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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Converting The Red Baby Bump Dress- Wardrobe Building

This dress was originally made for my DnL, when she was pregnant, way back in 2017.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.  
The dress is a simple tee-shirt dress designed from my basic dress block.  I figured it should be easy to just throw together a dress with some ruching up the sides, as she had requested.  The original dress was made with added length up the sides to give it the pleating she wanted.  The neckline was made simply by creating a binding from the self fabric.
The original dress was shown on my instagram and the video of me making the "maternity dressform" is on my youtube channel here: https://youtu.be/VumIU4fPlzc 
The length turned out just perfectly for the look I was hoping for, since I had wanted a red column dress for a while now.  The sleeves are the perfect length for any occasion.
Construction Details:
Pattern: Self Drafted from my dress block, sold here.  
Fabric:  Torch Red Rayon Knit Matte Jersey from Sew Much Fabric. 
Finishing:  I finally decided to use my cover-stitch machine to hem my knits.  What took me so long, I have no clue.  I think we become so set in our ways, that the thought of learning something new scares us.  Well, at I think that's the case for me.  
The infinity scarf was made from a rayon poplin that I got from my local fabric store, High Fashion.  I used this fabric to make three other dresses for the family's buffalo plaid themed holiday party.  More details to follow on my regularly scheduled Sewturday Night Live WebCast. 

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Holly Hat Pattern: 2018 Holiday Sew-Along

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'm always ready with a manufacturing style setup.

Sew-Along Details: 

The pattern we will be using is the Sew-To-Fit Holly Hat.  The SewToFit Tribe subscribers were sent the Free Pattern Download via the newsletter, on Monday, 12/17.  If you haven't already seen your email, make sure to check your spam folder!!   If you are not a "Team SewToFit" subscriber, or haven't already received your pattern and want to participate, download your pattern here.  You will be automatically signed up for the email list when you download the pattern.  The "FREE Pattern" Code is already applied for you at checkout.

Date & Time:

The fun starts at 8pm Central Time(USA) on Friday, December 21st. 2018.  You will be able to ask questions in the live chat, as I sew-along with you to get these out.  I'll also be giving sewing tips.  Make sure you wind your bobbins!!  We will be moving fairly quickly to get these done.  


The HOLLY Hat Video Playlist:  http://bit.ly/HollyHatYTPlaylist 

Making Preparations:

I will demonstrate the cutting and sewing from start to finish, but I plan to have most all of them cut out and ready to sew.  Here are a few tips to help you make the best use of your time and to get the most done.
  • NOTE:::  If using a woven fabric, you will need to make different fitting considerations.
  • Have all your different fabrics cut out in coordinating colors so you won't need to change thread colors.
  • Cut all your pieces and label them together for each hat.  
  • NOTE:  Lining:  I lined my hats, so my pieces 1-Crown top and 2-crown were cut twice.  
  • Wind multiple bobbins and have ready.  (You can use serger or regular machine.)  The grey hat below is a knit and was sewn completely on the straight stitch machine, with a 3.0 stitch length only. NO zigzag.
  • Cut the Band the length needed and adjust the lower crown as needed.  (This is the only item which creates the sizing.  The pattern is ONE SIZE for ALL.
  • Consider the fabric bulkiness if using sweater knits.  I have researched an article for you on how to sew bulky sweater knits...(not my expertise) Check out O'Jolly's article.
  • Use a rotary cutter and a cutting mat to save time pinning.
  • I am using fleece (unlined) as well as other lightweight knits and sweater knits.  Be sure to check out O'Jolly's article if you need help with the sweater knits.
Well, that's about it for now.  Make sure to set your reminder for the Livestream notification.  Please remember to use the hashtag #sewtofitlastminutegifts and tag me in your pictures @sewtofit.  Thanks for a great year!!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

DIY Casual Sequin Pant Set: Fashionistas Runway

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 realized how exacting these two styles were for me when I began creating my own mood board via Pinterest.
To end the year, we were challenged to make an outfit that represented our style aesthetic to show at our annual Holiday celebration.  This year we celebrated with a Style Runway Show.  I made this sequin outfit to represent my taste.  Making this outfit came naturally, and this gifted fabric choice from Roz a year ago, (#notsponsored) was instantaneously decided upon as soon as I got the email instructions.  Admittedly, my first thought was to make a jacket, but, I'm glad I changed my mind and went with this casual pant set.
Photos by: Victoria Garcia Studios
The fashion show was a huge success!  As my commentary was read by Lauren of LFB Color, our Color Strategist, during my "Runway Walk" I felt like a superstar and was extremely comfortable.

"Sewing of The Snakeskin Sequin Pant Set"

** Fabric & Patterns:  
Pattern # Top- self drafted tank top, Pants- self drafted
Fabric- from Sew Much Fabric
Pants- python sequins lined with tricot nylon has back yoke and leather waistband.

Tank Top- python sequins underlined with tricot nylon on front, back is a 11oz Rayon Jersey.  The front placket and bindings are an calfskin leather I got on a trip to Florence, Italy.

These pants are the same pants I made in the blue velour set that you all have fallen in love with on my instagram account.  They were my original wearable muslin/test pair which I designed.
Because,  project included so many construction elements, and fabric combinations, I made sure to document the entire sewing and making of this outfit, along with my Runway Walk on my youtube video.  Here are a few video screenshots to give you an idea of how easy it is to sew this combination.

  1. I decided to add the sequin yoke to the back along with the rayon jersey in order to balance the look.  
  2. Because I had already sewn the shoulder seams, I had to remove the seams and...
  3. Cut the section out for insertion of the sequin yoke.  
  4. The placket was created using a piece of cafe skin leather sewn right side to wrong side at the center front.... (details and tutorial are included in the video.)
  5. I used painters tape to hold the leather in place while sewing.
  6. The center was cut up to the point of the box corners as with making a welt pocket. (see video)
  7. Once the opening was cut, I turn it all to the outside, and
  8. Folded it in place for topstitching. 

The video includes the neckline details and how I used the Sobo Glue to adhere the leather in place before topstitching all the bindings onto the neckline and armholes. 
I originally wanted sleeves instead of having the top sleeveless.  Well, that didn't happen, because I forgot to included much needed ease when I used my "knit block" to design a "non knit" sleeve.  I should have used my basic block pattern to design the sleeve.  The leather binding turned out to be a better choice in the end.   
For the pants, I didn't want to utilize the fabrics' stretch for the waistband, because I like to have my waistband fitting really, really tight.  In that case, I did the waistband in leather, and added an invisible zipper, with a wooden button.  I left all the edges of the leather raw.

I am very satisfied with my outfit, and will be able to switch it up anytime, to wear the top with jeans or other pants, and the sequin pants, I could easily wear them with a silk blouse and jacket to turn it up.

My sewing has changed tremendously after this experience.  It is much easier to decide what to make and I just don't stress anymore about what others are sewing.  I am in my own space and I LOVE IT!!!

Until next time, see you on the other side of the internet!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

New Video: Sewing of The Snakeskin Sequin Pant Set

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 —

Saturday, December 08, 2018

A quick hello 👋🏾. SewToFit Live

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
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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=PLeGwfW96f3jUXLR591JnhabQ1wMqSc4MZ

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Thursday, December 06, 2018

Sew-To-Fit Misty Top for The Pattern Hack

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.

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Christmas Sew-Along and Sew & Tell: LIVE Webcast

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.