Monday, August 28, 2017

Wide Leg Pants and a Body Suit!!

Happy day to all!!!  While we here on the Texas coast were hoping for the best during a pending onslaught of a category 4 Hurricane named Harvey last Friday, my new pants brought to mind a tropical vacation, palm trees and all their windblown glory.  Anything tropical makes me feel happy, except a hurricane!!! 

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Fayedoll Pants

One year and a few days later, I finally present you with the Fayedoll Pants!!! You would think this was one of the hardest post to write, and you would almost be right!!! The first time I told Faye over at Faye's Sewing Adventures that I would make these pants, I gave her a big surprise. 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Misty Split Sleeve Top Turned Dress by Sew-To-Fit AD Lynn

Meet the Misty Top by Sew-To-Fit by AD Lynn patterns.  This is one of my first, aside from the Fitting and Designing Block I created to use in my classes.  I am stoked at the reception she has gotten since I rolled her out in April.  Now I am happy to present her to you all here on the blog.  

Monday, June 26, 2017

Pattern Review: Romper or Jumpsuit- Vogue 9260

Happy SewSew everyone,
Today is a quick review on a new commercial pattern that fits my way of dressing perfectly for summer heat.  It is a  new favorite for now.  How many times have we said this about a new pattern?  At the time of this posting, this is actually a favorite.  Later post will prove something new, so don't hold my feet to the fire please.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Week 3: Part 2- Designing More Skirts: Yokes, Gores, A-Lines & No Math Circle Skirt!!

Well happy Saturday SewDay!!!
Is it time to say, you know all you need to know about fitting and designing your skirts.  Or, is this where you tell me, you haven't been paying attention?  I have just two questions for you.
  1. Did you know every possible skirt can be made from a basic straight skirt?
  2. Did you also know a circle skirt will have an automatic Full Butt adjustment and needs no MATH and does not hike up in the back!!??
    Circle skirts that DONOT hike up in the back.
    Google Image

Friday, June 23, 2017

WEEK 3- Part 1: Designing a Pencil Skirt from your basic skirt.

Week 3 Part 1: Skirt Designing Happiness!!!!
Aren't you glad we have been working systematically through fitting our skirts during this month.  YYYaaaayyy!!!  I am glad we are almost done, because that means we will be on to the show & tell next week.  I can't wait to share! I'm trying not to get ahead of myself though, because we still have a few videos you all haven't seen and a few things we have yet to discuss!!
I was able to knock out another great video for you on the topic of designing a pencil skirt and what to look for when shaping your seams to fit those lovely voluptuous curves of ours.  And I mean, you will be quite surprised at how easy it is to make such a fantastic skirt happen, with such simple changes.  You will even finally understand what an HBL is... uh I mean, a Horizontal Balance Line.  That's right, I'm throwing in a few technical terms just for the sake of stirring up your noggins, you call a brain.  HeHe.  Take it or leave it, we need to understand the jargon to be empowered.

Go take a look at the latest video here.  If the video isn't showing up in your browser or email... go here to watch.  If you are behind and want to see all the videos, then checkout this Skirt Fit-Along Video playlist here.

Looking Ahead to July:  

Planning is underway for the July Swimsuit Fit-Along.  I have even designed a swimsuit for the occasion.  So here is a video to help you stay up on that too.... here.

Happy Fitting!!!

P.S.  Don't forget, the next video is on Gores, yokes, and how to make a circle skirt with ZERO math!!  You will be so awesomely surprised at how easy it is to design your skirts!!!  

Friday, June 16, 2017

Skirt WEEK 2 pt2: Fitting The Pencil Skirt and New Video

Well Happy Friday everyone!!!
All right then, we have another great video added to our Skirt fitting playlist over on youtube in our wardrobe fit-along series. Thank you all for joining in as we are working during the month of June to fit our skirts.  Today, we had another surprise visit from my daughter, Jennifer, to get her skirt fitted. I am getting really spoiled to be receiving so much support and help from her this month for this series.  This really helps me to focus on the fitting and bringing you great tips.
Fitting the pencil skirt for plus-size woman and misses sizes.  Pattern making and sewing alterations.

