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Monday, December 17, 2012

Bad blogger, but I promise I have an excuse!




  I really didn't mean to be away so long, but with school, taking care a household, kids, hubby etc...Many of you know this song, right? Seriously, things have been crazy busy! I haven't sewn much in my absence, but I do have something that I'm trying to finish, if only I can muster up enough energy...So what excuse do I have that could have kept me away from all my lovelies?

  Well..........Here it goes! We are expecting again, that's right a baby, the hubby and I couldn't be more happier... I hope to be back next week with something to show ya'll; however, a big thanks to all who have checked on me in my absence that means so much! So with that being said, be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

M6612 ,Oh how I need a closet full of thee....

I like to leave my other projects on my dress form a little longer for inspiration lol..Does anyone else do that?


 
 M6612, Oh how I love thee! This dress beyond being only three pattern pieces, yes three! Front, back, and the neck piece, easy stuff, I tell you... I literally got up and started on this dress this morning at  about 8am and by 11am I had a new dress..This does include me doing my mommy duties, and chatting it up with my momma, lol...



 
 
 I hadn't really paid any attention to this pattern until I saw Toy's version, and was like okay, this has just gotten serious, lol...I knew I had to have one to, and to make the deal sweeter, everything was in my stash. The knit fabric, I had purchased over four years ago when I was just learning how to sew. I am so glad that I still had this in my stash. Did I say that this pattern only had three pattern pieces? I did, huh? LOL..I'm sorry, but that right there excited me, yes it did...

I was ready for sweetest day today, it is a real day..My husband had to check my sources too LOL..
 I didn't have to make any alterations, well, I don't know if this is really an alteration. I only had to take it in on the sides, and cut off some length..This dress is long! And I'm no shortie, I have on 4 1/2 inch heels here and this dress was still long.. Nothing major, this is something that can be handled as you go.. I also added bias binding to the armholes, for a more professional finish, now if only I can get the professional part right, sigh..  I love this dress! It's fast, it fits nicely, it's trendy and FAST!
I highly recommend this one if you haven't already tried it... Alright ladies, I hope you are having a wonderful, blessed weekend..Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!
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Friday, October 19, 2012

M6611 Ready for fall and just in time for this cool weather!

Red pumps always make a girl feel a little sassy, right?


 I had about 5 1/2 yards of this wonderful houndstooth rayon-suiting, that I purchased from fabric mart fabrics last year for about $3.00 dollars and some change, so I scored big time! I had originally purchased this fabric in hopes of doing some tailored type coat, but then M6611 came along and that plan changed.. While, I like the pattern, I do however think the pattern could have been drafted better in the sleeves.. The instructions were very easy to understand, minus McCall's little hiccup, which I mentioned on this post.


This is how I wore it today to lunch with my honey and the boys! Steve Madden shoes



First of all, the sleeve ease in this pattern was astronomical, like seriously..If my memory serves me correctly there was at least 6 to 7 inches of ease, now tell me that's not ridiculous, right? I am so thankful for the people who reviewed these pattern and forewarned about that, because I would have been up the creek.. I ended up removing the unwanted sleeve ease. I also added 2" to the body of the jacket, and you see where it hits me, so plan accordingly if you want a longer jacket.


Alteration for removing some of the sleeve cap ease,
that pleat down the side you say, yeah I'll get that lol..
Okay, so I've been getting all extra lately. I've recently signed up for the Sandra Betzina class on Craftsy, as well as  the tailored shirt,which I will review soon..I have totally put in my head that I'm going to rip into my pattern like Sandra does and make all these cool, oftentimes unheard of alterations lol...Okay, now side-eye right here is totally understandable, and quite well deserved lol..
Inside of the jacket.. My little man peeking in the back
can you spot him hehehe...
 

I thought the sleeve pattern not only had to much sleeve cap ease, but I also thought that the sleeve was going to be wide..Totally forgetting that this pattern is self-lined, yeah, so I had to think quick, because there was no way I could line this sleeve in this suiting fabric.. So I decided to line the sleeves in Rayon-bemberg, which I'm so glad that I did, because it makes for easy wear in that area... So the moral of this story is that pleat down the side that I altered on the pattern,was so unnecessary.. Thankfully it all worked itself, whew!

It's a little wrinkled had been wearing it all day at this point.

