Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays To All

A very merry Christmas to all. May the new year brings you health, an abundance of prosperity and most important plenty of fabrics and patterns.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Butterick 4518 and Sewing with a Plan (SWAP)

I posted about SWAP here in 2007.  Once l learn about SWAP  I attempted to sew a black & white a wardrobe following the concept. I sewed 3 of the 11-pieces, became bored, lost interest and moved on to another project. Although I was not successful with SWAP somehow I manage to have a work wardrobe (business/casual professional) that reflects the concept. Everything in my wardrobe has two or more partners, everything works with everything no matter what color and I always have something to wear.

Why am I revisiting the concept of SWAP? The colors in the skirt are my inspiration. What does B4518 has to do with my inspiration? I choose view B a simple top because I wanted my fabric choices to do all the work. Later…..

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Craftsy Class Review- Custom Fitting Back, Neck and Shoulders

Happy Sunday

On the Sewing Horizon:
 1. I've been busy in the sewing laboratory doing sewing related activities, such as cleaning up, organizing, putting patterns away , buying fabrics, enjoying the sewing groups on Facebook, and keeping in touch with my sewing buddies. I met with Sharon last spring and we spent the day working on McCall's 6041 a princess seam jacket and OMG, making adjustment to the right side was a bit challenging for Sharon. That was when I realize that I in order to get a garment to fit me in a manner that is acceptable to me I need to take my time and work on it slowly. I am looking forward to hanging out with Sharon soon for a wonderful day of sewing, conversation, eating and drinking.

2. In the last two weeks instead of  spending time watching you tube and looking @ Pinterest in the evenings, I spent anywhere from 1/2- 2 hours each night and watched Custom Fitting Back, Neck and Shoulder on Craftsy. The class was excellent. Kathleen Cheetham was an excellent instructor. There are eight lessons in the class.  I cut out multiple samples of the back bodice using construction paper so that I could replicate step by step all the alterations regarding how to do a particular adjustment. What I enjoyed most was that I was able to only watch the chapters in each lesson that was relevant to my fitting issues.
The class gave you all the needed materials. I choose to use one of the books in my sewing library as a companion to the class. That was an interesting experience. The book and  Kathleen method for adjusting neckline gaposis were the same; however, it was not my preferred method. Another example- in the class Kathleen showed a simple method of adjusting a neckline that was too tight and high, the book's method of adjusting for the same type of neckline was a bit more involve. Borrowing words of wisdom from Sheila and Sharon respectively, do what works for you, remember -you are in control of your sewing world- It's Alethia's world.  There are NO sewing police with a time line on doing what you have learned.  Words of wisdom.
Here is the result of a muslin I completed following some of the techniques I learned in the class.
I added a center back seam because it works best for me. I learned a different method (easier) to do a swayback adjustment that did not include slashing and overlapping the pattern. I added curve darts instead of straight darts. I removed 1-inch of fabric out of the mid-back. I've taken two classes on Craftsy and I am happy with the results. Although I have extensive collection of sewing books, I need to see a particular technique demonstrated in real time or by video format. There are plenty of classes on Crafty, Burda and you can find great video instructions on you tube. Based on my experience I would highly recommend Kathleen Cheetham's classes.
I have a bit more tweaking to do, hopefully I will have a garment done soon.  I am a visual person,  a demonstration in person or video format is another valuable resource in my sewing arsenal.
Hopefully, I will have a garment completed soon.

Disclaimer- This review was based exclusively on my experience. I paid for my class and I was not paid or giving any gifts in exchange for me to do this review.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Palazoo Pant, Labor Day

Happy Labor Day. Today I am relaxing after spending last night partying on a fabulous yacht with 600 other folks. I am wearing Palazzo pant that I sewed on Saturday night.  The inspiration for the pant came from Joni Marie Ross' Pre-Fall 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection. and Nadira 037  tutorial on Palazzo pant. My dear and fearless friend the  Diva  suggested  that a write a post about the blouse.
The is a Basquiña is a white blouse. White is the traditional color. In the last 20-years the Basquiña has become modern and subject to so many interpretations. My blouse is a modern interpretation of the traditional  Basquiña.. I purchase the blouse in 2011 and it fit perfectly in the bust, however the waist and hip was too tight.  I went to Jo-Ann and bought  laces from the bridal section and 1/2 yd of white cotton fabric. I cut the side seam open and added the white fabric and attach lace to the side seam to hide the seam lines. I also added lace to the top flounces. This was painstakingly done by hand. All the laces were sewed on to the blouse by  hand and I wore the blouse to an event in 2011. Yesterday the blouse was the perfect fit for my colorful palazzo pant.
Hope everyone is having an awesome labor day. Later!