If you are new to the blog or this series, please click here to see the complete playlist and descriptions of each video part for the Skirt Edition of this fit-along.  Thanks for using my hashtags:  #sewtofitalong and #skirttransformations

This weeks Livestream from last night, June 15, on YouTube here, was great and I certainly appreciate those who were able to join in live and get their questions answered while we discussed the topic of how fabric can change the actual fit and drape of the garments we make no matter the type of pattern we use.  The video is embedded below.  If it is not visible, click here.


Thanks to these folks for the SuperChat Donations during the livestream!!!
THANK YOU for supporting the channel as I work to continue bringing you GREAT content!!!

Upcoming Fit-Along Videos are scheduled for:

June 22nd Live on Youtube @ 8pm
June 29th Live on Youtube @ 8pm.

Check here for continued updates and a complete list of upcoming activities for the fit-along and make sure your are subscribed to my youtube channel here, to get updates on new videos.

Until next time:  sew some skirts!!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Skirt WEEK 2 pt1: Let's Talk Pattern, Fit, & Fabric - Video Scheduled

Hello and Happy Monday everyone,
Welcome to Week 2 of the Skirt Edition Fit-Along.  I think I may have gotten a few of you confused, and had you hunting down the week 1 topic.  It seems, in my excitement to have my daughter come over to do the live video fitting with us, I totally skipped to "Week 2" material, the fitting,  and failed to let you all in on the secret!  LOL   Please forgive me for that, I'm sure you preferred that surprise anyway and didn't even miss the beginning of the Fit-Along Notes that I had actually planned for you, right?

This week, Week 2,  we will back up a little and focus some on how we should systematically select and fit our skirt patterns by discussing a few extremely important points needed in any project no matter whether the pattern is a commercial pattern,  custom sized, like bootstrap, or an independent, like mine.  Make sure to add the event to your calendars for this Thursday at 8pm central standard time:  WEEK 2- The Skirt Fit-Along- 5 Tips for How to Evaluate a Pattern, fit and fabric

I have made three skirts in the last few days, and am very excited to share with you this week on what I think will help you in your skirt fitting.  I hope you can join in live, if not the video will be available later for your to watch at your convenience.

Sew Much Fabric discount code is still good until Friday, June 17th at midnight, so take advantage of a good deal.  15% off your total order, use CODE:  Skirts.

Thanks for using my hashtags:  #sewtofitalong and #skirttransformations

Happy fitting!!

Friday, June 09, 2017

Skirt WEEK 1 pt2: Fitting my Daughter's Pencil Skirt (Fitting Along June17)

Well hello everyone. I hope your week has been great. (Edited 6/10/17) Week 2 Week 1 is almost behind us in this skirt series edition of the wardrobe fit-along. Today I want to share with you the progress on fitting my daughter, Jennifer's pencil skirt. This is one of the skirts I am making as a thank you for her contributions to my live YouTube video demonstrations. Isn't she lucky!!

Google image.
First, let's talk about what a Pencil Skirt is compared to a basic straight skirt.  A pencil skirt is "pegged" at the hem and as a flat pattern is shaped like a bell.  The center back seam is usually gonna need a tad bit of shaping for the curvy figure, although, in this picture the back seam is straight.  This is a picture of a pencil skirt on me.  I made this a few years ago, here.
The difference between a pegged/ Pencil skirt and a basic Straight Skirt...
"A pencil skirt is a slim-fitting skirt with a straight, narrow cut. Generally the hem falls to, or is just below, the knee and is tailored for a close fit. It is named for its shape: long and slim like a pencil." (Wikipedia)
I have Jennifer's fitting and pattern alterations done and the skirt cut to sew up this weekend. We will discuss that on the video next Thursday.  For now, I wanted you to see what I have done, in case it might help you prep your skirt pattern before you decide on a fabric. I did a livestream video showing our complete tissue fitting process, here, along with a slash and spread alteration for fitting the curvy buttocks or derrière. Click here to watch the video playlist if it's not visible in this blog post:

We both have a fairly round rears...commonly referred to as a "prominent buttock".   This is an area that causes us problems in pants and sheath dresses like this one here. That's why a center back seam is our best friend no matter the style garment. I can include a sway back adjustment both on the skirt as well as the bodice top section without too many modifications.
In these pictures, I'm just showing some of the shots and pics I took during our fitting of the tissue. Actually, it is Swedish Tracing paper, you can find here. The difference with this paper is that you can sew with it and then take it apart and lay it out on the fabric and cut out the garment. This helps save yourself time and money on muslin fabric. Win Win!!

