Friday, May 29, 2015

African Prints

Happy Friday!
A while back a friend of mine was noticing a trend in African Print maxi skirts (that were priced over $100.00). When discussing it in the break room I, in true sewist fashion, said "Girl, I could MAKE one of those for you!"
I spotted this really cool print at Joann Fabrics during an awesome sale!
smiley face =)
I liked it so much I decided I'd get TONS of it and make myself a maxi skirt as well.  So...Here's my friend's maxi skirt.

Nice, huh?
Well... she liked it anyway. After making her skirt I kinda decided that, although I want to be, I'm not really a skirt person (my waistline wont allow it). So I decided to make myself a dress instead. This one jumped out at me.Simplicity 1803
So... here's my version of it.
I neglected to mention that while I was shopping for African prints I picked up two more. So I decided to give Butterick 4443 another go. This time the strapless version. 

I LOVE them both!! I'm not really one to rock a strapless to often but maybe I'll make  cute blazer to wear with it.
Anyway that sums up my adventures in African prints (so far). Til next time...
Happy Sewing!


Monday, March 23, 2015

My First Formal - Simplicity 2053

Hello Fellow Sewists!
Today was a great day! I still, after all these years, consider myself a novice sewist. Ive always been terrified of formal wear. As if it took an entirely different skill set to make a dress that's floorlength. Really? Until today I didn't realize how ridiculous that fear was. In fact, today I took on Simplicity 2053. I saw this gorgeous inspiration dress but I have no idea where I saw it so I cant tag the source. Sorry.
I put out a plea on Facebook for anyone who knew of a pattern like this. Thankfully I got a lot of replies. Meanwhile, I did my own search and came across Simplicity 2053.

I decided that View A of this pattern was as close as I would get. I sat down at my machine and within a couple of hours I was done (minus the zipper - I saved that for the next day).
Another fear conquered! I'm pleased with it. On to my next conquest :-)

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Coffee Date Dress - Part 3

Well, they say you learn more from your failures than from your successes!

With that being said, I had to completely redo the bodice of this dress. I realized that I should have put the ruffle on BEFORE adding the facing. Rather than take it apart (I had lots of fabric) I just made the entire bodice all over again. This also gave me the opportunity to make it longer. Here we go...
Now I feel much better about the dress.
I discovered an amazing thing. This dress was done as a sew-along HERE

And Voila! Here is my very first adult size dress! I still have to install the zipper and hem but I can truly say I'm excited!! I love this dress and think I'll make more!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Coffee Date Dress - Part 2

It's been a LONG day! I got home late with the boys and didn't have much time to sew. I was determined to get SOMETHING done today, however.

I managed to get my pieces cut out. This is how I cut my bodice pieces...

But after watching this video -I think I cut mine wrong :-(

Anyway, I sewed in the darts in the fron and back bodice and attached the facing. Yes, I attached facing for the first time ever! Here's what I had...

Whoops! I skipped a step. I was supposed to sew the front and back bodices together BEFORE I sewed in the facing. Next time I'll know better..

So after along day here's what I ended up with...the top of a dress :-)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Dress Making 101 - Coffee Date Dress Part 1

Well... I've always been a "crafty" seamstress. I like to try out all types of crafts without going too far out on a limb. I have decided that I'm gonna branch out and actually try making something I can wear. I found this cute dress, The Coffee Date Dress (cute name), as a free download.

You can find the pattern and instructions here.

Just a warning - the pattern prints out as a FULL SIZED pattern. which means no need for enlargements. Because of this, there are LOTS of pages and they have to be pieced together and taped before you can cut out your pattern. I'd say the whole process of piecing and taping took me about 30 minutes.

This is as far as I got on day 1 - piecing the pattern.

Stay with me (and pray with me) as I try to make MY VERY FIRST ADULT SIZE DRESS!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Swag Bag - Crochet Handles

Hello All,
Well...I must admit I really enjoy making these bags. This time I modified the bag by adding a crochet handle instead of the round bamboo handle.

To do this I followed the instructions given here
This was a really fun project. I'm sure I'll be trying it again.
I also decided to make a cute little bag for my niece to wear to church this past Sunday.


It was just several rows of half double crochets and I single crocheted the sides together. It has a black lining to match the flower.
Happy Krafting!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Another Crochet Swag Bag

Hello All...

Well, I must admit...this whole crochet thing has become my latest obsession. I have made about 6 bags in the last 10 days. They are just so easy and I love the way they turn out. Once again I used the tutorial from One Virtuous Woman and this time I used the Read Heart Team Spirit yarn.
Since most on New Orleans is obsessed with LSU and The Saints I started with LSU. I know the yarn photographs blue but it's actually purple.
I Love it!
Happy Krafting!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Crochet Handbags!

Hello All,
I decided to give this blogging thing another try :-).
As you can probably tell, I love "ALL THINGS CRAFT"! Which is why my posts range from paper crafts to embroidery, to sewing, to my latest thing...crochet! I have been busily watching tutorials pn how to make these adorable crochet handbags. I absolutele love them but more than that I LOVE how quick they are to make. INSTANT GRATIFICATION AT ITS BEST!
Both of these bags were from One Virtuous Woman on YouTube. Check out her website  HERE
The first is called a granny bottom bag and it's super easy! This one take quite a bit of yarn, however.

 The second one (and my personal favorite) is called the swag bag and it is also super easy. It only requires one skein of yarn (Red Heart Super Saver) and it works up really quickly!

I loved making these and I KNOW I'll be making more! Check out the link above if you wanna give it a try.
Happy Krafting!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Recycled Jeans - 3

Well... I decided that since I was on this denim kick I'd try something new.
I've been wanting a denim skirt and All the ones I've seen have been too short or too expensive. I want a knee length skirt just for errand days. I saw a video by NaturalLady1 and it looked sooo easy that I decided to give it a try. I took a picture of each step but you should see the video for clarity.
First, I started with a pair of jeans that were way too long and I cut about 13 inches from each leg.
Then I took out my trusty scissors and began to rip (my seam ripper is M.I.A.).
Halfway there...
Almost, but not quite...
I had to rip all the seams out joining the legs in the center, then up the front to where the zipper ends, then...up the back all rge way to the seam that is shaped somewhat like a V.
Then I pinned the back straight down and sewed in a seam from top to bottom.
After sewing the back I took one of the leg pieces I cut earlier and placed it under the V created by my earlier ripping. I pinned this into place and sewed it in using the same type of double seam that is in the rest of the "skirt".
This is what the seams looked like.
And here is the finished skirt!!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Recycled Jeans - 2

Practice! Practice! Practice!
My first attempt at making a purse from "upcycled" jeans went OK. However, I tweeked it a little. First, the last purse was made with kids jeans and I found it to be too little for any of my stuff.
I used adult sized jeans this time.
Second, the closure on the last one was BAD. I decided to add a zipper (this took some work).
Third, I experimented with the strap and made raw edged strap that is sealed with a zig-zag stitch.
I like this one much better!