Tuesday, June 28

The Princess and the Frog....Tiana my Darling!!!

Early in June this year, I had a conversation with my daughter.  It went something like this.....
Child- "Hey, Mom, your Mini-Me is going to a summer camp!!!"
Me-     "That's great, I remember you going to camp.  She is going to have so much fun!!! "When is she leaving?"
Child-  "In about two weeks!"
Me-     "Great, does she need anything?"
Child-  "No, I got it all taken care of, thanks though."
Me-     "Okay, great!"
         .!!!!!!.......................FAST FORWARD 2 WEEKS..........................!!!!!
Child-   "OH, Hey, Mom, your Mini-Me leaves Sunday.  She needs something simple for a "Disney Princess Ball" they are having at summer camp.  Can you throw together a cape or something to go with her princess wand.?"   
Me-   "(((((!!!!!! WHAT!!!!!!)))))"
The Princess and the frog

Monday, June 27

I Dream of Jeanie...Pants that is!! Vogue 1355

Okay, can I just say....we copy off of each other everyday.  We see and sew, see and sew, whatever our friends sew.  Every time someone sews something we like, our list of things to sew grows and grows, and grows.  This was not something I was going to sew.  I hated these pants from the first day I saw them.  Even when I saw them on a fellow sew-sister, I thought to myself, she only looks good in them because she is 5 inches taller than me.  Well, that changed one night when I decided to take a chance at her insisting I "just try them". 
Even while I was laying out the pattern, I was wondering was this a waste of my time....until I put them on and this happened...

Friday, June 24

Simply my Favorite Summer Dress:: Simplicity 2281

This dress could easily be considered my favorite.  How I never gave a full blog post to it, only shows how much I sew, that I pay little attention to scheduling blog post for every item.  During the summers, I love wearing dresses and skirts much more than I do shorts.  I threw this one on for a Womens Networking Social with my model daughter.
(I didn't make her dress...but, she has a list.)

Friday, June 17

Sheath Dress Chronicles:: I Am not a Stepford Wife!!

The sheath dress fit-along has come to a close.  If you are on my YouTube channel and are part of my IRL fashion sewing group, you are well aware of all the work and fun that has been had in completing this dress. I did a complete fitting tutorial and multiple instructional videos on changing the necklines, adjusting the pattern and working your way through fitting the dress.  This all began last summer (2015) with the white shirt, then the pencil skirt, then the denim jacket.  I wanted to thank all of you for continuing to follow along with this "one-woman" shop.  I have been through a few ups and downs on the road to bring you these tutorials, and have tripped up a few times.  But each time I have reached out to you via social media, you have not let me down.  My list of to-dos, and in-completes is really long, as long as my heart is big, for sharing.  My husband is probably the most patient man in the world.  He knows how passionate I am about sewing and doesn't complain.  Am I a "Stedford" wife?  I would say not! Because if I were, you all would not see very much of me at all....here's to my husband for his kindness, love and unwavering patience!!
Now, for the goods-  "This lovely dress!!

Wednesday, June 1

The Great Fabric Swap Challenge and a Pattern Review

About a month ago I agreed to be added to a pool of folks for a fabric swap and be randomly paired with a swap partner.  We were required to exchange any piece of fabric from our stash. We were to sew it up in any way we felt best represents us and our esthetic. This group thing is bringing forth some serious sewing mojo out of me.  Because, I need, absolutely need, human interaction, not just online contact.  Combined with Periscope, this group provides the interaction of an IRL sewing group.  Okay, I think I have done my fabric justice, as well as made my swap partner proud. I present to you #thegreatfabricswapsmt finished garment.
vogue 1245

Monday, May 30

Flower Princess Dress and Another Bootstrap Review

April showers did indeed bring May flowers, even though it took me a while to get pictures in this dress.  I initially made this dress to wear for Easter on a cruise back in April.  Yes, I did wear it on Easter, and I had all intentions of using the pictures taken on the ship for my blog post.  Well, that did not go over very well.  The photographer was lame, I mean terrible!!!  The next day, when I excitedly went to see my pictures on display... I was floored by such awful pictures.  My coloring was horrible, my hair looked like crap, and the neckline and armholes were disgustingly oversized and ill-fitted.  I had not done this beautiful cotton sateen justice.  When I downloaded the pattern from the Bootstrap, "Fashion Design WIZ Pro", I was supper happy to have something "fit" my chest.  But, totally forgot to take time to thoroughly analyze the fit in the most important areas, the armholes and neckline.
Bootstrap "Fashion Design WIZ Pro.

Tuesday, May 24

Jersey Dress for my Daughter & Bootstrap Pattern Review



Wrangling in this child for this photoshoot/pattern review, was not as easy as I thought.   Since I was sewing a dress for her, I thought she would show up ready and willing to fit and take pictures whenever I wanted.  OOOOOhhh....but no!!  Going "live" on the internet for review and scrutinizing of her clothes isn't something your average person wants.  Everything has to be perfect, her hair, face, nails, mood, weight, and everything else you can think of when presented with the idea of being put on a quasi-chopping block.   This model-child doesn't have a problem walking a runway for designers.  Neither does she have a problem with self-esteem.  However, presented with a "sewing" blog and still shots that are there to be reviewed and analyzed is a game changer for sure.  I present to you my review of the Bootstrap Fashions Jersey Dress for Jennifer.....please be considerate and remember this is a HUMAN Child you are dealing with!!!

Tuesday, May 17

Meet Petals- The Floral Raglan Blouse...and some thoughts.

There are so many things that come to mind when I prep to write a blog post....How do I title this?.., what pictures should I use?.. I want to tell you about this raglan blouse and all the flowers and how divine the fabric is to touch!!! I want to tell you hello and all that jazz that goes along with it, and show you a gazillion pictures, cause that is actually how many I took before writing this post. Sometimes, I want to say: "What's up y'all, what's crackin!"  But, I change my wording because, I think..~~~, will they receive my relaxed, sometimes crass tone as easily as my Periscope folks do when I start a broadcast, or maybe "will my impatient Youtube subscribers receive my laid back somewhat wordy conversational style when they read my blog? So many questions arise... "What interest you? Is it fashion only? Do you want to see cute pics? Hear stories? See construction details? See my studio? Have updates of my sew life? Or, learn about the patterns I use or the lack thereof?....there are so many directions I can take a blog post.  So I start with this.....
"Hey y'all, I made a new blouse!!!  Yeepee!! Meet Petals....

Monday, May 2

All My Children.....Public Service Announcement.

I couldn't allow this to remain a Facebook fad.  For some reason, I was moved to share this bit of information because it is something I have been dealing with in my own world and I just felt compelled to share with all of you.  I did a final paper on the generational gap that has gotten extremely big as time has passed in fashion as well as values and dreams.  The Internet creates and permits so many passing successes due only to the number of likes and hearts.  It is so very easy for us to get caught up in the world of "cyber-friends" that we forget that life still needs "human" touch and conversation.
To "All My Children...."  This is a Public Service Announcement

Friday, April 29

Kimonos and Boots: Copycat Fashion..I see my Momma.

Growing up (way, way long ago) I remember my Mom always wearing very vibrant colored flowing dresses and jumpsuits that had really big sleeves and silky fabric.  I didn't pay much attention to fashion "names" nor styles...the colors are what moved my needle up the richter scale.  So, when my daughter came to me with this gift from a friend, I put it on right away....and went for a road trip.
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