Happy New Year

It is the glorious year of 2018, and I’m excited to see what 2018 holds. My seasonal job has ended, and its a little bitter sweet. I’m glad its over but at the same time, I want another part time job lol.. But we shall see.

I have a few things I want to work on this year sewing related.
My Butterick pattern finally arrived for my coat, so I want to start cutting out pieces and working to get a muslin going this week. Again this will be a slow project, it will be done before next month.

This year I want to focus on sewing things I like to wear, be it the same pattern 15x as long as its something I like. Stop buying patterns because they are new. Continue to reduce my pattern collection, swapping things out for my style, over what’s hot now.
I haven’t sewn anything really in the last couple weeks. I won’t say I lost my mojo just a little drag here and there.

One thing I will do in the new year, is start using my vacation days more, even if its just to sit at home and sew. I have 188 hours of PTO, and of course that’s not with this year, I have to start using it because if I don’t in April they say no more crazy lady until you use what you have.

I noticed a lot of people got coverstitch machines for Christmas and I was super excited like I want one, then I realized I have had one for almost two years now, collecting dust. I need to get over my fear of using it. I’m in one those coverstitch groups on Facebook and its always a discussion about the proper needles purple tip Janome or an Organ Needle sold by wawak.
I’m not sure what needle to get but both sides swears it eliminates skipped stitches who knows.

So my 2018 goals are to use my coverstitch machine, get my serger fixed, and for once sew a garment completely with the two, serger and cover stitch. I hate to admit that I have not ever used my serger solely for a garment construction.
I also have never made leggings stone me… lol

So I want to make some of those, and I want to finally make me some pants/trousers/slacks, and blazers, I have in my life only owned 2 blazers that fitted me well and that was years ago, these arms aren’t made for ready wear blazers lol.

I also joined the Goodbye Valentino Ready Wear Fast, so we shall how that goes.

In closing
This year goals are to focus on sewing more, traveling, and debt reduction small steps, I want to live a little while still handling business.

Well that’s it for now until Next time Sew on

Good Morning

I’m ordering my coat lining, this week. Probably today, I didn’t get a chance to order it last week, got busy. And I have this thing now due to Amazon of expecting fast packages, so I tend not to order things at the end of the week because I want to receive it the week of the order.
I’m ordering from Vogue Fabrics, so I think I should still be able to get it this week.

 I know childish but Amazon has spoiled me. Well that’s the update on the coat, I probably will cut out the bodice pattern pieces this evening and set it to the side. Still waiting on the Butterick pattern. The seller sent me a message this morning that it was returned to her because the label fell off. So I have to wait another week for that.

But that the only update I have about the coat

Blogging 2018

I’m debating if I want to give up blogging, on one hand I love having my own space in the world, but on the other hand I feel like its a lot of work and I wonder if I’m being effective. I thought about vlog, but haven’t decide on that one yet? Any thoughts on which one is better.
I’m also a member of sewing pattern review
and Sewing Portfolio
and I have my instagram
I wish that there was a way, that once I did my blog post, I can click a button, and my sewing review is sent to Sewing pattern review, and my photos are sent to Sewing portfolio but it doesn’t.
So I feel like I have all these different communities and you have to post separately on all of them.
But is it EFFECTIVE is my question?
I like sharing my sewing makes, and I want to learn new techniques, and document the process.
I don’t feel like I’m a tutorial type of blogger, and I feel like there are a million in one technique videos, I just want to share my makes, lol.
The thing with social media we don’t own those, and I guess technically I don’t own blogger, but its still my blog outside of social media, or rather the domain name lol… 
So what do I do? Do I give up blogging, move to video blogging? Or just keep my Instagram, and post reviews on sewing pattern review or sewing portfolio
Questions I have with no answers….
Help a sista out, any advice would be appreciated.
Well that’s enough of blogging issues. Lets Talk Spring Patterns.

