Monday, August 18, 2014

DMA Area Sale - G Street Fabrics!

Morning Loves!

For any of you fabulous sew members that are in the area, be sure to purchase this living social deal for G Street Fabrics!

You don't want to miss this!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

BAM! DIY "Gwen" Jumpsuit Plus Tutorial!

Good Evening Loves!!!
I have been MIA for a while, but trust I HAVE been sewing.  I will be using the next couple of weeks to update the blog with the many garments I have contructed.  I will be taking the weekend to fabric shop in NY and am eager to share with you my finds!
August is officially BAM in my FB sewing group.  What is BAM you might ask?  Its Blogger Appreciation Month.  Four of my amazingly talented sew sisters and I are all doing tutorials this month to share with our following!  Before I get to the specifics, let me introduce you to my sew sisters!
Donna - My sister from another mister (tee hee).  Donna has some crazy, sick skills! Her attention to detail and technique is where I aspire to grow towards.  I have personally seen some of her couture work and OMG!!!! She has a habit of over sharing fabric sales but I love her all the same! LOL
Tasha - .  Tasha is an amazingly talented sewing blogger with a sickening head of hair I might add.  I enjoy reading her blog and she is as amazing on her blog as she is in person. 
Shari (#1) - I love Shari's style as well as her personality! I favor towards Shari's dresses.  They all fit her so well, not to mention she has been sewing FOREVER!!!
Shari (#2) - Yes there are two Shari's lol.  Shari is my laughing partner! We cut up nonstop!!! Shari has a great eye for detail and a mean shoe game!

Be sure to check out my sew sisters blogs. They are all sew awesome!!!!
So thats it.  This is out first BAM and I am looking forward to more!  The "Gwen" was inspired by one of my favorite artist and designers, Gwen Stefani.  I am in love with her style and like myself, she is know to rock the hell out of a jumpsuit! 
Since I have already created my garment and tutorial, I will be doing anther before month end.  For now, the garment below was constructed using Simplicity 1366 (Top) and McCall's 6848 (bottom).
I purchased this Poly Crepe from Fabric Mart.  I purchased 5 yards.  You can find the fabric Here. I made a last minute decision to add a sash which is 10x72 inches and is not included in the tut.  I love the way this jumpsuit came out!!! Its a perfect transition into fall piece and is light and airy. 
You can locate the tutorial on YouTube ( Here  ).  Be sure to give me that thumbs up if you like and subscribe!








 Hope you love it!
See ya soon!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Style File: The Fall Jumpsuit 10 Crosby Derek Lam - Get That Look!!!!

Morning Dolls,

As I prep my mind for Fall and the projects that ensue, I cant deny my obsession with jumpsuit.  While scanning on of my favorite online retailers ( I came across a jumpsuit that literally took my breath away!  

As stated this is a 10 Crosby Derek Lam jumpsuit retailed at a whopping $595!

While there are several different methods to construct this look, I have put together the following patterns to guide in the right directions.


To accomplish this bottom you will need to decide where you want your zipper/buttons.  

The first option would be in the middle.  this is likely the method used as I am unable to spot any zippers on the sides in the picture.  The ties in the front may very well be hiding the zipper/buttons.  In this case, I would use M6756 View A (my go to pattern for pants).  While M6756 is obviously a shorts pattern, the fit of this pattern is unmatched in any pants pattern (in my opinion).  Drafting these into pants is very, very easy!

The Second Option for the bottom with the zipper/buttons in the middle would be Burda Pattern #118B found Here.  These slacks have the exact shape and most important the back pockets of this jumpsuit.  If you like downloading PDF patterns, this may be a great option. 


If you dare to put your zipper in the side seam and conceal it between the bust and waist, you may opt for M6930 View A.  Same as M6756, this pattern can be drafted into pants very, very easlily. 



To accomplish the top, I have selected the following pattern: M6844 View A

View A has a long enough torso to give this jumpsuit the ease it needs for functionality.  the sleeves can be widened by 2 inches and an added bias for the wrist.  For the collar, use the collar piece from view D and add 12 inches (6 on both ends).  This will give you a long enough tie to knot in the front.   As for the construction....The attachment of the collar should stop at the bust line.  the opening of the shirt below the bust line should be prepped for your zipper/button (if using M6756 or Burda 3118B) or sewn closed from the bust to the waist (if using M6930).

This would be an easy option for a beginner, if wanted to simulate the button up shirt effect, you can also opt to use Vogue Pattern 1389 


For this pattern, you will need to draft the collar into a lapel and with a separate collar and separate button/zipper casing at the bottom....

Can you see it??????? Let me know your thoughts?  I am DYING to try this idea!

