Friday, December 11, 2015

Pleated Maxi Skirt for Silent Auction

Our Church is having their annual Prayer Breakfast tomorrow.  Normally I am a Vendor and have a booth set up and sell my infinity scarves and clutches.  But this year I decided that I didn’t want to do that.  I have been sewing my butt off doing client work, and this year I decided to participate in the silent auction instead.  

I wasn’t sure what to make for the silent auction, but I figured it was Church, and the ladies in our church love skirts.  So I had this cotton polka dot fabric that was just sitting there in my stash, and I had not earmarked it for anything in particular so I decided to make a pleated maxi skirt.  I used a contrasting waistband, just for interest.   I didn’t finish the skirt so it could be custom to whoever ends up winning it.  I tacked the hem and pinned it on my mannequin.  It still needs to have the zipper inserted and the waistband secured.  Hopefully someone will like it enough to bid on it. 

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Wool Circle Coat Vest DIY

Hi everyone.  Hope everyone is enjoying life and getting in the Holiday Spirit.  I've been eyeing this particular style Circle Coat Vest.  I've seen them all over Pinterest and Instagram. I've been stash busting and I remembered I had about 6 ards of this really rich wool I was gifted by a friends Mom who stop sewing a few years back.  I love to sew wool, but I don't enjoy wearing it so much.  This wool, is itchy to the touch but has a nice flow and very soft.   I recently purchased some very nice wool blend and I will be using that to make a few more customers. 

Here is my inspiration off of and Pinterest:

The DIY for this Vest is located here: inhonorofdesign

Here is my version which I made a little shorter.  I will definitely make a longer one in the future.

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Plaid Drop Waist Skirt.

Smashing my fabric stash this month.  I have had this beautiful plaid sitting in my stash for a couple of years.  Its a very nice Homespun Cotton Plaid Red/Green fabric from Joanns.  It has a very small mechanical stretch and the color is very vibrant.  This picture truly does it no justice.  I paired it with 3 tops that I got a thrift store, and I love each look. 

I used McCalls 6842, View "C":

Quick Review:

Ease of Use:  Very easy pattern, came together nicely,

Time:  From cut to finish (No zipper or Hem), about an hour total.  I did not match my plaids, though it came out ok.

Recommend:  Yes, highly recommend.

Fabric:  Homespun Cotton Plaid Red/Green from Joanns 


Problems:  None

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

New Look Chiffon Chain Neck Halter Gown with detachable Sleeves

I am so very glad to be back to sewing for myself.  I have so many UFO's on my sewing project list to finish.  

I literally started on this gown a few months ago. I was really excited about getting it done for my upcoming fashion show that happened in early November, but it just didn't happen with all my client work.  I am very pleased with how it came out, and I lined it with a tricot knit.   

 I used New Look 6372 to achieve my look., and added detachable sleeves with small snaps.  

It was a really quick make and I probably could have finished in a day.  

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

New Look 6223: Silver/Grey Fit and Flare Dress

I was invited to attend a celebration in honor of one of my clients who is a Pastor.  The event was semi-formal but since it was a church event, I didn't want to wear and or make anything that was to blingy or too formal.  I wanted something I could integrate into my normal everyday wardrobe.  I just didn't see the since in having another formal/semi whatever dress or outfit that would just sit in my closet.  So, I decided to make a dress with some fab Brocade fabric I have had in my stash for at least a year.  I used a pin striped silk fabric for the lining and pockets.  I normally do not line anything, because of this Florida humidity, but decided since this was formal affair I should. 

I knew I wanted it to be dressy enough for the occasion, but not overdressed and uncomfortable, as I find formal dresses to be a pain.  I am really laid back and formal to me would be a swing dress with sexy heels.  Formal to the floor gowns make me feel like I am in a straight jacket, and I am severely claustrophobic.  Hence my love for all things flowy and unrestricted.  I do love maxi skirts though, so I guess its just my crazy in the head kind of way of thinking. 

Here is my New Look 6223:

The Silver belt and sparky pumps is how I styled it for the event, though my shoes don't look very sparkly in this picture, I think the belt and shoes complimented the dress well.  

The black pumps and skinny belt is how I plan to wear it to work and or church.  Easy breezy and quick.  I lined the bodice a pinstriped silk lining and used that fabric for the pockets as well. 