The jacket is very comfortable to wear and also trendy right now. I have been seeing this type of jacket, which is called a "cascading jacket" everywhere. I'm glad to have one in the wardrobe. I don't think that I will be sewing this one again, nope, but I would recommend, just maybe not to a beginner. Next up, will probably be a skirt for Faye's carnival of skirts sew-along.. Ladies, I hope you have a wonderful weekend! As always, Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

A little this and little of that!

I am really feeling my mojo right now, like it's seriously in overdrive! Last night I went to Jo-Ann's to pick up a few new patterns that happen to be on sale, yay! I picked up:

M6606 I just had to have this pattern, seen a similar top at
NY and company

M6653


M6658 kinda got this one on accident, but nonetheless I
shall make it work!


M6613  Kinda told my husband that I would make him
a shirt...This is a unisex pattern..


I really went to the fabric store for this pattern, but you know
how that goes...I simply love this jacket, I love the
cut of it, it's so trendy...New Look 6013


 
 I'm just about finished with M6611, only have the hand- stitching left to do, ugh, how I loathe hand stitching lol.. Now, I need to narrow down my skirt choices for Faye's carnival of skirts sew- along and pick fabric for said skirt. Now if every thing could this simple, right?..I would post my choices, but I just haven't  gotten that far.. I plan by the weekend to have the fabric picked out for my skirt and of course a pattern, we shall see! Well ladies, I hope you are having a wonderful day, it's hump day, yay! As always, Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Still working on M6611


 I'm coming along fairly well on my jacket, which BTW is M6611. I now have the main body of the jacket completed and only have to sew up the lining, which for this particular pattern is self- lined unless you used the option for the contrasting view... This pattern is a breeze to sew up, especially if you have a little experience up your sleeve. I did notice a discrepancy within the instructions. I don't know, maybe it was just me that had the confusion( which is highly not unlikely lol).. When I got to the peplum section step# 11 it states to stitch pieces 6, to piece 7 at either side, and to do the same on step 12 with the lining pieces..Okay, all is good in the hood there, lol!

However, step #14 left me scratching my head, between steps 11-12 does not tell you just how you are supposed to even get these two pieces, the peplum lining and the peplum together...I know for a absolute newbie, this could pose a real problem, so this is the purpose for this blog post. Just wanted to help!


 
 
 
So I can hear the suspense just building up waiting to hear my explanation on this, yeah right lol! At step#11 and 12 I put right sides together and then stitched the sides and the bottom, leaving the top open. I then pressed the seams and trimmed the seams, now the the two are sewn together(the peplum, and peplum lining), turn inside out and press and continue with step#14 and all is good! Alright Lovelies, that is it!  All is good, so  hopefully I will be back with a wearable garment! Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!
 
 
 
 
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

What's on my sewing table!


I have so many projects that I would like to get to, that it almost is overwhelming in a sense. Do you ever get overwhelmed by the things that you want to make? It's like I don't know what to get to first...
I think I have narrowed my next project down to M6611, this jacket is really trending right now which I just found out is refered to as a "cascading jacket"...You learn something new everyday they say..





You want to know the retail price of this jacket? 695.00 now that is cray-cray! Thank God for the ability to sew!
 Although, I secretly wish I had leather fabric, so that the sleeves and the peplum could be leather on the M6611. I think I just really need something leather, anything, hmmmm... the wheels are starting to turn lol.. However, back to M6611, I've read the reviews on this pattern and altered the pattern accordingly. I removed some of the ease from the sleeve cap; which I learned how to do reading "Gertie's new book"..Please and thank you! Gertie you rock girl in my book, pun intended HA! I also, added about 1 1/2 inches to the body pieces of the jacket for a little extra length, ahhh, the beauty in sewing!
 
  I don't know, I'm just really feeling the itch to sew a jacket of some sorts, not necessarily a coat, or do any heavy tailoring, but a simple jacket. I enjoyed the process so much when I made my first jacket earlier this year. That I thought it would be great for a refresher to refine somethings if you will...Also, I would love to try my hand at making some type of fur jacket thing..You all know my love, obsession with leopard print. I just so happen to have about 2 1/2 yards of faux leopard print that I purchased from fabric.com last year.  I really am loving this jacket too, decisions, decisions ijs...
 
I guess, I better get back to sewing! I hope to be done with M6611 this weekend, who am I kidding lol! Hopefully I can be done by next week, we shall see...As always, Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!
 
 


 
 

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Animal print is so giving me life right now! V1258

Animal print is so giving me life right now!


