Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Hello/ Baby Shower

It has been a minute since my last post and I have a lot to share. My goddaughter(#2) is expecting her first baby any minute now. The baby shower was August 10, 2013. Two weeks before the shower goddaughter #1 told me she needed 10 more centerpieces for the tables. There were a total of 20 tables with 10 guest at each table.  We decide on making diaper cakes. I've never made a diaper cake. After consulting with my dear friend Ms Diva and with much encouragement from another Diva Ms Rosie, I began to work on the diaper cakes. Below are a few photos of the diaper cakes

On the day of the shower there were 230 guest. If you are familiar with Panamenian parties, a baby shower is a big celebration and the mom to be is treated like royalty. Below is a photo of the future mom and dad.

After the shower goddaughter #2 decided that she wanted special thank you cards for friends and family members who contribuited time and money to make the baby shower a success. Again I ventured into an area that I knew nothing about. After consulting with Sheila and watching several You Tube tutorials this was the end results

On the inside of the card on the right side is the future parents name and on the opposite side is a photo of both parents that was taken by a professional photographer.I did not obtain permission from her to post that particular photo; her tummy is exposed, she was surrounding by yardages of shimmering tulle that went from deep pink to soft pind to white&nbsp.It's felt like she was floating in the sky. Just beautiful.
The pic above is the envelope that I made using scrapbook paper for the thank you cards.
A big thanks to all the folks on You Tube who post videos. I did watch several vidoes on YouTube on diaper cakes and making cards. Also, Thank you Sheila and Rosie.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Adjust the Bust - The Complete Guide with Kathleen Cheetam- Craftsy Class Review

Before I review the class, I would like to give you a little background information.
Craftsy is a website that was started a few years ago and it has grown by leaps and bounds.
Ericka posted concerning a class on Craftsy in this post
I clicked on the link and I purchase two classes; Sandra Betzina’s pant fitting  and Susan Khalje couture dress.  Recently Craftsy had a 75% discount on their classes and I took advantage of the sale and purchase  a few more classes.

Adjust the Bust was one of the classes I bought.
The technique of watching the video probably 3-4 times before I started taking notes and working with the  models was a winning combination for me.
The topics that  were covered included but were not limited to:
1. How to fit a full bust and a small bust by adding or subtracting fullness to the bust area
2. How to add the ease included in the pattern to your high bust measurement and use the results purchase a pattern that will fit you in the neck and armhole area. This was a first for me.
3. Princess Seams. my interest was on fitting the bus. I skip this part of the class for another time.
 Kathleen was focus, and methodical. The classes were divide into section and the each section was  sequencially taught.
This class may not be for everyone, depending on your level of sewing . If your level is advance or you enjoy couture sewing, this may not be for you. I don't think a beginner will benefit from this class, it may be too advance. You be the judge. For me it was worth it. And I am looking forward to more classes at Craftsy or an You-Tube. Speaking of You-Tube... more in another post.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Random Thoughts About Sewing- Original vs. Copying

Kristine wrote two posts this week. The first post generated great conversation. From the responses two questions came to my mind. First, why do we sew? And second is there anything that is original in fashion today? The first question was answered by Kristine here. There is no need for me to reinvent the wheel. Well written Kristine.

The second question was a bit more complicated. I love the fashions of the 50’s, 60’s 70’s and 90’s on so onnnn!. As you can see I did not include fashions era of the 20’s, 30’s 40’s and 80’s. I enjoy looking at the earlier decades; however I am not in love with them. The 80’s was one of the most horrible fashion decades in history. Why, I will address that topic in another post.

