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McCall’s 7406 Misses’ Dress

Are you ready for summer? Well even if you aren’t it’s here. As I write this post it is a mere 101 degrees outside. It’s hot and it is only the second day of summer. We are in for a long HOT Summer. This dress is a cool and easy to make pattern.

I made View D last summer, the weather turned cold when I was almost finished and it was put into the Unfinished Object basket. I used the Guided Sew Along tutorial with Leslie C. Bentley over in the Facebook group The Sewcial Place. She gives simple and clear instructions in all of her videos. Check it out if you have time.

I went back through the basket a month or so ago and pulled out a few projects to finish. This one was on the top of my list, as orange seems to be my go to color. I finished the trim and the hem on it and it is ready to wear this summer.

I left it on the longer side, I usually trim off the length as I am on the shorter side, but I plan to wear wedges with this one. It can be dressed up or down. With the flow of this material I want to keep it dressy. Happy Sewing Everyone.

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Goodbye Valentino Ready to Wear Challenge 6 month update

It has been 6 months since I joined the Goodbye Valentino Ready to Wear Challenge. I thought it would befitting that I provide you with a half way mark update. Well, I La Riesha Simmons have NOT, I repeat have NOT, bought one single item of ready to wear clothing during this time. I am so proud of myself. Before joining this challenge I would purchase something clothing related at least 4-5 in a month. That’s just ridiculous. My shopping was more of a want and not a need.

With this challenge I have paid off some credit card bills I created, I am able to save more, and the best benefit of all is that I am sewing more and learning new things about my sewing machine, the Babylock Aria, that turned one year’s old this month. I just love her. Happy Birthday Aria.

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As you can tell I am enjoying every single minute that I get to sew or share my creations on my blog, instagram, and facebook. I am proud of myself, if I can’t be proud of myself, I can’t expect anyone else to be proud of. I am my own cheering squad. 🙂

So, what have I made during these last 6 months? Well here are my makes so far for 2018. There are lots more to come, some easy, some intermediate, and I have my eye on an advanced piece that for sure will help me to increase my skills.  Happy Sewing Everyone.

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Summer 2018 Pattern Haul Part 2

Here is Part 2 of my Summer 2018 Pattern Haul. My goal is make at least 2 per month. Lately I have been sewing a lot and I am really enjoying my time in my space.

McCall’s 7778 Misses’ Dresses, Romper and Jumpsuit

View D, once again it’s another Jumpsuit. I am so in love with them right now. I am going for the longer version. This version can be dressed up or down. I don’t have a color of fabric in mind for this one, but if I could find this golden canary yellow, that would be fabulous. The suggested fabrics for this pattern are  Linen, Cotton Blends, Challis, and Stable Knits.

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McCall’s 7773 Misses” Dresses

The multiple variations of backs on this pattern is what caught my eye.  If I had to pick a favorite View B would get my vote. I just ordered and received a black and white polka dot fabric from Fabric.com. It is a Stretch ITY Jersey Knit Dot Black and white, on sale for $5.68 per yard. It has an amazing feel to it. The suggested fabrics for this pattern are Moderate Stretch Knits (35% Cross Grain):  Ribbed Knit, Cotton Knits, Jerseys, and Interlock.

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McCall’s 7775 Misses’ Dresses

View B would be my choice for this one. It has a fun summer vibe to it, that can be dressed up for any special occasion event. Although this is not a super fancy dress, it will be my Segway into maybe formal wear. Let’s hope I can master this, as I want to improve on my skills to start making more pieces that are strictly out of my comfort zone. The suggested fabric choices for this pattern are Crepes, Crepe De Chine, Stable Knits, Cotton Blends.

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These patterns and the Patterns from my Summer 2018 Pattern Haul Part 1 post will definitely keep me busy this summer. We have already reach the 100 degree mark for weather here in California and there are more to come, so I will be in my sewing studio with the Air Conditioner running, working away at my creations. Happy Sewing Everyone.

