabrics used to create the swimsuit our performance Fabrics. Unfortunately, the animal print I can not tell you where I purchased it from because I literally had it in my stash for at least 2 1/2 years! (No kidding!). Since I do a lot of my fabric shopping online, my guess was purchased from either Michael Levine Fabrics or Mood.  The black fabric was purchased from Joanne fabrics. Either way I absolutely love this swimsuit!

I love both these swimsuit patterns and would highly recommend them both. Depending on which style you prefer, I think both are great patterns for beginners too! 

Next up is a sweater I made using a pattern by Sew To Fit called the "Misty" top.  While this sweater/tee is very, very easy to put together I would only recommend it for intermediate/advanced sewists.  Unless you're very comfortable with following instructions via video (then go for it, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!).  This pattern is a PDF download and does not include written instructions. However, I followed the video and found it very informative.  Can I just say I love the style and fit of the sweater/tee...

The fabric is a charcoal colored, brushed poly knit I purchased from Joanne fabrics.  I made no alterations to the patterns whatsoever and as a design element only, I decided to segment the split sleeve and add double-capped rivets to each section.  I truly love the way it turned out!

This blog post is already pretty long, so I decided to do a more detailed review of the patterns on my *new* YouTube channel titled, "Myra Lorraine".

As always, thank you so much for sharing a little bit of your time to read my humble little blog post!  It is truly appreciated and therefore the reason why I tried to respond to each and every comment!  

Happy Sewing Everyone!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

I'm Still Sewing!

Hello my sewing family!  Yes, I'm still around and have been doing some sewing. (Mostly sewing challenges).  My mood for sewing diminished for a little while because we lost one of our dear friends to a heart attack.  Sewing was the last thing on my mind at that time.  However, I've been slowly getting back into my routine and wanted to share a few of the items I did make during my time away from my blog.  I used this sewing as my therapy after the lost of a very good friend!

So I hope you enjoy this brief review of the items I made and please stop back soon to see what's coming up next!

Closet Case Ginger Jean (lowrise)- White Stretch Cotton Twill (I really don't care for this fabric because it's "see thru"!); My favorite pattern and now my TNT for jeans!  

McCalls 7603 (view C)  Rayon Challis, Red & white flowers on black background  - ok, but not a favorite.



McCalls 6886  (Pattern Hack!) ITY Knit, multi print Fushia, Blue and Off White  - I like the dress and may make again.


Style Arc Cindy Jean Jacket  White denim - love this jacket and will make again in a different color!

I missed taking to you all and until next time,

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

What Happened to May?

Wow! I really can't believe how fast we went through the month of May! If your days are anything like mine, you definitely can relate to not having enough time in the day! Life is flying by entirely too fast!

I want to give you all an update on what I've been doing lately (other than sewing that is!).  I recently became the co-host on a live internet show called "That Sewing Blab". It's a great show where the Host (Dawn Pengelly) and I interview individuals from our Sewing community.  It's truly a lot of fun and the viewers who are watching can comment and ask questions or get to come on live to ask their questions of the person being interviewed as well! 
If you've not seen or heard of the show before, there are two ways in which to watch. You can come on the live show played on every Tuesday at 7:30 PM EST. Just follow That Sewing Blab Facebook page where you will find a link to the new show every Tuesday. (To view the live stream, you have to download Crowdcast on your computer or your device first!) If you aren't able to view the live stream, replays are always available both on Crowdcast and YouTube after the show. I have linked both in this post and in the sidebar for your convenience.  If you get a chance, check out some of the replays and hope to see you live!

Also, for the month of May, we (That Sewing Blab) sponsored a "Pin It Sew It" event on That Sewing Blab.  Anyone could enter for a chance to win one of two prizes. (Ended yesterday, May 31st) All you had to do, was find an inspiration on Pinterest and sew it!  Both I and the host created our Pinterest inspired projects (but of course we are not eligible to win prizes, LOL!) ours were purely for inspiration to others!  The inspiration I selected  from Pinterest is below and how I decided to re-create it.  This was truly a fun project!  


I know these types of tops are normally re-created  from "men's shirts", but I wanted mine to be more fitted to my body, so I started McCall's 2353. 
I followed the directions to make the shirt, minus the collar band and the collar.  I also, created a longer than normal cuff for the sleeve, which ended up 4 inches longer. Then I measured 3 inches down from the top of the neckline and made a level line from shoulder to shoulder at this measurement.  (I'm so sorry everyone, I didn't take pictures of it! If I remake it and I just may, I will take pictures of it at that time).  I cut across this line, removing the top half of the shirt. Then I created a channel for the elastic which I inserted from sleeve to sleeve across the back only. (I wanted the front to remain flat)

Other than that, to make mine different from Pinterest inspiration, I added a contrasting button panel.  The fabric I used is a beautiful Black and White striped, 100% Italian cotton I purchased from Pennie Fabrics. The contrasting black fabric is a rayon challis from my stash purchased quite a while ago from Michael Levine Fabrics.  I also added white buttons to contrast against the black button panel and I think the look turned out pretty good!


I truly love how the inspiration turned out and I just may make it again! (Maybe as a dress this time!)