I owned a large collection of vintage patterns, and I have a large collection of vintage fashion images that I have collected over a period of time. One of my biggest sources of finding vintage fashion is the internet. I went through my collection and went on the internet to search for more information and I was not surprised to find that nothing is original. There is not one design out there that is original, every designer look back on previous decades, history, the environment, a trip, a painting, etc. This information is then use as inspiration to reinterpret and maybe manipulate the exact same design of previous decades. The addition of technology, fabrics, dyes, threads, colors and other materials available to the designer add to mix of whats available to the designer. Below is an example, this is from the Dolce & Cabbana spring/summer collection 2013. Look closely, the dress is a basic dress that you can easily find in your pattern collection. Origina vs Copying or Re-interpretation? You be the judge on this one.

Here is a link to Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer Collection 2013, two of my favorite designers. If you watched the slide show you will be able to see history in fashion (The Roman Empire), and the 50’s done with new fabrics and 50’s fabrics. You can see it on YouYube here Beautiful, "YES" original "Absolutely NOT"

Friday, July 5, 2013

Happy 4th of July

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July. My family and I had a blast, we ate, drank and dance, dance, dance.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

New Look 6126- Not Your Standard PJ

I was inspired by Sheila's post last week. After talking to her I ran (LOL) and bought the pattern. I don't buy New Look patterns at JoAnns, I buy NL at Walmart because its a dollar cheeper than JoAnns. I made an exception and bought the pattern at JoAnns on Thursday after work. I've look at this pattern many times and kept it moving. Well, here is my version and this one is for my daughter. I cut it out on Friday, I sewed it today (Sunday) it's hot off the sewing machine. I just need to hem it.. Love it.  I  posted my review on pattern review website. Just what I needed to get my sewing mojo started.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

MIA( missing in action) and Hello

I hope everyone is enjoying the great weather here on the East Coast. In other parts of the country the weather is just awful. For all those affected by tornados, rain etc I pray for your safety and wellbeing.
We are six months into 2013, and before you know it, 2013 will be gone. I am enjoying reading blogs and keeping up with the blogosphere. I started working on a pattern, long story, more about that in my next post. In the meantime I leave you with a picture of me wearing a pant I sewed several years ago and that I was unable to wear due weight gain. I don’t remember the name or the number of the pattern.
More later

Friday, April 26, 2013

Project Runway- Stanley Hudson vs Michael Lesniak.

First, I want to congratulate Michael Lesniak Project Runway season 11 winner.
Yes, in the past I wrote that I was done with project runway and I did not watch the show for almost two seasons until now. I watched season 11 mainly because Michael Kors was not on the show this season. Jack Posen was one of the judges and he was awesome. He explained the reason behind his decision to yeh or ney a contestant. I was rooting for Stanley Hudson because he was quiet, fierce.His creations were beautiful and his sewing skills were impeccable. In the end I don’t what went wrong with Stanley. He was one of the designers that went to Lincoln Center and he was not ready. He came back to NY with unfinished garments, one hot mess. My heart went out to Stanley, something happened to him he was not the same person when he came back for the finale. I totally agreed with the judges this time. There were right on point, Michelle Lesniak collection was beautiful and I can relate to what inspired her to create her final collection. Stanley was the favorite, he appeared to be unbeatable, in the end Michelle step up to the plate and won. Congratulation to Michelle Lesniak, you won and your collection was beautiful

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Lunch With The Divas- An Awesome Saturday

Yesterday I met the fabulous Sheila and Rosie. Sheila and I met in Manhattan, NY and later on we went to Rosie's home for lunch. Rosie is a fabulous cook, wonderful host and someone who is dear and special. In other words a sister and a friend. We ate, talk, laugh talk about everything sewing, including The Great British Sewing Bee. To top the evening off Sheila and I had the priveledge to sit and sew a bit on Rosie's master piece sewing maching.

Sorry guys I don't know what the pic is not straight

Below is a video of a sewing machine that I had the priveledge to touch, kiss and caress. Way to go Rosie, you and every other person who sews deserve to have a dream sewing machine, what ever that is for each one of us.

