Wednesday, December 26

Converting The Red Baby Bump Dress- Wardrobe Building

This dress was originally made for my DnL, when she was pregnant, way back in 2017.  She had thoughts of wearing one of those slim fitting dresses with all the ruching up the side, in order to reveal the bump that was soon to be my grandson.  I made three dresses for her, all in one week, trying to get the look she wanted, before I realized, that I was not a "forever 21" mass production line. I finally decided to just make a simple wrap dress using this matte rayon jersey fabric in black.  I was so happy she didn't like this one!  What was I thinking!!!
I guess you could officially call this one a "save", since I drew it from a pile of lost souls, aka UFP- Unfinished projects, just in time to cut the pleated/gathered side seams off and slim the dress down to  my waist size, stitch the hems and get out the door for our family Christmas Party.  I was intending to make a cute dress with that buffalo plaid you see around my neck, but I just plumb ran out of time.  
The dress is a simple tee-shirt dress designed from my basic dress block.  I figured it should be easy to just throw together a dress with some ruching up the sides, as she had requested.  The original dress was made with added length up the sides to give it the pleating she wanted.  The neckline was made simply by creating a binding from the self fabric.
The original dress was shown on my instagram and the video of me making the "maternity dressform" is on my youtube channel here: https://youtu.be/VumIU4fPlzc 
The length turned out just perfectly for the look I was hoping for, since I had wanted a red column dress for a while now.  The sleeves are the perfect length for any occasion.
Construction Details:
Pattern: Self Drafted from my dress block, sold here.  
Fabric:  Torch Red Rayon Knit Matte Jersey from Sew Much Fabric. 
Finishing:  I finally decided to use my cover-stitch machine to hem my knits.  What took me so long, I have no clue.  I think we become so set in our ways, that the thought of learning something new scares us.  Well, at I think that's the case for me.  
The infinity scarf was made from a rayon poplin that I got from my local fabric store, High Fashion.  I used this fabric to make three other dresses for the family's buffalo plaid themed holiday party.  More details to follow on my regularly scheduled Sewturday Night Live WebCast. 

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Thursday, December 20

Holly Hat Pattern: 2018 Holiday Sew-Along

This is the fourth year I'll be sewing my family's holiday gifts while Livestreaming.  I cannot believe how many years I'd been doing this, and neither did I realize, you all were looking forward to my live holiday sewing chats.  Back in 2015, I choose to make a habit of sewing #Sewtofitlastminutegifts, while livestreaming in an effort to avoid rushing out into the stores to shop.  So, this year, I'm embracing that which is me, and inviting you to join the fun.  I will be "Sewing While Live" this Friday, 12/21 @8pm CST, and want you to join me!
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Let's see how many hats we can make in a couple of hours, as you sew-along with me while I broadcast Live as I sew my #SewToFitlastminutegifts on my YouTube channel.   I challenge you to prepare your list and gift bags as well, since you never know how many you may need for those last minute parties.  Personally, I know I'll need at least 7 for sure!  Whew!!!  It's about the same every year, so I'm always ready with a manufacturing style setup.

Sew-Along Details: 

The pattern we will be using is the Sew-To-Fit Holly Hat.  The SewToFit Tribe subscribers were sent the Free Pattern Download via the newsletter, on Monday, 12/17.  If you haven't already seen your email, make sure to check your spam folder!!   If you are not a "Team SewToFit" subscriber, or haven't already received your pattern and want to participate, download your pattern here.  You will be automatically signed up for the email list when you download the pattern.  The "FREE Pattern" Code is already applied for you at checkout.

Date & Time:

The fun starts at 8pm Central Time(USA) on Friday, December 21st. 2018.  You will be able to ask questions in the live chat, as I sew-along with you to get these out.  I'll also be giving sewing tips.  Make sure you wind your bobbins!!  We will be moving fairly quickly to get these done.  

IMPORTANT LINKS:

The HOLLY Hat Video Playlist:  http://bit.ly/HollyHatYTPlaylist 


Making Preparations:

I will demonstrate the cutting and sewing from start to finish, but I plan to have most all of them cut out and ready to sew.  Here are a few tips to help you make the best use of your time and to get the most done.
  • NOTE:::  If using a woven fabric, you will need to make different fitting considerations.
  • Have all your different fabrics cut out in coordinating colors so you won't need to change thread colors.
  • Cut all your pieces and label them together for each hat.  
  • NOTE:  Lining:  I lined my hats, so my pieces 1-Crown top and 2-crown were cut twice.  
  • Wind multiple bobbins and have ready.  (You can use serger or regular machine.)  The grey hat below is a knit and was sewn completely on the straight stitch machine, with a 3.0 stitch length only. NO zigzag.
  • Cut the Band the length needed and adjust the lower crown as needed.  (This is the only item which creates the sizing.  The pattern is ONE SIZE for ALL.
  • Consider the fabric bulkiness if using sweater knits.  I have researched an article for you on how to sew bulky sweater knits...(not my expertise) Check out O'Jolly's article.
  • Use a rotary cutter and a cutting mat to save time pinning.
  • I am using fleece (unlined) as well as other lightweight knits and sweater knits.  Be sure to check out O'Jolly's article if you need help with the sweater knits.
Well, that's about it for now.  Make sure to set your reminder for the Livestream notification.  Please remember to use the hashtag #sewtofitlastminutegifts and tag me in your pictures @sewtofit.  Thanks for a great year!!