Monday, August 25, 2014

My Duct Tape Dress Form

Yesterday, my daughter and my brother helped me with this product.DD taped my up and my brother cut the tape off the roll. The first layer of tape was black gorilla tape and the second layer was duct tape. Once the form was cut away,  it was stuff with batting. This morning I took the measurements of the dress form, the upper bust and the full bust measurement is four inches larger than my upper bust and full bust measurement.   I mentioned it to my hubby and he thinks that the gorilla tape expanded and he offered to help me make another duct tape dress form using duct tape only. What will I do without him? LOL! off to buy duct tape.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Metropolitan Museum in New York City

Today was a great day, I spent the day in Manhattan hanging out with Toy at the Met. For a review and great photos of the dresses visit Ann's blog. After the exhibit of course it was imperative to eat a Sabrett hot dog. We then went to 28 street to shop. LORDDDDD, thank you Toy. I bought a couple of top for very reasonable price. I will be going back at the end of the summer. We said our goodbyes and I headed to Times Square one of my favorite places in the city. Of course I stop at Chop'T salad bar and bought a Santa Fe salad ( avocado, tomatoes, greens, fried onions with pepper jack cheese with romaine lettuce and chipote dressing). The portion is enough for two people. Finally, I made my way  home.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Simplicity 1639 Take II

This is the third version of S-1639 made out of silk fabric that has been in my stash for a few years. This one is for my daughter.
I washed the fabric three times in cold water and the fabric bleed each time. In fact the pink bleed onto the white in some areas. I had three yards and I was able to cut the blouse out, t the rest of the fabric went into the trash bin. I wanted to trash all of it, but my daughter love the print so much I kept it. She loves it and that is all that matters.
The front neckline on the pattern had a  V-shape neckline. I did not want a V-shape neckline instead I made the neckline round.
The only alteration I made was 1/2 slope shoulder adjustment and added 1-inch to the length.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Hello and What I Did After My Last Post

Gee, It has been a month since I wrote a post. Life sometimes gets in the way, anyway I did have some sewing related fun. So, here it goes:
 1. After posting about my Christmas quilt and feeling a bit depressed, I decide to start a second quilt. Here is the pic below
2.I completed a second top Simplicity Sew Simple 1639. Here is the pic

I met my dear friend Sheila in Brooklyn the end of June and did a fabric run. Here is a peek of the loot 

On July 1, I went to the Bronx, New York to visit Ms. Louise; mom #2. Before getting to my final destination I stop at Fordham fabrics. I bought 6 yds of Chambray for $1.50/yd. This fabric is awesome, it washes beautiful. Chambray is a fabric that is classic, and durable. 

On July 4th I spent the day relaxing with family. We ate burgers, drank Kool-Aid and watch the soccer game between Columbia and Brazil. My family and I truly enjoy all the world cup games. 

On Saturday July 5, I went to A.C. Moore and somehow the next thing I knew I came home, opened the trunk of my car and three large bags of fabrics were in the trunk. Honestly I don’t even remember going to Jo-Ann’s. Anyway this morning I took pics of the loot and I notice that all the fabrics were $2.00 - $1.50/yd. This is strange? Have this happened to you? LOL! Here is a pic of the loot.



Friday, June 6, 2014

Christmas Quilt Update & Feeling Sad

Remember this post, I worked on the quilt until the beginning of 2013. This quilt is hand sewn.  I took the pic below November 2012. At the beginning of 2013 I put the quilt away to give my right hand and shoulder some time to  rest. The first hundreds hexagons I cut out by hand. The quilt is sewn like a puzzle, working on the quilt I realize that I could work on individual sections and then attach it to the main quilt. In order to do that the hexagons needed to be precise. Sooo, I bought the Cricut mini, program it and  500 laser cut paper hexagons were cut in less than 30 minutes. All the supplies and fabric for this project were stored in a large tote except the quilt. Today makes one year I cannot find the quilt, I don't know where it is, Last summer I looked everywhere, I did the same last winter and today I came home from work and rip the sewing cave apart. I cannot find it. The quilt is a lot larger than the picture below.
I feel sad because so much handwork went into this quilt. Lesson learned no more UNFINISHED PROJECTS. Make it or trash it.   Hubby suggested to cut out more hexagon, half the size of the original hexagon and start another quilt. If I ever find the quilt it will become a wall hanging.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Simplicity Sew Simple 1639

Earlier today I read Cennetta's post regarding her absent blogging and sewing  mojo; after reading the comments I forced my blogging mojo out from its hiding place. I sewed this blouse two weeks ago; the second blouse is almost done and I will be sewing two blouses for my DD.

