Hi everyone! I hope all is well with you. I have been sewing like a maniac lately, and I have been enjoying it. The problem that I was having was how unorganized my project planning has been. Most days when I get ready to sew, I often find myself wishing that I had pre-prepped my projects ahead of time.
The picture above is how I used to organize my projects. I thought that I was so brilliant picking out my fabric and then placing the pattern on top of it. I later found that it was not as organized as I thought it would be. Fabric was piling up and falling off of my shelf. Also, waiting until I was ready to sew meant cutting pattern pieces and fabric before sewing, which was so time consuming. Well, while prepping dinner one morning I looked at the one gallon ziploc bag and thought, “aha.” I picked out a pattern that I wanted to use, cut the pattern to the desired size, cut the fabric, place the fabric and pattern pieces in the ziploc bag, and put it on my shelf until I was ready to use it.
Since I started prepping and placing my projects in a ziploc bag, I have been saving so much time, my sewing time had been cut in half. I take one day to prep my projects for the following week. I am curious to know how you all organize your projects. Please share your ideas, it may help someone else to be better organized themselves.
Thank you all for taking the time to read my blog, have a blessed day.
Hello everyone, I hope that you are all well. This is going to be a short blog. I just wanted to share some good news with you all. I was approached to make six girls dresses for for a photoshoot with Stargazer Photography. I feel so honored to be asked to be a part of this project. A long time ago I learned that if you work hard and stick to something, you will succeed.
For this project I am using satin and chiffon fabric to make the dresses, as well as New Look 6222 and New Look 6202 to create the bodices, which will be designed with braided straps. I am looking forward to completing this project and sharing the final outcome with you all. Below is a sneak peak of one of the dresses that I am working on for the photoshoot. Until next time, thank you for reading my blog, and have a great day.
Hello everyone. I hope all is well with you. I have been sewing like crazy lately, I think that I have truly gotten better at organizing my schedule. I am back in the workforce, and adding that to being a wife and mom means for not much time to do the extracurricular activities that I enjoy. I now keep a schedule book and make sure to write down everything that needs to be done as well as things that I want to do, and surprisingly it has been working out well.
This week I decided to make a circle dress because I have found myself wanting to wear dresses more and more since I have been sewing. Sewing gives me full control over the fabric, the cut, and the length. Shopping at department stores gives me ultimatums, I can only have what they offer. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with department stores, I still shop there, I just love the freedom that sewing gives me. I found this black and white knit fabric at a fabric wholesale warehouse in Atlanta and I fell in love with the pring. I knew right a way that I wanted to make a dress with a really unique bodice.
Pattern Used: I used Simplicity 1613 for the bodice of the dress.
Pattern Alterations: The only alteration that I made to the pattern was instead of making a top as the pattern was made for, I decided to turn it into a dress.
Pattern Review: I love this pattern, there are so many different top choices and I can’t wait to use it again. I think that I will be making the off the shoulder top next time, or maybe I will use it to make another dress.
I am so thrilled to make more clothes, because every year I get rid of most of mine and my family’s clothes and donate them to the church and other organizations that will give to those in need, therefore, my closet is looking a bit empty for summer. Thank you all very much for taking the time to read my blog. Have an awesomely blessed day.
Hi everyone. I hope things are well with you. I love Spring, it is my favorite season. To me spring symbolizes a new beginning, the opportunity to start over again. There has been so many times in my life where I wish that I could just start back from the beginning.
I work in the Children’s Ministry at church, and today all of the church’s assistants were invited to a luncheon as a show of appreciation. I had nothing in my closet that I really cared to wear, so I made a new dress. I went to Joann’s and found this beautiful floral print fabric that just screamed ladies who lunch. The fabric was $10 a yard, but I had a 50% off coupon as well as a 40% off coupon, which brought my total for the 2 1/2 yards of fabric and a zipper to a little over $15.
Pattern Used: I used McCalls MP201 (B) for the bodice and I gathered the skirt part of the fabric.
