Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Therapeutic Sewing! Burda 7202

Sewing to take my mind off the loss of my father.  I so need to beef up my fall wardrobe so I decided to make myself a few tops and the first one I chose was Burda 7202.  I do not particularly like Burda patterns only because I find the instructions somewhat confusing.  Whenever I sew a Burda Pattern, I find myself just doing it my way based on the pattern pieces. 

Happy Sewing!

Grieving the Loss of My Dad.

I loss my Father this past Sunday after celebrating my Moms birthday.  My parents divorced when I was very young, but I was gifted great Stepparents from them both.  

Though he and I have had our issues from time to time, most recently we were closer than ever.  He has fought some major health battles this past year, in and out of the hospital, but was doing a little better when he came home last weekend.  

He had a way of making you want to grab and choke him in one moment and laugh and hug him all at the same time.  He was a Teddy Bear who tried so hard to be a Grizzly Bear.  I am going to miss you Daddy.  Rest in Peace.  

Mel Mel.

unknown author

Bye for now Daddy!

Kimono Band Wago, and I Love It: Simplicity 1318

The Kimono is all the rage on this fashion cycle.  So when I saw the lovely Erica Bunker's version Here,  I just knew I had to make my own. 

I was gifted this fabric by one of my Sewing Group friends on Facebook.  She asked me for my address one day, and then a couple of days later a package with about 3 yards of fabric showed up. 
She said she sent it to me because I was always so helpful to others in the group.  I thought that was beautiful gesture.  I do not do anything for anyone with the intention of receiving anything in return so I feel very blessed. 

Please excuse the Bed Head!

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Vogue 8639: The Why Didn't I Listen to the Review Dress!

Yes, its pretty on the picture, and the shoes that I thought I would wear as pop with them would have been nice, but the dress fits awful.  The color is beautiful and I am angry I wasted my beautifully treasured Ponte Roma Knit.  I look huge breasted (I am very large in that area) and the pockets sit awkwardly, not mention I look 12 months pregnant.  This will certainly be donated to the Women's Shelter.  It gets no love from me!!!!!.

Happy Sewing!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa: Serial Vacationer

As most of you already know, I love vacations.  I love to travel and see new and exciting cities, people and things.  This past weekend I spend 4 fabulous days at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Destin, Florida.  My cousin in love who invited, myself and a couple of friends, spent the weekend laying by the beach and pool.   This will definitely go down on my list of the best vacations I have had thus far.

I would totally recommend that you visit Sandestin Resorts as they have several properties.  The amenities were amazing.  Here are some pictures of my awesome vacation weekend:

Back to Sewing!  Have a great one.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

$3.00 Dress Form Maker Over

My good friend found this this dress form at a yard sale for $3.00 dollars. Actually she talked the seller down from $5.00 dollars. She's good at that. I have never been the one to haggle at a yard sale. I figure it’s a yard sale and they put a price on what they feel its worth. Who am I to dispute their worth of their item? 

I was so grateful as to have it because I really had nothing to display my garments on at the time. The form is ragged and looks as if it has had some really rough days. From my understanding, this dress form has sat in a garage for a number of years. It has a size 11 printed on it, but it must be a size 11 junior because it is definitely not a size 11 Women/Misses. 

After using the form for more than a year, I just couldn't take it anymore. So without further ado, here is the new and improved Darla Darling:

My $3 yard sale dress form make over!  She was hideous now she's lovely!  #itsmelaniedarling #seamstress #sewinglife #diy #makeover #dressform #sewing #fashion #isew

I used a very stretchy flesh colored knit. Not even sure the exact type. I cut two pieces large enough to cover the back and front and pinned them together encasing the form. I placed the pins as close as possible to the form itself and cut as close to the pins as I could. Then I removed the fabric and serged them together at the sides. Walla! That was it. 

Happy Sewing!

Yoga Skirt!

Though I am not a fan of skirts.  I am finding that I am wearing them more and more.  I like simplicity though, especially during the very hot summers here in Florida.   I have often eyed the Yoga type skirts and decided to make one, very simple, no pattern.  I often search the web for an idea, once it's in my head I can normally whip something up to my liking.

Here is the Yoga Skirt made of a T-Shirt type knit for a client per her request.  I plan to make one for myself really soon.


Happy Sewing!