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Saturday, January 21, 2017

I'm just here for the sleeves: M7542

  It's no secret, that these sleeves are in everywhere now days! I'm mean, I'm just here for the sleeves myself,lol.

 I loved this pattern at first glance, and I even loved all of the other views that were accompanied within the pattern. I don't think that has every happened for me, now that I  think about it.


 Now looking over the instructions prior to starting this project, I was fairly confident that everything was going to be a breeze, and they were for the most part( however comma) (yes I had to write it out because I would totally say this in real life, lol!)

However, those darn sleeves gave me a run for my money, well not the sleeve itself, but the hem!

 I'm no rookie when it comes to hemming curved hems, or so I thought, because every method I tried was basically like, nope, try again, LOL! 

 After what seemed like an eternity and having to re-cut out an entirely different flounce, I was able to get a decent hem on the flounce of the sleeve. I just used McCall's recommendation as on how to hem this sleeve :).However, next time, I'm just attaching bias binding and calling it a day!

Left to Right: Hem on flounce, Top right: back of top
bottom left: inside facing and bottom right inside where the sleeve and sleeve flounce join

 For the fabric, I used the same Chambray fabric, that I used for my Simplicity 1059 dress.  I did a quick pattern fitting and realized that I didn't need a FBA, the only alteration that I needed to make for this pattern was to add length.

  I added 3 inches and made a 1 inch hem at the bottom. I made this top in 16 at the bust and graded to an 18 for the waist and hips. This was good, but I do think I would have liked a little more wiggle room in my arm area.

So thankful for the additional length that I added. One just never knows when you may have to become
gone with the wind, LOL!

 And one last thing on these sleeves, McCall's didn't mention having to ease in the bottom of the sleeve to the sleeve flounce, but I totally had to do this in order to get the sleeve and flounce joined.

 I don't know maybe it was just me, stranger things have happened, but just something to note. I also finished a top for the hubby last week. I believe it's Kwik Sew 7432, but don't quote me :)... I hope you all have a great weekend! 
            As always, be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce! ~Candice
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Friday, January 6, 2017

This drape is giving me life! M7441 Review

McCall's 7441 and a self drafted midi skirt. 

 I hope everyone is off to a great start to their New Year. It's something so inspiring about a start to a new year. Maybe it's just the start to something new, which can be refreshing almost.

I made view C

   And speaking of something new, I finally got a chance to sew this M7441 cardigan up this week, and  I love it! Like, layers, I'm here for it! I was also here for the back detail in this cardigan-that drape in the back, yes please and thank you,lol!

This drape is life! LOL!

This pattern was pretty uneventful; however, I say that cautiously. This pattern is only three pieces for the view I made, YES! I used a Rayon Jersey from Mood Fabrics, that sewed up like butta, baby,lol. I made the large, because I didn't have the medium size, but everything checked out that it would be cool beans, per the measurements.

But when I had gotten everything sewn up,(go figure) I realized that the neckline was huge, as well as the shoulders were practically hanging half way down my arms. You guys think I'm exaggerating, nope! Take a look see..

Y'all see this foolery,ugh!

 Y'all, I had to give my self a pep talk because I really for a second- thought that I would leave it as such, LOL! But I knew that if I had, I would never reach for this cardigan to wear it. So, I had to figure a way to fix the shoulders and the large neckline. By this point, I had already done the hems and everything was a go, other than the fit was horrid! 

This is the back seam, which forms the drape and is not included
in the hem, so I was able make the alteration without having to mess
with hem again, yay!

However, thankfully enough the way the pattern is designed, I was able to the back seam in, which didn't affect the hem. I was able to take a deeper seam allowance, which in turn caused not only the neckline to come in, but bring the shoulder seams to my actual shoulders.

This was after I made the alteration.

  While this pattern may have given me a little issue, I'm still really glad to have this in my wardrobe, and I know it will get worn plenty. What's up next for me is actually something for the hubby, but we'll see how that goes,lol..

             ~Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce! ~Candice
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Monday, January 2, 2017

Not singing the blues, but lovin' this chambray blue dress: Simplicity 1059 Review

 Happy New Year y'all! It's a new year, full of new possibilities. In looking back on 2016,I must say that I really had a great year, introspectively speaking.

