Thursday, July 19, 2018

Mistakes happen to the best of us!

Hi everyone it’s been a while! I’ve been sewing,  just not enough time to write a post (life challenges & projects)…But I do want to share what I do with you all...I just need another body! LOL! (I know there are a lot of you who can relate!!)

I’d like to tell you about my experience with a shorts pattern I saw all over the sewing community.  It’s the True Bias Lander Shorts.  
The first time I made these shorts, they didn’t turn out quite so well regarding the fit. It wasn’t an issue with the pattern, because this is a great pattern! It was basically due to a few things I didn’t really pay attention to. One of those things was sizing… I needed to pay attention to the “finished garment measurements” because they were considerably different for me.  I never paid much attention to these before but I will now!! The other thing was in using this beautiful graphic print “linen” blend that I purchased from JoAnn Fabrics. The fabric “grew” over the course of the day and couple that with me selecting the wrong size, made the shorts much too big! (And I didn’t do my normal crotch depth adjustment either!) Lesson learned! 
 
I really loved that fabric and was so hurt when I figured out my issues, so I remade them in this lovely olive green broad cloth...

  
  

...and I was able to re-purchase more of the same lovely graphic print linen to remake my first pair too.

More of these shorts are definitely in my future!  I love these shorts!  I highly recommend if you like the style, it’s worth giving this pattern a try! Makes a great summer staple!

See ya soon and Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

What I’ve Been Working On...

Hello Sewing Friends! I hope you all have been enjoying some good “sewing time”... even though I’ve not been posting on this blog, I do post some of my recent makes on Instagram (it just seems a lot faster). Anyway, I wanted to give all of you an update on what I’ve been working on.

I saw this pattern called “Ogden Cami” by True Bias sewn up by quite a few people in social media...
I decided to try it for myself and fell in love with this quick sew top! With only five pieces, it can be made up in an afternoon!  The first one I made was out of a rayon chalis I had in my stash for some time...I think it was from JoAnn Fabric but not sure. It has turquoise & blue flowers with green leaves on a cream colored background.  I really like it!
I liked this cami pattern so much, I made it again right away time in a scuba knit (pattern suggests lightweight woven fabrics). The scuba fabric I have is somewhat light weight and although it’s a knit, I thought it would be perfect for this style. I got the fabric at JoAnn Fabrics. That was hard to believe, because it’s so pretty I think they must be upping their game in the fabric selection department! The fabric has red & purple flowers with a little black on a white background. I just love the print of this fabric and it worked beautifully with this pattern! Both tops needed no adjustments to the pattern from me, which I absolutely love! Here are photos of the second one I made…
I had enough fabric left over, that I made a simple pencil skirt to go with the top making this a two piece dress…
I do plan on making a few more of these tops because they make great layering pieces and will be good wardrobe builders as well!  If you’ve not made the “Ogden Cami“ by True Bias, I highly recommend it if it’s your style!

Most of you may know that I am a cohost on the livestream sewing show called “That Sewing Blab“.  We recently had our annual “Pin It Sew It“ event which was a lot of fun. 

I always enter the challenge too...just because!  This year, my inspiration was this lovely white denim skirt…
I love the eyelets and laces of this simple skirt and decided to make my own version...

I selected a fabric I had left over from some jeans made previously.  The denim has a little bit of stretch which I thought would be perfect for this skirt. I used an old pattern I had in my stash, McCalls 9356.
The pattern was a perfect start to complete my project...I just changed the front slit to an actual pleat and topstitched around the pleat and anywhere else on the skirt I wanted. I added the eyelets and laced them with black ribbon. I also added a side zipper. The good thing about this skirt...I can change the color and style of the ribbon (or drawstring) to anything I like! 
This was a really fun project and I talked a little more about it on our livestream show “That Sewing Blab”.  For me it was a success and I plan on making another in white denim like the inspiration photo!

There is so much inspiration on the Internet, we can never be short of ideas (just short on time, LOL!) Either way, I’m glad I was able to share a little with you this week and hope you enjoyed my post!

What’s inspired you lately? Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Sewing!

Friday, April 20, 2018

A New White Summer Top

Boy oh boy is life going by too fast or is it just me? It seems like I blink an eye and weeks have gone by!  At least I’m being productive and getting some sewing in too! 

I’ve completed my third entry to the #Make92018 challenge.  It started with this image I saw in a magazine and has been residing on my inspiration board for sometime now...
I am so very happy I was able to finally make it come to life! Let’s start with the white top… I chose Vogue pattern 1440. 
The fabric is a white cotton stretch twill (light weight) that I purchased at Joanne fabrics last year.  The only change I made to the pattern was to add ties in the side seams. However, after completing the top, I realized it was a little to “A-line” and I should have altered that. That’s OK, it’ll do for this top because I so love the design of the back! Also, the collar and the collar stand both are a little too high (tall) and if I ever make this pattern again, I will shorten both.  Overall, it worked out OK for this particular vision...
  
For the bottoms, I purchased fabric from L.A Finch fabrics (This was my first  purchase from them and I like it!) I used my favorite TNT for a pair of leggings, KWIK Sew 3770   I can whip these leggings together in a couple hours and have hacked the waistband to give it that “yoga style” look I love so much!
  
