Saturday, June 15, 2019

One Pattern 2 Ways

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I AM IN LOVE!  



I've had this McCall's 7348  pattern for a few years, but recently pulled it out when I decided I wanted a quick make for Mother's Day.  
Yes! I made it the night before!  

Why do we do this to ourselves?  This time my excuse is that I was buried in Prom and Graduation makes!

But, I'm so glad I decided to make it at the last minute!
Why? 
Because I didn't have time to go through ALL of my stash to find a piece large enough in a color I wanted to wear.  I knew I had 6 yards of this coral ITY knit that I purchased years ago from the warehouse we affectionately call "2121".


I made view D with the sleeves from view C. 
It came together very quickly! 
I did not need to make any measurement adjustments at all!  
That is an anomaly - as I usually have to make fit adjustments on commercial patterns!

I did all of the construction on my serger.  I didn't have thread in this beautiful coral color, so I did what I normally would do...I blended a few colors to make it work!


Before I added the sleeves, I got out my heels and tried it on!  

I WAS IMMEDIATELY IN LOVE!

I walked around in it about 10 minutes!  

Yes! There is absolute joy in sewing for yourself!
  This was one of those moments!  I loved the fit, the flow, the drape and how it made me feel!
  



I added and hemmed the sleeves finished the neckline. 
But my serger decided it did not want to do a narrow hem, and I needed to get some sleep, I decided to leave the bottom raw.  
I cleaned up my slightly imperfect scissor cuts with my rotary cutter and I was done! This was my first time doing a raw hem.  I'm still not sure how I feel about it!  Time (and fabric type) will tell if I do it again.


This top/dress even looks good on the hanger! 😍 Look at that drape!


SEW!
I made it again! 

I bought this beautiful ITY from Vogue Fabrics earlier in the spring. When I saw it, I had no idea what I'd do with it, but after making the coral piece, I knew it would work for the pattern...and for another special occasion...my Grandheart's Graduation!




























I laid it on my cutting table to take a look at the direction and area of the print, because I knew I'd have to "mirror" the pattern to insure the print matched.

I laid out and cut the back piece 1st.  When I attempted to lay out the front piece, I realized I did not have enough fabric to use in the same direction as the back.

Sew, I flipped the direction of the front pattern piece. After moving it around a few times, I decided that I wanted the smaller print at my neckline and the solid black at my waist.








Again, when I tried in on, I was in love with the outcome!

I really love how this print drapes on my body!
  Sexy!  I can say that, right? 

Again I used my serger (4 thread set up) to construct this one.



Of course, things don't always go as planned when making garments.  
But I'm happy that this time it only running out of thread on the spool of thread I was using to hem it.  I only needed about 3 more inches of stitches to finish it.  Sew out came a new spool and I finished it!
No raw edges on this one!



I narrow hemmed it with the lighting bolt/wobble stitch which stretches with the garment...no future popped stitches!

Finished the neckline and added my label!


I am happy and proud to say that my dress/top was featured by
 Judith Rosalind of the Instagram @sewover50 hashtag...which has over 12, 000 followers! 
This was quite the surprise and an honor!


I actually don't know which I like better, the back or the front!  I do know that I love the way I look and feel when I wear it!


And...I've taken a few orders for it!  Of course not in the same fabric!  LOL!



Sew!

I am definitely making another one! 

How often have you used the same pattern to create a new look by simply switching up the print and/or fabric?

Happy Endless Sewing!



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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Embroidery Event/Girl's Weekend

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Reen from Embroidery Garden taught her ITH (In The Hoop) designs class at All Brands in Baton Rouge again this year!
We (her entourage 😉) joined her again this year and now call it our Girl's Weekend/Reunion!


The Girls!
Reen, Marilee, Me, Lisa, Rhonda and KC




The event was sold out - no surprise there - and everyone had a blast!  Three of her designs were completed on each of the 2 days...
  • USB Case
  • Organizer
  • Frame Tool Holder


We also served as helpers during the class! Rhonda was our photographer extraordinaire! Sew fun!


Most of you know that I am one of the Embroidery Garden Educators!  A job that I truly love!



