Monday, December 22, 2014

Selfless Sewing: Giving Back and Sewing for the Youth of My Church

I belong to a small community church in Orlando, Washington Shores Presbyterian Church.  Our congregation is small but rich in history.  Our members are older, and most are either community leaders, and retired educators.  I think that is why I love it so much, I feel at home, and it is not overpowering but nurturing.  Because my Church is dead smack in the middle of a inner city community and right next door to an elementary school, we have children that attend our church who parents do not.   

Every Sunday our church provide a hot meal to the children when they come.  A good hot meal with, eggs, bacon, toast, biscuits, grits, sausage, well you get the picture.  We have members that really reach out to the children in our community and we love having them.  

I was asked to help with the Annual Christmas Program, and if I would provide my sewing services and make much needed costumes.  I was glad to be apart of giving back to these young people who has given our church so much life.  

Here are a couple of the costumes I made:   


and I will share more when with the children wearing them when I can.   I was tasked to make 4 Angels, 5 Wise Men and 5 Shepard's.  

I thank my wonderful coworkers for providing sheets that I used to make most of the costumes.  I work with a wonderful group of people who are always eager to support. 

Happy Sewing!

Self Drafted Batwing Top - Thanksgiving

This top was actually made in November, but I'm just catching up on my blogging.   I was inspired by my friend Shari Williams of My Daily Threadz.     

When I saw hers on her blog, I knew I had to have it.  I wanted something cute that I could wear on Thanksgiving day with my family.  It was a cool day, in the mid 50's which is cool for Florida especially in November.  I don't get to wear fall gear that much because of our weather here, but I look forward to those cool days and nights when I have an opportunity.  


Added my favorite pair of Steve Madden Boots and my ensemble was fashionable and functional:


It was really quite simple to make.  I just used a top I had already, folded it and traced it on the fold.  I added the cowl neck and sleeves, and walla!!!!!  

Happy Sewing!

Oh What A Busy Month!

My Husband and I celebrated our 10th Anniversary at the Dreams Palm Beach Resort, Punta Cana , Dominican Republic, (All Inclusive) early this month.   The trip was amazing and we had wonderful time.  We were able to share our trip with my cousin and his wife who was also celebrating their 6th Anniversary. They are authors of this trip as they visit the Dominican Republic every year to celebrate their union. We were thrilled when they invited us to share.   I am so very blessed to have a husband who is so very good to me and my son.
Happy Anniversary Babe!


12/14 Punta Cana

12/14 Punta Cana

12/14 Punta Cana

12/14 Punta Cana

12/14 Punta Cana

12/14 Punta Cana

Quick Review of the Resort:

Food:  Amazing, several different restaurants to choose from.  No reservations necessary.  Food being served poolside all day, and on the beach. 

Service:   Awesome, the waiting staff was eager to accommodate and refresh.  We tipped a lot so we had staff almost at our side every moment. 

Room:   Absolutely beautiful.

Only Con:  Mosquitoes in our room was out of control the first few days.  We complained to the hotel, and they fumigated immediately.  It didn't help at first, but after a couple of days it was much better though we didn't really get rid of all the mosquito's though.  Next time we will take our own spray. 

Summary:   I loved the country, the resort and had a great time!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Simplicity 1661: Animal Print Tie Front Top

Another day, another top.  Its getting quite lovely when I open up my closet door and see all my lovely new tops.  I have incorporated more colors than ever and to add a little splash, I've thrown in a lovely silk animal print top.  

This top has great potential, just because of the little details.  I especially like that I can tie the tie high on my neck or let it hang lower depending on the look I'm going for.  I also can see a few more of these in my closet come spring.    There is a little flair with the hi-lo effect and and penguin tale (what I call it).   It was every easy to make and from cut to finish took me about 2 1/2 hours.  

Another crappy mirror picture of me :


Happy Sewing!

Simplicity 1280: Pink Polka Cross Body Top.

As you may be aware I have been sewing tops to rebuild my wardrobe after donating a lot of items this past month, so I decided to make November my month of tops and make both casual and dress tops.  

When I came across this pattern: Simplicity 1280, I knew immediately that I would be making this more than once.  I saw so many different color and fabric options for this top in my head.   

I was gifted this particular fabric from a co-worker who Mother passed and she was seamstress.  She gave me a little over 3 yards so I wasn't sure I wanted to make a whole garment like a dress or pant set in this particular design, I thought it would be way too much.  So when I came across this pattern, this piece of fabric came instantly to mind, plus I am a nut for Polka Dots.  

It was fairly easy to put together, though I made one modification.  I extended the sleeve length, because I didn't care for who short the fell on the model on the pattern front.  It just looked a little out of place for me.   The pictures also look a little red, but the fabric color is actually a really deep pink.

Here is my Polka Dot Cross  Body Top:


Here I am wearing it, and yes the picture quality suck, sorry!:  

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

I Don't Do Kid Sewing and I Don't Do Costumes: Doc McStuffins.

I don't sew for little ones, I have no desire to sew for little ones.  I just don't even get excited thinking about it.  I also don't do costumes but was asked by a family member if I would make a lab coat for her daughter who is under sized.  She's three years old but still wears a 12 month - 18 month clothing. She was preemie, so its been tough for Mom to find things to fit her.  

I didn't make the complete costume, just the lab coat.  I think her Mom did a Marvelous job piecing together the rest of the costume.

Doc McStuffins

So here's the little Doc McStuffins.  Doesn't she look adorable. 


Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

McCall's 6886: The Most Versatile Pattern Yet!I

I am not much of a dress person, but I have had my eye on a few styles.  I am really into the Sweater Dress and I think it is very versatile.  From a tunic to a long dress, with boots or leggings, a sweater dress can be styled so many different ways. 

Here a are a few styles I found on the Internet that I can see myself rocking:

I have seen this pattern used to make almost everything, from a Jacket to a long sleeve tunic.  I love a pattern where I can get the most use from.  Being from Florida you we never really get a winter until maybe late January early February were we dip down into the 40's and maybe the 30's a few days here and there. I made this very light weight sweater knit dress to wear on those cool nights out with my Mr. on a date.  I can see me pairing this with some cute kitten heeled boots and a suede jacket.  

I added a neckband instead of folding over and finishing edges as the pattern suggested, and sleeve cuff.  I am very please at how it came out, and will share pictures as soon as wear it.   Here it is:


Happy Sewing!