 In 2016, I really embraced all of who I am; learned more about myself and being okay with that! I say being being okay with that, simply because, we tend to allow ourselves to be boxed in, or we allow others to box us into their mold of who we should be according to their perception of us.

2016 taught me, that it's quite okay if you don't fit in a box, that truly being "Fearlessly Fierce"  ,  means to walk in "YOUR PURPOSE"! 

 For instance, I/you, may never be a seamstress that plays by the rules, making a muslin until you get the perfected fit or have the most couture finishes. 

 That's okay too! 2017, I plan to walk even more fearless in my purpose, in whatever capacity that it may be  for me..

Pattern Review below: Y'all didn't think that I would leave y'all hanging did you?!

 I am wishing each and everyone of you a wonderful and prosperous New Year. I hope that this is the year that you receive every desire that is in your heart. I mean this from the bottom of my heart. 
          ~Be Blessed and Nothin' Less and Continue to Stay Fearlessly Fierce! ~Candice

Pattern Review:Pattern Description: Jiffy dress, which is originally from 1969, with a V-neck dress with long sleeves, or sleeveless,  lapped zipper in back, and optional sash or scarf. 

Pattern Sizing:14-22  I made a 16 at the bust and graded out to an 18 at the waist and hip area.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, I do believe so, minus the sash. With carrying majority of my weight in the middle section; sashes just aren't my thing, ya know?!

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, the instructions are beginner friendly, and the dress comes together in a "Jiffy". I just really wanted to say that; you have no idea, lol!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the retro look of this pattern and how effortlessly the pattern comes together. I believe it's only three or four pattern pieces. I don't have any dislikes with this pattern. However, I did notice the sleeves were a little snug, not uncomfortably so, but still something to note.

Fabric Used: Chambray

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I left off the zipper, as I was able to pull this over my head and let's just say, getting something over this massive sized head is no easy feat, so there you have it,lol! I also left off the sash. I am more of an apple shape and prefer not to have anything around my waist. I also took a deeper hem. I think the pattern calls for a 2 1/4 hem and I made a 3 inch hem. I just liked the proportions better, which helped to keep the retro vibe of the pattern, seeing as I omitted the sash. 

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I doubt I would sew this one again, but I am thrilled to have this one in my wardrobe. As it will play nice in the mild temperatures here for both winter and spring. I would highly recommend this to others, especially beginners. Beginners, will get a chance to work on their finishing, facings, zippers and hand-stitching.

Conclusion:  This is a great pattern and I'm glad to have this one apart of my wardrobe.

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Review: New Look 6470

  Whew! October came and went it seemed like, didn't it? I started this top sometime at the beginning of October, and just recently had the opportunity to put the buttons on. Life has been insanely busy, especially with homeschooling my little people and then my husband had been on deployment, so any free time that I normally would get- I had been trying to just rest!  I  use to feel so guilty for needing a little break, but I got over that real quick, LOL! 

Do you ever make a garment using the same color scheme as
the garment photo? 
Okay, but let's get into this New Look Pattern, which was released in their 2016 fall collection, I believe. Can we just say that it was love at first sight for me when Simplicity released this pattern. Like, I didn't have to think about whether or not this would work in my wardrobe. I knew this was going to be made. This sort of top is the kind of thing that I love, love to wear the most and feel most like myself in, ya know?!

I know from previous experience that New Look patterns, for me, tend to need alterations and this pattern was no exception. However, I decided to heed the advice from one of my fitting classes on, which the instructor recommended when you are fitting patterns to start the alterations at the back. I must say this was such an eye opener for me. For instance, I no longer needed the FBA that I assumed that was needed. Seeing as prior to making the wide back alteration, the pattern was not meeting at my center front; however, after the broad back alteration, the pattern was now able to meet my center front properly. I'm not sure that this would work on every pattern, but I sure am going forward with fitting the back area first.

A close-up of the split hem, collar and inside. There wasn't a yoke facing included with
this pattern. However, it didn't bother me, seeing as how the bodice is attached to the lower skirt portion. This
area is serged also, so I didn't mind not having a facing in the yoke.