Pattern Alterations: I only used the bodice pattern and I lengthened the sleeves by about 2 1/2 inches. Instead of completely lining the bodice, I just created a neck facing to ensure a clean finish to the neckline. I also added pockets, because I love a dress with pockets.
Pattern Review: I love this pattern, even though I just used the bodice for this dress, I plan on making another dress and using the full pattern next time. The instructions were very easy to understand.
This is by far my most favorite thing that I’ve sewn. I will be wearing this dress until it fades, lol. Thank you all for taking the time to read my blog, have an awesomely blessed day.
Hi everyone! I hope all is well with you. Today I want to talk about the true cost of sewing your own clothes. Since I got into sewing I have heard so many sewing vloggers and bloggers say how much cheaper it is to sew your own clothes. Well, I am here to let you know that it is both cheaper and more expensive to sew, depending on what you’re fabric taste is.
I love quality clothing that is made with great fabric. For someone like me, sewing is less expensive because instead of paying hundreds of dollars for a Marc Jacobs or DVF dress, I can purchase 2 1/2 yards of fabric for about $35 and up and make an awesome dress for under $100.
In the photo above is a beautiful DVF chiffon dress for $398, as much as I would like to, I can not afford that. Below is a beautiful chiffon fabric from moodfabrics.com for $29.99 per yard and a McCalls dress pattern M7383 which costs between $15-$18 regular price, or you can catch a pattern sale and get if for $1-$1.99. With both the fabric and the pattern, I can make something similar for less.
Now for those who usually spend $39 or less for a nice dress, sewing may be more expensive. I have sewn maxi dresses with knit fabrics that cost between $6.99 and $10, and that means I will have spent about $30 to $40 for about 3 yards of fabric plus the cost of the pattern; but I can find a cute maxi at TJ Maxx or Marshalls for about $25 or $30 which would cost less than making it on my own. However, for me, sewing is more than just the cost. Sewing is about the experience and the process of creating something one of a kind on my own that no one else will have, and that makes it priceless.
What are your thoughts on the subject? Please feel free to comment below. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Have a great and blessed day everyone.
Hello everyone, I hope that you all had a wonderful week. It has been a weird winter here in Georgia, but Saturday was a beautiful day. We spent the whole day outdoors and boy were the little ones happy about that.
Today I am going to share with you all a beautiful and twirlicious skirt that I made. I went on my weekly trip to Joann’s Fabric and found this lovely fabric with famous historical buildings from the fashion capitals printed onto the fabric. The print reminds me of my travel to Paris and New York, hopefully I can add London to the list one day. I brought the fabric home and immediately went to work making a circle skirt with a waist band and side zipper. I wore it to to church and received so many compliments on it, I felt like the bell of the ball.
How was the skirt made?: I made the skirt using a circle skirt pattern that I self drafted a long time ago by taking my waist measurements and dividing it by 6.28. I then measure the length that I wanted the skirt to be and then just connected the dots and cut the pattern out on craft paper. If you want to learn more about how to make a circle skirt, there are many videos out there on youtube.
Was it easy to make?: Circle skirts are one of the easiest things to make, it gets more difficult when you add more technical details like pockets, zipper, lining with zipper, etc. Hemming a circle skirt can get a little tricky because of the curves of the skirt, but if you form your hem and then press it, sewing it is much easier. You can even use hem tape to make thing easier. Circle skirts were actually one of the first things that I learned to sew as a beginner sewer.
What I’m wearing : I am wearing the circle skirt with a knit and mesh top that was gifted to me by a friend for my birthday, black leggings, and my favorite booties that I bought at DSW shoes.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, it is so appreciated. Until next time, have a great week.
Hello everyone. I hope that you are having a great week. My week has been quite busy. Between all of the children’s school and extracurricular activities as well as working and taking care of home, I am shocked that I have time to sleep. I truly feel blessed everyday for the life I have been blessed with. I am not rich, and I do not hold a high position in an office somewhere, but I am loved, needed, and appreciated.
