April 13, 2018

DIY MIDI PENCIL SKIRT WITH FLOUNCE - PART 2

Hello Fellow Bloggers,

This post is a follow-up to my last post.

My students were excited to start making their pencil skirts, they came to class with several kind of knit fabrics they wanted to use, LOL!!  One of my students purchased tulle for her flounce instead of using her knit fabric.  When I first saw the tulle I had no idea how it was going to look but I'm a believer in letting my students be as creative as they want to be, if they're happy with their garment, I'm happy.

My students were working hard on making their skirts.
























Here are my students wearing the skirts they made.




















This student wanted to use tulle with the lips for her flounce, it turned out beautifully.





















This student was very happy with making her first skirt.

Both of these young ladies have plans to make another skirt and they have signed up for another sewing class session.

Thanks for stopping by!!!


Your talent is God's gift to you.  What you do with it is your gift back to God.  
                                                                                                       Leo Buscaglia



DIY MIDI PENCIL SKIRT WITH FLOUNCE - PART 1

Hello Fellow Bloggers,

I know I've been away for awhile, sometimes life get in the way of what you really want to do, but I'm back on track and I'm going to work hard to be consistent with blogging.

One day I was browsing through some sewers Facebook pages to see what my fellow sewers were making, I came across Kimberly Ellis-Fason's page where she posted she made a DIY Midi Pencil Skirt with a flounce and she posted how to make it on her Youtube Channel.  First, I LOVE Pencil Skirts, second I sometimes like to make something that's quick and easy which helps to build my wardrobe.  I decided to checkout her Youtube Channel CallmeKimberly to see how to make the pencil skirt.

Recently, I started teaching sewing classes in my home again. My students told me they wanted to learn how to make a pencil skirt.  How ironic right???  I had watched Kimberly's channel earlier that day, I gave my students the supply list for making their skirts for the next class.  I decided to make the skirt myself ahead of the class so the students could see how their skirt would look.



This skirt was quick and easy.  I will be making more, a black one and a floral print one too.

Thanks for stopping by!

Your talent is God's gift to you.  What you do with it is your gift back to God.  
                                                                                                       Leo Buscaglia


January 19, 2018

Off The Shoulder Dress - First Post for 2018

Happy New Year! 





This is my first completed garment for 2018, Simplicity pattern 1613, McCall pattern 7686 and McCall pattern 6575.

I purchased this fabulous knit fabric from The Sewing Studio located in Maitland, FL when I was there visiting my sewing sister.  I've been to this store twice, they have beautiful fabric.  From the pictures the fabric looks like it's velvet.


























I was invited to the "2018 Virgin Island Association (VIA) Winter Ball" by two of my girlfriends. 





The VIA Ball was a fundraiser to help rebuild the Virgin Islands affected by the devastation caused by the hurricanes.  The VIA-DC is a non-profit organization that actively supports the enhancement of culture diversity in the Virgin Islands.  Their fundraising efforts are to assist young, college-bound Virgin Islanders with annual scholarships.

Now, on to my dress.  Prior to being invited to the 2018 VIA Ball, I had lost my sewing mojo due to the unexpected passing of my mother during the Thanksgiving Holiday.  With that being said, to get my sewing mojo back, I knew I wanted to make something that was quick and easy.  The first garment that came to mind was an "Off The Shoulder Dress". I've made this dress before to wear to a wedding.




I didn't want it to look the same as before, therefore my creative side surfaced.  I decided to put a twist to the dress, I made one sleeve a bell sleeve, the other sleeve I made with a strap across the front of my arm that was 4 inches wide.  I wasn't too sure how this was going to look, but I said "what the heck", let me try it.  To my surprise it turned out beautifully.  I received lots of compliments on my creation.




I really enjoyed the 2018 Virgin Island Winter Ball.




I had to take a picture on the red sofa in the lobby.




Thanks for stopping by!!!

Your talent is God's gift to you.  What you do with it is your gift back to God.  
                                                                                                       Leo Buscaglia

December 20, 2017

GIFTED INDUSTRIAL SEWING MACHINE

NOTE:  Last Post for 2017

I'm soo excited. I've been sewing for over 30 years and I've never owned an Industrial sewing machine.  Throughout the years I have purchased some very good sewing machines and they have served me well. As I grew in my sewing and I started doing a lot of custom sewing, I would say "I'm going to invest in an industrial sewing machine".  I have a few friends that own industrial sewing machines and they ALWAYS talk about how fast their machines are.  They told me when I get one, I'm going to love it.

I started doing research on different kinds of industrial sewing machines.  When I would visit one of my girlfriends that live in Baltimore, MD, I would always pass a store that sold industrial sewing machines.  The store was at a busy intersection, when I would get stopped by a red traffic light, I would look over at the store, it was not a fancy store, it looked as if it has been at that location for a very long time.  I mentioned the store to my girlfriend, of course she knew what store I was talking about, the name of the store is Stadham Corp of Maryland.  I called to discuss my interest in purchasing an industrial sewing machine and to check the prices, the prices with delivery were very good.  The man that answered the phone told me when I come to look at the sewing machine, if I decide to purchase one they will teach me how to use that particular sewing machine.  He told me I could make payments on the machine, once it's paid in full it will delivered and they will make sure I know how to use it before they leave my house.  I was getting very excited about possibly purchasing an industrial sewing machine.

