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My Favorite Fitting Books -"24 Days of Pattern Fitting VLOGMAS"

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I have been LIVE-Streaming on my Youtube channel everyday for the 1st 24 days of December.  I call this series: "24 Days of Pattern Fitting #Vlogmas2020" Today is my Favorite Books . It has really been quite fun to engage with everyone who shows at such an early time in the mornings to participate.  I hope you have been taking a look at the videos to see what be cracking on the channel.  Today, I am discussing my favorite fitting books, and decided to use this post as a landing page for that list of books.  There are many that I will not have time to review on one video, yet I hope you will get the one idea, that every problem cannot be solved by one technique. There is no magic "fitting pill" for your body, your taste, nor your style.   I hope these videos will get you started on your way to a better understanding of patterns, which will in turn lead you to a better understanding of fit. This is my Amazon shop that has the complete list of my books for now that sh

A message to you..

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  Happy 😊 day and blessings in your language. This video message is for all of you!! I am so very appreciative of all the “why’s” you fill for me. I am thankful for all the support, the trust and the fun you bring to my world. Have a great day and tell somebody you love them!! Andrea. #thanksgiving2020

Sew-Along Part 2: Mini Wardrobe Series- Butterick 6600- Fitting the pattern, cutting and sewing a T-Shirt or Dress

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Happy Saturday Sew-Fitters, OMG, I am in love with this T-Shirt. My plans really were only to make this pattern for the sewAlong , since I normally use my own sloper/block to create my t-shirts and such. But every pattern has a little something, something to make you feel special. I guess there is always a treat. This pattern, has that oversized 1" v-neck collar band. A little tricky to get right at first, but once you master that front v-neck, you will be happy you took the time to work it out. I used a double top-stitch, on the cover stitch machine and I even managed to turn the corner. I'm still working on that clean finish technique. It's almost like using a double needle to top-stitch, which was a feat in itself. Not all perfect, but remember, I'll never reach my perfection, it's too flawed in and of itself. So in this case, I'll accept the beautiful outcome of my best efforts. Who said I was a master of all....? The pattern called for a minimu

Sew-Along Part 1- 4-B and Mini Wardrobe Series- Butterick 6600

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Welcome back everyone, Today is the beginning of a new Sew-Along, aka Sew-To-FitAlong I'm hosting on my youtube channel.  All the videos will be posted there and this blog post will serve as a "landing page" of sorts for all the links, notions and fabric information and all the required additional tips as I see a need to add during the process.   The Fit-Along Series is broken down into five parts which will be posted to my youtube channel each Thursday.  All the videos will be in one playlist so you can access each part when you are ready.  Each week's video will be made public on the dates listed below: Part 1 - Introduction , fabric, notions, sewing plans, what to expect  Part 2 - T-shirt and dress View B & C (Fit/cut/sew)   (Blog Post) Part 3 - Pants (View E) (Fit/Cut/Sew)  (Video) Part 4a - Jumpsuit Pattern Fitting and Redesign (View D) (Fit, Redesign & Cut) Part 4b- Jumpsuit Sewing/Fitting and Finishing Part 5 - Jacket (View A) (Fit/Cut/Sew) TBA I will,

Project Chronicles: Butterick 6680- My everyday Dress look....

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Good afternoon Sew-Fitters, I'm happy to finally share this look with you.  By finally, I mean, sit down and type this post.  As it seems, for some reason, I am more inclined lately to share on my blog.  I feel warm and fuzzy on my blog, with less of the need to keep to a few finely curated words, #hashtag-s or sentences. Here, I can just type uninhibited by limitations.  That sorta breaks the flow.  Do you feel that way sometimes?  Moving on....  This look is one I sewed as part of my wardrobe plans from more than a year ago.  Having a nice guiding principle, my own taste, is a good way to determine what to make, and know that whatever it is, will fit my lifestyle.   I prefer the Boho and Urban chic look.  A little sporty with a whole lot of sassy.  I suppose we all are continually improving our wardrobes for the lifestyle we live.  However, for me at this time, I love wearing dresses or sporty looks, even if it is with a pair of white chucks or flats.  My secret sauce is a good c

Sewing Room Tour and Organization and Video Production Studio

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Welcome to the blog everyone, thanks for reading.   Today is finally the day I am not embarrassed to share my Sewing room tour and video production setup on my channel.  I don't know how many of you have been following my process, but it has been a long ride to get to this point.  To save you the boredom, here is the playlist to all the work that has gone into the process.  These would include: Replacing the carpet for one, Sorting and organizing the books Determining just how much fabric I have acquired (more organization is still needed) Making it easier to LIVE-Stream on youtube, and film youtube videos without tripping over wires and having bad crappy visuals. Creating a welcoming space for students and customers. Creating a photo area so I can get those pictures to social media...I have way too much to do, then to be "chasing" the sun for outdoor pictures.  I need to move on to the next project and still take care of my house. and....a myriad of other changes I'

