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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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