Wanna Learn to Sew?

As you might imagine if you’re a seamstress, I get asked to sew for people quite a bit.  My answer is always a resounding NO for many reasons including sewing for others is not something that I enjoy, I hate sewing to deadlines and most importantly, sewing for others takes time away for sewing for myself and that’s just unacceptable.  In the past, I’ve offered to teach those closer to me to sew when they’ve asked which is great but also time consuming, but now I have ability to refer everyone to Mimi G’s online sewing course which for $11.97 per month is quite a steal.  There’s something for the novice and seasoned seamstress alike, even kids have signed up and are having great success and the courses for 2017 are phenomenal!  If you want to learn to sew or know someone who does check out  Sew It Academy

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Happy New Year!

Is it just me or is anyone else having a hard time believing it’s already 2017?  It seems like last year just flew by which actually I’m starting to dread a little since my children seem to be getting older so fast.  I tried to sew a bit more in 2016 so check out my year in review.

As always, there are a few pieces that I just somehow didn’t get photographed.  I always have such grand sewing plans but with work and a busy family,  life often gets in the way.  I could go on about how I’m still not sewing as much as I’d like but instead I’ll be grateful for the pieces I was able to make and the sewing accomplishments achieved this year.

Looking forward to seeing what the New Year brings!

McCalls 7429 – My Birthday Dress

My birthday was yesterday and thank you all for the wonderful birthday wishes.  I am so happy for the online sewing community and friends that I have made over the years.  You guys are amazing and mean the world to me.

I celebrate my birthday all month but usually do some kind of gathering close to the actual day.  Of course a celebratory gathering calls for a new dress.  This year I chose McCall’s 7429 which I’d had my eye on since it came out.  I’ve never made a twist knot dress before although I have seen patterns around but something about this one compelled me to take the plunge.  I’ve seen a few of these made up and the dress looks great on many different shapes so of course I had to give it a shot.

Pattern Review:

Pattern Description: Close-fitting pullover dress has front twist detail at waist and neckline variations. A, C: Sleeveless. A, D: Mock-neck collar. B: Long sleeves. D: Short sleeves. Note: No provisions provided for above waist adjustment.

Pattern Sizing: 6-22

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty Close

Were the instructions easy to follow? ABSOLUTELY NOT!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I am definitely enamored with the style and I think it’s super flattering on me and everyone else that I’ve seen it on, however, the instructions go completely south when it comes to assembling the dress from the twist on. Luckily I’m confident in my sewing abilities and understand construction so I ended up abandoning the instructions after a bit, laying the dress out first on the floor to figure out what went where for the twist and then later pinning the front on my dress form to figure out the construction after the twist. The skirt portion of the dress is actually a wrap skirt which you can’t really detect from the pattern pictures or line drawings but certainly would have been helpful to know at the beginning of construction.

Fabric Used: I used an ITY knit from fabric.com

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I had seen this dress on someone who I know is the same height as I am and knew I wanted the dress to be slightly longer because I like my dresses to hit just below the knee so I added two inches to the hem. I also shortened the sleeves for the view that I made which was View B but I used the shorter sleeve of View D.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? This dress gave me fits because of the instructions but once I figured it out, it really is a pretty easy sew. Once I get back on speaking terms with this pattern, I’m sure I’ll make it at least once more because it is very cute and has lots of possibility.

Conclusion: This pattern results in a great, very flattering dress and is something that you can make and wear year round with all of the options BUT be sure to read through the instructions and study the design lines of the pattern so that you get an idea of the construction of the dress before you start the sewing.

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My boots are over the knee boots found at LaneBryant.com. FAB! right?

It’s my Birthday!!!

