Sunday, July 24, 2016

McCall6757, Vogue 8984 Et Simlicity 1346

First up: Vogue 8984,
This was a super easy make. Both of these are made with ankara print, I added the slit in the front. The purple was made for my mother on mothers day(View B).The yellow (View A) Extremely easy make, I would remake this using a knit. I made the final yellow version slit a tad bit bigger

Skirt Made using Mccalls 6757

The skirt on the other hand was a bit tricky. I made the McCalls 6757 for me bottom left above and my lovely cousin who I promised some of  the dreamy fabric below too.For starters-the pencil skirt fit like a straight skirt and was too big for us both. I pegged the skirt first and then corrected for the size-which next time I would correct the sizing then complete the pegging as the skirt came out tulip shaped and had to be corrected. I added side slits to both skirts as I put the fabrics on the fold. Next time I would have kept the back slit. :)


Simplicity below 1346:
This was an easy make but its short super short, and hits at the widest part of the abdomen, which is very unflattering. With that being said, I do wear this and would remake it-longer, with a belt and belt loops and without the one layer of tulle as it ripped right away on the skirt below.


      Out of pure curiosity about how the two would look together, I combined them on the dress form and.. When you put the Simplicity high-low and Mccalls pencil skirt together you get a wonderful combination :) I should have made them together for one skirt.



Thursday, January 28, 2016

Sign Up for the 2016 No New Pattern Challenge

And so the challenge begins again....February 2016

Contest Rules:
               The participant cannot buy any new patterns for themselves throughout the entire year.They must use patterns already in their stash. I think this will be a difficult and exciting challenge, looking at new pattern on the website, then watching them go OOP :/.

            I started this challenge because I have over 400 patterns in my stash currently. I went through them and realized most had similar designs with minor different details here and there. I also definitely did not come close to making even 1 of 1/3 of the garments. I'm left with tons of unused patterns and am accumulating more.Also let's face it pattern buying can add up and there are only so many ways to make certain garments.This challenge should help  to break up the monotony of our pattern obsession.

             If you are like me please join along. This challenge is to help us bring out our creativity and resourcefulness, during this time you can franken-pattern,or learn pattern drafting, or simply save up the money to buy fabric or patterns in 2017 ;) I am curious to see what everyone can create without adding a single new pattern to the stash,including myself.

Again for this challenge I would like to include all patterns not just the ones from the big four.
Patterns: Digital or Hard Copy
Pattern Based Magazines--Burda etc
Pattern Based Books: Gerties etc

Exemptions: Because of course there has to be some.
If you are in a sewing class and have to purchase a specific pattern.
If you are enrolled in classes like Craftsy -most of the patterns are included with the class etc
If you sew for others and have to pick up patterns for them.
You can borrow a friends pattern :)
If you had a 2 year subscription to one of the sewing magazines and it happens to roll into 2015.

Now introducing the 6 months challenge as well!!!! Same rules apply!

If you are joining please sign up below and leave your blog address or website so we can stay updated on the challenge. 

Saturday, May 30, 2015


So...The no new pattern challenge has been going very well.I'm surprised at how easy it has been to stop buying patterns. I do brows the new releases from time to time though and I in fact have gotten some new patterns but they were all gifted :). If your in the challenge how is it going? Harder/easier than expected?

NEW BUYS  ________________________________________________________________________________
I did get some new things from Joanns.
 A sewing basket and a pin chushion. Both at 50% off with an additional 20% off coupon.You cannot beat the deal.The pincushion has a tape measure in the back.


My best friend made my necklace and bracelet. 


Vogue 8980

Pattern Description: Skirt has wide waistband, side front seams, pleated side front and back, narrow hem and back zipper. B: band overlay. C: tie ends.

Pattern Sizing:(6-8-10-12-14 

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

Were the instructions easy to follow?Yes

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I like the fact that it comes together quickly and the front fullness. Nothing to dislike its a pretty simple skirt.

Fabric Used:Ankara Cotton

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:A bunch  User error though. The sizing was too small so I added a good two inches, only to realize I had to take it in a bunch. 

Would you sew it again? Hmn.. Probably not-I could'nt see Would you recommend it to others?

Conclusion: This is a pretty solid pattern. If I were to make this again I would bring the zipper all the way to the top of the skirt. The pattern calls for taking the zipper to the waist band then using about 3 hook and eyes to snap the waistband in place. Taking the zipper all the way up would have been better imo.

Monday, May 11, 2015

DIY: M6955-Happy Mothers Day

I decided to wear McCalls 6955 for mothers day. It is springy and made for a nice dress to wear.

My best friend made me some jewelry for my birthday.So fun to be able to pair it with this dress.


Altered bodice pattern below.
This is what I removed below

I had a little bubble right above the darts so I brought them up some.

I used bias binding and a rolled hem instead of serging. I must say I like the results better. I like this pattern and will make it again . I was actually surprised by this dress because    
1.) I am not a fan of floral prints :/. Which one cannot tell by the amount of floral prints that I have been making lately.2.)I was not a fan of the neckline on the photo drawing. Turns out it is pretty flattering.I am not one that like to make a ton of alterations on a pattern. So now that this is done I will remake it.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Birthday Outfit

For my birthday I decided to wear Butterick 5650 blog post about it makings Here
I had an excellent birthday. I  got a ton of compliments, woke up to beautiful flowers, ate good food at the cheesecake factory and enjoyed good company! 

Pockets! Pockets! Pockets!

I got some faux flowers from pat catans and made the flower hair piece.

My father is an artist and I was in his studio snapping photos . If I had a comparable sewing studio I would never leave, 


Beautiful birthday flowers from the man in my life.

At the cheesecake factory, Red Velvet-Chocolate ?.These pieces were yummy.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Novembre Magam Challenge McCalls 5989

In honor of MAGAM I decided to make McCalls 5989.


I used a seam press open serge. I normally would serge the seams pressed to one side, but I like the look of the open.

And then the problems came in.I accidentally serged my pant fabric with the seam creating 2 holes. I am still deciding if I am going to keep the pajama pants or not. You win some you lose some. I am happy that I did not make this in the original fabric that I was going to make it in. African print I would have been heartbroken to have to throw it away.