Monday, December 26, 2011

Mccall 6316 muslin romper

 I have been promising my sister that I will be sewing this pattern for the longest. So since I am on break I thought it would be a great beginners project for me to start. I did make the whole garment as if it was made in the fashion fabric. I am very pleased how the muslin came out.

I made view B in a size 16 1/2 . The only change I made in the pattern was to take out the exposed zipper in the front, and inserted an invisible zipper to the side. Which  required me to sew the lining in last instead of first like the pattern instructed. The pattern instructions were simple but I am unsure if I will be making it in the fashion fabric because my sister ended up hating the bubble butt the pattern gave her . I thought it would make cute pj's, but she disagreed. Even though she was not a fan of this pattern, I am still glad I made it because I got to practice a lot of the basics they taught me in school. Plus I learned a new tip when sewing this. I used to always take forever to turn spaghetti straps, I mean I would pinch the fabric out of the tube till the whole tube is turned. I found that I can use a safety pin to do it. I don't know why it took me so long to find this out, but I am glad I know now. 

Saturday, December 17, 2011

I purchased one of my must haves!

  I just want to give a special thanks to Bonnie for helping me find this vintage pattern. In August I had made a post about vintage pattern I would die for . This pattern was on the top of the list because I have been searching for this pattern for this longest. I mean I have checked Google,Etsy,  and Ebay and had no luck. I did not find this pattern till I seen Bonnie left a comment with the site selling it for around five dollars. I still can not believe I own this pattern. I can not wait to make this dress, I am thinking about making the gorgeous dress in a red satin.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

College LBD is done!

My final for my fashion100 class was to make a little black dress. I had used black poly poplin I got from Vogue for three dollars. This was defiantly not an easy project since I had to sew in in two weeks. The pattern is a simple block pattern my teacher designed, with bust darts and side contour darts. I was amazed because she drafted so many designs from the same pattern. I kept mine as simple as possible because the time we had to make it.

The only embellishment I added to the dress was an iron on applique.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Huge update/ haul

  I have been so busy lately, In two week I have been sewing a muslin blouse for school. This was defiantly a project for me because I had so many firsts. I learned how to do a Hong-Kong seam finish, put in a 6-step buttonhole and sew a collar in. I learned things I have not tried before.I wish I had took pictures before I turned it in, but my camera was down.  The good news is I finally got the grade for my skirt this week and I scored a high B.  In class we are currently working on making a little black dress. I am thrilled because this is our first project we are making out of fashion fabric. I will be updating you guys through the process.

Now for the haul:
 I had shopped at Joann's, Walmart and Vogue this week looking for the greatest deals on fabric and notions, and this is what I found.

This fabric is so beautiful. I fell in love with it the moment I seen it. I really want to make a blazer or Burda 7460.
price- $4.99 a yard

I purchased 2.5 yards of this black poplin for the little black dress I am making at school.
Price- $2.99 a yard

This was some navy blue denim I found in the remnants section at Vogue.
1.5 yards for $4.50

 I plan on making a cute summer blouse with this fabric.
I purchased 2 yards for $1.30 a yard.

This is a nude colored cotton I bought from Walmart for $2.00 a yard.
The nude colored lining was on sale for a dollar a yard so I picked up 4 yards.

Last week I purchased three patterns when they were on sale. This was one of my most exciting purchases because I found an OOP pattern.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Homework Craziness!

 I am so sorry for my blog lacking. All the homework I have been getting lately is driving me crazy! I never thought going to college was going to be so stressful and hard. I have a day to learn a new sewing technique, then a week to make the sample using the technique.
I had to have all these samples finished in a week.
 The hard part was all the sewing had to be at school.

Right now we are working on a skirt, this is the first skirt I ever made successfully. I could not be more proud of myself, all my seams are finished, I learned how to put in my first lapped zipper, and attach a waistband. Although I learned how to master some techniques, I need to practice on others, like my top stitching.
I know, I still have to iron the wrinkles out!

Ooh! Don't hurt your eyes looking at the topstiching.

I am almost done. The only thing left to do is all the hand sewing.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Vintage Patterns I Would Die For!

Style 2190
This dress is a absolute show stopper. When I first seen this dress thought it was an adorable after five dress. This dress transforms into more than one look, It is a basic sheath dress with an overskirt. I can just imagine  going to a party and wearing this dress, then taking the skirt off and  everybody thinking I changed my outfit.

This is the fantacy dress for a little kid. I am not the kind of person that buys tons of kids patterns. Why an I lying to myself. I never buy kids patterns, the only kids patters I own are the ones my litte sisters buy for me to sew for them. I would love to make this dress for one of my younger sisters when they have thier school baquets.

This pattern I can't wait to get my hands on. My favorite part of this pattern is the swirly top with the short pencil skirt. I think the whole outfit is so flattering. The reason why I like this pattern so much is because I never seen a top anything like the one in a picture.

This jacket should speak for itself. I think this pattern is so stylish and the color of the jacket is right on. It is defnitly a trendy coat that will never go out of fashion.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

College Story- Day 2

Yesterday was my second class in fashion100 and I loved every minute of it. I was absorbing as much info as I could. I had learned how to wind a bobbin for a mechanical machine and that took me a couple of tries before I could do it by myself. We also learned how to thread the machine and that made me frustrated, because the instructions were right next to me and could not figure it out for nothing. I had to ask the teacher a question for every step. When I had everything checked and ready to go, the thread came out the needle. At that moment, this machine was my enemy. I did not have a lot of success on the machine, so after I made three stitches it was time for my group to move on to the next step. Next we learn how to add seam allowance to a pattern. We all traced the skirt pattern and added seam allowance to it, this part was so easy and I was like one of the first to finish with no problems.

