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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Vogue 8927

Love the relaxed fit of this blouse..
 
 
 This pattern Vogue 8927 was released last year some time; I do believe. I actually cut this pattern out last year, but was too intimidated to sew it up. Fast forward to this year  where I have a few shirts under my belt this year, so I was all too excited to finally get to this pattern that I cut out last year.



Vogue 8927


  Now this is your pretty standard, basic button down blouse, which makes for a pretty great candidate in beginner shirt making 101..This pattern is a very loose-fitting blouse, which makes for a very relaxed fit. I made an 18 throughout the entire shirt, and really loved the relax fit.  I used a cotton sateen that I purchased eons ago.I made view E; however, I shortened it 2 inches and borrowed the tabs from view D. By shortening the pattern, this caused me to have to readjust the button positioning, but this was an easy adjustment.

  Oh but let's get into this ridiculousness , plain ridiculous lol, shall we!  I do not understand why patterns sometimes have the most ridiculous amount of ease in the sleeve caps. The sleeves in this pattern were drafted with way too much ease. I was so close to just scrapping the entire thing;I was all too annoyed, and nobody has time for that, right?!. I also really struggled with the top-stitching on the front bands, now that was my issue. I really need to work on this, but I found using my edge-stitching  foot produced the better results.
Top left:Front button band with buttons, top right: Inside collar
Bottom left:Collar, and bottom right :sleeve cuff
 
 


  After struggling with those irritating sleeves, everything else was a breeze! I highly recommend Pam Howard's class on Craftsy, if that is a platform in which you like to learn. I know it's not everyone's thing, but I truly enjoyed it.   So, even though I struggled with some parts of making this shirt. I still really do love it! Now, will I make this particular pattern again? No way! It's way too many patterns to be dealing with the sleeve issues. As a matter of fact, I getting ready to start on B5526.

Thanks to Toy for posting about this pattern on her blog,
and bringing this pattern to my attention. B5526.

I probably won't start on this pattern until next week sometime, as to enjoy this last little bit of time with my little people before they go back to school. I hope you all have a Happy New Year, and I'll see you in 2015! 
                                  ~Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierece!





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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Late night sewing and B6132



   It's Christmas Eve y'all, where did the time go? I mean this year has flown right on by. I guess it's true, that time waits on no one. Well, back to the subject at hand, which is this cute top from Butterick, B6132.  I rarely get to a pattern as soon as it's released, but y'all I had to have this one. It's right up my alley with being non fussy, yet still has that cute factor going on...



 I made view B with the contrasting yoke and sleeves.  I used Ponte- knit for both fashion fabrics in this top. I made a 16 at the bust and graded to an 18 for the waist and hips. I also added 1" to the body of the pattern, but didn't have to add anything to the sleeves. This is a very simple pattern; however, there was trouble to be had, oh yes, there was lol! I mean I was getting along on my way, grinning at how fast things seemed to me moving along, right? And then BAM! That dang on back neck that the instructions tells you to do the whole narrow hem thing, yeah that! Can someone please say a hot mess dot com! LOL! I knew better than to do this, but see the thing is that the front has a facing/yoke piece. It's not like you can put a binding on this neck edge because of the contrasting pieces. So after ripping off that hot mess of a narrow hem, I ended up making a binding for just the back neck edge. I found I had to sew the neck binding into the shoulder seams on either side first, and then stitch on the remainder of the binding per usual.
close-up of the back neck binding
   I would say that even with the little bleep in the road, that this project still comes along great.. Just be mindful of the back neck edge if you're making this view. I started this top at midnight and was done at about 3am..Hey, I have to get it in when I can around here, LOL!

Back shot

Yoke front






 I have been heavy in my sewing room this week. I even managed to finally get my buttons on my blouse that has been waiting for buttons forever lol! I also made pattern mash-up, but I hated it on me, so boo :(.. Overall, this a great pattern, one that I would recommend if this is your thing, ya know! I hope everyone has  a very Merry Christmas and happy New Year.. I thank each and everyone of you for your words of encouragement throughout this year. See you in 2015!






~Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!