Today I am going to share with you all a project that I recently worked on for a young lady’s sweet sixteen birthday. This was one of my favorite projects because I designed this dress from the bottom up. The young lady’s mother called me and told me that she wanted something fun for her daughter to wear to her sweet sixteen birthday party, but could not find anything exciting in the stores of New York City. Of course when asked I jumped at the chance to make this dress. First after receiving her measurements I drafted a pattern for a sweetheart top with an embroidered sequin overlay and a tulle skirt made of 10 yards of silver tulle.
I worked on the dress for about a week. Sewing the fishing line into the hem to get the curled effect took a long time, but the outcome was so beautiful that it was worth every minute. After completing the dress, I mailed it off to my client and she stated that her daughter loved it so much that she did not want to take it off. Hearing that was a reminder of why I love what I do. The dress was a success, and according to my client, so was the party.
I must admit that I am still on cloud 9 about this project. I am looking forward to many more. Thank you all for reading, have a great day/week until next time.
Hello everyone, I hope your week is going well. As for mine, it’s been great because my hand has been healing well, and my doctor has given me the okay to get back to sewing next week. I am so excited, because sewing is my happy time and my therapy; I am sure that sewers out there can relate. Today I am going to share with you all a “sewfit” that I made for my daughter. I love to sew for myself, but it brings me so much joy to be able to sew for my family, and my seven year old daughter is one of my biggest fans. She gets so excited when I make clothes for her, she says that she loves wearing one of a kind clothing and not looking like everyone at school. With her love for clothing, I feel so blessed that I know how to sew because her love for fashion would break the bank. For this project, I used McCalls MP442 for the top and M6949 for the leggings.
Fabric Used: I used a purple and gray jersey knit fabric for the top and a purple ponte knit fabric for the leggings. I found both fabrics at a wholesale fabric store in my city.
Modifications: I cut a size 6 and took about an inch and a half from the waist of the top and two inches from the waist of the pants, I also added one inch to the length of the pants. I wanted the length of the pants to be longer than needed so that it would still fit her this summer.
Were the instructions easy to follow: The instructions were very easy to follow, even for beginning sewers.
What do you like most about this pattern: As with many of the patterns that I buy, I love that you have so many clothing choices from both patterns that I used for this project. I have already made two other tops from MP442 for my daughter and used a thicker fabric to turn one of the tops into a sweater. I also love that I can extend the length of the tops to make dresses, which I plan on doing this spring and summer. I have also used M6949 to make more leggings and a cardigan.
She loves this outfit and has worn it over and over again, which means success for me. Until next time, thank you all for reading my blog, I hope that you enjoyed it. Have a wonderful and safe week.
Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you, and that you had a wonderful holiday. I have not posted in a while because I had carpal tunnel sugery. The first couple of days were very painful once the numbing wore off, but now my carpal tunnel pain is gone and I can get back to sewing, and other DIYs that I enjoy. I am so ready to share with you all, 2016 will be my year of little talk and more action, and I hope that you all join me on this journey. Today I am going to talk about my new favorite thing; the houndstooth cardigan that I made using MCcall pattern 7254. I have had this pattern for a while and have been looking for just the right print and fabric to bring it to life, and I did.
Fabric Used: I found a red, white, and black ponte knit fabric which was bold enough to make a statement, but refined enough to bring a chic look to any outfit that you pair it with.
Modifications: For this cardigan, I did not have to make a lot of modifications, I cut a size 12 and took two inches off in the back because I wanted to to have a distinctive curve to the shape of the cardigan.
Were the instructions easy to follow?: The instructions were very easy to follow, but If you are not knowledgeable about sewing basics, you will have a hard time with the terms and instructions.
What do you like most about this pattern?: This pattern offers five different cardigan styles to choose from and I plan on making more to add to my wardrobe. You can also use this pattern throughout the year by using lighter knits and shortening the sleeves (if you desire) for the warmer months and using thicker fabrics for the colder months.
What I’m wearing: I paired my cardigan with a black stretch pants that I made a long time ago with my own pattern (pattern created using another pair of pants that I own), platforms that I bought from Payless, a simple black tee, and a beautiful necklace that was gifted to my by a good friend. I wore all black with this look because I wanted the cardigan to stand out and the color to pop.