Friday, February 9, 2018

This will be it

At least for 2 weeks...#week6challenge....

I am SAD about it also. I have been getting so much done...But my house is going to experience a surge of guests tomorrow evening and it isn't going to let up until I am home from the Princess Half Marathon weekend in 2 weeks...

There will be no time to sew..Next weekend we will be on a little cruise and then running running running....So for my week 6 challenge of sewing something red or pink. I made a tie!

Pattern is by Vanilla Joy
http://www.vanillajoy.com/free-printable-original-boys-neck-tie-pdf-pattern.html

I did slim it width wise and lengthened it. But Nerd Minnie is ready to run the half!

See you in 2 weeks when I get home to catch up on the challenge!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

This is the reason

That I love to sew for myself. Retail clothing is drafted for women 5'6" and taller..On a good day I am 5'2"..So styles I love just won't work. Its not fun to alter retail. For one thing the construction sometimes makes it impossible
 This is the Cerena Romper from Rebecca Page ladies-romper-pattern . I fell in love with this pattern a while ago and thought what the heck. hahahah...So I cut it out of fabric I didn't really care about. Fabric that doesn't even really match lol..But that way I would not be too bummed if I chucked it..But guess what? I LOVE THIS!
 I did have to modify a bit. The top needed to be shortened and the waist graded in. I also did not do the invisible zipper. i will do that on the next one. I am so happy with this it is making the cruise list!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Using a Newer Pattern

#week5challenge
This was not my original intended pattern. I had set out to make the Watson Bra by Cloth Habit.
https://shop.clothhabit.com/products/watson-bra-bikini?variant=939719301

But I encountered a couple of problems. First of all my hardware kit didn't get here in time for me to make my deadline. But I also ordered from Canada knowing it takes longer to get through customs. So I think I was sabotaging myself. Lol

I also knew I would be testing a new pattern this week and my focus needed to be on that.I can't post about it yet but I will soon. Its a SUPER cute pattern :)....

So enter my second choice. 
https://www.madeformermaids.com/product/lacebundle/

Made 4 Mermaids Mama Bridgette. Its part of the newLounge & Lace pattern Collection. I should have also used the Victoria for the bottoms but I am a bit in love with the Ohhh Lulu Claudia Hipsters.

http://www.ohhhlululingerie.com/product/claudia-hipster-panties-pdf-sewing-pattern/

I will be making the Victorias soon but I needed a pattern that would be a no brainer. Lol..I have made so many I could do it in my sleep! 

Now the lace I ordered from Surge Fabrics. It is YUMMY!! All in all I am totally happy with this new pattern. Easy for a beginner and yet fun for someone like myself who has been sewing for years. I am going to have fun experimenting with the Bralette for sure..

Now I am just hoping it will fit the recipient! 



Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Sew Something For A Boy

#week4challange

You wouldn't think this one would be hard..I mean 2 monsters and all..But it was! You can get away with a lot for girls..Doll clothes, baby blankets,fluffy and fru fru stuff..Not so much with boys. My monsters don't need anything clothing wise..If they do I make it at the time. I thought about a car tote/holder..Wasnt doing it for me.

Hubby wants some matching ties to dresses I own but I don't have any fabric for dresses that would make a good tie. Hmmmmmm...OH YEAH. The Swoon Atlas Rucksack pattern. https://swoonpatterns.com/shop/atlas-rucksack/

I can not say enough good things about Swoon pattens. They are so well put together and the instructions are AMAZING...Not to mention they have a TON of free bag patterns. This is the PERFECT gift! Especially for a guy. My hubby has his order in for one. I just need to stop making them for gifts and one for him! Lol







Personal monogram
Added Key fob.
I LOVE the detail!
It is love for this pattern <3 p="">
I also completed 5 more skirts! Three of course are for that BFF that puts her order in everytime she visits hahahahah

Sneak peek at the Princess 10k costumes for us.




