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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Lazy Saturday Sewing.....

Lazy Saturday Sewing...

  It's been such a relaxing day thus far, so I can't complain... I haven't sewn anything in two weeks y'all, but that's not to say that I haven't had the inspiration. I think sometimes for me, I get inspired by so many things that I actually get sewers block. Yeah, sewers block is a real condition y'all lol...

Love this leather baseball tee, but have y'all seen Adrienne's AMAZING!
 I think the biggest thing on my mind right now is LEATHER, I mean it is so heavy in the streets right now.. You don't have to go very far for inspiration for it either... It is everywhere, and I am lovin' it!  I've been hoarding 2 yards of faux leather, just waiting for the right project. I did cut out a peplum today, V8936; so hopefully I can review that soon.. I will get to that baseball tee, because I am jonesing for one of those tops.... Well, ladies I just wanted to share what I was working on this weekend.. You ladies have a wonderful weekend, as always: Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce..

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Monday, November 11, 2013

S1696 and M6844 Review!

   I am so glad to have finished these S1696 pants and M6844 cardigan, seeing that these are such a great start for basics in my wardrobe. Let's review S1696 first: I chose S1696 because I've been seeing this style everywhere in stores, and I loved the ankle length (to show case some pretty heels :). Constructing pants are not hard, it is getting the fit right that takes the most time. I used a so-called denim blend from Jo-Ann's, but it's more of a suiting, poly blend, with a 2% stretch... 

  I cut the 18 and added  2" inches at the lengthen and shorten lines in order to be able to turn up the recommended amount for the hem. I also used fusible stay- tape for the front and back waistband, the front pockets and the crotch seam, a tip that I learned from taking the craftsy construction course on pants with Sandra Betzina. This really helps your pants to not stretch out, and I've had these pants on all day, and they haven't stretched out, yay! And the best part of it all is that I added real welt pockets, yes!!! I had been so scared of these things but not anymore...
Welt pocket, not too shabby eh?!
Blind hand-stitch on pants hem

Inside shot of pocket lining...
 I used a 5/8 seam allowance, versus using the 1" seam allowance. I knew from my muslin that the 1 inch seam allowance was too much and caused my pants to be much tighter than I needed them to be. I loved the fit of these pants and wouldn't mind few more pairs..This is truly a great pattern one that I am glad I tried.. Okay, now on to M6844, which is a cardigan with an option for a peplum, yes please!

  I found that the sizing on this pattern runs fairly large, and really should have sized down on this pattern. I used a cotton knit that I've had in my stash forever and I skipped the interfacing for the collar band, but opted to use a leftover piece of stretch cotton twill for the facing. This made the collar band have structure without being stiff, I really liked the effect it gave the collar band.. This an extremely ease pattern, that I believe a beginner could whip up with having a little patience...

 Alright, ladies I'm off to see what's up next in my sewing queue! Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Pants, cameras, and all kinds of things......

 I've been sewing y'all, it's just that I've been to consumed to stop and post for these past two weeks. I know you're like, with what?! Pants y'all, yes, pants! And I must say at first I wasn't really feeling that same fuzzy feeling that I get when I make a dress, or even a jacket. Pants imo, is a different kind of beast, I mean getting the fit right in itself is a beast, right?  I really wanted this year to try new to me techniques, and improve on some areas within my sewing. However, I knew that I couldn't do that within staying in my comfort zone.... So, I set out to make pants, and I know some of you are saying, well Candice you've made pants before....
I made a muslin of these pants last week, and had to make
a few minor tweaks to them.... Which I will mention on the final post..
  Well, yes I have! But they were the basics of the basics, no pockets, back pockets, which is fine btw but I want to improve on my techniques. So, I set out to make a pair of well fitted pants with WELT pockets, yes y'all I made my first welt pockets and I love making welts, not at all scary like I assumed. I think in sewing it's best to remember that there can be more than one way to do a thing, just find what works for you! Let me show you the goods, right?! Well, these are my practice welts on my muslin..

