Thursday, September 8, 2016

Surprised By Roses And New Look 6447


My project today is called a surprise because the fabric for today's project was a dream come true.   It came as a total surprise in one of FabricMart's 10 yd bundle.  I felt like the fabric queen when I made both the 10 yds free and the free shipping.  I said to myself at the time, " Yaasssss!!!  I score a free 10 yds and shipping."  Once my order arrived, I went through everything and I was so pleased with all my fabrics until I got to this one.  I can't tell you what my first thoughts were, but let's let me try.

I opened the box and this fabric was on top.  I fell in ultimate love!  I held this piece of fabric close to me and just squeezed it so tight and screamed, "Wow, It's so beautiful!"  Very slowly I began to unfold the fabric and my already wide eyes got even wider.  I completely unfolded the fabric and the big stank face came over me.  The fabric that I had wanted was a big mystery to me because I could clearly see that it had 2 different styles.  One side of the fabric had the flowers going one way all the way down and the other side had something that looked like panels.  My main thought after that was,,,,"OOOOOooh, What's going on with this?"
This is a picture of what the fabric looked like before I started only it's a different color.
Needless to say, I put that fabric to the side and kept it moving because my mind was not ready for all the mix up going on with that fabric at that time.  I've planned and completed a couple of projects since I first got this fabric and even though I put it away, it was always on my mind.  It was like a reoccurring nightmare happening every time I began a new project.

But guess what?!?  I recently had an epiphany that led me to New Look 6447.  I don't know why this pattern seemed to fit this fabric, but to me, it worked.

Here is a look at what became of my free bundle Jacquard.

The Review

Pattern Description:  Misses dress with slim or full skirt.  Varying skirt lengths with shaped waistband,  Back V and zipper.

Pattern Sizing:  8-20

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.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I loved this pattern.  I liked the waistband.  It makes me look like I have a shape,,, even though I don't.

Fabric Used:  Jacquard.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I didn't make any alterations to this pattern.

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

Conclusion:  I have to say this was a really good pattern.  When I first saw this pattern it seemed to be a repeat pattern, but I gave it a shot and found that it was easy to put together.  I love the V in the back.  It gave a little sexy to the dress.  I actually wanted the full skirt, but I really didn't have a lot of fabric to work with.  I had to try and fit my panels and pattern to what was available.  I am very pleased with how it all worked out.  If you use a solid color or a simple pattern, this dress will work well.  It is a good quick sew for any occasion.

Well, I'm off to find the next task.  Thank you for joining me today.  As always, I enjoy our time together and I look forward to our next adventure.  Until next time.

Lots of Love

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Give Away Winner and McCalls's 7163 For The Beach


You know how you look for your next project and seemingly can't find anything to do?  That was kind of what I was feeling like when I found my next project.  I always have a stash of patterns and fabric hanging around and when I look through either one there seems to be a blank slate.

A while back FabricMart and was having some serious sales on Gauze fabric.  I couldn't resist the urge to indulge and ordered my fabric from both companies.  I'm glad that I did because each piece of fabric had a whole different look for each pattern that I had chosen.

To make my look complete I took 2 patterns and went to work.  The top is McCall's 7163.  This is a lightweight top that can convert to an off the shoulder look in a second.  The skirt is Butterick 5757.  There are a couple of variations for the skirt, but I chose the long one with tiers to give a "beachy" affect to my look because I actually had plans of wearing this outfit to the beach.  

Here's the completed look.

The Review

Pattern Description:  Misses Top with sleeve and length variations.  Misses skirt with differing lengths and tier variations.

Pattern Sizing:  Sm-Lge

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

Were the instructions easy to follow?  Very easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  It was quick and not too many pieces to assemble.

Fabric Used:  Cotton Gauze

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  No alterations needed.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  Yes and yes.

Conclusion:  This was a really quick fix for the beach.  It's light and airy made up in the gauze fabric that I chose.  I think that this is a perfect look for a beginner and a Spring/ Summer wardrobe could be easily built with these patterns.

Now on to the Give Away Winner.......Sandra Cunningham.  You answered the question correctly so, the winner is you.  Contact me to receive your prize!!!

Well, I'm off to the next grand idea.  As always, I enjoy our time here.  Until next time...

Lots of Love

Friday, September 2, 2016

A Grand Opening That Doesn't Seem Likely McCall's 7411 And A Give Away


I'm back.  I have been trying to do an official opening of my studio, but I have been booked, cleaning, fixing, and completely run down with everything.  On the bright side,,,,I rise and sew. LOL.

My plan was to have a grand opening party for the opening of my studio.  That's not going to happen because I already have clients coming in while I am putting things together and I still have my family obligations that I have to keep up with.  That is the life of a Mommy.  I have one that is in college and Wow, she is doing so good. (Thank you Lord) and my little one is trail blazing  through her 7th grade year.  I feel very fortunate to have such beautiful children.  I'm so proud of them.

But,,,, on with the plans.  I've decided that I can no longer wait to let you in on my studio fixings so,,, I've decided to do a quick Give Away to celebrate in spite of my delays.  Yaaaay,, who doesn't love a free item?  I have a Kool pattern to give away from McCall's that is from my personal stash.  I'll get into that a little later.