Today will be pretty low key, I’ll be recovering from yesterday watching movies and spending some time sewing. It’s been a great year am I’m looking forward to seeing what this next year brings. Thank you for all of your kind words, encouragement and support. MUAH 

Budget Fashionista: My Target, F21 and Walmart Finds

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Hi, luvs! I’m in such a good mood today and am having a great day.  I don’t always do OOTD posts because since I started this as a sewing blog, I sometimes forget that you guys might benefit from some of my great RTW finds too.  Now I wouldn’t necessarily describe myself as a bargain/budget shopper, however I do love a good deal, especially when it comes to clothes because as a seamstress, I just find it very difficult to pay full retail prices for things that I could simply make (if I had the time).   I do however buy a lot of basics because I don’t find it quite as fun sewing them.  If you don’t sew, or if you don’t want to sew every outfit, you still don’t have to break the bank to look pulled together.  I put this outfit together for $55 for everything other than the shoes.  The jeans are from F21, the basic turtleneck is from Wal-Mart (Tip: For a roomier fit, check out the men’s department for basic layering pieces like this.  There is usually a broader size range, and they are usually cheaper as they don’t generally price gouge men the way they do plus-size women) and this color-blocked moto jacked is a Target find from a year ago add my oldie but goodie Steve Madden booties and I was ready to go.

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Mimi G for Simplicity 8222 Skinny Jeans Part V

And we’re DONE. This has definitely been an exercise in patience both because of all of the topstitching and waiting the five weeks to follow along with the sew along videos. Let me just say, it was well worth the wait and I can see myself making MANY pairs of jeans because the way these pants feel is AMAZING!!

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Pattern Review:

Pattern Description:  Misses knit jacket and stretch jeans.

Pattern Sizing: 6-22

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? They did indeed.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I actually didn’t use the instructions included with pattern. I followed along with the 5-week sew along videos found Mimi G for Simplicity 8222 Skinny Jeans Part V Here. I made this during the actual sew along so a new video was available each week but now they are all available at once so you won’t have to wait 5 weeks to finish.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I’ve never made jeans before so I loved the new challenge. I love the idea of customizing the fit of my jeans which honestly I’m still working on. But this pattern went together surprisingly quickly and easily. I like that the pattern comes with slim, average and curvy back pieces which allows you to further customize the jeans right from the start rather than having to make those adjustment through multiple muslins. I didn’t dislike this because it’s just part of it but I will mention that top stitching IS NOT for the faint of heart but it is necessary if you want to achieve a RTW look.

Fabric Used: I used a 2% stretch denim from Fabric.com

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made no alterations or design changes with this pair as I considered this my wearable muslin and I wanted to see how the pants work up straight out of the envelope. On my next pair, I will start with one size smaller and then i’ll grade down from there at the knee because I want the pants to be more fitted on my calf. I will also shorten the pants to get them to land just below the ankle. I like my jeans without breaks as I think they look neater. I will actually shorten and re-hem these after I wash them again but since I only washed the denim once before making the jeans, I want to make sure they don’t shrink anymore before I shorten them. I would consider these pants to be mid-rise and the back waistband hits me just at my lower waist. I’m thinking about adding about 1/2″-1″ to the yoke on my next pair but I’m not sure.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I am most definitely going to be sewing many more of these and while I won’t go so far as to say I won’t buy RTW jeans anymore, I can definitely say the fit of these jeans are going to make it really difficult to settle for just any old jeans anymore.

Conclusion:  If you have any interest in sewing jeans please sew these you will not be disappointed. Who am I kidding even if you’ve never thought about sewing jeans before you should give these a try.

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OOTD Denim Tunic and Leggings

So you guys know that I at least try to make most of my clothes but every now and then I see something RTW that is cute and that I think will look great.  I found this great denim high-low tunic at a local boutique, paired it with my trusty black leggings and 9West suede wedge booties and I was off to work.  The weather is starting to cool down, at least this week, so this was the perfect outfit for an early Fall day.

Pardon my wrinkles, I took these pictures after a full day of work but I just had to show you guys this.

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It looks like this could easily be recreated using this Simplicity pattern.

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I love the high-low hemline.  It makes this great to wear with leggings because it gives you great coverage.

I couldn’t leave you without a shot of the shoes.


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Cute right?