Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Weekend Wrap Up

I had a great time this weekend at the Mid Florida Technical School's Car and Bike show which also featured vendors.  My sister who makes jewelry from polymer clay both set up our little tables to display our items.  This is our third year participating.  We really enjoy it.  We both did very well and look forward to next year. 

Now back to sewing.  Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Little Bag Sewing

This weekend I will be participating or should I say I will be a vendor at a Craft Bizarre.  Its actually a car show that will have vendors as part of the festivities.  I normally participate every year, it only cost a $20.00 to set up a table, and it gets a great bit of traffic.  This will be my third year participating and I do okay.  So I started last night sewing a few bags, yes I k now I'm kind of pushing the envelope.  I have some inventory already, so I am not too concerned.  I will also do a few infinity scarfs and few of my Easter Baskets.   

Here is a sneak peak at what I got done last night.  I will take pictures of my set up this weekend. 

Happy Sewing!

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Polka Dot Revolution Continues - New Look 6119 and New Look 6181 - Frankenpattern

As I am sure you guys have figured out, I am a Polka-Dot-A-holic, and I don't think I can personally have too much of the stuff. 

Summer is approaching fast and so is my many vacations. I am beefing up my work wardrobe but also adding a few pieces to my summer wardrobe.  Next week is my 10th wedding anniversary and later on this year we are celebrating these 10 years married and 12 years together on a beach in Punta Cana  if the Lord sees fit.   So I want pretty outfits in every photo op.    

Here is my inspiration and final product:

I used New Look 6119 for the bodice and New Look 6181 for the bottom and the fabric is a Jersey knit.   I really like both of these patterns as they are easy to make and so many different variations.

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Ultimate Hi-Lo Skirt

A few months ago I shared that a friend asked me to make her a skirt to wear to her 15th wedding anniversary party.  She sent me a picture of the look she was going for.   I spent weeks staring at the picture because it was not very clear.  She wanted a statement piece with a long train, so I mentally concentrated on that aspect of it first.   I knew the train part would be my issue.  I wanted to make sure that the train was a continuous flow from the waist down to the floor.  I didn't want the skirt to be pieced together.  

I knew a circle skirts would give me the fullness it needed and the body I wanted.  Taffeta was my first and only choice of fabric.  She knew exactly what color she wanted, so I sent her on the hunt for it.  I did a muslin using a thrift store sheet, which came out decent but not what I wanted, still keeping in mind that I would be using Taffeta so I knew it would have more body.  Finally when I was ready to actually made the skirt, darnit, I made the darn thing tooooooo short.  Luckily I had her get about 2 extra yards of the fabric then I knew I would need, so had enough to make another. 

When I delivered the skirt to her, I gave her both skirts, she loved the longer one and said she could probably use the shorter one with another outfit.  Then I get a text message a few days later, and she has both the skirts together, (I would have never thunk it), and it worked.  She put on both skirts, the longer over the shorter one, and then she suggested we make little tucks in the front alternating them so as to give it more of a blousy effect, and it worked. 

So here is my friend wearing our collaboration, the Ultimate Hi-Lo Skirt.  Isn’t she beautiful?

It was such a wonderful project and she was such a joy to work with.  Was so honored when she strutted into the party, and danced the night away in her skirt.  She had a smile on her face which in turn had me beaming from ear to ear. 

Happy Sewing!

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Romper/Jumpsuit - Wardrobe Staple - McCalls 6083

I am a big fan of jumpsuits.  Always have been from a little girl.  I remember my Grandmother make my sisters and I yellow jumpsuit with white ruffles around the top and bottom.  Every girl in school wanted one of our jumpsuits (I know it sounds hideous), but it was really cute.  She would always make us rompers for the summer too, in so many different colors.  Well as I got older and my body changed so did my love for jumpsuits and rompers.  But since I have taken a step toward healthier living, my body has become a just a tad bit more jumpsuit friendly.  

Here is the first of many more to come this season:

Better view of the fabric:

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Butterick 5562 - Yeah No Bathroom Selfie

So finally I got a picture of myself wearing something I made.  I didn't have to run to the ladies room.  I love it.   

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Good Morning and Happy Hump Day! - Butterick 5562

I'm starting to feel like the old me again.  I go straight home after my workouts, make sure my family is fed and my home duties are performed and straight to my sewing room.  I have my mojo back, so while I am on this sewing rampage, I decided to pull out one of my Out of Print Patterns I have been wanting to make for a awhile.

The fabric is from Fabricmart and its a textured double knit.  It has a great bit of stretch so I contoured it a little to give it more of a fitted look.  I think I cut the medium.

Happy Sewing!