Here is the link to view the Ellisimo by BabyLock sewing machine.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

New Look 6808 (TNT) and The 2013 Essential Tops Sew-Along

This is the same pattern I used last year when I participanted in Faye's  Tops Sew Along. Last  year I made one blouse. However it was Faye who inspired me to stick with the pattern and workout the fitting issues. It was a slow process and along the way I receive lots of encouragement from Sheila and others. Below is the result. I am happpy with the results of my efforts and my productivity doubled since last year. .

P.S. I did not plan the outfit. I made the skirt during another one of Faye's great ideas " Skirt Palooza" last October. I choose the fabrics and after completing the blouses I realize that it was a perfect fit with the skirt.
My photographer took the pics with my I-Pad. It came out blurry because I have a plastic film over the screen which hubby did not bother to remove.
The pattern alteration was somewhat extensive and time consuming for me. I will write about it in another post. This is a TNT pattern for me, and yes Faye Tops Sew Along is over today, but for me I am just getting started, more blouses to come with bettern photos.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Great British Sewing Bee

Yesterday I read Carolyn's post concerning the The Great British Sewing Bee.
I watched it on You Tube several times and I truly enjoyed it. The show's revolves around folks who sew at home. The first challenge was to sew a basic A-line skirt in three hours; The judges evaluated each of the contestants' garment  for techniques, fit, and creativity. The lesson I learned from that challenge is that it takes more than three hours to make a simple skirt not including lining the skirt and adding embellishments. Great show. Big shout out to Carolyn for posting regarding the The Great British Sewing Bee.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Hello & Stash Busting Project (Faye’s Sew-A-Long)

Hello Oh my goodness it’s been over a month since I posted; however I have been busy with life, work, crocheting and my new favorite past time YOU-TUBE and PINTEREST.

Crochet The crochet skirt extravaganza took a toll on me. I lost myself in crochet world. I was working on my last crochet skirt and it was 75% done when I realized that it was lopsided. You see I was not crocheting in the round; instead I was crocheting from left to right and right to left. So my OCD kick in, I lose it all out and decided to start again. I will finish the skirt and probably post it in the fall. I was inspired by Ellie Saab spring 2013- royal blue. More in the fall.

Weather Here on the east coast winter and spring is having an all out war. And winter is winning so far. It has been very cold and miserable. The sun is shining, however, it’s windy and cold; perfect weather for a good dose of Bronchitis or Pneumonia.

Faye’s Sew-A-long I am participating in Faye’s Tops Sew Along.
1. I morph Cynthia Rowley S 1873 top with New Look 6808.
2. I did a muslin to check the fit. The blouse was too long. I am happy with the fit of the blouse-front. My short upper back caused the fabric to bunch up in that area. 2” was removed from the upper back to correct the excess fabric in the upper back and the length of the back pattern. 2” inches were removed from the length of the front pattern. ½” was added to the front and back side seams. I will not make a 2nd muslin. I will tweak the fit as I sew.
 3. Fabric- I choose cotton because it was in my stash and it was one of the fabrics recommended on the pattern envelope. The pattern does not indicate underlining; however I am thinking of adding an underlining to the fabric. Do you think its a good idea? 4. I am preparing the fabric- washing, drying and ironing. Also I am checking for notions (zipper, bias bindind, interfacing, etc)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Take II and III Crochet Along

It has been a minute since I posted. I had the flu and believe me it took just about every once of my strength and energy. When the doctors tell you to rest, follow the doctor's advice, REST.

I crocheted two skirts; the black skirt was completed in January and the Green yesterday. After speaking to the fabulous Ms Sheila  I decided  to attach the lining to both skirts. See Sheila's review. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Stash Busting Pledge for 2013

In a previous post I wrote about my 2013 goals. The most important goal  is to sew from my stash.  

