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Did Someone Say Fireworks?

Hey Loves!

Have you ever seen fabric that you had to have?  Of course you have!  That's what happened with the fabric. I stalked it on FabricMart.  Then one day it was on sale, 4 yards for $6.40.  Guess who swiped it up along with a bunch of other fabric.

Recently,  I was sorting through my fabric and noticed it.  I immediately thought fireworks, perfect for the 4th.  I've been thinking about pants and tops a lot lately, but was nervous about this print in pants.  I'm a little heavy on the bottom so I try not to be too bold in pants.  I found a pattern that I used for shorts a few years ago and dug in.

Here are the results:



I tried really hard to match the pattern.  Look at the front and back above.  That turned out good,  but look arty the photo below.  Matching the back and front didn't go so well, see below.


But,  I love them!  They scream fireworks to me.  

What do you think?  I love this project.  It satisfies the thrifty person in me (cost about $4 to make) and …

Inspired Work

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I often see clothing I love and imagine how I can put my spin on it.   Sometimes, it's the fit.   Sometimes, it's the color.  Sometimes, it's the print. Sometimes, it's the fabric.   Well, this time, it's the print.   The idea of a navy blue and white vertical stripe midi made me smile! Here's the inspiration pic from Rosewe.com.  It was in an advertisement on Facebook.


So while in Wal-mart looking for something none fabric related, I just "happened" to walk past the fabric section.   Peeking out at the end of the aisle was this striped fabric.   It ended up on the table getting cut and then walking out the store.   With the help of the bodice from Butterick B6330, I made this dress.





I love the fit and look.   It's one of my favorite dresses!

What inspires you to create?!

Until next time,  smooches!

DJ

On Trend

Hey loves!

I'm excited about this post because it's so on trend for spring and summer 2017.
Color It's a yellow very close to the primrose yellow listed as a color for spring and summer 2017.
Sleeves One of the most popular trends in 2017 is fancy sleeves.   A simple top or dress is transformed with some fancy sleeves. Check out these fancy sleeves on the runway for 2017.  Here are a few things I've made with fancy sleeves.



This piece combines some of Summer 2017's hottest trends.   It's made with woven cotton in a mustard yellow using Simplicity 8296.




Here's my review of this project. 

I love it! I hope to share my version of this top with you soon.

Until next time,  Smooches!

DJ


Girls' Trip: The Real Deal

Hey Loves!

This month I had the opportunity to create singe pieces for a few college friends.  One was my site mate and the other is my SAI sister.  These are friendships that haven't faded.   :)

Well, the same is very true for them and their LBG (Ladies of Black and Gold) sisters.   They do a girls' trip every year. They always do a photo shoot and have a good time.   I was commissioned by them to make their pieces for the shoot in Jamaica.   I'm glad to share these pieces with you.

They choose fabrics from TessWorldDesigns on Etsy.  The fabric arrived quickly and was good weight and opacity.  

I love these full maxi skirts because the design is simple but the right fabric will make it look absolutely amazing. I regret not adding pockets. If you're interested in making them, try this tutorial.

The dress is an old pattern from my stash.   I last made it about 2 years ago.   I ran across it while looking for something that for my suite mate's requirements: cute and …

Family Affair

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I'm back with what might be the most fun project this year!  I made 6 pieces for a family photo shoot.


From fabric selection to inspiration pieces, I loved what they close.   It was left up to me to try to bring it to life.  Check out their inspirations and fabric choices:

I'm not sure where they found the inspiration pics but they are beautiful.   All the fabric was purchased from House of Mami Wata on Etsy.  I've had multiple great retail experiences with her.   She's becoming my go to for Ankara prints.

To pull this together,  they returned their measurements on a form and I began to determine what could be self drafted and what would be Frankenstein pieces from a mixture of patterns. All pieces except item A below were fired with minor adjustments the week before the shoot.   I'm happy with how everything turned out.   They look absolutely beautiful.


A: Simplicity 1664 & self-drafted peplumB: Self-draftedC: McCall's M7406 & McCall's M7…

Clean up or Cover Up!

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I'm back with a tip:  Clean Up or Cover Up!

It's spring!  I think.   This weather has been a little funny here in Bama.  It was down in the low 60s and high 50s last week. I equate spring and summer with porch sitting.   I did a lot of that at Grandma's house when I was little.   It's kind of discouraging to walk out on your porch, patio, or deck and see dingy, dirty furniture.

Well, don't throw it away.  It can be saved.

First, try cleaning it.  Click here for some tips on cleaning moldy, dirty patio furniture.

If cleaning doesn't give them new life, cover them up!

For those of you that don't sew,  here are two you can purchase.

If you can sew, go ahead and make them.  I made some very simple cushion covers for a former co-worker.

To do this, I watched a few envelope pillow cover tutorials and applied the measurements she provided.   Here's one that I liked:

You can follow these steps and apply your measurements. Here's a quick tip to…

Overflow

Hey loves!

It's been a very exciting couple of weeks. I left a job I loved for an awesome career opportunity.   My oldest son was accepted into an international baccalaureate school. My husband fulfilled a promise to purchase us a home.  I can't tell how many awesome things have happened since we closed.

Just when I thought the excitement was ending, I got this email:

Say what?! Me featured?!  For the prom dress I made for my niece?! Remember this one:

Click here to read about it.

I'm sew excited that my beautiful niece wearing a dress I made is being featured I a blog read by seamstress all over the world!



I don't know how to describe these last few weeks. I just call it OVERFLOW! And I'm thankful!

Thanks for reading!

Until next time, Smooches!

DJ