Monday, June 29, 2015

Fit, Flare, and Flounce

Pastor Gigi is one of my most favorite clients.  She likes everything big and with Flounce and Flare.   She makes me smile, her faith and spirit is huge just like her style.

I used a iridescent silk for the skirt, and of course it had to have ruffles and a train, nothing less for her.  The top was made from a wrap dress pattern.  I just cut it off at the hips and added the ruffles, made the ties bigger and longer.  She was very pleased.

Here is Pastor Gigi wearing her Fit, Flare, and Flounce Blouse and Skirt.

Another Satisfied Customer, Pastor Gigi wearing  #Customhousedesigns original "First Lady Collection".  Flare and Flounce Blouse and Fitted Hi-lo Ruffled Train Skirt. #Customhousedesigns  #Itsmelaniedarling #polishedbou  #customsewing #fashion #firstladyc

Happy Sewing!

Off the Shoulder Side Split Maxi

My client had a Gala to attend and brought me a dress she had ordered that was too short and wouldn’t allow for her to wear heels.  There was not enough hem for me to let out and I couldn’t find a corresponding fabric to add to it to give it some length.  She asked if I could make the same dress for her in another fabric.  

I found this beautiful fabric from a local fabric store here in Central Florida called the Sewing Studio.  The picture does not do it justice as it is covered in very colorful sequin. 

I made this dress by copying the dress she ordered.  I literally just turned it inside out and laid it on top of fabric and traced it, not adding any seam allowance since this fabric has a lot of stretch.  

Off the Shoulder Side Slit Sequined Gown!   #Itsmelaniedarling

Happy Sewing!!!

The Rolled Hem Foot! Genius.

I am so very ashamed to admit that I have tried to use my Rolled Hem Foot that came with my Janome 6600p at least a dozen times and gave up.  I actually sat at my machine and cried on several occasions.  I remember once, thinking that this foot was a joke and just added to my machine accessories to make it look like I got a lot of stuff.  No one can actually use this thing.  I even watched several Youtube videos which of course made it look easy as pie.

I am so embarrassed to share how I use to hem fine fabrics like organza.  It was a dueling task and caused me all kinds of angst.  I would have to start over several times. 

But I am no quitter, and my determination to make Prom Season sewing easier.  I grabbed me a cup of iced tea and I sat in front of my machine, grabbed the Rolled Hem Foot and said I will get this today!  Walla, after about 15 tries on my scrap organza I got.  I am now a self proclaimed professional Rolled Hem Foot Aficionado.  

Here is a picture of a Prom Dress I was tasked to hem.  What would normally take me a couple of hours, only took me fifteen minutes tops.   


Here is rolled hem foot that I have been so scared of:

My new best bud. Happy Sewing!

Friday, May 29, 2015

McCalls 6957: White Linen with Modifications

Very Simple but elegant Linen Dress.  This dress is a custom order from a client  that I modified per her specifications.  I will provide pictures when she wears it and send them to me.  I have made another version of  this pattern a several times, the swing dress in royal blue.  So the pattern was familiar and easy to modify.  I actually would like to make this dress for myself using the specifications I made for her.

a.  Raised Neckline 3 inches
b.  Squared body from underbreast
c.  Widened back bottom and "v"'ed (instead of rounded bottom) to increase flare.  

That is it in a nut shell. 

Let it all flow!  Crisp White Linen.  Details on the blog, blog address in profile  #Itsmelaniedarling #CustomHousedesigns #seamstress #sewing #sewist #sewcialist #sewingblogger #asewinglife #imakemyownclothes #imadethis #diy #diyer #diystyle #diyfashion

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

McCalls 7155: Charmeuse and Chains Layered Tank!

At first glance of this pattern, I saw not a one possibility.  Having a large bust steers me away from tank tops.  Its really hard to find one that fit me well and gives me the coverage that I need.  McCalls patterns were on sale at Joanns and I needed one more to complete my sale number, and just grabbed McCalls 7155 and ran to the register.  I didn't feel much like sewing this weekend, and I had client orders to fill, so I decided to make me something quick to get my mojo back.  The first pattern I saw staring up at me on my sewing table was this one.  So I looked at the line drawings and walla, View "F", just spoke to me. 

The fabric I used is a stretch Charmeuse from Fabricmart.  It has chains covering the entire fabric.  I only had 2 1/2 yards, and when I purchased it, I intended to use it to make a cowl neck shell to go under a blazer, but I never got around to making the blazer.  I was very please at the tank came out and even more pleased that it gave me the coverage I was looking for.  I can see a couple more in my future as well.  I have a very lover silky yellow fabric that I think would be gorgeous. 

Summer Time Fun!  Chain link layered tank top!  Details on the blog, blog address in profile  #Itsmelaniedarling #sewologist #seamstress #sewing #sewist #sewcialist #sewingblogger #asewinglife #imakemyownclothes #imadethis #diy #diyer #diystyle #diyfashio

The picture on front of the pattern, left nothing for the imagination, but the line art in my opinion is what will sell you on the pattern itself.  There are so many possibilities for this particular pattern. 

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Vintage Vogue 1663 - DVF: My Purple Passion, Beaufitully Flawed!

As beautiful as this dress may look here in this picture, it is flawed.  The collar will not lay flat.  I removed and tried three times to get a better outcome, with no avail.  The dress itself is marvelous, and was actually made for a client who I allowed to purchase fabric.   It ultimately my fault that I allowed her to purchase fabric that was not fit for this type of garment.  At least in my opinion for a structured collar.  The fabric is a swimsuit knit, very spongy and tight. She said she loved it and planned on wearing anyway.  Yikes.

Oh the Color Though!

Pretty Purple a Passion!  #CustomHousedesigns @itsmelaniedarling and @polishedbou!  Distinct and original items for purchase that will set you apart from the everyday and ordinary! #Itsmelaniedarling #polishedbou #sewologists #seamstresses #sewing #sewist

Vogue 1663 DVF!  Yes! #Itsmelaniedarling #sewologist #seamstress #sewing #sewist #sewcialist #sewingblogger #asewinglife #imakemyownclothes #imadethis #diy #diyer #diystyle #diyfashion #dressmaker #isew #sew #fashion #customsewing #fashion #DVF #Vogue #Vi

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

McCalls 6957: Royal Blue Swing Dress!

As I stated numerous times before.  I am not a dress wearer, until NOW.  I am loving dresses and seeking them out more.  I find they hide a multitude of body issues (mine I mean).  

I originally bought this Royal Blue Ponte to make a jumpsuit.  I never got around to it so its been sitting in my stash for at least a year. I wanted something summery enough that I could also transition into fall and wear.  

I've been eyeballing this pattern for months, but I have been so busy with client sewing for prom season I totally forget about it.  I pulled it out and cut out my size and just laid it off to the side.  

So I had a brief moment in between projects and decided to go ahead and make my dress, and I love it.  Its simple yet chic and I can't wait to pair it with tights, boots and a sweater or leather jacket this fall.  

And she's done!  Royal Blue Swing Dress!  Simple and chic!  Will share styling shortly so stay tuned!  Details on the blog soon, blog address in profile  #Itsmelaniedarling #sewologist #seamstress #sewing #sewist #sewcialist #sewingblogger #asewinglife #i

Royal Blue Swing Dress in its simplicity.  Love how simple yet cute it is!  Great for summer office days, and I can't wait to put on some boots, leather jacket and scarf with it!  #m6957 #mccallpatterncompany #Itsmelaniedarling #isew #imadethis #imakemyow

Happy Sewing!