Quick Pattern Review:

Fabric:  Brocade 

Ease of Difficulty:  This pattern is so very easy to make.  I didn't even follow instructions, I just kind of made the top, and then pleated the skirt, to fit the bodice.  I Lined the bodice only so I wouldn't have to worry about hemming edges. 

Modifications/Changes:  None

Would I Recommend:  Yes. 

Happy Sewing!

Monday, October 26, 2015

I've Been Sewing.

Hi all.  I know it appears as far as blogging goes I've dropped off of the grid.  Life kind of took off for me this past summer, and I have been sewing for clients like crazy.  This Blog was basically for me to chronicle my sewing endeavors and growth.  But since I started sewing for others, it just kind of took off and my clientele has really grown.  So, I am going to try and get back on target and get back to showcasing my sewing for myself.    

I am not really sure where I wan to go.  As my full time job which I actually enjoy pays my bills, my sewing gives me the ability to work out my creativity knots and also to make some extra cash.  I have actually done pretty good sewing for other, well beyond my expectations.  

Here are a few things I that I have done in the last month, that I had not had an opportunity to blog about.  

The green dress is a vintage Simplicity Jiffy pattern, No.  5363 which I purchased off of Etsy.  When I tell you its so simple, it was just to easy and I can see a this dress in my closet in several variations. The Pattern literally has two pattern pieces, and a sash.  I should have added pockets put I guess I was way to excited and forget.  

The other look is a pair of gold wide legged pants I made using a pattern, I honestly can't remember which pattern though.  I do remember adding a casing and elastic, as the pattern called for a side zipper oh and of course a zipper.  The pants are made out of a very flowy challis I found at The black knit top is a Ann Taylor top I got from a thrift store. 

Happy Sewing!

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"):


Happy Sewing!


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

Happy Sewing!

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

Happy Sewing!

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.

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

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

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

Happy Sewing!

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

Happy Sewing!

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!

Friday, April 24, 2015

New Look 6351: Relax Fit Denim Pants! Perfect for a Casual Friday!

Fridays are casual days in our office.  I work for a Law Firm and I am very cautious about how I dress down for casual Fridays.  It was an office joke that I was dressed up not down for casual Fridays.  To be honest working in corporate america for so many years without a casual day, I really didn't know how to dress down.  I would wear a suit, dress or dress pants with a jacket Monday through Friday, pantyhose and heels included.   So I decided to revamp my wardrobe a little and try and dress it down a little.  I don't care to wear jeans because most of my jeans I don't feel are corporate appropriate, but I love denim.  So I made these relaxed fit denim pants that feel like butter on.  

The fabric is from Joann's and I didn't want anything stiff or uncomfortable, but something loose that could still be crisp for work. NewLook 6351 was a perfect pattern for what I was looking for. 

Friday Casual in my relax fit Denim pants with side and back pockets!  NewLook 6351!   Love them, so comfy.  Details on the blog, blog address in profile  #Itsmelaniedarling #sewologist #seamstress #sewing #sewist #sewcialist #sewingblogger #asewinglife #

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Conventional Circle Skirt Revolution!

I have been doing a lot of sewing but not much posting. It is prom and wedding season and I have been so busy with Prom Dresses and Wedding Dress alterations.  I have not had time to sew for myself in a very long while.  I have even started a new business venture with a very good friend/seamstress whom I have known for years.  We have contemplated on several occasions on doing some kind of collaboration, and while helping one another on various projects we decided to combine knowledge and experience launch a new venture, Customhousedesigns (More about that soon, so stay tuned).

I love mixing prints and using very unconventional fabrics.  I see fabric in everything and it seems as though the lovelier fabrics are non apparel fabrics, such has home decor.  

 Here are a couple of my latest designs.   

Animal Print Circle Skirt! A #CustomHousedesigns original!  Custom made and one of a kind apparel and accessories by @itsmelaniedarling and @polishedbou!  Stay tuned for the upcoming launch of Customhousedesigns and available distinct items for purchase t


Floral Jean Waist Circle Skirt! A #CustomHousedesigns original!  Custom made and one of a kind apparel and accessories by @itsmelaniedarling and @polishedbou!  Stay tuned for the upcoming launch of Customhousedesigns and available distinct items for purch

Happy Sewing!

Monday, April 6, 2015

A Certain Curtain Skirt!

Everywhere I look I see the potential for a garment.  Window Curtains, Shower Curtains, Bedding, Table Cloths, etc.   Nothing to me is off limits.  I have used car upholstery leather to make bags and clutches and shower curtains to make skirts, and tops.  Sometimes the fabrics used to make curtains and other home good items are such better and quality and prettier designs than apparel fabric. 

