Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The 'My Flasher Days Are Over' Dress!

I LOVE wrap dresses but sometimes Colorado weather can cause embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions when I wear them.  Flashing random people is not my favorite thing.  So, I was so excited to find New Look 6301!   It is a faux wrap dress!

I was really on the fence about this fabric.  You can't tell in the photos but part of the print has some metallic sparkle.  It is super busy in person.  It is a ITY knit I ordered from Fabric Mart last year.   I used the fabric thinking about it as a muslin.  If it didn't work out, I wouldn't be heartbroken.  Thankfully, once the dress was completed the sparkle and print didn't overwhelm me at all.  YAY!

It was a really lovely pattern to sew and bonus.......I didn't have to worry about the wrap edge stretching out of shape!  The only change I made was to add two inches in length.  I added the two inches below the gathers but next time I think I will add the inches into the gathers.  In the photos, the gathers seems really high compared to the waist.

All in all, I am pretty happy with this dress.  When I lean over.....no gaping.  When the wind is so strong that Toto flies by, I don't find myself flashing the world.   It is these simple things in life that make a girl's day.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The 'I Can Even Move My Arms' Shirt - Simplicity 4632

I love this shirt!  It is so my style..... a bit of a cross between an art smock and a Bollywood pantsuit shirt.  I LOVE Bollywood style, movies, dancing......everything!   As much as I have always loved this style shirt, up until now I have never own a single one because I have a wide back problem.  I could never cross my arms in them before and I just couldn't find the right adjustments.   Thankfully, I ran across Sunni's AMAZING post and it changed my life!!!!  It was a super easy adjustment too! So, from now on, I plan to LIVE in these shirts.....so much more comfortable when you can actually cross your arms.

I found this fabric at Joann's....they have been rockin it lately.  I actually bought this same fabric in orange and made a cute dress this past summer.  Apparently, I just adore clothes made out of  tableclothy looking fabric.  :)  It is a nice linen blend with a super light and comfortable feel!  

I didn't have enough to add the adorable cuff like in the pattern so I just added a basic circle cuff at the half sleeve mark with a pleat at the top.  It just looks like I always have my sleeves pushed up which works great for me.  It was a really fast and easy sew.  I originally made it calf length but it didn't do too much for my figure that way.  Next, I tried thigh length but when I walked it bunched up a bit so I finally settled on a tunic.   LOVE!

Did I mention how much I LOVED Sunni's post!!  A TON!!  Thank you so much!  Seriously, what did people do before sewing blogs?  I learn so much and am so thankful for them all!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

I Really Shouldn't Have.....Oslo by Seamwork

So, I kinda fell in love with the Oslo cardigan by Seamwork as soon as I saw it on Monday but sadly I had zero sweater knit in my stash.  The stash that has grown quite a bit over the past couple of months.  The stash that I swore I would not add another thing to until at least February (birthday month).  So, I decided to be super responsible and I put it at the end of my long to-do list.  Then, I had to stop by Joann's for some thread.  I found myself walking though the fabric department and I spotted this super cute sweater knit.  REALLY?  Jo-Ann's of all places!  So, responsibility flew out the window and I was sewing this cute cardigan up the same night.

I really love this pattern!  The construction is very thought-out and super fast.  I made zero changes but since my fabric had a lot of mesh I used my favorite stay tape on every single seam.  This thing should last forever!!!

I love the fit, the length, the cute cuffs on the sleeves....I just love it!  

Don't you just love my background today?  I was visiting my daughter and this trail is right behind her dorms.  It was super cold and I am still feeling pretty sick with this awful cold but we had a blast anyway.  

If you haven't bought this pattern yet, what are you waiting for?  Buy it!  It's $6.00 and comes with two super cute bag patterns too.

Monday, December 1, 2014

My Favorite Pattern.....Vogue 8951!!

Hoodies  and Colorado.  They just go together.  It is required wear here........they are practically issued at the border.  This is my FAVORITE hoodie pattern ever!  The construction process is super simple and the hoodie has a bit of shape to it.  Almost gives me curves!  My prior post have all the details.  Here and Here.

TA-DA!!  Even straight girls can have curves every now and then!! 

