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Converting The Red Baby Bump Dress- Wardrobe Building

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This dress was originally made for my DnL, when she was pregnant, way back in 2017.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

Holly Hat Pattern: 2018 Holiday Sew-Along

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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! 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'

DIY Casual Sequin Pant Set: Fashionistas Runway

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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. 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 real

New Video: Sewing of The Snakeskin Sequin Pant Set

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Sewing of The Snakeskin Sequin Pant Set — — In this weeks video, (https://youtu.be/Lgs5jq6mEUw) I show the full details of how I sewed my sequin pant set for a runway fashion show. We shared our style aesthetic during the annual Holiday Celebration of our sewing group. The Set was sewn using a Snakeskin, Python, Stretch Sequin Tulle. My style aesthetic is BoHo and Urban Chic as it is my desire to always feel comfortably dressed while exhibiting a little flare, with no fuss. Pattern Details: Pants- Self Drafted, Top- Self Drafted Sobo Premium Craft & Fabric Glue-8oz https://amzn.to/2QlW53G (Affiliate) Gingher Scissors: https://amzn.to/2Ungdkp Gingher 8-Inch Knife Edge Dressmaker's Shears FABric Details: Reptile Print Stretch Sequin Tulle- Sew Much Fabric- (bit.ly/ReptileStretchSequin) Supplies Used: Painters Tape to secure the leather: ScotchBlue Painter's Tape, Multi-Use, 1.88-Inch by 60-Yard, 1 Roll https://amzn.to/2rt5Tty #sewistofyoutube #sewistofinstagram #sewover50

A quick hello 👋🏾. SewToFit Live

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I just wanted to let you know about the changes going on in Youtube that will make it easier for you all to know what's happening with the videos. YouTube now, has a very nice new Community Tab that makes it easier for you all to see updates from me, outside of just regular videos.  You should check it out, and leave me your feedback over there to let me know what you think.  Join the conversation: bit.ly/YT-CommunityTab Subscribe to stay informed:  https://goo.gl/MFPTgO The Hat Pattern for our December Holiday SewAlong is almost ready!  Join in the sewing fun with me live on, Saturday night, December 22nd at 8pm Central time.  You will have more information for downloading the free pattern on Saturday if you tune in, otherwise, it'll show up here on the blog the following week before the SewAlong. Checkout the latest video: https://goo.gl/dVUL4M Misty Top Pattern: http://shrsl.com/1b951 Misty Top Sew-Along: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeGwfW96f3jUXLR5

Sew-To-Fit Misty Top for The Pattern Hack

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This is an awesome pattern, if I might say so myself, since it is my own design.  Plus, I am still totally in love with the neckline!!!  I cant believe it has been over 18 months since I rolled out the Misty Knit Top pattern.  You all have been wonderful and very supportive of my efforts in providing sewing patterns to the community.  For that, I thank you!.  Let's get started:  This version is the main version of the pattern with a sleeve hack and sash upgrade. I detailed this hack on my last "Sew & Chat" on my youtube channel.   Instead of sewing the sleeve as the two piece with the split as drafted with the tie ends, I changed it up a bit.  The original pattern, as with this version, is well fitted at the bust-line and softly drapes out at the waist for comfort with a shirt-tail hem in the front and back.  The ties were added to the waistline so that I could have a sewn-on sash to give the affect of a peplum top, but without the waist seam.

Christmas Sew-Along and Sew & Tell: LIVE Webcast

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Hey ya'll, check out the last Live Webcast if you missed it..........It's my new setup and video layout to keep you all up to date on what we are sewing and doing. It's called the "SewToFit Live WebCast & Sew & Tell. In this video, I'm we are discussing and finalizing the upcoming Christmas Sew-Along Plans. A Sew and Tell of my current Holiday Sewing is on display as well. http://bit.ly/2Q982ta Set your calendars for the Sew-Along on Saturday, December 22, at 8pm.  The FREE pattern download will be up and coming for you to download. The next webcast is December 15th at 8pm, with details on fabrics and pattern download information. Talk you soon.

