Monday, March 17, 2014

Burda 7143 & Simplicity 2364 DIY


For weeks I have been dreaming of a tulle skirt.  I kept seeing them everywhere and was quite annoyed with myself for letting the many layers of tulle stop me from having one.  BUT, I had to have one of those skirts.  They are absolutely geor- G- ous!  I've seen them on almost every page of any woman's magazine.  The celebrities have been wearing them for a while,,, did I miss the memo?  I think I did.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Color was an open option for me, but all the time that I had thought about this skirt, I had my color already sealed in stone.  I wanted green because it was coming up to St. Patrick's Day.  I haven't been out partying on St. Patti's Day in years, but I thought about today being the perfect day to wear my tulle skirt.  However, the weather is not allowing me much opportunity to wear anything other than a coat.  Here's a picture of the first 30 seconds of the picture taking for my skirt. (LOL)
I was going to try to be Tyra Banks and "Smize" my way through, but the weather was not working for me.  I am not a cold weather girl.  So, since outside was a no go for me, I had to improvise.  Let's see what came up.

Ok, I've gotten the torture part over,,, here's a look at the outfit on Sarah.  The patterns that I used were Burda 7143 for the skirt and Simplicity 2364 View F for the top.
This was an enjoyable project for me.  I was excited from the moment I began.  For the top I used a single knit in the back and for the lining.  The from is a textured knit.  I used the textured knit because I only had 1 yard of single knit and did not feel up to running out to get anything else.  Once I saw the combination together, I decided,,,Kool and went with it.

 I ended up adding extra fabric to the lining because it was not long enough to completely cover my bust area, so the whole top is lined.  I doubled the sleeve because I wanted to blend the single and textured knit together in order to make the front and the back make sense (or at least that's how I could see it).  I went by the pattern for the skirt.  I just added tulle, 4 extra inches from the original View B and lined it with lightweight taffeta.  It swishes when I walk.  That's a sound that some people like and others don't, but I felt that it was a necessary evil for this skirt.

Thank you for joining me today,  I hope you have a happy St. Patrick's Day.

Lots of Love

Friday, March 14, 2014

Winner Announced For The Guessing Game Give Away


I hope you all enjoyed the Guessing Game.   I have a few facts about the movie questions and the announcement of the winner.


1-  The movie was CARRIE.  Scene:  Carrie had finished making her dress and her insane mother was trying to keep her from going out with that boy and told her about showing her "dirty pillows".   Did you see how serious she was while she was making her dress.  The dress was pretty too.

2-  The first movie was released in 1976.  Sissy Spacek played Carrie
     2013- Based on the Author's book and a remake of the original 1976 Brian De Palma's film, Chloe Grace Moretz portrays Carrie.
1976 Carrie with Sissy Spacek and William Kitt
Chloe Grace Moretz getting the "dirty pillows" speech.
3-  The original ( gave it away already,,, was Sissy Spacek.  There have been several tv movies and tv series for the movie, but only 2 actual big screen films.

4-  The mother from the 2013 version of Carrie was my 2nd favorite red head,,,Julianne Moore (she also played in daytime soap opera).  I think she did an excellent job as a psycho mom.

5-  Bonus questions:  Carries talent/ special ability was telekinesis.  I think she was left in the closet one too many times.

6-  The one who started all of the Carrie horror tales ,,Stephen King.

Thank you to all the beautiful sew'rs out there who participate and made this a fun give away.

Now, on to the winner,,,,
Natasha H!!!!  Natasha you are the winner of the pattern give way.   Shoot me an email and your patterns will be in the mail ASAP!!

I do have a 2nd place winner as well.  Becka M.  You win the 2nd place give away prize.  Contact me and your patterns are on the way.

This was a really fun time for me this week.  I hope you all enjoyed playing the guessing game with me.  Until next time..

