Tuesday, September 11, 2018

My Sheer Duster - Last Make of the Summer!

Chiffon Border Print Duster

This was yet another fabric piece that was initially destined to be scarves, but once I got on the "duster and kimono route" I kept at it when I found this in my stash!  

It is a lovely chiffon border print.  If you didn't know already, I LOVE border prints.  
I have a pretty large stash of them! 

I really love this one - I think it's my favorite! It literally floats! Sew fun to wear!

I used the same self-drafted pattern that I used for the "Bright and Colorful Duster" that was posted a few weeks ago. Then I added side splits! Oh yes!

Check out those long side splits! Sew fun!

I've styled it several ways. Here it is with skinny jeans and heels.

The seams were done with French seams.

Of course I had to do some print matching - which I love doing! 💓

The edges were bound with 1/4" double folded bias binding.  It was the perfect binding weight - it allowed the duster to retain it's airiness!

Then I switched to cropped pants and heels!

Of course I couldn't leave out my yellow dress! LOL! 
I really love this bright yellow under this sheer fabric!

I also really like the look of it with my tent/swing/trapeze Pinterst Interest Winner dress!

It's not fall yet, right? 

We are expecting temperatures in the high 80s this weekend. 
So I'll wear it then -  and put it away until next spring! 

Have you started your Fall sewing?  I have one jacket started. I always seem to be sewing during each season vs. prior to each one. But there are no rules, right? LOL

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Bright and Colorful Duster

Colorful Duster 

I know, I know!  This duster is quite colorful!  But what a fun print.  😎

This fabric is another peach skin print I purchased from Hancock Fabrics...in 2014. My guess is that I bought it the same day I bought the black and white print I used to make the previous kimono! I think I was thinking of scarves when I bought this one as well.
It must have been a crazy print purchase day! LOL!

The print has just a bit of yellow in it and I thought it would be fun to wear with my yellow dress.
Click here to see the dress details.  

I hacked the same self-drafted pattern I used for the my acid washed duster that I made last fall.  Click here to see it! 

My hack was fairly simple...I cut the front of the duster back just enough to make it an open front duster, made the sleeves wider and squared the corners. 

Of course I print matched the shoulders and side seams!

I would have liked the sleeves to be a few inches longer, but alas...there was not enough fabric.  Remember...this fabric was originally destined for scarves! Ha! Not!

The duster was constructed entirely on my Juki MO 1000 Serger with a 4 thread setup.  After cutting, I completed it in about 2 hours from start to finish. Look at those bright colors!

I used a 3.0 stitch length to add the black 1/2" double folded bias binding that I purchase in bulk by the roll.
I also purchase white binding and red binding by the roll. 
No running to the store in the middle of a project. Who's got time for that?? Hahaha!

As you can see, I didn't use pins...OK...I used 2...one for each of the mitered corners.  I really like using flower head pins because they are long and very sharp.  But I recently saw Magic Pins which are heat resistant and have a comfortable grip. A couple of my friends bought them and love them! So, I'm going to purchase them and hopefully eliminate the need for including glass head pins in my stash.

When I got to the mitered corners, I used the tip of  That Purple Thang to ease the corner under the foot. I love that little tool, I use it for so many things!

I'm quite happy with the bias tape finish!

And then I wore it when I met up with my FaceBook friend, Sandy!  We've known each other for  about 3 years, but had never met.  She won the Brother 110 year anniversary contest, which included a trip to Florida for the Brother Sews Back to Business Convention, a new sewing machine and a class with Angela Wolf! 

We were SEW excited for her...her name was randomly drawn from over 25,000 entries!  Yep, I'd entered the contest, too.  But I can't think of any person who is more deserving!
She had a long layover in Chicago on the return trip, so I was able to meet and hang out with her and her hubby!  It was SEW wonderful to finally meet her...that was my prize!

Sandy asked me if I'd made the duster...of course I said, "YES"!  She should have known! LOL! 

I paired it with a peplum top and jeans! It felt quite comfy, but not too dressed down.

I think my next pairing will be with a pencil skirt!

I'm loving my duster makes!  And of course I'm loving wearing my makes!

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Trial and Error of the PINK Challenge

Pink Challenge

I love color and pink is just another of my color choices! 

So when the Sew Much Talent July Shades of Pink Challenge was announced, I knew I had a soft pink challis print and this bright pink poly crepe left over from a test garment in my stash. 
I chose to go bright!

I used view B of Butterick 6455 to create this fun top with these great sleeves.  I love cold shoulder tops (which I make a lot), and I like the look of off shoulder tops, just not on me. So when I saw this pattern, I thought of it a cross between the two...sort of a compromise. 
As much as I love statement sleeves, I didn't know if I'd really like these.  

