Documenting my sewing adventures, and the ins and outs of learning to adjust patterns for a perfect fit.

2014 In Review

Well this year went so fast I have learned so much! And have a ton more to learn...

But as I think of the things I'm proud of 2014, Getting back to sewing is one of the best things that happen for me this year!

Who would have thought at the close of 2014, I can say I can

  1. Sew in a straight line, lol I no longer watch the needle lol
  2. I can cut a pattern/fabric without lifting my scissors off the table
  3. I'm not using my seam ripper every three stitches
  4. I know how to use a rotary cutter and the list can go on and on
  5. I even test three paper pdf patterns who would have thought it 


But looking forward to 2015, I want to explore and explode with more sewing, learning more skills etc so my must accomplish for the year are:
  1. I need to learn my serger, Im taking a class now but it still scares me! I must finish my seams in January 2015
  2. I made it February in celebration of my birthday
  3. I will make blazers and pants
  4. I also want to recreate some of my favorite photos, we shall see!!
  5. I will blog more...

Well until next time

Fabulous Find Fridays

Well I can't believe it's been so long since I posted, a death in my husband's family, my daughters rugby schedule, and my work schedule October was just a blur....

To catch up on everything I have found two sources for the Mustard Yellow fabric I'm looking for now...I'm just on the fence if I really want it...


Wool Crepe its 21.00 a yard, waiting to see if it goes on sale this month.
Wool Crepe - Curry Yellow

Or

Crepe Solid from  which is is only 4.99 a yard


Excuse the papers in the back...

I'm currently working on planning out my birthday countdown attire
Which my birthday isn't until February but still have to plan ahead.
I rearranged my sewing room today, and I finally accept that I have a fabric addiction!

This was suppose to be a panaromic photo....lol But I have 6 bins of fabric, and my cutting table cubbie full


This weekend Joann's has its 50% off of clearance, and several good coupons. Notion sales is tomorrow 60%, you know those come every once in a while.
But lets talk about Joann's, so I had to go to Joann's on Monday to get lining for a skirt that I was planning on making but body shut down...and I fell asleep at my sewing machine. Anywho... I ask the lady when will the clearance items go back on sale, she said She didn't know...Probably nothing until Thanksgiving. So I told her well I will just save my coins until then. But I bought the lining I had found on the clearance section because it felt amazing...




Friday I always stop back into Joann's because its my happy place! And to my SURPRISE what do I see, 50% off clearance items! I went into this long drawn out rant to my husband how the lady lied to me at the store on Monday, and had I known the sale was on I would have went back to that same store, to undig all the fabric I had hid until Thanksgiving....

But I said it's fine, I will be going back to Joann's tomorrow for my refund of the difference.
Today I found this black material which felt amazing on the clearance section, so I grabbed it up, along with a acrylic quilter ruler. I want a black evening dress, and I believe this material will work great so I brought it home and draped it on my dress form...







MOVING IN
I have decided to invest these next winter months into learning my serger, so I signed up for a online serger class, because the books and little videos online wasn't helping much. The class has projects which I believe will work best for me. So I will review that course as Im going along

I had planned on making me Cardigan tonight, but I don't think I like the fabric anymore so we shall how that will go.

I got a taste for MUSTARD..... YELLOW that is !!! Where Art Thou???

Why did you start sewing???

For me its because I always have ideals but can never find the item in my price range, or my size. So this bring me to my current issue.... I want some wide leg pants, in a mustard yellow fabric to go with this top I plan to make... But I'm not sure what fabric I should get for it...

I want these pants, or similar


I found this online, fabric says crepe
Also referred to as marigold

What about this from vogue Fabrics?


What type of fabric should I be searching for??? Help 





September Make a Garment Review Vogue V1417..When good intentions go.......................

Hello
I'm late in posting this review, work work it seems the last few weeks
But I wanted to post my final photos of this non-wearable garment for myself that is lol
What I learned in making this garment 
  • Use the body form, to see how the pieces will fit and where they will fall
I cut out the cape, then I took it to the body from with the pattern pieces, just to see how it would lay. 
NOW had I done that in the beginning, I would have realized that I would want to extend the cape in the front to compensate for my chest. 

I would have also made the top longer since I had extended the cape in the front. 
Once I put the cape cut out and pattern on the body form. I knew this project wasn't going to go as plan. But I did decided to finish anyway...

The zipper also gave me the blues, and I ended up still installing it upside down... Sighhhhhh
I look forward to the days where I can skip over the instructions for this part, and just employ the techniques I will learn... Because the instructions sometimes make no sense at all....
Im going to say if I attempted to make this pattern again, I will have to extend and adjust the pieces to give me the fit I wanted.... I have no photos of me in it, but lets just say.... It ended up looking like a baby with a bib on instead of flowing like a cape... 

