Sunday, July 10, 2016

New Look 6434 An Eyelet's Tale


I'm back today with a top from New Look that caught my eye a while back.  My dilemma was that the blouse in the cover photo was so interesting to me.  I wanted to mimic that look, but I couldn't really find the fabric that was used to make it and so, I had to settle for something that I thought would be just as interesting as the cover photo.

New Look 6434 is my pattern of the day.   This pattern for some reason was really cute in all views.  In my mind, I had to have the main photo top, but finding a lace or some other matching fabric that looked like that was proving to be a task.  Not to be outdone with the whole thing I just went with what I had and tried to follow the fabric suggestions by going with a nice Eyelet.

Here's a look at my final top version.
I chose to take this top to a very casual look but with a kick.  I added a cool straw hat that was trimmed in lace and feathers.  I had simple jewelry with a little Boho flair and threw in a gorgeous pair of heels that were made from denim. 
After I had completed my top I was very pleased with how it had turned out.  The pattern suggestion to use a gallon edge eyelet seemed to work very well for this top.  I did make one small adjustment (in the review) which made this top appropriate for me.  Matching this top with a pair of dark colored jeans and a really kool pair of denim sandals (1, 2, 3)  made my look completely impressive to me.

The Review

Pattern Description:  Misses top pattern with elbow length sleeve, short sleeves with contrast band, sleeveless with flounce hem and short sleeve lace top with sleeve flounce. 

Pattern Sizing:  10 - 22

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?  Excellent instructions, Yes.

Fabric Used:  Eyelet

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  Once I saw how sheer the light colored eyelet was I decided to make a cropped underlining.  I used the pattern itself and measured under my arm to get the exact length of how long I wanted the lining to be (10").  I joined the shoulders together (all pieces) sewed each side seam separately and then hemmed the lining.  I didn't have to hem the top piece because it had a finished edge already.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  Yes, just to see what comes up with the other different fabrics.  Yes.  This is a good beginner pattern and a quick wardrobe builder.

Conclusion:  I love this simple easy blouse pattern.  It was easy to construct and it leaves room to explore.  I believe it can be used by all skill levels and can become a staple pattern.  I used a gallon edge eyelet, but I would seriously consider other fabrics to see where I could take this look and pattern.

Well, I'm off to the next one, but as always, I enjoy our time together.  Thank you for joining me today and Until next time...

Lots Of Love

Friday, July 1, 2016

Blue Simplicity 8094 DIY Review


I'm back today with my 4th of July outfit.  I found the cutest pairing with Simplicity 8094.  I was looking for something light and breezy, but I didn't want shorts or a dress.  I've had this pattern for a minute, but couldn't find the time to put it to fabric.

The traditional colors for the 4th are Red, White, and Blue.  I know you might think that I've missed my mark without red. but trust me, I've got my red  And I don't normally show my patriotic colors so vividly.  I actually think blue jeans are so appropriate with a tank top, but this year I'm going for the adult look on the 4th.

I had recently gotten some fabric in from Fabric Mart and I had a nice piece of ITY with blue and white stripes in that shipment.  My first initial thought was a dress, but when I looked at this pattern my mind quickly rearranged things to fit a pair of exquisite leggings into my closet.  I don't know which one I like more, the top or the pants.

Here we go.

 The Review

Pattern Description:   Misses’ knit tunic with length variations, with or without slits and pockets. Pattern also includes shorts and legging

Pattern Sizing:  12-20

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?  Yes

Fabric Used:  ITY Jersey

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I lengthened the back of View F and shaped it to give a shirt tail effect.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  Yes, Yes

Conclusion:  I loved this pattern.  It was an easy fix and the leggings were totally awesome.  I don't normally feel so strongly about leggings because I have tried other patterns before and they always seem to lack something ( either too baggy, waistline too high, legs too long ), but these leggings were a perfect fit for me.  There weren't any alterations needed for these.  I liked the long look of view C, but felt that I wouldn't wear that view as much as a shorter version, so I altered the back of view F at the back bottom because I didn't want the squared off back.  I think it was a good choice for me and it made my top very flowy.
 The instructions were very easy to read and understand. I would recommend it to all who love an easy challenge.

I hope everyone has a beautiful and safe 4th of July.  Have fun and until next time...

Lot Of Love

Saturday, June 25, 2016

New Look 6843 Birds In Flight Skirt, DIY


I'm back today with a skirt that has been collecting dust for quite some time.  It was my intention to make a million of these, but there was always something in the way, until now.  I found the perfect piece of fabric to make it and I didn't let this one slip my mind again while I had that perfect fabric.