But after much trial and error, I fell in love with everything about it!

It was a quick easy make, but due to my late night "tired" sewing, I created a few problems for myself.  

I cut the sleeves for view A instead of view B.  After adding the ruffle, the sleeves came to my knees! Hahahaha! It was hilarious looking!

So I cut the ruffle off and shortened the sleeves.  Problem solved, right? Nope! I then tried to add the piece I'd cut off the sleeve back to the sleeve as the ruffle! Well, of course that didn't work - the ruffle has to be larger to gather it, right?

Then I almost cut up the ruffle to do a test stitch.  My friends told me to stop and walk away.  So I had some watermelon, watched a TV show, then went back to it.  I was not giving up! 

I got the sleeves on and all I had left to do was to hem it. I usually mark my hemlines and press them in place.  Then I trim off the excess before finishing and hemming. Sounds like a good plan. right?

Well, I marked the fold line for the hem...but I cut it at the marks instead of folding and pressing on the marks! Now what, I thought! My top was going to be too short!  Ughhh! 

I'd wanted to make a 1 inch hem, but I had to go to plan B.  I ended up with a very narrow hem instead.  It worked, the length is perfect!

Like many sewists...I sew late at night. For me...it comes from sewing in the corner of my parents's living room as a kid, so I wouldn't wake up my younger siblings (and so I could think and create without them running around).  Then later as a Mom, I sewed at night when my kiddos were young.  Some habits just don't die! 

But late night sewing mixed with being tired don't always mix!

Because of all the mistakes, I was angry with it (or myself)!  LOL! And because I was angry with it, I didn't like it.  

But the next day I tried it on with jeans and heels and pearls, and I fell in LOVE with it! I will definitely make it again...I'm thinking the next one will be view  D.  
Maybe with my pink challis print.

Moral of the story? 
Sewing late at night is fine, but not so much when it's late and you're tired!
And we all make mistakes.
Either way, don't give up and don't trash it.

Persevere and wear your creations with pride!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Kimono Trial

Kimono Trial

I have to admit, I wasn't sure how this kimono...or any kimono or duster...would look on me. And of course I wasn't fully dressed when I tried it on after I finished making it.
But I went with it and I love, love, love it!  

There will definitely be more duster styles to come, including this one! I think I will make this one again in a lightweight scuba or a ponte knit.

I used Simplicity 1108 - View A. I actually made this in December, so my excuse for not wearing it was that it was too cold and it would not work under a coat.  So I stuck it in the closet and actually forgot about it!

Then last week I wanted to wear black and white and I remembered it!  
I decided to wear it with black cropped pants and a black knit peplum top. 

Yep! I added a peplum under it!
I got so many compliments that I was quite taken aback!

I purchased this peach skin fabric from Hancock fabrics several years ago to make scarves. But each time I pulled it out, I knew it would not work well for scarves...so back it went into my stash again and again.
Then I saw this pattern and decided to just go for it!  

 I'm sure most of you know that I love print matching, but I wasn't sure how it would work with the band.  I'm very happy with the end result.

  The pattern and instructions were easy, but my brain had some trouble placing the circular band. LOL! But once I got past that, it was easy going! The sleeves are cut-sleeves, so there are only two main pattern pieces, plus the bands.

 Some parts of the band are interfaced and others are not.  If you make this, be sure to follow those instructions carefully as you don't want the weight of interfacing pulling your kimono. I used a very lightweight knit interfacing and am very happy with the results.

 I finished the seams with french seams.

The center back is slightly gathered and is a detail that I like for this garment.  It gives it even more draping.  After stitching the band on, I top stitched it down around the entire garment.  You can hand stitch it or stitch in the ditch.

 I finished the sleeves with a narrow hem, as I didn't want to lose any of the print there.  I spent too much time print matching to lose it to a hem! LOL!

Thanks for visiting and reading my blog! I look forward to your comments and feedback!

 I finally figured out how to use some of the photo editing features on my phone, thus the black and white photo!  😄

Monday, July 23, 2018

What's On Top?


Many of you may have seen my Facebook and/or Instagram post about this beautiful Kente print.  I had used it for so many other people and projects, that I think I became a bit envious and decided to make something for myself!  

It's 100% cotton Ankara fabric from LeeLou Designs 720 and was perfect for this peplum top.

I used McCall's 6896 as my base.  I chose this pattern because the bodice and peplum are all one piece.  I really don't like the look of peplums that are attached to the bottom of the bodice...that seam line just does not look good on me.