The above pictures are just some of the other shots where I show how to adjust the high hip which actually exaggerates the curving of the center back seam. This adjustment was needed to shorten the area above the hip or horizontal balance line. As long as the HBL is straight it really doesn't matter what the area above the hip is doing. You can have extra darts as well as a curved center seam in order to get the fit you desire.

P.S....  Don't forget you have a 15% discount with Sew Much Fabric as part of this fit-along, up until June 17th.  Use my special code:  Skirts 

Thanks for following along with me as I share my fitting fun. Please remember to check out the prior post if you want to join in and share about you Skirt projects on my Facebook Page here.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Skirt WEEK 1 pt1: Wardrobe Fit-Along- The Skirt Edition

I am on to another garment, the skirt, in my own personal wardrobe building series.  As with all the others, I will continue working alongside my "offline" sewing group to practice fitting and creating another very vital wardrobe basic, the pencil skirt. We are going to take it further and practice designing other styles from our basic skirt sloper or TNT patterns.  If you are new to the Sew-To-Fit Community, I welcome you!! Over the past couple of years, I have created many videos for the different projects I have attempted, along with a few random "viewer request" to help fellow sewcialist in their quest to fit their bodies.

This has become a "series", and I am humbled at how this has grown so tremendously since it's humble beginnings.  Also, I am really inspired by the number of you who have developed an interest in my youtube fitting videos.  And just to think, this all began as a project I started as a way to force myself to sew more with a plan, and to increase my wardrobe to a solid "uniform" closet I can be proud of everyday.

This time, I'm inviting you along, by creating an actual schedule for you to follow and giving you some history.  To help you understand the concept of this "fit-along", I have created a list documenting this challenge from the beginning here.  You are not behind, because all the blog post and videos are there for you to reference if you want to make the-
-Sheath dress 1 and
-Sheath dress 2, the
-white shirt, the
-a new take on the white shirt: the off the shoulder shirt, the
- knit top or t-shirt, knit/jersey dress, the curvy jersey dress, or the
-denim jacket, along with fitting videos and much more.
Each garment is just a rung in the ladder to a fantastic fitting wardrobe.

THE SKIRT Fit-Along-

Unlike the common "SEW-ALONGs", this is a "FIT-ALONG".  A fit-along is quite different in that I personally concentrate on sharing with you the pattern fitting issues I deal with when working with my sewing group member, a student, or maybe a family member.  I then try to offer some common and not so common adjustments I may use to make my garments fit perfectly for me, in this case the focus is skirt fitting.  I will try and make videos for the most common and upload them to my youtube channel.  In-depth instructional drawn out lessons can not possibly be covered in great detail on youtube or this blog, so those are reserved for my students during my monthly live Fit Friday classes. (see learn with me tab above.)

In the past I have had sewing group members participate and volunteer to be on the videos.  They also could sew, which saved me a great deal of prep and recording time.  This time around, I will be using my lovely daughter Jennifer, who has graciously joined in yet again as my stand-in for the curvy figure.  Unfortunately, SHE CANT and WONT sew!!!  Which means, I will do my best to present what I can....though much of the material will be in muslin and not completely finished garments.  Sorry.

As before, the "Sew-To-Fit Along" is video based, and all videos will be housed in a playlist on my YouTube channel called:  Skirt Fit-Along here.

Thank you all for making this such a popular online, as well as off event!!

Pattern:  Straight Skirt

You can use any basic pattern that has only darts in the front and back, a basic zipper, and has straight side seams.  Do not use anything with fancy design lines or closures.

I am using my very own Designing and Fitting Block for sale here.  I use this for my students to create patterns, slopers and to design my own garments.

Another option for skirts would be to use the Bootstrap fashions customized patterns.  (They need tweaking and fitting as well.)

Fabric Sponsor and 15% Discount!:

I am happy to extend the best offer Roz of Sew Much Fabric, has ever given me.  She is giving each of you a 15% discount on regular priced AND sale items on her site.  She has even created a special grouping of fabrics we can use for our skirts this month.  I AM EXCITED!!!.  Problem is, that offer comes with a limitation:  We must use it before June 17th, and we must use it all at once!  So make it count.

