Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mother/Daughter Easter Outfits---NewLook 6196 & Simplicity 1433

Happy Easter/Resurrectionn Day to everyone!!!! Hope you are enjoying your day! Well I've had a wonderful one thus far. Had an awesome time at church (as usual) and am enjoying celebrating a day that is the pinnacle and foundation of my faith! If you're no stranger to my blog you know I always celebrate a special event with a special outfit. For this day I made my daughter and I something to wear. I made myself a top and my daughter a dress. I'd planned on making my Hubby a tie but ran out of time. In the end it worked out for the best since I ended up not using the purple fabric I originally planned to make his tie and my daughter's sash out of. Well I had a very work intensive week and managed to get 2 client outfits out the door which left me little time to make our outfits---and no time to polish my tootsies which meant no cute strappy sandals:( But I made it by the deadline and was proud of the results. I got plenty of compliments which are always nice. Anyhow here's my reviews.....

 Posing together---NL 6196 Top for me and S1433 Dress for my daughter

Time to Sew:
Without distractions about 4-5 hours. It took me longer.

Sewing Ease (scale 1 easy to 10 difficult):
A 4. Not hard at all.

Pattern Description:
Cute top with midriff and gathered peplum 

Pattern Sizing:
I cut the size 10. I normally will cut one size for the bust and grade up another for my waist. Should've done that here but since my fabric had some stretch I'd go with one size. Almost a mistake. Fortunately was able to let out sideseams near my waist to give me some extra space.

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

Were the instructions easy to follow?

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

Fabric Used:
Cute stretch sateen (I think) in multicolor floral print. I picked up this fabric at Fine Fabrics while at the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo. I think I paid $4.95/yd. My top took less than 1.5yds which made it a very inexpensive top to make:)

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I took out my usual 2" in the center back due to being shortwaisted in the back. I added 1" length to the peplum too, I hate when they are too short. I'm long legged so that's the last thing I need is a short top to accentuate my short waisted-ness. I also ditched the armhole binding and just serged it, folded under and topstitched down.

What would you do differently next time?:

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Likely yes, it's a really cute top!

Wardrobe Versatility:
You can pair it with nearly anything that matches:)

Gorgeous top!

Time to Sew:
About 3 hours; less when not distracted!

Sewing Ease (scale 1 easy to 10 difficult):
Pattern Description:
Girl's dress with overlap bodice and gathered skirt

Pattern Sizing:
I cut the size 7 for her
 Blowing kisses.....

and doing the "John Cena"---you WWE wrestling fans will understand;)

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

Were the instructions easy to follow?

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Loved everything!
 Without bolero, front

 Without bolero, back view

....and twirling!!!
Fabric Used:
Same as mentioned above....

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I nixed the skirt lining and tulle regretting that I did. When the skirt didn't have enough flare I tried using horsehair braid (my first time) and it worked like a charm. I only had the 1" width but it did the job:) I also ditched the belt and instead used a chartreuse green satin ribbon that I sewed black trim on.

What would you do differently next time?:

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Probably, it's a cute Summer dress.

Cute girl's dress!

Well after a week of sewing nonstop I'll take a break today to hang out with the fam! Again I hope you're enjoying your Easter/Resurrection. And I hope you know the ONE who knows you better than anyone, LOVES YOU with the deepest love and who adds immeasurable meaning to life!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Sewing Jots and Tittles 4.18.14

Well it's been FAR TOO LONG since I did one of the posts. There's been lots going on in my world.
Here's a small sneak peek.....

Sewing, Fashion and Such.....

 I've added this book to my watch list

Found a quaint little sewing shop in my city named Measure. It's been around 2 years and I just discovered it.....'s small but cute. Has lots of great fabrics and as a bonus even carries leathers. 

 I've always wanted my own "thread card" so I picked this one up at the expo for $10.....

.....I think it's from an embroidery thread company but I picked it just for color references!

 Yes, if I'm roughly the same size as my client I will try on their muslin to examine the fit. LOL! This one needed the crotch area shortened. I fixed the issue and will start on the real thing next week. It will be my very first Lace-Overlayed-Wedding Reception jumpsuit for a Bride!

 Michael's has some great rhinestone selections! From single stones to strands to appliques. I may need some for some future projects.

 Automobile headline fabric is available in Hancock. Good to know.