This particular circle skirt was made from a single window curtain panel. I just love how it came out and it flows when you walk. 

Knee Length Circle Skirt! A #CustomHousedesigns original!  Custom made and one of a kind apparel and accessories by @itsmelaniedarling and @polishedbou!  Stay tuned for the upcoming launch of Customhousedesigns and available distinct items for purchase th

Happy Sewing!

Monday, March 23, 2015

I was Born in the Wrong Era! MyObsession for Vintage Patterns.

I realize now that I was born in the wrong era.  I was suppose to be an adult in the 1950's, 1960's, and 1970's.  I love the fashion from those time periods.  I find myself perusing Etsy, Ebay, and other sites that sell Vintage Patterns more than I do the newer ones.  I am so attracted to a 1970's Jumpsuit pattern, or a 1960's Dress pattern.  

I adore the huge collars, the classic lines, the wide legs.  All these design aesthetics fit me to a tee. I came across the following patterns on Etsy and I am in love and have to have them all:

Simplicity 9370 is absolutely gorgeous.  I can see this in so many color and print combinations.  I love the clean lines, the wide legs and the bust darts coupled with a wide belt, yes, so me.

My how I love Butterick 4769.  Can't you see this in a light airy linen (yes I am a Jumpsuit Junkie).  Very pretty eggshell white or soft pastel green would rock the heck out of this tailored jumpsuit.  I love the chest pocket, collar and side pocket details.

If you are summer time fine (that would not be me), I can see you lovely ladies strutting into a classy outdoor bistro, sipping wine and enjoying the cool summer nights in this lovely ensemble.  Vogue 8336 has all the Glam 1960's you can handle. 

I am sew loving the huge collars and clean lines on Simplicity 9674.  The short option is so cutesy retro, though not for my thunder thighs, but I can see the endless possibilities.

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Cigarette Pant!

I've been eyeing the Cigarette Pant trend for the last couple of years now. 

Cigarette pants are slim-fitted pants that feature a straight opening at the foot rather than a taper or flare. Also known as “stovepipe pants,” “pencil pants” or “slim-fit pants,” these pants first became popular during the 1950s in both men’s and women’s fashions. While men wore them most commonly in black, women wore them in denim or cropped as “Capri” pants. Since the 1950s, cigarette pants have gone in and out of style throughout the decades, largely following various music movements.
Cigarette pants were particularly favored by such stars as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Sandra Dee during the 1950s. As the 50s gave way to the counter-culture of the 1960s, pants with a flare, boot cut, or bell bottom eclipsed the popularity of the straight-legged pant. While flared pants became a staple of 1970s fashion, many of those who were part of the underground punk scene began wearing cigarette pants again. By the 1980s, leggingsspandex, and skinny jeans were all the rage, and especially favored by heavy metal bands.

Article from and images used are from the

I had originally started making this particular pair last year, but used the wrong pattern I feel to get the results I wanted, Simplicity 1699.  I think there are so many other patterns that will give you the look.  I had to tweak this pattern several times to get it to wear I wanted it. 

Here are my Cigarette Pants using Simplicity 1699.  

My version of cigarette pants.  Actually started them last year, my Muslim but finally got the fit I wanted!  I'll be making some floral ones really soon!  Details on the blog, address in profile  #Itsmelaniedarling #seamstress #sewing #sewist #sewcialist

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Vogue P917: Wrap Coat Styled

Just wanted to share a picture of me wearing my Vogue P917 Wrap.  I paired it with an all black ensemble for the color pop effect.  

Me wearing my glam wrap!  Yes it's 70 degrees in FL so this is just a photo op and I'm burning up! #Itsmelaniedarling #seamstress #sewing #sewist #sewcialist #sewingblogger #asewinglife #imakemyownclothes #imadethis #diy #diyer #diystyle #diyfashion #dres

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Vogue P917: Multi Colored Suiting Wrap

I absolutely loved this fabric and had it in my stash for at least a year.  I had no idea what I was going to make with it when I purchased it from Fabric Mart.  The colors struct me as beautiful, but because the way Florida weather is set up I didn't want to make a coat or suit.  I am so glad I came across this pattern while drawer surfing in Joann's.  The moment I laid eyes on it this fabric came to mine.  A perfect pairing I think.