I took the stash busting pleadge
 I Alethia commit to the following:
 1. Using more of my stash fabric in 2013.
2. If I buy fabrics for every yard of fabric I purchase 2 yards from my stash will be donated.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Skirt Crochet Along

 Rachelle and Sheila two fabulous divas came up with the awesome idea to start a skirt crochet along after I posted regarding my crochet skirt. Come join us on this fun crochet adventure. Here is the link to the site Skirt Crochet Along

Friday, January 11, 2013

My Crochet Skirt and Crochet Infinity Scarf

I love this skirt. The sweater was a Xmas present from the DH with a cream color infinity scarf. Believe me this ensemble was not planned. I bought 5 balls of super saver yarn in this color last winter when I crochet the Angelina Jolie's Bag. This is leftover yarn. The boots are a beautiful purple, awesome that has been in my closet since last winter. Love them.

In the pic below I am wearing a cardigan with the infinity scarf that I started last night and complete just before I took these photos. I will post the video link from you tube. I love my coppery/gold boots.
Here is the video. Enjoy

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Below is a photo of the crochet skirt. As you can see the stiches are quiet open, so the skirt will need a lining. More pic soon.

I uploaded the photo using Google chrome, I don't understand why the icon to upload a photo from my computer is not available when I use internet explorer?

Monday, January 7, 2013

Crochet Skirt- my first project for 2013

I was watching Hectanooga 1 on the You Tube channel during the holidays and she became one of my favorite to watch. She demonstrated how to crochet a skirt using you hip measurement. It was easy peasy. I started Thursday night and I completed the skirt today.  I did most of the crochet on Thursday and Friday and maybe 2 hours on Saturday and Sunday and one hour today. I am very please with the result. I am going to add a lining and it should be ready before the weekend.  I am having some difficulty uploading a photo of my finished skirt, blogger is not giving me a choice to upload the photo from my computer. Is this something new for blogger?


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year- 2012 Review and 2013 Goals and Hope

Happy 2013

2012 was a great year for me

On the sewing front:
1- Jacket- did not post
4 dresses
3 maxi skirts
5 pencil skirts
Completed one scrap quilt and started a Xmas quilts

Books Read
A song of  Ice and Fire ( Game of Thrones, A Feast of Crows,  A Storm of Swords, Clash of Kings, A Dancd With Dragons) by Goerge R. R. Martin
Sugar Hill Camp by Jennifer Chiaverini

Home Dec
Sewed window treatments for the living room and the kitchen
I tried cleainig tip from Pinterest

My son graduated from high school and started college- It was a tough time for me. I've adjusted well, he is home for the holidays and will be going back to college the in three weeks.
My daughter starter blogging
I spent time quality time with friends and family
 I met with the sewing divas for a wonderful weekend of friendship, shopping and exchanging ideas.

Last, I will like to give a big  thanks to
1. Amelik in the Nertherlands, we exchange patterns with each other, a wonderful person
2. Sheila- an inspiration, thank you for your encouragement
3. Rosie- great person
4 And everyone who takes the time to blog, post tutorials and share part of your life sewing and other wise.

2013 Goals
  • Spend more time with family and friends
  • Organization- Home and Sewing Cave
  • Sew from my stash exclusively.  It's no secret that I have a lot of fabric. My stash goes back to the 1970's.  I'm going to check fabrics in my stash first before I purchase new fabrics.  It does not mean I won't buy fabrics, It means that I have a grip on my buying habits and the sewing laboratory is bursting at the seam. 
  •   Sew garments  that will complement what I have in my wardrobe.  
  •   Do more planned sewing, the rules for this year's contest at Stitchers Guild are very relaxed. Create an eleven-piece wardrobe consisting of two five-piece coordinated capsules linked by the eleventh garment.  I will not be joining Stitchers Guild  sew along, however I will be using their formula to add to my existing wardrobe using my TNT patterns
  •  Sew more dresses using my TNT Cynthia Rawley S1878 dress pattern
  • Create a TNT pants pattern
  • Create a basic TNT jacket pattern
  • Include more knits in my wardrobe
  • More Home Dec projects
Stay tune..... HAPPY NEW YEAR