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I am a wife and mommy to three, but in all of that- I am a seamstress who loves sewing and connecting with other people who love the art of sewing!

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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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