Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sewing happenings and M6957 take 2!

   I'm really feeling the mojo revving up, and I want to strike while it's hot! I've ordered a few yards of fabric over the past few weeks, as well as purchased locally. I posted last time that I'm really in the shirt making mode, especially with my boys going back to school; as those blouses will come in handy for a quick pulled together look for school activities.

Fabricmart goodies, both are Ponte knit and they're yummy!

  I have managed to get M6957, take two photographed on today, and let me tell y'all is was hottt! I'm talking about 106F today, ain't nobody got time for that LOL.... I won't review this one again, as everything is pretty much standard from my preveious version of this dress. I think I'm done for now, going to this pattern away as it's time to start switching gears to fall, at least in my mind it is.

  Oh let me tell y'all, I went to Jo-Ann's this morning specifically to get buttons to finish my B5786 blouse, right? No, I didn't forget them; however, got the entirely wrong color, like I needed black and got brown, ugh! I was not going back out in that heat!  So the hubby had to, no offered, yeah that's it offered :) that I use buttons from one of his shirts...Thanks Hunny:)

Picked up a few more patterns for fall, when my
fall sewing box is looking like *see below*

   I'm trying to narrow down what pattern is it exactly that I want to use next for my blouse. I already have fabric and BUTTONS, lol! I only need to narrow it down to one pattern, decisions, decisions..
~Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Got shirts on the brain

  So, I've haven't gotten anything finished to show today, although I've finished another M6957. I just wasn't able to get any pictures of the latest version. I have been busy in my sewing room this week, and I really seem to have blouses on the brain, like really tough! I'm quite glad, especially since that I really need to amp my wardrobe up in this area with simple button down blouses. I think they are a great way to build your  wardrobe, while helping you feel put together.

  I've been working on B5786, view "C", except that I chose to add the collar with the collar stand. This is truly a great pattern if you are new to making shirts, which I am, but with a little common knowledge you can produce a great shirt. I do think that this blouse runs a little on the small side and thought, hmm that maybe that it was just be me; however, another reviewer noted this on PR as well.. It's not small in that it is unwearable, but one or two cheeseburgers and I'm done, bahahaha!

I'm making view "C" but using the collar from B, and D

 The shirt is almost complete, it just needs buttonholes and buttons, which I will pick up tomorrow once I go get a few patterns that I don't need, right?! I do have two or three patterns right now that I'm thinking of next, which are all shirt patterns, since I'm in that mode... I'm thinking of these patterns next:
I love all the views on this one B5678

I really love this pattern, and have seen some really
awesome reviews of this in blog land.. Lori's 
version, oh my word, it's beautiful!

We are not going to discuss this unfortunate fabric
choice, but the pattern is nice.. 

  Well, ladies I'll be back shortly hopefully with some finished garments to show! Have a great weekend everyone!   Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

McCall's 5791

 My little baby, who is actually quite not that little anymore had a birthday last week. It was her first birthday, so of course, I couldn't in good faith call my self a seamstress and not make my only baby girl a dress... I will say that I will not ever wait until the night of ones birthday to produce a garment, EVER again! I was torn between dresses, didn't know if I wanted to use a tulle underskirt; I was just all over the place. However, I ended going with M5791, a basic bodice with the gathered skirt. I made view "B" in a size medium. I didn't use the instructions, because I knew I wanted to add tulle, and an invisible zipper..
  I love that a full lining is included with this dress, but I wanted to a add a layer of tulle to the skirt, which was a last minute decision, but I love it! I had never sewn with tulle before, so I was a bit worried that I would screw something up, but I didn't, whew! I sewed (basted) the tulle directly to the fashion fabric ( skirt), so basically I had three skirts: The fashion fabric, the tulle, and the lining skirt, everything else was pretty much straight forward.
Do you know how difficult it was to get these shots without her
pulling off her bow, LOL...
  I  used a cotton sateen fabric that has been in my stash for quite some time now, and it had been sitting there because I didn't have a vision for it; until I had my baby girl..  I'm so glad to have saved this fabric for just the perfect project..  For the lining fabric I used a rayon- bemberg, which so happens to be one of my favorites in terms of lining fabric. It's really not much to say about this pattern,  other than it comes together beautifully!

