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Sunday, January 29, 2012

The 1 hour top M6400!


I was freezing out here trying to get a good picture for my Divas!
Can you see my hair is doing some serious blowing in the wind!
The red pants are V8751 reviewed here!


    This top took all of an hour, seriously! When I went to cut out the pattern pieces and realized that there were only ONE pattern piece for view B.. I started laughing in hysterics lol! I just couldn't believe it... This has to be one of the easiest patterns I have ever made to date, if you are looking for something fast, quick, and in hurry that still gives that Diva look make this top!


Hair still blowing! I told you it was cold....



I had this striped fabric in my stash from fabric.com for over a year now, and didn't know what to do with it, or if I had the skill to match up the stripes properly.. I was really more concerned with the stripes matching on the side and I must say I was pretty successful*winning*... Sorry, I didn't take pictures of the side, but it was COLD, so please forgive me lovelies!


 I made a medium as I wanted a more fitted top, close to what the model on the cover is wearing. I didn't bother hemming the sleeves, or the bottom just didn't feel it was needed; however, I did hem the neckline! And with the neckline I noticed that if I make another version I will stabilize the neckline...Other than that it is a pretty straight forward top! In other news, I have a pair pants that need to be reviewed so be on the lookout for that!  It has been working out great with sewing only what I am feeling, as I have not felt fatigued or burnout! Well Divas that's all for now! Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!



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Thursday, January 26, 2012

V8679 my first jacket!



 Paired the jacket with my boyfriend cut jeans and my leopard pumps
for a little fun!
   
Finally, finished my first jacket! I didn't  mention that I was making a jacket, because I didn't want to jinx myself lol.. I started this jacket about two weeks ago, and before I go any further. I have to say that "Jackets for Real People" DVD was insurmountable in helping aide me through the process of making my first wearable jacket. I literally followed the DVD step by step and only followed the pattern directions only during the godet section.  If you were every wandering if this DVD would be beneficial;  I am here to tell you that truly it is one that every sewer  should have in there library...


Back stay and the inside during construction
  
Okay, now that all the kudos are out of the way! I know that I signed on to do the Minoru jacket sew along, but I ended using my lining fabric for the jacket for V8679. This year, I don't  really have any resolutions, but sewing wise, I  only plan to sewwhat I am feeling at the moment, so V8679 it was . I am really feeling the bustle and peplum look, as I mentioned in my last post; therefore, I had to give V8679 a go! And when I realized that Erica B put her stamp on it like only she can do! I was in...



Sleeve head using the interfacing from my hubby's old tie
please do ask before you cut into said tie he he!
 




It's all about the back, right!
   


Fully lined using the bagging method...
 
 Like I said, this is my first wearable jacket, I tried making B5331 last year this time and never made it past the muslin, but I believe if I were to try the jacket again, I could knock it out of the park! A girl makes one jacket and gets all smug with it lol!  Okay, now on to the jacket at hand! Vogue describes this jacket as a fitted, lined, above hip jacket  has notched collar, front darts, back princess seams, godet and long sleeves.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes




Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn't use the instructions, I followed jackets for real people! And just to note I am extreme devote follower of instructions, and didn't use them with this jacket only followed the DVD and my jacket came out great!



What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved the back drama of the jacket; there wasn't anything that I didn't like..


Fabric Used: Wool blend with acrylic and it sparkles! Love it.. purchased off fabric.com last year



Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn't make any pattern alterations however, I could have used a slight broad back alteration, but it will not prevent my wearing my jacket. I did interface the entire jacket minus the godet section as it really gave the jacket structure IMO... I also added a back stay, I used sleeve heads from my hubby's old tie and that sleeve eased right on in! I also used on one button instead of two just what I wanted...


Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would sew this jacket again, maybe if I found some really great fabric! And I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this pattern to others...



Conclusion: I really had a great time making this jacket, I learned a lot of new techniques, bagging a lining for jacket, making a back stay and using a sleeve head to ease in a sleeve, sewing in shoulder pads, notching a lapel, the list is endless! If you do not own jackets for real people DVD run not walk to order it! That's all for now Divas! Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!




One for the road, okay, okay my last smug action LOL!
 






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Monday, January 9, 2012

"Peplums" Do you think "chic" or "Golden Girls"?


