August Sew your View

The Tecoma Blouse

Well hey, I know I have been missing from my blog, but Lord knows it feels so good be back behind my sewing machine. I have been working on a few projects, this one I just completed about a week or so ago, but was unable to do photos outside, due to the smoky air here in California. On the evening I took these, well my daughter snapped them for me, the air was no better. I really need to set up a space in the house for photos for times when I can’t get outside.

I was really afraid to make this blouse as I wasn’t sure of how the wrap with the off the shoulder would turn out for me. Well I absolutely love it. This blouse pattern is free on the Mood Fabric/Sewciety page. Instructions and fabric selections are listed for this pattern. You can also see comments/questions from others regarding this blouse.

The fabric was purchased from one of the Fabric boxes from My Daily Threadz, can’t remember which month, check out her site for more details of upcoming boxes.

Pattern Description: The Tecoma Blouse free sewing pattern is an easy to wear, style, and lounge in off-the-shoulder wrap shirt

Pattern Sizing: 2 to 30

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes it looked like the photo when completed. I was afraid of the wrap and the off shoulder not looking good while I was making it.

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

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked that it is a versatile blouse and can be dressed up or dressed down.

Fabric Used: Linen

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No alterations needed for this pattern, that’s another reason why I love it so much.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would make this again in a solid color. Yes I highly recommend this top.

Conclusion: I love my new top.

Goodbye 2019!!!

Is that right? Is it almost 2020? Yes, it is so hard to believe that I have wrapped up another year of sewing. I didn’t sew as much as I wanted to in 2019, after I had foot surgery, but now that I am healing and things are going back to normal there is nothing I won’t try. I am actually excited for the year 2020. I have so many plans to do things and I can’t wait to get started. Lingerie, swimwear, pants, bags, scarves, and athletic/lounge-wear just to name a few.

In 2018 I did the Ready to Wear Fast, no shopping for store bought clothes, and that worked out great for me. Read the post here. There were so many garments that I was able to make because of this fast and I plan on doing it again for 2020, in a Facebook Group. I am so ready to start.

I have my space all organized and TONS of fabric to start with. I do plan on going to the Garment District in Los Angeles, CA in April. I’ll see how that goes it will be my 45th birthday then and what girl doesn’t want new fabric for her birthday? My girlfriend always says how my fabric stash gives her anxiety. She is way too funny! I really do need to use this up and that is my goal plan. I have actually already started on it, buy using a few for some of the end of year garments I have made.

Drum roll please!!!!! These are the garments I was able to complete in 2019 with a few on the sewing table now. I plan on working on them in the next few weeks to complete them by December 30. I have 3 sets of PJ’s I’m working on as well. Good thing I have my Sew JO back.

I hope everyone had a wonderful 2019 and I look forward to seeing all the loveliness that each of you are going to create in 2020.

I leave you with this quote to start off 2020.

“Don’t make resolutions without an action plan. The secret to success is right in your hands.”

Happy New Year!

3 Looks with 1 Pattern

Simplicity 8982, Misses’ Knit Two Piece Sweater Dress, Tops, and Skirts

I made some time this month to actually get some sewing in. I was really successful. The next 2 weeks, not so much is planned and that’s ok. I have finals coming up and I really need to study. I have 3 classes, yikes!!! I will survive, I always do.

So on to the topic at hand, what did I make this month? Well what did make in 13 days, a lot. Well a lot for me, but hey even I only completed one garment, I would be happy, as I am back in my happy place.

Simplicity 8982 was my make for the Sew Your View selected pattern on Instagram. You really should check out all the other makes for this pattern, they are AH-MAZING!!!

I originally made View C and View D the top and skirt, I wasn’t feeling the fit of the skirt on me. It looks fabulous on the other ladies that made it, but it was not my style. I styled the top with a pair of riding boots and my favorite white jeans. I love how this on came out.

With this being such a quick and easy sew, I made View A and View A with the sleeves from View C. I believe this is going to be my new Tried and True (TNT) pattern. I absolutely love it and it is EASY to sew.

I am also getting into the habit of finishing my edges inside. I love the way it looks and it helps it to lay flat when all the excess seam allowance has been cut off.

Learning to work with the colors on my camera and I need some help. In the next few weeks I will be taking an online class to see what I need to do to get the perfect shot. My sewing space also needs some more lights in it, the flash on the camera is not enough, or maybe I have it in the wrong mode.

