Monday, January 19, 2015

Burda magazine, sewing, chatting and all the extras

   Gosh, where do I start?! I seem to be overly excited about all that's going on in the sewing community, the good things that is :).... For instance, I signed up for the Burda challenge, hosted by Dawn, who blogs over at "Two on and two off". The challenge is to sew at least one garment a month for 2015 from the Burda Style magazine, but go have a look see and see if you're game. It seems like a lot of fun to me! Now, I have never sewn a Burda Style anything, a pattern or from their magazine.. It's a little intimidating; however, I would like to really move a little out of my comfort zone this year. 

Burda Style 11/2014 ordered off of Ebay..Had
to have this one, loved so many in this issue.

 I've already started a 3 month subscription with Burda Style, as I wanted to see if I would like the magazine and would I really make anything from the magazine. However, I couldn't wait for my first subscription, lol, so I ordered a few off of Ebay (did anyone tell you that Ebay is addictive? ) LOL!

Seriously these patterns are gorgeous.
 I also ordered the 11/2013 issue; apparently I have a thing with Burda Styles' November issues. Again, this issue, in my humble opinion is everything, everything I say, LOL!

Burda Style 11/2013
 There were so many garments in this issue from the moto jacket, to the crossover pants, which are so unique, but in a good way. I know these issues are old news to most, but man y'all I am excited!

  Now, I probably won't have a January Burda garment, seeing that my subscription doesn't start until February. I also didn't really see anything that I wanted to make in January's issue; however, I do believe that we can make something from any issue, so I will have to see. However, I'm still waiting on my tracing materials and things like that, so all that will be a factor in will I have a garment for January for the challenge.
  In other news, is anyone else waiting for the new Vogues to be released? I know I am! I am getting impatient lol... Now in some real time sewing, I have managed to make good progress on my B5526 shirt. I'm using a flannel that I purchased from Jo-Ann's, hopefully I won't regret it. I also have plans to cut out M7094, which I picked up this weekend from the Hobby Lobby, and they just so happened to have every pattern that I wanted, go Hobby Lobby! I'm not sure if I should do a muslin, but I think I'm gonna throw caution to the wind, LOL! We'll see how that pans out, right?! Okay, y'all it's already beyond my bed time and my little people will be taking no prisoners in the morning LOL!
                                 ~Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Keeping warm in my faux fur and midi pencil skirt: Simplicity 2285

  This project has been on my to do list since forever! I actually purchased fabric for this in 2013 and butchered the faux fur so bad, that I couldn't even salvage the vest. The dang lining of the vest confused the crap out of the 2013 Candice, but see the 2015 Candice handled the lining like a champ lol! And by champ, I mean that I lined it my way but hey that's the beauty in sewing, right? That there is more than one way to get it done!
  I've been seeing these faux fur vest everywhere, and knew that I had to finally try this pattern again.  I fell in love with this DKNY faux fur vest; however, I was so not feeling that 239.59 price tag! No ma'am! Don't they know people have to save their coins for fabric and shoes lol!

Inspiration piece: DKNY 239.59 
 I purchased this faux fur from, and as I soon as it came in -I got to work! That's how excited I was, y'all lol! I cut a 14 because somehow I had the smaller range of the pattern, not sure how that happened, perhaps wishful thinking lol! Anyway, I had to make it work seeing that this pattern is now OPP(out of print). I had to add about a 1" to the side seams, and this worked great, since there was so much ease built into this pattern. This was one time that I was so thankful for that ease, whew!

My hubby was totally throwing shade at my MJ (Michael Jackson)
hat! LOL!!!
 I also left off the collar, as I wanted this to be as close to my inspiration piece as possible. I didn't find sewing faux fur to be difficult, just messy. I used a denim needle and a longer stitch length, and I am proud to say that my machine handled the faux fur like a champ(I sew on a brother CS6000i)!  This vest came really together quickly; I think it took all of three hours and that's including the cutting out the fabric. I think the thing that took the longest was that I ended up having to hand stitch the lining on the side seams to close them.

Inside shot: The lining..
 As for the skirt, I  actually repurposed a past project that I made. I ended up getting bleach on the dress, sigh! The life of a wife and mommy isn't always pretty lol! I just couldn't imagine throwing the dress away, with only such a tiny imperfection, so I cut off the bleach stain and made a midi skirt, yay!

  I am really pleased with this faux fur vest and midi skirt. I know that this will get plenty of wear this season. I hope you all are having a great start to 2015! I hope to get a head start tomorrow on B5526, but we will see how it goes...

                                       ~Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Vogue 8927

Love the relaxed fit of this blouse..
 This pattern Vogue 8927 was released last year some time; I do believe. I actually cut this pattern out last year, but was too intimidated to sew it up. Fast forward to this year  where I have a few shirts under my belt this year, so I was all too excited to finally get to this pattern that I cut out last year.

Vogue 8927

  Now this is your pretty standard, basic button down blouse, which makes for a pretty great candidate in beginner shirt making 101..This pattern is a very loose-fitting blouse, which makes for a very relaxed fit. I made an 18 throughout the entire shirt, and really loved the relax fit.  I used a cotton sateen that I purchased eons ago.I made view E; however, I shortened it 2 inches and borrowed the tabs from view D. By shortening the pattern, this caused me to have to readjust the button positioning, but this was an easy adjustment.