I probably will not get an opportunity to wear it, the weather here in Central Florida is beautiful and it doesn't appear we will get any weather below 65 degrees anytime soon, so I guess I'll hand it up and wait for next January, when the temperature may dip down into the 50's, and I can justify wearing it. 

Wool Multi Color Shoulder Wrap!  Details on the blog, blog address in profile  #Itsmelaniedarling #seamstress #sewing #sewist #sewcialist #sewingblogger #asewinglife #imakemyownclothes #imadethis #diy #diyer #diystyle #diyfashion #dressmaker #customsewing

Happy Sewing!!!!!

Birthday Sewing McCalls 7099: Multi Chain Jumpsuit with Contrast Sleeves and Upper Back

My 47th Birthday was Sunday February 22, though we celebrated on Saturday since my Son could only come home for a few hours for my birthday.   I decided to make myself a jumpsuit and also to submit it in a Facebook Sewing group contest, but I got sick with the flu last week so needless to say it didn't happen.  So I finished it up on Monday night.  

My vision for this Jumpsuit McCalls 7099 took a drastic turn when I laid out this fabric to cut it.  I originally was going to go all black for this pattern when I saw it on the pattern cover, I really liked the simplicity of the jumpsuit in all black.  I thought I could jazz it up with a sparkly silver belt and sparkly shoes.  Or dress it down with some cute pumps and a summer blazer.  

I stood at my stash and looked for some black jersey and my eyes traveled over to this fabric.  I instantly thought hmmmmmmm, I wonder if I could pull this off.  Actually, I really wanted to get this fabric out of my stash.  It had been there for awhile and I had no earthly idea what I was going to do with it.  It was on sale I think at Fabric Mart for like $3.00 and something a yard, so me not being able to move pass a sale of any kind, I jumped on it.  When it came in the mail, I didn't even blink just tossed it in the stash.  

Because the pattern of the fabric is so busy I decided to add some black contrast to it and used my black jersey for the sleeves and upper back.  Just to break  up the busyness of the fabric.  I thought if I used it for the entire garment it would look a little clownish, on me anyway.  I really like how it came out.  

ITY Knit Jumpsuit in multi-color chain link print with Black Jersey knit sleeves and upper back!  Details on the blog, blog address in profile  #Itsmelaniedarling #seamstress #sewing #sewist #sewcialist #sewingblogger #asewinglife #imakemyownclothes #imad

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Annual Ski Trip/Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen/Fine Fabrics!

Hello all.  My Husband and I just returned this past Monday from our Annual Ski Trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  And yet again, I return ill.  Head cold, fever, chills, etc.  My body just doesn't not like the cold weather at all.  

This will be our 6th year attending, and again we had a great time with family and friends in fellowship.  Lots of food, drinks and good times had by all. It is usually anywhere from 5 to 12 couples and a few singles who attend the trip every year.  The organizer of the trip is my cousins wife who has organized and or been involved with the annual ski trip for about 14 years now.   

I didn't take many pictures this year, but here is sneak peak of our beautiful cabin:


On our way to Gatlinburg from Orlando, we stop in Atlanta, GA and spend the night with our family, and together we all drive up to Tennessee.  I also got to visit a restaurant in Atlanta, GA, that I had heard so much about, its is called Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen.  It was marvelous, so if you get an opportunity to visit one, check it out.   I had the best calamari and scallops that I have ever had.  The service was quick and the atmosphere was awesome.  

I also got to make a quick stop at Fine Fabrics in Norcross, GA.  We do not have a wide selection of fabric stores in Orlando or the surrounding areas.  We have a few specialty shops but they can be a little expensive.  I normally order online, or take part in the few nice things my local Joann's have every now and then.  I picked up some really nice knits, in some very beautiful colors, trying to prepare for spring:

Some fabric shopping! Spring is right around the corner! #Itsmelaniedarling #seamstress #sewing #finefabrics #fabric #springiscoming

I also purchased a pair of shears that I had heard about in one of my Facebook sewing groups.  Yes, they cut like butter, and I am in love.  The price was right at $26.00, and they do free sharpening for a life. Which doesn't help me much, with them being in Atlanta, and me in Orlando.  Oh and peep where they were made "GRMANY".  I couldn't stop laughing at the misspelling.  I wonder if they were really made there.  LOL.

Cut like butter!  And they are imported from "GRMANY"!  Hahahaha but they do cut amazingly!   #Itsmelaniedarling #seamstress #scissors #shears #cuttingfabric

Happy Sewing!