                                      Simplicity Patterns

I’m really trying to cut down on patterns. As I’m learning my taste. I am accepting I don’t have to buy a pattern because its new. I did a pattern cleanse where I got rid of at least 250 patterns, unfortunately I think I have bought about 50 more, My phone says I have 469 patterns. The goal is to never own more than 500, and hopefully maybe get down to 350 possibly. I do need to let some patterns go because I know I will not make them EVER.
So the new Simplicity patterns its a couple I like
My likes
Simplicity Pattern 8550 Misses' and Women's Dress, Tunic and Top
I love View A but I would need a belt to cinch my waist, I also wouldn’t mind A as a top for a jumpsuit.
Simplicity Pattern 8560 Misses' Knit Sports Bras
I’m doing the RTW fast, and I need some new sports bras, so unless I make time to pick up some before the 31st I will need this pattern to make some.
Simplicity Pattern 8548 Misses' Knit Dress
I love this pattern because its simple, it has the raglan sleeves which looks nice on me, its plain, but can be dressed up or down. If  I pick this one up, I would force myself to get rid of 10 patterns.  To accept this one lol.
The patterns that was disappointing to me, was Mimi G patterns, please don’t stone me. But I felt like she is starting to repeat things. I love a lot of her independent patterns, she puts out, however they are pdf patterns, and I don’t have the resources to print them. And I took one of her patterns I did pick up to the printer to get printed, and they told me it would need two pages, it was like 18.00 dollars. I was like nope and I did print that one at my job.
I liked more of her older patterns for Simplicity, but I will say majority of them I have given away because I realize they weren’t my style. I do still plan on making Simplicity 1283 and the coat from Simplicity 8451. I also still have Simplicity 8392 and 8334 (all those snaps required for this one is one of the reason why it has set, I may give up on that one. I think the snaps will cost more than the fabric lol.
But I’m not feeling the direction her Simplicity patterns are going. I did see a video she did when she talked about the process for doing a pattern with Simplicity and how much in advance she has to work on it. But yea, not liking it.
I can’t draft patterns, not one bit, hence the reason why my winter coat will be a combination of two patterns …. lol so don’t my two cents.
This pattern Simplicity Pattern 8547 Misses' and Miss Petite Dress by Mimi G Stylereminds me of
Simplicity Pattern 1276 Misses' and Miss Petite Knit Dress from Mimi G Style
This pattern
Simplicity Pattern 8558 Misses' Separates by Mimi G Stylereminds me of
Simplicity Pattern 8093 Misses' Sportswear from Mimi G Style

Good Morning

I haven’t touched my machine in a couple of weeks. Shameful I know, but I’m working a second job right now, so I’ve been super duper tired. Every day, I say I’m a quit the second job, then pay day rolls around and I’m like well its not so bad.

Truthfully I love my second job, most days, I’m on my feet and I walk a ton, I average about 14,000 steps a shift. I wrote out a 5 year plan/goals, stuck it on a board, and I guess you can call it a vision board, lol. I need a photo of a couple tho, because I’m thinking its time to actively start dating. So my mother can stop asking me, Anna, you got a boyfriend yet!!

Moving right along, so my goals for December, is to start my winter coat, here is the inspiration

Winter Coat Goals
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Image from google
Dior Fall 2013 or maybe 2014

Oddly enough my friend sent me a text saying, I better make her a head scarf before I start a whole Olivia Pope winter coat.
I don’t watch scandal so I wasn’t aware, that this was worn by Olivia Pope, I may try to locate the episode to see if any shots of the back of the coat.
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 I thought this coat had a curve front hem now found another shot of this coat, and its straight, so maybe it was the camera angle, and the leg moving, but I’m leaning toward curving the front hem

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Back of the coat

I love the back of the coat, not sure how much I plan incorporate into my coat but I do love it

My Pattern Choices

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Butterick 5824

It’s out of print and was hard to find in my size, I even sent a instagram message to McCall’s pattern company, and Gertie herself no response back of course. I posted in a few facebook groups, then I remembered Gertie had a group so I posted there, and found one in the UK, so it should be here this week.
What I love about the pattern is the skirt and the collar, I feel this collar could be flipped up or worn down.
I started looking at different versions of this coat, and realized I wasn’t liking the bodice and sleeves fullness, which she designed to be like this per her blog post, and seeing the finished garments on multiple people I wasn’t sure if I wanted that. I wanted a more tailor cut. Because I already have larger arms and didn’t want all that extra space.

So I went back and looked at this

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Vogue 9040


Honestly I think this pattern is suppose to be inspired by the Dior, just my thoughts. I sort liked the coat but wasn’t thrill by it, however the bodice and sleeves, are perfect. So the goal is to take View D bodice and sleeves and put it on Butterick 5824 skirt.

