December 31, 2017
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Year End Sewing

Hi everyone!! Happy New Year!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸΈπŸ₯‚

This year has been sew wonderful and I have actually sewn more this year than I’ve ever seen before. I guess you can say that I found my sewjo πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ (corny, I know). Well, enough with the chit chat, let me get straight to my final two sewfits of 2017. Over the Christmas holiday, I made a dress that was so easy to sew, that I shocked my slow sewing self by finishing it in 30 minutes. That dress is M6886. I call it my foundation pattern, because you can use it as a base pattern to create other designs. For my dress, I used a plaid Ponte knit that I found at my local Joanns.

My next look is a look that I created for a monthly sewing challenge on Instagram, it is called “Sew Your View.” The host posts a pattern and participants sew their favorite view and use the #sewyourview on Instagram when they post photos of their makes. For my sewfit, I used a floral terry knit purchased from Boho Fabrics to make my knit drawstring bodice lightweight hooded sweater using M7688. I sewed view E and added the hood from view C. I also made a pair of faux leather pants to complete the outfit, along with some fabulous heels given to me by my best friend. I will definitely be using this pattern again, there are many great options to choose from.

Well, there you have it folks, my final sewing projects to finish out 2017 πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰. I am not the resolution type, I just hope to grow more as a Christian, a wife, a mother, and push myself more in my sewing. What do you guys hope to accomplish in 2018? Share your thoughts in the comment section, and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @faithstjules.

Thank you all for reading my blog. Have a safe and happy 2018. Scroll to see my top nine for 2017.

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November 19, 2017
FaithStJules

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Red Velvet

Hi everyone!! I am back again with a new love……..velvet 😍😍😍😍. I remember when I was a kid and my mother used to dress me up in atrocious green and red velvet dresses for the holidays. Well, at the ripe old age of 35, I have decided to try velvet again, and this time around, since I get to choose how I wear it, I love me some velvet. It kind of makes sense, since my favorite dessert is red velvet cake πŸ˜‹.

This weekend I decided to make a mommy and me look for my daughter using Simplicity pattern 8105 for my daughter’s dress and McCalls Pattern 7660 for my top. I used a beautiful velvet fabric that I picked up at Hobby Lobby.

Alterations/modifications: For my daughter’s dress I turned view B into a dress by lengthening it by 4 inches. I did not make any major modifications to my top, I just shortened the sleeve by 3 inches, because I am petite and my arms are shorter. Here is a link that gives great tips on sewing with velvet, http://www.threadsmagazine.com/2009/11/17/how-to-sew-velvet-like-a-pro

Thank you for reading my blog, I hope it inspires you to create something. Please scroll up for photos. Here is a link from Threads magazine that gives great tips on sewing with velvet.

November 15, 2017
FaithStJules

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My Favorite Season

Hello everyone! It’s been a long time since I’ve written a blog, but I have been sewing like crazy lately. Fall/Winter is my favorite time of the year. My style is comfy chic, and nothing is more comfortable to me than snuggly sweaters and anything made of knit fabric. This season, I have made a bomber jacket, an awesome fall dress, and an out of this world gorgeous tunic that I have worn too many times to count (It’s so fun and comfy). I even made an hilarious video about my pattern stash.

Please scroll up for photos and my “Bodak Pattern” video. Also, follow me on Instagram to keep up with my projects that do not make it on my blog.

August 27, 2017
FaithStJules

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Sew Blue: Mommy and Me

Hello everyone. I hope all is well with you. This week has been sew productive for me. I have been trying to tackle some of my pattern stash, and some of my fave patterns are by Mimi G. Her style and skills are impeccable. I have been following her work since she started on YouTube, so it is very cool to see how far she has come. I purchased some fabric from one of my favorite fabric stores, Promenade Fabrics online and used it to make a killer dress for myself and a skirt for my lovely daughter.

Pattern used: For my dress, I used Simplicity 8221 by Mimi G and I self drafted my daughter’s pocketed skirt with fabric that I had left over.

Fabric Used: I used a blue floral cotton sateen that I purchased at promenadefabrics.com.

Modifications Made: The only modification that I made was to shorten the dress and sleeve length to match my 5’3″ frame.

