8/27/17

Unapologetic Crafter

If anyone knows me, I go fast & hard with my crafting & sewing.  One minute I'm in the throes of sewing and in a lickety split I will dive into something else.  That's me the unapologetic crafter.

Of late, with my sewing mojo bobbing & weaving in & out of my craft room, I revisited another pastime love... jewelry making.




I loooove wearing jewelry, it's something about adding that last touch to an outfit. Whether it be work, an event or casual.  Jewelry seals that ensemble.



My jewelry style is minimalistic.  I love stud earrings, no let me rephrase that, I am obsessed with them.  I've tried dangling & hoop ones, but find them fiddly.
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  I like necklaces & chokers, but not too over the top.  I tried rocking the bib necklaces and mann, it was just too much going on and some were heavy.  Acquired a large collection only to realize a single or double strand (s) works better. So I refashioned them creating necklace & bracelet sets.  There are a few I kept as is, I found them to be lightweight & comfortable.


Also, fond of bracelets, but again can't rock an armload, too noisey and hinder the putting on & taking off my blazer, or  just reaching into my handbag.



My daughter made me realize that since I wear a lot of blazers, the bib necklace wouldn't be comfortable.  Advised that I should wear them with suitless outfits.  Tried it and it was bearable, but I always gravitate to single or double strand(s) necklaces.  As for the hoop or dangling earrings, I made a set and wore them, but kept forgetting about them and found myself swatting at my neck, yielding scratches... umm yeah...lol.


I've acquired and made a lot of jewelry over time for myself and now have ventured into selling.  With my daughter coming to New York and urging me to participate in one of  the Craft & Gift vending events @ Eisenhower Park, New York, I've been enjoying creating jewelry even more.  Currently, I have a few pieces available via my etsy shop, along with other novelty items.


My most recent make is Green Envy .. this set was a joy to make with green  iridescent beads, glass crackle beads, dimensional beads on fashion gold links.  Creating the wrap loops was trying, but got them done.

The Sewjo made a fast & furious appearance and I was able to cut out a dress.  I went with my tnt Butterick 5147, using a novelty designer inspired print.  However, in a flash it was gone, so my dress is waiting for my sewjo to return.


Until then,
Enjoy the rest of the Weekend !

8/26/17

RTW Friday !!!

Hello All !!!

Its been a minute since my last post.  I've been posting my sewing, crafting & OOTD shenanigans via social media.

 Giving a Shout-out to my blogging friends for reminding me that I've been slacking...

Posting via social media is so easy and makes it too easy for me to forget my blog.

Well... now that I know better... I need to do better...lol.

I will continue posting via social media and share it here as well.

I've spent the better part of the summer wearing mostly old me-made pieces.

 Sewed a few pieces, tops & dresses.

But being the shopper I am, I love scoring boutiques for blazers & pants.  If the fit,  color & price is right... I'd  rather buy than sew.  Last year, I added numerous blazers to my wardrobe.

One of my favorite spots is Evette Boutique, they carry a lot of Tahari blazers.  So I scored many & purchased some other brands.



Finally wore this JM Studio ... John Meyer blazer.   Paired it w/ Ellen Tracy pencil pants that I scored a few years ago.  However, I just couldn't figure out how to rock them.  I am short and well you can guess the issue I had with wearing them.  Well fast forward, I think I purchased them 3 years ago and decided what the hay, donned a walmart tank top & 9west pumps.


 I posted this yesterday ... With it being Friday 😈 Woke up on the wrong side of the bed.  What is a girl to do... hide my attitude... and finally decided to wear this ensemble


 ... ok.. attitude... check✔... w/ that under cover.. I was ready 4 the day.


                         Until then,
               Have a Great Weekend!

6/9/17

Simplicity 8379 - The Comfort Dress

Happy Friday !!!! Yes the weekend has started and I am readdddddy.

With the weekend started I am sharing a dress that I never thought I'd sew.  I said neverrrrrrr, I initially coined it the garbage bag dress because of the style line.  Well let me eat my words... after seeing Alethia of Sew Much Talent fb live her dress... I was sold.  Seriously, she was able to video the construction of her dress and then model it for us... Now that was Awesome.  Thanks Alethia for inspiring me !!!

Simplicity 8379 is a pull on sleeveless dress with side drape detail and suggested fabric is none other than my favorite ... Knit fabric !!!!