I do want to keep the collar of the Butterick but I may play around with both to see which one I like the most. If I use Vogue I will have to have it extended to meet the front, it stops and just flaps the way it currently design and I don’t like that.

I don’t like either pockets, so I will have to figure out how to do my own.

Supplies

My body coating is from Fabric Mart, its a dark blue cashmere wool blend.
I’m leaning towards ordering this kasha satin lining from Vogue Fabrics

I’ve been reading about interlining/underlining, and I haven’t really grasped it yet. If I use the kasha satin lining, which has flannel backing will I still have to interline the coating itself. Not so much the interfacing of it. If that makes sense.

I was debating if I should go with a cheaper lining, and just use a interlining for the whole coat, or just stick with the Kasha satin lining.

Other December Plans

Well that’s enough about the coat, I also want to make two dresses this month, one I want a really fancy velvet dress, 70’s vibes but I have no where to wear it too, unless my couch with wine counts.
I can’t think what the second dress was for, oh the Little Red Dress project I may skip it tho because I can’t think of anything to make.

I do have some cognac velour I want to make into a jump suit, we shall see. The only downside of the jumpsuit, is the zipper and not having anyone to unzip me when its time to go to the bathroom. I thought of making it off the shoulder, that way I have no problems. If I make it off the shoulders, I want fancy sleeves then.

Granted its already December 7th, lets see how much of this really gets done this month. I do plan to blog about the coat making process.

Well that’s enough rambling for now…

Until Next time Sew on

Happy Saturday

This month sew your view project hosted by @thatssewmonica and @feesewcrafty on Instagram was New Look 6514, its a duster pattern, 4 reviews. I decided on View B,

New Look 6514 View B added

 2nd bell sleeve

I Initially was going to do view A with B sleeve but decided to do View B which I am glad I did.

New Look Pattern 6514 Misses' Coat or Vest with Sleeve and Length Variations

The pattern itself goes together very quickly. I did have to do my usual bicep adjustment. I believe I cut XL and Large for the neck. I wanted pockets, but couldn’t find my side pocket pattern piece, and was feeling lazy didn’t want to draft one, so it doesn’t have pockets. Which I truly regret not doing to the pockets. I thought about opening the sides to add them but decided against it.

Although I love dusters what I learned from doing this project which I sorta knew may be an issue, with a duster I will always want to cinch the waist somehow with a belt, or pockets, because I could put my hands in my pockets to sorta slim line the fit. I’m heavier on the bottom, so I tend cut the largest size. But when I put it on I have that larger than I am look, a belt at the waist helps to give me some separation from the waist to the hips if that makes sense.

Once I added the bell sleeve I wasn’t happy with it, so I doubled it and finished it with bias tape, and asked on Instagram should I leave the tape hidden or exposed, and most people agreed exposed, so its exposed bias tape and I love it.

I have 3 more plaid projects I want to do not sure if my next project will be plaid or if I will move to my fall/winter dresses….

I’m happy with the seam matching etc, I used the yellow skinny line as my point of reference for matching.

I may make this duster again, however if I do I would make a front band facing, that is probably the one thing I didn’t like about this pattern, the front is just turnt  hem. I would have preferred to have a front facing where when I turned it to where it open, it would like uniform. However since this plaid, it doesn’t look to bad.

Fabric from :Joann’s Fabric

Well that’s it for now…. until next time Sew long

New Look 6514 View B

Happy with the matching lines

New Look 6514 View B

Sleeve View

New Look 6514 View B

Back has a center back seam but that matching is almost perfect

Happy Saturday

Where do I begin, lets start off with inspiration. I went to Joann’s Fabric Store, and I came across this green plaid fabric and I thought….. YESSSSSSSSSSS this would be perfect for McCall’s 7627.

Now granted I had picked up two other plaids, which would have worked just fine, heavier weight but nope I chose the most flimsy fabric of them all.

The pattern takes a lot of fabric, and guess what I threw away the first set of sleeves, so I had to go purchase another 2 yards to finish this, and even though this was the wrong fabric to use, you got to sometimes follow through on a bad idea. And it looks pretty good but it was a mess to sew. But I will be wearing this like the masterpiece it is.

The sleeves gave me the blues because I swear no matter how much I marked the lines, they disappeared, also I couldn’t do the baste stitching because it kept messing up my fabric (recall I said I was using the wrong fabric.)

