Tuesday, September 29, 2009

M5050 + M5512 leather and lace


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Pattern Description:
Tops and tunics have raglan sleeves, neckline, waistline elastic casings and ribbon bow; tops A, B have sleeves with elastic casing; top C has sleeves with ribbon casing; tunic D has sleeves with self ruffles; tunic E has sleeves with lace trim.

Pattern Sizing:
XSM -XLG: I used a medium for my sister

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, with the exception of the lace

Were the instructions easy to follow?
OMG these were so easy and the whole thing only took 2 hours!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The quick and easy put together!

Fabric Used:
poly chiffon I got a year or so ago from Vogue Fabrics

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I chopped off 3 inches from the hem of the shirt for the addition of the lace edging. I also used about 6-7" or so more elastic around the neck edge to accommodate my sis' shoulders, she wanted it to be and off the shoulder top. For the inside I used a black lace hem binding since the fabric is so sheer.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would highly recommend, especially if you need something quick. This tunic and be fashioned for dress up of dress down wear. My sister wore it to a club.

Conclusion:
I needed something quick and sassy for a night of club hopping, especially since my sis asked me last minute to make her something. She asked me around lunch time after lunchtime and my 8pm she was putting on her top right off the machine..lol.. I swear I think the machine's needle was still hot! She loved it and it matches the leggings, I also made for her that day, perfectly. I'm sorry there are any detailed pics, but as I said she was wearing the top before I put my label in it :-)


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Mccall 5512 legging

Pattern Description:
Lined, loose fitting, A-line dress, 5" above mid-knee, has gathered neckline, back opening and bias turned down collar with button and fabric loops; dress A has cut-in shoulders; dress B has above elbow sleeves with turned back cuffs; leggings, below mid-calf, have elasticized waist and no side seams.

Pattern Sizing:
8-16; I used a 10 for my sister

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
very much

Were the instructions easy to follow?
SUPER easy

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved that I did It in an hour and a half on all on my serger!

Fabric Used:
wow its a mystery! I got it from walmart 2 years ago! I bout 7 yards! its an awesome stretch lycra something..lol. it has a snake skin pattern on it!

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Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
none, but next time i make these for my sister I will make adjustments for her booty..lol.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
yes, this pattern will be my TNT pattern for leggings! I love leggings with heels!

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

b5214 and my sister!


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Originally uploaded by ldanielle81
Pattern Description:


MISSES JACKET, DRESS AND BELT: Fitted, unlined jacket has collar and lapels, extended shoulders forming cap sleeves and shaped hem. Below mid-knee dress has fitted, self-lined, halter bodice with buttonhole and button closing, flared skirt, left side seam zipper and right side seam pocket. Belt has buckle with prong and eyelets.


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Pattern Sizing:


Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes! with the exception that I modified the belt it looked the same!

Were the instructions easy to follow?
easy as pie!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the cut of the halter, its what makes the dress so special. i also love the pocket!

Fabric Used:
a light weight stretch cotton from Vogue fabrics. For the bodice lining I used a remnant of red silk.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
as usual i used an invisi zipper instead. and i made a SBA from my sis. I was running out of time so I did the belt in my own way. I folded over a piece of white fabric and used stiff interfacing and made the long side seam., turned inside out and top stitch 1/4 from the edge in red. I used a pearlized snap closure (same ones I used for the back halter closure)


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Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Its on my cutting table to make in my size..lol. This is pattern can easily be dressed up or down depending on your shoe and accessory choice- i highly recommend you try it.

Conclusion:
this is one of the 3 dresses i made last minute for a wedding. It fit in perfectly and then later that night she changed her shoes and wore it to the club...lol. I think i will make the little jacket when i make it for myself....
more pics will be up on my blog....

BTW... im thinking of doing a long topstitch around the halter edge in white - what do you ladies think? do you think it will make the dress look too busy?


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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

S5098 - and frantic sewing!


