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Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011 Year In Review!

  I thought I would chime in and make my little "Year in review" of sewing garments this year... I've had a great sewing year, at least to me that is... I didn't make my coat as I intended, but that's okay there's always next year. However, I did sew my first pair of pants V8751, so I did make progress...

I made a total of 14 garments this year! Which is a step up from the 6, or so I made last year. I do believe that's a score for this year! I don't know if I really have any sewing goals this year other than to only make what I'm feeling.. For instance, many of us do not sew because we don't have clothing, or the means, but rather for the enjoyment. That being said I only want to sew what I am feeling, hoping that this will prevent a loss of sewing mojo, if you will!

Well, Divas it's been a great year and I have truly been blessed and inspired by everyone of you lovely women in some way or form! Happy New Years to you all and be safe and I'll see you in 2012! Be blessed Divas and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce! 
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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!


jammie pants made by mommy of course on Christmas Eve M5522
        I want to wish all of my sewing friends the warmest wishes for the holiday season..From my family to yours Merry Christmas!
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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sightseeing in Japan and Butterick 4789 pic heavy!

Sorry that you can't see the dress, but it really is hard
to photograph black dresses!

The dress close up before I added the back piece to the dress
and also that's M6164 that never got hemmed, sigh!
 I guess it's safe to say that I didn't sew a dress for my hubby's command Christmas party, and neither did I finish my B4789 for Thanksgiving(which is now OOP). I know tisk, tisk, tisk  lol! I did however, complete the hem for my B4789 this weekend in time to do some family sightseeing around Japan... This picture was taken in Kamakura about 20 minutes by train from where we live... The main attraction that tourist come to see in Kamakura is "Great Buddha" Although, my family and I are Christians, it was intresting to see other cultures interactions and their religion..

My hubby thoughtfully looking at the train directions to get us to Kamakura!
 B4789 is really a simple dress, I mean, truly and honestly! For heavens sakes it's only two pieces, yes two pieces. I've seen this style of dress around for a few seasons now, of which I can recall.. However, when I saw none other than the fabulous Diva extraordinaire herself . Beyonce wearing a purple twist front dress at one of the awards she attended this fall. I knew I wanted one too, and remembered that I had pattern B4789 to get me close....Although it is not a dead ringer for Beyonce's dress, it sure is close enough for me to smile*ting*!

   I also, saw in our NEX which is our on base shopping mall, if you will. A twist top shirt by none other than Mr. Michael Kors and it had the retail price around $69.50 ummm no offense, but I'll think I'll make one for around 10.00 dollars! Please and thank you lol! Okay, and back to our scheduled post about sightseeing, see I'm already getting off track here :) So, all in all B4789 dress was easy as pie can seriously be sewn within 2 hours or so, but if your like myself you take two weeks and beyond*sigh* now a deep heavy*sigggggh* lol!

While getting ready to board the train, it was packed to say the least!
People watching!

100 yen shop A.K.A "Dollar Store"

My little family and our Saturday sightseeing Kamakura, Japan!

Divas, I hope you all enjoying this holiday season with friends and love ones! Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!
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Sunday, November 13, 2011

The sewing mojo is slowly coming back!

       Well, the sewing mojo is finally creeping back slowly but surely.. I have completed M6164, well everything but the hem that is. I also have knocked out B4789 minus the hem, which was a joy to work on! I think it may have even helped in bringing back my sewing mojo.. So, now I have my Thanksgiving dress completed woo hoo! I am so thankful, because just this time last year I wanted to wear my new dress that I had sewn V1027 (which I need to redo BTW) However, I had butchered the hem beyond recognition :(

 I am trying to play catch up and get back into my sewing and blogging groove, because I really do love the sewing community... I have two garments on my dress form (Bella) at the moment B4789 and M6164 lol..

I need to hem the sleeves of the dress B4789 and hem
the neck line for M6164 what joy lol! Oh, and this is before
I sewed the front of the dress to the back hence the pins holding
the dress to the dress form :)

  In other news, my hubby's Naval command Christmas party is coming up, and so that means a new dress is in order. I just have to sew one! Especially, since the hubby had his suit made in Korea when the ship was there this year... I was originally planning to make V8574  ,but realized that I did not have the right length zipper in the color that I needed, nor did I have time to order one*sigh*....So, then I had to think fast to what patterns I had in stash that would accommodate the fabric that had already been purchased a few months ago... That was not an easy task I tell ya!