 Finally, finally have a review to post! Can I say that "animal print", mainly leopard print is so giving me life right now, I'm just saying.... I've had this leopard rayon- knit print fabric for about two years now, that I purchased from fabric mart fabrics from their "trendy collection". I was just waiting on just the right pattern and that's where V1258 came into play.. Now, Vogue describes this pattern as "Average", not being necessarily hard; however, one that will require a little more time. I definitely would have to agree with that! I almost am ashamed to say that this little dress took more than TWO weeks to complete, but to my defense I had to get this fit right, but more on that in a second...

Kept the accessories really simple, the print of the dress was enough ummph, right?
The shoes are Jessica Simpson

 This dress, I'm sure if I were to make it again, which I do not plan to would probably not take as long the second time around. I don't know if anyone else mentioned this problem, but the bagginess in the front had me looking like I was carrying around  baby Kangaroo's in my pouch! Umm.. that is not the business, sorry lol! I would really advise before attaching the skirt bottom to the bodice to simply baste it in to see if you like the flow/ hang of those pleats first. I had to unpick my serged stitches and handle this matter immediately! I'm really glad that I was able to solve that bagginess, because I really love the dress. I just don't think I will be making another! Oh yeah, all I did to remove the bagginess from the skirt front was to merely (All sewist who don't love unconvential alterations, please stop reading for one second) pull up the front skirt to the bodice, and where the bagginess stopped, I pinned and stitched that sucka' up HA! It works for me, yep!

These shoes are giving it to me!


 As far as pattern alterations, I used a 16 but ended up chopping several inches off the side and this dress is still plenty comfy! I added 2 inches to the front and 2 1/2 inches to the back, because the other reviewers for this pattern stated that the back was shorter, so I was thankful for this tip. I also raised my neckline about an 1" and that's about it there.... I'm glad to have made this pattern because it really is comfortable, and I'm sure will get a lot of wear for the fall season! So, if you haven't tried this one out yet, I think you would like this one. Alright Divas, that's all I have! I hope you are having, or have had a wonderful, blessed weekend! Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Glad to be back in the U.S.A!

 My family and I are now back stateside, and it's great to be back!! Japan was definitely a great experience for my family especially having had the chance to live there for these past four years. However, I am glad to be back, but I said that already, huh? LOL..  We have been in Texas for about a month now and we are finally getting settled into our new home, and I must say, so far Texas is winning me over. I just want to thank everyone for your prayers and well wishes for my family and I.

 I don't even know where to begin, seeing as so much has transpired since my last post in July shhhh.... I have an excuse! I was only moving cross country,so cut a Diva some slack lol.. Although I missed the support of all you terribly, the sewing community is phenomenal, it truly is. Now, that I'm getting all misty eyed and sappy :) I will try to you fill you in with what I've been up too. First I've enrolled in college to finish my degree in Social Work, yes, I am getting what's mine now and I'm so excited! That's another post all in itself.

I also visited on my second day here my first trip to Hancock's fabric EVER! They were also having a .99 cent pattern sale, and I almost spazzed the heck out in there. I couldn't get patterns at that price online while in Japan, and certainly not Simplicity! Let's just say I was one happy lady. I saw that there was a 10 pattern hold per customer, but this spazzed out Diva was ready to employ my three year old my poor, sweet, understanding husband and my six year old to get patterns for me. Happily to the likes of my men folk that didn't have to take place. However, I let them know, be ready because it's just that serious LOL...

Ummm...What else? Oh yeah, I have my on sewing space now, no longer sharing my space with the workout/ office area.. I am now located in the laundry area, but hey, that works for me! It's big and spacious and I even have a built in shelf space for my stash *winning*.. I hate to leave you with a picture less post so I'll include a few when my family came to visit two weeks ago....
My mommy and I at Dave and Buster's
 
Sissy and I trying to keep cool in this Texas heat, and yes I
am bending down because my big sis is beyond short :)

On the river walk with my Honey!

 
Well lovelies that's all for now, hopefully my sewing machine will hurry up and get here already! This lady is ready to sew! It's great to be back, wow! Can't believe how much I missed blogging, seriously! Well anyhoo you ladies enjoy the rest of your week! Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!
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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Kate Spade inspired peplum top V8815

 Took photos and headed out the door! Where I hear you
ask? To the grocery store, yep I sure did! LOL... Rocked my leopard print
in the grocery store lol!