Bye for now, time to go SEW Something!!!!

Simplicity 8982 Misses’ Top

This pattern is so popular right now and I absolutely love it. I made the top and skirt first, but the skirt is not my style. I am thinking I need to shorten it and peg the bottom a little more to make it more of a pencil skirt look. The skirt was an easy sew, it just not the style I wear.

I have made view A the dress and in the process of making View A with the sleeves from view C. This may be my new TNT pattern, oh the possibilities with this one.

I styled my make, View C, with my favorite white jeans and a pair of riding boots.

I love how this top lays right above the pockets on the back of my pants. It’s not too long and not too short, it’s just right.

Pattern Description: Misses’ Knit Two Piece Sweater Dress, Tops, and Skirts

Pattern Sizing: 6-22

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it did, but the skirt didn’t fit my body type, but that’s not anything with the pattern. I love the skirt just not on me. 

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes very easy to follow. I have started a dress and didn’t need the instructions to start it. 

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The whole pattern. The easy of instructions and the possibilities that are there to make other options. The joy of mix and match.

Fabric Used: Cotton knit, found at WalMart for $5.00 per yard.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None, but I am going to alter the skirt, shorten it and peg the bottom.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I made a dress and am making another one with sleeve variations. 

Conclusion: I love this pattern and more than likely you will see more of this make from me. 

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

Blog relaunch, new content!!!

Hello all my beautiful sewists. I have come to the decision to relaunch my blog, in a few weeks, I need figure out exactly what I need it to be. I realize it needs some work done on it and I am going to take the time now to work on it. I will be adding additional content, such as, but not limited to, fashion, food, and lifestyle, pretty much all the things I love and do regularly. I felt as if I was limiting myself to only sewing. My sewing projects will be still be part of my content, as sewing is what I love most. With expanding my content I believe it be more exciting.

So for now enjoy a few of my favorite makes below. I’ll be back in a few weeks or so with a new look and new content. I will continue to post my makes as I work on my blog’s relaunch.

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

2019 Pattern Selection for Spring/Summer

Jumpsuits, Pants, Cardigan, and a Top

These are a few of the patterns that I have purchased for my Spring/Summer sewing plans for 2019, these will go along with my Make Nine for 2019 linked from a previous post here. There aren’t a lot of new patterns that I have seen that are not similar or almost identical to a pattern that I currently own. It could be that I own too many already.

Jumpsuits

A Jumpsuit is an extremely versatile article of clothing. Dress it up or down, either way it makes for a great outfit. For this Jumpsuit, McCall’s 7909 I am liking View B. Usually not a fan of the ruffled sleeve, but this one is speaking to me and if I can find a pretty floral piece of fabric, I will be a happy girl. I plan on sewing the bodice up a little higher just not to show off too much skin.

Another Jumpsuit that caught my attention, is View A of McCall’s 7872. This will be a great outfit for date night or girl’s night out on these hot summer nights that we get here in California. McCall’s recommends using the following fabrics and lining to complete this Jumpsuit : Fabric: Crepes, Charmeuse, Suiting Fabrics, Crepe Back Satin. Lining: Lining Fabric. I haven’t decided what type of fabric I would like use, but it will be a solid color.

Pants

These pants are absolutely beautiful and designed by one of my favorite designers Nicole Miller. I love her designs and these pants are on the LOVE list for sure. I love the blush color on the pattern, but would definitely want a pair of these McCall’s 7911 pants in black or even a navy blue. Not so sure how these pants would look in a printed fabric, who knows I may try it to see. Florals are the print for Spring.

Cardigan
McCall’s 7912 was selected as the monthly pattern for Sew Your View for February by @thatssewmonica over on Instagram. Unfortunately due to my foot surgery I didn’t get to make it in February. I am still going to complete it in the upcoming months as I play catch up on my sewing plans. I can always use a cardigan even when the weather is hot outside as the office I work in can get really cold at times.

Top

This top, McCall’s 7750, I am not so sure about, I like it, but I don’t love it, but hopefully with the right fabric choice and a great fit, I may change my mind. I can see View A or B, with or without the sleeve ties as the Views to make. Tops and pants are what’s missing from my wardrobe for Spring/Summer.



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