Fast forward to the first week in July, I received an email from one of my sewing girlfriends asking me did I want her industrial sewing machine because she was getting a new one.  I had to read the email twice to make sure I was reading the email correctly.  Instead of responding to the email, I called her and asked her how much did she want for the sewing machine.  She said "I asked you did you want the sewing machine? LOL!!!  I'm GIVING you the sewing machine."  I was super excited, of course I told her "yes".  She told me I had to find someone to come pick it up from her house.  Well, that was a challenge for me, I could not find someone to pick it up, so I came to the realization that I would not be able to get the sewing machine and she would have to give it to someone else.  I called her to let her know I couldn't find someone to pickup the sewing machine.  To my surprise, she called me on July 4th to let me know that her and her husband would bring the sewing machine to me on their way to pick up her new machine.  I was elated, I kept looking out the window like a child waiting on Santa to come.  LOL!!!  They finally arrived and delivered my Gifted Industrial Sewing Machine.



It's a Consew industrial sewing machine, she had it for 15 years before passing it on to me.  The leg lift to raise the pressure foot doesn't work so I have to use my hand to raise it which is no problem.  She prethreaded the machine for me.  I downloaded the manual from the internet, the manual says it stitches 3,500 stitches a minute, now that's FAST!!!!  I tested it once, I don't use it as much right now because it's sitting in my family room because I don't have room for it in my sewing room right now.  Once I move it to my sewing room, I will definitely use it more.

November 13, 2017

BUILDING MY WARDROBE - COWL NECK DRESS - McCALL'S 6282


Learning that I lost 22 pounds after having bilaterial knee replacement, I decided to rebuild my wardrobe because (1) some of my clothes are too big and (2) the surgery left me with a long scar up the front of my knees, which means when I make my skirts and dresses, they are going to have to cover that area.  Right now I'm very conscious of how the scars look, I'm not comfortable wearing skirts and dresses above my knees like I used to do before I had the surgery.  I LOVE showing my legs, the lengths of most of my skirts and dresses are above my knees.  I didn't know what I was going to do with those skirts and dresses, but someone suggested to me that during the winter I can still wear them with tights.  That was a very good suggestion.

I've had McCalls 6282 in my pattern collection for a very long time, when I was searching for a quick dress to make, I found that I bought several copies of this pattern.  I  heard the pattern was very easy to make.  I decided to give it a try.  Well, they were right, it's a quick sew and the fit is very flattering.



Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of me wearing the dress, but I will be making this dress again.




Pattern Review:

Pattern Description:
Straight,hip-length, lined top, above mid-knee length lined dress have front high or low cowl, waistline ruching

Pattern Sizing: I cut size 16 for my bust; I cut a size 18 for my midsection and I cut a size 20 for my hips and tapered to an 18 for below my knees.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It was easy and it's a great fit.

Fabric Used: ITY knit

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I ALWAYS add about 1 1/2 inches to the back because I have a round diarrhea.

Would you sew it again?  Would you recommend it to others? Yes and Yes

Conclusion:  I would gather the ruching more so it would be more in the middle of the dress, especially in the back.



October 20, 2017

COLD SHOULDER TREND

I decided to join the "cold shoulder" trend. I've never worn or made anything with a cold shoulder. As I looked thru my patterns I found that I had quite a few cold shoulder patterns. I can see a few of these in my wardrobe this summer.

I found a very old pattern, I guess it's vintage now, it's McCall's 6575.

I made two cold shoulder tops and I love them.  I envision making the tops into dresses for holiday and birthday parties as well as date night.
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I wore this for my Sip and Paint Birthday Celebration at my house.  I made the leggins I'm wearing too from a pair of store bought leggins that I traced.


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October 17, 2017

FIRST COMPLETED PROJECT AFTER KNEE SURGERY

I'm catching up on my postings.  A few of my posts will be items that I have already made but did not post about them when the garments were completed.

When my doctor told me I could start sewing again I was sew happy.  He told me the movement of my foot going up and down on the foot pedal would be good exercise for my knees.  I love color block garments, I decided to make a color block dress.  It took me a while to move around in my sewing room because my knees were still healing and they were very, very stiff.

The first color block dress I made Butterick 5673 ended up being a complete fail because to my surprise I lost 22 pounds.  I didn't realize I was losing weight, this was a complete surprise to me.  When I completed the garment it fell off of me, I was truly disappointed, I thought I lost my sewing mojo.  L






I stepped away from my sewing room for awhile to gather my thoughts.  I didn't sew for a couple of days because I was in a funk.  I was really concerned about this unexpected weight loss.  At my next doctor's appointment I discussed the weight loss with my doctor.  He said it was normal for people to lose weight after knee surgery because of the energy they are using to move around.  Since I had both knees replaced at the same time, I'm using more energy which caused more weight loss.

I thought I would make another color block dress McCalls 6028, since I had enough fabric left over.

I measured myself to see what size to make my clothes to fit my new size.  I had a inspiration picture of the dress I wanted to make.  This time, the dress fit, I was very happy and I felt I had my sewing mojo back.

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