Monday, April 7, 2014

Crazy about stripes/ M6886

  The fact that I love stripes is an understatement, seeing the fact at how much I have sewn (here, herehere and here..) with them..But I live by the motto, well sewing motto that is; which is to sew what you love! Simple, yes? I sometimes browse online to see what's hot, and I just so happened to see this Michael Kors dress. I was sold, stripes, simplicity, chic, comfortable, yass hunty lol! This dress comes together extremely quickly, and I do  believe that I had it done within a few hours or so.. If anything else, it helped get me pumped and excited again about sewing, especially after having all those astronomical amounts of wadders, and yes I being dramatic but that's how it felt lol!

I made view A
Michael Kors dress from Neiman Marcus
  I made view A and chose to lengthen the dress about two inches and I also used a bias binding on the neckline for a clean finish...Seriously, you won't even need the instructions, but should you need them they are great... I do want to note that the neckline for the head opening is SMALL, y'all my head is freakishly large, for example let's just say that I have been known to do some damage to a turtle neck BAHAHAHA! Just wanted to give a word of caution there, but then again maybe it's just my big ol' head lol...

 Overall this a great quick and easy pattern and I will probably sew this again, just will alter that neckline :) I hope you ladies have a wonderful week, I'm off to get this workout in and done...Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

M6754 Review....

I realize my arm is cut off and my unmentionables may be peeking
out a smidge, but it is what it is :)..
  So, I've been neglecting my little blog lately, and it wasn't intentional. I was just going through a moment like what am I contributing to the blog world, this or that is not perfect, or this could be better etc.... Y'all I had to snap out of it and say hey, life isn't perfect and neither am I... I hope going forward that I can share both sides of my sewing world with you, the successes as well as the failures.. Y'all that's another thing I've had so many wadders in the past month or so, that this top almost became one.. I mean it was almost in the trash, yes the trash! You see I cut this top out after I had my baby girl and so I cut the largest size which was XXL.. Well, fast forward eight months later and the pattern I cut is now too big..

Y'all know how hard it can to hide ones hands and feet? (My nails aren't
done, ooh the horror LOL..)
I'd forgotten that I cut this out in a larger size ,and so when I sewed it up it was TOO BIG!  Well, this left me frustrated, because of what I thought should have been an easy sew. But a few weeks later I pulled this top out of my bin and had to nip and tuck this top all over.. I was so not happy having to do this, but very happy in the end that I did... The construction of this top was really easy and beginner friendly... I didn't use the elastic for the waist, just didn't deem it necessary.. I added an inch on all the bodice pieces, as I didn't want the top to ride above my waist... That's not hot, right?

  This is a cute little top that goes together fairly quickly and I'm really glad that I finished it! Oh, yeah, that's M6886 on my dress form, what can I say besides I love stripes lol! I hope you ladies are enjoying your weekend and getting all the sewing time you desire.... Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Simplicity A1738 Review

    Yesterday I celebrated my birthday, and I was so happy to have finished my cardigan in time for my day.. Y'all, I had a blast! My sister lives here in Texas now, so yeah, we have been having a blast! Okay, but let me get back to this cardigan that took forevah and a day to finish lol!  This pattern Simplicity A1738 ( which is now OPP) was not difficult, I just didn't have any mojo, ugh!
   Let me just say that I love the finish product of this cardigan; however, I will not say that  this pattern is as simple as the pattern claims. It was easy for me, but I do believe that the facing and shoulder area could possible cause issue for a beginner.  Everything else regarding the pattern was beginner friendly, just be sure to take your time when sewing the facing and shoulder area..I used a red ponte- knit fabric, and made the size 16 throughout the bust and an 18 through the waist and hips..

  I will note that the sleeves are long and not all cropped as in the photo but that is an easy fix; I simply pushed my sleeves up.. This cardigan wore well and will be a great transition piece for spring, speaking of spring it's been feeling like spring lately here Texas (I see them eyes rolling to those who are still dealing with snowstorms and such)..LOL!!! I'm not sure what's next on my list, but I'm just going to try and flow with it... Well, ladies I hope you have a wonderful week ahead; Be Blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Review: Vogue 8772

  I've finally conquered my fear of button down blouses, whew! I must say that button down blouses are not all that hard, just very precise. Precise, in the sense of the edge-stitching, top-stitching; all the above makes for some very precise sewing.. However, I loved it! I really enjoyed the process of seeing this shirt come together.. I've been wanting to sew this pattern, V8772 from the moment of it's release, but had been to intimidated. But I told myself this year that I was going to stretch myself in my sewing, so I had to get over it!
Top left: Button band, top right: Inside shot
Bottom left: Collar stand and collar, bottom right: Sleeve cuff
*My button hole on the collar stand is pointing the wrong way, but
"chile boo ain't nobody got time for that" LOL!

   I do want to point out that I did use the help of the online Craftsy course on shirt making with Pam Howard, awesome class by the way.. Somehow, I still managed to goof up on my sleeve and cuff and ended up with my cuff facing forward, ugh! So, I had to deconstruct the entire sleeve and cuff and re-do it, can we say I was hot, okay! But, I managed to get everything squared away, whew! So, just make sure if you're using a fabric that if you can't tell the right and wrong sides, make sure you clearly mark.. Or you will be hotttt as in this instance upset, okay lol!

    I purchased this fabric from last year after seeing Mimi's version and knew I needed this shirt in my life, lol! Everything I needed was in stash, other than the buttons which I purchased from Hancock's two weeks ago. I used a light weight interfacing for the collar the sleeve cuffs, which worked out fabulous, as the shirt still feels lightweight, yet crisp! I didn't make any alterations to this version, other than leave off the back darts, for fear of "Incredible Hulking" out my shirt LOL! In my next version, I plan to go up a size,  and lengthen an inch, only the body of the shirt as I felt the sleeves were long enough.

  Overall, I am more than pleased with this shirt, especially with this being my first button down blouse, and it wasn't as nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. I would highly recommend this pattern as a first blouse to kind of get your feet wet in shirt making. I am getting ready to cut out another version, but first I want to tackle the now OPP pattern Simplicity A1738.  That's all I have ladies, I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce! 


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Simplicity 3711

My little love is 6 months now, yay!
Sigh, I'm so in love :)

 Okay, I know the last post I was talking about sewing a shirt, which I have; I just need to review it.. I actually had this robe done since last year. I made it a month before my little love was born, but I had to wait until my little love could model the robe...This a Simplicity pattern S3711, I would link it but the Simplicity site is moving slow, ugh! Have you all noticed this problem recently with their site? This was a very simple pattern to put together, the only issue I had was lining the hood. I'm not sure if was due to my pregnancy brain at the time, or the pattern. I'm sure it was just me, as no one mentioned this issue.. This fabric may look familiar, it was the fabric my mama used in making her first project on for my niecy pooh!
My little love can sit up now all by herself!

  There's not much I can say about this pattern, other than I would highly recommend this pattern. I think it would be great for baby showers, birthday presents etc... The only thing that I didn't like was all the extra STUFF to be added, such as, the applique, ric-rac and so forth, but you can easily leave those things off if that's your preference. I loved that it is fully lined, it makes for such a polished little robe. You will have to add in your own belt loops if you want them, as the pattern does not come with those, but again that is an easy adjustment. Overall, this was a great pattern, and my little love looks so darn cute in her little robe! I shall be back later with photos of my button down blouse.. Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce! And one more pic for the road of my little lady and I  :)!


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