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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Questions??????? DIVAS HELP

 Okay Divas, so I  thought I would whip up a dress for Thanksgiving, since last year I tried and failed miserably....  I was going back and forth between which pattern would be easy, comfortable and a little sassy! I saw Vogue 1027 and fell in love with this dress... I love everything about this dress and everyone that reviewed on PR just looked wonderful...I didn't realize that one of the notions called for seam binding.. Here is my question, "What can I use for seam binding"? I do not have packaged seam binding, nor do I have silk organza, is there anything else I can use for this that I may already have on hand? If you Divas could give your insight this would be wonderful! As always Divas be blessed and nothin' less!
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Diva gone Zebra! Butterick 5497

  

                                                         Diva gone Zebra



Pattern Description: Tops A,B,C loose-fitting at bust, have short or long dolman sleeves, gathered upper section, shoulder casings with elastic and stitched hems..A, B: lapped upper back sections have neck binding. C: upper front and back cut on crossgrain..




Pattern Sizing:14-20 I made view B size 16



Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes and no...This is my second time with this pattern and I wanted to try something different and was very pleased that I went for it and try something different!



Were the instructions easy to follow? With having this been my second attempt with this pattern the instructions went fairly quickly....



What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved the peek-a-boo back! I didn't dislike anything this is a great pattern...



Fabric Used: Well, I used ITY jersey on top (zebra print) from fabric. com purchased last year and a knit fabric leftover from a dress I made a month or two ago...

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Well, I used two contrasting fabrics zebra print for the top and basic black for the bottom half of the shirt!



Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I probably will this is a great pattern that yields great results!

Conclusion: Very pleased with this version and I hope you will get a chance to check this pattern out! Happy sewing....


Well, that's all for now Diva's as always be blessed and nothin' less!
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Friday, October 22, 2010

McCall, McCall, McCall New patterns

Well, as you Divas probably are aware McCall posted new patterns... There are few that caught the Divaness (is this a word, oh well let's make it a word lol) inside me...And I am really smitten with McCall's 6243 and McCall's 6246 This jacket view C is fiya, yes I said fiya and too all my collegiate Divas I mean it's wonderful lol..... These are the patterns that I love and can't wait to see what you Divas do with them! In other news on the last Butterick, McCall,Vogue sale I ordered quite a few new patterns.Did I mention that I have quite an addictive personality? I am going to hopefully work on this pattern hoarding, I mean collecting just in case the hubby reads this lol... Well, Divas that's all for now enjoy your weekend and as always Be blessed and nothin' less!
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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Friday Night Sew-in Results!!!!! A long time coming......

                                      
                          " A Long Time Coming"

  

 I titled this post a long time coming, simply for the fact that it is...Okay, let me explain...Two years ago when I had the lovely idea that I wanted to sew and better yet that I would teach myself...My first project that I decided that I wanted to sew was Simplicity 2957 "It's so Easy" yeah, about that, don't believe the hype..Especially for a true true beginner like I was and still am.... Okay, naturally the first dress was a disaster and the second dress was a disaster and the third dress, you say, has to be the winner....WRONG another  disaster lol....the fourth dress a total disaster worst than others...This is when I got discouraged and put off sewing for a few months...Well, at the beginning of this year is when I decided to get really serious with sewing and to give it my all..So, seeing that I have been sewing regularly since the beginning of the year, I felt it was time, time to see what I was made of...So, on Thursday I prepped and cut my fabric and Friday I participated in the Sew-in and Saturday evening I have a wonderful dress that I am absolutely in love with..So,  the moral of this story is," if at first you don't succeed try five more times lol"... Well with out further ado here is my pride and joy! As always Divas be blessed and nothin' less!
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Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday Night Sew-IN

 Friday night sew-in time Divas...This time I promised myself  I will have more to show than one measly, spaghetti strap LOL... I have something in the works, we will have to see how that turns out! Divas that's all I have for now enjoy your weekend, be safe and as Always be blessed and nothin' less!!!
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Monday, October 4, 2010

Meat and Potatoes!!!!

