Monday, July 16, 2018

Photo- Black-White & Yellow Skiry

Inspiration                                             Interpretation

I wrote a post about the skirt here


Friday, July 13, 2018

Blouse- Take III- Inspired by Pinterest



Butterick 6132. 
I blog about the pattern and fabric in a previous post here

P.S photos coming to blog soon.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Inspiration vs Intrepetation

I saw this skirt on Pinterest in January and I fell in love with the fabric.
I followed the link and found the fabric here.  Here is my version
I bought 2.5 yd to make a maxi skirt, however, once the fabric arrived, I was a bit overwhelmed by the pattern and I decided to make a shorter version. The fabric is a cotton knit (50% cotton and 5% spandex) and it's soft with a nice drape.

The pattern is a simple square using my hips measurement and the desired length; I drew it out on craft paper and I used it to make all my elastic waist skirts with one seam or two.

The skirt only has one seam, you can find lots of tutorials on You tube. I sewed the skirt up in June and it sat on the cutting table waiting for a lining. I wanted a t-shirt weight knit in white. For some strange reason I cannot find that particular fabric in white. 

I was talking to my sewing sister Sheila about not finding lightweight knit lining fabric in white. Of course if you know my sewing sister she plays by her rules when it comes to sewing. During our conversation the light-bulb came on; line the skirt with what you have and be done with it. That is exactly what I did, I lined the skirt with a sheer black knit fabric and now I have a pretty skirt to wear next week.


Update: the fabric was from Simple Simon & Company and there is a free PDF pattern here

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Blouse- Take II, Inspired by Pinterest and Karina


In my last post I wrote about Pinterest, Karina and the disaster of sewing one sleeve to the neckline. Here is take II- Butterick 6132, it was finished around June 11 and it was waiting for me to sew the hem by hand. Yes, I could sew the hem by machine, however, I prefer to hand sew the hem.

Earlier this year I did some shopping for fabrics and tulle to make a ballgown for my daughter for a formal dance she attended in May. The fabric warehouse is one of my favorite places to visit because the have large bins of one yard cuts of fabrics for $1.00/yd. I've never paid attention to the bin, because I had no idea what the heck will I do with one yard of fabric? If you go to Karina's vlog you will find out how she uses small cuts of fabrics to create simple and stylish blouses.

Well, here it is. This floral fabric ( one yard 60-inches wide) was in the bin. I bought a total of five one yard pieces to make head scarf or use in a blouse. This is now another TNT added to my collection.


Monday, June 25, 2018

Blouse- Inspired by Pinterest, Karina, Scarfs, and Fabric Scraps.

Have you ever sewed the sleeve to the neckline? No, well let me tell you how I manage to do exactly that!

I’ve inherited a large collection of scarfs from my mother and sister. Additionally, I have large pieces of fabric scraps from past projects that are not big enough to make anything but too large to throw away. What do I with them?

I was inspired by Karina from lifting pins & needles on You Tube. She makes good use of fabrics scraps and small pieces. She sewed so many blouses by adding small pieces of fabrics to the top of the blouse and  a neutral color to the bottom portion of the blouse.
 Then I saw this on Pinterest,
and I knew that this pattern was the perfect for me to use the scarfs and scraps of fabrics. I followed the instructions and drew out the pattern. I cut a muslin out and realize that the blouse was too big. I went to Burda's website and I compared the European size chart vs the American size chart. A size 44 was equal to a size 20-22 in American size. 
The error was mine, I did not pay attention to the size prior to recreating the pattern.   I tried to remove the excess but it did not work out.
I had B- 6132 in my stash; I cut the pattern out, made a muslin and  made some adjustments. I cut the fashion fabric and the garment was almost complete. Until, my brother came into my sewing nook and began a conversation. The next thing I know, I sewed the sleeves to the neckline.

 I was so annoyed, my brother made a quick exit and I posted a big sign in bold red letters at the entrance of the sewing nook “SEWING IN PROGRESS, IF YOU ENTER WHEN SEWING IS IN PROGRESS YOU MAY BE ATTACK BY PINS, NEEDLES AND SCISSORS.”


