Saturday, June 29, 2013

Simplicity 1613 (DIY)

Hi, Today is really turning out to be a beautiful day.  The morning started out kind of dark and cloudy, but I still have a really neat pattern review to share with you today.  The pattern is Simplicity 1613.

I chose view D and some fabric that had some really cute silver sparkles in it.  This was my first try at sewing a really thin knit fabric.  I didn't know that knit was so easy yet so hard to sew.  In my mind knits are a little more difficult than satin, faille, or any silky type fabric, but they all have their drawbacks and hang ups.  In simple, if you want something silky then you have to deal with the unraveling.  Knits on the other hand tend to not unravel as much, but they stretch a lot (no pulling!!! Ugh..).

I made this blouse for my oldest daughter because she has a pair of white jeans and this is what I decided to add to her wardrobe.


I love the silver sparkle in this material. It added that extra flare that will her white jeans stand out a little more, even when she wears the jacket.
Aligning the stripes was a chore, but I think I got them pretty close.
I didn't have a double needle, so I improvised and double stitched the finished hem. 
The Review 
Pattern Description:  Simplicity 1613
Pattern Sizing:  4-12
Did it look like the photo on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes.  The illustrations were very useful.
What did you like about the pattern?  I liked the fact that this pattern was something that would be something that someone as young as my daughter could wear and something that I would wear as well.  Very versatile for different ages.
Pattern alterations you made:  None.
Will you sew it again?  Yes.  I would like to make a couple more for her and maybe one or two for me.
Would you recommend this pattern to others?  Yes.  
Conclusion:  This pattern flowed easy.  The steps from the instructions and the visual from the illustrations makes this blouse a home run for quick throw on blouses.  It made me feel confident with using knit fabric.  I would definitely suggest this pattern for beginners, but would suggest that you choose you knit (stretchy material) carefully.   A few suggestions would be 
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All of the examples are of knits in print, but you don't have to go with a print.  There are solids which are always going to be a good choice for this pattern and then there are the animal prints for the leopard or zebra print fans.  As you can see, stripes can have a positive outcome as well.  There are just about as many blends for knits as there are color choices.  

Because there are so many different types of knit blends, I suggest going with a cotton blend for your first knit.  Cotton blends have a more steady hand than their slinky silky polyester blended counterparts.  By using a rougher blend you will get a better understanding of how the knit family works, moves, and fits.  Either way, you can't loose with a pattern this good and an awesome piece of fabric (less than 2 yds). 

LOLPOH, 
Dellia

Saturday, June 22, 2013

DIY,,Simplicity 2188

Hi
Today I was right in the middle of putting together a wardrobe pattern that I had been wanting to make, as a set, for quite some time.  I didn't realize when I bought the fabric that I used today that I would be using it for this set and originally purchased it for a nice pair of slacks.  Needless to say, I got started on Simplicity 2188 with only 2 yards of fabric.  Luckily for me my thoughts are telling me to finish with a black knit fabric on the vest for a light Summer vest and a lt. broadcloth or something silky for the top.



The skirt from this pattern is really easy and I like the casing a lot.  It gives the skirt a finished look.  I'm not able to get to the vest just yet, but I will get around to it very shortly.  The skirt is something that you can easily make 3 or 4 of in one day.  It took about 30 minutes to complete from start to hem.  The pattern suggests using Poplin, Pique, Twill, all heavier type fabrics, but I think this would look awesome in a printed Charmouse, Chiffon, or Crepe (lt. weight fabrics).  I noticed that the sizing was from XXS TO XXL.  The sizing is very important with this pattern because if you normally wear a 14, which I do, you will be making a M (medium).  Yes, I was shocked until I measured myself, measured the pattern, then started sewing.  Take the back instructions serious when it tells you your size because you don't want to over shoot the sizing and waste material.  I also suggest that if you are using a stretchy material (pique knit, sateen) check the size chart and adjust before you cut.  This will save you in the long run.  Remember, with this pattern, Check, Check, and CHECK.

Hope you enjoyed today's quick review,,,Lots of Love and Plenty of Hugs,,,,Dellia

Friday, June 21, 2013

DIY,,,New Butterick 5917..My Dress of Tears

Hi
When I checked the online site for new patterns at Butterick I was excited about 2 of the new patterns that they came out with for the Summer.  So excited about the newbies until I went right out and got both of them, but today is only going to be about just one of them B5917Here.  This was a brain teaser to put together, but it kind of flowed fairly easily once I got started.