BurdaStyle 2012 trend report

 I was browsing more like salivating on Burda Style.com today, and on the front page was their 2012 Spring trends..  Among the likes were pastels, prints and peplums. Which, btw, I am absolutely intrigued with at the moment.. I have to admit, that it wasn't until recently that I even knew the correct term for such a jacket... All along, I had been thinking now "hey that is one chic jacket"....

Chic!
However, I couldn't help but notice while watching my favorite sitcom of all times! You guessed it!  "Golden Girls" It is just something about that show that just makes me happy, too bad the hubby doesn't  share the same sentiment lol...The hubby states that watching the Golden Girls puts him in a deep sleep/coma lol, men I tell ya!  Okay, but back to everything that is lovely with my Golden Girls... I happen to notice that Rose, played by Betty White was rockin' a lovely peplum jacket and said," hey  there goes one of those chic jacket "thingy" again." And my search was off to find out the correct term for such a jacket...

 
Rose "Betty White" in the blue is wearing a peplum jacket..


Alexander McQueen retail price $4,009 farfetch.com



And lo and behold Burdastyle just so happened to be featuring peplum jackets or shirts, skirts, etc.. as the 2012 Spring trend. Which made my search even easier *winning*! Now, as much as I love my girls, the " Golden Girls that is.. I don't necessarily wish to look like one, style wise..So, I scoured the Internet my favorites shopstyle.com and came up with few updated looks for the styles that I could rock..Without wanting to burst into the Golden Girls theme song lol!






Back off jacket! Mind blowing




I said all this to ask: What do you think? Chic or Golden Girls? Alright, Divas have to get back in this sewing room, working on something special, which you can probably just about guess with the nature of this post :) Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!
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Friday, January 6, 2012

Date night with the hubby and B5672

  So, the hubby and I had a date on Friday night, which was yesterday here in Japan.. I was so excited to have finished my B5672 , so that I could wear it for dinner and a little dancing with the hubby... The fabric, I purchased from fabric.com and it's a sweater knit fabric, so it's really cozy in this cold weather we've been having here in Japan lately....



Close up of  the pleats and the fabric..

I didn't make the lining for the dress, I just folded the neckline and sleeves with "steam a seam." Oh, yes I did! And you know what I am now a convert to the "steam a seam" movement lol! This dress is extremely easy I don't remember having any problems with the dress. I didn't have to make my normal lengthing to dress as the dress length was fine as is.. I am 5'8 for reference...I loved the darts in the back that shape to the back, as well as the drape of the pleats for the front of the dress.. 


Let me tell you this dress kept me warm the entire
night, but not in a bad way! It was 30 degrees last night..
  The hubby and I got a special chance to go to Yokohama last night and go to the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner..We truly had a great time enjoying each others company with good food and drinks or one drink maybe, because they were 20.00 a piece sheeesh!
20.00 drink here only one for me please! Can't cut into
my fabric budget lol!

On the train heading to Yokohama...Oh, the face mask you ask from
the lady to my right, the Japanese all wear them if they have a cold!







The hubby and I @ Yokohama bay!.




 Alright lovelies! I hope you are enjoying your weekend and getting some great sewing done.. I am going to get back in my sewing room and make some majic happen, or let's hope! Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!






















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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy 2012 and other tidbits!

    Happy 2012 to everyone! It's a new year so whatever may or may not have been in 2011 just brush it off of your shoulders.. Let us just embrace this new year with full of new possibilities.... A new year always brings excitement, right?  My new years resolution you ask?  Here's the thing, I am not saying!  I am going to do! So, that's the new years resolution, "No talk, just action"... I will let you know know at the end of 2012 how that plan goes...


 On to other news; I will be joining Tasia from sewaholic patterns in her Minoru jacket pattern sew along. All of my materials for this jacket have arrived, so I am pretty excited now!
 


The red fabric is cotton twill and the print fabric is poly charmeuse!


 I also have my first F.O. for the year B5672, hopefully if the weather cooperates I shall have pictures up sometime this week...Also, BMV are having an awesome sale on patterns until Monday, but before  I leave you lovelies let me leave you  with a sneak peek from B5672....





I have since removed the red pin lol!


Alright, Divas here's to a beautiful, prosperous, sew filled, healthy and happy New Year's!
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