Sunday, May 29, 2011

SuedeSays Part 2

Yay! I am glad I am done with this jumper. I must say I had fun doing this baby! I found out what the interfacing for the button holes were for. There were supposed to be drawstrings in the waist but I said I did not want them from the start and forgot that they were even supposed to be part of the outfit. So, the interfacing squares were to reinforce the stress of the strings…if I had put them in. But that’s no biggy and who else will know besides you and I?
So, to start things off, I had to make my own bias. Well, they are non-bias because I kept getting cross-eyed with the plaid trying to keep a straight biased line. I really should have tried ONE MORE TIME because I do not like how the seams puckers due to curves not curving the way they should have had I cut on the bias.
SS Own non-bias strips
The pockets are some very unique things to this pattern. I had NEVER done any pocket like this and – I love it. I don’t know if I can describe it well enough for you to understand but the bag part you put your hand in is just a fold back and the bottom of the bag is sewn and the side is caught in the side seam. Maybe you can get a glimpse here:
SS fold over pocket     SS fold over pocket from the front
There is no finish to the bag so I decided to serge after I‘d sewn like the directions instructed.
SS just sewn pocket      SS serged pocket
Before I go any further, let me tell you that just because it says it’s glue - - darn it it still may not stick! I used Elmer’s, fabric tack and almost grabbed some super glue but thought against it. It may stain eventually.
SS glue wont stick
Anyways, I just turned and sewn the vinyl (with my dryer sheets) the best I could and they are pretty darned neat.
I could not decide on the type shoe and realized I need more accessories! So I took pictures with the best possible matches for the shoes. And the choices were:
Black Flats:
SS how is this oneSS w black flats
Black Heels:
SS I'm coolSS w black heels
Tryna get that stand…It’s not quite working. lol
Red Heels:
SS w Red heelsSS take a step
White Flats:
SS w white flatsSS What up
Personally, I like the black heels. The hubby says they don’t look right. These are the one’s he says to wear:
Whoops! Now how am I going to explain this one? I can’t find them. lol However, they were black lace-up sandals with a small heel. Well….
That’s all Suede had to Say for this pattern. Here’s the review:
Pattern Description: From the website: "Misses' & Miss Petite Dresses or Romper. SUEDEsays Collection
Misses' & Miss petite dress or romper with front and trim variations by SUEDEsays"

Pattern Sizing:
D5 is sizes 4 to 12
P5 is 12 to 20
I cut the 14. Or it could have been the 12. I have to go make sure...

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Umm yeah. I do believe so even with my omissions and additions.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
From what I read they were. I only used them for the pocket construction. I picture read like a kinder child for the rest.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love everything about it. I really love the pocket assembly.

My only dislike is: The butt part of this pattern is made for those who only have a bone in the back. If you have an ounce of ham on your bone - CHECK THE BACK RISE - mine is short. Not really unsightly but I do not like it. Next time I will rise the rise. Or raise the rise....whatever. lol

Oh yeah. If you can see on the photo, I did not put in a hem. I serged and left them as is. I don't want them too short. ANd the serge took off nothing! I just want to neaten the edge.

Fabric Used:
I used a cotton shirting and a lightweigth vinyl.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. Left off the pockets that goes in the top bodice seam.
2. Made my own Non-bias.
3. Did not hem the legs.
4. Did not insert the drawstring. I used elastic in a casing.
5. Used two snaps at the top under the vinyl. (I need to get that photo taken.)

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would like to in a lightweight denim. Yes, I really recommend it if this is your style. Not a lot of people agree with 30 somethings wearing jumpers but I don't care. I like them and I wear them. I am the artist and I am the canvas. ;)

Love the look? Go for it! Don't forget to raise the rise!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

What did Suede Say?

