Tag: #2018RTWF

Simplicity 8790 Hoodie Tunic

Misses’ Knit Dresses and Tunic View C

Simplicity 8790

This was an easy make all except for the hood, for some reason, I couldn’t get it to line up. I pinned it about 3 times, seems to be that I am having issues with the neckbands, collars, and hoods lately. I may need to revisit some of my books for some tips, especially when sewing with knits, you can never learn to much with sewing even when you think you know it all. 

I used a knit fabric that I found on a day trip to San Francisco, CA with my husband. Day trip, who am I kidding? I went there just to visit the fabric store. The Store is called The Fabric Outlet. It the closest fabric store to me that has a variety of fabrics other than Joann or Hobby Lobby. I could take a weekend trip to the Fashion District in Los Angeles, CA, but I have enough fabric for a while. Thinking of going on a fabric fast (NO purchasing of fabric for 2019) with a twist. The twist would be that I could purchase fabric only after all of other fabric is gone. I plan on sewing a lot more in 2019, so it may be possible to use all of what I have and if I do, my plan would be to purchase only what I need for the next projects. 

I choose to sew View C for the purpose of the hood and the front pocket, not so sure I like the hood on my head. I have never worn anything on my head. No hats, no wigs, no nothing. I am considering some wigs just to mix things up, who knows I may become someone else in the process. LOL!!!!

I should re-evaluated and measured the pocket from top to bottom, so it could have been the correct place like a hoodie should be. More than likely I am going to take this one apart and move the pocket up. Lord knows, nothing ever fits me, at 4’11” everything has to be altered to fit me, one of the main reasons I sew for myself. 

Pattern Description: Misses’ Knit Dresses and Tunics

Pattern Sizing: xs-xl

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes, it was exactly what I had visioned in my head once it was all done.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes the instructions were very easy to follow. 

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the whole project until it came time to attach the hood, this is an issue I have with hoods, collars, and neckbands when sewing with knits. It was nothing with the pattern or the instructions. 

Fabric Used: Cotton Knit

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn’t make any alterations, although I should have measured the placement of the pocket before attaching. It is a little low for someone of my height. 

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes I am going to put it on my list to sew again in a little bit heavier knit to wear on colder days. This one is fine, but definitely needs a long t-shirt and leggings under it for cold days. 

Conclusion: It is a great project and a great addition to my wardrobe of Me Made Garments. 

Bye for now, Time to go Sew Something!!!

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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.

Vogue 8825 – Misses’ Tunic Dress

Very Easy Vogue Pattern – that’s what the pattern envelope says. For the most part it was an Easy Sew until you arrived at the collar which is along Step 7. I had to send out an SOS to Sew Sister Nola of Aloha for Now and of course she had the answer, well after she laughed at me and said “did you read the instructions?”, well Yes, but it was confusing. Well she explained in terms that I understood and what do you know it worked. She loves me enough to laugh at me then she answered. Gotta love your Sew Sisters.

The bodice also looks good by itself. I plan to make it again just as a top to wear with jeans and boots for a casual Friday look.

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I cut view A, being all of 4″11′ tall, longer dresses are not the best looking on me. I didn’t need to make any modifications to the length as it hit just in the right place below my knees. The sleeves were perfect and needed no modifications as well. All and all this was a great sew for me. I love the way this turned out.

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Yes this is my fabric stash and I am hoping the Ready to Wear Challenge helps me to get it sewn down.

You must excuse my tired face in the photo, but it was a long day, I had homework to finish, I was hungry, and I wanted to get a picture of me in this dress for the fit before I went to bed.  Note to self Next time wait. LOL! I am sure we all have those days when we are tired and still need to get things done and this was definitely one of those days. I’ll be sure to do another photo shoot with a much happier face soon.

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DRESS: VOGUE 8825

HANDBAG: STEVE MADDEN

 

 

 

2018 Sewing Challenge #2018RTWF

As I enter 2018, I have committed to no shopping for Ready to Wear clothes for the whole year of 2018. Yes NO SHOPPING for ready to wear clothing for an entire year. I know this sounds crazy considering how much I LOVE to shop, but on the other hand here are a few reasons why I won’t be shopping.

  1. Save Money- I want for nothing, my closet is busting at the seams with store bought clothing.
  2. Improve my sewing skills – I have been sewing for 3.5 years and there are some techniques that I have not mastered yet, that I am so ready to learn.
  3. Make clothes that fit me – I am 4″11 and most maxi dresses or skirts don’t fit me. When I do purchase them I have to alter them, so why not make my own.

How am I going to do this? Well, I have already joined the 2018 Ready To Wear Fasters Challenge being hosted by Sarah Gunn of Goodbye Valentino.

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In addition to the Ready to Wear Challenge I belong to several Facebook sewing groups where I am learning from other teachers, sewists, and sewing bloggers. There are a lot of Sew Sisters out there that provide love and support to each other, not just for sewing but in life. This makes a huge difference, when you can communicate with those that have the same passions that you do. So with that said, Happy Sew Year 2018. Let’s get this party started. img_4082img_4083