Im going to also say, this pattern may run kinda small, I cut a 18 out, and I didn't like how it fit me, and my daughter who is a good 100 pounds smaller than me, it was just a smidget to big for her..

Well on to new projects.... I will figure out what to do with this... one














Make a Garment a Month Challenge - September in the making


Good Evening 

I signed up for the Make a Garment a Month Challenge, Challenge Information, because I like to be challenges lol! So I found this Vogue pattern in JoAnn's fabric and I said this would be great for me.
It looks a little strange, a cape like turtle neck garment, but for me it works! 

Because you see IM ALWAYS COLD, I have two shawls in my cubicle at work, and I can't ride in the car with the AC on to long, no matter how hot it is. So I figured this garment would be great for me in the winter time, I don't have to bother about having my shawl at work because IM WEARING IT!



So my pattern is cut out, now just got to get the fabric cut out, and sew sew sew.....
                                                 This will be my first Vogue Pattern


Simplicity 1355 in Motion

Sharing photos of my daughter wearing the outfit








When all else fails improvise!! Simplicity 1355 LOVE is in the air!

Happy Saturday

This will be a post in split in two.

I started sewing in February and was seeing the Love print fabric floating around, and I wanted some but never got around to ordering any. While in Hancock on the value yard table they had some, 3 yards with some flaws. So I grabbed thinking I was going to make a cardigan or something. I picked up this colorful fabric for FranChesca.

She decided she wanted a jumper and picked out Simplicity 1355 seemed easily but she wanted  a solid color she went into our stash and grabbed all black. I was thinking it was somewhat bland, I told her she could have the Love fabric and I would keep the colorful one. DEAL!

Fast Fwd
She only wanted the top in Love, fine I had some yardage of all black ity knit so I cut out the pants barely. Well reading those instructions on how to assembly the pants didn't make any sense to me, they wanted you to sew it at the crotch before adding pockets.
After fumbling with that material I couldn't figure it out so I tossed it. Got up the next day back to Hancock, the all black fabric I wanted couldn't afford. So back home we go, I thought I have just enough fabric to cut out either front or back in all black jersey knit at the house, and then we will have to use LOVE for one front or back. So back to the sewing room I go. It dawned on me that Mimi G did a sew along for this pattern.
Mimi G Simplicity 1355
I found it, and was able to finish the pants and the outfit. 

Bumps in the road


  • I cut a hole in it while trimming the seams
  • stitched it together
  • no bias tape never used it before, messed that up a few times
  • toss fabric because I had skimped on the material
What I learned

  • Read the package for material before cutting
  • Make sure I have enough fabric first
  • Construction
  • Regardless of the instructions it is easier for me too
  • Add the pockets first
  • Then sew front to back
  • One inside out, into the other sew the crotch all the way up and be on my merrily way!
  • Learning more of the concept of bias, binding how to find the bias etc
Here are the photos of construction, she wanted elastic around the ankles so I cut off about 2 inches, the is View A bottom, with View C top

Photos




Im a winner!! A super duper winner along with Previous Weekend Fabulous Finds

Happy Friday

So I will be the first to admit I hate contests, mainly because I hate to lose lol, but Rhianna at Fashion Design, Lifestyle, and DIY had a contest marking I believe 5,000 hits for her blog.

So I went beside my usual scroll on past giveaways contest attitude and I entered in won!! I really wanted the keepsake box, and I was so glad to receive it. When you get a chance check out her blog she does everything over there!! And she talks back when you leave a comment. That is sooooo refreshing in the blogging world.

FranChesca looked at the package when it came and said, what did you get from Rhianna (She was thinking the singer), my husband assumed it was more fabric both were wrong! So as children always do, she wanted stuff so she got the nail polish and the pen, and I got to keep the keepsake box. Her words, oh no not another keepsake box! I love these things I even got her one years ago, it has a zipper and I put in her favorite outfits as a baby and a little things to keep.

What I received


It has a lint roller, a fancy pen and nail polish (FranChesca took) The bird cage she asked me what type of bird will fit in this. I just gave her a blank stare, the mason jar with top and straw, journal, and a personal note that will go in the keepsake box lol
                                                     Here is my current keepsake box

Fabulous Finds

My sewing budget is somewhat low this week, but I did grab a few clearance stuff from Joann's last weekend I got some velvet that I plan to use to make something for my husband. I also stock on zippers at Hancocks too.
And today I came across this piece of something I don't know what it is but it have the appearance of crocodile! I love it was thinking about a clutch purse but will use it for the Mr.

It was 29.99 with the sale I only paid 6.00 for a nice size piece

But my favorite find this week was in half price books. Two books that I have saved to purchase I got for a good price no shipping.

I got The Dressmaker handbook of sewing couture sewing techniques, this book gets mixed reviews on Amazon but when I was in Barnes and Nobles reading it I could understand it, it has great photos so I wanted but not for 35.00. I picked it up today for 13.48.

