February 23, 2018

A THROWBACK WITH MCCALL'S 7687...

...of course I bought this pattern
as I imagine lots of us did.  SLEEVES are still trending, I love them all. View D of this pattern really caught my eye,but, I sometimes practicality comes into play.   I could see myself at work fighting with that sleeve all day long.  I might still make it at a later date, but for now the flounced View A brings back memories of a sleeveless top I made way back in the 80's.  I loved that top!  The weather in my area keeps teasing with us (mid 80 degrees) but it's not quite time to go sleeveless. I made  View A to be part of a Carol's Sewing Corner's Facebook Challenge.  She wants to encourage people to sew more wovens.



I'll just call this top a jump start on summer sewing. I'm still sewing mainly from my stash, because let's face it, although I'm thankful to have a Joann's in my city, I'm not having very much fabric purchasing luck there.  I can't tell you much about this fabric, except I think it's some sort of cotton blend.  It raveled a little, but I tamed that with my serger.

I love sewing knits - they are so forgiving.  But when I do venture into woven territory I have to start pulling out references to help manage the fit.

I used this reference to help with a SBA on a princess seam.  It blew my mind when the book suggested a horizontal rather than vertical adjustment; but it makes sense now that I've done it.   I have lots of reference books in my sewing room, but to be honest - I'm not using them to their full potential.  Promise to self: I will commence studying my references more - starting with this one.

What is your favorite fitting reference book???


February 12, 2018

HOW TO CHEER UP A DREARY MONDAY...

...you've all heard about "Rainy Days in Georgia" - well, we've had 4 of them in a row.  I
the rain, but nothing can be drearier than a rainy Monday.
My rainy Monday got cheered right up when I pulled an envelope containing these goodies from my mailbox this afternoon

2 Spring Issues of Patrones fashion/pattern magazine, tapes with snap closures for necklines, and a big 15" x 23" press cloth.
A great big thank you goes out to my friend, the great fashion designer, Paco Peralta Rovira.  Things like this makes a girl want to run into the sewing room and stitch up something fabulous ...

February 11, 2018

TODAY'S BLOG POST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE NUMBER...

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eleven years ago, on February 10th I wrote my first blog post.  1,078 blog posts later it still amazes me that blogging has held my interest for this amount of time - but it has, and yes I still love it.  This is home for me!  It's been a pleasant environment, and I've managed to keep this a no drama zone.  A place for me to write about (and share) my experiences, observations, and opinions mostly about sewing

and sometimes about my

It's the time of year that I take a moment to say thank  you for reading here.  Your connecting with me has made this such a rewarding experience...



February 8, 2018

WHAT'S TRENDING FOR ME: NIGHT DRESS...

...it's always so nice coming to this stage of the sewing process.  Especially when the garment you made equals the vision you had at the onset of the project.  I know you are familiar with this sight, you know...the part when you make sure all the used pattern pieces are present and accounted for before folding them as neatly as possible before returning them to their nice little compact envelope.
This was my first pattern choice for my "Night Dress".  I did get a little distracted though and for a couple of days switched to this pattern
 
I love this pattern and want to make it very soon, but I decided to return to my original vision, McCall's 7622.  Of course this dress took longer than I had planned or expected - all my projects do.  I digress.  If  you recall, there are two dresses involved in the Day and Night Dress Challenge.
In keeping with the contest time frame both my dresses must be finished before February 22nd (my dresses will be revealed here on February 25th.  I imposed the 17th as my completion date in an effort to avoid stress.  You'll be able to see early challenge entries and lots of process photos on Instagram.

Thankfully, both dresses are done! I will talk about the "Day" dress a little bit in my next post - so stay tuned...

January 27, 2018

#TEAM DAY AND NIGHT DRESS CHALLENGE...

...there are some wonderful sponsors for the 2018 Day And Night Dress Challenge.  You can see them all listed HERE.  I was very happy to discover that StylishFabrics.com was offering free fabric for one of each team members dresses.  Yes, membership does have its privileges.  I chose this black ITY knit for my Night Dress that I plan to start over the weekend.  Thank you Stylish Fabrics!

This gorgeous scarf was also included in the package from Stylish Fabrics that arrived yesterday.  The LifeScarf Project is a campaign that supports Children's Hospital in Los Angeles.  You can read more about LifeScarf's efforts HERE...

January 25, 2018

#DAY AND NIGHT CHALLENGE: THE TEAM...