Lots of Love

30 Minute Pencil Skirt


Are there times when you seem to have either a whole yard of fabric left or maybe just under 1 yard?  Well, I do.  Sometimes I find myself with just enough fabric that I don't want to throw it away, but I don't really know what to do with it.  So, here is what I did with 1 yard of double knit that I had left over from a previous project.

I made a pencil skirt.  It took about 30 minutes to make and I just put on a pair of shoes, a top, and jewelry.
I love how this chiffon top blows with the wind.  The subtle sheerness is going to be a very fashionable statement for wardrobes this year.  The top also has an asymmetrical cut in the back.  Why?  I don't know, but there was something about this top that said "soft".
This skirt is a garment that could be dressed up or down (I will more than likely be wearing flats with it).  It didn't take a lot of fabric and it was quick.  There are a lot of tutorials for pencil skirts and I have tried a lot of them until I found a way to make mine fit me my way and my style.  I may do a quick tutorial later for my skirt, but for right now, I've got a lot of yards to go in order to sew down my leftover stash.

So, if you ever find yourself looking for ways to use 1 yard of fabric or just want a quick cute skirt, think about putting that yard (does great with double knit) to use with a pencil skirt.

Until next time,,,

Lots of Love

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Guessing Game Give Away


As promised, I am back today with the surprise that I ended with yesterday.  I love to play guessing games but, more than games, I like to get stuff for free.  So without further delay I will introduce the surprise.

In my post yesterday I made a subtle quote from a very famous movie.  In order to play and win you have to answer a few questions about the quote and about the movie.  A drawing for the winner will be done on Friday and announced.

Now, I know you are asking yourself, what do I win?  Simple...PATTERNS of course!!!  One lucky person will win 3 patterns for having all the correct answers,,,AND 2 other participants will win a pattern each for having played along.  That is 5 patterns in total.

Here is a look at what you will be winning.

Ok, now you see the prizes, on with the game.

1-  Clue, while referring to my body's physical attributes I used a slight phrase from what movie?  The phrase was "Dirty Pillows".

2-  How many remakes of this movie has there been?

3-  Who was the original main character of the subject movie?

4-  Who played the mother in the 2013 rendition?

Bonus Question-(1)---What was the talent of the main character?
Bonus Question-(2)---Who is the author of the book that this movie is made from?  I thinks a VINTAGE PATTERN is in order for this one.

I know this bonus question will stump a lot of you but, I've just got to see how well we all are actually watching the movies.

To enter, just post your answers in the comment box and Friday night I will take all the names and prepare them for the drawing.  My little one will then draw the name from the pool.  That's all there is to it.  Answer a few movie questions and win Free patterns.

Until Friday,

Lots of Love

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Blue Combo, Butterick 6025 and New Look 6103, DIY


For the last couple of days I have been working on this combo set in blue.  I don't particularly like the color blue but, I had some blue fabric and the idea just popped in my head about blue.  Since blue is the "business smart" color, I decided that I needed more blue in my life.

I picked a lightweight cotton broadcloth that I had had in my stash for over a year.  I could never really find anything that I wanted to use it for and then I had gotten over 10 yards of the stuff which means I still have more left.  Right now I'm not going to worry about how much blue fabric I have sitting on the shelf daring me to touch it (driving me crazy) but, I am going to focus on something else for a while.

In the mean time let's talk about Butterick 6025.  This is the first part of my combination set and the small
section of the 10 yards that's waiting for me (much, much later for that one).  I had this pattern and I was just dying to try it.  I liked the peplum look to the dress.  I was trying to save this pattern for a rainy day and fortunately for me it was raining when I started it.

Here's a look at both pieces as a set.