 

 

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Simplicity 8655 Misses’ Top

I love this top. It is super easy to make. It is a Mimi G for Simplicity pattern which means it has a YouTube video with the instructions. I completed it without the YouTube video, but ended up watching the video later.

I cut a size M. It looked like the photo on the pattern envelope and I am in love with the outcome. I see another in my future.

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I originally made this top to go over a maxi dress that has the back cut too low and I wanted to cover it with this top. Well the weather changed and the wind picked up, so I decided to style with the jeans for a casual Friday look.

 

 

Here my mannequin Breanna is wearing the top, this way you can see the fabric better. I get that taking the photos under the tree with the green top did not give the best photos. I still love the top and the photos.

 

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Summer 2018 Pattern Haul Part 1

Each time a new pattern is released, I have to have it. LOL!!! Not really it’s a want, not a need. McCall’s and Simplicity have been my go to patterns for a long time. I purchase from Burda, Butterick, New Look, and Vogue as well, but I find that when I make a list of sewing items, McCall’s and Simplicity are ALWAYS and I mean ALWAYS on my list.  With the last pattern sale, I purchased a few more patterns for my stash. Here I have shared a few of what I have purchased and the views I intend to make. Don’t hold me to the view, as I am constantly changing my mind. the change usually comes with what fabric I have picked out, if the weather has changed, the occasion I am wearing it for, lately the items I have been making are for work.

Well here is my pattern haul for Summer 2018:

McCall’s MP688 also McCall’s 7752 Misses’ Top

My view the top left choice with the upper and lower peplum bottom. This pattern is in pieces and you can select the pieces to create the look you want. My choice would include the following pieces 1. bra, 4. strap, 7. midriff with upper and lower peplum.  The fabric suggestions for these tops are Poplin, Cotton Blends, Gingham, and Shantung. I am thinking a Gingham print will be cute for this one.

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McCall’s 7790 Misses’ Jacket and Belt

I have fallen in love with view B. The only thing is the extra fabric in the sleeve, does not always look good on short body types. I am of short body type, all of 4’11 tall of me. LOL! I have always been a rebel, so yep you guessed it I am going to make anyway. If there are modifications that need to be made I am sure I can work it out. Fabric choices for this beauty are Crepes, Drapery Wovens, Stable Knits, and Challis. I am just starting to get of sewing everything in a knit fabric, so this will help me on my journey.

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Simplicity 8635 Misses’ Dress, Jumpsuit and Romper

I am in love with Jumpsuits right now. Is it because they are so cute and versatile? Maybe it is because I had success in the first one that I made a few weeks ago, blog coming soon for that one too. So now that you know I love jumpsuits, my view choice is view C. The back of this jumpsuit in the right print fabric will be fire, now let me find the right fabric. LOL!!! Fabric options for this pattern are Batiks, Chambray, Cotton Lawn, Cotton Types, Crepe de Chine, Lightweight Denim (not this time of year in the California heat), Linen Types, and Silky Types. I can’t wait to cut into this one.

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Simplicity 8137 Misses’ And Plus Size Wrap Dresses, Top, and Pants

This pattern is going to be everything, it has all the pieces in one pattern. That makes me happy. More than likely I will be starting off with the View A, the Maxi Wrap Dress, of course I will need to modify the length, but that is an easy fix. Next will be the top, View C. I don’t have enough tops and find my sleeve putting a cardigan over all that I wear. Then last will be pants, View D, I am in the learning process of making pants and hope to have those skills mastered in no time. Fabric options for this pattern are Batiks, Challis, Chambray, Cotton Types, Crepe Back Satin, Gingham, Linen Types, Poplin, Sateen and for Views ABC, Double Georgette, and Crepe De Chine. Not sure which fabric type I will pick for the dress, but I need something in a bold powerful print.

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There are lots more patterns that I have selected and I will continue next week with another blog post for those. Happy Sewing everyone.