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Cute and Comfy: S8911

Hey Loves,

I'm back with a review of Simplicity 8911 from their Summer 2019 collection.  It's simple to make and so comfy to wear. It is so flattering.

This dress was so easy to make that I over thought serging the corners. So much so that I looked up technique on YouTube:
Serging Inward CornersSerging Outward Corners And I confirmed the necessity of the elastic in the neckline with sew sister, @divinedita.

This is why sewing is the best hobby ever.  I had doubts an I found help for free on YouTube and from a sew sister who didn't hesitate to reassure me that everything would turn out great.

Check out my pattern review on Pattern Review.

Here are a few more pictures. Yes, my hubby took all these pictures of me. He's so sweet!

Until next time, Smooches!

Ollie Bomber: Shining, Shining, Shining

Hey Loves!

I've posted 2 weeks in a row. WHAT?! I can't believe it!  You probably can't either.

So you all know I love pretty fabrics! Working with pretty fabrics makes me so happy!  This was one of those projects that made me smile.
OK. Here's a little peek into my history. Right out of college, I took a stab at teaching. I really liked my students, but I hated the classroom. Thank God for that experience because it led me to corporate education. I've been there ever since - almost 15 years.  Funny, now, I'm creating designs for one of my student's son.  She sent me an inspiration photo and her color request for gold and royal.  I wasn't able to get to her to get the measurements, so she had them done and sent them to me.  I found fabric in the ABfabrics16 shop on Etsy. Then, I searched the web for the perfect children's bomber jacket pattern.  The most popular bomber jacket pattern in the search was the Ollie Bomber Jacket by Sew a Little Seam. Th…

S8635: Perfectly Mismatched

Hey Loves,

I did a thing! I mixed prints! I'm so excited to share it with you.

Here's a little background on the fabric. I won this rayon challis fabric from Sly Fox Fabrics a little over a year ago. Sly Fox has some really cute prints. They also do a great job of curating their fabrics. They also have a collection of prints they have paired. The fabric quality is really good. Check them out.

I needed a dress to wear to Freedom Fest 2019 in Birmingham, AL.  I searched Pinterest for festival attire.  A lot of little shorts and even small tops showed up.  Sprinkled in between were a few cute maxi dresses that had mixed prints.  I remembered I had this fabric. Then, I remembered I had Simplicity 8635.  I thought this will work.  If not, I'll make it work. LOL

Thankfully, it turned out great. S8635 was very easy to construct. I was very happy to see that there are only a few pattern pieces. The directions were really easy to follow. I love that there are 3 variations for the ba…

Sharing the Gift

Hey Loves!

Do you have a gift or talent that your wondering about how it's supposed to be used?  Then, you're not alone.

For a while, I struggled with how to use my sewing gift.  One day while reading, I ran across this scripture:

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
1 Peter 4:10 NIV

 It immediately made me think about Shundra Powe Davis and Hands That Give.

 Our gifts are meant to be used to bless others. Each year Shundra chooses a charity and asks the sewing community for handmade items for the charity. I missed the opportunity to participate last year, but wasn't going to miss it this year.  This year we were asked to sew items for children in a group home.

Here's my contribution:

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I had sew much fun searching for patterns for boys and my stash for the right fabrics.  I felt so gra…

NL6560: Live Laugh Love

Hey Loves,

I'm back with a project that's near to my heart...physically and psychologically.

I've had a rough start to 2019. I hope that I never experience another minute, hour, day, week, month, or year that carries the hurt that I've experienced this year. But, like all adverse situations, I've found myself learning and evolving. Though I've wanted to say F*(% IT and go back to an older version of me, I've held on to myself and learned to just be me and to enjoy the people and things that matter.

So, on a day that wasn't particularly great, I had to go to Wal-Mart to pick something up. I decided walk to walk through the fabric section. Almost everything was on clearance. I stopped to sift through it and I saw a fabric that said live laugh love with little hearts. A small tear formed in my eye. I knew I had to buy it. It was simple but it spoke volumes to me that day.

It took a while for me to decide what to make but when I saw NL A6560 I knew it was p…

Wising Up: All About the Yoke

Hey Loves,

It's been a while!  I've been doing some self care for me and my family.  But I'm back!

So today is Wednesday!  What better day to share some sewing wisdom?!  So I'm sharing something I learned about garment construction!  Fun huh?! Well it is for me!

Today, I'm sharing about the shirt yoke.  I've been running from it! 

Here's a little history.  Hubby says this fabric would look good as a shirt.  I say really and move on to another project.  Why you might ask?  FEAR!  Fear that it won't look professional. Fear that I'll mess it all the way up. My biggest fear wasn't collars or buttons.  It was the yoke construction.

It finally caught me. Well, I made a ladies' shirt using Simplicity D0525 (8216). 

Guess what it has...A YOKE!  I couldn't run any more.  So before I started, I read through the steps and did some research on why shirts have yokes and best practices.

Yokes help the shirts hang better.Line the yoke for a professional…

M6886: Back to Basics

Hey Loves!

Have you ever looked in your closet full of clothes and thought I don't have anything to wear?!  Come on! Be honest with yourself.  I do it all the time.  Recently, I had an epiphany about my closet.  It's full of special occasion stuff.  It's full of things I don't want to wear often because they are so memorable.  Even if I change up the accessories and shoes or add a cardigan or blazer, it doesn't make much of a difference.

I struggled with why it was so hard to get past that.  I initially thought it was the fabric.  Oh, I love a bright fun print!  My closet is pretty colorful. That wasn't the issue because I have some brightly colored clothes that I switch up all the time.  I kept thinking.  It's the design!  It's the flounce, split, ruffle, etc. that makes it hard to style again.

I said to myself it's the extras you can't get past.  I'll just make simpler designs in fun fabrics!  I started with this one a Tried N True pattern…