November 18, 2018
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GREAT JEANS

Hi everyone, or as we say in Georgia, hey ya’ll! When Tammy and Nicole of D&H Fabrics chose me as one of the bloggers for their first ever blogger’s tour, I was ecstatic! I also knew that I wanted to take this opportunity to make something that I’ve never created before, due to fear of failure. I wanted to make jeans pants.

The Fabric

As soon as I entered the D&H website I was so in love with the selection, that I could not just choose one fabric to use for my project. I chose the cone mills slub indigo denim and the cozy cloud sweater knit. If you’re going to make jeans, why not make a top to go with it right? The denim fabric is so sturdy and comfortable. I could tell right away that this fabric was made to last. The sweater knit is so soft and cozy (now I understand the name) that I must order more to make jammies.

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The Pattern
I am a big fan of Megan Nielsen’s patterns, so of course I had to use her Ash jeans pattern. For my top, I used my go to t-shirt pattern, Jalie pattern, 2805.              

The Jeans
I must admit that I had no idea what I was up for when creating my jeans. Constructing the jeans was not the difficult part, the topstitching would be the Magnito to my Professor X (Marvel comic fan). However, I pushed through, and I must say that I am pretty happy about the outcome, considering that this was my first time making jeans.

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The Top

The top was a very easy make, and I love it so much, that I’ve already washed and worn it three times since I made it a week ago. I must say that the sweater knit fabric is such great quality that even after so many washes in such a short time, it holds its color and texture very well.

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I am grateful to Tammy and Nicole for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful journey. Through this, I have discovered wonderful sewists and amazing fabrics. I look forward to  creating more projects with their amazing fabrics.

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November 7, 2018
FaithStJules

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Golden Velvet

Hi everyone! I hope all is well with you. I am all smiles right now because it is fall 🍁, and it is my favorite time of year. I love watching the leaves change from green to reds and oranges. I love decorating the outside and inside of my home with pumpkins and fall decors, but most of all, I look forward to fall because I get to pull out all of my velvet clothing and make new ones for this year. Today I am going to share my new me made outfit with you, as well as include a few photos of my favorite velvet garments that I have created so far, so keep on reading.

For my first look, I used two different patterns to create a full outfit. The first pattern that I used to make my top is the new fall pattern from McCalls Pattern company, M7836. For my pants, I used Simplicity 1283 by Mimi G.

My Review

Fabric Used: I used a gold metallic velvet fabric from Promenade Fabrics.

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were very easy to follow. Both pieces were easy to make as well, I finished both in under an hour (not including cutting the pattern pieces).

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I did not make any alterations nor modifications, it was perfect as is.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would definitely use both patterns again. I have already used Simplicity 1283 to make several pants.

Conclusion: I love both patterns, and I am very happy with the outcome. What I love most is that I was able to use two patterns to create a beautiful and luxurious outfit that I can also wear separately with different garments.

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I absolutely love velvet, it’s soft, warm, and beautiful to look at. I have already created a few velvet pieces this season. Please continue scrolling to see my favorite velvet garments that I created. Thank you guys so much for taking the time to read my blog, I truly appreciate it.

“Dare to love yourself
as if you were a rainbow
with gold at both ends.

Author: Poet Aberjhani

August 27, 2018
FaithStJules

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Gingham and Sneakers

Hey you guy!! I know it’s been a while since I blogged, but it has been a very busy summer. We took a 10 day cruise vacation, the kids had sports, and I also home school them during the summer to prepare them for the new school year. However, with all of that on my plate, I did manage to get quite a bit of sewing in, which I will share on a future summer round up blog post. Today, I have come baring gifts of plaid. I found a beautiful plaid fabric at Joann’s Fabric, and when the associate at the cutting counter told me that it was on sale for $4. 99 a yard, I had to get it. As soon as I saw the fabric, I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it.

The first look that I created comes from @McCall Pattern Company early fall collections, M7813.

 

I absolutely love the style and the easy sewing of the skirt pattern. I am already making plans to make other versions for fall. I felt fun and comfortable in this skirt. I styled it my way with my favorite pair of Guess sneakers and I also threw on my favorite leather jacket with it to give it a fall look.

 

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Paired it with a blue bodysuit that I made using McCalls 7606, and heels to dress it up a bit.

 

As you can see, I was really feeling quite confident in this ensemble, especially this cool hat that my husband actually gave me the idea to wear with the outfit. I must say, he has a good eye, because the hat pulled the whole look together. Below is a video review that I created of M7813

 

 

Sewing Project #2

The next look that I created with this fabric was a mashup between two of my favorite patterns, M7783 and V9100. I used V9100 for the skirt portion of the dress, and I shortened the length about 5 1/2″ so that it would be my desired length for the dress. For the lining of the flounce sleeve, instead of cutting four of the pattern piece out of the fabric, I cut two of the fabric and two of the solid navy blue lining that I used. I used a solid blue lining for the flounce sleeves to give it a little contrast. I used M7783 as the bodice, but I lengthened it by three inches, because the pattern was created as a cropped top.