...as I mentioned last week, I am honored to have been asked to be a part of the 2018 Day and Night Dress Challenge Team hosted by Elizabeth Made This.  How exciting it is to be part of this creative group.  The team consists of  talented seamstresses (I think I counted 40) from all over the globe.
 
How exciting it is to be a part of this spectacular group!  Elizabeth has a wonderful post that introduces each team member HERE.  All dresses created by the team will debut the week of February 22nd thru February 28th.   I'll be talking about my dresses a little along the way, but be on the lookout for my debut on February 25th.  As of this writing I am just a little bit ahead on the construction front; my Coffee Date dress is already complete.  I took it for a test drive on yesterday.  I am happy to report that it did meet my vision, and although simple, it's so comfortable that I already want to make another one! I think Coffee Date dresses should be comfortable - don't you?

To make this even more spectacular, Elizabeth has made this a two-part Challenge!  So even if you are not on the Day and Night Dress Challenge Team, you are still welcome to participate by:
  • Making two dresses (one for Day and one for Night) 
  • Post the two dresses on Instagram before March 5th notating #DayandNightDressChallenge and @elizabethmadethis
 Loads of prizes will be available to all by random drawing...

January 23, 2018

DOUBLE PLEASURE WITH SEWN MAGAZINE...

...procrastination!  I procrastinated and didn't order the first issue of the new bi-monthly "Sewn Magazine".  Afterwards I was a little upset with myself that I hadn't ordered it (I really hate being upset with me) especially when I saw so many people talking about it back in November.

I reached out and contacted Editor in Chief, Michelle Morris, and asked if she had any extra copies - you know, just lying around (lol).  Guess what?, she did!  Michelle also authors the blog That Black Chic. I've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of both the 1st and 2nd issues and they finally arrived today.


What a diverse sewing, fashion and diy magazine.  It's really a breath of fresh air.  It introduces new sewing bloggers, business owners, pattern makers and even a baker who creates edible diy.  Amazing!  There's also a free downloadable pattern offered in each issue.  I'm looking forward to devouring all of the tips and new ideas including inside.  Have you heard of Sewn Magazine???



January 18, 2018

WORK WEAR WEDNESDAY ON THURSDAY: 18 DEGREES - WIND CHILL FACTOR 9...

 ...when I made my faux shearing coat in December someone asked me; "Where will you be wearing that - New York?".  Shade people, shade!  Who says it doesn't get cold in Georgia?  Occasionally I'll post what I call WWW (Work Wear Wednesday).  But we didn't have school on Wednesday because of

 this

 this
and this,
 that seams to happen about every four years or so.

But when we did return to school today, the temperature was 18 Degrees with a wind chill factor of 9.  So I felt compelled to wear this...
Thank goodness my Kwik Sew 4197 jacket was ready to keep me nice and cozy during our Antarctic temps.  It's unbelievably light weight, but also remarkably warm.  This is my second wearing - because - yes contrary to popular belief, it does get cold here in Middle Georgia. And, yes (go ahead and laugh) 1/2 inch of snow does stop us dead in our tracks...

January 17, 2018

COFFEE & COCKTAILS ANYONE???

...last year I watched in awe as Elizabeth Made This hosted her first "DAY AND NIGHT DRESS CHALLENGE".  It was wonderful seeing all the beautiful Day and Night dresses created by the 18 bloggers/vloggers who took part.  I think that challenge was my first virtual encounter with Elizabeth.  Since that time we have gotten to know each other better - she participated in my "TOPS THAT POP SEW-A-LONG" last spring; was featured in my "WHY SHE SEWS & BLOGS ABOUT IT" post last November.  We also work as co-administrators of  the Facebook group SEW MUCH TALENT(gr).

I am very honored to take part in Elizabeth's 2018 Day and Night Dress Challenge!  I'll share my process all along the way here.  I'll put my spin on COFFEE & COCKTAIL dresses, and how they translate to my lifestyle.


But guess what, you can also take part in Elizabeth's 2018 Day and Night Dress Challenge!  It's a  two-part challenge so anyone from the sewing community who blogs, or vlogs, and has an Instagram account can also join.  Read here for more information on the community segment. (Time Frame for Community Submission:  From now until March 5th)  There will be lots of prizes and random drawings as well! 
 Stay tuned.  this is going to be SEW MUCH FUN!!!

January 15, 2018

REMEMBERING THE DREAMER...

...his words of hope and encouragement still echo in our ears today - we must keep moving forward



A THROWBACK WITH MCCALL'S 7687...

...of course I bought this pattern as I imagine lots of us did.  SLEEVES are still trending, I love them all. View D of this pattern real...