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2016 Year Review

In 3 hours and 48 minutes it will be the wnd of 2016 and the beginning of 2017!!!!

This year I embarked on an adventure to become a sewist.  It's crazy how time flies.  I've learned so much.

My adventure began around April with my Mimi G lime green Maxi skirt/dress
to using my first sewing pattern (baby set) It's So Easy Simplicity 1188 in June

to making my first gown Vogue 1520 in December.

Here's a list of the garments I made this year.

Baby L 

1) Nursing Cover
2) Pink Gingham Set
3) Pink & White Polka Dot Booties
4) Yellow & White Peasant Dress
5) White Leggings
6) Front Pocket Bib

Babette ( 2 Year)
1) See and Sew Cross Back Shorts Set
2) White and Red Shorts

Babouska (6 Year)

1) See and Sew Cross Back Shorts Set
2) Purple Floral Dress (it's in the garment graveyard)
3) Simplicity 8202 purse
4) Simplicity 8202B White floral dress

Bam Bam (My Son)
1) Red Cargo Pants (It's in the garment graveyard)

Booboo (11 Year Old)
1) Simplicity 1165 Blue multi shorts

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas!!!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season. I love the holidays!  Everyone is cheerful and have high spirits.  Every year, I try to learn how to say "Merry Christmas" in a different language.

French "Joyeux Noel!"
Spanish "Feliz Navidad!"
Arabics "Eid Milad Majid (عيد ميلاد مجيد) Which means 'Glorious Birth Feast'"
Hawaiians "Mele Kalikimaka"

This year I've decided to learn how to say Merry Christmas in Italian "Buon Natali!!!"

Happy Holidays!!!

Vogue 1520 Drum Roll Please

1520 is ready to go!  I was able to complete it in time for the Company Holiday Party.  I wore it with a pair of Black Velvet heels (I don't remember where I bought them).  I live in South Florida.  Even though it is "winter" it is 72 degrees outside.  So I decided not to add the sleeves.  Who knows, I might add the sleeves later.

Please see my review below
Pattern Review Pattern Description:
Very close-fitting, lined dress has right armhole and left side gathers, lower left side seam with slit, back-V, bateau neckline, invisible zippers at back and sleeve seams, and train. Optional: Beaded trim.

Pattern Sizing:
14 to 22

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
For the most part.  I decided not to install the sleeves.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
It was straight forward.  There was some confusion with the lining, but I figured it out.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked everything …

Vogue 1520 5 days left

The invisible zipper battle is over.
It's fitting time.  Sorry I look a mess.  It was late and I was exhausted!!!
Looking good so far. And here's the zipper.

Now I'm at war with the lining. Lol!! It seems pretty easy but, I can't seem to wrap my head around lining the zipper.  

 Thank goodness for instructions!!

Vogue 1520 6 Days Left

Why's time flying?  There's still so much to do.
So I've made it through steps #1-7.  Now #8 is a tricky one--the invisible zipper.  Considering I've never installed a zipper before I probably shouldn't have selected this project. But I love a challenge. 
Round 1 DING! DING!
The invisible zipper was not friendly.  So I lost the first round.
Never underestimate your opponent.

It took about three tries before it looked ok.  So for 2017 I need to practice installing zippers.

Spring! Where?

Is it almost spring?  Living is South Florida I can barely determine the season.  In the morning it feels like spring.  By midday it feels like summer.  Sometimes in January we will get a cold front which renders us one week of winter weather.  Besides that it is always summer.

McCall Pattern Company has come out with their Pre-Spring pattern.  I have to admit that I'm in love.  They have designed some trendy patterns. That I have to make.
This is my favorite!!!!  I would love the same floral print fabric from the pattern packet cover
I saw this top in the mall the other day.  The store only had a size small left.  So I left there pretty disappointed.  Thank McCall for making my day. 
I might make view A and D.   View A's cape would bring out my superpowers!! Do you see the sleeves on View D?  I love tops with sassy sleeves!
This is a nice basic top with something to say.  The cold shoulder makes a statement.

My girl would love this top.
Back to Vogue 1520. 

Vogue 1520--7 Days Left (Working with Velvet)

Working with Velvet

Velvet is kind of tricky.  I've heard this saying a million times.  But I am going to say "Velvet can be tricky to work with unless you have the right tools."  I have a feeling that this time next year I am going to work with velvet again.  So I am going to take good notes.

