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Welcome to my world. "Y'all come back now, ya hear."

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Busy-ness in my studio is what I would call "all the activity" going on in my little slice of the world.  However, I have been remiss in sharing with you my daily adventures due to the style of my blog.  I don't want to flood you with rantings, so, I have taken to updating quick post via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, as a means of rapid firing quick snippets of the fun that goes on behind the scenes of Sew-To-Fit.  Occasionally, I may take on an even more challenging and extended project, such a a wedding dress.  You never know.  You just have to come around to see for yourself. A Tital-wave of a wedding dress..Now this was a challenge!!! I actually do alterations sometimes for close friends and family and sometimes "others" if they play well, heck, I may even make a dress or two every once in a while. OMG, is that grey hair peeking out.  I am so involved. If someone calls me and I really am up for a challenge, I might accept a charge to remake or

Mini-Me strikes again!!! Simplicity 1510 Review

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Did I ever mention how much I enjoy teaching sewing to my grand-daughter?  Have I ever mentioned the amount of intense satisfaction I receive from watching her complete each step of the construction process?  I am not sure if I shared that with you all yet....so I will begin again. I present to you my grand-daughter...better known as "Mini-Me."  To all the ladies who met my granddaughter at PR Weekend inAustin, TX ....”Mini-Me” was elated to be around so many people that sew!!!! My goodness she was so excited and just booming with excitement meeting all of you. This little girl here could have hung and chatted with every level of seamstress there...!!! She would not have missed a beat understanding "every concept and detail of construction that was discussed. Pattern Description: Simplicity 1510 - This dress is listed as special occasion in three lengths with a bolero. She chose to make dress C, w/o the bolero. Fabric Used: She chose a cotton quilti

Completed: Burda 8488- a repeat.

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Sewing for me, is extremely fun.  Patterns and patternmaking is intriguing and challenging at the same time.  I do it because I like to challenge myself, and because there is "always" something new to learn.  However, every time I think about making a pair of pants, I want instant success.  I usually avoid making pants because I don't want to redraft or go through endless pattern alterations.  Thus, as with anything else I would rather have two, or three, or even four if it means less stress.  Shucks the way I am, I may start wearing a "personal style uniform" as discussed   here (uniform dressing) This is why I think it important to have that one pattern for every style of clothing, that you wouldn't mind using over and over again. After loosing weight you would think that all the pattern alterations would have to begin anew if using the same pattern. Well that is not the case with these pants from burda..at least for me. I have found that we u

Completed: The Pucci dress. McCalls 6713

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When I was in need of a classy dress to wear to my sister's birthday dinner. I wanted something that would still allow me to eat unhindered by waistbands, belts or stays. This dress has a waist seem with elastic inside, thereby, giving you a very comfortable forgiving fit. The front self lined bodice is cut on the bias, with gathered shoulders and a tucked left side, self-lined pleated drape, and stitched hems. (Although, for my bodice, I used a lightweight rayon knit as my lining throughout the entire dress.) I found this gorgeous Pucci jersey at Elliot Berman fabrics during my New York trip in April 2013. The sizes range from size 8-16 in one envelope, totally unusual, a plus for grading. I cut a 14 up top and a 16 down low graded to 14 at waist. The version of the dress I made is exactly as pictured on the design. Of course if I wanted to ride my bike, I would have made the more flared version. What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? You

Completed: Simplicity 1426: Vintage Top- Vacation sewing has commenced

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 Last year I took a trip to Antigua, Barbuda during their "Carnival" season.  Was I ever surprised at how much fun I would have.  I am such a prude when loud music and dancing is involved.  So, needless to say, before leaving for vacation I was all over the internet researching what to expect on this trip.  I was looking for dressing ideas, and what the meaning of "carnival" was all about. Of course it is all fun watching the pin boards of all those cute ladies wearing those cute knit crop top that look like a second skin on them.  I wanted that too, but I wanted the fabrics to match. I made the pants to wear during my first trip. However, the picture I had in my mind for the top never came to fruition, so I ended up just wearing a simple white tank.  When Simplicity came out with the pattern this month, I moved at breakneck speed to find this pattern. I had attempted other crop tops, but this one was the ONE!!!! As for the fitting of the basic pattern st