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!!!

Thursday, February 25

Wool Coats in the South..Really???

Okay, I have been waiting to post this coat make for some time now, but I just couldn't get any cold weather!!!  I started sewing and preparing it back in October 2015...and finished it at the end of November 2015.  We just don't get the weather everyone else gets to justify a heavy coat like this.  How do the models do the swimsuit shoots in the cold and snow....?  I guess the same way southerners do the photoshoots for cold weather attire in the desert heat!!!  Hot and sweaty!!!
Simplicity 1015

Sunday, February 14

The Perfect Henley Tee- What it means to be a Henley

I have searched and searched for the perfect Henley pattern for years now. I finally came across this one by way of my January Stitch Fix. It was so right I had to duplicate it for future use. I did make an attempt at drafting one before, but I couldn't figure out what fine detail was missing until now. So I went back to the drawing board and self-drafted this tee with the same details that caught my attention in the Stitch Fix version. Now I know, it was the neckline shaping!!
Grey henley t-shirt with sleeve bands and button placket.


Tuesday, February 9

BERNINA Brand Ambassadors Wanted!!! Tips from a Brand Ambassador

In every game, field event, or business, the torch must be passed on to the next person or generation in order to keep the legacy moving forward.  As a Bernina Brand Ambassador, I am always on the look out for others that could or may do what I do.  I have often wondered, what if I tell someone about this position, and they do better than me?  What if, I tell my Bernina Rep about someone, and then I get the boot?  These things we all ponder, especially in such a competitive field, as it has become in the sewing community.  We look at another person and think: 
"Wow, I want what she has....She doesn't seem to be doing any better than me!.. I have more followers, more hearts, more likes, prettier pictures, I spent a lot $$$ on my blog!!  So, maybe, I'll just bite off of her so I can be seen by the the "BIG" boys, do what she does, so I can be chosen to take her place."  That's what I'll do!!""
So we set out to make it happen, quietly and meticulously, scheming and planning for that opportunity to pounce on the one hope that we will be recognized and chosen to become that prized "IT Girl."  The cream of the crop of sewing machine ambassadors.  

Tuesday, February 2

Pattern Play: The Asymmetric T-Shirt--- I just can't get enough of Renfrew

Developing a game out of pattern play and creating fun pieces instead of always needing to worry about fitting a pattern can be exhilarating and satisfying.
renfrew- sewaholic patterns   I got the idea of this top from my regular StitchFix box this last week.
It's no secret I have had a love affair with my Renfrew top for a couple years now. My first experience with this pattern was on a whelm when I ordered it after checking out a few people's blogs back in 2014. I ordered my first indie pattern, from Canada, of all places. That was a hit on the wallet, but I wanted to support the indie designer, and as I recall, there wasn't an option for a PDF. What is it about this pattern that caused me to like it so much, not withstanding the trials I had fitting my upper section. (Yes, I know now, they were not drafted for the busty.)  I wanted to know what it was that made everyone love this pattern so much. After all, it's "just" a t-shirt basically. Shucks, I could have gotten 10-20 other patterns on sale, for what I paid for this pattern, plus the cost of shipping.

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