 

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I taped the pattern piece to white craft paper and adjusted the length by three inches. If I decide to use the pattern as intended, all I will have to do is cut the bottom piece and tape it back to the top portion.

At first, I was only going to make a top with M7783 view C, but then as I was getting ready to lay out the fabric to cut, I realized that I would have quite a bit of fabric left over, so I decided to turn the top into a dress. I absolutely love how everything came together once it was completed. I absolutely love modifying patterns as making my own look with it.

 

 

I also paired the dress with sneakers to give it a more casual fun look. Now I’m picnic in the park ready, I just need to go grab Toto and my picnic basket.

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Thank you guys so much, I really appreciate you taking the time to read my blog. I hope that my content is enjoyable and you continue to come back. Please give me your thoughts in the comment section below. Have a wonderful and blessed day.

May 21, 2018
FaithStJules

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Mommy Makes It

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Hi everyone!! I hope all is well with you. It has been a while since I created a blog post, but life has been so busy with work, life, and everything in between. If you all have been following my blog long, you know that my daughter is the reason that I started sewing. She loves fashion, but I am very careful that she expresses herself with fashion while still looking age appropriate. One of my favorite things to do is sew mommy and me looks for my her and I, and sometimes, my son gets in on the fun. I truly treasure these moments, because I know that one day, they will grow up, and may not want to dress alike any more, at least I know for a fact that my son will not. However, as of right now, they love when I make their clothes. When asked by others where they got their clothing, they would proudly say, “my mommy makes it.” Seeing them so proud to wear what I make in a time when so many are label driven, makes me feel wonderful and accomplished.

For this mommy and me look, I used New Look 6487 for my daughter’s dress, but I did a few modifications such as adding a zipper to the front instead of buttons, and adding ruffles to the bottom to make it a bit more unique to her taste.

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I created a few pieces for myself out of the fabric that I used. The first thing that I created is a spring jacket using M7730 view A from McCalls Pattern Company. I did not make any modifications with this look, because it is one of those patterns that is beautiful just the way it is. I also made shorts using M6930 view A. I have made these shorts a few times. I also made a ruffle shorts DIY with this pattern. I have a tutorial up on my YouTube channel. I also have a sleeve tutorial on M7730 on my channel as well.

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People always tell parents to enjoy their kids, because the days are long, but the years are short. I must agree, because my little girl whom I was just holding in my arms feeding what seems like yesterday, just turned ten and I find myself wondering where the years went. My son will be taller than me by his tenth birthday, and I have been investing in more heels for this occasion. I feel blessed to watch them grow, and I pray for the world that they are growing up in everyday. However, I will continue to enjoy everyday, and hope that they remain long, and I will take more opportunities to share many more mommy and me moments with them while I can. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, I hope you all have a blessed and joyful day.

continue scrolling down for more photos. I also added a photo of our me made looks that I created for Mother’s Day at the end.

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MOTHER’S DAY EXTRA

For Mother’s Day, I created a shirt for my sun using Simplicity S8180 view A, I modified S1453 view A and turned it into a peplum top for my daughter. I also modified Megan Nielsen’s Matilda Dress pattern and turned the bodice into a cropped spring jacket for myself. I will be doing a YouTube tutorial on this at a later date, so subscribe to my channel to stay on top of new uploads.

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March 3, 2018
FaithStJules

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Day and Night Dress Challenge

Hi everyone!! I hope that you are all doing well. Today I am going to talk about two dress that I made for a “Day and Night Dress Challenge,” that I participated in for the first time this year. This challenge was created by the awesome Elizabeth of elizabethmadethis.com. This year’s theme is coffee and cocktails, which is perfect, because that’s often times how my friends and I get together when we get a moment from our busy lives to get girl’s time in. We either meet for coffee or cocktails.

Coffee With Friends Dress

For this dress, I modified Simplicity 8136

As you can see, it was designed by Mimi G as a peplum top. I lengthened the people portion of the top and turned it into a dress. I must say that I was completely pleased with the outcome. I couldn’t stop twirling in it.

Cocktail Dress

For this dress I used a pattern that I consider my T.N.T (tried and true) pattern, McCalls 6886

I sewed view A. The only modification that I made was to shorten the dress a little so that it would fit my 5’3″ frame. This is by far one of my favorite patterns, because I can use it as a foundation to create other designs such as any t-shirt or dress design that I can imagine. It’s also very quick to sew.

Thank you guys for checking out my blog. Please take a moment to check out elizabethmadethis.com for more info. on this challenge. There is still time for you to participate. Have a great day you guys.

February 18, 2018
FaithStJules

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Father-Daughter Dance 2018

Hello everyone!! Happy Saturday!! The time has come again, for the father-daughter dance. This year, the theme is Paris, which made my daughter so very excited, because all she ever talks about is being a famous pastry chef in Paris. Even her room is Paris themed.

