Thursday, March 26, 2015

Jumpsuits

I am having such a love affair right now with jumpsuits.  I have made three, two for my youngest daughter and one for a fashion show I participated in.  The two for my daughter were made out of Ankara fabric using Simplicity 1158.  The other self drafted but not shown in this posting.  I like they way they came out but will not see them on my daughter until next week when I visit her for the Easter holiday.  I purchased the mannequin from a store closing for only $20.00 bucks as she is missing her right arm.  I figured I could locate an arm at some point but she fits right in with the other dress-forms. 

I recently purchased a book on draping through Amazon. Waiting for it to arrive as I am writing this blog. Can't wait to get started reading and draping. Will post something regarding the book once it arrives. I've got many other projects on my plate at this moment and hope to blog again soon.

As always, Happy Sewing.






Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ankara Prints

I have been sewing quite a bit here and there, not necessarily for myself .  I have been having a love affair with Ankara prints or African print fabric.  I have purchase quite a few yards from an online store out of NYC. I truly cannot get enough of them.  Lately I have been making separates that can be worn with other pieces already in your closets.  I love the way the prints almost look as though they are the neutral part of the garment.  I have been posting a great deal on Instagram and some Facebook pages that I belong to.  Trying to get back to posting regularly on the Blog.  I have been viewing everyone's blog through Bloglovin.  As always Happy Sewing.



Friday, December 5, 2014

Sewing but not posting

I have been doing a great deal of sewing for myself and others but have been to busy to post anything. I am currently completing a degree in History and have been taking 3 classes among many other things, so to say I have been busy is an understatement.  Currently in Atlanta visiting my oldest 2 children for the Thanksgiving holidays and going home on Sunday 12/7. I have certainly been visiting everyone else's blogs and having a great time seeing what everyone is making.

Here are some of the things I have been sewing for myself.







The pattern numbers for these items are McCall's 6991, 6844 and Vogue 8780  for the camel jacket made out of wool knit fabric and 8909 for the pants. The grey quilted knit is a circle skirt of which I used my waist and finished length measurements to make the skirt. The sequined top was made from sequined fabric in the front and a lightweight knit in the back, love this combination, the pattern is OOP.
As always, happy sewing.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Missing in Action

I feel as if I have been gone for sometime.  The Summer 2014 was quite busy for me. I completed a lot of First Moments.  I visited California for the first time and went to the US Open for the first time and both events were amazing.  I have been doing some sewing in between first moments.

I have started some fall sewing and have a number of items planned. It seems as though I am drawn to outerwear this year. I have purchased fabrics from Fabric.com and Moodfabrics.com, all relating to sweaters and coats.  I am absolutely loving the capes and coats that I have been seeing in the magazines and different websites I review.  Can't hardly wait for my fabric to arrive, some should be here today and later this week.

The picture that you are seeing was taken at a 50th birthday party for one of my dear friends. I have been having a love affair (for the lack of a better phrase) with the circle skirt.  I have made three for myself and one for my daughter.  Also taught another young lady how to make them.  The picture below is of my current circle skirt made out of a quilted faux leather purchased from JoAnn Fabrics.  I underlined the faux leather with a broadcloth because I did not want the quilted background of the faux leather to show. I must tell you I absolutely love this skirt, it is everything I had envisioned.  I wanted a simple but funky top to wear with the skirt and I pulled out McCall's pattern 6400 for the top. The fabric I chose was purchased from Michael Levine's in LA this summer.  It is a four way stretch knit fabric with a bunch of writing that is not really saying much, just artsy.  I was drawn to this fabric when I first saw it and purchased 4 yards, not knowing what I wanted to make. I used about 1 5/8 yardage for the top and a small amount of faux leather for the sleeves.


These two pieces have infused some life into my sewing mojo and you will be seeing more posts soon.  As Always, Happy Fall Sewing.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summer PJ's

It has been so hot and humid in Western NY, (I'm not complaining, just explaining) and I decided I needed some cool pj's.  I visited Marshall's and saw some I like but decided that because I have so much fabric currently in my stash, I needed to use it rather than spend my money on RTW.  I trotted my happy self home and pulled out this lightweight stripped knit and begin sewing.  I used McCall's 6658, the shorts and sleeveless tank views for my pj's.  I had some lingerie elastic in a an aqua blue that I used to trim the the armholes and neckline of the top and I also cut the top wider in the waist and hips in a sort of swing style.  I really love the way they came out. I only wish I had made the top a little more swing than I did, nevertheless, still like them a great deal.  I also made a kimono style robe of the same fabric using  OOP New Look 6312.