                                          Okay, so I narrowed down the patterns to:

I really love this dress, but
the hubby didn't see the vision! I
should have probably showed him the fierceness!
I was thinking about view c with the three quarter sleeves!

       I love this dress it's flirty without being over the top
       and I saw another blogger post about this dress and
her version is absolutely positively gorgeous!

And I think we have a winner!!!!! I think I am going to
try view  E ( the white dress) or F (the pink dress) they are the same dress, however F is just
shorter in length..

 I have the pattern cut out and the fabric and  lining are in the wash on delicate as I type!I would post a pic of the fabric, but I want to keep some kind of the suspense right :) I have a little over two weeks to get this dress completed Divas! I'll keep you Divas updated and hopefully I will have beautiful dress to show you! Alright, Divas talk with you later on in the week. I should have photos of the M6164 and B4789 completed! As always be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!~Candice~

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

I am still here!

 Okay, so I should be working on garments from my ever growing fall list, but I just haven't had the energy to do sew:) I have managed enough energy to sew up a quick project M6164, which is OOP now!  I really like this top, and it almost reminds me of B5562, which I have reviewed here and here.. I will have to say out of the two, that M6164 is my favorite! Hopefully I will have pictures sometime this coming week!

 I did also manage to sew up this weekend the infamous V1250 that everyone raved about and is still raving about..This was my second go at this dress and sadly to say: I didn't feel the magic, so I chunked the dress, and the pattern in the trash... I was hoping to love this dress, as everyone else looked wonderful in their dresses! I mean from the maxi versions, sleeves, top version, every remix of V1250 was fabulous!

 So not to get upset with the V1250 not being the dress for me, I decided to cut out B4789 it's an oldie but looks like it will yield a great dress nonetheless. I am hoping this will be my Thanksgiving dress, so the rate that my sewing is going these days. I better get a head start now lol gotta get to sewing Divas!

 Here's hoping to a wonderful sewing week for all you Divas!!!!  Divas as always be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!
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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Non- sewing related! 20 week challenge!

 No, this is not a sewing challenge of some sort, but a fitness challenge more or less! Here's the deal, I have 20 weeks until I turn the big 3-0 that's right 30 years young! Well, you may be saying, what is this challenge..

Well, it's no secret that I have put on some pounds in this past year. I would love to blame the devastating earthquake that rocked Japan this year, or this or that, but the truth of the matter is:There's NO excuse....So, starting tomorrow Monday morning I will be starting my 20 week challenge.. I am not trying to get skinny, only better! God willing, when I see the big 3-0 I want to be in the BEST shape of my life!

20 weeks of "Turbo Fire" Bring it!
I plan to follow a semi-moderate low carb lifestyle, and get down to "Turbo Fire" from beach body with Chalene Johnson, which is a 20 week program! I am excited to prove to myself that I can do this!

I am so worth it, and so are you! I mean, I am very comfortable in my own skin, because heavens knows I loves me some Candice lol! However, I know there is always room for improvement! Every four weeks I plan to post a body shot of a before and after photo up until the 20th week sometime in February...As I don't believe every week you would be able to see a change...

Well, alright Divas I am off to prepare for my new journey, just wanted to share a little tidbit in my world outside of sewing, wish me the best! Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Vogue 8751!!

    Whew, it seems like ever since my oldest son started school, things have been busy ever since... I am sorry for taking so long with these pants, but I've been a little under the weather, not to mention we had a typhoon here in Japan on Wednesday... I am feeling much better now, and happy to report that there was no damaged due to the typhoon..God is good!

 So, the last time we chatted we were talking about wide leg trousers and RED wide leg trousers at that!  Well, I have my first pair of pants complete V8751.... Now, are they perfect absolutely and positively not!!! Not even with one eye squinted, with a pair of "Stevie Wonder" shades on would they be perfect LOL!!! However, I am very proud of myself.. Proud, that I made the necessary adjustments to make these pants fit my body....

Making a tummy adjustment, sigh lol!

 I made a muslin, and realized that I needed more room across the tummy,  more length in the crotch area, as well as more length in the hem...  I referenced my book "The Perfect Fit" and "Pants For Real People" in altering for tummy alterations and crotch length... I added an inch across the tummy and added 1 1/2 for the crotch length and added 1 inch in the hem length, although I could have used an inch more...*Note to self* Next time try on muslin with the shoes you intend to wear with said garment!!!
I made an adjustment on the pants front piece and so I had to
make the same adjustment to yoke front piece at the same location...