  Also, along with the wide back alteration, I added a 1/2 an inch to the side seams, which in retrospect, really wasn't necessary. I just wanted to ensure that I got the relaxed fit that I envisioned. So here are the basic constructions notes:
  • The fabric for the bodice was a cotton, poly blend that was just delightful to sew with :)... Please hear the sarcasm here,lol. The skirt, bottom portion was some type of rayon blend.
  • I made a straight size 18 in this pattern.
  • I added 1 inch to back for broad back and 1/2 inch to the side seams.The pattern called for 9 1/2 buttons. 3 buttons for the top half and 6 contrasting buttons for the bottom half.
  • I tried getting a good picture of the back, but the wind had other plans, I guess

Overall, this is extremely, well put together pattern. I didn't run into any issues with the view that I made,view D, so I am pleased as punch with this pattern. I'm even thinking of making another one of the views, since I know what alterations need to be made, and plus this pattern does come together rather nicely. Well, that's all I have for now you guys. I hope to get another project started this week, fingers crossed.
 ~ As Always Be Blessed and Nothin' Less and Continue to Stay Fearlessly Fierce! Candice

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Fall sewing!

  I absolutely love this time of year. The leaves are covering the grounds with their beautiful colors of earthiness. The urgent desire to sip hot coca,while watching the sappy Hallmark holiday movies,lol. I simply just adore the coziness that this time of year brings; it just tickles my soul. However, there's just one tiny problem: we are stationed in a tropical climate that has one season, which is hot,LOL!  So imagine my surprise, mixed with excitement to see fall leaves on the ground yesterday while out with my little people at the park. I miss the changing of the seasons, especially fall but seeing the fall leaves on the ground truly put a smile on my face.

  Okay, I promise not bore you all with my love for fall and all. Y'all, I had grand plans of creating three separate looks from this one pattern, which happens to be morphed from M7429. Then life happened, and those plans got derailed. Last week, I lost one of my dearest and closest friends to breast cancer, and to me everything just happened so suddenly. At one point, it looked like she was making a complete turn around. I was even able to tell her how much I loved her, and then I received the news that my friend was no longer here. So, it has been a tough two weeks, but I know my friend is in a much better place, and I take comfort in believing the best.

 Before life happened, I posted over on my IG account that I had planned to use another McCall's pattern to use as base to get the top and dress that I saw recently while at the mall.

 Well, yeah, no, that didn't end well, LOL!  You guys I had these grand plans that I was going to construct three entirely different looks from this one pattern. You know something like a Project Runway type moment, right?!  I morphed my patterns together that I was to use: M7429 and M7438, as I love the fit and flare style of that dress. I'd actually made this pattern up over the summer, and it was easily one of my favorite dress this past summer.

 Yeah, so I'd gotten my pattern morphed together, fabric cut out and I go to try the dress on ,and every seam on that "baby turtleneck" pops open, incredible Hulk style, LOL! Y'all, so I gather my feelings, and decide that I would just add some type of button hole closure, yeah, no! That created some some sort of  nonhuman, meta-human(Do y'all watch "The Flash"? My little boys have me hooked, season 3 started on Tuesday,lol) like hump in my back, so no bueno! I finally decided life is too short to be giving attention to this negativity, LOL and to just forge ahead with my lone star turtleneck top that I'd made earlier in the week. 

 It's still "all good in the hood", because I really need more casual everyday wear like this turtleneck, so I know it will be in heavy rotation. Although we live in a tropical climate, I know that I can't really immerse myself in all of the fall and winter trends, but I can make modifications to some of the styles to make them wearable while we're here. But here  are a few construction notes:

  • I used M7429 as a base (give credit where credit is due. I'm a firm believer in this)
  • I made a 16 bust and graded out for the waist and hips.
  • I eliminated the back seam and just cut on the fold. I didn't want to disturb the stripes,. However, the irony is that I didn't match them up all too well this time anyhow,lol! But to that I say: It's all good!
  • I used ponte knit which was left over from a M7432. I love when that happens :)
  • I added a did twin-needled hem for the armholes and hem.
  • And Viola! I had a new topper that I can mix match with other things in my wardrobe. I now realize that I need more tops, so in the coming weeks that's probably what I'll be incorporating in my wardrobe. But of course, we all know in our sewing world, that is subject to be changed,lol! 

  Welp, that's all I have for now, but I hope I can muster up enough energy to get started on a few tops that I need. We shall see! I wish you all well and plenty of sewing this week. 

         ~As always, be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce! Candice

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