Together these pieces turned out exactly the way I wanted them and now I have a new casual outfit! 
Faye of “Faye’s Sewing Adventure“ has a #2018TopsThatPop challenge and I plan on entering this top into that challenge!
Are you planning on joining Faye’s challenge? I hope so! She has a lot of inspiration for tops happening over on her blog!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

Happy Sewing!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Wadder Avoided!

We’re almost to the end of March and my list of things to do are still growing faster than I can get them done! I hope you’re all not in the same boat!  But I am determined to make it through all of my sewing goals this year!

For those of you who prefer to read my blog and don’t follow me on my new YouTube channel, you may not be aware I joined the “#MakeNine2018” challenge and discussed  the nine items I want to make for the year. (Of course if you’re a long time reader of my blog, you know there will be more than these nine!)...
I’ve already started and made two of my “Make Nine” and currently working on the third.  I’ll talk more about that later...right now, I want to discuss my major save!

On my last post, I showed you a muslin of my “Night Dress” that worked out pretty good (wearable in pink) but the actual project fabric was to heavy for the design and didn’t fair out as well. 

Too tight on shoulder due to the cording Looks like a v-neck!
I self drafted the top (draped on Sally, my dressform) and I didn’t want to discard it, (you can read more about it here or view it on my YouTube video here).  For the pants, I used my TNT legging pattern, Kwik Sew 3770 and hacked it adding a wider waistband, widen the leg width below the knees and added patch pockets. All the changes created this lovely leisure/sweat suit...
I really like how it turned out and so happy I made separates because both pieces can be worn together, or with other pieces...

These cute pieces are going to get a lot of wear and I’m so happy I decided to save the top! The moral of this story...you never know what you’ll get by trying and trying again! Wadder avoided!

It’s back to the rest of my “Make Nine “ projects now...I have a new wardrobe to create!

So, what’s on your sewing table now? Are you joining any sewing challenges this year?

HAPPY SEWING!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

#DayandNightDressChallenge Reveal

Hello all! Again here we are at the beginning of another month, this year is flying by already!

On my last post, I informed you that I was invited to be a feature blogger in the #DayAndNightDressChallenge.  
Yesterday was my reveal day and I got to show the two dresses I made for the challenge. First, I want say a big THANK YOU to Elizabeth from Elizabethmadethis.com for coordinating this wonderful event and  StylishFabric.com supplying free fabric for the featured bloggers and vloggers in this event!

THE COFFEE DRESS:

For my day dress (coffee with a friend), I used a teal Rayon Jersey knit and a teal Ruffle Poly Rayon knit from Stylish Fabric (Supplied free for featured bloggers and vloggers).  The fabric was so soft and easy to work with and because of this, the dress turned out absolutely beautiful! I had no issues with this pattern at all!  The instructions were very detailed, clear and concise!
The only problem I ran into had nothing to do with the pattern… As you can see on the picture above, The ruffle fabric is see-through! So I needed to create a slip to wear with this dress. Something light because I didn’t want to line it and make it heavier. I grabbed my TNT pattern for camisoles which is the Iconic Sammy Cami and made the slip from a black rayon jersey knit out of my stash.  The great thing about this slip is I can wear it with other dresses if needed or I can wear it alone as a slip dress!
It helped and now I have a beautiful dress that fits me nicely I can wear anytime!
Stylish Fabric also gave me a 25% off Discount Code “406Teal” for all my viewers on the beautiful Teal Rayon Jersey knit in the above photos (the ruffle fabric is no longer available)

THE COCKTAIL DRESS

For this dress, I had something specific in mind…so I set out to drape something on my dress form, “ Sally“.  I did it and created a muslin first which turned out really to be a “wearable“ muslin!
For my project fabric I decided to use a heathered gray, medium weight, rib knit and I decided to make it a two piece dress (top and skirt).  Thank goodness I started with the top first, because it didn’t work out like I wanted it to!  First, the fabric was too heavy for the style. Second, I wanted to add a knit cording between the shoulder band and the bodice.  I created the cording myself using an elastic cord and some of the leftover black rayon knit I used for the slip above.   Either way it was a bust!
However, I’m not going to trash it…I believe I can salvage and my plan is to make it a sweatsuit. So stay tuned for that!

Then it was back to my stash where I found this beautiful wine colored wool jersey knit. It’s been in my stash for a couple of years. I purchased it from my favorite local fabric store “Pennies“ in Sarasota.  The fabric has one inch horizontal fabric strips combined with a half inch sheer mesh strip of the same wine color. Truly beautiful and I knew as soon as I laid my eyes on it, I had found a wonderful use for it!  Since I had already fitted my drafted pattern, I knew it work with this fabric and quickly put it together.  Fortunately, just as with my coffee dress, when I snapped this picture I saw it was a little too sheer for my liking!
Unfortunately, there was nothing in my stash I could use as lining for this dress. Particularly because I wanted something in a lighter color that would show the stripes in the fabric. So I was off to my local Joanne where I found a peach color “Jetset“ which is a lightweight polyester type knit that works perfectly for my dress!
All in all, this was a wonderful challenge (and challenged me too). I am so happy I was invited to be among all of the talented  bloggers and vloggers featured in this challenge!  To see the others dresses, you can head over to Elizabethmadethis.com or follow the #DayAndNightDressChallenge on Instagram.

This challenge was open to all who wanted to join and ends on March 5. So tell me…did you join the challenge?