Also wanted High Fashion Sewing Secrets by Claire Schaeffer, I really like Claire. And think I will stick with her for learning everything, lol. I got his book for 4.99 I believe this one was 19.99 in Barnes and Nobles.


Im one of those people if I learn something and it works for me, I will keep using it no need to look for other methods etc, I want to master my techniques, and I believe Claire Schaeffer will get me there.
                   Do you follow multiple techniques? Or do you prefer to learn one way and master it?



P.S. My serger still scares me. What should be my first project with it, Im scared Im going to mess something up so I haven't used it on anything yet.


Torrid inspiration by way of Simplicity 1317 View D with a few twists and turns

Happy Friday!

 So one day this week, I received an email from Torrid, which I love this store but I don't shop there often but I do love their clothing. And I went to the one of the sweaters, and I was like oh nice!!

Go here for original Torrid Lace Sleeve Raglan $44.50

I like.. I can make this..So I went home went through my collection and found Simplicity 1317.  Went through bin after after for fabric and found this piece of value fabric I had got at Hancock over the summer for 4.95.
Now let me first admit looking at the piece of fabric which was probably a little under a yard. I knew it was going to be a stretch to get a shirt out of it but I loved the color so I said we well make it work.

First Problem

There was a hole, and both pieces were suppose to be cut on the fold, where the hole was.. so a little light bulb goes off Threads Magazine August/September edition has an article about how to insert a lace filled slot seam! So I made a 5/8 seam allowance and said I will fill the seam allowance with lace
 I read the article a little more math that I could catch being a newbie so I stuck with making the lace  1 inch 1/2 folded it basted it in half. 
Attached it to the basted seam 
Then open the seam

The article was more detail specific and worth grabbing, moving on

Second Problem

Inspiration, says, deep scoop neck, Simplicity 1317 is a higher neck line. What do I decide to do, cut the neck line for small, but keep it going to the Large shoulder area. Simple fix this will work

Third Problem

Did Not take into consideration of the neckline, needed new neck band. I tried to force it didnt work I added to the neck band out of the little pieces I had left, it neckline doesn't lay flat now perfectly but it will do! I did ask Nakisha of  Sew Crafty Chemist Check her out here, if I could fix it. She pointed out that raglans are best for people with broad shoulders. Which made me very happy because thats me.. like a mini linebacker I am lol! She had suggestions on what I could do, but when I tried it on with a bra it seemed to be a little bit better, so Im just going throw on some necklaces when I wear it

Fourth Problem

I was suppose to cut two bands, for the bottom only had one, so this means I had to be creative, so I took the lace and used that as the front band for the bottom.

BUT IN THE END I HAVE A NOT TO BAD SWEATER









So I wanted to pair it with some jeans, but would you believe I do not have any jeans!! Not 1 pair! I normally wear slacks, so I came across these jeans and I want them but having a hard time justifying purchasing jeans already ripped lol

Jeans are made by PZI Jeans, style is Tiffany distressed skinny jeans $79.00 they do have 30% sale labor day weekend

First time working with lace, not to bad.... So what do you think of the sweater?

Fabulous Find Weekend! Patterns and Fabric

Good Evening

Thank Goodness the work day has come to an end. Well I haven't done any sewing this past week. Just learning this serger, I will say its a little intimidating but I'm learning, upper looper lower upper, differential feed blah blah! LOL feel like I'm in school but I'm investing the time now to learn it so when I use regularly I won't run into too many hiccups.

SPEAKING OF SCHOOL!! 
Guess what?? YES I AM OFFICIALLY DONE WITH GRADUATE SCHOOL!!!
I don't get to walk until January! But I am done!!!
This last semester has been the hardest I had to pick up another full time job plus school. I was ready to call it quits! But I made it.

Moving on to my weekend Finds.... I didn't get to use my sewing allowance like I normally do this weekend because my daughter headed back to school so you know what that means. But I did pick up some things. I grabbed Mimi G new Simplicity pattern, I wasn't sure about the dress one but for .99 cents I had to support. But I cant wait to make the pants.



 My pattern haul from this past weekend!! No more patterns no more patterns!! Although I was told that there is a Joann's going out of business where my sister in law lives so one more exception! Then no more patterns


  Haul from prior weekend from Hancock I love this cream fabric, and I thought this print was nice on the other one I got this from the 3.95 table


All the way FROM!!!

Lastly I wanted some African fabric etc so I called my hair braider, she is from Africa and visits and receives care packages, and I sent her a photo and said I need fabric like this. Well would you believe while we were texting she was in New York so she brought me some home!!
I'm so elated!!!!!


This one is my favorite!!



Thats my weekend wrap up for NOW! I have too much fabric a lot of ideas, just need to get to working on it!!
Until Next time Sew On!

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