Goodbye 2017, Happy Sew Year 2018

2017 has been a great year for me, with my sewing skills. I have improved on some skills, I have said “oh my gosh, what was I thinking” to some garments, and the one thing that I am so proud of is my enrollment in school for Fashion Design.

I am starting at Sacramento City College, taking the basic classes and moving my way up the ladder, well I kind of have no choice but to start at the basic level, because all the classes build off of each other. I have learned so much after one semester and I am actually enjoying what I am learning. Once I have completed all the courses at the Community College level I will go on to Sacramento State University.

 

Here are  few of the garments I completed in 2017, I would  have to say that these are my favorites.

 

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Vogue 9253

The Infamous Vogue 9253 I was sure this dress would break the internet. There were so many posts of this beautiful dress on the McCall’s Facebook page and they were all just fabulous.

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McCalls 7664
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McCall’s 7664

I love this jacket. Quick and easy to make and the bias tape trimming gives it life!!!

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McCall’s 7664
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McCall’s 7531

Simply but classy. This dress is a must-have. Depending on what fabric you use it can be dressy or casual. LOVE this pattern!!!

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McCall’s 7531
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McCall’s 7531
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Simplicity 8513

Okay, can we talk bodysuits? Bodysuits are making a comeback and this is the first of many for me. The pattern was easy to follow and this stretch velvet fabric- HEAVEN!!!!

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Simplicity 8513
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McCall’s 7255
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McCall’s 7660
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McCall’s 7660

This fabric is FIRE!!! This photo does nothing for it. It is a stretch knit that I found at Angels Textiles in Los Angeles, CA. I wish I would have purchased more.

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Burda 7065

Modified Burda 7065 using a Mimi G tutorial, what girl doesn’t love a Little Black Dress?

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Burda 7065
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Simplicity 8379

This dress was hot for the summer. I wore at the Mimi G Style Conference in Los Angeles in July, so did a lot of other women, but none of them were the same. This is a go to pattern for sure. 2 pieces and a neckband, quick, easy, and cute!

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Simplicity 8379
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McCall’s 7020
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My biggest fan and I on our 20th Wedding Anniversary

This guy right here is the BEST Husband ever. He loves me for me, supports all I do and NEVER, EVER complains. He even went pattern hunting for me, more than once. He is patient and even sits at the table at the fabric store while I do my shopping. It helps a lot when you have someone that supports your hobby. I love me some him. He is awesome!!!

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My first project – self drafted skirt

One of the very first maxi skirts that I made once I was able to get my machine threaded correctly. One seam up the back, elastic waistband, and a hem. I was so proud of this skirt that I made like 4 more the next week.

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My fabric stash

I “borrowed” the bookshelf for my fabric stash. I need to see what I have. Of course this stash has grown even more since this photo was taken. I now have this shelf and 2 large sized rubber mate tubs filled with fabric. Shh, don’t tell.

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My work space

This is my workspace. I am the proud owner of 3 Sewing machines (1 Babylock and 2 Brothers, which I purchased at Costco), 2 Sergers (1 Babylock and 1 Brother, also from Costco). Believe it or not I use all the machines, depending on the project. Sometimes I have 3 of them in use, so I don’t have to change the thread.

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Simplicity 8045 – modified

I wore this dress for the Mimi g Fashion Show. It was a great experience and I was so nervous, but I can proudly say that I have been in a Fashion Show wearing my own handmade design. That was a huge accomplishment for me.

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McCall’s7405

Made this to wear on a date with my husband and the weather turned cold. I have it for next year.

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Simplicity 1358

Love this simply pattern. Pink Camo was a hit this summer and yep, I jumped on the bandwagon.

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Simplicity 1358
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Simplicity 8291

This dress was my everything and it didn’t fit. I was in a rush to make it and failed to do the fitting, went to wear it and the bust needed an adjustment. I was so sad. Well at least it looks good on “Brianna”, my dress form. I know for the next time I make it, that I need to make that adjustment.

 

I am so ready for 2018.  I have my planners out and all ready to go. Here’s looking to a Happy Sew Year!!!

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McCall’s 7020 Poncho Season

I am so in Love with Poncho’s right now. This is McCall’s 7020, super EASY to sew and it has pockets.  Who doesn’t love pockets? img_20150704_172417-1I used a Jacquard Knit fabric purchased from Michael Levine’s of Los Angeles, CA last year. I really loved this fabric and the way it drapes on the hood in the finished garment. I cut a size medium, but will make it in a small on the second one, as it fits really roomy in the medium. The instructions were simple and easy to follow. For the next Poncho I may switch to a lighter weight fabric, just to be able to wear it now. The weather here hasn’t changed to cooler temperatures, except for in the early morning hours.

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McCall’s 7255 Poncho

It may not be quite cold enough for a Poncho here in California, but I sure do hope the weather will change and soon. Made this quick and easy Poncho out of a lightweight sweater knit fabric from The Loft at Michael Levine’s in Los Angeles. If I remember correctly it was about 4 yards left and I took it all. The pattern isa Misses’ Poncho with a Belt. I made View C which does not require the belt, but will be making the belted view, View E soon. I cut a size medium, but probably could cut the size small. I like my ponchos a little roomy. I like to wrap up in them when it is cold.