Thursday, December 13

DIY Casual Sequin Pant Set: Fashionistas Runway

After a year of working through the process of wardrobe education and planning, and learning to understand color as it relates to my taste and style. I came out of the year long "Sewing With a Plan" process with a deeply renewed sense of confidence and trust in my choice of clothing, whether I  make the garment myself or purchase ready to wear.
https://www.sewtofit.com/2018/12/diy-casual-sequin-pant-set-fashionistas.html
I had no clue what my style was, I would just make whatever came to mind, or across the "inter webs" with no direction for how it would fit into my wardrobe life.   We learned to understand style and aesthetic from our Wardrobe Consultant, aka, Roz of Sew Much Fabric.  She taught us how to pinpoint our personal style esthetic and taste in clothing, and evaluate our lifestyle or wardrobe life. Mine turned out to be my all time favorite: Bohemian, aka BOHO.  My secondary style aesthetic,  "Urban Chic" came as a surprise to me, not to mention I didn't know what it entailed, let alone, how it looked.  I realized how exacting these two styles were for me when I began creating my own mood board via Pinterest.
https://www.sewtofit.com/2018/12/diy-casual-sequin-pant-set-fashionistas.html
To end the year, we were challenged to make an outfit that represented our style aesthetic to show at our annual Holiday celebration.  This year we celebrated with a Style Runway Show.  I made this sequin outfit to represent my taste.  Making this outfit came naturally, and this gifted fabric choice from Roz a year ago, (#notsponsored) was instantaneously decided upon as soon as I got the email instructions.  Admittedly, my first thought was to make a jacket, but, I'm glad I changed my mind and went with this casual pant set.
https://www.sewtofit.com/2018/12/diy-casual-sequin-pant-set-fashionistas.html
Photos by: Victoria Garcia Studios
The fashion show was a huge success!  As my commentary was read by Lauren of LFB Color, our Color Strategist, during my "Runway Walk" I felt like a superstar and was extremely comfortable.
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"Sewing of The Snakeskin Sequin Pant Set"
PROJECT DETAILS:

** Fabric & Patterns:  
Pattern # Top- self drafted tank top, Pants- self drafted
Fabric- from Sew Much Fabric
Pants- python sequins lined with tricot nylon has back yoke and leather waistband.

Tank Top- python sequins underlined with tricot nylon on front, back is a 11oz Rayon Jersey.  The front placket and bindings are an calfskin leather I got on a trip to Florence, Italy.

These pants are the same pants I made in the blue velour set that you all have fallen in love with on my instagram account.  They were my original wearable muslin/test pair which I designed.
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Because,  project included so many construction elements, and fabric combinations, I made sure to document the entire sewing and making of this outfit, along with my Runway Walk on my youtube video.  Here are a few video screenshots to give you an idea of how easy it is to sew this combination.

  1. I decided to add the sequin yoke to the back along with the rayon jersey in order to balance the look.  
  2. Because I had already sewn the shoulder seams, I had to remove the seams and...
  3. Cut the section out for insertion of the sequin yoke.  
  4. The placket was created using a piece of cafe skin leather sewn right side to wrong side at the center front.... (details and tutorial are included in the video.)
  5. I used painters tape to hold the leather in place while sewing.
  6. The center was cut up to the point of the box corners as with making a welt pocket. (see video)
  7. Once the opening was cut, I turn it all to the outside, and
  8. Folded it in place for topstitching. 

The video includes the neckline details and how I used the Sobo Glue to adhere the leather in place before topstitching all the bindings onto the neckline and armholes. 
I originally wanted sleeves instead of having the top sleeveless.  Well, that didn't happen, because I forgot to included much needed ease when I used my "knit block" to design a "non knit" sleeve.  I should have used my basic block pattern to design the sleeve.  The leather binding turned out to be a better choice in the end.   
https://www.sewtofit.com/2018/12/diy-casual-sequin-pant-set-fashionistas.html
For the pants, I didn't want to utilize the fabrics' stretch for the waistband, because I like to have my waistband fitting really, really tight.  In that case, I did the waistband in leather, and added an invisible zipper, with a wooden button.  I left all the edges of the leather raw.

I am very satisfied with my outfit, and will be able to switch it up anytime, to wear the top with jeans or other pants, and the sequin pants, I could easily wear them with a silk blouse and jacket to turn it up.

My sewing has changed tremendously after this experience.  It is much easier to decide what to make and I just don't stress anymore about what others are sewing.  I am in my own space and I LOVE IT!!!

Until next time, see you on the other side of the internet!
Andrea


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