CODE:  Skirts

Fit-Along Schedule:

INTRODUCTION:  June 1:  Welcome Video and Announcement:  Live Youtube Streaming

WEEK 1: June 5-11:  (Edited 6/10/17 - Video was more on fitting my Daughter due to here availability.)
Thursday: June 8 @8pm central Tissue Fitting on my Daughter: Live Youtube Streaming- Q&A
 ETA:  6/10/17- This week was more based on the availability of my daughter....since she was able to come over, the change was made based on her schedule.)
**Various videos will be uploaded for prepping the pattern, cutting the muslin and beginning the fit alterations specific to skirts.    (Please note, some of these videos relate to previous fit-alongs, yet are relevant now, and have already been uploaded to the playlist.  They are linked for your reference.)

Video- Choosing a Commercial Pattern Size,
Video- How to measure to get an even hem on a dress or skirt.

WEEK 2: June 12-18:  
Thursday: June 15 @ 8pm central5 Tips for Evaluating a Pattern, Fit and Fabri with Fitting
ETA 6/15/2017- We had a surprise visit from my daughter again to do her fitting in her new skirt made of embroidered linen and we also discussed the importance of fabric in the fit of your skirt and tips for evaluating a pattern in relation to the fabric and how it affects the fit during this livestream fit-along discussion.  

WEEK 3: June 19-25:
Thursday: June 22 @ 8pm central- Skirt Variations: Yoked, Flaired etc...Q&A. (Live-steaming on YouTube.)
New videos that are added during the final two weeks will be livestream discussions that will relate to the current skirt project topics and include updates or Question and Answers.  You should be trying new styles with your basic TNT pattern or trying out new designs using other pattern styles or finishing your current skirt.

WEEK 4: June 26-July 2:
Thursday: June 29 @ 8pm centralRECAP!  Sew and Tell...Q&A. (Live-steaming on YouTube.)
Final recap of the months skirt projects and "Virtual Runway" of a items added to instagram and hash tagged #skirttransformations or #sewtofitalong

Supplies and Patternmaking tools:

You will need the following in order to do what I do on my videos. My Tool Box.
-Mechanical Pencils (This is my all time favorite because it has the white eraser twist top.)
Other supplies can be found in my toolbox and will be discussed as I used them on my videos.

Post Your Makes to my FaceBook page: HERE 

I am glad to welcome so many newcomers to the Sew-To-Fit community and would love it if you would please use my hashtag (#sewtofitalong and @sewtofit as you share your activities during this ongoing series of wardrobe building fit-alongs.

Thanks for joining in the fun.  Leave me any ideas for skirt pattern fitting topics in the comments and I will consider them during this month.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Vlog: Sewing Plans and What I'm Sewing Now..4/7/2017

Thanks to everyone that joined me for this new regularly scheduled SEW CHAT Session LIVE with me on YouTube. I really appreciate those of you for taking your time out to join me. Below are the links and information you all asked about on the live chat.

Dress I'm wearing: Newlook 6301:

Dress with Sleeve flounce and hem flounce referred to with JeTua:

More information about "Club Sew-To-Fit" Learning Library :

My online Courses:

My Amazon Shop:

You can find me on the web-

Friday, March 31, 2017

Vogue 9067 Pattern hack and Sew & Tell Part 1

I've been around and came out of hiding for this review.  I really love this top, surprisingly so.  I made two right away because, well, just because I love this top.  How redundant, right!  You know you do it to, so don't try with me, we all do it.  We fall into that pattern love and can't back away until we have made every color in the rainbow.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Bootstrap and Lakala Fashion Patterns for Curvy Girls

I did a video to help you put your measurements into Bootstrap and Lakala systems.

I get so many questions about Lakala and Bootstrap patterns.  First how to measure and then second how to place orders.  This video details the steps to take to measure for the Bootstrap as well as the Lakala platforms.  They are one in the same.  The underlying base pattern and measurement platform for BOTH are exactly the same.   When you put your measurement and setup a profile in one, the other will have the same sign-in and measurement information.

Lakala usually has a better deal on their patterns as far as cost.  Right now they have a sale for $1.49 from the regular $2.99 until the end of today (2/6/2017).  Bootstrap is $ discount code is below.
Lakala Screenshot photo.