I followed Project Runway for a long time and was very happy to know that one of the contestants, Suede, has finally put his line with Simplicity! His debut includes some very cute patterns. My favorites, in particular, are:
S2182 Suede Says     S2220 Suede Says     S2222 Suede Says
So, you might ask yourself, “What’s so special about these patterns?” I would tell you that these patterns have a three dimensional edge to them. They cover three types of personalities: Classic, Flirty, and Edgy. If I had to translate that for you, I would say: Conservative, Sexy, and Whoa.
I love the jumper so much, I decided to enter his contest with it. I immediately thought about the jumper that I fell in love with when I saw Beyonce in it.
Beyonce plaid jumper I love this look. I have chosen to use a lightweight white vinyl and red, black and white plaid shirting for my jumper.
SuedeSays Plan
I plan to use a few accessories too. I am not sure if I want to use black or silver. I will let the finished garment decide that for me. Believe it or not, clothes do speak to sewists. Really.
My first mistake for the jumper was that I was actually working three things at one time and forgot that the last thing on my machine was my daughter’s 1st grade awards / graduation dress with which I was using an orange thread in the bobbin. I changed the top thread to white and forgot to change the bobbin. Oh well, I saw that, kicked myself for it, and still did not change the darn thread! But, I have no problem with it and who else will know? Oops, my bad, you know. Well, just be like the Busch’s Baked Bean puppy and don’t tell. lol
Here’s my orange thread mishap:
Mistake number 1    Mistake 1
I usually don’t put in interfacing at a buttonhole stress point if the fabric is pretty healthy (thick) but since I am using a shirting, I followed the directions and put a square of interfacing at the lower buttonhole. It says to do both sides (I think), but I don’t know why. I did it anyways and I’ll find out why later.
Interfacing the buttonhole
Sewing on vinyl, leather, pleather (call it what you want) can be a chore. I knew this but I wanted to hurry up and get done with this jumper until I (with my hard headed self) went ahead and sewn without some help. My foot was sticking and the vinyl was pulling and making this ugly piece of junk! So, I stopped and done what was right. I could have grabbed some powder but didn’t have any around. So, I grabbed a dryer sheet that I save from the dryer and use for my embroidery. I had sewn over that and tore it away afterwards. Looks much ‘gooder’. (Yes, I know that’s the wrong word. It should be better. But I like to use ‘gooder’. This is my blog after all!)
SS pleather without tissue         SS with tissue
Oh, remember to put a piece ALL – WAY – TO – THE – END!
From working on several items at once, I had to come to a stopping point and what better point would be than after the front and back pieces are sewn together and fitted on Aloe.
SS Front                      SS Back
SS Side                      SuedeSays
SS Bodice
Until tomorrow after church when the sewing shall resume.
Oh did I say that the entry is due three days from now! I’ll get it. (The Little Engine That Could: I think I can. I think I can….

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Simplicity 3503

I am so loving this dress by Simplicity. There are so many halter looks out there until one would simply go crazy trying to find the right look, fit, and mostly, the right price. Here are a couple of hits:

Max and Cleo Beaded Halter Gown $168.00

Chiffon Beaded-Waist Gown $1025.00
Carmen Marc Valvo Chiffon Beaded-Waist Gown
Can you see where I am going with this? There are others that I didn’t want to take the time to find that are under $100. I made my dress for less than $12.00 and it’s Purple and it fits and it …it’s mine!
This is the pattern in reference:
Misses Special Occasion Dresses
My sister and I made this dress together. We made second row middle dress. You can say we had a private sew-a-long around the Easter holiday. We had a ball until we didn’t even take photos of the process and the mishaps and good goings. I can tell you there were sunflower seeds and Pepsi flying everywhere. I enjoyed myself. (Psst. Hey, Ev, when we gonna do the sewing thing again?!)
As soon as she posts her dress, I am going to link to her site. Edited to say: The pics are posted! Yay! Oh yeah, while you are reading why don’t ya go ahead and follow her and pass along the sewing bug. She’s already got the symptoms. Winking smile
Here are my photos. I need a good camera that will yield me some great results. But, anyhow, here’s to you Halter dress:
Full front I love the gathers in the middle.
  Back view
  Dang, photographer, you could have told me that my clothes were twisted in the waist.Side
  I am not liking this side view at all. But here it is folks.Oompa
    I think I am looking like Oompa in this shot.         Shoe shot
                                   Shoe shot.
Here's the review:

Pattern Description:

Misses special occasion dresses. From day to evening.