I really love it when an idea I had in my brain comes together so nicely.  This new addition should wear well on my upcoming trip to California.












As always, Happy Sewing.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Daughter's Dress

My youngest daughter came home over the weekend for her 10th year high school reunion.  Let me just say I can't believe she is 27 years old already and 10 years out of high school. I remember her first day of kindergarten and all of her many accomplishments.  I am extremely proud of her and her 2 siblings. I ran around so much but really did not spend much time with her, that is understandable as they had activities planned for the entire weekend.  I am so grateful to God that she made it safely as she had a minor accident on the thruway which could have been so much worse.  She was sideswiped by another vehicle attempting to move from the right to the left lane.  The woman did not signal and never saw my daughter in the left lane.  Everything turned out fine and there was minor damage to both vehicles but neither woman was injured.  Thank God! 

I made M6760 for my daughter.  She did not take a picture as I finished it early Sunday morning, 6/22, before going to church.  The fabric was purchased at Fine Fabrics earlier this year and I really love the print she choose.  I only purchased 3 yards as the knit fabric was 60 inches wide, the pattern called for 3 5/8 yardage. But of course when the fabric was purchase it was not for any particular pattern.  The lack of correct yardage called for by the pattern presented a problem widthwise.  I had to remove some of the width of the pattern when I laid it out, but I was able to make it work and the dress came out so pretty.  I am certain this pattern has been reviewed by many so I won't due to much of that but I will say that the sides of the dress gape a little to much at the armpits and you will have to wear a camisole if you don't adjust at cutting.  That was the only problem I came across.


 
The dress fits my daughter's 5'9 inch frame quite well. Will post a pic of her wearing it later.  She was very happy with the dress and I was happy that she was happy.  I do love sewing for both of my daughters from time to time. 

I have made a number of things for myself and will post again later this week.

As always, Happy Sewing.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Sewing for the week!

I don't know if it has been this glorious weather we have been having this week or what, but I have been doing a little more sewing than in the recent past.  I used to sew all of the time but had gotten a little lazy and sporadic with my personal sewing.  This week I made a maxi dress, maxi skirt, top and dress.  Very proud of myself and after this post, I am going to make another dress.  Moving while the mojo is flowing.  I really like this maxi dress and the fabric is perfect for the dress.

Here is the first pic front and back view and pattern review.




Pattern Description:  Simplicity 1355 Misses’ maxi dresses and long or short jumpsuit with bodice variations

Pattern Sizing: XXS-XXL

 Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Yes

 Were the instructions easy to follow?  I didn’t really follow them but they looked simple enough.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the jumpsuit version but my fabric screamed maxi dress.

Fabric Used: Jo-Ann Fabrics silky prints.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None, sewed right out of the envelope

 Would you sew it again? Yes, maybe the jumpsuit this time.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes.
 Conclusion: I liked the pattern and it was simple enough.  I believe a beginner could make this with minimal help.


 Part 2

The next pic is a dress and top made from Butterick 6065.  The maxi skirt paired with the top was self drafted.  I did not have enough fabric to make the skirt long enough so I used some of the knit fabric used on the top to make a border for the skirt.  I was happy with the end results.


I am sorry the pic of the bottom of the skirt is a little blurred.  My tablet is a little tempermental. The pattern review is below.

Pattern Description:  Butterick 6065, Misses’ jacket, top, dress, skirt and pants

Pattern Sizing: Lrg-Xlg-Xxl

 Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Yes

 Were the instructions easy to follow?  I didn’t really follow them but they looked simple enough.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the top especially after Sheila CTK and Faye of Faye’s Sewing adventure both made the top.

Fabric Used: knits in my stash purchased from Jo-Ann Fabrics.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None, sewed right out of the envelope

 Would you sew it again? Yes, I will make the top again.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes.

 Conclusion: This was a nice pattern to use to add a few items to the closet.
 
Well this has been a good week.  More to come. As Always, Happy Sewing.