Of course I hacked it! There is just no fun in using patterns or in sewing if you don't hack something.  So this was the hack of the day! 😄

I wanted the look of view E, because I loved the slight open V front. Sorry, I did not get a great picture of that part.

I definitely had to do some print matching, which was fun, but oh so tedious!  I usually use as few pins as possible in my projects, but for print matching those tiny diagonal white lines, I needed pins.  I then used my walking foot to help keep them in place.  I've seen this print in RTW and it was not matched at all and looked horrible.  I was determined that my top would not look that!  LOL!

I didn't want just any sleeve, so I drafted a sort of butterfly sleeve. I wasn't sure I'd like it, but after much thought about other sleeve options, I committed to it.  In the end, not only did I like it, I loved it!  

Per the instructions I inserted a back zipper, but I chose to use an invisible zipper. I finished all the edges with black .25" purchased bias binding.

And...if you haven't guessed it already, this black top is the same pattern! I used a lightweight stable knit from my stash.  My hacks for this top was to eliminate the back seam and zipper, make the sleeves elbow length (my favorite sleeve length) and lower the front and back neckline about 1.5 inches.  The hems are narrow hems.

I paired it with a self drafted maxi skirt that I think I'm still working on. I'm just not sure I like it.
I purchased this ITY print last summer from Vogue Fabrics

I also paired it with black cropped pants.  Don't you just love versatile pieces in your wardrobe? 

Why are all my necklaces crooked in all of these pics?  LOL!

And for this final top...final for this post...there will never be a "final" top! Hahaha!
My sewing sisters are kinda on this Walmart hunt for fabric, as it seems that Walmart has upped it's fabric selection game...at least in the South.  Even though I'm not in the South, I was not to be outdone!  So I went to my local Walmart (which doesn't sell fabric) and kinda demanded that they find out which store nearest me sold fabric.  I was nice, but insistent!  LOL!

It turned out to be only about 15 minutes from the local store. So I went there and found this fabric, which was perfect because I'd been hankering for some camo fabric. This is a very lightweight knit...who knows what it really is...there was no "content" listed on the bolt.  

But not to be defeated, I prewashed it and treated it as an ITY knit and used one of my self drafted patterns.  I added stretch lace from my stash to the upper bodice and sleeves to make this "hard/soft" top.

Walmart fabric or not, I love this top and have worn it at least 5 times since I made it. It has held up quite well to machine washings.

Yes, I made my cork tote bag.  It is getting a lot of use as well. So much so, that I'm going to make it again with upholstery fabric!

In fact, I love all of these tops sew much that I'm going to make some variation of each of them again.
Don't be surprised if you see one in pink...I've committed to a PINK CHALLEGE.
And you know how much I like challenges!

And last, but definitely not least:
I am excited to announce that I will be starting my ONLINE SEWING CLASSES in the very near future...maybe a month or so from now. 
Classes will be pre-recorded with a few FaceBook live tutorials. There will also be some content on You Tube. Of course my blog and tips will continue here.

I have a ton of ideas swirling around in my head, but I need your feedback regarding what types of sewing classes and/or techniques you are interested in.

Please comment below on your class ideas, needs and wants. If you are not comfortable with commenting below, please feel free to send me a PM.

Thanks for all of your support thus far! Can't wait to see your ideas! 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Godet Anyone?

A triangular piece of material inserted in a dress, shirt, or glove to make it flared or for ornamentation.

Not only did I enjoy making this top, but I really enjoyed wearing it!  I wore this to a friend's 
surprise graduation party last weekend.  
I wish I could have worn higher heels, but age and aches prevents that more often than not! 😁

The pattern is Butterick 6248 and has a few variations to select from.
I've had this pattern for about a year or so.  I initially bought it to make view B with a super lightweight sweater knit, but still haven't decided what to do with that fabric. 

I ended up making view A because I've been stuck sewing in my dining room while roof repairs were being done.  I needed instant gratification! And I got it!  

I purchased this fun ITY print from Vogue Fabrics during an expo.  I have no idea which expo and as I went to several last year.  The pieces were sold in 2 yard pieces and I'm glad that I bought 2 pieces...4 yards.

                                                Can you believe I didn't hack it!  Hahahaha!

Check out that godet!
It extends from the back/waist to the hemline. For some reason, I always worry that I won't get the godet right, but in most cases I do.  Then I'm always surprised.  I have no idea why I worry!  They are so much fun once finished.😄

And of course, there was some print matching to do.  Although I'm not 100% happy with it (thanks to distractions during the layout), I think it turned out well overall.

I will definitely be wearing this top a lot and am already planning to make another one...maybe stripes or a floral with some sort of hack. 

What do you think?

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