 Marilee, one of Reen's Educators helping an attendee.




Rhonda, the owner of A Stitch in time Designs took some spectacular photos during the class.



KC, Reen's Daughter In-love joined us this year! We see you, Lisa! 💗




The Entourage! 
We were missing a few people: Molly, Tammy, Michelle and Jennifer!
We missed them! 😞



 The entire class from the Day 1 event!  Organizers, USB Cases and Framed Tool holders!  Oh my!


Attendees' completed Framed Tool Holder.  Look at those smiles!


Lisa tried on my knit cardigan from my 3rd Online Class - I think she likes it! 😊




Reen and John Douthat, owner of AllBrands!  
Check out her jeans that she embellished with lace from Angela Wolf's embroidery designs!


You can embellish your jeans (or other garments) with these designs! 
Take advantage of a 15% discount on Angela's entire site - by using the code 
CARRIE15 at checkout!



 Lisa and Rhonda!



Fun hanging out in the French Quarter with Reen and Tammy! 
We had a blast!
Of course the 1st thing we ate were beignets.



Reen and KC! Dinner! 
That is only half of the stack of onion rings we were served! 😮



Of course we had a Cajun Dinner together!  
I love these ladies! We always have a good time together!  
Laughs, conversation with loads of love!
💝

Can't wait to get together again!

For now I am prepping for my trip to teach Embroidery Garden ITH Projects
at Prairie Quilt in Oklahoma next weekend!
Hope to see some of you there!



Happy Endless Sewing!



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Monday, May 20, 2019

Sewing Encouragement for Beginners from the Pros - Elizabeth Made This

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My sew sister Elizabeth Farr of Elizabeth Made This, who is a self proclaimed sewing nerd and refashionista with a passion for DIY wrote a blog to encourage beginner sewists. 



I am honored that she included my advice along with many friends and pros who I admire!


There are a total of 3 pages of quotes!  

Some of the topics are: Sewing Fearlessly (check out my quote on page 2), Enjoy the Ride, Mastery, Going Easy on yourself and Starting Small.  All of the quotes are packed with help and encouragement for new sewists!

The pros and friends who contributed are:
  • Meg Healy 
Lead educator, Burdastyle and Co-host of Sew & Tell Podcast

  • Sandra Betzina
Author of many sewing books, Power Sewing dvds, host of the Power Sewing Web-tv show, Vogue Patterns designer under the Today’s Fit Line
  
  • Rachel & Kate
Owners of the Fold Line Online Sewing Community

  • Melissa Mora of Melly Sews and Blank Slate Patterns




  • Designer Joi
Sewlebrity, Designer, Author, Licensed McCall Pattern Designer, Craftsy Instructior

  • Judy Hale
Designer at Patterns for Pirates

  • Lauren Guthrie
Owner of Fabric Emporium and Sewing School Guthrie and Ghani and finalist on the Great British Sewing Bee, series 1

  • Colleen G Lea
Certified Fashion Design Lecturer, YouTuber #fsbtv

  • Amy
Editor of Love Sewing Magazine


  • Anita Morris
Sewing Blogger, Sewing Teacher at Anita by Design

  • Helen Wilkinson
Sewing Pattern Designer, Blogger, @Helen’s Closet and one half of the Love to Sew Podcast





Check out Elizabeth's blog to read all about it!



Happy Endless Sewing!



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Monday, April 15, 2019

Linda Faye - Sewing Community's Loss

Our own Linda Faye Lewis made her transition on April 11th. 
Linda inspired me and I know that she inspired many of you! 
Let's keep her family and friends in prayer! 
Below is the link to her obituary and service arrangements:

I never met Linda in person, but I communicated with her via Facebook messenger.  She was one of the admins of the Sew Much Talent Facebook Group.  Shortly after I joined the group I had a ton of questions about some of the activities and monthly challenges in the group.  Linda answered all of them with patience and grace!  

She did the same thing when I asked tech questions that had nothing to do with the group!  So sweet!
She inspired me with her sewing talents and her style, which was always so elegant!  I actually copied 2 of her dresses...with a little bit of hacking!