I was not planning on matching the blouse from the envelope,,,but, somehow this fabric just seemed to match it almost to the blues.   (jewelry-ALDO, shoes- Charlotte Russe)
First on the chopping block, THE BLOUSE.
Butterick 6025
The pattern creates a true peplum top (which I was skeptical of at first) and when you add a belt the bottom skirt stands out more.  Without a belt the top still looks like a peplum just not as prominently because there are only 2 pleats in the back.  The princess seams accentuates the bust and waistline very well.  Clean lines all the way.
The pattern called for a regular zipper, but all I had was an invisible zipper. I wasn't about to go get one so I had ot make due with the one that I had.  Fortunately for me,,,it worked quit well.  The invisible zipper blended in so well until it looked like one of the seams..(yay! the flat no zipper look)

Now for the skirt.  I have been watching the headlines and the main thing that I get from the fashion queens of the world is that my closet is behind the times if I don't have a pencil skirt.  I really didn't have a pencil skirt.  So, I had to change that.
New Look 6103
This skirt has been nagging me for months until finally I gave in.  I can admit that Kim K. is the queen of pencil skirts.  Basically because every time you see her she is wearing something that resembles tight, fitted, and skirt.
Now, I'm not going to bash KK for sporting these looks.  In a previous life she rocked it to the 9s and I admired her for having the confidence to be bold with her fashion style.  BUT,,, as them babies start to bloom so does the rest of our curves.  I, myself (sad to report) have not been able to find a SPANX to instantly suck up/ off 40 to 50 pounds.  I haven't stumbled upon a quick fat killer diet/ pill that will blast off 5 pounds, but I have started altering my clothing to fit my my post baby bump.

Learning to accentuate my figure has been a daunting task since my last baby.  I tend not to wear form fitting clothing because I still have a prominent tummy bulge, Hulk shoulders, and busty "dirty pillows".  All of these major features make up me.  I can't cut them off so I have to camouflage them through my clothing choices.

I adore pencil skirts and form fitted dresses which is why I took a chance on this skirt.  I'm not going to let all of the body image issues stop me from dreaming or wearing.  Here's a look at my pencil skirt.

The fun of this skirt is the form fit.  I love the pleated walking vent in the back.  Even though my skirt is not as tight as some, it does suit my taste.  I like walking and I like breathing even better.
I hope you enjoyed today's post.  Until next time,,,

Lots of Love,

OOOh, I almost forgot.  Tune in tomorrow for a special surprise giveaway.  It's going to be a Hoot!!!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

New Look 6121, Almost Spring


Today I changed things up a little with a pattern that I have been dying to put to fabric for a while.  Last year when I got this pattern I thought it was cute and real Summertime wear.  New Look 6121 is a light little dress that has a lot of possibilities.  

Since I have been enjoying the warmer weather and looking forward to Summer fun, I decided to make myself a fun frock to fit the mood.
This is a start to my Spring/ Summer salute..Yaaay for warm weather!!

This is a swatch of the fabric.  I noticed that the sun was washing out the true color but, there are some really cute blue dots in it and deep burgundy stripes.   I don't normally go for fabrics with this type of pattern but, the colors are what made this fabric say something to me.  From the very beginning I thought this pattern would go good with this fabric.

Pattern Description:   New Look by Suede Says Misses pullover dress with length and skirt variations.
Pattern Sizing:  4-16
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, very easy.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  The choice of lightweight fabric and there wasn't a need for a zipper.  
Fabric Used:  Polyester.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I had to omit the bust darts because it conflicted with the striping line.  
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  Yes, I would like to make this in a cotton fabric.  I recommend this pattern to beginners because of it's ease.  A more veteran sewist might undertake this pattern for a Saturday quick fix.
Conclusion:  This was a quick and easy pattern.  I chose a crazy pattern of fabric, which gave cause for deep thought.  After a few minutes of debate I decided that the darts were not necessary for this style of dress.   So, I cut them out/ off then seamed the sides as normal.  Once I did that, all my lines lined up.  This is a great pattern that can be dressed up with satin or dressed down with cotton.  I think if you can muster up about 2 hours and no "crazy stripes" this pattern would make a nice date night dress or fun in the sun dress.

Thank you for joining me today.  Until next time,,,

Lots Of Love,