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Finding My Style

Finding My Style
I am a multicrafter with many interests. Among them are EnMasse (glue book) and junk journaling. I enjoy videos on You Tubers in particular The ReBookery channel and ShannonGreen .
The ReBookery channel did a video on finding your style. In the video she reviewed her junk journals and she spoke about the common threads among all of them. Included in her review was the theme, the colors she gravitated to, and her style of journaling.
Shannon Green did a video regarding how to start a glue book (EnMasse). After watching many videos on the subject, I started a glue book last October. Of course, I did not follow the format that Shannon specified, I went rouge and did my own thing. In the beginning I collected fashion magazines from the doctor’s office or library. Eventually, I realize that the glue book was limited to fashion, shoes, bags, etc. and it did not reflect most of what I was interested in.
Luckily, I received a large donation of non-fashion magazines. The glue book was transformed into this multisubject book.  I expanded into arts, and other subject including collecting children books.
What did the glue book say about finding my style and the common threads in my glue book? It revealed the following:
1.     I like simple styles in vibrant colors such as oranges, lime green, pink, blues and yellow.
2.     I like basic pieces in black & white, navy blue, bottle green dark beige and brown. Black and white is my all-time favorite colors, however, I was taken back by all the shades of blue, dark green, dark beige and browns I collected and love.
3.     The art images reflect that I’ve gravitated to dark colors such as eggplant & plums, wines, dark grey, dark green, mustard, chocolate brown and black/blue navy. I really love those colors. This is new to me because I don’t have those colors in my wardrobe, I’ve always stayed away from earth tones and dark colors. I am looking forward to adding bits of those colors to my existing wardrobe.
4.   Validated my absolute love for accessories especially costume jewelry, broaches, thick necklaces and bangles. I have a large collection of broaches, necklaces and bangles and I don't use often. It is time to change that and utilize my accessories more often 
5.   Validated my love of pocketbooks and clutches. I have been using the same pocketbook for the last year, it is time to change out to another bag.
6.    I am attracted to the style of some rappers and hip-hop artist. Their color combination is interesting and if you really study their garments it may be surprising to see one or two element that you can incorporate into your wardrobe.
7.   Validated my love of the 1950s and 1960’style. My mom was my fashion icon. She wore beautiful form fitting dresses and pencil skirts. The more I think about her style, I realize that her dresses were all the same exact style, it was her choice of color and fabric that made them beautiful. Of course, all my mom clothes were sewn by a dressmaker. I own a large collection of vintage patterns that I bought over a period of ten years from eBay, garage sale, etc. I will like to add some 1950s and 1960s style to wardrobe with a modern twist.
8.    It provided tons of ideas to change the décor of my home using accessories and colors. This is so me because I love home dec projects
9.    My glue book sits on my coffee table as a coffee table book. I am thinking of starting two or three more and work on them concurrently
10.  Last, but not lease I found my sewing mojo
As I get older I realize I like to re-fresh and/or change my style to suit the changes in my life and the changes in my body. I tend to add or delete certain silhouette or type of garment from my wardrobe. The one constant that has never change is my love for 1950s-1960s fashion and I have had a love affair with this style from the age of 6 or 7. 

You make be asking yourself what a glue book and junk journal has to do with finding your style. Well, try using an old magazine to glue images from magazines, art books, and newspapers, that appeal to your taste. When the book is filled look at everything you collected, and you may find your style and discover a few things about yourself and your style that may have been eluding you.


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Black Half Circle Skirt & Refashion Skirt

I posted regarding the half circle skirts in January. I sewed the skirts one week ago. These skirts fill a badly needed gap in my wardrobe because I only had one black skirt that I literally wore to exhaustion. There is not much to say about them, I will hem them sometime this week.
I refashioned the ethnic print skirt Friday night, it was a lap skirt that I purchase a few years ago from a vendor in Harlem, NY. I love the print and the color; however, the print was off. I cut the waist band and the ties off and then I notice that it was a circle skirt?
I sewed a seam I added elastic to waist. In hindsight I should have done the waist in the same manner as I did the black skirts. Somehow in the photo the print looks off but when I tried it on, it all line up?  Oh well, I may refashion this again.

Photo- Black-White & Yellow Skiry