But its done and I’m happy, if I made it again I probably would extend the peplum, I wanted more flair.

Had to practice the 

layout on the floor before cutting

McCall’s 7627 View B

McCall’s 7627 View B Sleeve details

McCall’s 7627 View B it fits

McCall’s 7627 View B

Happy Friday

Continuing in my quest to build up my cardigan collection, I made McCall’s 7476 View B with C collar.

Pretty easy sew, however maybe it was just me but I thought the sleeve pattern was a few inches larger than then the drop shoulder section. But I eased it the best I could. This also have pockets so that’s always a plus

McCall’s 7476 View C with View B collar

McCall 7476 View C with View B collar 

Side View

I still haven’t decided on a button for McCall 7476
I also made OOP Vogue 8780. Image result for vogue 8780

This was also a very easy sew, I would like to make it with a different fabric this dark color, I’m not sure if its really my style. I will hang it up, in the closet for a few weeks to see if it grows on me, if not I will give it away.

Vogue 8780 Front View

Vogue 8780

Vogue 8780 it has pockets too! 

One hand in the pocket 

I’m not sure what I will make next yet. I want to start making fall dresses, but this Indian Summer is playing with my emotions. It’s 95 degrees today!!!


Both fabrics are from fabric mart
McCall 7476 : Stucco/Black Retro Circle Jacquard Double Knit
Vogue  8780   :Shadow Gray/Smoke Gray/Slate Gray/Multi Camo Print

Well that’s it for now until next time … SEW ON

Happy Saturday

So I may have ordered some fabric last night and honestly I really don’t need anymore. Today when the emails came I just deleted didn’t even open them up.

My last two orders have been from Fabric Mart…. Their sales be so good tho. Next year I want to focus on mixing the fabric love ❤️. So I want to either visit or make a purchase from the following places and if you know of any I should check out drop a comment with the name.
Style Makers Fabric
Stone Mountain Fabrics
Cali Fabrics
Emma One Sock – ordered once
Mood Fabric
La Finch Fabric – ordered once
Metro Textiles – New York
Gorgeous Fabrics
Textile Discount Fabric – Chicago
Promenade Fine Fabric – ordered once

Now moving right along I picked up this Simplicity for View C and D. The short jacket and the vest.
I really liked the shoulder on the vest.Image result for simplicity 8469

I used this double knit I got from Fabric Mart last year I think. I didn’t like the feel of it for a dress but knew it would be fine as a cardigan. Well I guess technically this may not be considered a cardigan but just roll with it.

The directions were pretty straightforward. I cut a size 18. I did not grade up for the hips like I normally do. Now the pattern pieces only have the bust measurements so I had to measure the flat pieces for the waist and the hips. I think I checked the measurements a lot and it seemed that a 18 would be fine.

I love the pattern although the facing on the sleeve didn’t go as easy as I hoped. Also once the sleeve was faced or rather arm hole the off the shoulder part that I liked about this pattern seemed to have been minimize.

I also had to hand sew on the snaps. First time for that. I thought I was making great speed until I realized I had mixed the top and the bottoms on one side and I was installing them wrong. Lol 😂

Right now I’m focusing on building my wardrobe. So for the next week or so I will be making cardigans. I had so much focus on Fall but the weather is Summer Summer so I have clothes that can’t come out to play for now.

Well until next time Sew on

Simplicity 8469 View C Front Detail w/Snaps

Simplicity 8469 View C Front Detail w/Snaps

Simplicity 8469 View C Pockets

Simplicity 8469 View C Back View

Simplicity 8469 View C Closed

Simplicity 8469 View C 

The End

Happy Sunday

The Packers won!!! Yay….  Now back to sewing… I picked up this pattern I believe it was last week, at Joann’s during the Vogue sale. I liked the cascade side. Now even though I liked the design I wasn’t sure if it would work for my body, I’m bottom heavy and I tend to not to like to wear anything that makes me look wider than I am. But I figured what do I have to lose lets go for it.

I knew I wanted View B, long, nothing short hitting above or below the knee, do the volume on the sides. I had some fabric I had ordered from Fabric Mart, over the summer. I purchased 8 yards of this Chartreuse Poly/Lycra. Why did I purchase 8 yards, well I thought I would start sewing for profit, and I wanted enough for myself a dress and enough to make one to sale. Well I haven’t started sewing for profit, not sure if I will. This pattern requires 5 yards of fabric, and I thought this color would look marvelous in this design.

