Monday, September 22, 2014

All Work, No Play

When I decided I needed to upload this wonderfully delightful dress, I was shocked to see that it's been nearly a year since my last post! That certainly isn't indicative of my sewing time.  I still spend most of my free time working on something or thinking about working on something.  I'm still on the no RTW diet.  I think this is my 4th or 5th year!!  I have purchased sorority paraphernalia but if I could make it, trust me I would! LOL  Anyway, I will have to try to catch up a little with all the things I've made since October 2013!  And it's telling that my partner in crime, my daughter is also guilty of "failure to blog".  She too hasn't posted anything since October.  I happen to know she sews just about as much, if not more than me.  She just finished making a wedding dress!!  I will have to scold her as well!

So, about this dress.  It always seems that the item you put the least amount of thought, time or effort into turns out to be that great one! So, this fabric is a find from JoAnn's.  When I saw it I loved it and thought at that time that it would be a great dress.  After I got it home, I looked at it and really touched it and thought it might not be great as a dress after all.  JoAnn's labeled it "knit -jegging". Now I know what a jegging is - it's a combination jean and legging.  This didn't really look like the fabrics I've seen used to make RTW jeggings.  But, I had it and it would become something at some point.

Well, today (actually yesterday because it's 1:43 in the morning right now) I was watching football and thinking about the stress of work tomorrow (err, today). After my team won (Go Cowboys!!) I decided I needed something new.  I started out looking at this black ponte knit that I recently purchased.  So, as I "shopped" my pattern stash, I saw this
pattern.  I've had it forever and thought it would be perfect with this fabric.

I thought the fabric looked a little tie-died, a little graphic and just a nice departure from the typical knits.  So, within an hour or so (while still transfixed with football) I put this together.  Let me just say, I LOVE this fabric and this dress.  It is the most comfortable thing I own that I can wear outside the house! LOL.  Seriously, I'm going back to JoAnn's to see if there are any other patterns or solids that I can grab.  This dress could be my work uniform.  For nearly a year, I have been pretty consistently working out (about 5-6 days a week). I've lost some weight, although not even close to my goal.  But I've also lost a few inches and while I obsess with the scale, it's is nice to see that my clothes fit a bit better and that I am willing to make and wear things that I would never have made a year ago.  I'm not there yet, but this is taking me in the direction I want to go 



In terms of changes I made to the dress, this pattern calls for the dress to be lined.  I didn't want to line it.  I made a wonderful ponte knit dress from a Vogue pattern last year.  It was lined.  I have only worn that dress once or twice.  It was so daggone hot, I thought I was trapped in an iron lung when I wore it!  I'm always hot, so that should have been a clue that lining a knit probably wasn't going to work for me, while I still lived in the South!.  I wear sleeveless dresses and tops all year long and just add a jacket. So, I knew lining wasn't going to work for me.  Initially, I was going to use bias tape to finish the neck edge and the armholes.  But, because I was lazy and concerned that the bias tape might be too heavy for the neck edge and armholes and make them turn in, I decided against the bias tape.  So, after remembering that my twin needle hemming worked great on another knit dress I made some time back, I decided that would be good for this dress as well.

And so, that's how I finished it!  As I said, I love it, would make it 50 more times if I found interesting fabrics, so don't be surprised if you see another post or two espousing the wonderfulness of McCall's 6282!

I'm BAAAACK!!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Time!!!

I know it's been a minute... 

Shoot me later, but I plan to catch up shortly!! 

The latest project (on a list of about 3,000 items) is a wonderful Halloween costume for my son. Now for the story part! My darling, handsome cutie is now at this age that clearly he thinks he is the coolest thing walking and everyone else is just not as cool as him. So as Halloween approached I asked him if he wanted to dress up and what he would want to be...

That took a week! :-(

Once he decided that he wasn't too cool for Halloween, we set out on the journey of costume discovery. (Which ultimately meant that he would look online for something he wanted!) As he searched on Party City for costumes he found one and brought it over...


What the FIRST thing that I look at... THE PRICE.. 

The costume was $179.99!!! CLEARLY someone at Party City has lost their ULTIMATE mind!! 

What did I say after looking at the picture... "huuummmmmmmm I can make this!" 

So I set out to do just that!! After studying the picture and planning my attack, it was off to JoAnn's!! (Cause I had some AWESOME coupons and was NOT afraid to use them!!!) 


So here is the start....
 

The inspiration...









And the final product! 
 


This thing had a shirt, vest with tails, waist belt, hood, some sash thing, pants, leather wrist ties, and boot covers. And MOMMA made them all!! 





 





 



Best part about it my husband asked our son, "why is mom making this costume for you?", my son's answer "Because she's AWESOME!" 


yep.... AWESOME! :-) 


Some from one AWESOME mom, 



HAPPY SEWING ALL!!!

























Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Sew Forth & Sew On

Sew, I am finding that sew much of my time is spent sewing for others. The others is very often my daughter, the younger one.  Sew, here I go again.  Her birthda is tomorrow.  She wanted a "fabulous pair of pants" to go with her "fabulous new shoes".  And being the pliable one, I had no choice but to comply.  Actually, she has done this sew many times, that I expect this before each "event" in her life.  And since she will never read this blog, I guess I don't mind sew much! :-)

She found a photo of Rihanna wearing a pair of "cigarette" pants.  Needless to say she had no idea what a cigarette pant was and as she described the pants, I knew eactly what she wanted. Sew, when she returned from her summer internship last week, we headed right off to the fabric store.  We found this great red suiting that I thought was a perfect choice for her "vision".  I used this McCall's 6758, pattern and I loved the final result.

And here is the final product!


The lighting isn's great on these, but this is the best I could do as she was packing to leave and was not a willing participant.
 
Sew now that these are finised, I'm on to the next project; a dress as a birthday gift for a friend! 
 
Sew Forth & Sew On
 



Sunday, August 11, 2013

Soooooo I'm so behind....


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There are times that you look at your mental list of things to do and realize there is no possible way in heaven or hell you will make it through a third of it! With that being said updating my virtual life to match my real life has taken a SLIGHT back seat.

I PROMISE TO DO BETTER!

At least that is until there is a Harry Potter marathon and then I can't and won't make any promises!!! Lol hey don't judge I have an addiction after all this time....


So where did we last stop, OH well I had announced my wonderful engagement! *update... MARRIED NOW! :-)

So the wonderful world of wedding planning! I must say I am and was the furthest thing from a bridezilla one could ever see! However, can't say the same about other people in my life... The plan was simple... Set a destination, invite friends and have fun!

Goal, set, match in my book!

It was wonderful! We got married at the wonderful Paradisus Palma Real in sunny (and humid as hell!) Punta Cana, Dominican Republic!



I (being the fab o friend I am) made all my bridesmaids dresses. Given the location I thought the perfect style would be an infinity dress and I must say they turned out FABULOUS! My friends looked great and we really had a blast!

Adding to my FABULOUSNESS, I also made my darling flower girl's dress. I love my Tay, even if she can be a little diva sometimes! She was fab as my little helper!



















Oh and I customized her basket because anything
Less would be totally uncivilized!! LOL

All in all it was a ball and I would trade the experience for anything in the world!!!




Because these two live to torture me!!!!! LOL :-)


Well, gotta keep updating!! More sewing projects to post!! 

HAPPY SEWING!




Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Things I Love!

If you know anything about me, you know I love a few things with great passion.  I love to sew! I love my girls. And I love my sorority.  More specifically, I love many of my sorority sisters.  So, whenever there is a chance to combine any of the above, I try not to miss the moment to do so.  I thought my girlfriends would enjoy the fruits of my labor.  I decided to make garment bags, embroidered with our sorority name and their line name (from their pledging days) on the bag.  Our sorority is celebrating 100 years of existence next month and there will be throngs of members in D.C. to commemorate the event. 

I think they enjoyed them and I certainly had fun creating them.  I !hope they find them useful and cool! Now back to my regularly scheduled obsession.




Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Merry Merry Month of May

It's June and its getting to be pretty hot in the South.  May has come and gone and left quite a wake in it's path, as far as my life is concerned.  Some very good, some very, bad.  I'm trying to handle the bad.  And now for the good; both my girls had a memorable May 2013!.  One got married, and the other graduated from college.  I'm so incredibly proud of both of them! And of course sewing played a major part in both events.  The graduate - my dd wanted a unique dress for the graduation ceremony - Mint Green.  And apparently (as I read somewhere) this is the color for the season.  There were actually quite a few young ladies wearing the color, incuding my daughter's best friend.  But they never had a conversation about it, so I thought that was hilarious.  Of course, no one looked as good and my little pumpkinseed did in her frock (but I'm not biased in the least - LOL!)

All she told me was the color - mint.  And because of the timing, this was another one, I had to make without a single fitting.  Fortunately for me, this girl has a perfect body and with the exception of being a bit hippy, there are rarely any changes I need to make (now that I know her body).  I selected this pattern- McCall's 6647.


And the fabric - a lovely eyelet from fabric.com and did everything except hem it before I arrived for graduation the night before. 






And while I would love to take credit for this fabulous tip, I read it on someone else's blog.  Unfortunately, due to the mayhem that has been my life for the past few months, I have no idea to whom the credit should go.  So, if she/happens happens across my blog, please accept my apology for my failing memory.  But, it's too great not to share.  I am very persnickety about the little things when sewing, buttons, zippers, linings, etc.  One of the things I hate is to not have the right color zipper or even cute zippers when they matter.  The tip here is a way to always have the perfect zipper.  I guess this would work with either, but the reference here was for invisible zippers.  Take your white zipper and the fabric and purchase nail polish the color of the fabric (or the perfect contrast if that's what you are going for).  Polish the zipper pull (and the top of the stop if you want) with the polish. You might need to apply two coats, letting it dry completely after each coat.  I just placed my zipper across the top of a glass or cup so that it doesn't touch anything while drying.  And wahlah - perfectly matched zipper.  It's a small thing and given where the zipper was in this dress,(the side) I don't know that anyone would have noticed it.  But of course I did, and I guess that's all that matters!