I was right in the middle of making another project when I got a phone call that wasn't good.  For a few days I was hurt and in a daze.  My Dad's baby brother had died and I knew that I would be attending the ceremony, so my focus changed.  With my heart heavy and eyes filled with tears and memories, I began to assure myself that a wind of a different direction would be best for me. As I went through my pattern stash for both me and the girls, B5917 said pick me.  As I looked around for fabric, this nice silk weave linen jumped out and said pick me.  Even though I was not mentally there, some how everything just stood out and in place.

As I cut each piece of pattern and each piece of fabric, my task seemed so very hard, but I refused to let my weight gain stop me from being with my loved ones as they grieved.  Every step was a step closer to covering my new body.
 In the last 2 years I watched myself change sizes from an 8 to a 14, but I couldn't let my shape or my size stop me from attending his service.  I thought to myself "This isn't about me nor how much weight I've gained since they last saw me".   The whole time that I had these body image thoughts I would have little break down moments where my Dad would cross my mind and I could see little flashes of yesterday when my uncle and aunt would come down from Atlanta to visit.  My uncle had a big beautiful smile like my Dad.  The two of them could pass for twins if you had not know that my Dad had an almost 15 year lead on him.  I thought of how good it was to have my aunt, uncle, and their son stay with us.  It felt like a full house and lots of love.  I remember one trip they made to stay with us, they had a new member to the bunch and he was so cute and tiny.

Then the day came for me to look at what I  had made.  My final fitting before hemming and cutting away the basting stitches was at hand.  Looking in the mirror tears began to flow again.

 I knew that my impending journey would bring eminent waves of pain.  When all at once the lady in the mirror said, "OK. It's finished." I put away my sewing and began packing for the 5 hour trip.  I synchronized a timing and a place to meet up with my Mom.  Once I got there her warm embrace and never ending smile brought joy to my weary heart.  I could tell that this was going to be a hard hit for her, but she showed through to be a real trooper.

As the funeral began I sat next to one of my aunts.  It was evident through her sobs and tears that she was so torn.  I put my arms around her hoping to comfort her and in a small way I think it did because I was the daughter of her oldest brother.  The time came for the final farewells and for some reason, for me, this is the hardest part.  I thought back to my own goodbyes and realized that my cousin will be starting the release of his grief.  I've had almost 12 years of releasing grief and because I had such a wonderful Father, there is not a day without a thought of him.  I have learned to live through the grief and know that life is a process and a lonely road that we each one have to travel.  I just hope that as we sojourn on this road, we make a positive difference in the lives of the others that we meet.

And now, there is but one.  I pray that he is allowed health, strength, and prosperity beyond measure as he is all that our family has left of such honorable men.
My uncle drove all night from Miami to say goodbye to his little brother. He is a strong man and has always proven to be a wonderful person. I'm glad that this is my family. He is the last of 4 boys and 5 girls. All of my aunts still remain vital and as loving as ever. I wish them all the world.

Thank you for sharing this moment with me and I wish you Lots Of Love and Plenty Of Hugs...Dellia

Thursday, June 20, 2013

DIY... Pattern Review New Look 0183/6196

Hello
Today I decided to put on my favorite New Look blouse.  I like this blouse  because of the fabric that I chose to make it out of.  I found the fabric at a Hancock table sale a couple of months back when it was pretty cold and for some reason this very lightweight fabric just stood out to me. 






















The Review 

Pattern Description:  NewLook  0183/6196

Pattern Sizing:  8- 18

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

Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes.  The illustrations were very useful.

What did you like about the pattern?  The peplum.  It gives a more busty/waist ratio. 

Pattern alterations you made:  None.

Will you sew it again?  No. This was a spur of the moment purchase, but I did like the blouse.

Would you recommend this pattern to others?  Yes.  


Conclusion:  I like this pattern, but I don't think that it has staying ability for me.  The pants nice even though I haven't tried making them yet.  I would recommend this to others who like the style.  The instructions were easy to follow and the illustrations were a plus.  This pattern is a definite go for bustier women.  Just be sure to size up so that your fit is spot on.

LOLPOH,  Dellia 


Fabric 101 Excursion Finds

I am so excited about my visit to Fabric 101.  I was amazed at the choices of top brand fabric and I got a little something for myself while I was there.  Let's take a look and decide what I should do with this beautiful fabric.


