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S8291: Maxed Out

Hey Loves!

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

Hey Loves!
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.
Check out this post to le…

Red Carpet with M6886

Hey loves!

My prom season is over! Whew!


While others are just getting started, I've wrapped it up just in time to submit this beauty in that 2018 Red Carpet Contest.

Let me just tell you this young lady was shining.  She wanted her dress to sparkle and it did.   
I used my TNT pattern McCall's 6886 to get started.  I've found so many uses for that pattern.  For the lining, I used Superflex Compression Performance Fabric-Black from JoAnn Fabrics.  Yes, compression fabric!  She didn't want to have to wear support garments.  Do you blame her?!  The compression fabric gives her support and keeps her dry so she can enjoy dancing all night! Winning!
The outer layer was a glittery power mesh from missnancy48 on Etsy. More support!
This was not our first choice.  We originally choose a beautiful gold glitter knit from Design House Fabrics.
Although it was gorgeous, it wasn't what she envisioned.  It's for sale.  Contact me for pricing and yardage.
I think she looked r…

I Love Prints

Hi Loves!
If you didn't know, I love prints!  Like, I really, really like prints.  This one from Fabric Mart is one of my favorites.  It's an ITY knit in an ethnic print.

Normally, I would have made a dress. This time, I decided to do something a little different.  I see these wardrobe patterns all the time.  Sometimes, I think that's old ladyish.  Other times, I'm like it would be cool to have a few coordinating pieces.  Well, I saw See N Sew B6368 and decided it would be a good one for me try with a printed knit. It's an easy pattern that can create great wardrobe building pieces. Here's a link to my full pattern review.

I styled these 2 pieces 3 ways with a pencil skirt I made a few years ago (review of another skirt I made from this pattern) and a RTW shirt I bought from Target (plus size version).

Look 1
Print on Bottom
Top: Target
Pants: B6368
Shoes: Charming Charlie Look 2
Print on Top
Top: B6368
Skirt: S1072
Shoes: Gift
(Adrienne, Similar) Look 3
Print All Ov…

Three of My Favorite Things: Him, HBCUs, and Sewing

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I'm so excited about this post because I get to talk about 3 of my favorites: my hubby, HBCUs, and sewing.


I ❤ my husband.  He's really My Guy!  I'm so thankful to get to share my life with him.  With 3 kids, getaways aren't happening often.  So, anniversaries are often celebrated on a small scale.  This year was no different. Hubby spent the day doing his monthly service project.  That night, we got glammed up for Mayor's Masked UNCF Ball.  My employer sponsored a table.   UNCF provides scholarships to students attending member Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  As a graduate of a HBCU, I was proud to be at the ball and to see all of the support for HBCUs in the building.  To learn more about HBCUs, check out the PBS special, http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/tell-them-we-are-rising/


Now, you know I had to make something to wear.  With a week to make a dress, I decided to go simple...nothing that required extensive fitting.  At…

Pattern Review: Erin Pouch by Lejanarob

Hey Loves!

I'm late getting this out but better late than never.

I chat with some other sewcialists quite often.  They all dabble in bag making.  I'm the odd man out.  I tried it a few times and it was OK.  I won't say it's my favorite thing.  When Lee of lejanaro.com asked me to test her first pattern I was excited and scared.  I planned to make it as an accessory in my first look in my self made wardrobe (more on that later), but I haven't gotten around to it.  So, tonight I decided to just make it. I needed a mental break from my other projects.

Here's my review and some pics:

Pattern Description:
Small clutch bag with optional wristlet

Pattern Sizing:
One size - Slim and Compact

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? It looked similar to the examples on the blog.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were written well with pictures and a supply list.  I was able to follow the directions wit…