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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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