Today, I'm about this gorgeous top, McCall's 7411.  I was looking for something that I could mingle with my invited guest with and still be able to enjoy my evening without feeling stuffy or restricted.  Finding something fun and comfortable was kind of hard.  My Mom came over to me with this pattern and said, "What about this top and a pair of pants like the leggings you just made"?  I just said ok,, because my Mommy suggested it.  I was working on a client's outfit and really wasn't paying any attention to what she was showing me.......Hahhaha.. I admit, Mommy is my best worker....LOL.

Here's a look at what she came up with for me while I wasn't paying attention.

I love bell bottom pants and Mommy wanted the leggings that I made earlier, so she altered the pattern to make these bell bottoms.
I thought Mommy had lost her touch, but I see she is still in the game with this outfit.  I can really rock these pants with just about any top.  I told her that I wanted the military cut hem so that the hem would sit just to the top of my low heeled foot and look what she gave me.  The fit is perfect and I am well pleased with how these turned out.  The top that she made wasn't really suppose to be made from cotton, but it worked too.

The Review

Pattern Description:   Misses scoop neck top with overlay options.

Pattern Sizing: 16-26

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?  The instructions and illustrations were awesome.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  Nothing not to like.

Fabric Used:  Lightweight Cotton

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  None

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

Conclusion:  Since my Mommy made this for me I will try and give her perspective as well as my own.  The top was just a front and a back with bias tape as closing trip. (hem and sleeve less trim).  It took a couple of hours for her to make and the matching pants took about 30 minutes once she decided on a color and fabric.  The top in the cotton is very workable.  It has a lot of ease and give,  The basic fabric suggestions are Charmeuse, Georgette, Crepe de Chine, and Challis.  All of these fabrics are a lot softer than the cotton my mom used, but the ont that she used was a lot like a medium weight Challis.  So, I think this pattern could be left to your own fabric choice ideas and any fabric that's suitable for tops or blouses. 

Now, Back to the Give Away.  I haven't done a Give Away in a while and I know you've been waiting and here it is!!!  This is a simple give away and I know I will have someone to participate and win the prize.  First, this prize is 
McCall's 7362

I have been watching the kimono become a sensation this Spring and Summer season and I would like to help one of you get into the kimono fever with me.  A good cover up is a necessity for any fashion forward Diva.  Now's your chance to get the pattern that makes it all Pop!!

Here's what you have to do to win this pattern Plus an extra pattern that is a surprise pattern.  Hopefully the winner will not have them in their collection already... :-).  The magic task is,,,,,,,, Drum roll........Since this outfit is the one that I would have worn for my Grand Opening, What is one of the main colors in my studio and which fabric do you think I made my curtains from?  The top or the pants.

I know that's a lot to answer, but I am sure one of you will get the answers right.  Good Luck to you all and by the way,,,,,,,,,, there is only a 48 hour (2 days) limit for the correct answers.

I really enjoyed today's post and I look forward to our visits.  Until next time

Lots of Love

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Rounding Out Summer With McCall's 7404


I know that Summer is coming to a very quick end, but I can't help but think about all the things I didn't get around to doing.  I have had project behind project and only managed to get just a simple few done.  Well, I'm sad to say that the nice days of Summer are on their way out and Fall is rolling in with a bang, as usual.

In my mind it will be Spring/ Summer all year round, so I plan to continue making the things I like most and that normally has something to do with heat.  When I first looked at McCall's 7404 and thought it was a very basic looking dress.  I studied the pattern and found that I actually was going to like the finished garment and it was just what I was looking for.  Something easy to put on, easy to make, fast to make, and something that could go with any occasion.  For this pattern I chose View A.  I had a piece of lace and some lining fabric and ...Here's what I came up with/

I love the flow of this dress.  I left the yoke sheer (lace alone) and then used a lining for the rest.

The Review

Pattern Description:  Sleeveless loos-fitting dress.  Has front and back yoke with back neck slit and different skirt variations.

Pattern Sizing: SM-Med.

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, This was a really quick sew.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I love easy patterns that turn out great garments.  Makes me feel like I'm not wasting my time or pulling my hair out from frustration.

Fabric Used:  Lace and poly-lining.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  None.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  Yes, this was a great pattern. Yes.  This pattern could be used as a maternity dress or as a lounge dress.

Conclusion:   I loved this pattern.  It was versatile and easy to do.  I felt that a piping could have been used between the yoke and the skirt part.  I think that would add some interest if you are using solid colors to make this dress.  I also think it would look nice without that piece altogether.

As I stated earlier, If you are expecting a baby, this is the perfect dress for maternity and there wouldn't be a lot of alterations needed to make it work.  I think it is versatile enough to carry sleeves of any type and you could still be cute and in style.  This dress took me a total of 3 hours from pattern cut out, to finding the fabric that I wanted to use, to putting it on.  It was just that fast.

Just because I love this pattern, I have to tell you that this dress is really something.  I don't know if it was the lining or the lace, but it feels like a 60s trapeze dress.  It is the perfect dress for comfort and ease without looking like a Muumuu.  I know I will be making more from this pattern and I don't know where I will let it take me, but Yes, I will be making more of these.