The pattern pieces are huge though, and my old table was not wide enough so I sat it aside until the new table came. Even with that large surface, some of the pattern hung off the table. I had to pull the cutting mat off the table, and maneuver to cut the bottom. I refused to cut it on the floor and it worked.

The only downside of this pattern even though, its only three main pieces, you have to cut them one by one, so its feel like its taking forever. I would love to make this again, but it will be a day when I have wine in my hand and I feel like cutting.

There was a typo on the image in the instructions when you open the pattern instructions, view B is marked as view A. So I had to make sure I circle the view I was making not to confuse. and of course since we are cutting them on a single layer, remember to flip flip. There is a clip you make on the bottom of the hem, they don’t line up when you sew the bottom pieces together, but my dots, for the hem lined up so I was fine.

One thing I loved about this pattern was no need to do a full bicep adjustment, that rarely ever happen for me. I know I wanted a shorter sleeve do to my being bottom heavy, and the color I wanted something to break up the dress from top to bottom, so a little skin helps, I cut off 7 inches off the sleeves. I didnt want them as short as view A.
The facing for the neckline was nice, although I would love to see it with just a v neck. It’s not deep so that’s great, work appropriate. The drape on the dress is lovely. I look forward to wearing it this fall.

I cut an XL.

Well that’s it for now….

Vogue 9268 View B Front View

Vogue 9268 View B Drape View

Vogue 9268 View B 

V neck

Vogue 9268 View B Back View,

 wet spot is from me cleaning something I wasted 🙁

Vogue 9268 View B Side View

Happy Saturday All

Stopping by for a quick review. I picked up the Sew Sew Def latest edition, September/October. I wanted the PDF dress pattern. I love it. The online magazine editions are 9.99.  I felt that wasn’t to bad for a PDF pattern. Yes I bought the edition specifically for the pattern. Erica Bunker is on the cover, and she has an article about matching plaids/and interview. I will get around to reading it although I think the tips are similar to ones I have read before.

The pattern itself is just 3 pieces. I was excited to get it printed at the print shop, until I got there and they said it was two pages. It was going to be 20.00 dollars. I decided not to get it printed, and just printed the pages out at work. (please don’t tell lol) I don’t really like putting pdf patterns together, unless I’m in the mood. I do like the PDF patterns where you just match the symbols and tape.

This pattern you cut certain sides, and tape it together. They do put little scissors were to cut so that was nice. The pattern gives you an option to cut on a fold or center back seam. I prefer back in two pieces, do to my swayback.

What I thought sucked on this pattern was the 1/4 seam allowance. That gives little room for error or adjustments I think. It went together fairly smoothly the neckband made me pause for a second but I got it.

I cut the XL, and graded to a XXL for the hips. I wasn’t planning on making this weekend, but as I was organizing my fabric I came across this fabric I bought last summer or fall. It’s popular in ready made clothing”Po Boy Fabric”. And so I sat it aside because I didn’t want the same type of dress that everybody was wearing at the time.

The fabric is very stretchy, and not opaque I didn’t line it because I plan to wear a slip under it.

I plan to make it again a few times in a heavier knit. This is my first time putting snaps in, it went well. I pegged this from the hips down. I’m heavy on the bottom and I don’t like the straight wide look. I will make the adjustments to the pattern, but this time I altered the dress while on. I think I took off about 2-3 inches off.

Well that’s it for now.

Batwing Dress #1012 Mimi G Off Shoulder Look

Batwing Dress #1012 Mimi G On Shoulder Look

Batwing Dress #1012 Mimi G 

She did those snaps not perfect

Batwing Dress #1012 Mimi G 

Side View

Oh yea I finally upgraded my my cutting table. I picked up 2 crafting tables from Wayfair. I pushed them together to get the surface I wanted. I wouldn’t mind adding a third one. But FED EX left the boxes downstairs, and these things were a beast getting up the stairs alone. Single woman problems. I refuse to go through that pain alone. But I like that the cutting table surface is made up of smaller tables, easier to move.

Extremely heavy boxes, leaning table in the back

All done

Starting to fill in the cubbies