Velvet slides easily, so pin about every centimeter.
Cutting: use a good pair of scissors.   tried both a rotary cutter and a brand new pair of scissors.  The scissors worked beautifully.
Ironing velvet is terrifying.  Use a hand held steamer.  Steam velvet upside down
Do not fold velvet, hang it up on a hanger attaches to safety pins
Before cutting check the nap.
When selecting a project try to select something simple without darts

Pressor Foot: Walking Foot
Sewing Machine Needle: 70/12
Thread: Silk
Pins: extra long satin pins

Final tip: When you're done making your project Rock it like a Rockstar!!!!!!!!!!!

Vogue 1520 8 Days Left

✔Learning and singing and singing and learning in the rain.

This is my first adventure with Velvet.  I had to figure out how to cut the fabric on the "nap"
The Nap of my fabric not a nap on my bed. (A midday nap would be nice!). So the nap can be determined by running your hand on the fabric.  One direction will feel nice and smooth while the opposite direction will feel rough.   The soft and smooth side is the right way.  One I figured out the nap, I drew an arrow with chalk on the fabric to indicate the nap.

Next consists of cutting my pattern pieces

As for tools needed:
✔Red velvet fabric
✔2 7 inch zippers for sleeves
✔1 22 inch zipper for back of dress
✔Stretch needle
✔Silk thread

Step 1 involved ruffling the armhole and front bodice side.  For some odd reason I love ruffling.  More tomorrow...

Progress Report Now that you've seen my progress on 1520, here's an update on 2016 Sewing Plan.  My goal is to complete every project by December 31st. 
Simplicity 8202B: …

Holiday Party Dress 10 Days

Stressful!!!  I love a challenge.
Last night I spent the night working on a Full Bust Adjustment (FBA) and a Muslin.  I have only 11 days to make this dress.  I'm sweating and panicking.  My challenge begins with a Full Bust Adjustment.  There's two ways to do an FBA: cutting the pattern in 3 places or a pivot.  Vogue 1520 bodice is one full piece with the left and right sides so I decided to explore the pivot method.
After tracing the front bodice on newspaper, I proceeded to pivot the original pattern 1.5 inches on both sides of the bodice.

Here's my new front bodice. Then I made a purple muslin using some leftover Interlock fabric.  The interlock fabric was perfect to use as a muslin, because it has the same amount of stretch as my stretch velvet fabric.  The muslin was very large in the waist line so I scaled down 2 inches for the waist.  Tomorrow I will cut out my fabric and complete step one. Hopefully...

Holiday Party Dress 12 days left

A few weeks ago I purchased Vogue Pattern 1520 and beautiful red velvet.  So my company's Holiday Day Party is coming up and this is the dress that I HAVE to wear.  Tonight I will work on a Full Bust Adjustment (FBA) and hopefully have enough time to make a muslin. I have 12 days, 8 hours, and 15 minutes left. Let the challenge begin...

Buzzing Buzzer

My daughter was given a challenge to complete during Thanksgiving break.  She needed to make something to hide a buzzer/alarm.  Where should she hide an alarm a Teddy Bear!

So this became a mommy and daughter project. We worked together tracing and cutting out pieces.  It was a great way to catch up with my daughter and I love spending quality time with my babies.

(Sorry for the dark pictures...horrible lighting.)
How Joyful Bear
Find pattern here

Pattern Description:

Adorable teddy bear

Pattern Sizing: 


Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes thank goodness!  When  I saw the pattern pieces I was a little worried.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Kind of.  Some of the names did not match.  The pattern directions states "Forehead" but the pattern piece says Front.  It was frustrating because we were not sure if we were using the right piece and we did not want to make any mistakes.

What did you particularly lik…

Bib Simplicity 8110 View E

I was in Wal-mart shopping for bibs.  Out of NOWHERE something hit me...I should make my own bibs.  Shoot how hard could it be.  I strolled over to the Pattern drawer and found Simplicity 8110.  I didn't see the bib at first because it is hidden on the bottom left hand side of the pattern envelope. 

This pattern is a bib.  It has a pocket in the front which makes it great for my little girl.

  Picture on the bottom left. 