Who says you can't wear white after Labor Day!
   I learned a lot in doing these pants..I learned how much patience I truly have.. In my last post, I wrote that I had a few problems in sewing these pants up.. I had to replace my zipper FOUR times, yes FOUR times...I put the zipper in courtesy of the "Sandra Betzina" method, fabulous BTW!  I went to try the pants on during construction and my zipper broke, and so I fussed and whined, and put in another zipper, and it broke ... By this time I was furious! But, I sucked it up and put in my third zipper everything was perfect right, WRONG! I realized I had  installed an invisible zipper for a fly front LOL! I seriously thought about leaving it, like seriously..But I dried my tears and installed yet my fourth zipper! When I say I can sew a fly front in my sleep, I am serious lol!

I really enjoyed making these pants, and I know that next
pair will be better than the first!

Alright, Divas that's all for now trying to narrow down what shall be my next project, until then!
Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Seeing Red!

Star style: Emmanuelle Chriqui

I am in seriously in love with the color RED right now! It's just something about that color that  just makes you feel sexy, right, or maybe that's just me lol! I have been the seeing wide leg trousers popping up everywhere, and I do mean everywhere.. So, if everyone jumps does that mean I have to jump? Well, certainly not! However, that does mean I have to make me a pair of RED wide leg trousers lol!

Malene Birger $239.25
um, no indeed!

 So, I did like so many of you "Divas seamstress extraordinaries", and scoured the Internet for a pattern that would feed my need for a pair of RED wide leg trousers...Of course, I didn't have to search long, as Vogue, which tends to be on curve with what's trendy, already released a pattern for wide leg trousers, and it just so happens to have a pair of RED wide leg trousers on the envelope art! Have a look see:

  I made up a quick muslin last week and realized that I needed to lengthen the crotch length. I also  needed to add a little in the tummy area, as well adding length to the pants hem.. I want to be limitless in the options of heels that I can wear with these trousers.... After doing the alterations to the pattern, I started sewing the real pants, and I must say for my first pair of pants they are coming along great..I ran into one problem, which took away an entire sewing session, which I will talk about once I review the pants..I don't even want to relive that monstrosity lol!

Hopefully, I can get done with the trousers by this weekend! I just need to sew on the hook and eyes and slip stitch the yoke facing down, but I am wondering if I could  just stitch in the ditch hmmm....Anything to get out a little hand sewing lol.. Oh yeah, and I need to hem the pants, but these are only small task...Alright, lovelies enjoy your day! Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Getting back to basics! Butterick 5249 and Beignet 1005

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 I am glad things are slowing down a bit here, whew! Now I can get back to regular blogging and so forth.. I am so glad because I am in desperate need of fall basics, hence the title "Getting back to basics"!  I am reviewing two patterns in one day, well really one because I've already reviewed B5249! I just really needed a great basic black skirt and since the Beignet skirt didn't work well for my plan. I decided to give B5249 a second whirl! It's a great pattern and glad to have added it to my fall wardrobe!

Getting ready fall paired this B5249 with a scarf and black suede shoe booties upper left and on
the upper right leopard round toe pumps and a button down top!
 Now,  let's chat about the beignet skirt pattern from Colette patterns! It is a lovely pattern, it truly is.. I would recommend a beginner getting the pattern if not for the instructions alone. It really is like a sewing lesson, as the instructions are extremely well written... Having said that, I don't think I am totally in love with my version right now! Nothing to do with the pattern itself, which is AWESOME! I not in love with the length of my skirt.. Well, you say Candice didn't you do a muslin for this garment? Well, yes I did... However, I was so excited on making my first buttonholes, I forged right to the real garment, and had forgotten to make the adjustments to the pattern...So, no fault at all to the pattern, strictly user error lol!!!
Inside full lining( and my first buttonholes) ALL 12 of them lol!!

 I don't feel too bad because I learned a ton of new techniques on construction.  As I stated before the pattern instructions are awesome! I still wanted to review the pattern, even if I may not wear this skirt.... So here it goes!

