Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Orange Python

Trying to calm my nerves because the move hasn’t gone as planned, I set out to make myself happy and calibrate my emotions since a LOT has happened from the time I posted my last creation. To the stash I dashed! Stash fabric and stash patterns. What did I come up with?



Palmer Pletsch for McCall’s 6440 and 6441. A pant and jacket duo that I’ve had for a while. I’ve been wanting a pair of some wild animal Made By Me printed pant for some time now. So, what better time is the present? I dashed to the fabric. Well, I kind of unpacked a few boxes to find what I was looking for. A great marriage, if you ask me.

After I’d made the pants, I didn’t want to make the jacket. I wanted something instant. So, I revisited the peplum top by New Look 6130. The first version was not reviewed nor worn yet because I am waiting for my mind to let me vividly print mix. I want a leopard pant to mix with the polka dots.

The polka peplum:


I had some orange, kind of not orange, broadcloth in the stash that was bought for a button down and was never made because, well, honestly, I am scared to death to make a button down! There, I said it. I’ve made pants, trousers, jeans, jackets, coats, tops, panties, hats. You name it. But I am scared to sew a button down blouse.

Here’s the second version of the New Look peplum:


It is very easy to make and goes together quite quick and used just under 2 yards. I modified the back of the peplum because I wanted the back to be longer than the front. The front comes to a silent point that I didn’t notice I started sewing. But I like it so it stays. I also used a white invisible zipper because it was in the stash and I kept it a bit exposed.


The pants were VERY easy and Palmer always, ALWAYS, have fitting instructions along with the construction which makes it seems like a heck of a lot. It really isn’t and it’s WELL worth the hassle.

I made view C with side slit, sans the front waistband invisible zipper pocket. I didn’t want that pocket and prefer to have side seam pockets. AND since the zipper is in the side seam and I’d forgotten to move it to the back, I have no pocket. I will if I make them again, though.

The other versions are with plain legs, side invisible zipper leg, and the wide cuff leg. The same is for the arms of the jacket on the other pattern. I cut the 14 and with all the intakes, I could have cut on the 12 and sewn with a smaller allowance. But I’ll keep like this because it’s not so bad, does not look bad at all, and if I gain a couple pounds they will still fit nice.


I used a python print. I don’t know the content. But it has a kind of sheen over print in irregular shaped dots that makes it look semi-shiny in some areas. It’s a little stretchy, not much though. I used 2 1/2 yards and had 4 total. I still want the jacket but do not have enough fabric, so I may do a color block style with black.

I had to do some errands today and wore my new outfit with much grace and confidence. Like?

IMG_0925My bag doesn’t match nor coordinate. But it’s the closest I have since most are packed.


IMG_0926Shoes are from Avon. They are one reason I was ok with the white exposed zipper.



The pant, front and back, without the top in the way. Also, I have no gaposis. I’ve mastered that skill but can’t instruct how to do it at all! :/


Until my next project that’s been sewn up and worn. I just need to right time to take those photos.

