Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
To every who take the time to stop and read this blog and to all the wonderful people I'v met because of this wonderful art, Happy Holidays and & Happy New Year. I will be back next year. Until then enjoy the photo of my dining room table. As you can see christmas is my absolutely favorite holiday.
Monday, November 28, 2011
On a personal note, I am worried about my son, there is some health concerns. I am asking you guys to pray for him that all will be well. Hopefully I will be back to blogging next year.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
This is the 3rd version of M7815. The 2nd version was a wadder. I used a cotton fabric that had spandex or lycra, it had a lot of stertch. I made additional adjustment to the back pattern. I am not going to review the entire pattern because I did a review in a previous post here. This dress is underline and I use black bias binding around the neck and the armholes, a center back zipper insertion and I added a black band on the hem. This pattern needs a bit more tweaking depending on the fabric, in addition I am trying to loose weight, so my measurements seems to changing from month to month.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
1. I added probable 100yds or more of fabric to my overloaded fabric stash.
2. My Janome sewing machine is acting up. The machine is nine years and 9 months old. I love the way it sews, so I will take it to the sewing machine doctor this week.
3. I can't figure out how to thread my 1929 Singer, the stitches are off and it sews so smooth and quiet. I bought a cheap Singer for $80.00 just so I could finish my project. Let me tell, I am going to give the machine away, I am not going to try to sell it. It is so light and after sewing on my Janome sewing on that cheap Martha Stewart Singer is like taking a step back into the dark ages. The Singer is great for a young kid who is just learning to sew. The machine is cheap plastic.
4. I have been watching quilt shows on line. I love to make scrap quilts.
5. I have been sewing, I think I finally figured out how to get some sewing done. It called " to hell with housework and cooking" and you know what I like it.
6. I had enough of my cheap Polaroid camera, I am tired of having to refocus the camera after taking a few pic. I bought Nikon digital camera. Pictures of sewing project will be shown on my next post.
Monday, July 4, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Here is a back viewThis was the way I wore the dress with a belt. I am going to make a few more dresses in order to tweak the pattern. On the next version I am going to remove 1.5" from the neckline and 2' from the center back (upper back to the neckline). Well that's all for now and tomorrow I am going to buy a new camera, the focus on this cheap camera is off.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Pattern: McCalls 7815- Vintage Pattern- 1965
Pattern Sizing: 16- Bust 36.
Description: Three-panel, lightly fitted and flared dress. Sleeveless dress has lightly scooped interfaced neckline, center back zipper, French darts at the front.
Did it look like the pattern envelope once you were done sewing it? I think it's identical!
Fabric: Floral Cotton from my stash
Underlining: cotton batiste
Where the instructions easy to follow?
I did not read the pattern instructions, the pattern was only 3-pieces. I did use Vogue Vintage Sewing as reference
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the simplicity of the style. I did not like the flare; it made my hips look toooo wide so I made the dress into an A-line.
Pattern alterations or design changes you made:
I took 1” short back adjustment, swayback adjustment, sloped shoulder adjustment, and I lengthen the center back and center front length.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will be sewing this dress over and over again. It is a versatile that can be made in a variety of fabrics. I will recommend a similar pattern since this is a vintage pattern.
It is 1am I am going to bed, my next post you will pic of me wearing this dress. By the way the dress is a wearable muslin.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Not much happening around here, I have been working on my dress sloper, bought a few vintage patterns and read all you guys blog. Enjoy the pic below:
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
IT'S DONE. I started crocheting Chase's blanket last month; I had one more ball of yarn to left and I crochet the last ball yesterday.
This is a close picture of the stitch
Size: 60x 60
The stitch: Popcorn, it crochets up very quickly
Needle Size: J
Thread: Red Heart Super Saver- Medium Weight #4
Color: Frosty Green Fleck- 10-12 balls
Thursday, March 10, 2011
1. Not much sewing, I am still working on a dress sloper that is almost done
2. Had knee surgery on Tuesday due to a torn meniscus, and a few more problems. I don't know how all this damage was done. I feel better today because I can bear weight on my left knee and I sleep last night.
3. I am almost done crocheting a blanket for Chase DeQuincy that I started last month
4. Chase DeQuincy has inspired me to start scrapbooking. More about that later.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Here is Oxana my new Roxy dress form. I padded her up to be close to my measurements and I realize that I love some weight and I am one dress size smaller.
Here is Oxana fully padded with grainlines added to make altering patterns easier.
I got the Godfather DVD collection last Xmas. It's one of my favorites movies. I bought this book last month at Borders and I read it in one week. Great reading.
The book below is an original copy of the godfather. It was published by G.P. Putnam's Sons in 1969. I bought this copy 2-years ago at the library in a book sale for $1.00 and it has a special place in my home library.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
My co-worker introduced me to the Tudors a series that was on HBO. She loaned me the first and 2nd second season DVDs of the Tudors. On December 23 while I was preparing for Christmas Eve dinner I decided to watch the first season. I was hook and before New Year Eve I watched the 2nd season. I went to the library and found the 3rd season and I bought season 4. The story of Henry VIII was not unfamiliar because I saw the Boleyn Girls at the movie last year, and that was related to the life of Henry the VIII. After watching the DVD I wanted to know about Henry VIII. It gets better I found this book at Barnes & Noble bookstore
on January 17 and it took me 4-days to read it. Since then I read another book regarding the Dark Story of the King and Queens of England and I have one more book to read on the same subject, however I am taking a break.
So far February started off with a bang. I made a reversible quilt for the little member of the family, I am going to make a few pillow cases to match and I bought a Roxy dress form for a great price $225.00. I went to the showroom located in East Brunswick, NJ. The dress form I wanted cost around $1500.00, I can't remember the name at the moment, but the dress form is made to your specific body measurement. And as luck will have it, the company is located in the same town where I live.
I will post pictures of my new dressform when I put it together.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
This shawl took two weekends to complete. I was inspired by so many bloggers (Sheila) who are knitting and crocheting beautiful garments or accessories .
I bought the yarn because I love the colors chocolate brown and blue.My mom taught me to crochet when I was in the 7th grade. She taught me how to do a chain, single crochet,double crochet and the pineapple stitch. My first project was a skirt made out of cotton thread. I lost interest until my first year of college, I bought a book and taught myself everything else. The one thing I did not understand was gauge. I tend to do my own thing. Over the years I've made bedspreads, blankets, bathrobes and home dec item, however the time has come for me to learn about gauge. Here is my review:
Yarn: 5 Skeins of Red Heart acrylic medium weight #4
Needle: the pattern called for 5mm I used a 6-1/2(K)mm because the three rows where snug around my neck so I increase the size of the needle.
Color: Earth & Sky
Pattern: Have a heart shawl
Saturday, January 1, 2011
I hope everyone had a great New Year Eve. Hubby and I attended a wedding last night in Long Island, New York. We did not attend the ceremony, instead went to the cocktail hour that started at 7pm. The traffic was light and it took 50 minutes from New Jersey to Woodbury , Long Island, N.Y. This wedding was a blast. It was a beautiful and enchanted affair. The bride's dress was sewn by a seamstress who lives in Brooklyn, NY. The construction of the gown and the details, including using silver metallic threads and large pieces of rhinestones embellishments was simply beautiful. The mother of the bride wore a goddess style gown adorned with gold rhinestones embellishments. This dress was also sewn by the same seamstress.
It was a lot of fun and a great way to bring in the New Year.
I will post a photo of the gown once I secure the bride's permission.
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