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Thursday, March 23, 2017

It's a ruffle kinda of season :Vogue 9243




   Guys have you ever started a project, and were quite excited to make the garment, but halfway through finishing, you suddenly lose interest? Well, that was my story. I have never been so ready to call a garment done in my life,lol.

I made view F

This pattern is seriously not hard at all, technique wise, that is. I mean, once you get over having to hem those four flounces if you do the view that I made, which is view F. However,  I'm just kinda of meh about this project. I  think because I loved McCall's 7542 so much, and was hoping the same for this top too, but nope!



 The neckline on this one is enormously large! I didn't catch this when I tissue fitted the pattern, but I have been more diligent in exercising and eating better, so I don't know; maybe I lost a few pounds, which could have caused the neckline to be large. However, if you look closely at the model on the cover, it looks to be a little large on the model's neckline as well, so something to note.


A little snapshot of the hem on the flounce, the invisible zipper and
the princess seams

 Let's get into sizing. I made a straight size 18. However, If I could go back I would probably do a 16 at the bust and grade out to an 18. The neckline on this top is so large that the 22" invisible zipper that I installed was more for merit than necessity, as I was able to get this top over my large dome rather easily and that says a lot,lol.



  Other than the large neckline, I didn't run into any other problems with this top. Everything is pretty standard in terms of construction goes- even the sleeve flounce hems were easier this go round. I'm not too upset with not being in love with the top, as the fabric was remnants from a previous garment. I used a challis for the body of the garment and a silky type something for the sleeve flounces. I really wanted those flounces to just float, ya know?!


I guess you can't win them all! I would still recommend this pattern, but perhaps say to check the neckline. I know I could have probably fixed the neckline somewhat, but I wasn't too pressed, ya know?! I'm just ready to move on and really started getting into my Spring projects, which I have too many lined up,lol.

Well, that's all I have for now, y'all. You guys have a wonderful rest of the week and hopefully I'll be back soon with some Spring projects to show.

                    ~As Always Be Blessed and Nothin' Less and Continue to Stay FearlesslyFierce!                                                                            Candice

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Brittany J. Jones Front Zip Pencil Skirt Tutorial: Review




    I'm sure you've heard of Brittany J. Jones by now, and if you haven't, then what are you waiting for. Brittany is awesome! Brittany, makes the most amazing clothing and also shares her wealth of knowledge on her YouTube channel.



   Brittany, reached out to me and asked if I would kindly review her zipper front skirt tutorial and of course, I was all in. I first saw the sneak peak over on her Instagram page, and thought the skirt was hott! Recently, I have been seeing tons of zipper front skirts while out browsing the malls, but what's so cool is that Brittany walks you step-by-step in making your very own zipper front skirt.



A few inspiration pictures
 What I love about Brittany's tutorials are they are geared towards everyone from the beginner to the advanced. Brittany's tutorials are very well done, easy to interpret and the visuals are equally clear and concise.  

I love this one, so cute!
 This skirt took me a little over an hour to complete. I didn't have the recommended pattern that accompanies this tutorial; however, as Brittany states in the tutorial, you can use your own skirt block, or another skirt pattern. I used another skirt pattern and all was well. I also lengthened my skirt ,which meant that my 22" zipper would not go to the bottom, but that was cool too, because as you can see my inspiration pictures were the same.



  I made sure to do the tutorial as directed just to give an honest opinion, and everything worked out great. If you are afraid of doing zippers, have no fear, Brittany does an amazing job of going over how to complete the installation of the separating zipper. There's really not much more that I can say,other than go and purchase this tutorial. You won't be sorry, I promise....



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