Pattern Sizing:
Ummm, I'm not sure what the combinations are but I cut the 14.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Hmmm, yes, of course!

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, they were the typical instructions to understand.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the look - hands down! You can't go wrong with a halter.

There are no dislikes except I need the proper 'underpinning'. Well, let me take that back, the straps seem to be a bit bulky to me. Next time I will try something different for that part.

Fabric Used:
I finally used my Lycra Lux from I love this fabric. I WANT MORE!

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I didn't measure but I know I cut off about 2 inches and done a 1 inch hem. The dress is long. I think it's made for a 5'6" woman. I am only 5'3". I have on (I think 3" heels.) And the dress is still long.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I am going to sew it again. I don't know when but I am going to. I like the shorter version, too. This pattern is recommended over and over.

Awesome dress! I love it!

Until later, Schey

B3344 and V8603

Gray and Lavender for Sunday, May 15, 2011.
I got my calendar for our church choir two weeks before this date. Last Sunday, we were to wear Black and Silver. It was my intentions to make a hybrid between two different patterns. Due to time and lack of ambition, I wore a pair of store bought Black pants with my free Vogue pattern that I made a few months back.
Today we had to wear gray and Lavender. Thank goodness for TNTs! I made V8603 and B3344 again. This is the previous Vogue skirt:
[CLose up on skirt side[3].jpg]  This one is a bit too tight but it is wearable. Just as long as I don’t eat before and have to bend after. I still like it and still wear it.     
                                                 Here's the new skirt:
                                                      Front with shirt up 1This version is much better – it’s made with a fabric that has a little stretch. (I need to work on my signature stance because this one is NOT working!)

The top is Butterick 3344.
My version was the Purple one. I have made this top, I believe 2 times before. I really needed a twist to the top and decided to change the neckline.
Version 1:
 DSCF1490Notice the neck line.

Version 2:…
…got swiped. It was made in a stripe, too, Gray and white. Made the same way.

Version 3:
Neck shape  Notice this neck line. The necklace is crazy looking because I was trying to move it out of the way for the neckline shot.

(Whoah! I need some Neutrogena…This picture is just plain ole ugly. I shoulda put it through Picnik first.) lol

Same pattern I just put a piece of packing packing paper under the original pattern to get this shape. I should have taken a photo of it but the camera wasn’t around then.

Here is the review for the skirt:

Pattern Description: MISSES' SKIRT: Lined, straight skirts A, B, C, D, E, F in two lengths have princess seams, back zipper and waistline facing. A, B: gathered side front, side back and lower back. C: button trim. C, E, F: topstitching. E: contrast side front and side back. C, D, E, F: back slit. A, C, D: length is mid-knee. B, E, F: length is mid-calf.
I made version A again.

Pattern Sizing: The Combinations are: AA(6-8-10-12), EE(14-16-18-20)
I cut the size 12

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, I do believe so, like the gray one.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn't use the instructions this time. I remembered how to put the skirt together from before. So, they must be quite easy, for them to be a Vogue. Now that's good business. Oh, yeah it does say Easy Options. It lives up to the title.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the shape this pattern yields. It is very sexy and chic. At least that's how I feel when I am wearing it. No dislikes at all.

Fabric Used: I used a stretched suiting. I love this fabric and want more!

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
First of all, due to time constraints, I did not line the skirt this time.
#2: I added 1 inch to the center front - and forgot to add it to the facing piece!
#3: 1/2 inch to the center back - and forgot guessed it. lol
#4: I only put in an inch hem. I believe the pattern calls for 2 inches.
Nothing further. 

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I will sew it again but I do not know when. I will keep this one for future uses. It is totally recommended.

Conclusion: Great skirt!

More pictures:
Front with shirt downBack with shirt downBack with shirt up
Until later, Schey.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sewing In April

I bet you all thought I haven't been sewing, huh? Well, I have. I hadn't had the time to review and post anything due to my schooling. But I have a little time for right now to post a little bit...I am actually taking a break from studying for my finals I have tomorrow. (I will be so glad when I am done :/)

The first item I want to show you is McCall's 6118.

This was a very easy top to make and I see more of these in the future. Here is my review.