DIY Floor Replacement: Sewing Room Decorating Series

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Hello all...  It is that time again.  My sewing room is, again, back in disarray.  I am focusing on the carpet, mainly, at this time.  However, in order to do the flooring, I need and must remove everything that takes up floor space.  I want you to join in once again, as I attempt to get this place the way I want.  The first in a series is up on my channel.   Carpet and Flooring: Sewing Room Decorating Series The last sewing room tour I did was back in 2016 when I participated in a spring cleaning blog hop.  Last year, I also did another studio tour (2017) on video, showing the horrible condition of my sewing room.  It has been a long while since I shared. Maintaining that "blog look" is very difficult.  If you look at Pinterest, you could end up with "comparisitus" (my new word) and develop feelings that something is wrong with your own space.  However, when I watch youtube videos of people sharing on video their sewing room tours, it makes sense that "

Fabric and Pattern Haul: Denver, CO.

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Recently, I did a fabric haul on my youtube channel, about a few pieces I got while traveling.  During my trip, I couldn't think of anyone to share my escapades with other than my trusty "online and IRL" sewing community.  I was intent on taking pictures, documenting information of the locations and getting all the information on the stores I wanted to visit.   I even wanted to remember the names of the associates at each store that assisted me in my quest to explore.  My extra time spent from my family during my trip, was focused on sharing. The problem I found with planning a travel haul, was when I got back home. I had all but forgotten everything.  I had to comb through all the sightseeing footage in my phone and camera SD cards just to find the pictures and videos from my Instagram -stories and snippets of the short videos I took while "collecting" sewing related memories for you. Crowded Faces Cotton Lawn and Hemp/Organic Cotton yarn dyed jersey ,

Fitting Thoughts: Grading Patterns & Fitting the Unicorn

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The aim with most of us in the sewing community is to work every day to get that perfect fit and to cross back and forth from one pattern company's patterns to another searching for a well fitted pattern. Would it be politically correct to say, in my opinion, that your search has been misdirected and ill-informed? YouTube Video: Grading -vs- Fit Which comes First? Searching for a perfect solution in a pre-drafted "pattern" which was based on a set of measurements, not your own, is always going to be problematic, thereby, creating never-ending obstacles for the average seamster.     Yes, you read that right, Andrea, the tissue fitting, pattern measuring, "sometimes" muslin making, paper slashing/spreading pattern geek just admitted the God's honest truth. Fit is not just checking for symptoms to determine a "fix" for each separate pattern.  Fit is an intuitive process that is understood only when a connection is made between the flat pat

Buyer beware - Electrical Fire Hazards and Sewing Room Safety

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Buyer Beware!! Electrical Fire Hazards and Sewing Room Safety I had an electrical shortage in my sewing room due to overloading a circuit that did not present itself at the “electrical panel/ breaker box”.    When I talked to the electrician, I discovered a term they commonly refer to as a “dirty circuit”.    (which means the electricity was still going to the room inside the wall, but wasn’t shut off by the breaker “tripping” or automatically switching off.    The electrician explained to me how to calculate and read the information on the manuals for all my appliances and determine how much electrical load each was pulling on the breaker for each circuit. In this video,  here: https://youtu.be/L3vBu2kWUqg I am explaining how irons created a fire hazard and unsafe conditions in my sewing room.   Buyer beware is more to help you protect yourself and your family from unknown fire hazards in our electrical outlets and circuits.   I explain to you what I learned about amps, amper

Completed: Mom Goes to an "All White Party"

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Now you all know I am a sucker for last minute projects, especially when the request comes from my Mom.  So, this is how it went last week (Wednesday) on a visit to her house.  She informed me that she couldn't find anything to wear to an "All White" party, that's in two days.  Yep!!! Two days. I would only have Wednesday night and all day Thursday to complete the challenge.  At this particular point she knew there would be no way I'd let her look anything but FABULOUS!!! We decided to peruse the internet in search of something she might like.   Considering, she loves the 70s style and she definitely wanted a jumpsuit, that was already confirmed.  All we had to do at this point is find a jumpsuit that was her style and also fabulous.  We did find quite a few ideas online,  more than we could count, but we just didn’t have time to order one. Mom always gets what she wants!  After determining the design, I looked for a pattern comparable to her desired design