Saturday, February 4, 2017

70's Style

Good afternoon friends. I hope your week was as enjoyable and productive as mines. I've been working crazy overtime hours lately because my sweet little youngest daughter is graduating from 8th grade this May and she has a lot of expenses coming up soon. With all that being said, I didn't get as much sewing done this week as I would have liked.

Today's post is about 2 items that I finished a few weeks ago.
The top is Vogue 8772 and the bottoms are Simplicity 8058.
So, just 1 year ago, I made a 70's type jumpsuit. This top and pants ensemble really makes me think that I was made to live in the 70's era. I love everything about 70's fashion; the polyester, the big afros and even the dancing!

 So let's talk about the pants for a second here. The pattern is a Cynthia Rowley collection and is described as a flared knit pant.
Sizing is from 4-20, but let me caution you, I cut a size 10 and I just barely have enough room. Next time I'll size up in the hips. I used a black scuba knit that was purchased from the Textile Outlet, here in Chicago. I really love a nice pair of wide leg pants. The pattern also has a skirt and jacket to match. Scuba knit is really lofty and warm. This was my first time sewi

Overall, the instructions were good. I omitted the button band across the waist and shortened the length by my usual 2 inches. Fit-wise, it's pretty close to perfect. The crotch length fit straight out of the envelope. My only complaint is the funky lines under my butt. However, they aren't a deal breaker for me.
Lastly, the next pair that I make, I'll insert an invisible zip. Not sure why this pattern called for a regular zipper, but whatever. Oh and because the scuba knit does not fray, I left the hems undone. (it gives it character)!

My pussy bow blouse:
I had been wanting a make a blouse like this for a while. Vogue 8772 is described as a fitted blouse that has a collar, sleeve and hem variations, French darts and narrow hem. I did view B. The fabric is from Fabric Mart (sorry sold out!). It is a poly blend and has a really great hand; easy to sew and even easier to press. I purchased this fabric a while ago as a precut bundle. If my memory serves me right, it was super cheap; like $9.00 for 3 yards (who does that?!) I love Fabric Mart.
Sizing is from 6-22 and I cut a size 6 and absolutely no alterations. The fit is awesome and it pairs well with the pants. Excuse the above pic. Not sure what I was doing but it gives you a good close up of the top.
The combination of the top and pants is a good match. I'll be ready for whomever decides to throw a disco party!
Until next time

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Goodnight/Good day

Hello friends! I hope you guys are having a great week so far.

It's pretty unusual for me to blog or take pics in the middle of the week like this, but I have far too many finished projects that I need to put on my blog and I'm kinda getting behind in my blogging. So that's the reason behind today's blog post.

For 2017, I made a mental note that I not only needed to spice up my casual wardrobe, I also need to spice up my intimates wardrobe. A few weeks ago, I posted a bra and panties set that I made and since then I have probably made....hmmm...maybe 6 or 7 more bras (?) Not all of them will be blogged about (sorry). Anyways, I am infamous for wearing just a basic t-shirt to bed. I'm a mom and I still work full time so being comfy usually takes precedence over being cute or sexy. But while in JoAnn's one day, I saw a really cute print that I couldn't pass up.
 So have you ever been in a fabric store and saw a certain fabric and immediately knew a pattern that would fit that fabric? That was me! The pattern is Vogue 8888 view C and shorts are view F. The fabric is a pink and black, poly/ silky fabric. I have no idea what exactly it is but I can tell you that I must have some spandex in it. My favorite color is pink and I'm a secret lover of polka dots.
The pattern itself was pretty straightforward. I cut a size 6 in the top and a size 8 for the shorts. So, in comparison to the pattern envelope and the instructions, I did make a few changes. The suggested  notions for the top and shorts stated to use 1.5 to 2 inch lace trim with a scalloped edge. While I do have some lace trim, I didn't have any black. I did, however have some scalloped edge lace trim but it was not quite wide enough. So, I did my own thing!

My lace trim on the shorts is probably about 1inch wide and I did not use a scalloped edge for the front of the top, as suggested in the instructions. I pretty happy about the fit. When I am sleeping, I don't like to feel "restricted." I have enough movement in these pajamas in case I want to toss and turn at night. The fabric feels really good on my skin too!
If you hadn't noticed, I'm quite a small(er) busted gal. Fortunately I did not have to do a SBA, or any other adjustments for that matter. (Maybe I'm growing!) No wardrobe malfunctions here. The insides are all serged and if you are wondering about the bust, it is fully lined with poly lining.
I am very happy to add this ensemble to my growing intimates collection. It's cute, sexy and fun all at the same time. Give this pattern a try. There are other views that I may try in the future.

