Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Birthday Gift

IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!!!! I'm super excited to have made it to 21 (my 16th year of it LOL!). Anyhow although I'm usually low key on my Bday. My Hubby and Daughter were awesome giving me the sweetest gifts---you know one of them was a gift card to a fabric store---they really know me well! Again, I'm usually low key but I do like to use my bday as an excuse to do something a little special for myself.  You know do a little personal pampering and buy myself something special---usually a sewing item I've been coveting. We'll I've had a particular item on my Wishlist---dating back to when I worked on the Ballet costumes last September. I've become a bit of a notions snob since working on that project. I LOVE the supplies costumers work with and after using this item FELL IN LOVE! Well let me reveal...................drumroll please.................
The item I've been wanting forever (ok, it's only been a few months but that's how badly I've been wanting it).................is...............
                                Photo courtesy of RichardtheThread.com

Wax Tracing Paper link

Wax Tracing Paper! Now wait, before you get all unimpressed let me just tell you it's not your "run of the mill" tracing paper. Most people use the tiny Dritz strips they get at their local fabric store. No this is MUCH different. These sheets first of all are HUGE---26X39. And it works EXCEPTIONALLY well. The wax markings are amazing (thicker and not chalky since they're really wax) and don't leave residues all over your fabric.  They are either $15 or $17 a sheet dependent upon which color you get. The Light blue is $17 and it's really popular! It and White are the 2 colors I worked with and pretty much great to have since you can use the blue wax paper on white and other light colors and use the white on darker colors. You pretty much have all bases covered. They also last a LONGGGGGG time. I worked with Mrs. Pat on the project and she'd had hers for a few years. It was evident they were well used since you could see all the markings on them but they still worked like a charm. Again I loved working with them and am impressed with the results so they're absolutely a worthy investment. They're excellent when doing your usual markings (darts, pleats, etc) but they're great as a whole when working with sheers. You can trace out full pattern pieces and prevent shifting. I'm going to get several sheets and come back in the near future to demo how great they are to use.  Have you tried these sheets? Do you use wax tracing paper in your sewing projects?

Monday, February 8, 2016

Yippee I found Joe Zee!!!

Happy February!!! If you haven't watched Joe Zee's show "All on the Line" then you have missed out on a TREAT!  It's a show centered on Joe Zee, Sundance Channels' Fashion Guru, helping struggling designers with their fashion lines The shoes have covered everything from Women and Men's wear to lingerie. It's featured celebrity designers as well as Project Runway Alums!  And he gives great advice starting from design critiques, manufacturing all the way to presenting to buyers. It's such a great sneak peek into the intricacies of launching one's own fashion line.

 The show is a few years old and back in the day I enjoyed streaming it off Netflix. I later left Netflix but recently reinstated my Netflix account and was disappointed that the show had been removed. I'd seen the first 2 seasons and wanted to catch up on Season 3. Mind you Season 3 is from 2012 but the advice and insight never goes out of date! Well to my delight it's on Itunes and for a great price. I plan on downloading asap! Anyhow if you haven't seen it, check it out! Here's a sample show from Season 2......Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Designer to Watch: Delpozo

As a designer I really do have a LOVE AFFAIR with color and all things color blocking. Needless to say when I saw this dress worn by this lovely actress at this year's Golden Globes  (don't even know her name unfortunately) I knew I just had to research the designer and go peep his/her/their designs. The design is by Delpozo and this dress is part of the Spring 2016 line. Check out the video below. I find it fascinating to watch other designers ideas and design asthetics! Even if I don't like the work I definitely respect the thought and work that goes into it. Glad the Golden Globes dress led me to learn about a designer I hadn't heard about before. Have you ran across any designers you just discovered that are worth sharing????

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Simplicity 1198 Knit assymetrical top & a Trip to Fine Fabrics in Atlanta

I whipped up this cute little top using animal print knit fabric I've had in my stash a good while. I'd been looking for the perfect pattern for this fabric and found it with Simplicy 1198 view E. I LOVE to wear leggings so this was a cute shirt to go with a pair. Very easy top to make. I actually lengthened it about 4" after reading other sewer's reviews. I'm short-waisted so I needed my top to be long enough. Here are a few pics. Sorry they are the WORST! That was a busy day but at least I looked cute in the process LOL!

 (Forgive the blurry pic. Here's how I styled the top. Had a cute jacket and denim leggings I made long ago and paired it with tall brown boots. I'm a very unfussy dresser so my aim is always effortless and cute! 

 (I like the side drape. It's a cute detail)

(Back view---you can see the colors a little better. They are fab. I have such an obsession with animal prints!)

I was in Atlanta for a wedding so I took advantage of a Fine Fabrics trip. Next Month is our annual Father and Daughter Banquet so I picked up some fabric---will divulge deets soon.  If you've never been you NEED to go. I go anytime I'm in Atlanta.

 (I love seeing this sign)

 (There are SOOOOO many rows of fabric. The prices are a steal! Not surprisingly I went to only get the things I needed which wasn't much. I don't have an interests in collecting fabric anymore---it's liberating! I already have a big stash. I use to collect fabric because finding it on sale was few and far in between. Don't need to do that anymore. I'm becoming more of a minimalist everyday:)

(Being silly)

Ok, lots going on and can't wait to share. In the meantime don't forget to check out the Tailor and the Dressmaker premier show on TOMORROW. And you can follow us  on Facebook!!!!

Friday, January 8, 2016

At least I don’t have to build the Dome of the Cathedral of Florence!