Kate Spade peplum top 268.00
:(

 I have been managing to get quite a few garments done since they've packed up our house. I don't know, crazy right? LOL.  Well, I as I mentioned in my last post, I have seriously been hit by the Pintrest bug. I am seeming to find more inspiration than I often times know what to do with. Well, I just so happened to pin this  animal print peplum top from Kate Spade, which is retailing for 268.00, yes, 268.00 dollars!
My peplum top 20.00 including notions :)


No pulling across the bust and this fabric a cotton sateen even has less stretch
than the first V8815 made in stretch twill




 This is my second go at this pattern. My first version, which I love btw; however, it had some pulling across the bust in the first version. I may even redo it ,who am I kidding? I know that will lol..I have the fabric and all!

Did I do an FBA you say? Well no, I didn't, as a matter a fact. I just graded out to the next size below the bust for the extra room...And yay, look, no pulling across the bust! Now, I'm sure I've broken some kinda of sacred sewing law. Yeah, I could have done an FBA, but hey I'm a "Tim Gunn"  "Make it work" kinda 
of gal!








That invisible zipper is looking mighty fine if I say so myself,
and I do say so LOL.... Thanks to my new invisible zipper foot
*Look how great the seams add up*
Just white bias tape....Used what I had on hand..
Another pic for the road just in case you forgot what it looks like BAHAHAHA!
I know it's pic heavy, just flow with me :)

This version came together in about one day, minus I dragged my feet for two on hemming! What can I say, I detest hemming, like, really! This fabric was a dream to work it's a cotton sateen, although, it didn't have as much stretch as thought.

 Which is why I'm glad that I  graded below the armhole and down. I needed the extra room..However, great fabric to work with none the less.Well, that's all I have for now ladies. I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!
Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

M6559 Well, sort of!

Thanks Mimi for the link for the necklace loves it!


  By golly wow! I think I have really caught the Pintrest bug. I've had an account for a moment ,but never really and truly used it as intended, or even enjoyed it for that matter. That is, until now! I am totally hooked, hooked I tell ya! LOL... I even got my mama hooked lol! Okay, back to the schedule post: "M6559 Well, sort of."

Pinned from Pintrest
source

I cut out the underlining fabric first so that I could cut
my fashion fabric on a single layer to ensure the stripes
lined up properly... 

 I was browsing around the Internet this morning and happened to stumble across this wonderful striped tank from Madison and LA for 62.00 dollars. Umm.. absolutely not! I remembered that I had a yard of fabric left over from my Mission Maxi dress and got to work! I forgot to mention that when I made the Mission Maxi dress that I underlined the entire dress. I knew going in that I would have to do the same thing for this tank top, seeing that I used the exact same fabric. Making M6559 into a racer back tank was easy as pie! I just basically measured the pattern at where I wanted the hem to fall and that was that. I used pattern piece D and E (racer back) attached binding to the arm and neckline, having to sacrifice an old RTW dress. The movers packed up our things last week and I don't have my stash. We are basically living out our suitcases right now! However, I did have the privilege of having my machines express shipped to Texas woo hoo! So you know what that means right? A few more weeks to get some sewing done before head stateside!
Really love this tank! It's so comfy....
Did I say  I love this tank  :)
Well ladies that's my time! I have some other things to show you hopefully later on this week so stay tuned for that...As always, Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!
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Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday's OOTD!

B5211  Wore this today to Yokota with my family!



I hope everyone is enjoying their summer! Is it even summer yet? Yes,no...I think so! My family and I are gearing up for this big move back to the States! I'm not sure how many garments I can squeeze in before the packers/movers come. I'm hoping to get at least two more garments done before the big move!  I do know you ladies have been inspiring me all across the board with your awesomeness (is that a word) LOL!  Well ladies just wanted to check in with you. Have a wonderful and safe weekend! Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!
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Friday, June 22, 2012

A little peplum love! V8815

Could have used an FBA for the girls, a muslin *gasps* would have caught that but  C' est la vie !
(such is life)

 I know I've been M.I.A these past two weeks; however, not without good cause that is! My hubby's ship is back in from deployment, oh yeah, so I've been boo'ed up so to speak LOL! Okay, but back to why you clicked on this post: A little peplum love V8815.. I have fallen in love with these little tops! They are little tops, but give so much more in style. I've seen the whose who of celebs, to blogger fashionistas rockin' these "peplum" tops with such style and grace, and I knew I had to give this style a go. I'm quite glad that I did!