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Originally uploaded by ldanielle81
Pattern Description:
Description: Top A,B,D,E,F have slightly extended shoulders and set-in sleeves. A has short sleeves, mock wrap front, optional appliqué. All views have stand up mandarin collars and close-fitting bodice. B is sleeveless. C has raglan short sleeves with keyhole front with single button closure at base of collar. D has front and rear fitting seams, bust darts, wrap front with buttons and rear zipper closure. E has cap sleeves. F has kimono-like sleeves and frog closures with front and rear fitting seams, wrap front and side slits at hem.

Pattern Sizing:
6-8-10-12 (i used an 8)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
very much!

Were the instructions easy to follow?
very clear instructions. I cut this out last night and it was finished in time for her to go out in tonight - without me rushing!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really like the mock wrap over bodice

Fabric Used:
brocade from JoAnn's

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
no alterations were needed, but I did use and invisible zip instead

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
its really cute but I dont think so - but i will definitely keep it in the stash, you never know when i'll need a kimono for Halloween.


Conclusion:
I made this for me sister to where to a dinner with friends and she loves it! I really like the covered buttons and the mandarin collar - so cute. It came together quickly and its the best invisi zip i've dont thus far!




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I'm a sewing demon this week! I have two dresses I'm working on for my sister and I for a wedding this weekend and i'm going crazy! It's super easy to fit my sis, so all of the things I make for her just fall into place. My dress on the other hand - HA! The FBA on my dress is killing me, anyone have any ideas?



Lauren's dress in view A



My Dress in view A

M5142 wearable muslin


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TOOOOOT TOOOOT....lol.. thats me tooting my own horn!!!!
Ok I love the way my capri's came out! sorry about the cell phone pics, I left my camera at my mom's house.

IMAG0167* First off I made them using M5142 but I didn't like the flare of the patterns capri so I just cut the jean pattern piece to my liking - they are a 'city shorts' kind of length.



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* For some crazy reason I decided to make the low-rise jeans. Umm yeah I don't know what I was thinking, lol! I have a high waist and although I don't have a big belly I don't the fit tummy to wear the low rise of these jeans. In the end I had to compensate the extra width needed by unfolding the waistband.

everything else fits great, they hug my booty and I don't get those crazy crotch smiles. I used my embroidery machince to stitch on a pocket design and I used a jeans buttons for the front..

This pair is my wearable muslin made out of some cheapo non-stretch fabric from Walmart's 1.50$ bin. I'll be making another pair in stretch denim this weekend to submit to the PR contest.

I also finish a baby quilt for a friend of mine --- its uber adorable!!!

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

busy weekend!

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Meet NINJA!
he/she is the reason I havent been able to finish my pants!!! I became this kitty's adopted parent after the family he was with didn't want to be bothered with him anymore. I'm guessing Ninja is about 2.5-3 mths and is a handful!

The first two days were rocky, all he did was hiss at me but now we are BFFs unfortunately he/she loves Bertha (sewing machine) more than me and wont let me near her...lmao

I'll finish the pants tonight while Ninja is sleeping

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Trial for the PR contest ...... M5142


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I've finally convinced myself to enter the PR advanced beginner contest.

I've never sucessfully completed a pair of pants, let alone a zippered front fly - so I figured I'd challenge myself and do a pair of jeans. If I'm going to test myself I might as well go with the scariest sewing thing I can think of (besides BWOF- so cute, so evil).

I've been trying to research pants fit, Pati Palmer's 'Pants for Real People' seems like my best option. For some reason every fracking bookstore in the metro detroit area/burbs is OUT! Even Borders has this book on BACK ORDER. Each and every library in a 25min radius is OUT! I even had my younger brother look at his local library. It was there! but he's too lazy to go pick it up for me...lmao

I'll have to settle for all the online blogging and tests to get it right.

*Mrs. Palmer please make your books available for immediate download on ITunes. If they are a godsend and are flying of bookshelves, I want to read them NOW.

now for pictures of the first day of progress.....


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Sunday, July 26, 2009

non sewing news...... a sad day for the flat iron!

earlier this week I made a personal commitment, well I guess it's and anti-commitment, to not comb or brush my hair for a month! Totally natural baby! no-straightening or curling, just wash and go. I'm hoping my hair thanks me for this much needed break.