I was thumbing through one of my National Geographic magazines and came upon this extraordinary article on the Cathedral of Florence Il Duomo.  It’s nothing short of amazing! If you know anything about it (which I didn’t) you’d know that it’s dome design was the result of an architect by the name of Filippo Brunelleschi. He took on this task with very limited experience! At that time many thought his idea was overly ambitious and many professionals in the field today still don’t fully understand his methods. I was intrigued reading about the construction details.  My description wouldn’t do it justice so check out the video for yourself. It’s amazing both inside and out!.

My point in bringing this all up is……………….no matter what I've got going on it's not the grandiose scale of a project as the Cathedral of Florence Il Duomo. Yes, I’m a professional dressmaker who makes gorgeous outfits for herself, family and clients. What I do is VERY CHALLENGING  (not discrediting it at all) but it’s not on the Il Duomo level of challenging LOL. I know everything is relative so there are some very challenging areas in the field of fashion design and sewing. But for the sake of me making a practical point (and being slightly facetious) just follow me on this. Whatever I'm doing may be a big deal but at least I don't have to build the Dome of the Cathedral of Florence. Just thinking of that helps me change the way I look at my sewing/sewing business challenges. Up against that great feat they don't look as big. And that thought for me is quite helpful and comforting.  Especially since this year I anticipate having a few challenges since I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and trying to do some amazing things!!! Challenges arise anytime you don’t settle for mediocrity :)
So from now on whenever I face a sewing challenge I’m going to say aloud 3 times (you do it too!) ….even click your heals for good measure....

This is not the Cathedral of Florence Il Duomo!
This is not the Cathedral of Florence Il Duomo!
This is not the Cathedral of Florence Il Duomo!

 Doesn’t that feel better? Those sewing tasks/projects don’t seem as complicated or nearly as hard now do they, huh? LOL. Ok, that’s my little psychology session for the day, feel free to send me a check for the service or instead…… Go forth and DO BIG THINGS!!!! Truth be told nothing’s too hard when you put your mind to it......................... Even the Il Duomo!!! 

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year's Eve---2015 Recap!!!

It has been an AMAZING year! I can't believe we all stand at the threshold of a new year. This year went by SO fast. My head was "caught up in the clouds" of many project and their looming deadlines so it's nice to come down and spend some time in reflection. I REALLY had some cool experiences this year!

***I'm in Fashion Design School---Made it through my first year in the SDC Fashion design program. I even upgraded my studies from a Certificate to a Diploma. I LOVE the cirriculum! Learning everything from technical drawing, costume history, sustainable design, textiles etc. And learning more about fashion design is preparing me for some of my future goals ;)

 (LBD design assignment. My drawings have come a long way!!!)

***I've taught lots of BurdaStyle courses through webinar but I got to fly out to visit BurdaStyle in Colorado and film my own Pants course in April. Planning my cirriculum and 3 days of filming sure was an AMAZING experience!

***Mr. Jim and I started the "Tailor and the Dressmaker Show"! Couldn't be happier with this project. We love discussing all things sewing and doing demos. Catch up with us on Facebook and you can find the link to the shows there:)

***I visited the Boston Ballet and got behind the scene access to their costumes department and closet! Just got one word for the experience---PHENOMENOL!!!

***Of course recently I helped make the Kansas City Ballet Nutcracker costumes and even got to fly out to Kansas City to fit the ballerinas! This project took 2.5 months and a TON of hours to complete. My greatest challenge of the year and most rewarding:)

***Accompanied Mr. Jim to Mimi G's Sewing & Style conference in L.A. this Summer

***Made the annual Father/Daughter Banquet dress for my daughter. I enjoy doing this every year.
Made glorious client dresses

And a few other accomplishments! I didn't do all that I wanted but I had an amazing year! God has truly been faithful to me. I did things I didn't even think I could do! I pushed past my very limits, overcame a few fears and insecurities and took some jumps into the unknown. I survived and better yet I grew as a sewer and a person! Very cool indeed! Looking forward to an amazing 2016! Will be chatting about those plans next!!!! I'm planning to push myself like never before and achieve some big things in 2016:)

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

McCall's 7254--The Colorful Cardigan

Happy Christmas Eve's Eve! Things have finally slowed down enough since the ballet costumes and I'm starting to feel normal while things get back to normal. Have resumed sewing for clients, fashion design degree homework etc. Happy to report that I squeezed some time to make something for myself. That's always a treat! I was happy to pick this cute little cardigan pattern and had the perfect sweater knit fabric I picked up from Joann's! The patter is McCall's 7254 which I highly recommend. I made view C as pictured on the envelope and size medium. I'm VERY short-waisted (short torso, mostly legs) so I'm always a bit nervous about making tops or jackets that could potentially be too short and thus make my upper body appear shorter. I opt for slightly longer options to give my body some balance. But turns out this worked great and I like the style. I'm not a super fan of the shawl collar but this worked. I love the fact this  has a peplum too in the back. And this cardigan is a bit deceptive since it looks a bit like a jacket---but without all of the work. Anyhow great, easy little cardigan.

 (It's not everyday you walk into a restaurant bathroom with a full mirror. Makes for quick and easy pics.  Aren't you glad I'm such a classy & professional photographer LOL)

(Back View)

 (oops, didn't realize to after snapping the pic I put the cardigan on the form lopsided. At least you can see the colors and patterns. I love the fuchsia in the fabric. Great accent color!)


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