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Friday, December 19, 2014

Vogue 8711



  Y'all this skirt almost got the best me! I was so excited to finally muster up the courage to try this pattern. You see I first purchased this pattern a few years back, after having seen the fabulous Erica B's version...  I knew I would make this skirt; however, the poor reviews from some of the reviewers put me off from making it sooner.
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

New McCall's and what's on my list


  There seems to be some great buzz going around about the new McCall's patterns that was released recently. I myself, am really digging this collection. There's just some really great patterns that I can't wait to pick up at the next pattern sale. Let's get into what will be on my list at the next McCall's sale, shall we: First up is M7099, I know some people don't feel the love with jumpsuits and all, but man y'all this is everything! This pattern looks chic and sophisticated, and the model is seriously selling this pattern.
 
M7099
 
 
  My second pick is M7094, and I purposely added the picture of the back, because when I first saw the back; I literally screamed, yesss GAWD(true story) lol! I mean, life had been given with this pattern. I love an understated sexy, ya know?! And to me this is what this pattern is giving, an understated sexy...
 
M7094
 
 

 Okay, so moving right along, my third pick is  M7100: This is a little reminiscent of a very popular indie pattern that's out; however, I say there is nothing new under the sun, so I will be saving my coins and purchasing this one. I will say, that I'd wished they would have included a lining for this jacket, but that's ok!
 
M7100

 I also would like to pick up M7098. I know that this is a simple trouser/pant pattern, but I still like it! McCall's did a fantastic job with the styling on most of these garments imho...


M7098
 
 
  And the last one on my must have list is M7085: I love that this pattern is drafted for a woven instead of a knit. I think we have enough  knit patterns dresses imo(Love knits, but excited for this woven pattern). I love the different neckline variations, and can't wait to see what others come up with, with this pattern.
M7085


 Now, I  do have one more pattern that I quite like, but I am unsure if  it's my jush (my thing). For instance, M7084, I love this but don't know if it's me; therefore, this is one that I will wait for reviews before purchasing.
M7084
 *Oooh, I totally forgot my little bit, the little lady that runs the men in this house, LOL! I am so getting my pretty girl the M7074 dress. I love, love this dress! I love the color block options on this one.
M7074
  Overall, I am singing McCall's praises on this one. This is a great collection, one in which has me even more excited for Spring. If you haven't, go and checkout the entire collection, and I'm sure you will find something that you fancy. I just wanted to highlight my favorites, so I didn't post all of the new collection. I guess I better get back to putting on the buttons on this shirt, will be back soon y'all!
 
 
                             ~Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!



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Friday, December 12, 2014

A somewhat of a review:V1314

The infamous V1314



 I've had this dress finished for at least two months now, and even managed to post the dress on my instagram page. However, I never posted it to my blog for two reasons: One, I hate the dress on me, and two I hate the dress on me lol! Geesh, how petty can one be, right? Lol! So why am I posting the dress now? Well, I think it's important to show your failures as well as the successes, so that people(especially beginners) knows that it's not always rainbows and unicorns lol..

close-up of the neckline I used a binding
to finish the  neckline.
  Vogue 1314 has looked fabulous on all that saw make it, seriously! So, I thought it would be a winner, winner chicken dinner type deal for me also, but somehow I missed the memo that I don't like body con type dresses on me. I really, really wanted to get into this dress, but I just feel it's not me, ya know! I should have known that I wasn't going to be thrilled; y'all remember the M6886  dress? Well, I gifted that to my sissy pooh, yep! I don't like fitted dresses on myself. I prefer more of a fit and flare dress, like the M6957, which I wore to death in the summer :)!

Gifted this dress to my sister M6886


Actually made and blogged this
dress twice, love this dress! M6957
  But getting back to Vogue 1314, now that I have been all away around the world and back lol. For the sizing, I chose to make 16 at the bust, grading out to an 18 at the hip area. I used a ponte knit which I sourced from Fabricmart fabrics. I loved the print of that Ponte knit, man I wished I had used it for something that may actually get worn, sigh! But anywho, not crying over spilled milk, at least anymore I'm not :). The construction of this dress was pretty straight forward, I did eliminate the lining; I didn't feel the need to use one with using such a heavy knit.



