Wednesday, July 20

Tissue fitting Vogue 1329- Full Bust Adjustments (FBA)- Video Tutorial

I made these videos while prepping to sew my sheath dress for an event last week.  This dress had a few interesting areas that called for a little extra work, but was easy once I review the pattern on my dress form by tissue fitting.  Full details are included in the video.




All the back and armhole adjustments are to be found in this video.


Monday, July 18

The Vogue Woman.....Vogue 1329 with Video Tutorial

What is it about this dress that makes me feel so "En-Vogue?"  I know this is an old pattern, and that so many have made it before.  When I first saw this pattern I just could not bring myself to make it in the same black and white as the pattern envelope.  I liked the style for sure...that color blocking is really a very nice touch.  But for me, I had to wait to allow my creative innards to tell me what to make...that fabric jeanie in my heart had to rise up and give me a vision.  Color makes all the difference!!
I made so many alterations to this pattern, I feel bad trying to explain it all in written form....

Sunday, July 17

Wearing Moms new Dress....Newlook 6301

I wasn't going to put this up on the blog, but, I just couldn't rob you all of this beautiful dress.  You see, I don't like to make muslins unless I really need to.  So most of my "first" are really wearable muslins.  You see, I can make wearable muslins anytime, because I have someone that will fit whatever I don't like and love it.  You know that kid?  "Mikey" Well, that is my Mom and Sister... Although, they have their own peculiarities about fit, they are taller and shorter than me in the torso.  Both, wear the same size 14 as me.  However, one has a long torso and the other has a shorter torso.  One has a "B-butt" and a foxy figure and thin thighs, and the other has a "B-butt" and thick thighs.  I am a "DD-Butt" with thin thighs.  Thus, we can interchange outfits made from knit and they will look different, fit different, yet still "fit" each of us pretty well.
I previously made this dress, and I loved it!  However, the torso was a little long since I added the FBA using the pivot and slide method along with shortening the cross over and lengthening the skirt back.  However, for this one, along with using the straight skirt...I left the length in the bodice for mom.  She doesn't like taking OOTD pics for the web...so I'm modeling the dress.  And it fits me much tighter than it fits Mom, since my "DD-Butt" takes up some of the circumference.

Monday, July 4

Choosing your Pattern Size.....A Tutorial

I did this video some time ago and wanted to refresh your memory since the patterns have been on sale so much lately. It is a youtube video. Please enjoy.
https://youtu.be/YXawT1Dpi3o
How to Measure and choose a pattern size...The image is clickable....

https://youtu.be/YXawT1Dpi3o

Sunday, July 3

SEW-TO-FIT The BUTT Workshop Open Now!!

SEW-To-FIT the BUTT Workshop This Week!!!!  Is your skirt hiking up in the back, does your store bought dress hang too long in the front?

FREE CUSTOM PDF Skirt Pattern Included!!!!
By popular demand, my most requested and sought after lesson and youtube tutorial!!! —

THE FULL BUTT Adjustment and how to keep your dress or skirt hems even in the back!! is now available as a fully interactive live online workshop!!! Don’t Miss Out!!!  

You need this if you have an issue with your skirt or dress being shorter in back when you sew it for yourself or when you buy one from the store.  Your Size Does not Matter…Curvy or otherwise, we all have this problem.

What you will learn:
  • Multiple ways to solve your issues.  
  • All skirt styles will be covered, including the dreaded circle skirt and skirt with a yoke.  
  • Step-by-step directions for each technique will be demonstrated and explained with practice skirts for you to try yourself.
  • All handouts will be provided to you for use during the workshop as well as for practice afterwards. 
  • Understand how patterns are designed so you can become well informed and learn your options.

WHEN- Saturday, July 9th @ 2pm Central Standard Time

Reserve your spot early....seats are limited!

WHERE- In your lap….on your PC!!! And later you keep the video.

For signing up for this workshop….all my students will receive—
  1. A FREE PDF Pattern- Customized to your own personalized measurements.  
  2. You get to keep ALL your class videos to download and review anytime.
  3. All the handouts used during class. 
  4. A 50% off a personalized One-on-one Skype fitting session with me to be redeemed anytime up to 60 days after you take the live class.

HOW do you sign up you say???    
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Why do you need a FULL BUTT Adjustment…. If you sew or are trying to learn to fit your clothes, it is the same reason you would need a FULL Bust Adjustment?



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

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