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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Review: Vogue 8772


  I've finally conquered my fear of button down blouses, whew! I must say that button down blouses are not all that hard, just very precise. Precise, in the sense of the edge-stitching, top-stitching; all the above makes for some very precise sewing.. However, I loved it! I really enjoyed the process of seeing this shirt come together.. I've been wanting to sew this pattern, V8772 from the moment of it's release, but had been to intimidated. But I told myself this year that I was going to stretch myself in my sewing, so I had to get over it!
Top left: Button band, top right: Inside shot
Bottom left: Collar stand and collar, bottom right: Sleeve cuff
*My button hole on the collar stand is pointing the wrong way, but
"chile boo ain't nobody got time for that" LOL!

   I do want to point out that I did use the help of the online Craftsy course on shirt making with Pam Howard, awesome class by the way.. Somehow, I still managed to goof up on my sleeve and cuff and ended up with my cuff facing forward, ugh! So, I had to deconstruct the entire sleeve and cuff and re-do it, can we say I was hot, okay! But, I managed to get everything squared away, whew! So, just make sure if you're using a fabric that if you can't tell the right and wrong sides, make sure you clearly mark.. Or you will be hotttt as in this instance upset, okay lol!


    I purchased this fabric from fabric.com last year after seeing Mimi's version and knew I needed this shirt in my life, lol! Everything I needed was in stash, other than the buttons which I purchased from Hancock's two weeks ago. I used a light weight interfacing for the collar the sleeve cuffs, which worked out fabulous, as the shirt still feels lightweight, yet crisp! I didn't make any alterations to this version, other than leave off the back darts, for fear of "Incredible Hulking" out my shirt LOL! In my next version, I plan to go up a size,  and lengthen an inch, only the body of the shirt as I felt the sleeves were long enough.



  Overall, I am more than pleased with this shirt, especially with this being my first button down blouse, and it wasn't as nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. I would highly recommend this pattern as a first blouse to kind of get your feet wet in shirt making. I am getting ready to cut out another version, but first I want to tackle the now OPP pattern Simplicity A1738.  That's all I have ladies, I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce! 



 
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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Simplicity 3711

My little love is 6 months now, yay!
Sigh, I'm so in love :)

 Okay, I know the last post I was talking about sewing a shirt, which I have; I just need to review it.. I actually had this robe done since last year. I made it a month before my little love was born, but I had to wait until my little love could model the robe...This a Simplicity pattern S3711, I would link it but the Simplicity site is moving slow, ugh! Have you all noticed this problem recently with their site? This was a very simple pattern to put together, the only issue I had was lining the hood. I'm not sure if was due to my pregnancy brain at the time, or the pattern. I'm sure it was just me, as no one mentioned this issue.. This fabric may look familiar, it was the fabric my mama used in making her first project on for my niecy pooh!
My little love can sit up now all by herself!

 
  There's not much I can say about this pattern, other than I would highly recommend this pattern. I think it would be great for baby showers, birthday presents etc... The only thing that I didn't like was all the extra STUFF to be added, such as, the applique, ric-rac and so forth, but you can easily leave those things off if that's your preference. I loved that it is fully lined, it makes for such a polished little robe. You will have to add in your own belt loops if you want them, as the pattern does not come with those, but again that is an easy adjustment. Overall, this was a great pattern, and my little love looks so darn cute in her little robe! I shall be back later with photos of my button down blouse.. Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce! And one more pic for the road of my little lady and I  :)!



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Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy 2014....Shirt making in the process..



     Whew, it's 2014 already, 2013 seemed to have flew by! I  haven't sewn a thing in about three weeks, Ikr, ugh!  I had family come to visit, my mama and my sissy came and we had a complete  blast...The hubby and I even went to Houston to go to the BeyoncĂ© concert, well more or less he just sponsored the trip, because he is not into the whole Beehive movement LOL!!!! Now that the holiday seasons has passed, and I've had ample time to reflect on what I would like to accomplish in my sewing endeavors this year...
On the way to see Beyoncé, and I did happen
to wear a me made garment M6164..
  I realized that after making a pair of trousers, and my first ever welt pockets that I really enjoyed the process of stretching my sewing chops so to speak.. I love the easiest of the easiest garments like the next person, but I felt that I needed more... So of course after making pants and welt pockets, I felt ready to tackle a button down blouse.. I mean, I was already in the shirt making class on Craftsy, which makes like 100th course I've taken lol.. Is anyone hooked on these classes, lol! I had to narrow my choices for my first button up, but in the end I chose V8772...
 
 
Collar point.. I don't think it's too
shabby for a first go.. If not
just let me have my moment hehe!
 The shirt making process is going along fairly smooth, although I did need to remove those pesky back darts. Those Holiday treats have caught up to me, heck, the Halloween, Thanksgiving and everything in between treats have  caught up with me LOL... Nonetheless, those back darts had to go, I really wasn't trying to "Incredible Hulk" out my shirt, no bueno!
 
Inside shot of the collar band after slip-stitching, I highly
recommend slip-stitching this down first before edge-stitching.
 
 
  Well ladies this was just a quick peak at what I'm working on, I still have yet to attach the sleeves or cuffs. Hopefully, I can get to that this weekend.. I hope you had a wonderful Holiday season ladies! Happy New Year to you all, Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!



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