 I also didn't gather, opting to  use clear elastic instead. I  added three inches to the hem, but would have preferred another inch, seeing that the elastic caused the dress to hike up a touch more than I liked. Although, I believe gathering would have caused the same effect, so I really could have used another 1/2" altogether... I found that this dress ran fairly large. Particularly so, through the waist and hip area; however, this made it an easier fix to fit the dress as I went along. Overall, it's a really simple pattern that is drafted beautifully, it just wasn't my cup of tea! And speaking of tea, I guess I'll go check out the new McCall's patterns. There seems to be a few goodies that I'll be checking out, says the woman that doesn't need more patterns LOL!

                                   ~ Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Casual with a wee bit of sass Butterick 5678

DIY inifinty scarf do you know these things are expensive in RTW
No and thank you, I will make my own :)! I just used jersey fabric
that is too sheer and of bad quality to make a garment, and used it
for my DIY infinity scarf..

  I finished this shirt up on yesterday. I'm so glad that I did because this is will probably be my attire on Thanksgiving, casual with a little bit of sass, yes please! Butterick 5678 has been in my stash forever! There are some really great versions of this pattern floating around on the web and PR.  I made view D the longer shirt of the bunch.  I made an 18 and added about 1/2" to the hip area. I made sure to read through all of the reviews on PR and  all most everyone mentioned the unpleasantness of the ease in the sleeve cap. I did remove about 1/2 inch of ease in the sleeve cap and that seemed to do the trick. Here is an example of this particular alteration,this sewing diva really knows her stuff!
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Friday, November 21, 2014

What's happening and what nots!



    So my little people are out of school next week for the Thanksgiving holiday. So knowing this would free up a little of my time, I decided to get a few things cut out, and even managed to complete a shirt,well almost.. I started on B5678 sometime last week. And for me shirts is one piece of clothing that I must continue to practice. Shirt making is not hard in essence but everything is so precise, ya know?!
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Friday, November 14, 2014

It's cape season V8776




  I've been wanting to make this cape V8776  forever! The one Erica B and  Miss Celie pants made are both swoon worthy... I think I was so slow in making this one up, due to having to make in seam button holes, yes button holes. I'm not chicken when it comes to button holes, but I had no clue how to sew an inseam button hole lol.. Let's just say that I was afraid for nothing, they are a piece of cake, I tell ya! 

Look at those plaids in the back matched them up like a boss lol.. I used a faux reptile print for the facings
as I didn't have enough of the fashion fabric..

  Can we talk about this plaid tweed fabric for a minute, because I had never up to this point worked with plaid or tweed fabric for that matter. I had to do a whole lot of praying I'm not gonna lie plaid is a beast, a beast ya hear lol! I think it took me at least three hours of figuring the cutting out due to the plaids. I used two tutorials for those here and here. I didn't realize that this pattern was not suited for a diagonal, my bad : )... But this cape had to be made in this fabric, yes this fabric that I've been hoarding since '08 when I first started sewing..
The in seam button hole
 Now I don't know if I would agree to the pattern being a Very Easy in terms of rating this pattern, no indeed. While this is not a very complicated pattern, I do believe the arm hole sections to have been kind of fiddly and down right disrespectful lol!

There goes that awesome plaid
matching again, I mean the
back dart lol...Y'all just
let me have this moment.

 I sewed the XL when in reality I should have sewn the L. I noticed that the armholes were hanging down a little to low so I ended up taking in the side seams a little. Speaking of armholes, I thought that the bottom of the armhole could have used some type of support. Idk, it just felt a little strange at first for the top of the armhole part to be so heavily stabilized and then for the bottom of the armhole to be kind of limp.. To help remedy this though , I just double folded this part on the bottom of the armhole, which created a bit more heft. Not sure if this was the sew "politically" correct thing and all lol, but it got the job done!

The side pocket

  Even with using a plaid and the little fiddly bits, everything else came together brilliantly! I really did enjoy making this cape, and this may be one of my favorite hand-made garments yet! I don't know if it reminds so much of a coat, minus buttons, which I decided to leave off .I just loved the way it looked sans buttons..Should I change my mind, which I doubt I will I could always add them in later.  


I hope you all have a wonderful, blessed, sewing-filled weekend. I was hoping to getting started on my Vogue blazer; however, I'm still waiting on my interfacing :(... I guess I'll see what else catches my fancy in the mean time, perhaps cleaning my sewing room, nah lol!



