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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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