Favorite detail: I loved the double collar on the dress, it made the dress so fashionable and chic.

Was this an easy pattern to sew?: This pattern may be a bit tricky for beginners, but Mimi G had a tutorial on YouTube, which is very helpful in making this dress.

Would you use this pattern again?: I would definitely use this pattern again. Fall is almost here, and this dress would look awesome with boots.

Thank you guys for taking the time to read my blog, continue scrolling for more photo’s.

August 16, 2017
FaithStJules

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The Pattern of the Summer

I Hello everyone! Today I am coming to you with one of the most popular pattern of the summer, Vogue 9253.

and I must say that McCalls Pattern Company really hit the ball out of the park with this pattern. If you follow sewers on any social media platform, this is one pattern that you would have seen everywhere. After seeing everyone tackle this pattern, I decided that I would finally make it, but would take my own spin on it.

Pattern Used: I used Vogue pattern M9253.

Fabric Used: I used a printed cotton eylet cotton fabric that I purchased at Joanns Fabric.

Modifications Made: The cleavage of the pattern is very low cut, which is a little out of my comfort zone, so I shortened the cleavage. I also shortened the length of the dress to 22 inches.

Was this an easy pattern to sew?: This pattern was very easy to sew, and the instructions were very easy to follow.

Would you use this pattern again?: Yes, I definitely plan on using this pattern a lot, especially now that I have more time on my hand to sew a new wardrobe. There are so many ways to experiment with this pattern, and I plan on exploring them.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, scroll below to see more photos.

By the way, I was chosen as one of McCalls Pattern Company’s “fave make of the week.” Yay!!!

August 10, 2017
FaithStJules

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Comfort Blanket Project

Hello everyone! It has been a while since I have been on here, but I am back and am so excited about a current project that I am working on, however, for this project to be a success, I need your help.

As many of us know from our own childhood and/or from being parents, children love their blankies. My son is about to be eight years old, and he still carries around his favorite Spider-Man blankie. There is just something about a blanket that brings comfort to many. For that reason, I am partnering with my sewing sister ElleRussSew to start the Comfort Blanket Project.

THE PLAN

I am asking my fellow sewers and non-sewers to sew or create no sew blankets to donate to the children at the Children’s Hospital of Atlanta. I need at least 100 blankets no larger than 2 yards by December 10, 2017. However, you can continue sending blankets through February 5, 2018, because I would like to donate the remainder of the blankets to the Pregnancy Resource Center.

INSTRUCTIONS

The blankets must be made of fleece and be brand new (no old blankets due to the health of the children). You can sew your own blanket or no sew blanket, or you can purchase a blanket. The blankets can be solid or print, as long as it is unisex. Here is a quick tutorial on how to make a sewn or no-sew fleece blanket. Once you have completed your blankets please write a short inspiring note to go with your blanket and mail it to the address below.

Comfort Blanket Project

470 Dacula Rd

P.O. Box 482

Dacula, GA 30019

Thank you so very much for your participation, it is truly appreciated. What an inspiring thing when we use our gifts to bless others.

June 27, 2017
FaithStJules

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Until Next Time New York

As I aimlessly stare out the car window on the last three hours of our drive home from New York, I can’t help but to feel blessed beyond measure. 

Every year for the last three years after my husband’s parents moved back to New York with his sister and her family, we have made it a point to visit them in the summer. This visit was a bit different emotionally. After nine years of marriage, I felt like my in-laws and I truly bonded. I don’t know if it was due to all the excitement over my niece’s high school graduation or having their only son back with them, but the sense of family, love, and good times filled the atmosphere. I must admit that it made me a little emotional.

Let me give you a little insight into my relationship with my in-laws. Our inability to fully connect has nothing to do with dislikes, family issues, nor any of the obvious in-law reasonings.  It all boils down to one word, CULTURE. You see, my in-laws are from Haiti, and I am Jamaican-American. There is a huge language barrier that stands between us like a force field. My mother and father-in-law both speak English, but not comfortable. Whenever we would have get togethers, I would end up sitting with the kids because they were the only ones that I could communicate with effectively. 