New Look 6843 has a few skirt options to choose from.  I chose view A to make my skirt.  My fabric was a light broadcloth that I found while out at Walmart.

Here's a look at my skirt.
 The colors in the skirt were so wild and it even had some birds in it, which gave me a lot of color to choose from when pairing it with tops.  I chose an earth toned orange and a pretty brownish sandal to top my look off.

There was no lining added to the skirt.  I turned the hem under about 1/2" and stitched.

The Review

Pattern Description: Misses skirt, A-line or straight

Pattern Sizing: 8-18

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? Very easy. Loved it.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  There weren't any complaints.

Fabric Used: Broadcloth

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes. Highly recommend it for beginners.

Conclusion:   I loved this pattern for it's clean lines and simplistic composition.  Everything was straight stitched and even though I used an invisible zipper a regular zipper could be used because of it's easy constructions.  The instructions were very simple and well written.  A beginner could really make a complete skirt wardrobe with this pattern and feel accomplished.  This is a must have pattern for all stages of sewing experience.

That's it for today, but I'll be back again.  Until next time.

Lots Of Love

Friday, June 24, 2016

Simplicity 1661 In Purple Peachskin, DIY


I have been very  busy these last couple of months putting my studio together ad finding all kinds of goodies to into my studio.  I have taken a few minutes to do a little sewing because I can only go so long without actually sewing something.  When I touch fabric and move it to it's designated area, I feel it calling me and I just have to answer.

So, to cure my itch I've made a few items and I wanted to share them with you.

Simplicity 1661 was one that I had on my mind for a while and now that it is on the OOD list I have to share that this is an honest to goodness, all around great blouse to have on hand.

From the time that I first saw this pattern I knew that I had to have at least one version, but unfortunate for me, I didn't get the one that I wanted and yet, I till ended up with a beautiful blouse that is totally HoT!  I was going for view C.  I like the little tie and sleeveless look for this pattern.  Well, my Mommy was helping me put things together and I ended up with something like view E instead of view C.  Even though I didn't get the one that I wanted I believe I still ended up with a really gorgeous blouse.

Here's a look.

I chose a purple peachskin fabric, which worked well for construction and easy for markings.

The back of the top with the almost completed split.
The underside of the sleeve where you join the sleeve to the body of the garment.  I know it doesn't look finished, but it was finished by serging the armhole.
The completed sleeve.

The top when completed and styled.

I chose a light colored denim to pair this blouse with because it brought out the purple so well.  My shoes were very comfortable and topped this outfit off to a tassle and

The Review

Pattern Description: Misses hip-length blouse with neckline pleats, band or tie collar, shirttail hem, and back slit. Sleeveless, flutter or cold-shoulder sleeves. 

Pattern Sizing: 6-24, I used the 16.

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? Yes.  I found that after I got started with the pattern, I really could just go without it.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I liked the little split in the back.  It was easy to do and made the top look "Cutiful".

Fabric Used: Peachskin

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn't do any alterations to this project.  I went strictly by the pattern and everything turned out nice.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes.  I still haven't gotten the one I really wanted so I have to do this one again.  Yes.  I would recommend this pattern.

Conclusion:  My overall view of this pattern is,,,,Awesome quick blouse pattern.  The fabric options are endless and this is a good way to step up your sewing skills if you haven't already tackled soft fabrics with pleats.  Even though I made view E, any of these tops would be a great piece to add to your wardrobe.  Just think about the type of fabric you choose as to how you really want your blouse to look.  This is one that is not going to hide in the closet for very long.  I love the feel of this fabric and the roominess of the blouse.  Great pattern!!!

If you don't already have this pattern, I think it is worth an Etsy peruse.  Find it, make it, and enjoy.

That's all I have for today, but I look forward to our time together.  Until next time,

Lots Of Love,

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Simplicity Sew Simple A1394


I was so excited about this past weekend's wedding I almost forgot to post my dress.   So, I am going to post mine and then another one that I did for my daughter.  I wasn't a major part of the wedding and I decided to go on the understated side with a simple maxi dress for myself.

To start, I really didn't have a maxi dress pattern that I liked, but I had something that I had been eyeing since last Summer.  Simplicity Sew Simple A1394.   I got the pattern one day while I was out shopping at Wal-Mart.  I always go by the craft department when I go to Walli World.  It gives me good vibes any time I am around fabric and anything crafty.  For some strange reason this pattern caught my attention and I actually saw myself making one or two of them then, but I got busy with life and getting around to it was on my slow list.

Well, as with any fashion conscious woman, I needed something to wear and this pattern came back to mind as something simple and easy.  I knew I had several pieces of knit that would make this dress up nicely and there you have dress for the occasion.   