Bye bye! Come and see me again, soon,


~~~~~Hugs and Hugs!

I forgot to post my Pin-speration so I am adding it here:

Tailored, Sophisticated: White + Animal Print

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I LOVE McCall’s 6553

It’s a Fashion Star pattern and it’s been in queue since it’s debut for about a year. I loved the look when Kara Laricks introduced her design to the world. The dress sold out like a snap when they on sale at Saks 5th. Oh no! I was not going to pay for that dress, only praying it would become a pattern for the public to sew. It did! I grabbed one as soon as they went on sale at Hancock’s.


Very easy dress, as it is labeled, and comes in sizes 6 to 22. I cut the 14. Although the pattern calls for double knit, cotton knit, gabardine, or suiting fabrics, I used a poly/cotton non-stretch blend from the stash. It’s also part of the 2013 Style your Stash challenge over with SarahLiz and the Crew. I’ve had this fabric for a while because I wanted to showcase the print and not chop into it. M6553 was a good choice. Both the fabric and the pattern is flowy and that was great match.


I love everything about this pattern. It’s very sexy yet conservative. To me, it almost have a retro feel. I really love the fact that it has pockets. Not that I would use them but they are there in case I want to.



The construction is great and easy to understand. I followed each step even though I’d done a few out of order due to preference. I could have out this dress together in no time but due to packing for my upcoming move it took me a day to cut the pattern. A day to cut the fabric. And two days to put it together. You don’t really need the directions. I just decided for some odd reason to follow them.

My daughter decided to put in my button:


The back is a slit with a button. I think I used a button that is too heavy but I like it so I’ll keep it.


Here it is on Aloe:


Here I am wearing my new dress:


With all this said, I’m outa’ here!


Until next time, Gadget, next time! Lol


OH! Wait! It hurts when you acquire something and you LOVE.IT.SO.MUCH but you CAN’T.WEAR.IT! Awe man. My sister gave me these shoes because they were too small for her. And guess what. They are too big for me. However, I know just the person who would love to gain these and add to her stock.


Who said life will be full of gorgeous shoes anyways? Well, I beg to differ! LOL Until next time, Scheryka.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Laid to Rest

     .....for right now. It’s been recovered! I was attempting to take a stab at Butterick 5884.

It’s part of my items for the 2013 Style Your Stash Sew-a-Long.


However, I thought I’d enough fabric. Nope. For some evil reason pattern piece 2. Hid from me while laying and cutting the fashion fabric. I had all, or so I thought, the pieces laid on the fabric in such a way that all the pieces were matched with the stripes in the fabric. Viola, they all, or so I thought, fit. Ok, let’s move on to the lining pieces. Front bodice lining, back bodice lining, front skirt lining and back skirt lining. Whoa, back bodice! How did you get here and why are you now showing your face!? Yeah, since now I am out of fashion fabric and the only piece left was claimed by a 9-year old for a head scarf.


    Yeah, so, umm, I am going back to Hancock and see they, hope that they, pray that they still have this fabric. It’s one of the newer stash additions. It, a zebra print, and two other stripe fabrics. It was during their spot the bolt sale they’d had a couple months back.

     If this fails, then I I will use my lining fabric as the fashion fabric as well, since the cape of the sleeve extends all the way across the back.


     With this being said, Butterick 5884 has been laid to rest for a while and on to the next project(s).

While typing this post, the smart side of me said to go get the ‘said’ scarf and just see. Just see. I did. It worked! Even though the stripes aren’t lined with the bodice, it doesn’t make a difference because they match with themselves and that is enough. IMG_0750After Erica Bunker had made her number, I knew I wanted to go ahead and get mine out of the way so I, too, can wear my caped out dress. I already had the pattern in my stash but was timid because I was lazy and didn’t want to tackle all those itty bitty steps. But if I wanted my dress, I had to do it. So, I did it; and with a lot of frustration and ripping and whining and well just ugh! BUT, it’s not perfect, BUT, I love it. 

I used a sheer poly that was on the spot the bolt clearance at Hancock a few months back. It’s one of four that I’d gotten for a great price. They were all some kind of stripe. The seams of the fashion fabric are instructed to be in French seams. Done. The lining is done in double stitching as instructed. BEWARE: if you don’t like super narrow hems, just get ready because the sleeves are super narrow hems. The top and the bottom.

IMG_0757You can’t see it in this photo, though.

I cut the 14 and should have graded out just a tad for the waist and in just a tad for the front bodice. I didn’t recognize the bodice until it was all sewn and forgot to do the waist. It is wearable and I will be wearing it. I have a few more pounds to loose anyhow, so I should be good in a couple of months or so.

I like everything about this dress. Now the other view, View A, is just ordinary and looks like any other dress I’ve seen. The open and airy sleeves really gives this dress some out-of-the-ordinary pizzazz.

IMG_0755     IMG_0754

My nine-year-old added the belt. I kind of like it!

My dislikes are totally on me. Let’s see - for one I wanted this dress in a stripe. Check. A blue stripe. Check. To line up stripes. Not checked! I couldn’t for the life of me get most of those seams to line up. One would then the next wouldn’t. It5 just kept going. So I said fudge it, I was tired of fooling around with it and just put it together.

Another dislike, and again, totally on me, was that darn invisible zipper that took me a whole friggin day to put in and it’s NOT perfect by any means! I had the hardest time simply because I just wasn’t ready to tackle so many itty bitty steps, but I WANTED this dress with that darn invisible zipper that I’d put in with a regular foot because I have yet to buy a foot for the invisible zipper. Ok, I put it in VERY.SLOW! Yay! I love it! It’s in! Time to put it on Aloe and test it out. S*#@! That zipper stopped midways and didn’t move. Ok, a little giggle and it’ll be ok. It giggled up. Cool. Now to try it on me. Since it had a bit of trouble the first time, I’d scraped it with soap to get it slide a bit better. Nope. Stuck. Darn! Help. I call me 9 year old and we worked and tugged and POP went that darn zipper! I spent a whole day trying to put it back on, zip it without too many hiccups, but with no success. I WAS NOT, do I repeat myself - WAS NOT going to take it out, buy another and put it in! NOPE, not going to do it. I got the zipper back on and right where the zipper keeps popping, I slipped that baby together wrapping the zipper shut with the thread. This right at the waist seam, so the zipper doesn’t go any further than that. Now I have to wiggle the dress over my head instead of stepping into it, and then wiggle out of it. No problem. Besides who would know besides my blogging sphere, right?

So long with my blabbing. I do recommend this pattern if you’re up for some super duper narrow seams and some hand sewing. Go for it! I love it.

My horrible photo shoot was done in a rush. I wanted to get this done so I can move on, really, I’m moving, and get other things done.


Oh, what the heck, here are the photos that were edited out. We’ll call them Bloopers:

IMG_0787Falling out of a pose! Who does that?! LOL

IMG_0797No quite ready! I was still talking.

IMG_0796Looks like I am about to do the Dougie! LOL

All I have to do now is put in the hook and eye.

Up next:

Month of July project: Simplicity 2700 Amazing Fit in a vibrant Blue McCall’s 6553 in a very cute pink and white print.


Mini projects for July: 7 bowties for a client in a variety of fabrics and colors; No sewing will be done for clients until I settle. Burda Kids 9491 for one of my Munchkins; and Simplicity 2380 for another Munchkin.


I am not doing any special 4th of July sewing. (You see, I was supposed to post this on the 1st but, hey, things happen.)

Until later,