Heading to the movies with my three loves for a family date night!! I was told by my five year old that I was
stunning, okay, maybe more on the lines of pretty, but who's taking notes lol!  Although I do think the boy has exquisite
 taste hehehe!



This was a fairly easy pattern as the pattern depicts "Very easy vogue pattern". For the fabric I used a stretch cotton twill from fabric.com, which was everything lol! Seriously this fabric was as my sister says the bomb.com lol! I used pre-packaged bias tape, and  also swapped a regular zipper in favor for an invisible zipper. That I had to do over twice! Let's just say after that ordeal ,I broke down and ordered another invisible zipper foot. 
Sorry for the wrinkles I forgot to get a photo of the back.We were running late for
the movies so I took this afterwards...
I did add an 1 1/2 inch thinking I was recreating the wheel, umm no LOL! It looked as if I was wearing an over sized tutu so not the look I was going for lol! Thankfully, I had just enough fabric to cut out another bodice piece again, yes please! After re-cutting the bodice pieces again, I added an inch and that seemed to do the trick, sigh!


New Coach bag gifted by the hubby!





Alright lovelies that's my time! Oh the 30 day challenge you ask? Yeah, that's not going work, yeah umm not working lol....I just don't work good under pressure, so I have to just do it and not talk about it! If that makes any kind of sense... Thanks for all the well wishes, I really was doing good until the hubby came home...That man likes to cook and eat, but I told him I am getting back on plan, and that's exactly what I tend to do... I hope you ladies all have a beautiful, safe, fun filled weekend! Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!
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Friday, June 8, 2012

Street chic! V8742

How I will style the dress for my up coming wedding anniversary!
 I've been talking a lot about being excited that my hand made garments are now starting to coincide with my RTW style, which is important, right? In order to want to wear your hand made garments it has to be a style, or color that reflects your RTW style in order to want to wear them, yes? So, where does the title post "Street Chic" comes into play?

Nine West  nude pumps, which happen to be extremely comfortable
Well, I have been trying to define my style, or verbalize my style and kept coming up with generic responses...That is until, "Pintrest"! Yes, Pintrest.  I happen to stumble across someones pins/boards who happen to name it appropriately  "street chic". That title hit me like a ton of bricks, okay not really, but for the sake of theatrics lets go with it lol... So to that, thank you Pintrest  for my Aha moment lol! Okay, so let's talk about V8742, which I have reviewed earlier this year. I won't bore you with another long review on this dress; however, I was able to go down two sizes from my previous dress that I made earlier this year, woo hoo!
V8742 with sleeveless RTW cardi which Butterick has a new pattern for.
"My street chic" look


On this version, I decided that I wanted something sexy to wear for my upcoming wedding anniversary, that would also play nice with my "street chic" RTW style..So, I decided to make view A without the sleeves, and seeing that I already had some black ponte knit pre -washed and ready to go, this was a win win for me.. The dress used about a 2 yards of fabric, and I used self fabric for my bias binding instead of purchased. I  didn't have any on hand..

 I also used clear elastic instead of the stay tape in this version, and I loved the sleeker look on the inside of the dress. I love, love this dress and what I love most is that it is true to my RTW style... Well, that's my time lovelies have a fantastic weekend!  Oh and before I forget, thanks to everyone who took the time to encourage me on my 30 day challenge it really means a lot! Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!
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Sunday, June 3, 2012

June challege (non-sewing related)

  Ladies, Summer is fast approaching here, or at least for some that is! Well, I have been asked several times about my weight loss and just how did it come off so quickly. Well, I am not at my goal yet, but I have made progress, yet in still I should be further along, sigh! Now, this is where the "June Challenge" comes into play...


It's really to encourage myself and hopefully to encourage others who may want a little encouragement as well! I plan for the month of June to eat as clean as possible, no sugars( except from fruit) no flour, bread, etc...Eating veggies, lean meats(fish, chicken, eggs etc) and healthy fats and water, water!. I also plan to boost my workouts from 3 days a week to 5 days a week for the month of June... 


So, what am I exactly trying to accomplish in a months time? Hopefully, I will be leaner, shed a couple more pounds and just keep motivated while reaching goal... I hope you will join me, or simply root me on. All the encouragement will be welcomed! I have taken my measurements, weight, and photos.. Monday morning June 4, 2012 starts my challenge..I am excited, if not nervous, nervous because I have put myself out there, so now I have to do it lol! But that's the kind of push I needed, so I am ready for this challenge! BRING IT ON! 

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