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.

Sunday, April 24

"All dressed up with a dirty neck."... #SpringCleanYourStudio Blog Hop!!!

What?? Spring is here!! I gotta do what, clean my studio...?  You know what happens when you have systems in place, that is the only thing that is your saving grace for disorganization and clutter.  If it weren't for the system I set up during my non-busy days, then cleaning up the studio would be a monumental task.  So when my fellow ambassador, Cheryl, called out for folks to participate in a blog hop of studios for spring I was right on the band wagon since another well known blogger, Rhonda Buss, had already made a "call-to-action" to share.  UNTIL..... I opened the drawers and found "stuff" that was just stuffed into them hidden out of sight.  I call that my "All Dressed Up with a Dirty Neck." I must have tried to clean up before, and didn't have time to do a thorough job. 
#springcleanyourstudio blog hop
That is when I realized, this is what a creative genius looks like in action....

Tuesday, April 12

"I don't do Trends!" But I Do Off-the-shoulder Dresses

If you read any of my blog post over the last few years, then most likely you would currently be calling me a liar!!  "Hello, my name is Andrea, and I am a liar."  At least where "Off-the-shoulder" trends are concerned.
Bootstrap Fashions


Thursday, March 10

DIY Pants + Top = Jumpsuit... A Designer Recipe

Add a little extra ease here and a little extra length there and you have a great recipe for a really cool outfit. 

Friday, March 4

That Denim Jacket: The Wardrobe Fit-Along Continues

Unless you regularly read my blog, subscribe to my YouTube channel or follow me live on Pericope, you wouldn't know that I have been consistently working on a Wardrobe Fit-Along since July of last year 2015 in collaboration with Sew Much Fabric, an online fabric store based out of Texas.  We began with the White Shirt, then the Sheath dress, then I took a holiday break and did a holiday sequin skirt tutorial.  Currently we have been working on the denim jacket.  This Wardrobe Fit-Along is an ongoing process that I have been making regular videos for in order to discuss and tackle particular fitting issues found with each particular garment type and style in relation to different body compositions.  
Vogue 9037....Wardrobe Fit-Along












Wednesday, March 2

Why I "Stitch Fix" and Sew

I love to sew, who doesn't like sewing?  If you read this blog, then its probably no secret that I utilize help on a regular basis for suggestions on what to sew.  I have so many ideas that swim in my head, but I don't like shopping in stores to try on clothes just to be disappointed.  I like having someone keep up with fashion details for me by considering my taste and my style.  That is what this Stitch Fix service is....they review my Pinterest boards, my blog, and watch my Youtube videos to get to know me and then they send me articles of clothing that they feel will work for me.  To say the least, I am really surprised at how well this lady has been doing for me.  This is my journey for a great wardrobe that I don't need to do all the work for, considering sewing isn't working for me.  I do loathe sewing a garment and it not work estesthically for me or my preferences in dress.  All the patterns out there and all the styles available, I just don't have the time, or inclination to sew things that I absolutely am not sure will work for my taste, my body AND my style all at the same time.  I do not like discarding good makes because they were great fitting garments, yet did not fit my taste and style.

Monday, February 29

That Classic White Button Down Shirt.....sort of.

Last year I went back to the basics. With the help of a wardrobe consultant, I have been steadily trying to make basic garments to go along with the fun flashy mood enhancing outfits I am prone to focus on regularly.  She insisted I make a basic white shirt, here.  I followed along, rather defiantly, but I did what I was told.  I had no idea that the basic white shirt would become one that I would reach for more often than not.  However, my inner child couldn't be held back for much longer, I had to "turn it up" a notch so to speak.  Thus, I bring to you my version of the basic white button down shirt!!!!  Tadah!!!
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