Tuesday, April 29, 2008


This is my next quick sewing project. It's a shrug to wear with my instant gratification dress. Actually, i am sewing two shrugs. One is going to be for Shahi.
Mmmm should I make the shrug out of jersey knit ( part of my stash) or should i use cotton since the dress is cotton with a bit of polyester?
What do you think?

Instant Gratification

I bought these two pieces of fabric a Jo-Ann's. The dress on the left belongs to Shahi and the one on the right is mine. All you have to do is sew it together. It only takes 5-10 minutes. This was a boost to my sewing mojo.

Here I am. I absolutely love this easy summer dress


Monday, April 21, 2008

Simplicity 2965

My daughter and I were in the mall three weeks ago. We did a lot of window shopping and we took pictures of RTW including this blouse for $15.00-20.00 depending on the department store.
I cost me $5.00 to make.
Pattern description- It's so easy.
Size A 8-18
Fabrics: cotton/Blends, Silky Types, Double Georgette. I used cotton gauze.
Likes : The instructions were simple except for how to attached bias binding to the armhole.
The finished blouse looked like the illustration. I like the blouse very much. It's simple and it will keep you cool during the hot summer months . You can use almost any fabric that is soft and drapery.
Dislikes: 1.The instructions on how to partially attached bias binding to the armhole is somewhat confusing for a beginner. Because, only about 2/3 of the armhole will be covered with bias binding and the other 1/3 the raw edges will be expose
2. I did not like the instruction for attaching the back yoke and front yoke facing. The technique somewhat awkward.
Corrections: 1. I sewed the upper back yoke and the front yoke to front and back pieces. I attached the self lining, proceeded to sew the sleeves and attached bias binding to the entire armh0le. The bias binding covered all the raw edges and gave the armhole a much cleaner finish.
Conclusion: This is a very simple pattern. However attaching the self lining and covering the armhole raw edges could present a challenge for a beginner sewer.
My Pattern rating: beginner- intermediate
Sewing techniques: 1. understiching and topstiching
2. I made the bias binding out of the fashion fabrics.
3. Interfacing- muslin, to support to front and back yoke since gauzy fabrics are not very strong.

Answer to comments

Thank very much for taking the time to comment about my pattern collection. I am going to try not to buy any more patterns lolllllll.

Anyway i bought a vintage style pattern book on e-bay. I soon as it arrives i will post a pic.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Shopping post 1 of 2 E-BAY

These are vintage patterns I bought last month. In the 1950's and 1960's patterns were $0.25 an$0.65 wowwwww.

I was determined to get this pattern because I was outbid once.

Simplicity 3684- DONE

Shahidah's Blouse is done. My daughter loves polka dots

I added a decorative stitch to emphasize the bib detail. The buttons are crystal clear. I bought them at Jo-Anns. I am happy with the end results.

Friday, April 11, 2008

The Excellent Award

themahoganystylist nominated me for this award. Thank you Ms. Cenetta . Your nomination means so much and it is an honor to receive this recognition from such a talented sewist! Honestly they are so many talented sewers in blog world. I planned to write about them at another time. I must nominate 10 more.

Here are my 10 nominations:

thatssewlive- I nominated this blog because of her sense of style and her infectious sense of humor . I enjoy seeing her choice of fabric and the result of her creation.Most importantly is the fact that sewing is part of her heritage and she is carrying the art forward.

krustallos1-From the first time i read her blog i felt a sense of kinship. Her garments are simple,and they fit nicely. I especially love the praise dance dress she made. I think that was beautifully executed. I enjoy the fact that she plans to SWAP and complete the task.

tessuti- This stores has beautiful fabrics. Colette garments are pretty and well fitted. Her blouses and dresses have a modern, retro, Victorian and romantic feel. She tends to share other bloggers version of her creations with a similar feel or a twist. Very Inspiring

crazedsewer- Melody - I like her “for-real” attitude about her sewing and everything else she talks about on her blog. Her garments fit nicely and most of all I enjoy her ” fantasy collection” of patterns. I just love it!

hongkongshopper.- Vicki has been working on a blouse shell. I was working on mine around the same time.
As I read her blog I realize that we both felt the same way.
My sewing feelings were bruise because i was not happy with fit of my blouse shell after making 6-8 muslin.
From reading Vicki's blog i sensed that she felt the same way.
This led me to go and do a bit of research, and now i know where i need to make the corrections. I am ready to star again.
Vicki, also did some research and her last post her blouse shell looks great. Reading Vicki’s blog help me realize that sewing sometimes is challenging. Thank you Vicki.
jackie - Her blog is down-to earth and for realllllllllllllll

trinilove- love her sense of style. Everything she makes, fits nicely. Her dedication is inspiring

anothercreation - I enjoy reading this blog, especially when the posting is about "sewing for her daughter".

adriennes - This blog has a little of everything. Kids, recipes, knitting, sewing, pod cast.

domestichaven- Mimi - The sewing Gods bestowed upon Mimi the gift of pattern drafting. When you are able to draft a pattern, fit often times is not a challenge.

There are so many other blogs i would like to nominate, but if i did i will probably take the weekend to write about each. Instead, i plan to come with a way of celebrating all my favorites bloggers. My one-year anniversary is coming. I will come up with my own award system for all my favorite bloggers.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Not Feeling Well

I am not feeling well. I caught a bug- sore throat, sinus congestion/runny nose, headache. The last time i had a cold was 2-years ago

Anyway, my daughter's (hidah) blouse is done. I will post pic later this week when i find my digital camera.

Also, i did some shopping on E-bay, maybe too much shopping and i bought quite a few patterns from Jo-Ann.

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