Pattern Description:
MISSES' TUNICS AND SASH: Above, mid-knee length, one shouldered tunics A, B, C gathered into band; sleeveless tunic A has bow tie; tunics B, C have flared sleeves; tunic B has purchased jewels; tunic C has sash; purchased leggings.

I made version C with out the sash. I have not decided if I want it or not. After I wear it a day, then I can make a better informed decision. (I do like my tops a bit more cinched in the waist. I just didn't want to take away the flow of the fabric.)

Pattern Sizing:
Combinations: AX5(4-6-8-10-12), DD(12-14-16-18) I cut the 12, but I forgot which pack - the AX5 or the DD.
I really didn't know how to choose my size for this pattern. The only description they give for measurements are the width of the lower edge and the back length from the base of the neck. What I was looking for was the size of the opening for the cross way of the band. But since it wasn't there, I took an educated guess that I am loosing weight (slowly but I'm loosing) and the fact that the top is meant to be loose I went from a 14 to a 12. It fits so far. Yes!

Update: After wearing the top for a day - to an Easter gathering at my sister's church in NC - I should have cut the diagonal trim midways the 10 and 12 and the body a straight 10. And since I do plan on making another one that is what I will do.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Of course! I love the print, too. The fabric was originally meant to be for another top but I came across this pattern first while looking for the other and am glad I did.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
I scanned them only to see if I would find some off the wall mistake or crazy instruction. Nope- none. Other than that I didn't use them. Not to mention, I talked my sister through them while she made her top just like it. Cute huh? The pieces are pretty much straight forward, too. (Make sure you mark the front and back band pieces.) A good way to tell if you have the right pieces is to look CLOSELY at the mid section of the pattern pieces. The front band has a slight curve up to give a bit of modest fit for the breast.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the asymmetricness (Word?) of the shoulders. It would look great with a pair of tights or skinnies with heels. So far there are no dislikes. I guess because the model have NO curves and real women have real curves, I may want to make the sash, because if I don't then I will continue to look like a blimp. (The wind was blowing too.) So, I really need to take in the sides a bit and next time make sure I make in the adjustments mentioned before.

Fabric Used:
I used a charmeuse print with big sparse flowers in purple, turquoise and silver that I've had for a while. (I've had most of my fabrics for a while come to think about it.)

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Umm, well I forgot what the hem allowance was but I only done a serge and turned up that end and then again another 3/8ths and stitched there. I did the same with the sleeves only I done 5/8ths here.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I want to sew it again and may sew it again if I find a fabric that screams out to me so I can do my adjustments (because I do see more of these if fabric permits). Other than that I will let it sit in the done pile until that fabric comes along. Yes, I recommend and especially if you are into the look.

Great modern tunic pattern. Get it. Sew it. Love it.

Updated to add:
1. I went to hang up my beautiful tunic and wondered hth (not heart to heart) was I going to get that baby on the hanger! If you plan to make this top don't forget to do a hanger strap. I am going to add one out of a thin ribbon. I don't want to use my clear elastic.

2. I need a belt to cinch or I will take in the sides a little bit. I look as if I am pregnant.

3. For the busty gals - no need for a FBA with this one.

Since, I don't have a photographer right now. (And may not have a good one for a hot minute, I had to swipe these goofy day photos from my sister's page.) Swiper no swiping! They are the best but I was having a LOT of fun. Don't mind the bra strap. I thought it was tacky but my Sis said it was ok.

See the wind have me looking like a Good year blimp.
What you think? lol

Where did that spot come from? My sewing table! I do believe that was from the crafts my two year old was playing with while I was sewing. But that is NOT going to stop me from wearing it.

Sorry, Evoni,I HAD to get this one. I need to hit the gym! Well, since I can't afford that, guess I'll bench press my 2-year old thunder thighs.

That's all for right now everyone. Hopefully, I will be able to get in some photos today.

