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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Summer dress challenge 2011 it's a wrap! New Look 6557



 Whew, that was a close one.... As we all know I signed up for Faye's stitch a dress challenge..Hosted by the lovely and talented Faye..  I think I may have been one of the first few people to sign up for the challenge, and yet I still managed to fall behind, sigh.... I was so thankful when  Faye extended the deadline, truly a great day when that happened lol...

  I truly believe that God allows everything to happen for a reason and in His perfect season.. I took on this challenge in hopes like everyone else to have a new dress and hopefully one that I loved.. I always strive to do my very best.  I would have never imagined, that in my wildest dreams, that this simple challenge would have rendered so many opportunities for growth.. Yes, growth Divas!


Not too shabby right! Keep reading
I promised I would give you the ugly  
too lol! (2009)
 I am going to try to make this quick and simple, but I believe in giving honor where honor is due, so please bear with me... I first reviewed this dress on PR in 2009 and it was actually my second garment that I had ever reviewed...And let me tell you Divas that dress was all kinds of wrong, I mean all wrong LOL!! You don't believe, huh, because looks can be deceiving..

  

The proof is in the pudding
or at least in the zipper in this case lol!

     This was supposed to be a lapped zipper *ahem* , but you wanna know what? In all it's unwearable glory I still was so proud, proud that I at least attempted this garment and the lapped zipper.. I mean this garment was by no means wearable, but I do believe a starting ground for growth. I really wanted to show this picture to encourage any new seamstress that it's not all glamorous and pretty pictures in the beginning all the time , but in due time your season will come...

Now let's talk about 2011 shall we! Did I say this dress is all kinds of fierce! Without it saying too much, if that's such a thing. I want to  thank Toya for posting about this fabric, when she reviewed her awesome Butterick dress. This is a beautiful fabric, a cotton sateen purchased from Denver Fabrics, which I do believe they still have this fabric.. This is your typical A-line sundress with various bodices, which are lined..

Inside of lining!
I initially started out sewing the dress as planned, but didn't really feel too motivated with the dress, and so I put it off, sigh, that's how I  fell behind schedule with the challenge... I was reading through my blog list.  I saw that Sheila had finished her second dress and it was lined, and then it hit me! I needed to set a real challenge for myself, so I set out to line the entire dress, which was surprisingly simple.. So thanks Sheila for the needed push!( You never know where your inspiration may come)

Lining stitch to zipper tape by machine!
I swapped an invisible zipper for the lapped zipper, and added a full lining which is nothing more
than sewing two dresses really..Really, just that simple! I had blew this lining business way out of proportion, or at least on this garment it was "easy peasy lemon squeezy"! Other than that I used a 12 for the bodice, which I could have used a 14 and used an 18 for the waist on down! So here is my "Ideal Summer Dress" It's Chic, it's sexy without being too much, it's just speaks Candice!


I added the red hoop earrings for a splash of color


Posing by the ocean by our towers!
 Well that's a wrap Divas! I learned a lot during this challenge and to match I also have a beautiful dress to show for! Thanks Faye for hosting this challenge! As always Divas, be blessed and nothin' less and continue to be fearlessly fierce
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Friday, June 17, 2011

Oh Brother!!!

        Divas, I have been meaning to review my new  Brother CS6000i sewing machine since last month sometime... I just wanted to really use it and take for  a couple of spins before I gave my honest opinion about this sewing machine... So far, I have used my new sewing machine for the last three projects that I have made, and I am in sewing machine heaven..

 I was initially looking at another machine and of course the price was higher and had all the bells and whistles, but I am a beginner so I didn't feel that it was necessary just yet... Although, for the price 156.00 (I paid during Mother's day weekend a gift from the hubby) I feel that this a great machine for beginner to advance....
  This a Free-arm computerized sewing machine; with 60 stitch functions, 7 styles of 1-step buttonholes, and variety of snap-on presser feet :
   -Buttonhole foot
   -Overcasting foot
   -Zipper foot
   -Blind-Stitch foot
   -Button fitting foot
   - Monogramming foot
   - Seam Ripper
   - Eyelet Punch
   - Needle Set
   - Twin Needle
   - Cleaning Brush
   - Wide table( which I don't use)
   -  Bobbin
   -  Screwdriver
   -  Extra Spool Pin



Yeah, about that Hard Case..It's just a plastic
cover but not a deal breaker at all! Just
wanted to shed some light lol!
 

 


Also Features:



The built-in, automatic needle threading system saves time and effort by taking care of threading the needle for you (Although I haven't used this feature I find it cool)


Machine Operation Buttons and Controls:

The start/stop button allows for freedom from needing the included foot pedal to start and stop the sewing function of your machine.



The reverse button allows you to bring the fabric backwards when you are first starting or stopping a line of stitches to lock them in place. (I really love this feature)




The reinforce function eliminates the sloppy appearance of locking the ends of a decorative stitch with that of a straight stitch. After you lock your straight stitch in place and select the reinforce function the CS6000i will sew backwards in the same pattern as your decorative stitch so there is no unwanted mismatch at the end of the stitch lines.