I used a gold colored knit fabric and line it with white single knit because I couldn't find tricot and didn't have it on hand.

This twisty piece was original to the design.  I looked at it and thought it would be too bulky for me and decided to go with a simpler look that was more in line with my design and look for me.

I decided to use a small strip of fabric that I stitched together and applied some stones to, then attached it to the center of the bodice.

I took the same piece that was a rectangle shape, divided it in the middle and stitched a basting line down the center and gathered the center along with the sides.
This is the sides and the under arm.
End result was perfect for me.  The dress was easy and a good sew.  I like this look much better that the way the pattern had it set up.  I was also able to add about 2" to the back to give a small train. 

I actually made adjustments to wear high heels, but found out about 3 days after I finished this dress that the occasion would be a stand up and short ceremony.  I opted not to make any length changes because if I were to wear this dress again, heels would definitely be on the board.  Instead of worrying about heels, I found a pair of ballerina flats that went so well with this dress.

Here I am with my baby girl.  I would love to say that I thought about taking full pictures, but it was way too chilly and a little windy for me.

The Review

Pattern Description:  Misses knit maxi dress.

Pattern Sizing:  8-10-12-14-16-18

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? Yes.  The illustrations were good and very clear in which direction to go.  The wording was good as well.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I love it when a pattern doesn't have a lot of pieces and construction time is limited to how much time you want to apply.  The simplicity of it was a joy.

Fabric Used:  Some type of gold looking knit.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I added 2" to the bottom to make a small train and switched the center tie piece (picture 2-4).

Conclusion:  I like this pattern because it is an easy smooth sew.  There were a lot of inspiration modifications for the bodice center piece and I plan on making a few more with some of those different elements. 
Fabric can be a highlight to this dress.  It can be used to make a formal (which is what I did) or an every day dress.  I think this pattern would look nice cut at different lengths as well.  Try just above the knee, hi-lo from ankles or the knee.  With this dress, you can have a closet full of cute, quick, easy dresses.

Thank you for joining me today.  I hope you had fun reading today's post.  Until next time.....

Lots Of Love

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Vogue 1032 Wedding Dress Reveal


When last I posted, I was bursting to let a secret out.  So, this will be a continued post about the construction of the wedding dress that I was making for a friend.  I will try not to be too wordy or too picture heavy as we get closer to the reveal. 

Ok, Here were my thoughts about constructing the dress using lace as the main fabric.  I knew I needed to use a base fabric to hold everything together and a lightweight satin in white was what I used.

After the muslin fitting, I took the muslin apart and used it as the pattern for the dress.  I cut each piece separate.  Satin first, lace, then lining.  Once I had all the pieces I stitched the lace to the satin. 
 Each section was sewn individually.  The bodice was done first.
Then the back was attached to that.

Front View
Back View
Before I actually stepped back to look at the dress, I had cut out the back pieces together.  When I looked at the pieces, I saw that the back was funny looking and decided to mirror one of the sides.  Good thing I had lots of lace left. 

Dress before the sparklies.

Sleeve set with the scallop forming the tip at the wrist.
 Well, I know I said I couldn't wait  for the final reveal and here it is.  My friends, Mr. Paul and Mrs. Shandell Kardeen.  Congratulations!!!!

Shandell was so beautiful and I'm not saying that because I made the dress, but because she is really beautiful inside as well as outside.
The train was really long.  I ended up cutting 12" off and this is the length that was left.

The mirrored back panels

Shandell's favorite crew

Dad and I giving kisses for years of Luck and Love
This was a moment I will never forget.  Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your Forever memories.  I love you Shandell and pray that God will bless you and Paul with many years of happiness.

There were a lot of different things that was done to make this dress personal to my friend.  I think I followed the style that she wanted and fulfilled her main desires.  She was very happy and danced the night away. 

My view on the pattern without the alterations...  It is a good pattern with the exceptions of 1- The train is very long.  2- The V is very open.  It goes down to the center of the breast bone.  3-  This dress is for a very flat stomach or shapely formed woman.  Construction was time consuming with adding the lace, but it might would have gone a little smoother and faster without the lace.  The instructions were helpful, but not necessarily used on my end. 

Upcoming Prom goers, this dress would make a beautiful dress with a few minor alterations.  It could be done in a silk, shantung, or a charmeuse.  So when looking for something different and new, this pattern kind of covers a lot of ground when it comes to making an entrance.  The colors that could be used are endless even prints would be perfect for this one.  Sewers, if you want an interesting challenge, try this one.  It will surprise you in the end.

I  enjoyed this project from start to finish and I hope you enjoyed my post.  Thank you for joining me and waiting for the reveal because I was about to burst trying to hold her secret.

Lots Of Love