Pattern Description:

Beignet 1005! paired with B5562 and red flats(polka dots are everywhere this season)
High waisted straight skirt provides a very flattering shape with paneled styling: not too loose or too tight around the hips, with a very fitted waist. Buttons up the front, has side seam pockets, and includes a self tie belt, which can be swapped out for your own narrow belts. Skirt has a faced waist, button placket and full lining.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved the instructions for the pattern which in turned produced a professional finish! Dislikes, I wish I had added to the length!
Fabric Used:Cotton twill from
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I left off the belt loops although if I should make this skirt again I definitely will add them!

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would sew it again, just not this season! I will definitely recommend to others!

Conclusion: A great skirt pattern, I did my first button holes, learned to do a catch stitched hem and other cool techniques....I probably will try this skirt again, just not right now, too many other things on my list! But if you give it a go just check the length! Alright,  Divas be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!
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Thursday, September 8, 2011

A new member to the team!

   Whew, life has been crazy busy here in my household! I did not plan such an extended absence away from all my sewing Divas! As you all know, my husband is in the Navy, and the ship came back recently after  being gone for the entire summer.. We also celebrated a birthday in the family, our son turned the big five*tear* and to add  also started kindergarten this past Tuesday! So, it has been to say the least..

My kindergartner *tear* of course mommy was trailing
right behind lol!

I know the last time we chatted I was working on the muslin for the beignet skirt. Well, I have had it finished since the end of August. I also managed to finish another skirt, a muslin for a pair of pants and manage to cut out the ones for the real garment...I am so in need of basics for the fall, so that's my focus right now basics... I know, know where are the pictures you say! I will hopefully post them this weekend. Now that things are getting back to normal here, regular posting can resume!

 Well, I know you say the title of this blog post is: " A new member to the team" What is that about?Well, umm, it involved another purchase, lol! I posted about some of the garments I wanted to make this  fall, one of them being a coat...Sheila, had mentioned in one  the comments that she purchased a heavy duty machine to sew her coat this year, as she didn't want to mess up her machine using too of a thick material ( I am paraphrasing here)..

  I love, love, my sewing machine and didn't know if my machine would handle the thick fabric, interfacing's and such, and I also wanted to get into sewing jeans..So, I was like, yeah Sheila is right and hit submit on my new Singer Heavy 4423! It was on sale, as I didn't want to spend more for this sewing machine than for my everyday sewing machine seeing that it wouldn't be used everyday machine. I finally got to take it for a spin today, after having it for about two weeks now! See it's been busy here

Well, so far so good, but I'll let you if that changes, hopefully not! It's feels so good to be back from an unplanned absence from the blog... Alright, Divas that's all for now but I promise to have more later! As always be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fabric love and everything in between!

 I think I am enjoying this a little too much! I went to check my post office box again today, and there a was another little box of lovelies from I totally forgotten I had purchased, um, this may be the first signs of a problem..But I am not looking for any interventions yet, but can't say the same as for my hubby's wallet lol!

(From left to right) The grey fabric is a cotton
stretch suiting, the floral is a Charmeuse satin, and the purple
is a poly crepe suiting!

I also purchased the fabric for my first coat. It is gorgeous! 100% Shetland Wool, the exact color I was looking for too. I purchased the fabric from Fabric Mart fabrics, it is a lovely "Candy Apple Red", at least according to their web site.. I sure hope so, fingers crossed. I am also planning to do a little tailoring with this coat. I plan to use as reference the "Lady Grey sew along" that was hosted last year by the talented Gertie from the "Blog for better sewing"..I also have the book "The Classic Guide to Sewing the Perfect Jacket.. I am going for it Divas!

 I made a little progress on my Beignet skirt last night. The lining is complete, I plan to attack the facing and attach that tonight to the lining, and maybe even work on the shell tonight. I am working backwards this time around. I found when I made the muslin, that I had gotten bored with the lining after the shell was complete. I hope to be done by this weekend, so I can start on my dress for my hubby's homecoming! He has been underway all summer, ugh! Missing the hubby :(   Well, that's all for now Divas! Be blessed and nothin' less, and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!

                                                               *Gratuitous Pics*
My little man sitting up their like a big boy, waiting for Toshi to cut
his hair!

Look mommy I even got a sucker for being
such a big boy!

My big man with his fresh cut, who will be starting
kindergarten this fall, *tear*!

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Monday, August 15, 2011

A little bit of this and little bit of that!

