Friday, August 14, 2015

Circle Skirt

My love of skirts has been well documented on this blog.
This skirt was easy to sew. I did not use a pattern. I took one of the circle skirts that I made in 2007,  made a pattern by laying the skirt on muslin, traced around the perimeter of the skirt, added 1-inch seam allowance at the side seams, ½- inch- seam allowance at the waist and 2-inches at the hem. That was it.                      The back and the front of the skirt were identical. I added a side seam zipper. The skirt has a lining that was cut from the same skirt pattern with the same seam allowance; however the lining was sewn at ½-inch and it was attached at the waist.                                                         
The skirt hem; my original plan was to do a 2-inch hem. That did not work out because the hem stood away from the skirt. Instead I did a basting stitch one-inch from the edge of the hem, turned it under and top stitch. Perfecttttt! After I made the skirt I was unsure about the color of the blouse or shirt to wear with the skirt. Well when you own a well-rounded wardrobe you never have to worry about matching anything all you have to do is walk into your closet and wallahhhh! I found the grey blouse and the shoes this morning as I was looking through my closet.  This is what I wore today. The photos were taken after a long stressful day at work. No worries I got so many complements at work today, it made my day!  Later.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July

Have a safe and AWESOME holiday weekend.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Pinterest (inspiration), Cowl Neck Blouse and a Gore Skirt

The photo below was on Pinterest and it inspired me to create the skirt and the blouse.   

Fabrics: knit - animal print and white stretch gabardine fabric from my stash. Camouflage white and pink medium weight cotton knit fabric was  bought in Brooklyn, NY on a fabric extravaganza trip with my sewing sister Sheila.  Notions: pinking shears, and cotton and polyester thread and a white zipper.     
Construction & Sewing: The white skirt was self-drafted using my TNT skirt pattern. It’s an eight panel gore skirt. I did not try the skirt on during the construction because I’ve sewn many skirts and my TNT work like a charm. Well, surprise, surprise, the skirt was too big. I took in ¼ inch at  all the seam except for the center back seam where the zipper was inserted. I removed two inches from the waistband. I did not bother to try it on until today.                                                                                                                                                                                             The Cowl neck Blouse: you can find the pattern here . This is one of my favorite websites for free patterns.                                                                                                                                         Alterations: short back adjustment, two inches was removed from the middle back, ½- inch slope shoulder adjustment and one inch was removed from the hem.                                                        Note: this pattern works best with a knit that had a lot of drape.  I will not recommend a thin and vey light knit. Medium weight cotton knit the cowl neck does not drape softly.                                       This video tutorial was very helpful. After watching the tutorial I added a self-facing to the front of the blouse and a back facing.  The blogger who did the tutorial has a lot to offer, especially for beginners.                                                                                                                                             The young lady in this video inspired me to cut up my TNT skirt pattern to make a gore skirt . I know you may not see the connection, oh well that is how my brain work. One more skirt and maybe two more tops coming soon! Enjoy

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day to all the moms, aunts, godmothers, grandmothers and to anyone who fulfill the role of a mother. od bless you all. My awesome hunnyyyyy, did not wrap my gift, this year he choose to display it on my mannequin. Awesomeeee!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Customize Dress Form and TNT Dress Pattern

FYI- do not use old sheet, the weave it tight making it difficult to get pins to into the fabric and it wrinkles like hell, no amount of ironing takes the wrinkles out.


My DD belongs to an organization that wears white to their formal and semi-formal events. This organization has rules regarding the type and length of the garment that can be worn by the ladies. Three weeks ago she asked me to sew a dress with a jacket for an upcoming event. I decided to use a fitting pattern that I had in my collection B-6092. My goal was to work out her fitting issues in the muslin, make a customize dress form and have a basic TNT dress pattern for her.

I choose the size of the pattern based on the high bust measurement.  I compared her measurements against the pattern measurements and I did the following changes to the pattern:

1.      Decreased the shoulder length

2.      Lowered the bust point

3.      Lengthen the waist- this was done after the bust point length was adjusted

4.      After comparing the slope of her shoulder and the pattern, I did a slope shoulder adjustment

5.      Added 1-inch from the bust point to the side seam

6.      Added 1- inch to the front waist pattern

The muslin was cut and fitted and the following alteration/adjustments were done:

1-     1-inch of fabric was removed from the chest area above the bust

2-     1.5-inches of fabric was removed from the lower back

3-     Adjusted the shoulder line for a forward shoulder

4-     Re-adjust the position of the bust dart

5-     Pin-out two inches from the center back; this change the center line seam line from straight to the shape of a S; this corrected most of the swayback issues.

The second muslin was cut and fitted after the above adjustments were made. I added the skirt to the second muslin, and it only needed minor tweaking. I followed the instructions for customize your dress form (CRAFTSY Class) and padded the mannequin and here are the results. I check the measurements of the dress form and the shoulder length, center front length, center back length, waist and bust circumference are exactly the same as my DD. I need to adjust the side seam line to balance the hip measurement.

Please forgive the wrinkles it is the fabric. Remember don’t use 110% cotton old sheets

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Photo Album

 On/around September 2013 I watched a video on You Tube by Kathy Orta regarding how to construct a mini album. I spent three months watching videos by other ladies on album construction. I enjoy scrapbooking and I figured that by learning to make my own album I could get exactly what I want. I purchase Kathy's tutorial and used it to make several albums. By the beginning of 2014, I got bored and move on to something else. Recently, after I crocheted several hats, I began to think about creating an album where I kept photos of all of my projects ( sewing, quilting, home dec, needlework, etc.).  Ahhhh! and it all came back to me; create your album. Went back to You Tube and after watching a few videos, I completed this album in 2.5 weeks.
 After the album was completed I looked through old photos to find pics of items that I sewed back in the 1970's and OMG the album took a life of its own. The album was filled with photos of my college years, dating my husband, our wedding, friends weddings, events, trips etc.  There will be a few more albums in the future. Stay tuned. 

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