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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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