                                                ~Be blessed and nothin' less and continue
                                                   to stay fearlessly fierce!
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What to sew!



   I've been having a little sewing ADD lately, seriously! I would be all settled on what I wanted to sew, only to have a change of heart. I really have a tendency to over think every little thing :). Well, I gathered my thoughts together and finally decided on what to make, geesh!  But before I talk about that, let's talk about everything that I want to make lol! Because let's face it that how sewing ADD works, right?!
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Butterick 5285 OPP Review


I have been wanting a midi length skirt for the longest time and after seeing this one; I knew I had to  have one too. Now, this is a very different silhouette then what I normally gravitate towards, this is  more First Ladyish, yes?! However, our First Lady does have it going on, at least in my humble opinion. But back to this skirt, Butterick 5285, which is now out of print; however, there are so many more options if you are wanting a midi skirt. For instance, here's two that I've found:

B5756

M6706
  Butterick 5285 went together effortlessly, that is until I tried the darn thing on, and it was enormous, ugh! I even went and re-pleated the skirt to ensure that I marked all my pleats correctly, and I had but the skirt was still ridiculously too big! I was not about to chunk this fabric, no indeed, which is a cotton sateen that I purchased from Jo-Ann's. I had to have my "make it work", "Tim Gunn" moment. I did just that made it work, yep, sure did.. To make it work , that meant putting extra pleats where the pattern didn't put them, but I'm okay with that, because I  was not about to let this circle skirt win,sorry!

Hand stitch hem
 Besides the fact that I created a different pleating structure from the pattern, I also created a facing, and by created I mean I just cut two waistbands and used one for the facing :).. Speaking of waistbands, I also wanted a higher waist band, as well as a thicker waist band. So, I just made my waistband a lot thicker to ensure I created the wider band that I desired..

Close-up of the invisible zipper

  After I got the fit down the skirt came together without a hitch, whew! I'm glad that I was finally able to get to make my midi skirt, even if it was a little different for me.. Sometimes it's good to do something different, as you may find out something new about yourself.



As always, be blessed and nothin' less and
continue to stay fearlessly fierce!

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Black Out, S1731!


Vest is S1756 I reviewed this
last year..I love when other garments
that you've made prior work together
with new garments!(I'm a cornball it's ok lol)
  I'm back y'all to review my S1371 pants again. I almost started not to review them again, due to the fact that I made them in a basic black. But black is certainly a color in which I wear a lot of; I mean it is kid proof, lol! However, I really wanted to take a little time to show the modifications that I made to this pair. My first pair, the floral pair, yeah those! Who would have thunk it that you may actually have to sit down in said pants, BAHAHAHA! Y'all, please, please when you make your muslin be sure to sit down to make sure that you can do so comfortably! Man, have I learned my lesson :)!



  Here you can see the waistband a little clearer
and I have to tell you this pants are extremely
           comfortable. They're fitted, without being over fitted,ya know?!


  You see, I knew from having made the floral pants that I was going to need more room in the waist, ugh, there goes that "apple shape".... I almost always need a little extra room in the waist area, especially pants, and skirts. What I did first was to measure the waistband pattern piece on my waist, and measured how much I needed to add for it to meet at the center front. I'm not sure if this is the legit way; however, it works for me! So, I then added this amount by slashing and spreading the amount in the waist of the pants front and back, and the waist band pieces. I made sure not slash and spread through the hip area, as I am not "hippy" and didn't need the extra room there, only in the waist area.
altered pattern, gosh I could have least
ironed the pattern to take the picture sheesh
lol! 


I followed the instructions using this book
to make the alterations.


  This fabric does have a little more stretch than my first pair, in which I  used a stretch twill that I picked up from Fabric.com. I do believe that this pattern benefits from being made in a fabric that has a wee bit of stretch; however, it probably wasn't necessary to add as much to the waist, seeing that stretch  fabric grows a little throughout the day. I was sure to add twill tape to the waistline and pocket edges, so while my fabric grew a wee bit, it was not much. I guess it's safe to say that every fabric will behave differently.  I wore them on Tuesday all day for appointments, and wore them again on yesterday, for dinner with the hubby, man I just gave up my Diva card saying that BAHAHAHAHA!