*Here's a clearer shot of the dress*

Just a few pics of the lining, inside shot of the tulle before the skirt lining had been
made... *I forgot to get pic of the invisible zipper*  I'm much
too lazy to take a picture of the back..

  I haven't sewn this week so far; however, I am in the process of gathering patterns and fabric for the up-coming fall season.. Is anyone else switching gears to fall? I would love to hear your plans!

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

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Feeling summery in M6957

I'm really am not mad in this picture, but y'all it is hottttt here in
Texas, lol!

   So I mentioned in a previous post about having M6957 almost complete, which is completely true; however, I made this dress early Saturday morning for date night with the hubby.. I have a black version that only needs to be hemmed. I must say that I have some serious love going on with this dress! The style being a fit flare just works for my "apple shapeness", is that word? It's fitted in the bust, yet skims over the waist and flares out over the hips, yesssss! I'm telling y'all now that there will be more of these dresses. Can we also talk about how easy and quickly this pattern  comes together, seriously, there are three pattern pieces and a neck binding if you decide to add one.. I did.. I just prefer the look over the turn and stitch...

I made View "C" also included a pic of the binding and the twin
needle hem..
  As far as alterations goes, I did add 2" inches to the hem and the dress barely comes to the knee, so definitely check the length. I also added the neck binding, which is a 1 1/2 binding and 12 inches long.. I did change the order of construction for this version, where I sewed the sleeves in flat, saving the back seam for last, in order to fit the neck binding. In my first go I noticed that the neckline in the back gapped; however, when I fit the back seam this eliminated the gapping.. But that meant I had to mess with the topstitching, and binding, ugh.. So, I made sure to save the back seam and neck binding last..  Overall, this pattern is really simple, and comes together quickly.. That's all I have for now ladies, I hope you give this one a go! Now, back to the sewing room I go, have to get baby girls birthday dress complete...Have a great week ladies!

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

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Floral pants frenzy: Simplicity 1371

 I have been wanting a pair of floral pants like these since forevah! It's almost like Cynthia Rowley heard my prayer lol, by creating this pattern ( well the pants at least), and speaking of Cynthia Rowley this is the first pattern of hers that I've sewn; although, I own practically all of her patterns. I fell in love with this pattern the moment I saw it, and knew I had to these pants in floral..  The pants come together relatively quickly and seem to be your standard Big 4 pattern instructions.
"Apple Shape" ladies we can
embrace the high waist too..
I think layering with a cami and
blouse, helps to keep the original
flow of the high waist; yet gives an
illusion of a smaller waistline. IMHO
  That being said and with this not being my first go at pants making, I knew that there were certain elements that I wanted to include. I added 1 1/2 inches to the front and back pieces to allow for a hem allowance. I added twill tape in the waistline seams,  also adding twill tape in the crotch seam (this is done to avoid your pants from growing). I made sure to add interfacing to stabilize the zipper area, especially having used a stretch twill fabric that had a slight  stretch; I wanted to prevent puckering in this area.
Pocket with invisible zipper..

Front pleats

Inside shot...I'm going to try the bias
binding next time to see if I can get a cleaner
finish...Practice makes perfect, or at least better!
   I didn't really have any sewing difficulties in sewing these pants; however, getting them to fit was entire different beast...  The waist, which is a bit snug; however, I am an " apple shape" and carry most of my weight in my tummy area ,so I knew that I would need to adjust there.  However, I did have to continue working with the fit to achieve the taper leg that is shown on the model . You definitely will need to adjust in order to achieve the look that you desire.  
 Overall this is a great pattern, one in which I'm sure you will be pleased with! I probably will make one more pair, preferably in a solid color for fall, but we'll see! I hope you ladies have a wonderful weekend filled with sewing and fabric shopping, of course lol!
                                       ~Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce 


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