  •  I don't have a finished garment to show, but I have completed my muslin for the Beignet skirt from Colette patterns. This is the first pattern that I have purchased from this company, and it will not be my last. I found the instructions to be very well written, considering this pattern is rated intermediate. I still consider myself to be a beginner, so case in point, these are awesome instructions.The entire pattern is lovely, which comes in a little booklet. I am very impressed!

  •  Now, back to the muslin! I did a quick and dirty muslin, and I do mean quick and dirty. But it served it's purpose so that I could work out whatever kinks, before cutting into my fashion fabric. I was able to make my first button hole evah! I know, I am such a cornball lol , but I had been intimidated for ever.I should be ashamed at how simple and easy it really and truly was. I found a lovely tutorial on YouTube for my machine and the rest is what they call history..

My first button hole evah' lol.. The
writing is some gibberish to help me out
on my real garment..

  •   Moving on a little from my "Beignet" skirt muslin for now! As the the title post says" A little bit of this and a little bit of that". I have been working on my hand stitching, and I had to redo part of my hem on my Simplicity skirt 2451, as I found that I didn't properly secure the stitch, argh! However, all was not lost, I was able to learn a new stitch. Well, new to me that is, which is the catch stitch. I love, love that hand stitch..

My first time catch stitching.

Wearing my freshly catch stitched hem skirt
at the park today! My little one took the picture
so that's why my head is cut off lol!

  • I also received some lovelies in the mail today! Woo hoo, don't you just love those days!Well, I have been wanting a wrist pin cushion, ever since I saw the one that Gertie wears on her online course for the perfect bombshell dress on Craftsy. I didn't get the same one as Gertie; however, I purchased my wrist pin cushion from Jo-Ann's online for about seven bucks.. And BTW, the class is the probably the best there is out there, online right now! I am learning leaps and bounds..I Highly recommend this class to anyone!

It's so cute and I really think it's so

A few patterns that came in and some fabric
that I didn't post..My battery died on my
camera, ugh!

Divas, that's all for now, but more later!
As always be blessed and nothin' less, and continue  to stay fearlessly fierce!
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Sunday, August 7, 2011

What are you working on? Let's chat...

   Just curious to know if anyone is working on fall items now, or are you still working on the last of your summer wardrobe?  I don't have a concrete plan set in stone, as of yet, and I don't know if I will.. I think I tend to do better, when I sew how I feel.  That way I can still keep it fun, but still get a great wardrobe out of the deal..  I have ordered a couple of patterns during the current BMV sale that is still going on, I believe.

This is not a new pattern;however, I
think this style will work into my casual
everyday wear in the fall!

Like, I adore this style of coat, and as soon as saw
the mustard colored coat. I knew I had to make
my first coat! I wanted to make V8346, but
think I want the Butterick more!

All styles of jeans in one!
I love the Trouser, and slim ankle length!

I loved the draping on this dress!

I love all the views, but of course
I love view B with the belt..
 Alright Divas, I'll guess I get back to making a muslin of the Colette skirt.
As always, be blessed and nothin' less, and continue to stay fiercely fierce!
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Saturday, August 6, 2011

McCall's 6070 again!

Hey lovely Divas! I am going to keep this post simple and sweet. I first reviewed this pattern sometime last year. I no longer have the first dress, because it was terrible and terribly made, but we all have to start somewhere. I have to thank you all for encouraging me then, to keep sewing.. Because looking at the midriff from last year, and Baaaaaby, it was all kinds of wrong.. But you Divas encouraged me nonetheless, so to that, I say thank you!

 My review from last year still holds true, this pattern is really, really easy.. I made a straight 14, and I absolutely loved the elastic in the sleeves, to give that gathered look. I also loved the back, and that it wasn't too low, that I could still wear a regular bra with this dress. I only made one alteration if that's what you want to call it, and that was not to add the elastic in the waist area. As I didn't find it necessary... This is my last summer dress for the season, and I know I said that for V1179 but I really wanted a new dress for friendship festival today on base...And that's just where we say thank you to our host country....

 I tried to get the boys to put up their
 peace signs as the Japanese do when posing for pics,
but um, no such luck with my two lol!

So, here are a few pictures from today at friendship festival on base! The dress wore very well, and I was comfortable all day, so I probably will make this next summer. As this only took about a day or two to make.
The American food vendors, giving our host country a taste
of our American cuisine..
               Divas, as always be blessed and nothin' less and continue to be fearlessly fierce!

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