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It Has Arrived

Hey Loves!

So, I'm kinda a pattern hoarder.  I buy them.  I look at them.  That's about it.

This year, I'm trying to pick patterns I really want to sew to build my wardrobe and to get rid of some of my fabric stash.

When I saw the McCall's $2.99 pattern sale, I decided to make my first direct McCall's purchase.  The waiting almost took me out.  The package arrived today and my eyes lit up.

Here's what was in the package:





I love them all.  I can't wait to plan a few looks with them in my new FREE sewing planner by Seamwork Magazine.

I won't start sewing until the look is mapped out.  This excitement will get me started soon!

Until next time, Smooches!

DJ
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2018 is Here: I'm Not Ready

Hey Loves,

2018 crept on in here and caught me slipping.  Really, I'm totally not ready.  But, time waits for no one!  So, here goes nothing.
I got in on this great challenge by the skin of my teeth.  I actually got a too late notice.  :(  Then, I got a you're in notice. :)  Talk about an emotional roller coaster.  I'm one of 1067 sewists participating in the 2018 RTW Fast.  I'm number 1024.  See! I barely made it!

Well, here's where the unpreparedness kicks in.  I had an event to go to and nothing to wear the night before. Normally, I'd go look for something last minute.  If I didn't find anything, I'd sew up old faithful M6886 and add a little something extra to make it give it some of my flavor.  Well, that wasn't happening at all.  See, I'm fasting from all clothing purchases, including emergency last minute situations.  Yea, what did I get myself into?!  Then, I remembered my after Christmas shopping excursion:  Target clearance + 20% off &…

Bargain Shopping: Roaring 20s Party Costume

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I attended a roaring 20s party.  Here's all about how my costume came together.


I received an invite to a roaring 20s themed birthday party. I immediately thought about making a flapper dress.   I checked out Pinterest ands saw a lot of sequins and a lot of fringe.  All you of you that dabble in sewing know that those things can be expensive.   I also hate sewing sequins!

I saw this pic and thought this is totally doable.

 I was going to make the dress,  but I just didn't feel like it.   So my hubby digested I go buy something.   He even came along.   I'm glad he did because he found the perfect dress hiding on a sale rack for $5 in Rainbow.  You know I love a deal.  I wish I had taken pics of the back. It's the perfect little black dress.

The next day, I checked out Charming Charlie for some accessories.   I walked out with 2 necklaces, headband, earrings, bracelets, scarf, and shoes for $41.  These are all accessories I can wear again, especially for the h…

Love It or Leave It

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This post is about a jumpsuit that sounded good in concept but when it was done...ummmm I don't know.


My hubby and I were apart of a relationship panel,  so I needed something to wear.  I thought I'd make an off shoulder jumpsuit with a flounce at the neckline.  I had some fabric I'd just received from Fabric Mart.


I chose one of the busiest prints ever.  Now, I'm bigger than I was last year.  In my mind,  I thought this was a good idea.   Well, it was cute until I put it on. 


It's simply made:
Make slim fitting pants (any tights pattern will work).Create a flutter top (https://youtu.be/ORw0Kq6P7I8). You can elongate the center by adding a few inches to the center of the flutter. Attach the pants & top at the waist.   Finish edges as desired. Four steps and 2.5 hours later,  I was all done and not happy with the outcome.   I felt it was to busy for my body type.   But, I owned it and had a blast on the panel and with my crew.

I decided to give it ano…

Nubian Princess: Custom Homecoming Attire

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If this isn't cute, I don't know what it is!  When asked to create this outfit for her first homecoming, I was honored and then super excited.  She already had a vision. I only had to execute it.


They searched for fabric at House of Mami Wata on Etsy.  They found this fabric.   When it arrived, they were nervous that it wasn't correct.   This fabric has a raised wax pattern.   It looks and feels great.   I reassured them it would be perfect.

I used Simplicity 1664.  I've I've had it for a while.  I bought it when I was in better shape.  I was glad to be able to finally sew it because I am no where near that size.

I sewed view A for the shirt and view C skirt.   Here's my review:

Shirt - View A: I followed the directions exactly. I initially made a size 8. It came out perfectly, but was too small. I made size 10. It looked great and fit perfectly. This was my first separating zipper. It was surprisingly easy. This pattern seemed to be designed just for…

Let It Shine: Wedding Guest Attire

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This week's post features a really simple dress that shined bright.

Most of the designs I make for myself are for special events and inspired by something I saw somewhere.  This dress is no exception to that.  I was invited to wedding by a sweetheart.  I couldn't miss it, but needed something to wear.  Walking past the cutting counter in JoAnn Fabrics, a metallic fabric caught my eye.  I left it, but on my next trip it was still there. I consisted that a sign and bought it for the wedding. Then, I saw the simple silhouette of this dress.

I immediately thought I should use McCall''s 6886 and add a flounce to get a similar effect.   Now,  the sleeves were an afterthought that caused me to teething the flounce.   I decided to make a flounce to match the bell sleeves.   The sleeves are 6" ruffled bell.  The flounce is a 15" ruffled bell.  The width of all the bells are 2.5 times the width of the hem.  I hand ruffle to avoid snapping threads.   I may do…

Something Blue: Wedding Guest Dress

Hi Loves!

This week's post is all about this royal blue gown for one of my clients.   I want to start by saying I love when my clients are happy.  The best gift a client can give me is a good review.  This beauty wrote a review that had me in tears. 

She requested a royal blue gown for a wedding and I did my best to bring her vision to life.   Isn't she lovely?!

Here's how it came together:

This is a pattern hack for McCall's 7569 & 7047. I combined the two patterns plus a self drafted faux sleeve to make this dress.

Faux Sleeve:
The faux sleeve is self drafted. It is 15" wide and the length spans from selvage to selvage. The top, bottom, and one side has a double fold half inch hem. The unfinished side is gathered to match the length of the front bodice side starting 20" from the top of fabric to the bottom of the fabric. It is attached to the side of the front bodice with right sides together.

Bodice - M7569:
I cut the back bodice and lining acco…