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First Day Ready: Always Have a Plan B

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It's been a while. I've been busy getting my boys ready for school to start and studying for a certification. So, I haven't been very active on the blog or on social media, but I couldn't let today pass without sharing this cute little shirt that I made for my middle guy's first day of school.


I made it using Siser vinyl & a thrifted Cricut Expression I purchased from Salvation Army for about $40. It came with 3 cartridges which initially I was a little bummed about but I'm so glad that I have those cartridges now.  I ran into a couple of issues while trying to create the shirt:

I broke the power cord for my laptop so I couldn't use the software that I normally use to create images for the Cricut. Who breaks the power cord?!  ME, of course!There was no orange vinyl in the store for the basketball. The only orange vinyl was glitter and that just won't work for a boy. I decided to use blue (What boy doesn't like blue?!) to create the bas…

Buttons, Buttons, Buttons: We're Sewing On Buttons

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I'm excited to share a new video my YouTube channel!

If you hate sewing buttons as much as I do, check this video out.  If you don't have a Brother SE-400, check your machine to see if it can do it too.


You guys don't understand how happy I am about this! Alright, gotta go sew!

Smoothes!

DJ

NL 6519: I Knew It From the Start

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I'm back.  It's been a minute!  I've been busy! But, I took a quick break to make something for me.

I saw the cutest yellow and black polka dot fabric in Wal-Mart on clearance (2 yards for $1.87).  When I saw it, I immediately thought about New Look A6519.  It's just one of those patterns I pick up often and put it back because the fabric isn't quite right.  Well, this was the one.

I got home and printed one of the croquis from Golden Rippy.  I took a few minutes to sketch it out.  I enjoyed it so much! After sketching, I knew jeans would be perfect.

Each time I try a new pattern, I have to read the directions thoroughly...usually 2 or 3 times before I start.  After reading the directions, I got to work.  The directions were so straight to the point and easy to follow.  I decided this pattern was perfect for practicing French seams and I was too lazy to rethread my serger! Don't judge me!  Next to my serger, French seams are my favorite.  Once I got …

S4070 & NL6533: Sewing Review Bargainista Fashionista Contest

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I entered a contest on SewingReview.com. The contests required you to pick a fashion inspiration and sew a less expensive version of the inspiration.  Here's my make:

It was inspired by the following items:

I sketched my idea.
I used my favorite strapless bodice Simplicity 4070 and a simple leggings pattern NewLook 6533 to make the jumpsuit. I self drafted the detachable skirt.
Bodice: Followed the directions from S4070.
Bottom: Cut with a medium waist and graded to a large hip. Used full pattern piece without cutting off the waistband. Opened back seam about 5" for zipper. Matched side and back seams with the bodice and attached.

Detachable skirt: Cut 3 layers of 96" of tulle. Gathered the tulle to my waist measurement. Attached the tulle to satin ribbon.

You can see more of my review of this project on SewingReview.com.

I chose a detachable skirt so that I can wear the jumpsuit alone to less formal events.

This is one of my favorite makes. I saved $174.93 by ma…

S8291: Maxed Out

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It's anyone else maxed out on winter.  It's April in Alabama.  Why was the temp 39° yesterday?!  Well I'm anxiously waiting for spring.  I want to wear sundresses, my shoulders out, and shorts with cute sandals! While I wait, I'll just start my spring and summer sewing with this gorgeous maxi dress.

I'm kicking it off with an easy sew from Mimi G Style for Simplicity, S8291. Here's my pattern review.

There's always fabric in my stash.  What I sew is usually determined by the fabric I choose. This fabric led me to 3 patterns.  The model chose this one.

All About the Pattern:
This is one of Mimi G's patterns for Simplicity. It's a knit maxi dress with long sleeves or sleeveless and is sized for both Misses 10 to 18 and Plus sizes 20W to 28W. The pattern is great for color blocking or mixing prints. Mimi G also provides a step-by-step video tutorial.

All About the Fabric:
The fabric is an ITY from FabricMart. It was purchased during one of the…

M6754: Keep Trying Until You Get It Right

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M6754 is a very special pattern to me.  Y'all, it was my very first pattern make!  I was so scared and nervous that I would destroy the fabric and wouldn't be able to follow the directions since I am self taught.  Here's my first review of M6754.

Over the years, I've made a few versions of M6754.  Here are a few of them:


Check out those makes. Do you have a pattern your trying to perfect? If so, let me know in the comments.
Until next time, Smooches!
DJ

M6754: My Easter Dress

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I'm excited about this post.  Well, when am I not excited about a post?

I made this Spring ready dress using M6754, fabric from Fabricmart, and my Brother SE400.




I love this fabric.  It's an ottoman double knit from Fabric Mart.  It's a great weight.  The inside is super soft and the outside had a pretty texture.

I decided to add a little embroidery to this pretty periwinkle fabric.  I love my SE-400.  It allows me to personalize my garments.
The embroidery took quite a while.  Each of those flowers is an individual file.  Each file required five thread changes.  This is one of the free designs preloaded on the machine.  I planned to do an entire bodice panel but our took too long.  I may finishthe panel one day.
I love this dress! I modified it just a little.  I added 3" to the length because I wanted to wear it to church.  I used bias tape to finish the neckline and hem.
Here's a link to my pattern review on patternreview.com.
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