The fox fabric is a jersey knit from Girl Charlee and the heart fabric is a sweater knit from Fabric Mart.  LOVE them both!!!

I have a super awful cold that is lasting FOREVER (about 6 weeks).  The kind of cold that makes you wish you had just caught the flu instead because it would have only lasted 10 to 14 days. The awful cough is the worst.  Anyway, I have a ton of completed new projects that I photographed but the photo shoot took place the day before the awful cold came.  I look so sick and miserable so I am hoping to do it again soon.  I have been sewing up a storm.  :)))

Have to give both dogs some camera time. :)  Anyway, if this pattern is not currently in your stash, you should run out and buy it!  I have been thinking about added a bit of length to turn it into a dress next....I think it would be sooooo cute!!

I leave you with a cute peek at the neckline change I made.   Did I mention how much I LOVE this hoodie?

Friday, October 24, 2014

My 'Make It Work' Skirt

I found this fabric at my local independent fabric store.....and threw all common sense out the window and bought it.  I REALLY liked the print and color but the quality of the fabric not so much. It is the kind of fabric that gives polyester a really BAD name.  LOL.  Once I got it home, I really started to wonder about my sanity.  It had ZERO drape and felt similar to a not so expensive shower curtain.   What to do?

I decided to keep it easy and use my favorite vintage skirt pattern McCalls 3050. I fixed the fabric quality issued by underlining the whole skirt with really lovely yet super thin 100% cotton fabric. This completely changed the feel and drape of the fabric and made it really lovely to wear.  It is cool enough for summer but the added layer of fabric makes it great for winter too.  Overall, I am pretty happy with the results.

I really enjoying sewing this skirt pattern.  This is my second time and I think they are so versatile. The skirt goes great with tank tops, t-shirt or sweaters and the cut is kinda slimming.  My favorite part is it feels really girly but isn't over the top.  I am CLEARLY a fan.  :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My Ultimate Winter Wrap!

I have been coveting the Ultimate Wrap Dress by Sew Over It for a LONG time now.  So, when I noticed they decided to release PDF version of all their patterns, I started jumping all over the place with excitement!  This pattern is AMAZING!!

It was a dream to sew....super clear instructions and I love how to front and back are full pieces with no break at the waist.  I used a sweater knit I picked up at Fabric Mart last year.  

Next time I will remember to add two inches or so to the length......a step I am FOREVER forgetting. 

Crazy story time......I have scoliosis and measured in at a lovely 5'4 until about 10 years ago.  I got pregnant with my second child (son) and by the end of the pregnancy I measured in a 5'6!  My son weighed almost 10 lbs when he was born and carrying such a big baby straightened my spine! So I grew 2 inches at the ripe old age of 34 and I am still trying to get use of it. LOL

As I said, I am still getting use of my new numbers and I always forget to add length to my patterns. This dress will be worn with leggings so I will live with the length but next time I would like it a bit longer.  I don't want to flash anyone when I bend over!

I really love the neckline on this pattern.  It didn't stretch out at all which is a problem I often have with wraps in general.  The whole dress went together in an afternoon.  I can't wait to make a few more......and while I am at it I hope to tackle the ultimate trousers too.....my first try at pants.  Wish me luck!

Friday, September 5, 2014

The 'If It's Clean, I'm Wearing It' Dress.

So, I have been sitting on this pattern for a LONG time because I was worried it would look a bit maternity.  Shame on me!  This dress is fabulous and I have worn it SOOO MUCH this summer that I am sure my family is just sick of it.  It is just that comfortable!

It is McCall's 6074 and it is a VERY FAST make.  I was worried the front elastic bit was going to have a homemade look to it but no it is just cute!  I used a ITY type fabric I found in the discount bins at Colorado Fabric and I BARELY had enough.  I think I forced the dress out of a little under two yards. The neck line and arms require NO facing (LOVE).  I will be make another one or two of these dresses for next summer!!!

The side view.....not so bad at all.  Very forgiving and not at all maternity!

Hands down this was really my most worn dress this summer.  LOVE IT!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Oh Tiramisu How I Love Thee!