Being the little fashionista that she is, my daughter sent me on a mission to make her a dress for the dance as I do every year, except this year she sent a picture from Pinterest for me to use as inspiration for her dress.

I decided that I would make her dress by doing a pattern hack. I used Burda Kids 9379 for the bodice. I did however, draft my own sleeves because I wanted to create a long sleeve puffed sleeve for the dress.

I also used Mccalls 7112 for the tulle skirt of the dress.

The dress turned out beautifully, and she was so happy with the finished project, which made me happy as well. Now, off to the dance she goes with the first man she ever loved, her daddy. Her dad told her that she was beautiful and that he was proud to escort her to the dance, and that made my heart so happy to see them have moments like this.

To top off her outfit, I made a necktie for her and purchased a beret to complete her look.

Thank you guys for taking the time to read my blog, I truly appreciate it.

February 15, 2018
FaithStJules

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McCalls 7723 and 7726: Black, White, and Red

Hi everyone! Happy Thursday! Today I am coming to you guys with M7723 and M7726. I have been drooling over both of these patterns since McCalls came out with their early spring catalog. As soon as I received my fabric, I got to work.

For both patterns, I did not have to make any changes. For the top I used a black and white floral stretch cotton from Fabric Mart. I used a red stretch cotton fabric that I purchased at Joanns to make the M7726 pants.

My favorite part of the top is the double peplum and grommet detail. I had way too much fun adding the grommet to my shirt.

I decided to add a red ribbon to give a pop of color to the top, and I love it. I plan on switching out different colored ribbons with fun prints as I wear this top from time to time.

I absolutely love my pants, and I plan on making many more over time. The fit is amazing and it is very comfortable.

Thank you guys for taking the time to read my blog you guys, it means a lot to me. Please feel free to comment below.

February 10, 2018
FaithStJules

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McCalls 7691: Running Errands

Happy Saturday everyone!! It is a bit gloomy and wet here in Atlanta, GA, but it’s still a beautiful day to me because I woke up healthy, and have been blessed to see another day with my family. Being a working mom means that the weekends are when I have to run most of my errands, because my weekdays are taken up by work and activities for the children. Today, I don’t mind running around because I feel comfy in my new me made sewfit.

I used McCalls 7691 and used a fun Premium Paola Brushstrokes Black Liverpool Knit from L.A. Finch Fabrics to complete this look. I also used a ribbed knit fabric from my stash for the sleeves and the upper bodice of the top to give a little contrast.

The only change that I made was to shorten the leggings by two inches because I am 5’3″.

I absolutely love this pattern, I am definitely adding it to my TNT (tried and true) list. I am going to make this and the other option in different fabric choices.

I ran around town, went grocery shopping, and was comfortable and stylish through it all. Though the weather was a bit gloomy, this outfit brightened my day.

Here’s another way to style McCalls 7691. I paired mine with a DIY knit pencil skirt, booties, and layered necklaces. Now I’m ready for a date night with the hubby or a girl’s night out with my favorite ladies. This is a TNT (tried and true) pattern, because I can make it, dress it up, dress it down, and feel fabulous either way.

Thank you guys for taking the time to read my blog. Follow me on Instagram to see other sewing projects that may not make it to the blog.

January 30, 2018
FaithStJules

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McCalls 7482: Little Red Trendy Hood

Hello everyone! I am coming to you today with a pattern that is meant to be used for athletic wear, but, being the rebel that I am, I decided to go my own way with it. The pattern is M7482, I sewed view B.

In order to make the jacket that I had in mind, I had to find the perfect fabric, and that I did, at my local Joanns Fabric store. I purchased a floral and a solid black stretch corduroy denim fabrics. I wanted to do a contrast like the photo on the pattern envelope, but I wanted it to stand out.

Due to the fact that the stretch denim fabric that I chose only had a crosswise stretch, and not a two-way stretch like the fabric that is suggested on the pattern package, I had to add an extra 1/2 seam allowance to ensure a perfect fit.

Another decision that I made was to add a lining in the hood using a red linen favric that I had in my stash. I added lining because I knew that with the hood being larger than a normal, the inside would be visible, plus, I wanted to add a little drama.

I absolutely loved the way that my jacket turned out. It is so cool and trendy, yet fun and comfortable. I went against the construction direction a little bit and put the contrasting sleeve on the solid colored side of the jacket instead of the contrasting side as suggested by the pattern company.

I hope that you enjoyed my version of M7482. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Please continue scrolling up for more photos of “Little Red Trendy Hood.” Until next time, have a blessed and joyful day.

January 24, 2018
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Sewing Saved Me

For me, sewing is not just about needles, threads, fabrics, etc. For me, sewing has been something that has saved me mentally. Please watch the video below to learn about me and the impact that sewing has had on my life. Also watch the video your of my sewing space. Follow me on Instagram to see photos of my latest projects that I did not blog about. Thank you guys for taking the time to read my blog, have a wonderful day.