Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Blue Horizon - Mix & Match

I am soooooooo super excited over this dress here!!  I fell in love with it at first site.  I originally saw it in yellow at a shorter length.  I posted the "Sewspiration" on FB and the ladies went crazy over it!!! They were making the dress before I could even buy my fabric.  Then I saw Nadira037 (YouTube) version of the dress and thought how perfect for our Bishop's Anniversary Banquet.

I had already seen the fabric from a previous trip to Moods (New York) and went to averaging out how much I would need and how much it would cost.  I was going to NYC for my birthday anyway, so this would be an added bonus.  I grabbed about 5 1/2 yards of fabric just to be sure I would have enough.  My height is 5'9" and I wear a size 13 in women's clothing.  It was the right amount with some left over. (Now where did I put the scraps?)

NOW LET ME SAY THIS:  I am a procrastinator when it comes to doing things for myself.  My schedule is super busy and I rarely have time to sew.  So I waited until the week before to start my dress.  I watched Nadira's video (https://youtu.be/OYNM8Esknw4) a few times to get myself acquainted, got all the required tools she mentioned and then went for a short cut modified to her instructions. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH HER INSTRUCTIONS. SHE'S A GREAT TEACHER AND SEAMSTRESS.  Love her. So here's how I put my dress together.  I used McCall's pattern 6886 for the entire dress portion and traced it on pattern paper.  I used my maxi dress (as instructed) to make sure I had my curves in the right place as well as mark where my knee would be to widen the dress.  As you can see below, I'm watching her video and sewing along. Then I cut the pattern and traced it on the fabric (Cut 2).

From there I followed the rest of the video step by step and came out with this beautiful garment.

What I love most about it was that the cape flowed as I walked. I could see it in the mirrors that filled the room.  I received so many compliments and orders for this garment that night.  This dress made me feel as though I arrived as a seamstress.  I recommend it to any one who is looking to make something simple, easy, yet elegant for an occasion.

Here's my pics.  What do you think?

Happy Sewing!!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Chocolate delight - McCall 7020

I brought this fabric over a year ago.  (Yes, I'm a fabric hoarder too!) However I knew that I would put it to good use once I found the perfect pattern.

That day came when I sat and watched Mimi G TV (as I call it).  She posted to YouTube the DIY Hooded Tunic Sew Along .  Using McCall's pattern 7020, she modified the pattern to make this stylish outfit. 

Let me first say this, I didn't use the recommended fabric choice (NOT RECOMMENDED)  but I really wanted this outfit in this color. My fabric choice was a polyester blend with no stretch. WOW!!  To think I actually knew that! If you would have asked me a year ago, I wouldn't have been able to tell you what fabric I used. I'm growing....

The directions that she provided were very easy to follow. I categorize myself as an intermediate sewer, but I tend to stay away from zippers and pockets.  Yet I was determined to insert pockets as instructed.  I did have slight difficulty with the pockets, but I do see where I went wrong and will have corrected for the NEXT one in a stretchy fabric.  The fact the fabric had no stretch was a tiny challenge as well.  Practice makes perfect!!

I love everything about his outfit.  I had my hands in my pockets most of the day and pulled on the hood quite a bit. I'm not one for showing much leg, so the next one will have some length to it for sure.

Overall, I think I did a pretty good job with this outfit. I received a ton of compliments when I wore it to church and the sewing groups on FB went wild!!  I felt like a big girl in the sewing world! Encouraging me the more.

Happy Sewing!!!

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