I have quite a few of these lovely dress in my closet.  Cake Tiramisu Dress.  It really is the perfect dress. Very flattering and so fast and fun to put together.  I personal think it is made to go with cowboy boots and hats!  Sadly, they are missing from my pictures but I will remember them next time I promise!!

It seems like no blog is complete without a Cake Tirisumi review so I guess I am now an official sewing blogger.............  Oops I  forgot I am one of the very few who has yet to make the BH Anna dress so I guess my official status has been revoked!  One day you're in, the next day you're out!  

As I said this is a sweet pattern to work with.  The sizing can be adjust for each piece which is just genius! My favorite things about this dress has to be the fact that the neckline does not provide a free peep show when I bend over.  LOVE!!!  It is also very flattering on just about every figure! I know that seems impossible but really it is!!!

So if for some crazy reason you have not made one yet, go get busy!!!!!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

My Creamsicle Summer Dress - Vogue 8997

Well, I had a busy summer with little time for sewing in between
  1. Mornings at the stables
  2. Bike riding and gardening (My son's science project this year is about pumpkin plants in full sun vs part sun. We have a record making huge one growing.)
  3. Making all of our Christmas gifts as a family (which did involve sewing but if I post pictures the surprise is spoiled.  J)
  4. Very lazy afternoons in front of the fan
  5. Helping my daughter move into her first apartment!!!!  Thankfully she is only 20 minutes down the road so we still get to have morning coffee dates!

I thought I might let the blog go but changed my mind because
  1. As much as I hate taking pictures of myself, I think they give a viewpoint I don’t get in the mirror.  I see things in pictures that I would never notice otherwise….good and bad.  J
  2. I really do love the online sewing community
  3. I have a huge stash that needs to be busted……no excuses!!
  4. My mom gets to see my makes instead of just hearing about them. J

So there you have it.  I did make a couple dresses and skirts over the summer but first up on the blog is a dress I finished yesterday.  There were highs and lows with this one.  It is Vogue 8997 and I used a lovely ORANGE lightweight linen I got a JoAnn’s.  I love this fabric!!

I really love this pattern but my glance and go method of pattern reading did not work out well this time.  The front two pieces of the skirt REALLY need a stay stitch at the top and I failed to include it.  The top part of this piece is cut on the bias and it completely stretched out.  So, once the dress was put together the seam was REALLY wonky.  I messed with it for over an hour and nothing worked.  I really love the fabric and didn’t want to lose the dress so I put my thinking cap on.  I ended up sleeping on it and finally decided to add trim and a bow over the seam.  Thankfully it worked out well.   I think I might even like it better this way. 

Other than that, this pattern was really quick and easy to put together.  I was not sure about interfacing the whole bodice but in the end it was not stiff at all.  I highly recommend this pattern.  The empire waist and non-gathered skirt is very flattering to the figure and fun to wear.  I love full skirts in the wind!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Breaking out of my box with Simplicity 1801

I am so inspired by Suzannah at Adventures in Dressmaking.  She has made a few beautiful knit version of Simplicity 1801.  As much I really want all of her dresses, I was a little (a lot) nervous about making a woven pattern in knit myself.  A cute border print in my stash motivated me to take the plunge and just do it.  The fabric is a very stretchy jersey knit possibly mixed with something......
The fabric is a bit sheer so I lined the whole top and waist with a brown jersey knit.  The lining added stability, privacy and gave a nice finish to the neckline and arms.  I try not to use facing and interface on knit fabric because.......well I just don't like too.  :)  
The original pattern had a front yoke piece on the shoulders which I removed.  I also cut one size smaller. Those were pretty much the only changes I need to make the dress fit with the knit fabric.  I also gathered the shirt the whole way around instead of just in the front and back.   It was easier to cut the skirt in one large rectangle and keep my border even than to cut the skirt into pieces. 
I am really happy with the results and finally have a cute dress like Suzannah now.  I normally stay away from gather skirt dress because I think they make me look a bit large but I like this one a lot.  It is so nice to wear. Best part...... my daughter loved my dress so much that she wanted one too.  So we headed in the sewing room and she made one!
I think she looks fantastic!  This was her first time making a dress and she owned it!