I have to post Simplicity 5234 that my Sis and I had sewn together for our oldest daughters.
Girls & Girls Plus Dresses
This one I made for my baby girl.
It's So Easy Child Dresses and Bag Okay, since my baby wore her dress to church Easter Sunday in NC, I thought it would be no harm in letting her wear it again this Sunday, well yesterday it's 1:11 am Monday morning, in SC. Why do I always get the same kind of pictures from her?! I actually wanted to get photos than her usual stubborn ones like this one:
Too through!
Sorry but this is the only photo I can get worth posting:
Another, "I am too through" shot. I quit! lol

But here is my review anyways:
Pattern Description:

Child's dress and bag. I am doing dress A because I want a type of sleeve on the dress. I may also still put the ribbon detail at the bottom if I can find some to match the peach dots in the dress. I will even take a darker peach.

Update: No ribbon so I left off that detail, but I think the dres is still very pretty and less is more, anyways.

Pattern Sizing:
Sizes 3 through 8. I will start at the size 4 because my baby is a thunder thigh baby. It is funny how the hip size for a 3 is - and the hip size for the 4 is 24. lol Why couldn't it be a 23 for the size 3? Besides what child has hips at that age anyways? I just read the finished length for the 4 is 24 inches...I may just have to leave it as-is. I think a little longer would be quite cute anyways.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. I also lined the dress in a peach poly satin. I wanted a regular lining fabric but could not find the right color I wanted for nothing! I ended up going to Hobby Lobby and found the poly.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
I finished a quick scan through and the only thing I see is a slight jump around but that is only because Simplicity clustered the similar steps to each dress as one. They seperated the steps that are different in the two dresses. Pretty easy if you take your time and just circle what you need. Other than that, they are a breeze.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
So far, just by looking at the pack, I like that it is simple and no too fussy for a two year old. Yeah, I said two....and I am going to start at a size 4. :/

The only dislike I see is a personal problem. On the picture, dress A, there is ribbon for the sleeve trim. I have had terrible problems with using ribbon for trim. They do something bad to the fabric. AND THEY DON'T GIVE FOR NOTHING! So if you think you will need even just the tiniest stretch in the arm, I do not recommend using ribbon unless it is stretch.

Update: I should have lengthened the hem part of the sleeve. I had to do a tiny turn under and stitch. I can not stand those tuck and stitch and you have like 1/4 of a seam and the fabric slips and you can't keep a straight line. I am glad I done that in the clear thread! I will go back and redo the sleeves because why have a beautiful dress and a pair of jacked up sleeves?

Other than my pet peeves, I love this pattern and I want to do another in a light demin for everyday play.

Fabric Used:
I am going to use a taffeta. I believe it was described as Peach Flocked Polka Dot Tafetta from know... I plan on lining the whole dress even though it only says to line the bodice. I am still trying to find my cream poly lining in the stash. I don't plan on buying anything unless it's a zipper or button or something. But I may have those things already, too.

Update: I never found the cream lining and ended up buying some peach poly as stated earlier.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I have not started on the dress yet, but I know from the start I will have to storten the hem because my baby is only two and not quite at the size 4 height. But she's not that far from it either. :/

As stated earlier, I plan on doing the sleeved version with the ribbon trim on the bottom of the dress. I am NOT doing the ribbon on the arm.

Update: No ribbon trim on the bottom.

I lined the whole dress instead of just the bodice. I had to go back in and rework it because I put in the lining and slip stitched the bodice lining to the waist before I put in the zipper.

I added a little cut and fold 'flower' with 3 'pearls' in the middle to break up the color.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
So far, as I am looking I might sew it again in a spring everyday dress - I choose denim with maybe a yellow or turquoise accent color. Yes, I recommend.

We'll see how things go.

Update: It took me over three weeks to finish dress. With life and school I had to work it around my schedule and do a little here and a little there. I even went to NC for Spring Break and worked on it there while doing other sewing with my sister. I finished it on Good Friday. I am really loving this dress.

I hope my baby will at least let the dress last until we get back home....Yay, it lasted! Did I mention she is also a tomboy? Or at least she seems just a little bit rougher than the usual girly girl?

I especially want to post Simplicity 3503.
                                   Misses Special Occasion Dresses My Sis and I had a ball making this one. I must say, I want her dress more than I want mine. lol *sheepish eye*. "You betta watch" in my Tyler Perry voice. 
So, until later, (and a photographer), Schey.

You can see the post to this dress right here.