Bootstrap has the same patterns as Lakala, but they don't have a current sale, their prices are always about $1.99 and up.  So anytime either of them has a sale, all you need to do is sign in with the same login information or the other and take advantage of the sale.  My 20% discount works on bootstrap only, so you will nearly always get a good price if you use "sewtofit20" for the discount when checking out in the cart.
Bootstrap screenshot photo
Here is the video if you can watch on screen...otherwise follow this link to the Youtube video here.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Perfection-Paralysis: New Patterns in Development

Hello everyone....Just to update you on my current activity... I am so very excited to finally share with you that I have been working on designing sewing patterns for a very long time.  This has been in the works and I have been building towards sharing this for more than seven months.  I have begun to shake the perfection-paralysis problem I suffer with personally.

This will challenge me as I continually remind myself that perfection as an end result is not the objective, but a perfect pattern can be elusive if I allow perfection to stagnate my work.  You see, outside of social media, and way before I began blogging, I commissioned myself after finishing school, as a pattern designer for several of my classmates, local designers, and neighborhood tailor and dressmaker shops who needed someone to execute custom designs.  I began with the close oversight of my pattern design professor as a constant help for the hard parts.  Then as my years have gone by, along with my desire to specialize in all types and methods of pattern fitting, I have become more confident in my abilities and now I am ready to make that leap.

Will I get over my tendency of perfection-paralysis?  Maybe not anytime soon, but I do plan to keep plugging along.  The first pattern I completed digitally, was done last year during the summer.  Was I happy with the outcome, no, but I think I was the only one who was dissatisfied.  The testers were very happy with the pattern.  So, for now I will just let my Club Sew-To-Fit members have it to see what they think.

I am currently working on auditing several different patterns, a problem I have always had, to work on multiple projects at one time.  My project list is very detailed with a bunch of checklist.  I feel as though I am birthing a clothing line for the upcoming season.  And all the time I was in school, I kept denying the "designer" title.  Now I am in the bowels of that position with illustrator, CAD software, InDesign, and all things computer.  I feel like I haven't finished sewing anything in such a very long time, that it can actually become pretty discouraging.  Be it not for all my wonderful support and regular communication with my Youtube subscribers and Periscope followers, along with my near daily chats with my tireless, patient, and loving accountability partner, I would probably put it all aside and just peddle along "wishing" I could get this all done.

Thank you all for constantly reading and commenting on my blog.  I know for sure if you waited for me to comment before you comment on my blog, mine would probably never get visited.  I so very much enjoy reading all your blogs, but I just can't keep up with everyone as closely as I would love to with reading and responding to every single one.  Please know I am here, and I enjoy all of what you all do.

For now, I am going to continue focusing on my projects and know that you will be very happy with the results when I finally reveal the final outcome.  I'll continue to keep you posted on the progress.  Currently, I have a Work Journal here on the blog if you would like to keep up.

Again, thanks for keeping up.  I really appreciate all of you.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Silk Crepe De'chine Blouse: McCalls 7093

I think I was in the mood for color blocking.  Which is why I ended up making two blouses in the same day.  This post is for this silk raglan top.  The fabric set on my to-sew pile for quite a while, during my "no sew" humdrum blah mood.  While I was in that ho-hum mood, I mentally constructed each top completely.  Here is the silk one....

Monday, January 09, 2017

Color-blocked Top Finished: Butterick 6287

Hey everyone,
I had to do a quick top to get my sewing mojo back, so to speak.  Aside from having had throat surgery and other major holiday happening, I have been mentally on my moms cape jacket and have had issues with fabric stains and the like.  So, needless to say, my drive to work on that project was stammered.  I have been wanting to sew for sure.  That's why I decided to go ahead and knock out something quick for her to get me back into the game.  The fabric is the same beautiful quality double sided rayon/spandex knit I got from Sew Much Fabric as I got for my "almost reversible" dress.  She is out of this color, but I have my eye on this gorgeous blue jean/saffron version.

I got this top completed in about 2 hours while periscoping the entire process during my regular "Sew & Chat" sessions.  I will try and let you know ahead of time when I will be doing a Live Sew & Chat, via my Instagram and Facebook page.  Just make sure you follow and select the "receive notifications" in order to be notified when I go live.  I'll let you know when I plan to go live via periscope or my YouTube channel.  Eventually, all these shows will be on Youtube, but right now, I'm having problems working out my flow.  Since periscope is so much easier to manage than youtube for live filming, you may see me there as well.

Thanks for following.