Not too bad for my first time making welts, well these are double
welts...I put single welts in my final pants, I think I like the look of them
better, idk?!

 I used two different tutorials to help me understand them better,here and here awesome stuff I tell ya! I also sewed my first proper fly front with the underlap and fly, and again easy stuff man!

You really can't see the fly all to well, with my fabric choice but this is a muslin, so
hopefully you can see the details better on the real garment.

 I've just about finished my pants, just need to sew on the hook and eye closures and so far they fit great...I would like to get a top done this weekend to wear with them, but we will see how that goes, lol.. I'm thinking of the new McCall's 6844...

  I am glad that I took the challenge to learn to make welt pockets, and of course mines are not perfect, but with time I know they will get better..... On to other news, I did get a new camera, can we  all say," Won't He do it"... LOL... I was soooo tired of my crappy photos and decided to make the upgrade to the Cannon Rebel T3, yeah it's a learning curve but the picture quality is fantastic....Take a look see:
My little lady is starting to smile now, yay!

Look at the picture quality, fantastic!

My "Power Ranger" and "Iron Man"....
   Well, ladies I'm off to sew on those hooks and eyes on my pants... I hope you have a safe fun filled weekend! Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Review: Lady Skater dress!

I've been crushing on this style of dress for a minute now. It wasn't until recently that I knew that this style dress was referred to as a "skater dress". These "skater dresses" are everywhere! I knew that I wanted to try my hand at my own... The skater dresses are designed to be fairly short, but I'm just not about that life, lol! Well, these thighs of mine won't let me be about that life, lol!
I  love a demure ,yet also edgy look..

  Ok, back to the dress, right?! Well, I have been seeing the D.I.Y (do it yourself) versions of these dresses around the blogs and such; one being the Lady Skater dress by Kitschy Coo.. This pattern was the exact dress that I had in mine, so it was a no brainer to try this pattern. This is a PDF pattern that you will have to download, print and tape together. However, it really is not a hard process at all, but I will say just make you sure that you tape both pieces for your neckband (hangs head in shame)... You just don't how many of hours I wasted trying to figure out why my neckband would not fit lol! But I finally figured it out and I was singing " Oh happy day"! LOL..


  I knew by looking at my pattern pieces that I was going to have do a little lengthening of the pattern. I added an inch to the bodice front and did a 5/8 inch swayback alteration in the back, and also added 3 inches to the skirt front and back.  I knew that from making a muslin that these alterations were needed.Yes, please do yourself a favor and muslin this dress! I had all kinds of fit issues at first, but nothing that a quick muslin wouldn't solve. This pattern runs from a size 1-8 and in my muslin, I tried to use a 6 and let's just that " I trrrried it"! When I tell y'all that it sounded like pop rocks candy every time I went to put the dress on, umm.. no bueno, lol! I knew that my real garment would have to be a size 7... I do want to add that there is 3/8 seam allowance  throughout the garment; however, I wanted a closer fit for the sleeves, so I sewed them at 5/8 for a closer fit. I also left off the sleeve cuffs, just a personal decision. I loved how the pattern designer included elastic to be sewn in the waist seam, brilliant! It is especially useful if you use a beefier knit, which I used a ponte knit from Hancock's, so the clear elastic helped stabilize the seams..

  This is a fairly quick dress to sew a few hours top, especially if you don't have to fuse around with the fit... Make a muslin! Yes, don't say Candice didn't warn you lol! I love this dress, and so glad that I finally have my own "skater dress! I know this dress will probably get worn out, so I know that I should probably make another one...

Looks cute with boots or some killer wedges, right?

   I just want to thank everyone that takes the time to comment and show your support it truly means a lot. You ladies are the best! I hope everyone has a great weekend! Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

M6612 take two!!!!!