Here is the review

Pattern Description:
Simplicity Sew Simple loose fitting blouse.

Pattern Sizing:
6-18. I used the size 6

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes it did.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
 I did not read the instructions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
No dislikes. I like that it an easy pattern to sew

Fabric Used:
Silky Polyester from my stash and polyester organza to underline the neck facing..

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
None. A word of caution- the pattern has 8.5-inches of ease above your body measurements.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I will sew it again and again. And I do recommend it.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Parade of Skirts- January Recap

January was a productive sewing month; I sewed seven skirts over three weekends: 2- navy blue, 1- camel color, 1- camel & black, 2- black and 1- black & white hound tooth.
The photo on the left; I am wearing the houndtooth skirt. Can I tell you how much I love this skirt. This is how I will wear it on casual Fridays at work.
The photo to the right is an example of how I will wear the same skirt on date night; depending on where hubby and I are going I can wear fabulous gladiator shoes or strappy sandals and up my make-up game.

 Here I'm  showcasing the black skirt. In both photos I am wearing a blouse that has been in my closet for a long time. I love this look because I can wear it to work and add a jacket on the days when my job duty requires me to go to court or I have to meet with representatives from X, Y or Z company or corporation.
I will say my work environment is relax ( when you are not dealing with the public) casual business to conservative ( dealing with the public or going to court).

Below are photos of the seven skirts. Yes, January was a productive month.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Parade of Skirts- Part-2

Pattern Description: Self drafted pencil skirt with an elastic waist.

Pattern Sizing: Combination of sizes 12 for the front skirt and size 14 for the back skirt. Also the waist was drafted 2 inches smaller than the hip measurement in order to give the skirt shaping.

Were the instructions easy to follow? This was straight stitch sewing. If you are a beginner check You Tube out for videos that will teach you how to sew an elastic waist skirt.

 What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? There was nothing to dislike.

What I like about this pattern? The pattern was drafted to fit my proportions and it to accommodate the properties of the fabric.                                          

Fabric Used: 1 ¼ yd of 50-inch wide medium weight Ponte knit fabrics in navy blue, black and camel; was purchased at 35 street Fabrics on 35 streets between 7th and 8th avenue in New York City, New York.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The pattern was altered twice after the first and second skirts were sewed. A total of 2-inches were removed from the side seams because the fabric was a knit it did not need all the ease that I added to the pattern when it was drafted.  The end results is a figure hugging pencil skirt. The skirts are lined with lingerie fabric.

Would you sew it again? Yes, skirts are a must have in my working wardrobe.

 Would you recommend it to others?  I recommend having a TNT basic skirt pattern. You can draft a simple skirt pattern or buy one. As long as you have a pattern that fits your figure.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Parade of Skirts- First Projects of 2014

My sewing mojo took a vacation without my consent and now it has decided that it’s time to come back home. I don’t have sewing plans or resolution for 2014. Instead I have one simple goal: take it easy, enjoy, sew slowly and consistently. My first project for 2014 were two lined navy blue Ponte knit skirts with an elastic waist. The fabrics were purchase last summer (2013) on one of my shopping/luncheon all about sewing and friendship adventures with my sewing buddies. A total of 6 pieces of Ponte knits (two of each, black, navy and caramel) were purchased. At the time of purchase I knew that I was in desperate need of skirts in basic colors to add to my work wardrobe. I made two navy blue Ponte knit skirts this weekend. Here I am wearing the one of the navy blue skirt. Next, I will work on the caramel color and it should be assemble line sewing. In the next post I will do a review of the pattern I drafted. Later.

Below is a view of the wrong side of the skirt

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year

Happy New Year
To everyone who takes to the time to read my blog, thank you.
To the ladies who sent me an e-mail to inquire about my absence, thank you.
I am happy this morning because 2014 is here. A new year means new beginning, a time for us to start over, regenerate, make plans, etc. I've not written a post in months; however I keep up with the blogosphere. Many of you made wonderful garments, crochet or knit awesome garments, let's not forget the beautiful needlework creations. Last year I became insanely addicted to You-Tube, I subscribed to soooo many you tube channels. To all the vloggers  who take the time to make videos, thank you, I appreciated.

In addition to becoming insanely addicted to You-Tube, Pinterest became another addiction of mine,no surprise here. Let me end this post by wishing everyone good health, strenght and prosperity.

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