From the time that we got there to the time that we left, I noticed them trying harder to connect with me, which made me open up more. I even watched YouTube videos on basic Creole so that I could make an effort to better communicate with my husband’s family, and it seemed to have worked, because we laughed, danced, talked, and floated on the wings of togetherness, and it was amazing. I also didn’t have to sit at the kid’s table. 

My plan when I get home is to get better at speaking their language by next summer’s visit so that we can get even closer, and talk about things that were unspoken because of our cultural and language difference. 

My in-laws and family on my hubby’s side.

My niece the high school graduate. We a so very proud of her.

Wearing: black denims from Macy’s, a blue tank from forever 21, and a printed kimono that I made using

Simplicity 1108

Tony Awards Sewing Competition

June 20, 2017

Hello everyone. I hope all is well with you. There are a lot of things that I dream of doing, but I often let FEAR get in the way. Well, This month I told fear to get out of my face and take several seats.

I love memes with that baby in it πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Anyways, I entered a sewing competition and was one of five people accepted. The first challenge was, “Tony Awards.” The contestants had to pick a McCalls company pattern of their choice to make a formal dress for the Tony Awards. I chose Vogue pattern 1533. First of all, let me say that this pattern is not for beginners unless you just want to challenge yourself. There is a lot of intricate details that needs to be done right in order for the dress to really look well made.

 I did not really make any alterations except for shortening the length a little, because I am only 5’3″. To make the gown, I used a royal blue crepe back satin fabric and an embroidered tulle fabric for the overlay. This was the longest I’ve ever spent making a dress from a pattern, but I must say that I am very pleased and proud of the results. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog, it is very much appreciated. Scroll for photos.

June 10, 2017
FaithStJules

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Little Girl or Little Woman: dressing our daughters age appropriate.Β 

Hello everyone. I hope that you are all enjoying your day. I was scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest for little girls fahion ideas, and while doing so, I noticed that most of the little girls were dressed way above their age range, and rather skimpy. It got me thinking whether a line existed anymore between what is appropriate clothing for little girls or not. As a mother of a little girl, nothing makes me smile more than when I see a little girl all dressed up in her cutest outfit. This is what made me interested in joining the children’s clothing market. I love making fun and fashionable clothing for my daughter and other little girls, but what saddens me, are the little girls whom are dressed like tiny adult women. If you have scrolled through most social media formats, I am sure you have seen photos of little girls wearing ripped jeans with exposed skin, tiny shorts and midriff showing. I promise you that I am not a prude, I love seeing kids look fashionable and trendy, but we have to ask ourselves, where the line is drawn between a little girl and a grown woman. 

Do not get me wrong parents, I am not walking around with the staff of judgement, I am simply a concerned parent who is speaking on her observations. I am not stating that children should look like Laua Ingalls from “Little House on the Prairie,” I am just simply saying that we need to be mindful of how we dress our little girls. 

I remember seeing a little girl maybe around age 8 or 9 on the beach in Florida wearing a two-piece string bikini that matched her mother’s. The first thought that came to mind was “wow, why does a little girl need a string bikini?” I love doing mommy and me looks with both my daughter and my son, but you will see a difference in the way mine is styled and the way my daughter’s is styled.  As you can see by the photo below of my daughter and I, she is wearing leggings under her dress, while I am not, and her shoes are age appropriate. However, she is still trendy and fashionable. 

Little girls will not be little girls forever, but while they are, let’s do our best to dress them and teach them to carry themselves as such. As the older people used to say when I was a child, “A child needs to stay in a child’s place.” Have a great day everyone. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. 

June 3, 2017
FaithStJules

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My Design: The Jaime dress

Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a wonderful day. The weekend is underway and I got so much sewing prep done for my future sewing projects. One of my best project is a design that I worked on this past week for my daughter. I call it the “Jaime dress.” It is a halter dress with tie shoulder straps and pull strings encased in the waist of the dress.

I used a honeycomb printed cotton. For some reason though, whenever I look at the dress, I crave candy corn πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹. I also lined the dress with cotton broadcloth to give it a clean finished look. 

I am happy to say that she loves the dress, and I had to beg her to take it off so that I can wash it πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.