Yellow is my favorite color, so when I spotted these two pieces, I knew I had to have them.  They are both a cotton/linen weave.  If you live in my area and you are looking for some exquisite fabric, try stopping by Fabric 101 off Two Notch in the Sandhills area.  It was a pleasant visit and I will be making that trip again.
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Now that I have this lovely fabric, the question is What to do with it?  Any suggestions?  I think something retro would be a fitting finish for at least one of them, maybe a skirt.   You tell me what you think along with a pattern pick.  Then  the pattern and fabric with most votes wins!!  Then I will go from there.

LOLPH, Dellia

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New Look A6096 (DIY) Pattern Review

Patttern Review NEW LOOK 6096

This was an interesting piece to make.  I've had the pattern for several months and I desperately wanted something to wear for the up coming vacation month of July.  First I couldn't find the right fabric in my stash and then I remember that I had just the right piece.  The fabric that I was going to make my kitchen curtains out of is now something that I will love to wear.  Let's see how it turned out.












The Review 


Pattern Description:  NewLook  A6096
Pattern Sizing:  4- 16
Did it look like the photo on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes
What did you particularly like about the pattern?  It was easy and quick.
Pattern alterations you made:  I wanted to have longer sleeves so I added an inch in fabric and then used an in of black for the casing casing .
Will you sew it again?  Yes. I want the long sleeved one for the fall.
Would you recommend this pattern to others?  Yes.  
Conclusion:  I like this pattern because it was an easy wardrobe builder for Summer.  I think it would look great in a knit fabric, but I used cotton with a sheer overlay.  I think this pattern is something that can change with any person's style.  A blouse could be made from this pattern and changing the sleeves was something that I had thought about more than once.  I really love New Look patterns.  The instructions are easy to follow.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Top 5 Online Fabric Stores

Hi 
Today I have decided to post a listing of some online fabric stores that I have found.  There are many different fabrics and therefore there should be more than one place to buy fabric.  I was having a hard time finding fabric after exhausting the stores here in my local area.  So, I had no choice, but to seek out new sources.  My favorite stores are http://www.joann.com/ and http://www.hancockfabrics.com/, had a limited amount of fabric and notions.  One can only make so many trips to a brick and mortar store before they find themselves out of options. 

I can't forget to mention my onestop shop, Walmart.  If you are looking for reasonably priced fabric and even cheap fabric that is totally awesome,,, run, don't walk, to your nearest Walmart.  Even though Walmart has basically discontinued it's fabric department in most of their stores, there are still some Walmart stores that carry fabric.  I did a basic search through Walmart.com for my location's Walmarts, then checked the online craft area for fabric by the yard.  The online search showed me which stores in my area carried fabric and which ones didn't.  Needless to say, I do not visit the ones that don't carry fabric..LOL

Top 5 Online Stores for Fabric
http://www.fabric.com/
- This online store takes my breath away.  Every time I go to this site there is always something good going on.  Since I've signed up for the email alerts, today I found an email in my account that has a 20% off on clearance notice.  The types of fabric that I have gotten from this site is unbelievable. The site is easy to navigate with a worry free shopping cart, with great discounts and Free shipping on orders over $35.00, this site is one of my favorite online sites. 

http://www.moodfabrics.com/-
This is the infamous store of Project Runway.  It's chocked full of many different fabrics, notions, and accessories, all accessible by the navigation bar at the top.  From the homepage you can access Project Runway and the Mood Society Blog.

http://lowpricefabric.com/default.aspxThis is another online store with absolutely gorgeous fabric.  Anything that you can think of for your sewing and crafting needs is right here.  The site is easy to navigate and Free shipping on orders of $75.00 or more.  Gotta love it!

http://thefabricfairy.com/- Here you can buy fabric by the bolt and free shipping for purchases of $125.00.  This site has an array of bright fabrics that is well suited for children and the Mod stylist. 



http://beautifulfabric.com/- This is a store for the DIY upholstery specialist and enthusiast.  If you are in the mood to change a few things around the house such as cushions for your outdoor patio set or upholster a chair, then this is a really good place to find really great upholstery fabric.


These online stores get an honorable mention because they had that special spark that I saw while browsing.  I have not purchased from them as of yet, but will get around to it very soon.


I am sure that over time my list will find new places to visit for fabric and I will try to make changes along the way, but if you have a favorite store let the rest of us in on it.

Lots of Love and Plenty of Hugs.
Dellia