There was still one problem, where will I find fabric that's easy to clean?  Fabric that is water resistant or wipe off clean.  I wanted something that I could just wipe off.  The next day I went to Joann's and found "Babyville Boutique Waterproof PUL Fabric".  It's designed for bibs, diaper covers, and etc.  There's three in a pack so I started with this one.

Isn't is adorable!!!!

Half way through I stopped to admire my work.  I'm getting better.  WOOHOO!

Finish product!!!
My baby rocking her new bib!!! What's my next proje…

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Happy gobble gobble day!

Simplicity 1165--Sha Sha Shorts

I made these a few months ago but I wanted to share it with you.

My daughter is 10 years old 2 weeks shy of being 11.  I purchased a children sewing pattern for shorts and the largest size (16) was too small.  So I purchased Simplicity 1165 and she's a size 8!!!  I was shocked.  Kids grow so fast.

It's okay because I knew that she would love her shorts.. She is obsessed with the color pink.  While shopping I asked her to find fabric that would look good as a pair of shorts.  Everything she showed me was pink.  The majority of her closet is pink.  So I challenged her to pick a fabric with absolutely no pink.  She needs to broaden her horizons.  Finally I selected the fabric below  and she was not happy.  .

She wasn't happy until she saw her brand new shorts

Pattern Description: Misses' pull-on bottoms with pockets include slim pants cut lengthwise or crosswise, shorts that are just above the knee, and short shorts with trim. Pattern Sizing: Size 6 to 22 Did it look like th…


I can't believe I'm saying this (typing this) but, I'm afraid.  I have made so many mistakes that I'm not sure if I should try another project. 
I envisioned a closet full of custom made garments.  I am far from that.  After messing up the Vogue 8898 dress I don't want to make anything for me.  I've made a few items for my girls but nothing to call home about.  I am going to take a break and rethink this.

Grandmomma Mode

HAPPY MONDAY!!!! My mom is an awesome grandmother.  My kids call her "Grandmomma".  Isn't that so proper.  My mom drives me crazy sometimes but, she has a good heart.

This past Friday my mother calls me
and says have you checked your text
 messages.I look at my messages
and see she made a house dress
for my newborn.I made so much
noise from sheer joy.My coworkers
thought I had lost my
marbles.  Look how adorable
my Babette looks.

Progress Report
Sew Much Ado Infant Peasant Dress ---Done. Done. Done.! Woohoo!!! New Look 6449B: I need to reinstall the facing.  I did a horrible job the first time McCall 7441C:  Need to install the sleeves (I'm really scared of sleeves) Simplicity 8124: Pattern cut but I'm not sure if I like the fabric I choose.  Back to the drawing board Vogue 1520: Working on Part 2 Baby Leggings: Muslim Done Vogue 8898 : need to resolve issue with bust arm hole amd finsh neckline
Hopefully if I keep up with my Progress Report I will not end up with U…

Sew Much Ado Peasant Dress

Some of you already know that I have  a newborn.  She's 4 months old and adorable.  I love her to pieces.  I was browsing online and found an awesome pattern for an infant peasant dress.  Check out this pattern here.

I found this beautiful fabric at Walmart in the Remnant Bin.  Sometimes you can find some good stuff at Walmart.  Always keep your eyes open.

Pattern Review
Pattern Description:
Infant peasant dress with elastic neckline and sleeves.

Pattern Sizing:
I cut the size 3 to 6 month.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very easy to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked everything about the pattern.

Fabric Used:
Quilting Cotton purchased at Wal-Mart. 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I follow the patterns and no alterations needed.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I am working on one now with so…

Bam Simplicity 8202B

Ladies and gentlemen it is done and ready to mingle.  8202B took forever to make.  Or maybe it felt like forever because I was ready to see the final product or because I didn't have a lot of time to work on it daily. It has been pretty crazy at work recently and when  I get home  I rarely have time to sew. Se Lavi!

What I Learned:

Buttonholes and Buttons:

I couldn't find the manual for the sewing machine so I kind of winged  it.  The buttonhole foot was tricky.  either way its done.  Woo woo!!!  I couldn't figure out the button foot so the buttons were hand sewn on.

I made this dress for my little Babouska (nickname).  She's slim but tall for a six year old.

I cut a size 7 in length but a size 4 waist.  In the end I still had to cut 3 inches from the waist. My skinny Minnie!   I love her so much.

She's definitely going to be a model. ~ENJOY!~