Love my new bag from shoe dazzle, although it's empty right now, lol!


  I was looking for a little mindless sewing on yesterday, and seeing that I went to Jo-Ann's this past weekend and picked up two yards of black ponte knit; I knew just the pattern that would do the trick. I would say  hands down that this would have to be my most worn D.I.Y garment that I've made. It's comfortable, yet chic and really easy to wear, so a plus in my book..
Made the grey dress last year this time!

  I didn't do anything different from the previous version of this dress, other than take an inch off the hem and hem the dress with a 5/8th hem allowance. This dress is seriously long, and for reference I'm 5'7 and with 4" heels this dress was still dragging the ground, so this pattern does run pretty long..

  I also stabilized the back shoulder seams with clear elastic, seeing that I used a beefier knit this go round, and I didn't want to run the risk of my shoulder seams stretching out of place. I have finished my Lady Skater dress, but this is what I wore this morning so decided to snap a few pics.. I can already tell that this dress will be in heavy rotation this season...Ladies, that's all I have for now! I hope you are having a wonderful week, be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!
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Thursday, October 3, 2013

How I styled my sleeveless S1756 blazer this week...

I forgot to show y'all the back vents. I was just happy to
be finished lol...

  Y'all when I say this sleeveless blazer is already in heavy rotation, that it's not even funny.. This is how I wore it today, paired with  S1776.. I can't stress enough just how versatile this pattern is. I promise y'all will get tired of seeing this blazer, lol!
Obviously this must be my favorite pose LOL...Now y'all are going to
be checking to see if I am going to strike "the pose" lol..
 On to other news, I have finished another project that I must say that I pretty smitten with.. I can't wait to share with y'all.. I don't know what I plan to work on this weekend, hopefully I can figure    something out... Do you ladies have any sewing plans this weekend? Maybe that could point me into a certain direction at least, lol.. Ladies have a wonderful weekend!
Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!

I used Mimi's skirt tutorial to make this skirt, FABULOUS!

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Simplcity 1756

 I am so glad to have this sleeveless blazer/vest done. I knew I had to make this blazer this fall, as I've been seeing them pop up everywhere. I love to layer my clothing in the fall, so making this blazer was a no brainer for me. However making this blazer did not come without any hardships, I had an extremely difficult time with the collar instructions. I know the next time I should sew this to simply use my favorite book on sewing jackets, "Jackets for Real People". Seriously y'all Marta Alto is the truth!

   I used some type of faux suede fabric that I had in stash, so I can't remember where I purchased this fabric from, but I love it! It feels so soft, yet still gives me that structure that you need to make a blazer... Besides their instructions for the collar, the only other quibble that I had about this pattern was that it did not call for the pockets to be lined. I lined my pockets with leftover bemberg rayon fabric from a previous project.
    I read Erica's review on this pattern, and she mentioned that this pattern ran slim through the hips, so I made sure to add more width through the hip area. I made an 16 at the bust and graded to an 18 through the waist and hip area.. Still trying to get rid of this baby weight, but one day at a time, one day at a time :).. I really enjoyed making this vest and have worn it at least twice so far; such a versatile piece. Love it!
Ladies I hope you are having a wonderful week! Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce.

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Mimi's quick 15 min skirt and a sneaky peak of S1756!

  I hope you ladies had a wonderful weekend, I sure did! I didn't do anything in particular, but sometimes those make for the best weekends, yes?! I was able to finish Simplicity 1756 on Friday, and I love it! I'm showing you a sneaky peak today, I know how mean am I lol!

Sneaky peak of my sleeveless blazer S1756!