I hope you all had a wonderful May and I'm looking forward to a nice warm summer filled with lots of sewing!

Have any of you gone on Pinterest to look for inspirations for your projects?

Happy Sewing!


Monday, April 17, 2017

Sewing The Past Week?

This blog is going to combine several small projects. I had several different projects I was working on for several various reasons. All of those will be included in this blog just so I can get you all caught up on what I've been doing over the past week.
First up, I joined the "2017 Tops That Pop" challenge over at Faye's Sewing Adventure blog.  It runs for two weeks, April 15 through the 30th. I plan on making a few tops (because they are much needed for me right about now!). That's why you'll be seeing a lot of tops in spring/summer posts!

So let's get started…

1. First up is New Look 6415 (I made view C). This was a quick and easy top to make and I'm sure it will get a lot of wear this summer! I purchased the fabric from Pennie Fabrics in Sarasota, FL (sorry no online presence).  While I'm not sure of the fabric content, it does have horizontal stretch but very little vertical stretch. (Perfect for this top).

2. Next is a Tee for my hubby (yes the men's tops count in the challenge too! LOL!). I made this top by copying an old RTW baseball Tee of my husband's. (One that he loved and had worn out).  I created new pattern pieces so I can make future Tees like this for him easily! The fabric (grey colored) was in an auction box I won from Knitpop fabrics. It is extremely soft and I believe is a rayon knit. The contrast black, is a rayon lycra knit from JoAnn Fabrics. He absolutely fell in love with it when he saw it and I love it on him too!

3. Now for the last one…this could have ended up a huge "wadder"! (For those who don't sew, "Wadder" is a sewing slang meaning "fail") However, it didn't… instead it is a "dress turned top", which now makes it part of the "Tops That Pop" challenge too!  

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that I have a problem with dresses on my body type! I can do two piece dressing all day, but when it comes to a full dress, we just don't see eye to eye! The fabric was purchased from JoAnn fabrics and I used New Look 6488 to create it (version C dress).  Unfortunately, I didn't like the way it looked on me, so this dress ended up my last Top for the week....

I have a few more tops that I want to crank out before the end of this challenge, so I have to get the work room buzzing!

Thank you Ms. Faye for having another Tops Challenge...It was right on time!!

Happy Sewing!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Jeans Challenge

Another challenge? Yes Siree!  This one I just could not pass up! I needed a really great fitting pair of Jeans that I didn't have to spend $200 plus on! For this challenge I selected the "Closet Case Ginger Jean pattern. This pattern has two versions and I selected it because of the "low rise" version. Typically, I get low rise jeans because I am short waisted and  they fit me just below my normal waist line, which is perfect!  I purchased this pattern as a PDF download, here  However, you can also purchase a printed copy there as well.
I started off by making a muslin using fabric from my stash which is a cream colored stretch corduroy. Comparing my measurements against the patterns, I decided to select a size larger than my normal, even though the pattern calls for stretch fabric.(That turned out to be a big mistake!) The jeans ended up being too large! This pattern actually runs true to size in my opinion. (Wish I had known that before!). So I ended up taking the jeans in at the side seams approximately a half-inch.  Now the fit was much better but on my actual project I will go down a size. Below are the before and after of my Muslin...
After I added the waistband, I noticed that I had a large gap in the back (approximately 1-1/2 inches!).  This truly surprised me because the waist band pattern piece is actually a curved line which I prefer.  It just wasn't enough curve for my body. (And I don't really have an "hour-glass" figure either, LOL!) So the next adjustment I made, was to make the waistband curve more at the waist. I copied the waistband pattern piece and then folded it into four quarters.  I unfolded and slit the waistband along those four crease lines but not all the way through.
Then I overlapped each of the four sections by a 1/2". Now I have my curved waistband that fit my body perfectly.
I used the low rise version for my muslin and quickly realized I wanted them to be more of a skinny jeans style. So I decided to combine both patterns and make mine a "low rise skinny jean".   There was only one other change that I made purely for my satisfaction…I removed 1/2" height from the waistband. I did this because I wanted the waistband to appear more like the RTW styles. All in all, I made three actual changes to the original pattern…
  • Duplicate view B legs (skinny)
  • Added more curve to waistband removing 1-1/2"
  • Remove 1/2 " height from waistband
All of these adjustments were purely for my taste except for the extra curve to the waistband (this was a necessity!). Without further ado, here are photos of my Closet Case Ginger Jeans...
 Next up is a pair of jeans inspired by a pair I saw in a movie called "Obession". Beyoncé was wearing them in the movie and it was one of those moments you tell yourself, "can I make those? Yes, I bet I can!"  For those of you who know me, know it was a no brainer I was gonna try!  Here is the inspiration photo and my version...
To create this inspiration, I used the Jalie Eleonore Pull On Jean pattern as my base. It was easy enough to use and all I had to do was create the pockets and all of the style lines.  Below are a few photos of my process:

This was a great challenge and I truly enjoyed it.  I also found the perfect TNT Jean pattern...The Closet Case Ginger Jean!  I love this pattern and will be using it whenever I need a new pair of jeans!

What new pattern have you fallen in love with?

Thanks for stopping by and sharing a little of your time with me, it's so much appreciated!

Happy Sewing!