In other news, a new small but fantastic fabric store just opened in my area.  It is called Stitch Studio.  I think it opened about a month ago and I stopped in for the first time today.  I LOVED it. The owner occasionally buys from other sewers which makes for really great finds!  I got two yards of vintage Japanese silk (black and red fabric) and she had vintage 1940's glass buttons.  Such a great place!  She hosts a twice a month sewing meeting......free just bring your current work.  I am going this Thursday and I hope to find some local sewing friends.  Wish me luck!  

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Me-Made-May'14: Week Five Round-Up! The End!

May 24th
Shirt - Simplicity 2365
Spent the morning at the street market.  My son is always willing to go with me because he loves the big slides (3 rides for a buck!) and snow-cones! Then, we headed to the plant nursery!  The weather is finally stable enough to plant some pretty flowers and veggies!

May 25th
Shirt - Renfrew
If you go on a plant buying spree one day, you are forced to weed and work in the garden the next.  The first weeding after winter is the best...NOT.  We have our entire yard xeriscaped which means we weed everything.

May 26th
Dress - Vogue 8379
A quick walk for Slurpees and then we are off to our Memorial Day BBQ!  Fun day!

May 27th
Skirt - Simplicity 2655
Shirt - Renfrew
Picked up two new mice friends for the sewing room today with my boy.  He named them Timon and Pumbaa which is funny because he hasn't watch the Lion King in at least four or five years.  LOL.

May 28th
Dress - Burda 114 5/2010
My favorite picture!  LOL.  Putt-putt golf with the kids today.  I love summer vacation!

May 29th
Skirt - Vintage McCall 3050
Shirt - Maria Denmark Kimono Tee
I had a fun morning coffee date with my BFF again but sadly forgot to take a picture.  I so wanted to make her feel like a teenager again!  LOL.  When I got home, the kids and I decided to go for a hike with Tinkerbell (dog) and hang out at the park.  Fantastic weather today!

May 30th
Dress - Cake Tiramisu
Clearly my family is having a little too much fun with these daily pictures.  Too funny.

May 31st
Dress - Simplicity 2401
Annual family bbq with my good friends today.  Thankfully, we got to enjoyed a couple of hours of fun before the hail/thunder storm shut it down.  The kids had a blast running around in the hail and rain while all the adults froze.  LOL.

Yay Me-Made-May is over!  No more daily pictures YAY!  I really enjoyed participating this year and learned a lot about my wardrobe. 

1. I need more solids!  
2. I also found a lot of orphan skirts in my closet.  So now I don't sew separates, I sew outfits.  I started this week two and it works wonderfully and with all the great shirt patterns it is easy.  
3. I have a ton of summer clothes that I love but my winter wardrobe is lacking.  You would think the opposite because I live in Colorado but I guess the Florida girl still rules. 
4. Instagram is FUN!

It was a great experience and I will definitely pledge again next year!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

I might die of shock! She actually use one of her Burda magazines!!!

Shocking news.......I finally used a Burda magazine pattern.  I have been collecting these magazines for years but I never sewed a thing from them.  I guess I was collecting them for the pretty pictures and endless possibilities.  Why the change you ask?  Well, I think the no-ready-wear challenge is really helping to improve my sewing skills and confidence level.  So with that new confidence, I braved the crazy scribble pattern paper and traced Burda 114 5/2010.

First time = Success!  I love wearing this dress.  I made it out of tutti fruiti fabric I found on the Hancock Fabric clearance table.  I love saying tutti fruiti fabric.......lol.  I have never worked with this fabric before but I will be again soon.  This stuff is lovely to sew with and so wonderful to wear in hot weather!  I am a fan! It also blows delightfully in the wind.  
The pattern was really easy to put together.  I love the finished project but next time I will probably replace the actually button up front with a fake button up front. It was a lot of work for no actual purpose. Check out the back.....cute right?  Pardon the blurry picture....my daughter had me laughing.
Well, the whole experience has been liberating and I have already cut out my next pattern. 
I know I am very late to this party but I love Burda Magazines and I am so glad I finally found the courage to actually use them!