Tuesday, September 29, 2015

McCalls 6706: Hi Low Floral Pleated Skirt and Cowl Neck top

Good afternoon.  Hope all is well in Blogland.  It is rainy and dreary in Central Florida.  

This past weekend my Godson Kaiden was christened and his family wanted everyone to wear a shade of blue.  I bought the floral sateen this past weekend at Joann's.  I had a coupon for 50% off and it expired on last Saturday.  I cannot pass up or let a 50% coupon expire, I have to buy something if its nothing but a yard of knit.  Immediately when I saw this fabric, I knew it would go with a top had at home, so I purchased my two yards and rushed home to make my skirt.  I actually started on it Saturday night at 10:00 p.m. and was done by 1:00 a.m.  I made the top a bout a year ago, to go as a shell under a blazer, its a perfect shade of Royal blue Ponte.   I don't even remember the pattern I used for the Top.  I also made a quick little floral lapel using a thin strip of the skirt fabric.  Just twisted in a circle, hot glued it together and pinned it on. 

I just love how beautifully it came out, I am so pleased.  I didn't get a picture of myself in it as everything was moving so fast on Sunday.  But here it is:  

McCalls 6076 (View "C"):


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Friday, September 25, 2015

Vintage Vogue 9451: Collared Raglan Sleeve Swing Dress

Vintage Vogue 9451 has been in my stash for awhile.  It was a perfect match for my bright yellow Ponte Roma Knit.  This fabric always has sat in my stash for some time, not really sure what I wanted to make with it when I purchased it.  It was bright and I love yellow, and I always integrate it into my fall wardrobe.  

Vogue 9451

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Monday, September 14, 2015

September: National Sewing Month!

I love the fall,

and all the beautiful colors that represent fall.  Though here in Central Florida we don't get to have the four seasons like most states.  Its rather worm right through to December, with a few cool 50's and 60's here and there.  We do have a slight fall weather change in the mornings.  It's crisp and cool, and smells of fall.  The leaves fall and the trees are bare, so from time to time you get a really nice breezy wind.  

I have a unwavering love for vintage patterns, and clothes from the 20's all the way through today.  I especially love the 60, and 70's and early 80's.  So since this month is National Sewing Month, I decided to dedicate a portion of this months sewing for myself to Vintage Sewing, so stay tuned.

Happy Sewing!

Monday, August 3, 2015

More for Me: Self Drafted Gathered/Pleated Midi Skirt with Pockets.

This skirt is by far one of my favorite creations.  It's rather simple and took me all of about 1 hour to make from cut to sew (haven't hemmed yet).  I have had this fabric in my stash for about 3 years or more.  Never knowing exactly what I was going to make with it.  I actually initially thought about making some kind of  handbag, but I thought it was just too pretty and deserved to be something more than a bag.  But I didn't think I had a enough fabric to be much else. I think I may have right at a yard.  My buddy Kay actually cut the skirt and showed me that it could be a pleated skirt.  I was like wow, I didn't see that.  I needed to use a contrasting waistband, which I used a stretch cotton and contrasting pocket. 

The fabric is by Alexander Henry and its called "La Dolce Vita", from 2008.  The print and details in the fabric are amazing.  Its a retro print which makes it even more funky. 

I really love how it turned out. 

Pretty Girl Gathered Midi Skirt! Details on the blog soon, blog address in profile  #Itsmelaniedarling #clothier #sewologist #seamstress #sewing #sewist #sewcialist #sewingblogger #asewinglife #imakemyownclothes #imadethis #diy #diyer #diystyle #diyfashio

Pretty Girl Full Gathered Midi Skirt!  Details on the blog soon, blog address in profile  #Itsmelaniedarling #clothier #sewologist #seamstress #sewing #sewist #sewcialist #sewingblogger #asewinglife #imakemyownclothes #imadethis #diy #diyer #diystyle #diy

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More Me Time: McCalls 7162 with Modifications - Denim Hi-Lo Shoulder Strap Top.

This was a UFO for a about a month.  When I started it I was excited.  In my mind I knew I wanted to make a few changes, and I was excited that the pattern had a built in bust adjustment.  My girls are on the large size so getting dart placement sometime can be challenging.  But after cutting it out and fussing with the darts I gave up and through the project in the UFO pile.  Yes I have a UFO pile.  LOL

This past weekend, I was determined to clear out some clutter in my sewing room and the first thing I picked up was this top.  When I looked at it I just shook my head.  "I will not let this stump me", is what I thought, and got to work.  After many adjustments, this is the final outcome.  and I love it. It still has some minor flaws, but I'm fine with them. 

Modifications:  Extended the back, shorten the torso and removed an 1/2 inch from upper bodice back.

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Denim Hi-Lo Peplum Strap atop!  #Itsmelaniedarling #clothier #sewologist #seamstress #sewing #sewist #sewcialist #sewingblogger #asewinglife #imakemyownclothes #imadethis #diy #diyer #diystyle #diyfashion #dressmaker #isew #sew #fashion #customsewing #fas

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Some Me Time: Simplicity 1616 View "A"

I haven't had much time to sew for myself.  The beginning of the Spring brought on Prom Season, then from there the summer sewing season geared up and  finally now, all of my client sewing is caught up.  Though I have a few orders to fulfill it feels great to have a break.  

Sewing is my passion, but it is really difficult juggling sewing, a family and working a full time job. Hopefully my dream of owning my own tailoring studio will be realized one day soon, but until then I will continue on my journey. 

Here is the skirt I made from a remnant I found at Fine Fabrics in Atlanta (Snellville), G.A. while there last February.  Every year my Hubby and I go on a couples ski retreat to Gatlinburg, TN and we always stop in GA to stay over night with family.  I am able to take advantage and grab up some really nice fabrics from Fine Fabrics while I'm in ATL. 

I love this print on the fabric, it really flows nice.  The Pattern was so easy, I really didn't need it and never looked at the instructions, this could literally be cut freehand.  But since I had the pattern, I just used it so I would have to calculate anything, just cut, sew (serge) and go!  The complete skirt was serged, and not hemmed. 

The Gio Maxi!  #Itsmelaniedarling #clothier #sewologist #seamstress #sewing #sewist #sewcialist #sewingblogger #asewinglife #imakemyownclothes #imadethis #diy #diyer #diystyle #diyfashion #dressmaker #isew #sew #fashion #customsewing #S1616

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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!