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