Thursday, August 25, 2016

Wardrobe Building Series Tops: MYSTYLE: McCalls 9147

One of the first things I noticed after ridding myself of all the clothes in my closet, I hadn't worn in years, was that I didn't have many tops, blouses, and shirts. I figured I better start there.  I spend a lot of my non working time in tank tops so I literally have drawers of them.  I think these darn hot flashes are the culprit.  As soon as I get home from work/workout, I immediately shed my bra and put on a tank. 

While perusing the pattern section at Walmart a few weeks ago (I hate WALMART btw), but I had to pick up a prescription, and needed to kill sometime, so off to the pattern section I went.  I came across this lovely pattern.  I loved all the variations it provided.  I can see me using this pattern as a TNT, as it has tucks to define the waist and a button placket, all things I love in a blouse.  I always look at patterns that I can make fit adjustments rather easy without altering the pattern a lot.  And the fact that it has a tie neck version, made this pattern all the more attractive to me. 



I purchased this black and white checkered fabric or Gingham as it is commonly called, to use as a lining for a blazer, but that project went left quick.  Its been sitting in my stash for a little while.  It will be perfect for my first version of this pattern, "View B".  

I plan to pair with a pair of jeans for Casual Friday or maybe even a pair of wide leg slacks and some sandals with a pop of color.  I have so many styling options in my head.  I can't wait to also make all the other variations so stay tuned.  

Happy Sewing!


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Wardrobe Building: "MYSTYLE"

It is that time again, I'm working on building my wardrobe from top to bottom.  

I have recently cleaned out my closet and rid myself of every item that I have not touched for at least a year.  I had so many pants I couldn't believe it. Pants I hadn't worn in several years, and couldn't get into if I tried.  I literally had size 6 to 12 in my closet.   After gaining weight a couple of years ago, I totally gave up on dresses and skirts. Not sure why because I have always loved them.  I guess I felt frumpy and decided to buy or make them,  just wear pants, to me it was easier.  I work in corporate America and lost the zeal to dress up and look pretty anymore, and my co'workers started to notice and question me about it .
 
Then it happened, I started taking my workouts serious, and though I haven't lost much weight, because I exercise to eat, my body started to change.  After a few months, I noticed my clothes started to fit a little different, and my pants no longer bulged at the waistline. I was like hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm maybe this workout stuff is working after all.  Long story short, I am feeling like the old me again.  I started paying more attention to what I wear and taking the time to put my outfits together more cohesively.   I even had a co-worker tell me that I was "BACK".  LOL.  


So I am stuffing my closet full of beautiful garments that fit me and my style again.  I making things I love to wear and will be showcasing them here an on my other online sites.  My wardrobe building series is called"  "MYSTYLE".  Here a a few garments that I have made in the past and shared on on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram sites  Each piece except for the pink sweater was made by me:



 
As I build and post, I will share with you guys my patterns, modifications and styling preferences.  Have an awesome day and Happy Sewing!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Vintage Butterick 3782: Vintage 70's Halter Dress

I've been working on my Vintage Butterick dress for a few months now.  It was going to be a dress I wanted to wear to an event I was invited too, but after waiting to long to get started on it, I didn't finish it in enough time and it ended up waded up in my UFO pile.  I pulled it out again this past week in anticipation of finishing it and wearing it in September for my family reunion reception in Charleston, SC.  I think it will be a great dress for Charleston.  So close to the water and the vintage feel of the city.  I can't wait to show you guys the finish product.   

Here is a picture of top portion:




I have completed the bottom portion as well I just need to add elastic to the waist, hem, and were done.  I can't wait to take pictures. I absolutely love the flounce and "v" neckline and of course anything with pockets is Love with me. 

Here is a picture of the pattern.  


I purchased it on Etsy a few months ago.  I absolutely love the many patterns I can find on Etsy.  I feel like I can always find a gem. 


Happy Sewing!  IMD

Friday, June 10, 2016

High Waist Floral Skirt with Front Slits.


This skirt was inspired by a skirt I saw while perusing Instagram one day.  I don't really wear many skirts and definitely not maxis.  I have a few knit ones that I wear from time to time.  It was self drafted.



Happy Sewing!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Color Me Pretty: Simplicity 1161

This top was a really quick and easy top to make.  I wanted something cute to wear with leggings for an outing.  I purchased this fabric at Joann's months ago as usual it sat in my stash with no particular idea in mind. 

After looking through my pattern and trying to figure out what I could make, I came across this pattern.  I thought it be very playful with this multicolored fabric.  Though the cover photo on the pattern to me was not impressive at all, I did have a vision in mind.   Simplicity 1161, was awesome for this particular fabric.  The way it flows,and the colors just came together effortlessly.  




I could definitely see several of these in my summer wardrobe, especially a black or light blue eyelet fabric.  I would love to make one longer, maybe even as a maxi in a very nice soft knit fabric. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.   What do you think?



Happy Sewing!





Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Ultimate Swim Suit Cover Up.

I just really love how this swim suit cover up came out.   I made it for a young lady who sent me an inspiration picture of what she wanted.  The colors are so vibrant and lovely.  I self drafted this by draping on the mannequin.  I would love to make a couple more for myself, because I was really please at how it came out.  Hope you like it too.




Here is the inspiration photo that was provided to me:

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Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Matron of Honor: McCalls 7047

My very dear friend, asked me to make a very special dress for her.  The occasion was her best friend and cousin's wedding.  She was tasked to be the Matron of Honor.  And of course it was my honor to make her a very special gown.  We looked at several designs and when I showed her this particular pattern  McCalls 7047 she fell in love.  



This pattern has so many options to find a design that fits.  I made a few modifications to her liking and she was ecstatic with the outcome.


Modifications:  Instead of the draped look she wanted a cowl back to show off a little skin and I added a removal insert/dickie to accommodate that, and extended the peplum in the back for more drama and coverage.


Now there is a little side story to this particular sewing project.  I actually made to fully functional gowns.  The first gown I made had glitter in the fabric, which was a disaster and left black glitter all of her body that was very difficult to remove, even after the fabric had been washed several times. Thank God I started this project about a week in advance, because we had time to go find more fabric which we did.  A very beautiful flowy sequin that came out lovely.

Happy Sewing!
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