  What else? Oh yeah, I moved my zipper to the left instead of the right, because I am a lefty and had trouble zipping myself up with the zipper being on the right with the first pair. I also tapered the leg a little more on the ankle. I just basically grabbed a pair of my favorite RTW skinny pants and got my measurements from there. I also did not do the recommended 1 1/4 hem, I used a 5/8 hem as I already have a pair of black ankle pants, and plus I want to be able to wear these pants with my boots in the fall, yassss hunty! I'm not sure what's next, maybe that just means I need more fabric and patterns, right?! LOL! Welp, that's all I have y'all! I hope you all enjoy your weekend and that it is full of great shopping, and sewing!


                               ~Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Butterick 5786 review



   Hey y'all! So I'm back to blog about my blouse, B5786. I really do love this blouse, but there are a few things that I would do differently should I make another version. For instance, the instructions do not tell you to add interfacing to the button placket. I really should have especially with using such a fabric as challis. Like, I knew better, and yet still didn't add it, sigh! It's not a deal breaker, but I highly recommend using interfacing to stabilize this area.

Sorry it's a little wrinkled, I had been
wearing this blouse all day..
   I also realize that I will probably need to start doing a broad back alteration, as I had slight pulling in the armhole area. Also, this blouse in my IMO is cut quite small, especially the arms, which is quite annoying, but I should have muslined this pattern beforehand, oops! I know I sound quite the Debbie downer about this pattern, but I really do love this blouse. I just know what to change in the future, so it's all good!



  Did I mention that I used French seams throughout the blouse? I got a little to excited when it came to the sleeves and sewed them the regular ol'  way, and was not about to take those sleeves out, so no French seams on the sleeves, (sad face).. I really did take my time making this blouse, and wanted to up my game a little in terms of finishing. I love, love the finished effect on this blouse with using French seams,the french seams just took this blouse up a notch.

Inside shot of French seams..

Collar and collar stand


  The fabric I picked up from Hancock's, I believe. It's a rayon challis fabric, very thin, almost sheer fabric; however, it was the perfect weight for this blouse. All though there are things that I would do differently next time, I still do love this blouse! This is truly my type of basics but without being dull, ya know?! I probably will make another version soon, with my list of alterations, that is! Overall this was a great pattern, an easy blouse pattern, to try your sewing chops using different seam finishes and techniques...




~Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!




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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Epiphany's and other randoms!



          I tell ya, the month of August is flying or has flown right on by, right?! I've been working, if ever so quietly behind the scenes. I've finally managed to put buttons on B5786, and finished up a pair of pants that I so desperately needed. Now I'm kinda of ready to make something fun and unnecessary, LOL!  I really should be sticking to my fall plans, which is really not detailed or planned, because that's not how I roll; well in sewing that is!
This is what I want to make Vogue 1267, for no other reason
other than it's so perrty lol! Also Erica B
rocked this dress, yes ma'am she did!



  I know I said that I had shirts on the brain, and I still do; however, I had an epiphany, y'all! It all started with my pants that I just finished. I had to  make adjustments to the waist and to the hips to get  the proper fit for me. Well, where does the epiphany come in you ask? Well, I realized that I often times don't make many adjustments other than lengthen here, or tuck there etc... And sometimes the fit is sometimes not on par to what I would like it to be.  Now don't get me wrong, I don't believe that I will ever be the "fit police"... I just would like to dig a little deeper with fit, because let's face it! If it doesn't fit right, how likely are you to wear the garment? That's where these pants come into play, which is another pair of S1371. The first version was awesome, but I knew that I needed more room in the waist, and so I grabbed two of my favorite fitting books and got to work!:


  I am now proud to say that I have a pair of pants that fit me like a dream! I mean, it made me all gushy inside, ok, a little dramatic but true. When I was a beginner seamstress I knew that I would eventually get into learning about fit; however, I always said to myself that I would learn construction first. Now that I am little better in that area, I am challenging myself with fitting my body. I'm also learning that most garments for me, especially woven fabrics will need to be muslined, sigh! But it's the price you pay if you want well- fitting garments, right?!   That's all I have for now! I'll shall be back later with hopefully some finished garments to show!
                          ~Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!

                       


   
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