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Mommy's Hat Vogue 7464

My mother loves accessories: hats, watches, purses, and more. If it is sparkly it is a winner. She recently found a video on YouTube about the Art of making hats. I figured since she loves hatsso much that I would make one for her.

My journey began with finding the right pattern.  Vogue has a beautiful selection of hat patterns.  I hope they release more more hat patterns soon.  I decided to try my hand at Vogue 7464.

Any time I use a Vogue pattern, I have to cross my eyes to read the instructions. Shockingly this one wasn't so bad.

It was pretty easy to make. I had a tough time finding interfacing for felt!!  There has to be a guide on interfacing for different fabric type.  If you have something like that please share it with me.

 When I originally read the notions section I overlooked "elastic."  When it was time to install the elastic I realized I did not have black eleastic.  The fact that the elastic was white drove me crazy.  First thing the following morning, I drove…

Florida..a winter wonder land? New Look 6129 Modified

Growing up in the Northeast, I hated cold weather.  Anything below 50 degrees I considered freezing.  Now I live in Southern Florida and the weather is the complete opposite.  There is something wrong with warm weather year round!  I know I know!  How can I say that?

It's the truth.

I can't believe I'm saying this but I miss winter and fall.  I miss the color of leaves changing in the fall, sweaters, scarves, gloves, coats and especially boots.

On my way home from work today, I decided to take the scenic route, along the beach.

It was 58 degrees, which is winter weather for Floridians.  Northeastern birds (tourists) wore shorts and t-shirts.  True Floridians wore coats with scarves and snow boarding boots.  I couldn't stop  laughing.
Once I calmed down, I remembered a skirt that I bought when I was a teenager.  I wish I could remember  where I bought it.  But I loved that skirt.  It was made of a fleece material with a drawstring.  In an effort to recreate that skirt …

Oh my sleeves McCall 7441

Well well well.  Oh sleeves. They scare me so much that I avoided this project for two weeks like seriously I started the project did the shoulders seams and the side seams and then when it came down to doing the narrow hem and installing the sleeves I panicked. So I set aside Mccall 7441 and started my Holiday Party dress, Vogue 1520.

After this jacket sat in a ziplock bag for so long,  I decided to take a crack at it.  The first sleeve fit the armhole perfectly.  The secons sleeve was too big.  How do I fix the sleeve without taking of the sleeve the sleeve?

What do I do?

I gave my seam ripper a motivational speech and then removed the sleeve.  What else was I to do?


Narrow Hem
The easiest way that I've found to do a narrow hem is sew a stitch 5/8" from the edge.  Then fold in the edge to the stitch line.  While folding the edge in press the fabric with an iron.

Pattern Review
Pattern Description:

Loose-fitting unlined jackets and vest have front opening variations, shape…

Baby It's Cold Outside See & Sew 6364

It's not cold anymore so why did I make a fleece baby bunting?
Unfortunatly, I had a death in the family that required a trip to Suitland, Maryland.  So with the weather being in the 40s this week a baby bunting is a necessity .
After making Joyful Bear with fleece I thought I would be a pro!  Working with Fleece is not easy at all.  
Fleece does not move well on the feed dogs.  In an attempt to get the fleece to move along the feed dogs I used a 3 stitch length.   I threaded a sewing needle and made two stitches and then placed the bunting on the sewing machine.  I pulled at the sewing needle to help move the fleece along the feed dogs.  
 Zip installation:  every step of this project was hand basted.  I hand basted the zipper before it was machine sewn.  The pattern instructions did an awesome job explaining how to install a zipper.  I got it right the first time.  WOOHOO!  I'm still patting myself on the back.

Besides the zipper, installing the collar was tricky.  I didn&#…

Baby Pink Gingham

Oh isn't she adorable! During my 2016 year end review I mentioned my first pattern.  Now that I look back at that moment, I knew I had to post a review.

Pattern Description:  It's so easy Simplicity 1188
An infant top, pants, and panties set Pattern Sizing:
XS to XXL Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? yes it does!!!
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.  I decided to make this pattern at the beginning of my sewing adventure.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? There's nothing to dislike about this pattern.
Fabric Used: Pink Gingham
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Instead of using ribbon, I made a drawstring with some leftover fabric. Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, probably next summer.
Conclusion: The sizes run from Xsmall to Xxl.  I made an extr small for my new born.  At  the time, my daughter was only 2 months old.  I made the Extra Small but it w…

Vogue spring patterns 2017

Check out my favorite patterns from the Vogue Spring 2017 collection.

January Sewing Plan

It's already the 5th and I have not figured out my sewing plan for the month.  I have some ideas but this is not cut in stone.

I'm starting the month with a Project for my Beautiful Mommy.  Simplicity 1249 is a beautiful dress.  this pattern focuses on fitting and getting the right fit.  For a newbie, it makes me look carefully at the seams.

Next I will work on a project for my son.  I really wanted to make him a jacket but I found this Burda hoodie pattern instead.

We found this awesome fabric from my local fabric store.  When I saw this fabric in the store I thought of military fatigue but now I think of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Then I will work on See & Sew 5908.  I bought this pattern at the very beginning of my sewing adventure.

For 2017 I have challenged myself to complete one UFO a month.  My UFO this month is McCall 7441.  I started it last year but was a little hesitant about the sleeves.  My goal this month is to complete it and rock it like it's never be…