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

DIY Wide Legged Striped Pants using M6930

Back Again!!! 

Following the theme of fall prep I made this wide leg pants using M6930.  I am a wide leg pants fanatic if you haven't picked up on that yet; and I always create my wide leg pants from shorts patterns.  For the first time, I didn't do it with M6756 (I kinda feel guilty lol).

The fabric used is a light weight cotton purchased from G Street Fabrics.  I was able so snatch up (4) yard for $2.97 per yard!!!! I am pondering what to do with the rest!  

I cant wait to wear these!!!!!!!

Happy Sewing!

DIY Side Split Shirt using Simplicity 1366 / S055

Good evening darlings! 

I wanted to share with you a quick project I completed over the weekend to get the old juices running again. I had plans on making 2 versions on this shirt.  The most important of which is the top below with a half sleeve.  

Yes, Yes, I admit.  I am transitioning into fall.  I think I got into a slump lately because I wasn't into sewing any more dresses..... Either that or my inner tomboy is coming out :).

I have always been a jean type of girl.  Therefore, I am finding myself trying different options for shirts.  This shirt is rather popular.  I choose to wear mines with a tie in the front to break up the mediocrity.  As I am in no shape or form wanting to walk out my house and instantly look like the next person lol!

The fabric I used is a little bit thicker than lining (purchased to use as lining) and has a matt silk finish to it.  I've had it so long, I don't recall what it is, sorry!

I paired this shirt with a pair of lightly distressed AG Goldschmied Jeans which is ironically one of my favorites right now.  My shoes are from one of my favorite boutiques from my Atlanta days. 

To accomplish this look, I simply measured the length of my shirt from the top of my shoulder to right below my knees which was 45 inches.  I constructed the shirt a per the pattern and stopped my side seam 4 inches from the armpit.  I also made an optional sash, I not quite sure which way I like better.

Hope you like!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Syle File: The Perfect Tweed Dress. Get the look with M6465 and Mood Fabric!

Hello Sew Fam!

On my frequent search for inspiration, I came across this beautiful tweed dress by Rachel Zoe.  Considering the cost and hassle that is involved in dealing with quality tweed, I am inclined to feel the price of $275 is rather reasonable.

This dress has a very simple silhouette.....

How to achieve this look?  Well it is rather easy if you ask me. Instantly, I recall seeing a pattern that can be easily adjusted to make this dress.  That is  McCall's pattern M6465

And this lovely Tweed Fabric from mood found Here

B&J Fabrics also has a wide variety of tweed for reasonable prices Here

A little bit about tweed:  Tweed is a British fabric that was used for both sporting and luxury clothing.  Tweed typically has more than one color and at one point was only made of 100% wool.  Nowadays, Tweed is made of a varying mix of fibers.  It is in my opinion the difference between wool twill ($60-$275) per yard at luxury fabric outfitters like Mood and brands as prominent as Chanel, and ($40) per yard at found at your typical fabric outlets and including JoAnns.

Sewing with Tweed is considered to be easy for a beginner - intermediate seamstress as the weight and thickness can easy hide stitches that may not be perfect.  But on the negative side Tweed has a high probability unraveling of which can occur from simple handling during construction.  

Tweed is woven and as such will need to be stabilized.  You can do this by ironing on a light interfacing to the tweed.  For seams such as those at the shoulders, you will need to use twill tape.  Twill tape can be found online at your local JoAnns.

Tweed also requires time to drop.  Before finishing the final hems on your garment, you want it to hang overnight to drop preventing any uneven hems.

Ok so on to my version of construction....

My recommendations on creating this look with M6465.
1. You will need  Tweed, twill tape, and a lightweight lining for this dress.
2. Your sleeves will need to be extended 2 inches and widened by 4 inches to simulate the sleeve.
3. You will not sew the bust darts.
4.You will not need the bottom contrast on the pattern.
5.You need to cut tweed bias for your neckline (and lining). 

What do you think?  I think I this is something I will attempt this fall.  Of course, that will consist of finding a woven blend at a very reasonable price for my test garment.

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

DIY Side Split Infinity bottom Maxi M6886

Back again... (you know I post in two's lol).
I woke up inspired this morning with the perfect pattern to recreate an inspiration pic I saw last week.  While the dress was not marketed at as an infinity bottom Maxi, I quickly realised I could do so many things with this dress!!!  The options are endless and I plan to discover more as I continue to make more.  The dress is constructed  using McCalls pattern 6886 view A shortened with an over skirt attached.
I created a tut as well... woot woot!!!! You can view it Here
Let me know what you think!!!

Happy Sewing!