Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Metropolitan Museum in New York City

Today was a great day, I spent the day in Manhattan hanging out with Toy at the Met. For a review and great photos of the dresses visit Ann's blog. After the exhibit of course it was imperative to eat a Sabrett hot dog. We then went to 28 street to shop. LORDDDDD, thank you Toy. I bought a couple of top for very reasonable price. I will be going back at the end of the summer. We said our goodbyes and I headed to Times Square one of my favorite places in the city. Of course I stop at Chop'T salad bar and bought a Santa Fe salad ( avocado, tomatoes, greens, fried onions with pepper jack cheese with romaine lettuce and chipote dressing). The portion is enough for two people. Finally, I made my way  home.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Simplicity 1639 Take II

This is the third version of S-1639 made out of silk fabric that has been in my stash for a few years. This one is for my daughter.
I washed the fabric three times in cold water and the fabric bleed each time. In fact the pink bleed onto the white in some areas. I had three yards and I was able to cut the blouse out, t the rest of the fabric went into the trash bin. I wanted to trash all of it, but my daughter love the print so much I kept it. She loves it and that is all that matters.
The front neckline on the pattern had a  V-shape neckline. I did not want a V-shape neckline instead I made the neckline round.
The only alteration I made was 1/2 slope shoulder adjustment and added 1-inch to the length.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Hello and What I Did After My Last Post

Gee, It has been a month since I wrote a post. Life sometimes gets in the way, anyway I did have some sewing related fun. So, here it goes:
 1. After posting about my Christmas quilt and feeling a bit depressed, I decide to start a second quilt. Here is the pic below
2.I completed a second top Simplicity Sew Simple 1639. Here is the pic

I met my dear friend Sheila in Brooklyn the end of June and did a fabric run. Here is a peek of the loot 

On July 1, I went to the Bronx, New York to visit Ms. Louise; mom #2. Before getting to my final destination I stop at Fordham fabrics. I bought 6 yds of Chambray for $1.50/yd. This fabric is awesome, it washes beautiful. Chambray is a fabric that is classic, and durable. 

On July 4th I spent the day relaxing with family. We ate burgers, drank Kool-Aid and watch the soccer game between Columbia and Brazil. My family and I truly enjoy all the world cup games. 

On Saturday July 5, I went to A.C. Moore and somehow the next thing I knew I came home, opened the trunk of my car and three large bags of fabrics were in the trunk. Honestly I don’t even remember going to Jo-Ann’s. Anyway this morning I took pics of the loot and I notice that all the fabrics were $2.00 - $1.50/yd. This is strange? Have this happened to you? LOL! Here is a pic of the loot.



Friday, June 6, 2014

Christmas Quilt Update & Feeling Sad

Remember this post, I worked on the quilt until the beginning of 2013. This quilt is hand sewn.  I took the pic below November 2012. At the beginning of 2013 I put the quilt away to give my right hand and shoulder some time to  rest. The first hundreds hexagons I cut out by hand. The quilt is sewn like a puzzle, working on the quilt I realize that I could work on individual sections and then attach it to the main quilt. In order to do that the hexagons needed to be precise. Sooo, I bought the Cricut mini, program it and  500 laser cut paper hexagons were cut in less than 30 minutes. All the supplies and fabric for this project were stored in a large tote except the quilt. Today makes one year I cannot find the quilt, I don't know where it is, Last summer I looked everywhere, I did the same last winter and today I came home from work and rip the sewing cave apart. I cannot find it. The quilt is a lot larger than the picture below.
I feel sad because so much handwork went into this quilt. Lesson learned no more UNFINISHED PROJECTS. Make it or trash it.   Hubby suggested to cut out more hexagon, half the size of the original hexagon and start another quilt. If I ever find the quilt it will become a wall hanging.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Simplicity Sew Simple 1639

Earlier today I read Cennetta's post regarding her absent blogging and sewing  mojo; after reading the comments I forced my blogging mojo out from its hiding place. I sewed this blouse two weeks ago; the second blouse is almost done and I will be sewing two blouses for my DD.

Here is the review

Pattern Description:
Simplicity Sew Simple loose fitting blouse.

Pattern Sizing:
6-18. I used the size 6

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

Were the instructions easy to follow?
 I did not read the instructions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
No dislikes. I like that it an easy pattern to sew

Fabric Used:
Silky Polyester from my stash and polyester organza to underline the neck facing..

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
None. A word of caution- the pattern has 8.5-inches of ease above your body measurements.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I will sew it again and again. And I do recommend it.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Parade of Skirts- January Recap

January was a productive sewing month; I sewed seven skirts over three weekends: 2- navy blue, 1- camel color, 1- camel & black, 2- black and 1- black & white hound tooth.
The photo on the left; I am wearing the houndtooth skirt. Can I tell you how much I love this skirt. This is how I will wear it on casual Fridays at work.
The photo to the right is an example of how I will wear the same skirt on date night; depending on where hubby and I are going I can wear fabulous gladiator shoes or strappy sandals and up my make-up game.

 Here I'm  showcasing the black skirt. In both photos I am wearing a blouse that has been in my closet for a long time. I love this look because I can wear it to work and add a jacket on the days when my job duty requires me to go to court or I have to meet with representatives from X, Y or Z company or corporation.
I will say my work environment is relax ( when you are not dealing with the public) casual business to conservative ( dealing with the public or going to court).

Below are photos of the seven skirts. Yes, January was a productive month.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Parade of Skirts- Part-2

Pattern Description: Self drafted pencil skirt with an elastic waist.

Pattern Sizing: Combination of sizes 12 for the front skirt and size 14 for the back skirt. Also the waist was drafted 2 inches smaller than the hip measurement in order to give the skirt shaping.

Were the instructions easy to follow? This was straight stitch sewing. If you are a beginner check You Tube out for videos that will teach you how to sew an elastic waist skirt.

 What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? There was nothing to dislike.

What I like about this pattern? The pattern was drafted to fit my proportions and it to accommodate the properties of the fabric.                                          

Fabric Used: 1 ¼ yd of 50-inch wide medium weight Ponte knit fabrics in navy blue, black and camel; was purchased at 35 street Fabrics on 35 streets between 7th and 8th avenue in New York City, New York.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The pattern was altered twice after the first and second skirts were sewed. A total of 2-inches were removed from the side seams because the fabric was a knit it did not need all the ease that I added to the pattern when it was drafted.  The end results is a figure hugging pencil skirt. The skirts are lined with lingerie fabric.

Would you sew it again? Yes, skirts are a must have in my working wardrobe.

 Would you recommend it to others?  I recommend having a TNT basic skirt pattern. You can draft a simple skirt pattern or buy one. As long as you have a pattern that fits your figure.