Until next time

Monday, January 9, 2017

Day to Night Dress Challenge

Happy New Year!

As you all know, I have been asked to participate in a blog tour. Elizabeth from Elizabeth Made This has set up a Day to Night Dress Challenge. The idea is to create a day dress, for everyday wear and a night dress, for evening wear. I graciously accepted my invitation. Elizabeth is, quite frankly, the most sweetest person ever. If you guys can remember, I competed against her in the Fabric Mart Fabricista contest. Even though we were competitors, it really didn't feel like it.

So....on with the show!

 My day dress

This pattern is described as a feminine, gathered, figure-hugging jersey dress. US sizes 8-20. The pattern has 3 views; the long sleeved dress, long sleeve top and short sleeve top. This pattern is rated easy, and it definately was easy. Start to finish, it took me just 3 hours. There were only 4 pattern pieces and I really did not even look at the directions. The only alteration that I made was my usual 2 inches off the length. Although I ended up taking and additional  4 more inches off at the end.

 I used some rayon jersey fabric that I purchased from Textile Outlet, here in Chicago. And if you are wondering, it was just a mere 20 degrees outside today. I tried my best not to look so cold, but I love how the neckline lays on this pattern, therefore I had to show you this "cold looking" pic.
Dresses aren't really my thing. As I have said before, I spend much of my time in scrubs and sneakers at work and jeans and sneakers on the weekends. I consider my style more sporty chic. I paired this dress with sneakers and boots and I think they both work well. Sneakers worn while running errands and boots worn when I want to look a little more put together. (You when at the store and you see someone from high school and you want to make sure you are looking your best! Yall know what I'm talking about). 

I love the dress. It's comfy, cool and sporty enough for my style. 

My night dress
Burda 6865 (sorry no link available)

Whenever I start a pattern, I always look up the reviews on it first. That way I have a good idea of the challenges that others have had or if it's worth me even trying. I any of you guys do that too? Anways, I saw 0 reviews on this dress. I'm not sure how old the pattern is, but I got scared and almost didn't do it. I read through the instructions and decided to take the leap. And I am pleased as punch with the end result. 
The dress can be described as a close fitting mermaid gown with bodice and upper skirt draping and invisible zipper. Size range is from 8-18. The instructions were actually very easy to follow. The bodice is draped with 3 pleats and the upper skirt also has 3 pleats. The dress is fully lined and I added boning to the bodice. I know it's hard to see the draping but trust me, it's there. I used some crepe back satin, purchased from JoAnn's. I really liked the crepe side of the fabric, so that's the side that I used.
The main alteration to this pattern was shortening the length of the skirt. I chopped off about 5 inches. I do love a black dress, but I also do love my bling. I added a rhinestone strip around the waist. I think that out of all the things that I have sewn in the past, I really enjoy sewing evening wear. When a woman puts on a evening gown, it really makes her feel like a princess (well, at least that's how I feel).

These two dresses combined makes me ready for any event thrown my way.

Now it's your turn. Let's see those day and night dresses ladies. Head on over to Elizabeth's blog to enter in your dresses. There are prizes, and who doesn't love prizes.

The linkup is available from Sunday, January 8th until Saturday, January 28th.  


Voting will be available on this page from January 29th-February 4th.  After the sponsors are notified, the winners will be announced.


To refresh your memory:

The 1st place winner will receive:

The 2nd place winner will receive:

The random drawing winner will receive:

How do I use the linkup?

If you’re unsure on how to add a picture for the linkup, you can watch this helpful video from InLinkz.

How can you get involved in the Day and Night Dress Challenge?

    1. Sew some dresses!
    2. Let other people know about it.  Use #dayandnightdresschallenge on Twitter and Instagram and follow the Day and Night Dress Challenge Facebook group.
    3. Keep reading here to find out the latest.  Follow Elizabeth Made This on Instagram and Facebook.
    4. Check out the Pinterest boards connected to the challenge: Day Dress Fashion Inspiration and Night Dress Fashion Inspiration
    5. Enter your project at the bottom of this page (click on the blue “Add your link” button) to win great prizes from the challenge sponsors.
    6. Grab a graphic and post it on your site:
This is the gallery for The Day and Night Dress Challenge.
To enter your project for the prizes, go through the steps to link up a picture of your project between January 8th and January 28th.

Between January 29th and February 4th, voting will be enabled.  Click on the pictures to vote.

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