I do want to show off my little skirt, made by Mimi G's you tube 15 minute skirt tutorial.. I knew on Sunday I wanted a quick and easy project. I debated between this skirt and a New Look pattern, New Look 6150, but Mimi's skirt tutorial won out in the end. I will come back to this top, I wanted to make view E...
There's not much to say about this skirt other than it is extremely easy, I used only a yard of fabric, which was left over from a failed project, so that's a score in my book! I will add however that if you make this skirt, please, please use a zig zag stitch on the elastic like Mimi suggest... Don't ask me how I know, lol! I promise you it sounded like some popcorn poppin' when I first tried on the skirt, without adding that zig zag stitch to the elastic, lol! Also, for the hem I just serged and used a twin needle for the hem.. Easy stuff I tell ya!
Is that a skater dress pattern that I spy cut out on my sewing table, why yes it is!
   Well ladies, I am off to work on some other things that I have cut out this weekend, come on mojo don't fail me now, lol! Be blessed ladies and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

What's on the sewing table...

Love every version on here..

  It's no doubt that fall is slowly creeping it's way in, and the summer heat is slowly fading*praise break* lol! Fall happens to be my favorite season of the year, with its cool breeze, and pretty leaves and the end to the heat (here's another chance to get your praise on lol) *praise break* lol... I really have no tolerance for the summer heat ijs... Like most seamstresses I've been thinking about what I want to make this season, and one thing on my list has been a sleeveless blazer.. I've been seeing them everywhere from stores to fashion magazines, celebrities, and so I had to have one too!

Simplicity 1756
 So, of course I set out to make my own sleeveless blazer; especially since I realized I owned the perfect pattern to make my own  blazer. I started working on this blazer last week, and I assumed that since this an unlined sleeveless blazer that this would be a fairly quick sew, right? WRONG! Everything was moving in the right direction until I got to the collar, and that's when "all hell broke loose".. LOL! It worked itself out in the end when I finally decided to read the instructions hehe! I love the fabric that I chose, which is some type of faux suede fabric that I purchased from fabricmart maybe two years ago. I am glad that this did not turn into a wadder, whew! Sweet baby Jesus! I would have been HOT!!
Here it is un-pressed, needing button holes, buttons,
armhole bindings, hems, deep sigh

  Well, ladies I'm off to work some more on this blazer, hopefully I will have a finished garment soon.. Have a wonderful week ladies! Be Blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Review: M6458

My two heartbeats :)
    So, I won't tell you how long these M6458 pajamas have been languishing in my sewing room. Let's just say according to the husband, "He's surprised that they still fit!" LOL... What can I say? I am a selfish seamstress, yes even with my love bugs:)...  This was my first time sewing a button down shirt of any kind, which I find to be odd, seeing that I have sewn at least three jackets. But never had I sewn a button shirt, hmmph... I'm intrigued now to say in the least, so much so that I am finally going to tackle that craftsy course on shirt making. I can't be the only one that buys these courses, and then take forevah to use them!

Excuse the thread this was hot off the sewing machine!
  Okay back to the pajamas! My boys are so fascinated with transformers, like seriously it is not a game lol! I have to say that the instructions for the top were fantastic!  I even made one shirt with piping, which was a first for this technique and it went in without a hitch! I didn't notice within the instructions that they required a lot of hand stitching and I'm sorry but I'm really not about that life HA! Other than obscene amount of hand stitching required for this top, this would really be a great pattern to get your feet wet in sewing shirts/blouses..
first time adding piping...
  I purchased this flannel fabric from several months back ,and had to purchase two additional yards after I realized that I needed to lengthen the pattern for my oldest son.. Thankfully they had more, whew! The bottoms were your typical pajama bottoms, no need to read the instructions there.. I also purchased the piping and buttons at my local JoAnn's.. Although it took me a minute to finish, not because this was a difficult project, in fact it was extremely easy. I now know that I am a selfish seamstress and I embrace that, yes I said "embrace"! LOL.. Oh, before I get out of here let me post a recent pic of my little bit, who is two months as of yesterday...
My heartbeat....

