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.