                                                       Butterick 5249

Divas, I finally finished with Butterick 5249, I finished one skirt two weeks ago and put in my first lining ever.. Not to mention that this skirt pattern does not include a lining pattern... I referenced "Easy Guide to Sewing Linings". By Connie Long...However, with all the excitement that this project was actually coming together, zipper, lining, finished seams, finished with my new serger...I had my first of many heartbreaks, in sewing that is...The  fabulous, lined skirt, with finished seams didn't fit...    

Yes, Divas it didn't fit!!! The skirt was a hamburger and large fry too  tight, oh what the heck and a large Coke too tight LOL....It's time to start back working out again, like seriously!!! I refused to beaten so, I dusted off my little ego and got to work on a second skirt this one is without a lining but it still is wonderfully finished on the inside and I can BREATHE, yes I can BREATHE and eat okay maybe not eat so much lol!!!Well Divas I hope you like the new skirt I love it and it will get much wear this winter!As always Divas be blessed and nothin' less


Pattern Description: Skirts A,B,C,D have princess seams, back zipper and high waist.A,C: carriers and self-belt with purchased buckle.B,D: side front pleats and pockets.C,D: self-ruffle.A,B,C,D: mid-knee length... I made view B

Pattern Sizing:14-20

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were really easy! I had more problems uploading my pictures and links to my blog LOL!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked everything about this pattern, simple, classic and a clean cut skirt!

Fabric Used: I used a cotton poplin from fabric.com

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I took smaller seam allowances on the side after checking the fit and realized it was a bit snug...In doing this ;however,I noticed that the skirt isn't as tapered at the bottom ,but I still love it nonetheless....

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would sew this skirt again and I would also recommend this anyone!

Conclusion: Great skirt pattern... I am glad to have tried something new...
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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Just a few pics of life in Japan!

                                                Mikoshi Parade 2010!

                   Just wanted to share a few pictures from the Mikoshi Parade 2010 on base today! It was really a great experience for my entire family...Besides, the cultural parade  there were food vendors selling American food with a Japanese twist.....There were picnic areas for you to enjoy the wonderful  food,  parade and meet some of our host country natives....So in all it was a very relaxing day! But in sewing news I am almost done with Butterick 5249 and hope to be reviewing that soon for you Divas....As always Divas be blessed and nothin' less!
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Sunday, September 12, 2010

My first"Beautiful Blogger Award"

                My First "Beautiful Blogger Award"!

I would like to thank Faye from Fayes Sewing Adventures blog for this award..
1.The rules are tell 10 things about yourself,
               2.Then send the award to 5 other blogs that you read..

10 things about me!
1. I am teaching myself how to sew
2.This is my first time living so far away from family
3.I love to laugh and make others laugh, could so see my self doing comedy!
4.I love make-up, hair, I love wigs, weaves, ponytails for pete's sake I am a Diva lol!
5. I have a tattoo that says you guessed it DIVA!
           6.I have a ton of patterns and fabric, at first glance one would think I am a great seamstress lol...
7.I have a low tolerance for mean, and inconsiderate people
8. I have a heart of gold....
9.I LOVE online shopping, just ask my hubby!
10...I love life and everyone in it! 

So I would like to extend this award to 5 Divas!
1.Shari from sharisewshttp://sharisews.blogspot.com/
Well that's all for now Divas as always be blessed and nothin' less!


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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

McCall's 6070 Finished!!!!

       I have finally finished McCall's 6070...The dress construction is not hard, even for a beginner such as myself...The directions were fairly good overall. I think it took so long for me to complete the dress, because  simply I am not in love with the fabric as I stated in a previous post....Oh well ,I could always wear this dress as a house dress,especially when you do not want to be in sweats or pj's all day...The only alteration I did to the dress was to not add the elastic waist casing, seeing that this dress was for in the house casual wear.I didn't feel I needed it. I will note that the dress is extremely comfortable, so although I am not fond of the fabric.I am however in love with the comfort of this dress! So in all I am glad that I finished and completed another garment, but now I am ready to get to the meat and potatoes (zippers, buttonholes, linings) lol wish me the best Divas!   As always Divas be blessed and nothin' less!
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Monday, September 6, 2010

Fabric shopping in Japan!!!!