Well, That's all for today.  Thank you for joining me and until next time...

Lots of  Love,

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Going Boho With New Look 6448


Today I have a project that I was itching to get to because I was curious about the fabric.  A few weeks back I ordered some fabric and my skepticism was peeked by this gauze material that I kept seeing on FabricMart.  We all take a chance when we order fabric online, but this piece kept calling me and I was constantly thinking,,,,"What would I do with it"?

Normally I have a plan for my fabric before I go in, but this time I wasn't too sure about how I was going to handle this one and another piece that came as a surprise from one of their free bundles (show you that later).

When my fabric comes I am always so excited.  I've been asked several times, "Have you ever been displeased with any fabric that you've ordered online?"  My answer is,,,,NO.  I love fabric and I could never really see an ugly piece or a piece that couldn't be used somewhere.  So while I'm looking at this fabric my mind was not clicking with the concept of gauze and something light because this fabric had a different weight and texture compared to other gauze fabric that I had in my stash.  Twisting my mind with what to do with the fabric seemed to be a challenge until I looked at New Look.  I had over 4 yards and I didn't want to just make a top or a skirt, but I wanted something made with this fabric.  In the end New Look 6448 gave me the inspiration that I needed to put some beautiful fabric together,,,My Way.

Here's what I came up with.
This is the bodice top with the lining.
Here is the bodice and the pins are the placement for eyelets.  If you haven't tried an eyelet application, I think it is so worth the effort to try them.  There are many different sizes to accommodate just about any project that you can think of.  I used the small 5/32" brass eyelets that I had leftover from a previous project.
The pattern only called for a space of 3 sets of eyelets.  I placed 4 sets  That was a safety measure for me.

I used a suede cord that I found at Walmart in the craft department to tie up things and placed a couple of beads on the ends (I found these in the same area).
The pattern doesn't really call for an underslip (lining), but I felt that since I had lined the bodice,,why not line the whole thing?

I can not say how happy I was with this fabric.  The colors are so vibrant and fabric was a dream to sew.  This purchase was so worth it and yet the sad part is FabricMart no longer has any of this gauze left.

I liked the long sleeves on this dress, but wanted something a little different. So, I split the sleeve all the way from bottom to top and then joined them back together 2" from the top and 2" from the top.  Then I stitched the edges to create the open sleeve look and continued as directed with the elastic closure to wrists.

The Review

Pattern Description: Misses dress pattern with sleeve and skirt variations.

Pattern Sizing: 6-18

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? The instructions were great.  I didn't have any problems with the illustrations or the written instructions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  Believe it or not this pattern was very versatile and with the different cover photos of possibilities, I actually loved everything about this pattern.

Fabric Used: Cotton Gauze

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  Only the sleeve and added 1 extra eyelet.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  Yes, and most definitely yes.

Conclusion:   I think this is a great pattern and it might be the fabric that made it so beautiful to me, but I believe that a Challis or any type of lightweight silky fabric could make this pattern come to life.  Just pick your yardage and let go.  I even think a beginner could make this dress.

I hope you enjoyed today's post.  That's all for now and until next time,,,,,

Lots Of Love

Thursday, August 18, 2016

New Look 6449 In Navy


I've been thinking about the color Navy Blue lately and I really wanted to get something patriotic going for this past 4th of July.  Needless to say,,,,That wasn't happening.

To make a some what out of sort situation turn around... I decided that navy blue is a good color regardless to when you wear it and since the 4th was already gone, I've got to have something in blue.

To get over my "Blues", I went with New Look 6449.
I liked the knit dress and thought that the shirt dress would be great for covering as a jacket as well as a stand alone dress when needed.  I don't know what made me think that stripes would be "Kool" for me to wear, but I went all in with that striped knit dress.

Here's a look.

I think I was pleased with the whole ensemble once I put the shirt dress on.

Now the shirt dress alone.

The Review

Pattern Description: Misses shirt dress and knit dress. Shirt dress has collar and pocket options.  Knit tee shirt dress with sleeve options with/ without pockets.

Pattern Sizing: 8-20

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,  The knit dress was exceptionally easy.  The shirt dress would need a little more work.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  The ease of this pattern makes it a great starter pattern and wardrobe builder.

Fabric Used:  Knit dress- Cotton Jersey,  Shirt dress- Cotton Blend.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I really didn't make any alterations, but I added belt loops to the sides.  I would think this pattern is very true to size.

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

Conclusion:  This was an excellent pattern.  I enjoyed the knit dress for its simplicity.  I could sit down and make a million of these.  This was one of those 1 hr from start to finish projects and I would love to have one in every color of the rainbow.

The shirt dress was a little more time consuming.

In the end the time taken to make it as a set was very worth it.  I actually made the belt loops for the dress because the pattern didn't include any and I wanted something to hold the belt with regardless to what type of belt I used.

The instructions and illustrations were great.  I absolutely love New Look patterns.  They make wardrobe building easy.

I hope you enjoyed today's post.  That's all for now and until next time,,,,,

Lots Of Love