 LOVE this print!
And I am ending the day with and amazing chardonnay in my beautiful new Lolita Glass...HOW COOL IS THIS GLASS??

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Something to make sewing easier.....

Or in other words #week3challenge....This was not easy for me..For one thing I have been loving the fact that I could keep vacation/capsule/gift sewing and still keep with in the 52 week guidelines...This I could not make anything fit...

But then the end of last week I lost the presser foot to my Pfaff.The foot I use the most often! Now anyone that knows me knows I am organized chaos at best. But I NEVER lose parts to my machine. My beloved love of my life! 2 hours later and I was running for my laptop. To start pricing a replacement...

I put the laptop on the cutting table and just happened to look down to the side.
Yep...It is what it is....I have lost my marbles...
But what it meant was I knew what to make for week 3! A little bit of fabric,boning, and rice and I am now just a bit more organized..


This is the tutorial I used :).

The only thing I did alter was to add a pattern weight to the rice bag for a bit more weight..Now I am off to look for my seam ripper. THAT I misplace all the time...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Week 2..Crushed it!

#week2challenge

I am having a lot of fun with this challenge and I am proud to say I am stepping out of my box!

I have 4 purses to make for an upcoming girls night and I chose the Sweetpea from Blue Cala patterns. The best part is its a free pattern!

https://bluecallapatterns.com/collections/free-patterns

I did do some modifications to the back. I enlarged the pdf pattern to 120%. I then squared up the front flap. To the inside I added an extra pocket and a key fob. You can NEVER have enough pockets! In fact I may add more. :)..Key fobs are just a staple for EVERY bag I make.
I hate searching for keys.
This bag is a cross body and by enlarging it I think its going to be the perfect size! I found the fabrics at Walmart. All but the fairy frost I used for the lining..I really should have saved it for a quilt but it is so yummy I couldn't help it. I pulled it from my stash so pretty sure I can find some more ;)...

So now I can get back to work on the dozens of other things I need done before the end of next month!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Week 1 of 52 in the books!

#week1challenge Warm/Soft Accept the challenge or Reject...I chose to Accept with a twist..Lol..Now that I live in Florida I just don't need as much of the warm as I used too..I am never going to get tired of saying that! I just couldn't get a feel on the soft. So I decided to make a Swimsuit!

I need a good suit that is modest for our trip to Sri Lanka in July. I happen to have a load of swim fabric that I purchased off of Ebay a few years back so I thought lets give this a go!

I used 5outof4's Escapade Tankini and Riptide reversible shorts. Except for a few minor tweaks I am VERY happy with how it turned out! So much so that if I get all my other sewing for the trip done I will be making another set!

The pattern was very easy to follow with great pictures to follow.

Sorry my pictures are not very professional on any of these but it was a long sewing day and I was NOT modeling the suit for y'all..

 Now the next finish was not a challenge finish. But I am so IN LOVE with this dress! This is Sis Boom Pattern CO's Rebecca dress...Appropriate name I thought :)...

I actually did get fabric for this dress..I really wanted a Lily Pulitzer feel for it.  Again I was happy with the instructions for this pattern and would recommend it to any seamstress..There is a zipper but the instructions are very clear and easy to follow..

I can't wait to wear it!
 My last finish of the day was a Pencil skirt from Patterns for Pirates..I use this pattern a LOT...This one is a bit modified for the recipient..She wanted about 6 inches added and it to not taper on the bottom. So from the widest part of the hip I took the pattern straight down.

You do get a modeled picture of this as I had to send it to her to tell her I had changed my mind and was going to keep it...Hahahah...She texted me back a few not nice words...Sigh..I guess she will still get it..

Isn't the fabric just yummy tho! She found it on Etsy and had it sent to me. I WILL be finding out where and making another one..

So tomorrow I am hoping to finish a few more things! I am making progress on my list though :)...I need a countdown widget!

This will be it

At least for 2 weeks...#week6challenge.... I am SAD about it also. I have been getting so much done...But my house is going to experience ...