The built-in variable speed control allows you to sew at three different speeds depending on your project and your level of experience. You can quickly change your speed by simply moving the control knob between settings ( My favorite feature on this sewing machine, as my first Brother machine didn't offer this feature as it was just the basics of the basics).


LS-2125 My first machine ever!

The CS6000i effectively illuminates stitch operation with dual LED lights positioned directly above your work ( Ummm it's not that bright but it's doable)

Overall, I think this is a wonderful machine and I truly am happy I have it! In other sewing news, I  finished my dress for the Summer dress Challenge and I will post pictures tomorrow! I also purchased my first independent sewing pattern..

I purchased the Beignet skirt pattern because it's just so darn adorable, and I also wanted to show my support because her invisible zipper tutorial helped me tremendously and I wanted to show my appreciation... Well that's all I have for now Divas, be blessed and nothin' less!


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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Mommy Summer Chic! Simplicity 2451

  Divas, this summer is really proving to be a busy summer so far... I haven't posted much this month, but I have in fact been sewing. I have just been spending all of my free time with my family before the hubby leaves again for work, sigh.... But on a lighter note. I have finished S2451 and have been finished for about a week or two now... This is actually my second garment for the Summer Essential Sew-Along....

Mommy chic!

 Well, let's start with the review of this skirt shall we... I made view C in a size 18 waist and 16 hip and it was spot on for me.. Although, I wished I would have made it just an inch longer just as a little insurance.. I loved the darts in the back, a great shaping detail, I also loved the pockets( and they are functional).. I swapped an invisible zipper for the lapped zipper...And I even finished the zipper, facing by machine, no hand sewing here...Okay, maybe for the hem...


Invisible zipper!

No handsewing the facing to zipper tape! Done
by machine!
 As you know my first run for this skirt I was so hyped, and I do mean hyped! About my first invisible zip that went in gorgeously for a first try...However, when I looked at the top of my skirt when I added the yoke,  I knew that it was done incorrectly, sigh....But all is not lost, well, except for that skirt.  It's  history lol! However, I found the most glorious tutorial using basically the same kinda of skirt pattern, techniques etc.....






 **** Update***** I gave the skirt a test run, you guessed it at McDonald's! I realized that I really could have used a heavier interfacing for the facing..I found myself having to adjust the yoke everytime I stood up. The yoke piece kept bunching down... It's still wearable that's just a minor issue!



 
 

The boys and I waiting paitently for our
lunch!



Mommy's big man enjoying lunch!


Mommy's little man enjoying his
lunch! So do excuse the face lol..

I love, love this pattern, and I am thinking maybe two more will suffice for the summer.. This is a skirt that can be worn to lunch with the hubby, or the park with the boys, either or I am a happy Diva! Divas, that's all for now..Next up I hope to have pictures out with the hubby celebrating our 5th anniversary which is actually next week, but we have to celebrate earlier this year..Be blessed and nothin' less and as always continue to be fearlessly fabulous!
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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Simplicity 3503


  
Whew!!!! This has been one crazy week for me...My hubby ship pulled back in so you know the boys and I were all too excited to see daddy! On top of that I was sewing two garments, which I will not be doing again anytime soon... I was working on S2451 (which is finished) and S3503(also finished)...I must say that I love both garments and they will serve me well in my summer wardrobe and this is also my first garment in Ali's Summer Essential Sew-Along .... So that's a win in my book! S3503:
I love this dress!

  I will review S2451 later this week when I have pictures..I need to get a cute top to wear with the skirt and then pictures will come...But for now I'll just chat with you Divas about  S3503... Okay, I've had this pattern in my stash since 09' but knew it was beyond my skill level at the time, and since my husband and our anniversary is coming up I thought this would be the ideal time to try this pattern...


Feeling a little jazzy!

One more picture for the road!

 I would have been done with this dress sooner, but I ran into a couple of problems, mainly with the midriff..I made a muslin of  the dress and realized that I didn't like where the bodice was hitting on me, so I made the next dress in a pretty teal fabric *read* non muslin fabric(which is now sold out ugh) for the second round assuming I had this thing in the bag..Wrong,and just plain wrong! Let  me back up a bit because adding length to the front and back bodice an inch worked wonders for the dress for me.. But when it came time to add the lining midriff, I realized my seams were wonky in the midriff and bodice and looked terrible...



Doesn't look too bad right!
wait for it...

BAM!!!!!(note to self)
Do not sew when tired!

  I am just not comfortable anymore making okay garments, IF I feel I can do better..I am not aiming for perfection, but I am aiming for better..... I wanted to wait for my anniversary to show my hubby my dress, but I was like a kid at a candy store, so excited...I put my make-up on and accessories to take pictures and my hubby, stopped in his tracks and said" Wow, you look so pretty"... So, at least I know he loves the dress and I feel amazing in this dress! I do plan to make at least two more, probably in a more casual fabric for the summer... Now, I need to get shakin' on my "Summer Dress Challenge"!
Well, that's all for now Divas! Continue to be fearlessly fabulous!

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