 This coat is just one more of her many creations! Wow!


She was also a great cook and called herself the Sewing Gourmet! 
She often shared recipes on her blog! 


She loved making aprons!



Linda conducted the very popular "Tops that Pop" sewing challenge and actually contacted me last year to encourage me to join the challenge. I was swamped and could not participate. But, I felt honored that she'd contacted me. I was looking forward to joining this year...but no...she's gone!
July 2018 was the 10th anniversary of her blog, Faye's Sewing Adventures! 10 years!  She was followed by so many!  I love her tag line at the head of her blog: A Co-Creator With Him! She loved God! 💗

My last contact with her was to check in because I knew she'd been ill.  She said that she was not fully recovered, and that it would be a long journey.  She thanked me for praying for her and asked me to keep the prayers coming!

We already miss her, but as Alethia Hudson, founder of the Sew Much Talent Facebook Group said, "We must take what they have shared and carry on their legacy!"


We have had 3 losses in the sewing community this year! And it has hit us hard! 
But, we need to follow Alethia's advice! 
Let's carry on their legacies!



Happy Endless Sewing!


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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

My 1st PDF Pattern

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Well!  It's taken a while, but I finally did it!  I've completed and published my 1st PDF Pattern! 

Many thanks to those who pushed, helped, tested and supported me!




It is a "Soft Top" Fold Over Bag/Clutch!
It includes a zippered top, custom interior pockets and no exposed seams!
The finished size is a roomy 13 inches wide x 9 inches high closed - 13.5 inches high open!

I'm sew happy to be able to offer this pattern to everyone!  
Don't sew much?  You CAN make this bag!

Make one or several to coordinate, or even match your garments!

I am offering a 10% discount that ends Wednesday, March 6 at midnight!
So don't miss out!  
Discount code: Celebrate

If the code is not used, the discount will not apply!
No refunds or adjustments will be made!

Don't miss out on the sale...it ends tonight at midnight!


Happy Endless Sewing!


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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Day and Night Dress Challenge

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Elizabeth Farr from Elizabeth Made This is conducting a Day/Night Dress Challenge

Although this is the 3rd year for this challenge, this is my 1st time participating!


I know, I know...fewer challenges this year, she said!
But...I couldn't resist!
This was a mostly no-sew challenge for me!

The challenge was to pull a dress from our closet that we've not worn or hadn't worn in ages and create 2 pieces to wear with it...or create/add accessories! 
Sew I did! I altered my dress and added accessories!

I made this self-drafted black knit dress in 2007 for an event I was going to with my daughter.
  I made it full length and made a red shawl to wear with it.
Then I gained weight, but I still loved the dress and the knit fabric - so I kept it!

For the challenge I thought of this dress and pulled it out hoping that it fit now!  It did! But it was much too long and I didn't want to wear it as a maxi.  Covering my entire body with black is not a good look for me.  I need and love color!
Sew...I cut it shorter and left it a about 3 inches longer in the back.

 That was my only sewing for this challenge!


For my Day Look, I added my McCalls 6802 cardigan from my Online Sewing Class and my "go" boots.  I call them my "go" boots because they serve me well in the crazy Illinois winters. 

But for those of you who know me...you know I couldn't stop there!  

For my 2nd Day Look, I added my favorite infinity scarf and switched my boots for booties!
 I'm not sure which one I love more...the dress or the cardigan!  But I do obviously love gold! 😍













On to My Night Look!  
Same dress, but this time with the oh so popular McCall's 6844 peplum jacket (which I believe is now out of print).

I also switched up my jewelry and added my booties!



All of the jewelry I'm wearing in all of the looks is from my friend and sew sister Chandrika Hayes at Divinely 5 Styles - click here to see her unique pieces. 😎

For my 2nd Night Look, I simply switched to black pumps!


This was a fun challenge!  
The real challenge was bringing all the pieces together for the photos!  LOL!

Did you participate in this challenge? 
If so, I hope to see your creations on Instagram or in Elizabeth's Blog!



Happy Endless Sewing!


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One Pattern 2 Ways

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