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
fierce!

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 
 


Monday, July 7, 2014

Snap chat Monday!

 
 
   I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July! The hubby and I had a great day with the kiddos, and I even wore my M6556 out to dinner with the hubby. I know I said I loathed the way it looked on me, and I still do lol; however, I went with it...
 
 


 
  I think you really have to embrace the drape in order to appreciate this top; I don't think I have embraced it :)... The top is really simple, seriously I think it's only two pieces! I just couldn't embrace all that drape, I felt like I was in a Halloween costume. Ok, maybe that's a little dramatic, but seriously it has a serious drape. However, I loved it on everyone else that has made it :)!  Just not myself :(..
 

I love the print of the models pants, wish
I could get my hands on this fabric:)
 
 Ok, moving on.... I have been sewing it up lately, yessss! I've almost completed S1371, in which I chose a floral print for these pants.. I just need to finish the waistband and do the (dreaded) hand- stitching for the hem... They are really cute, but adjustments were definitely needed in order to achieve the fitted look that was shown on the model:

Simplicity 1371 almost finished just needs to be hemmed
 
 I thought I had a top that would compliment these pants, but alas I will need to make one. I was thinking about pairing it with Simplicity 1363:

I want to make view B: In a black Challis, I think..
 
  Also I've just about finished M6957, it just needs hems; told y'all I've been sewing... It's always those pesky hems that slow me down, lol.. Again this pattern is really simple in that it could be finished in a few hours.. I made view C: Hopefully that review will be up sometime this week... Okay, let me get back to my machines before this post gets any longer :) Y'all have a wonderful rest of the week!



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

Monday, June 30, 2014

Snap Chat Monday!

S1589 I hadn't finished the top yet, hence the
raw edge on the collar and armholes...
   I  wasn't sure what I thought about S1589, but I've worn it twice since having made it.. So I guess it's a go:)! I will do a proper review shortly when I can get better pictures..

Posted this pic on my Instagram on Sunday, this is what I
wore to a BBQ..

      I also had an entire day to myself on Saturday( thanks to the husband), woo hoo! I did hit Jo-Ann's up bright and early and purchased two pieces of fabric, one of which I was so excited about; however, it became a wadder :(... Ain't no body got time for that, right? LOL!


I was so excited for this cream knit to become M6556.
That I came home and treated the fabric, only to hate it :(!

Made tailors tacks for the first time; oh yeah, the slim fast and oatmeal are my make shift
pattern weights lol!
 
  I had a vision for this M6556 pattern, but I absolutely hated it on me, it was a complete failure for me.. I've tried to like the top because it's made well, but nope I hate it!
 
I even made a neck and arm binding; however, I
loathe the way this looks on me :(

   I hope to get a few more tops made for summer, but I also am thinking shorts, jumpers, and dresses, decisions, decisions. We shall see! Have a wonderful week ladies,  enjoy life, and  don't stress over the small things and be the change that you desire.....Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!

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