       

We celebrated Labor Day weekend yesterday, which, was Monday for us in Japan...My hubby was off so I decided to go shopping at a store called Livin's...Similar to a Walmart back in the states...Oh how I miss my Wally World lol...Okay, as I was browsing, lo and behold I found a fabric shop..I hit the jacket pot, at least I did; however, not too sure about the hubby's wallet though lol...I tried to take plenty of pictures of some of the fabric.It was a little small, and the prices seemed to be pretty high or maybe I am just used to Fabric.com Everyting seem to be priced at or around 12-14yen...So here are couple of pics hope you enjoy!

A small fabric store in Japan

More fabric!


Beautiful cotton fabric!

Snoop shopping!
The fashion in Japan(mind you it was 90+outside yesterday smh)
                              




A parting pic of my hubby and my son!Love it!
                        As always Divas be blessed and nothin' less enjoy your Labor day!
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

I caved in and ordered a serger!!!!

    Well, up into now I never needed a serger or actually understood all that comes with serging. And to be quite honest I still don't lol... I just know that I am finally making garments( instead of making ghastly, unwearable, unrecognizable items lol) so I would like the insides to look great just as well... I know that I will be asking you Divas for help and I will  have  plenty of concerns....

I guess I am growing up or maturing in my sewing. Seriously up into now, I would just leave my insides looking a hot mess lol...But to my defense I was concentrating more on learning how to read the directions and decipher the diagrams...I feel that I am getting a better concept and actually making garments now, so I want my garments to look as RTW or better! Well, the serger I purchased is the Brother 1034D 3/4 on sale for 193.54 and FREE shipping!!!! Well, as always Divas be blessed and nothin' less!
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Monday, August 30, 2010

What I've been working on!!!1

 Divas, I have been M.I.A for about a week or so, but I promise I have been sewing away....I've pretty much finished McCall's 6070 which is pretty much going to be a house dress...The fabric I used was pretty cheap and not only that, but it looks faded, so it will be a house dress!  Pics will  be up soon, my honey ship is back so I have my camera man back!That's all for now Divas, be blessed and nothin' less!
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Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday Night Sew-In August 20th!


 If you haven't already signed up for the Friday night sew-in, what are you waiting for! Come on Divas, let's work on some UFO's and have some FO's to show for Divas.....   I have something cut out and ready for Friday... And a special thanks to knitmachinequeen's blog for posting about the sew-in, so thanks again! Okay, Divas I hope you all join in on the fun! As always, Be blessed and nothin' less
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

2.99 Simplicity Sale!!!!!!!!

  As you all probably are aware by now, that Patternreview is having a 2.99 Simplicity sale on all Simplicity patterns...Well, you might be thinking  that I can just stock up at my local Hancocks, or JoAnn's...It's exciting
 for me because I am stationed overseas in Japan and, do not have the option to get the lovely deals like some of you divas......But today I was really EXCITED when the Simplicity patterns went on sale for 2.99! I purchased six simplcity patterns 2413, 2443 ,2603, 2580,2497,2401 Did I say I am EXCITED!!!So that's  all for now Divas, happy sewing Divas!!!As always , be blessed and nothin' less!
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Monday, August 16, 2010

Okay so maybe I like it just a little lol(Butterick 5497)


Pattern Description: Loose fitting at bust, have short or long dolman sleeves, gathered upper section, shoulder casings with elastic and stitched hems...I made view B




Pattern Sizing:14-20 I made a 14 but will tell that  story later lol



Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes



(back)
Were the instructions easy to follow?Somewhat until you got to the neck binding....I will try to explain this step how I interpeted the instuctions to help any beginner, like myself....Step 11.. On outside, pin one edge of back neck binding to upper back, matching lg circles,keeping remaining edge free, as shown.Stitch in 3/8 seams, ending a lg circles. Press seams toward binding. (My interpetation, pin neck binding right side to right side of of back, matching raw edges and lg circles...Roll neck binding out so the wrong sides show...So now you should have one edge pinned and you take the remaining edge, and roll it over turn in 3/8 seam and slipstitch over seam...I hope this helps!



What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the fit of the lower half it can really be a sexy little number depending upon how you dress it up..



Fabric Used:Left over fabric from my McCalls dress 6069



Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:I intended on making a 14 at the bodice and a 16 at the lower half, but somewhere between step
#11and my second cocktail I ended up sewing and double stitching the lower half with wrong sides to right sides lol...So, knowing that this fabric doesn't take well to seam ripping(ask me how I know lol) I just decided to line up my pattern pieces against my fabric and make this lower half into a 14 and to my surprise it worked.....



Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I would sew it again, just not right now....



Conclusion: It's a good pattern just pay attention to the neck binding section and any beginner can rock this one out! I promise you won't see this fabric again lol...Happy Sewing Divas and as always Be blessed and nothin' less!
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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Ugh.....Sew not feeling it(Butterick 5497)

  Well, I have finally finished Butterick 5497 a simple top with gathered sleeves and an elastic waistband casing...I am so upset to the 19th power. I guess more so at myself that is..Going in to this project, I just wasn't motivated for this top, but since I had it on my list for this month I thought I should do it...WRONG follow your first instinct at all times....The shirt to me is a wadder, I didn't enjoy the process in making this garment. I don't know because I used the left over fabric from my McCalls dress 6069 so I was just bored and tired of looking at the fabric..I don't know but I didn't enjoy sewing this one at all....I might go back in a different fabric to sew this one again just to see if it was my fabric or just the shirt I wasn't feeling....Will post pics soon!
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Monday, August 9, 2010

What is Candice working on now!!!!

  After having completed my first wearable garment, it just pumped me up more  than ever to start on my next garment... I really really wanted to make another dress, but decided on Butterick5497 a nice fitted top. Hopefully, within the next couple of days or so I will be able to have a new top....This sewing journey is becoming addictive, downright obessive but I love it.....It's all I can seem to think or want to do lol...Did any of you Divas experience this and if so does if fade away enventually??? Well Divas that's all for now..Happy sewing and as always be blessed and nothin' less!
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Sunday, August 8, 2010

McCall's 6069 Dress completed with Pictures!

I am finally finished with my 1hour  McCall's 6069 dress that took  2 times to be successful...We all have to start somewhere right! I am learning and really felt that I gained knowledge while working on this dress a TOTAL of 2 times!!!!!! I love love love my new dress, I feel so accomplished like I can tackle anything now..The things a beginner will learn while making this dress will be;  making an elastic casing, narrow hem, sewing with knits.....So, in all although I made this dress a total of 2  times, with the second one in my book being a success. I can now look forward to my next project... As always, be blessed and nothin' less!

                                                      I love the back it's pure hawtness!!!!!!
                                                              
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Friday, August 6, 2010

Can I get a whoop whoop!!!!!!!

Divas so I finally finished McCalls 6069 Be nice Divas, I am still a beginner, I will post pictures as soon as I am in all my Diva glory lol...The hubby's ship is out to sea, so I will try my best to get pictures in my new dress....Happy sewing Divas, getting ready to check out the new fall Butterick patterns...Let me know what you Divas have in my mind or if any with the new Butterick patterns....Be blessed yall and nothin' less!
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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Butterick 5274

                                           
ps. sorry for the cut off head shot but I was not diva ready lol! Happy sewing divas!



Pattern Sizing S-M-L






Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once your were done...Yes, kudos to me!





Were the instructions easy to follow? I will have to say to NO anything to a beginner is never easy..





What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved that I had a chance to learn a few new technique's ex...Slip stitch, and grading and clipping seams properly...






Fabric Used:Cotton  fabric left over from previous projects....





Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None





Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I would sew this apron again, and would recommend to other beginners to learn new skills...






Conclusion: The end result was great, and I am happy that I completed this apron! Happy sewing divas!

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Monday, August 2, 2010

2nd times a charm!!! McCalls 6069

Okay so as we know I have only been sewing consective for about a few months now, without any instruction as far as a teacher, only the help of the web, lovely divas in blogland and books..So I am working on Mc Calls 6069 and this my second time with this pattern...I finished the dress the first time but felt I could do a better a job and really learn from my mistakes on this second dress...All I have to do is hem and add the elastic and hopefully, I will have a new dress to model for you :)  Happy sewing Divas!
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Introdcution!!!

 I want to start off by saying, this blog is long overdue..I mean I have been an avid reader(okay stalker lol) of so many wonderful, talented divas in blogland...I have been inspired by so many. Although I am just starting out both sewing and blogging, I would like to hopefully encourage and inspire others as I am starting on this wonderful journey! Be blessed
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