 Well, ladies I hope you have wonderful week ahead! Be blessed and nothin' less and continue stay fearlessly fierce!
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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Easy like Sunday morning.....Simplicity 1616 Review

   So, I had to have this skirt after I saw the one Adrienne made for her daughter... I was so glad that Joann's was having a pattern sale on Simplicity patterns, being that I didn't own this pattern...
Jessica Simpson wedges and my favorite nail polish of the moment :)
  This has simply has to be one of the easiest garments that I have EVER made. I mean I cut the fabric while on the phone with my girlfriend, and sewed it up while my boys ate breakfast.." Easy like Sunday morning"... The fabric is a knit that looks like denim that I purchased from Joann's last year. This skirt will definitely be in rotation, and I also have plans for a few more! Please don't judge me lol... Well ladies I hope you have had a wonderful weekend! I wish you a blessed week ahead, and as always: Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!
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Monday, August 19, 2013

Review Simplicity 1776:Shift dress

   I've been itching to make a shift dress for a while now. It's something about the feminine yet flirty silhouette that truly speaks to me.  I love the shape of this dress and the fact that it's not clingy! Especially after having a baby, I really didn't want anything to clingy on my stomach and hip area; however, I didn't want a dress that was shapeless either. That's were Simplicity 1776 came into fruition; a basic shift dress pattern, with many options to truly make this pattern your own...

Simplicity 1776
 I chose to make the jewel neckline with the 3/4 quarter sleeves, and I also didn't add pockets. This pattern is designed for woven fabrics, but I used a striped ponte knit that I ordered from last year. I also ordered it in the black and red color way; however, that turned into wadder on an entirely different project, yeah I'm looking at you V8904. With using a knit fabric versus a woven fabric, I didn't have to use a zipper, neither did I have to add a lining. The ponte knit was thick enough. I made a bias binding for the neckline to finish the neckline, and  I also sewed  my sleeves in the flat, which made this dress such an easy dress.
I cut the back on the fold since I didn't add a zipper. Also a close up of the neckline
binding and the back darts...

   I already have plans for this dress this fall with a pair of cute ballet flats, or shoe booties, tights and  my black moto jacket, yasss honey! I've got plans lol.. If this dress is your type of style then I would certainly recommend it as fast and easy project.
 Ladies I hope you all have a wonderfully blessed week, and as always, Be Blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Forget writers block, let's talk about pattern/ sewing block!

 Seeing that I'm coming in on the tail end of summer, after having giving birth three weeks ago. Meant that my summer sewing has been pretty much non existent. Not that I have not been dreaming of what could have been, sigh, lol.. Now, that I no longer have to share my body with the little diva, that means I can actually make the things that my heart desires. I now have pattern block! Yes, pattern block is a real issue y'all! You know when you have waaaay too many patterns it can cause a person to form a block of some sort, right? LOL! I don't what to sew because of my overflowing stash of patterns, sigh.. I feel like I'm ready to move into fall, but then on the other hand I feel like I didn't get my summer sewing out, deep sigh!
 I guess if I could stay away from the pattern sales and just sew from my stash of patterns. I could probably diminish much of my self inflicted pattern/ sewing block. But, nah, I'm too addicted to patterns. Seriously, y'all I may need an intervention soon :).... Speaking of patterns let's talk about the new fall Vogue 2013 patterns. Can we all say, YASS! I mean seriously, I pretty much love every pattern that was released this season, and that never happens.. Well, of course I had to pick these beauties up when I went to Hancock's this past weekend. Here's the ones I picked up...
This blouse, these pants are just EVERYTHING!
This blouse is casual, yet still stylish.. I like it! 
She's killin' em right! Love this jacket!
I love the princess seams in this pattern, very pretty!
Love the shorter version with the contrasting sleeves, yass!
This coat is everything! Enough said!

I love this dress! I mean it is just beautiful!

 I want to know what are you all working on? Is it still summer plans, or have you moved on to fall already? Alright ladies, I hope you are having wonderful week thus far !Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!
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