 Bought a click eraser (love these, forgot I had one of these years ago) and 2B pencils. Let the pattern drafting I'm learning in my Draping class commence.

 Outfit I just finished for the "Grandmother of the Groom". It's an Off-White Crepe shell top and elastic waist pants. These fit great. Will get pics after the wedding.

Susan, the owner of Quarter Deck Quilts located in Springfill, GA. It's the only place I'll take my Huskyvarna Viking computerized serger to be serviced.  She has an awesome little store where she also sells fabrics, notions, books and patterns. If you're close be sure to visit.

A very cool article in the September 2013 National Geographic's mag. about stylish residents of the Congo who go around fashionable wearing Haute couture and sometimes spending all of their money on it. These boys are pretty sharp. See the dude in the white cape in the back. Sharp in deed!

Got the formal Father/Daughter Banquet pics. They turned out great!!! So happy I got to make my daughter's dress and the Hubby's tie!


 Hundreds of tires caught on fire! The amount of smoke they produced was insane and could be seen for miles away!

 I've posted this before. I have it posted in my sewing room! Love this quote. So profound!

 Sardines from Portugal are the best!

 The upset look I get whenever I pick my daughter up early and interrupt her after school playtime with friends. She's not happy! LOL!

MS Walk---walking for a great cause!!!

 My daughter discovered the BabyMouse book series at school. It was the first book she couldn't put down. So what does Mommy do, go out and buy almost all of them! LOL! So happy to find something she's excited to read!!!

 ...They are cool books. They're a graphic novel for girls or boys chronicling the adventures of the main character BabyMouse who has an overactive imagination. Pretty entertaining!

 Silly straw glasses

 I'd never seen blue orchids before. Beautiful! I had to stop, stare and take a pic!

 Someone is training wheel free!!!!.....

......Here with daddy celebrating that victory!

What can happen to a tooth if you chomp down on a piece of ice the wrong way? It can break it. Ask me how I know. Yeah that wasn't a happy day for me!

At the beauty salon getting a relaxer. That's right I'm still stuck on what they call "the creamy crack". LOL!

Ok, that's it for now. I best get back to sewing. Have to finish my Easter clothes!!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions....

Forgive my absence but I've been sewing around the clock. Mr. Jim and I had to make more gowns for the Chambermusic Ladies, I had a Grandmother-of the Groom ensemble to make---a top and pants to go along with a RTW jacket my client had, and a dance costume needed for an Easter skit at church. Not to mention I'm doing alterations for clients and making my families Easter outfits----dress for my daughter and tie for my Hubby and I originally planned a dress for me. Well this year I decided to do something a little for myself. I think I'll make a cute top instead. Remember the fabric I'm using (see below) is very busy and bold in color. It's a medium weight stretch woven, almost like a sateen. I LOVE it but want to use it in a way that is a little less overpowering. Here's some top ideas I'm considering. I thought about making a cute blouse or even a jacket but I don't want to put the work into a jacket and not be able to wear it often. Anyhow I'm mulling it over and will decide soon. Easter is after all this Sunday. Well I hope all of your sewing projects are going well.

(My pattern choices)

(The fabric I'm using)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Announcing Summer Sewing Workshops---Tailoring, Pants Construction, Etc!!!!

I know it's the Summer time and we're all planning 2 things, a vacation and how to squeeze in more sewing!!! I know I am! Well why not do both here in Savannah??? It turns out that my Tailoring teacher---James McFarland, aka "Gentleman Jim" or who I affectionately know as Mr. Jim is teaching Summer sewing workshops!!! He is a Master Tailor and has over 53+ years of experience. He recently taught at the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo and the requests for his Summer Workshops hadn't stopped rolling in!!! So he's giving 2 in June and will be having other workshops throughout the Summer. Check out his blog post HERE----

 Here's his flyers too......

 But seriously if you want to steal away to the beautiful city of Savannah and learn how to masterfully create Tailored Jackets and Fit and Construct pants then you MUST sign up. These are 3 day workshops that go all day! They're smaller in size and set up to maximize your learning! You interested yet? What are you waiting for???? I sure plan to attend and would love to meet plenty of you. Trust me I wouldn't recommend him if he hadn't impacted my sewing so much. I plan to go deeper in my knowledge of tailoring and sewing as I learn from him. Hopefully you'll have the opportunity too. Anyhow, again check out his blog post for more details and other future workshops.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Easter Outfit Plans......