Fit for real people

I bought the book for all the raving reviews. When I started reading it, it was like my eyes were glued to the pages. I am a visual learner and this book has great illustrations and tons of photographs. This book is based on a tissue fitting and It defiantly prevent some of the major problems in sewing pattern.

The one thing I love about this book is that they don't base it on  skinny models, this book shows a wide variety of models tall, short, kids, and adults. This book covers everything but pants, for pant you have to get Pants for real people.

Monday, August 22, 2011

First day of college

  Today was the first day of my fashion class at Harper college. Although it was the first day, it was anything but easy. The class was four hours, so there was ample time today to jump in to the sewing lesson. For the first two hours if felt like time was moving slow. She had the she read over four syllabuses about the class. It was interesting to hear everybody story. After lunch is where the fun began. The teacher taught us how to rip fabric and had us ripping a yard of fabric in to 5x9 squares for sample fabric. Omg, I loved this project just so I can release some of my anger out on that fabric. I am eager to start sewing next week. They are going to educate us on how to sew to use an industrial machine .

Friday, August 5, 2011

New Simplicity Patterns

I am in love with the new simplicity patterns that came out this season. Some of my favorites are from their new line SewSimple. These patterns are not on the simplicity site but you can find them here.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Yay! I made accessories.

I made these lovely bangles with three simple things old plastic bangles, E6000, and ribbon. They were super easy to make and I am in love with the color.

I made this beautiful hairpiece from a tutorial I found on Craftster. It was fun and cheap to make. I got all the supplies from my near by dollar store. I am going to experiment with this project to make  tons of  unique hairpieces. Some of my ideas are daisy and roses or maybe adding feathers to give the project a completely different look.Overall it does not matter how you accessorize these projects they could be made to express anyone personality.
Here is the tutorial

Thursday, July 28, 2011 review

 Last week I was looking everywhere for some  inexpensive back to school clothes and got nothing.So I figured I would try this modaxpress . I bought two pairs of pants, a brown pair for eleven dollars and a grey pair for eight dollars. Majority of their clothes are on sale and are reasonable prices. I have to say this is a great site to get teens and kids clothes. The shipping is super fast, I received my order four days after purchase. Here is the site

These are the brown pants I orders and I love them The pants fit me like a glove.

These pants are the grey pants . I think I could have went one size down because they are not as fitted as I would like .

Monday, July 11, 2011

M5850 (Little Black dress)

McCall's 5850
 This is the first dress I made by myself successfully. It is a little black dress. I could not be more proud of myself. I thought the instructions were made easy enough for a beginner like me to understand. This was the first zipper I done correctly after many trial and errors. I made in with black cotton and lined it with white cotton for a contrast. Then I added the red belt for a splash of color. 

Size cut- 16

Alterations- I Shortened the dress by two inches and added an inch to the bodice. Instead of sewing the boning to the lining I sewn it to the seam allowance. I also used medium fusible interfacing as underlining

Thing I would change: This pattern runs quite big so next time I will make it a size smaller with alterations.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Lil sister learns how to sew

Simplicity 9871

Simplicity 9871
Lately my sister is interested in learning how to sew.  I have been teaching her how to sew simple projects. So far I had taught her how to sew a pillow and these wonderful pajamas. She was so proud of herself  for making these pajamas that when we went on our summer vacation, she wore them every night to sleep in. The pattern was super easy and I was surprised on how quick she caught on. At the end of the day she was telling me how the pattern should be sewn. I enjoyed teaching her this hobby at a young age.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Color Blocking

I have currently fell in love with the color blocking trend. I am so inspired to try and recreate one of these fashionable, exciting looks!

mccall 6283

 mccalls 6028

Mccall's  6330

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

More pottery!

This was another piece I made in pottery. I know it isn't that great because I rushed and tried to make this for my grandma as a christmas present. The cup is dark blue even though it looks black in pictures. I think it was a great practice piece and I enjoyed making it in class.

Things I made in pottery class

Last year I took a pottery class and made this dog treat bowl. We were supposed to make something that reminds us of the past, future or present. I had picked the past and the present. The dog bone represents the past for my first pet. The M represent my dog's name which is Miller. The inside of the dog bone represents the present because I am very artistic. This project took me eight weeks to finish because everything was hand built. I love it so much.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pattern Organizing

 I just started back sew this year. Since then it seams like I can not stop buying patterns.I finally found a way to organize my pattern collection so I can find them easily.

First I separated the patterns from the envelopes. Then I put the pattern envelopes in a three ring binder and divided it by style: pants,skirts,dresses.

 Then I put the patterns and instructions in a 6x9 envelopes.
Last I put the envelopes in a pattern box in numerical order.

Walmart Haul

I am so happy, I went to Walmart and found some great deals. Things I purchased:
-Simplicity 2603
-E6000 glue
-stick pins

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Yay! I Love My body

 I am so excited about my duct tape dummy I made. I have wanted to make one of these babies for the longest. My sister and I worked up a sweat making this dummy. she was exausted from wrapping multipe layered around me and I was tired of being in that HOT duct tape suit. overall we did finish the dummy working together and  I think it turned out nicely.