The pattern consist of 3 pieces, dress, armhole binding and neckline binding.  Honestly, to me it is one piece. I rarely use the pattern binding pieces.


There is not much to say about this pattern, other than that it is the ultimate comfort dress.  If you need a dress to knock around in... this is it.  It's loose fitting and sooooooo comfortable.  As for fitting, I did my usual modus operandi and used a dress I'd made to check armhole, neckline, and length.



For fabric I used a black/white abstract knit from my stash.  Since I was cutting it close with fabric yardage, I have a center back seam. After placing one of my me-made dresses on the pattern, I went with a size small.



Construction was smooth sailing, serged the seams, set my brother serger settings from right to left, 4, 4, 2, & 1.  For the armholes and neckline I serged, stitched 1/4" clear elastic and folded to the inside for a final stitch. The hemline was also serged and folded 1/4" to the inside and final stitched.  Easy peasy... donedot com



Actually, I ended up wearing the dress for an early evening date with my beloved to Ansai and it was perfect. 



 It hid the after meal bulge and was down right comfortable.



I love that it look great with heels and my guy lovvvvved it.


Listen... listen... this dress is bound to be the summer hottie...




Then turned around and wore it today... yes... I am gully like that.... lol


I love the comfort factor... did I say that already..


Of course, one of my fur babies had to get in on the action... Mr. Ayden..... always looking for a love rub...lol



Until then, 
Have an Awesome Weekend !!!










6/4/17

McCalls 7446

How is Everyone doing this Glorious Sunday?   Hoping everyone had an Awesome Memorial Day.  I sure did, especially being that it was my birthday !!!!   My family made it Awesome, they cooked all day and stayed the weekend, maaaan my house was busy and noisey.  But Oh' how I enjoyed it.  Although when they left Tuesday, I must say, I was like dang it... finally....lol

Okkkk.... by now you know, Activewear/Athleisure continues to be my new love.  Yes, I have a few other loves, but that right theeeere... is pure love.....lol

In an attempt to stay fit or should I say marginally fit, I needed a motivation boost.   It has been one full year that I have remained consistent with my exercise.  Of course, comes that feeling of slacking and I can't afford to slack now after a year of commitment and feeling the benefits of it.  Also, I need to remove the word exercise from my brain cup and say lifestyle.  After a year, it really has become a part of my lifestyle and must think of it as that.... however.... I still have those moments of sheesh back to the exercise... oops I mean lifestyle grind....lol

Sooooo, to keep my lifestyle motivation going, I have journeyed into activewear/athleisure and it has definitely ... definitely motivated me.  Yes, there are mornings, like thiiiiis morning, that I laid in the bed wide awake, convincing myself that I need a day off.  However, I know that it needed to be done, just like I need to eat, clean, tend to the dogs, etc... sooo I got up pulled myself together, pulled on my most recent make and bam.... 31 minutes later, it was over... yessss.

Ok on to McCalls 7446 which consist of a loose fitting jacket, close fitting top/tunic and leggings.

I opted for Version D, which is the top/tunic and decided to modify it to a tennis dress.


Fabric choice was a ltwt quilted poly/cotton/spandex in a funky print.... squeallllllllll talk about a funky fun & vibrant colors to jump start a workout. I washed and air dried both pieces. The quilted fabric dried quickly and had to wait for the lime green fabric to dry.... as I thumped my fingers.



In the process of organizing my fabric room, I came across the printed fabric.  Thinking that I likely scored it from Virgo Fabrics (now defunct) or Sav-a-thon... then again not 100% sure.  For the side panels, I used a lime green dancewear knit from Family Fabric, also with a location in Manhattan called Butterfly Fabrics.



Honestly, there wasn't much modifying to it.  Being that I am a shawty, and the existing tunic length was long, I just added additional inches from the hemline.  Yes, I should've/could've used the shorten/lengthen indicator line, but in this instance, I felt it was perfectly fine adding from the hemline.

As for fit check, I have a few rtw workout garments and pinned the pattern pieces together and selected a racer back top that best fit the upper front/back style lines.  All looked good after comparing it to the racer back top and prepared to unpin and cut.


The construction went together smoothly, and serged all the seams.  For the armholes and neckline, I stitched 1/4" clear elastic and folded to the inside.  For the hemline I opted for my favorite hem finish, heat n bond.


The wearability was comfortable while I power hooped.  What I look for in wearability is a comfortable fit.



No excessive riding up of the hemline while working out.  I don shorts underneath and it helped with that.