  Oh but let's get into this ridiculousness , plain ridiculous lol, shall we!  I do not understand why patterns sometimes have the most ridiculous amount of ease in the sleeve caps. The sleeves in this pattern were drafted with way too much ease. I was so close to just scrapping the entire thing;I was all too annoyed, and nobody has time for that, right?!. I also really struggled with the top-stitching on the front bands, now that was my issue. I really need to work on this, but I found using my edge-stitching  foot produced the better results.
Top left:Front button band with buttons, top right: Inside collar
Bottom left:Collar, and bottom right :sleeve cuff

  After struggling with those irritating sleeves, everything else was a breeze! I highly recommend Pam Howard's class on Craftsy, if that is a platform in which you like to learn. I know it's not everyone's thing, but I truly enjoyed it.   So, even though I struggled with some parts of making this shirt. I still really do love it! Now, will I make this particular pattern again? No way! It's way too many patterns to be dealing with the sleeve issues. As a matter of fact, I getting ready to start on B5526.

Thanks to Toy for posting about this pattern on her blog,
and bringing this pattern to my attention. B5526.

I probably won't start on this pattern until next week sometime, as to enjoy this last little bit of time with my little people before they go back to school. I hope you all have a Happy New Year, and I'll see you in 2015! 
                                  ~Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierece!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Late night sewing and B6132

   It's Christmas Eve y'all, where did the time go? I mean this year has flown right on by. I guess it's true, that time waits on no one. Well, back to the subject at hand, which is this cute top from Butterick, B6132.  I rarely get to a pattern as soon as it's released, but y'all I had to have this one. It's right up my alley with being non fussy, yet still has that cute factor going on...

 I made view B with the contrasting yoke and sleeves.  I used Ponte- knit for both fashion fabrics in this top. I made a 16 at the bust and graded to an 18 for the waist and hips. I also added 1" to the body of the pattern, but didn't have to add anything to the sleeves. This is a very simple pattern; however, there was trouble to be had, oh yes, there was lol! I mean I was getting along on my way, grinning at how fast things seemed to me moving along, right? And then BAM! That dang on back neck that the instructions tells you to do the whole narrow hem thing, yeah that! Can someone please say a hot mess dot com! LOL! I knew better than to do this, but see the thing is that the front has a facing/yoke piece. It's not like you can put a binding on this neck edge because of the contrasting pieces. So after ripping off that hot mess of a narrow hem, I ended up making a binding for just the back neck edge. I found I had to sew the neck binding into the shoulder seams on either side first, and then stitch on the remainder of the binding per usual.
close-up of the back neck binding
   I would say that even with the little bleep in the road, that this project still comes along great.. Just be mindful of the back neck edge if you're making this view. I started this top at midnight and was done at about 3am..Hey, I have to get it in when I can around here, LOL!

Back shot

Yoke front

 I have been heavy in my sewing room this week. I even managed to finally get my buttons on my blouse that has been waiting for buttons forever lol! I also made pattern mash-up, but I hated it on me, so boo :(.. Overall, this a great pattern, one that I would recommend if this is your thing, ya know! I hope everyone has  a very Merry Christmas and happy New Year.. I thank each and everyone of you for your words of encouragement throughout this year. See you in 2015!

~Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Vogue 8711

  Y'all this skirt almost got the best me! I was so excited to finally muster up the courage to try this pattern. You see I first purchased this pattern a few years back, after having seen the fabulous Erica B's version...  I knew I would make this skirt; however, the poor reviews from some of the reviewers put me off from making it sooner.
I was inspired by Kylie Jenners'
look, and wanted to recreate this
look done my way :)..
  Well, fast-forward to a couple of weeks ago, as I was browsing on Pintrest; I spotted a draped skirt and fell in love all over again. So, I got to prepping the fabric (Ponte kit) and cutting out the pattern, cutting out a 16 and grading to an 18 at the hip. I also altered the pattern, lengthening the pattern about 3 inches.  But let's get into why this pattern almost did me in y'all! In theory, yes, this pattern does come together relatively quickly once you have the particulars in order.  However,I just found the instructions and diagrams in some areas not to be that well done. Like, I struggled for real on some parts, like throw in the towel struggle.

 I would seriously recommend that one makes a mock-up of this one, or use the basting function on their machine to make sure they have a feel for how this skirt is meant to go.I love the finished skirt, like seriously love; however, getting it done took a measure of patience. I didn't have any problems with bulk at the insets, as I thought that I would. Now I didn't think it wise to serge the front insets because of that tricky sew to the dot and pivot madness. I wasn't sure that I could get a clean finish using my serger on this part; however, I did serge the back insets and everywhere else that could be serged.
inside shots of the back insets
sorry that it's so blurry
The inside hem

 I do want to make sure that I include, hopefully a helpful picture as to how the back insets should before being stitched to the back skirt. This step, step 13 had me confused. I don't know, I just couldn't figure it out, darn near took all of my 30 minute sewing time figuring it out, geesh...

This is how the back insets should look prior to being stitched down..
You will have a slight gap on either sides of insets, but don't worry
as it will close once you add your waistband.
 I  am so glad to finally have this skirt in my wardrobe. I know that it will get worn plenty so to me that is a win, win! Oh, my shirt, I hear you say. Well, still waiting to put on those pesky buttons lol... I'm gonna get it done this weekend, y'all! But for now, I just plan to curl up with my box set dvd's  of the Golden Girls and blog surf.. I hope you all have wonderful weekend!

                                ~Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!


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