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Wide Leg Pants and a Body Suit!!

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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!!! 

The Fayedoll Pants

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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. 

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

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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.  

Pattern Review: Romper or Jumpsuit- Vogue 9260

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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.

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

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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. Did you know every possible skirt can be made from a basic straight skirt? 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!!?? Google Image

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

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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

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

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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. 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

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

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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

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

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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 he

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

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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

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

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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:  http://www.sewtofit.com/2015/11/easy-... Dress with Sleeve flounce and hem flounce referred to with JeTua:  http://www.sewtofit.com/2016/09/passi... More information about "Club Sew-To-Fit" Learning Library :  http://www.sewtofit.com/p/club-sew-to... My online Courses: www.gumroad.com/sewtofit My Amazon Shop:  http://astore.amazon.com/sewtofit05-20 You can find me on the web- Facebook:  https://m.facebook.com/sewtofit/?ref=... Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/sewtofit/

Vogue 9067 Pattern hack and Sew & Tell Part 1

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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.

Bootstrap and Lakala Fashion Patterns for Curvy Girls

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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 $1.99+...my 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

Perfection-Paralysis: New Patterns in Development

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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 spe

Silk Crepe De'chine Blouse: McCalls 7093

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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....

Color-blocked Top Finished: Butterick 6287

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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