Marfy Remnant Challenge 2020 and SewAlong: Collaboration

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Hello Everyone:  I am excited about this new project, the Marfy Remnant Challenge.  I am  collaborating with Ann @youtiquebridal  as an extension of the original 2019  #sewtofitmarfychallenge . This sewing project evolved from the two of us being winners of this Marfy  Pattern # 0116 at our  Sewing Fashionistas 10 year Anniversary Christmas Party , back in December 2019  . It was hosted, as one of our yearly holiday gatherings for our group, by Rosalind @sewmuchfabric! PROJECT DETAILS: Although, Ann discusses the full details in the video below,  I'm adding the information here to help you stay up to date on the schedule and videos we will be posting during the month.  We both welcome you to participate in this "creative" fun project.  Challenging ourselves to use remnant fabrics to create this pattern and see how we could express ourselves.  It is a project to help us get through this Covid Event and keep our minds and bodies occupied.  We invited our fellow Sewing Fashi

Creativity Challenge- The Remnant Challenge #remnantchallenge starts on Friday!

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Hello Sew-Fitters: Let's have a new challenge and SewAlong.  This challenge, pinned #remnantchallenge by my fellow fashionista is an extension of the #sewtofitmarfychallenge started last year.  I have decided to make it a yearly August Sewalong for all and my Youtube channel.  As for the Sew-To-Fit patrons, you will of course receive much more than what I can reasonably provide on YouTube, including extended video fitting instructions and Q&As as usual.   For everyone, I have already began recording and uploading videos for this #remnantchallenge which I am collaborating on with Ann Ngo of Youtique Bridal.  She explains all the details in the video which is linked in the description of the tutorial.  Go check it out and join in the fun!  Here's the video link: https://youtu.be/l0wpiGyW7n8 and the Patron Blog post for you to check out.  If you will be needing the pattern, I need you to follow me on patreon so I can give you a copy of the traced pattern if you don't have

Project Chronicles- Wrap Top Design inspiration- (MCCall's 7892)

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Hello again folks.... This week is another Project chronicled from my Sew & Chat LIVE with Sew-To-Fit live-streamed via my youtube channel. During this Sew & Chat project, I sewed this stylized wrap top inspired by Keke Palmer, whom I caught while watching the morning show. You may have already seen it pop up on my instagram account . I'm trying ya'll! My assistant is new at multi-tasking. LOL. —-PATTERN- McCall’s 7892 👚 with modifications. The skirt will be sewn again and blogged later. I have a few things to say about that one. —-FABRIC- Red Egyptian Cotton that I purchased from Sew Much Fabric ___Although, I try to list every modification I make to my projects, sometimes I make more even while I'm cutting. A simple slight of the hand. Rotated the shoulder gathers to form the side bust dart. At the waist I created tucks instead of gathers, and embedded a dart inside the tucks. Then... I changed the sleeve to create a puf

Project Chronicles: Style Arc Wallis Pant

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These pants were very easy to make....with only 2 pattern pieces, this should be on everyones list of stylish non-leggings pants.  I sewed these live as part of my Live Sewing series on my YouTube channel. The side seam is moved forward creating a really nice curve along the hip.  This I think, gives the illusion of smaller hips. I did my best I modeling the side seam..  It was not easy to show the seam with the red fabric. Which, by the way, I bought this red Ponte Roma from http://bit.ly/STF-SMFabric back in 2019, when she got it in stock. Oh, how many projects I have for this red fabric.  Even though I know this years color is a version of blue, I have been missing some red in my wardrobe for way too long.  (Stay Tuned) The picture below is how I install the elastic at the waist.  This isn't the way the instructions suggest, but I need my elastic waist to be "flat" under a top. PATTERN DETAILS:  Pull-on Ponte pant with front design line by Style ARC,

Project Chronicles- Monthly Marfy Challenge: Marfy 6180

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Let's have a final recap shall we?  I really had not mentioned the #sewtofitmarfychallenge Challenge for a long while. I bet you thought I just let it fall by the wayside.  Nope...I just procrastinated.  I thought this would be a great time to fill you in on what has transpired the last few months.  I can't believe I sewed five (5) garments for this challenge and still managed to take care of my regular responsibilities. This was a hard challenge, just to be honest.  Have you participated in a challenge that requires a new garment and review, using a Marfy pattern?  I did a video review of the last garment, Marfy 6180.  I made this one for the Sew-Along which was done in September through October, last year.  Planning, writing instructions, filming videos and of course sewing was not easy for me.  Thus, I was hopeful that more people would participate.  However, I discovered that several of you found that #sewtofitmarfychallenge Marfy Patterns were really difficult.  I am g