This is my let's get this sh*t started face....

Ooops ... my headband is slipping... 
... just when I turn my back, my guy & the dogs decide to act a fool... 
Here is Version 2.0 using a stretch 2 textured, reversible denim.  For this version I lengthened the bodice by 1.5".  Another dumpster dive piece from my fabric stash.  This fabric is beautiful, but after washing & drying it was hawt azz wrinkle mess.  After ironing, all was well, but I was truly salty just having to iron it.  Another issue I experienced, after the first pass of serging, and in the process of about to straight stitch the seam, the fabric started to fray from the serged seam.... what the hail storm was that all about.  Went back and serged again, straight stitched the seams and then topstitched the darn seams down... now bust a fray...lol.


I haven't worked out in this one, wore it the day after my birthday celebration.  It worked well as I was on dog poop doody.  Yes, my big guy had to spend the day in the dog pound, while the celebrating was going on the nite before.  Well Mr. Max decided he was going to pay us back. After the party was over and he was free to roam the yard, he leashed an on slaughter of poops in various spot.  Mainly areas he isn't suppose to.  Soooo I had to do the doody deed and shovel sh*t... literally.
Well this dress worked well under doody duty and luckily didn't two-step into one of his mounds....eewww.. I know...lol

What I will say about his version, while comfy, it did rise up considerably,  However, compared to the first version, I found I kept tugging it down. Thinking the knit shorts against the cotton was exacerbating it and will reserve this version as a weekender and errand dress.  

Whew..... 
Until then,
Have an Awesome Sunday !!!

5/21/17

Athleisure wear w/ Butterick 5606

Happy Sunday Everyone !!

With the weather being so blissfully comfortable, I ventured out and about.

The temperature is a bit cooler than Friday and a jacket was actually needed.  Yes... a jacket.

My Saturday plan was to begin working on a shirt for my guy, got the pattern out, one of his favorite rtw shirts to compare, fabric and that all went to the wayside.

When I was asked if I wanted to ride shotgun... all things relevant to sewing went out the window.  Thank goodness my hair was in a state of readiness...lol, grabbed my most recently washed TnT make... Butterick 5606 from the dry rack, slipped on my skips and grabbed a jacket.  Paused for a minute and said what the heck, just slap on some lipstick.


This pattern has been my go-to TnT since 2011 (posted about here, here, here, here, here... can't forget this one... and here ) and although its taped to the nth degree it's still going strong...lol.

I love a simple silhouette, it makes for getting ready easy and if I want to go all glam-style, that simple silhouette can perform accordingly.



Since I have come to love the whole athleisure trend... yes, I've mentioned that I am not a trendy gal.  However, Butterick 5606 fits the criteria for athlesiure wear, yes, this dress has been worn to workout in and I have gone to the store wearing it too.  The simple silhouette makes for a perfect workout gear by just donning shorts underneath and it's good to go.  Another note to mention, I tried heels on with it and ummm yeah it would be the perfect dress for a nigh-out-on-the-town.



Again, I will say I am truly not a trendy fashionista, I need my garments to provide sustainable fashion.  It needs to be here today, yesterday and later down the road.


Yes, the print is out-there, but sista-girl will tone it down with a tailored jacket & pumps with a quickness.


This modified butterick 5606 consist of just 2 pieces front and back, how can one go wrong. What I will say is it was all wrong when I made it initially, just too much going on.  However, I was able to look past that and it has worked ever since.


Simple lines also allow for easy tweaking, I've found that using the same fabric a knit, will not always yield the same result thereby prompting in some cases minor tweaking.  Again, being able to do minor tweaking without reinventing the wheel is always a plus for me. Some minor tweaking may involve a dart here or, taking a deeper shoulder seam there, adding a lil ease here, shortening the length there, but its not major.  More reason why I love this pattern.  After working out in it, I didn't like the foldover elastic around the armhole and cut it off and simply serged with 1/2" elastic and folded to the inside and final stitched.... ahhhh much better.

If one is looking for a dress pattern with simple lines... can be worn for workingout with shorts underneath, with ballet flats for a funky fun summer look, rocked with heels & blingy jewels for a night-on-the-town and lastly for a casual look, check out Butterick 5606, it's worth it.

Last but not least.... I have 2 yards remaining of this fabric, if interested check out my etsy shop. If you are not an etsy member, email me and we can go from there with a discount included.  Sold


Until then, 
Have an Awesome Sunday !!!