My plans usually begin with fabric. I found this wonderful fabric at Fine Fabrics during my Atlanta Sewing and Quilting Expo trip last month. I have to admit this is alot of look and the flower print is rather large but I think it will work just fine. I LOVE the colors----chartreuse, a few shades of purple and pink along with black and white. I plan to make my daughter and I something to wear. I think I'll make the Hubby a tie. Come to think of it I wore a floral print at last Easter (see HERE). The Spring always make me think about flowers. Anyhow I'm still in the planning phase and will keep you posted......

Monday, March 31, 2014

Fearless February-March Challenge End and my Accomplishments

I'm still on a bit of a high from this past FUN weekend! The Father/Daugher Banquet has come and gone (see my last post). I can't stop watching that funny video! Thanks for all of your kind comments!!!! Making my daughter's dress and Hubby's tie was fun. It's March 31st and the Fearless February Extension ends tonight! Can you believe it?!?!? I outlined the purpose of this sewing challenge and my goals in this post HERE Now before I show my challenge results I want to give a HUGE SHOUT OUT to everyone who participated. You can see some of the work of these great folks on the challenge Flickr page Talk about impressive!!!! Thanks for participating and your fearlessness.

Ok, I have to admit for some reason I was initially disappointed with my challenge outcome. But after reviewing all I've been doing for the last couple of months, given my full time client sewing schedule, I was able to get alot accomplished. I did the following:

1. Made myself a coat. One that I like VERY much!
It's Burda 7020.

I still need to review it but overall I love this pattern. I did get a bit obsessive about it. I ended up not liking the ribbon I put on the sleeve (to disguise where I lengthened the sleeve) so I plan to take it off and add a cuff instead. I'll do a detailed post soon.

2. I made my daughter a coat---a housecoat. I reviewed it a few posts ago.
  Originally I was going to make her a Winter coat but with the seasons changing and her growing super fast that didn't make any sense.

3. I attempted to make my Hubby a jacket. It's KwikSew 4017. The pattern is excellent.
(The Hubby wasn't a fan of modeling his muslin. The fit was great. Just need more sleeve length. I took a back photo but for some reason it's corrupt on my phone. But the back fit good too---take my word for it!)

I made his muslin and was ready to go ahead but couldn't find exactly the fabric I wanted to use. I visited 4 fabric stores! That's right, 4. I actually found the fabric I wanted in one of the stores but there wasn't enough for the coat. Call me picky but I really want a small wall dark gray corduroy for this jacket. I'll see if I can get it online. Nevertheless it's getting warm so I may have to revisit this project in the Fall.

4. I made myself another pair of pants! The fit was great! I did a review a few posts ago.

5. I draped on my mini form

I used the fabric I made for my client's birthday gown to drape a similar gown. This was very freelance and I had a few hiccups--nothing I can't correct. I should have put some darts in the back. The "tookus" on this form is quite large. I would've never considered attempting this before if it weren't for the fact that I now take Draping classes! That's right I'm taking a draping class!

6.  My original plan was to drape myself a top.
 I didn't drape me a top because I decided to take draping lessons instead! 
So when I do drape myself a top I will do it RIGHT!!! I did drape a top for my size 10 PGM dressform. I decided to use this dressform instead of my "custom form" since I could leave it at my Mr. Jim's studio, where I'm taking the lessons. Anyhow I hope to post finished pics of the top soon and I plan on draping on my "custom form" so I can start wearing some of my own designs.

 (Learned how to make appropriate markings and pin correctly)

 (corrected the muslin)

(Transferred 3 pattern pieces to white dot paper for further correction/trueing)

I'm definitely enjoying my lessons. I've wanted to drape for the last 5 years or so. My Draping Teacher is wonderful! She's in Boston at the moment fitting/sewing Swan Lake costumes for the Boston Theatre dancers. I'm 2 classes in and have learned a whole lot. I have lots of homework to do while she is away. I'll keep you posted on my progress soon!

Ok, that's the results of my Fearless February-March challenge. I'm delighted by what I got to get done and am excited about the direction my draping is taking me in. Also, thanks again for everyone else who participated in the challenge and all you accomplished!!!! Looking forward to doing it again next year!


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