8/14/16

I am Not A Pack Rat... Seriously

I have a knack for repurposing old things and will tell anyone.. I am not a pack rat
... seriously.

Before I trash something, I like to give it the last chance assessment. .. what can I do with this....

I am quick to admit, I am not some kind of environmental geek.  But I love to repurpose and the key is not to make it a bob-the-builder gadget.

For instance. .. makeup brushes are great for removing dust and slivers of fabric & thread from my sewing machine.



I have several machines and have a
makeup brush for each one.  I wash it and let dry and presto ready to kick dust.

I also have one at work for my keyboard... perfect for removing breakfast crumbs.

Also being a crafty geek... old makeup brushes are pefect for applying glue or if you are a glitter queen.. brushing off the excess glitter.


Another nifty beauty item is the Tweezer.  Not sure you are like me, but as I get older my facial hairs are constantly trying to make an appearance.  Of course, I have to keep them at bay.  However, over time  heavy use of my tweezers make them dull & useless.  Again repurposing in action, perfect for feeding thread through the eye of a needle and pulling it through too.  




They are also perfect for use with my crafting.  Especially when working with rhinestones and removing stickers.

Interested to know.... what items do you repurpose for sewing?



                                     Until then,
                            Have a Great Sunday.



8/12/16

Casual Friday w/ New Look 6915



It felt like this day took sooo long to get here and now that it is here....just know that better days are coming... like Saturday & Sunday...lol

The best part about Friday is everybody seems to be more relaxed and in the mood to celebrate any and everything.  Fridays just makes everything right with the world even my commute isn't so bad.  Actually with summer in full effect and the kids out of school, my commute becomes a dream... from 1-1/2 hr to just under an 1 hour... tell me that is not pure bliss...lol

Friday has everyone letting their hair down and rocking their favorite casual Friday gear.  I am really not a jean & tee shirt gal, but love me a simple top and slacks.  In comes New Look 6915, and first started working with this pattern during one of Faye's Sew-alongs in 2010.


Thereafter continued making more and they have served me well.


In 2013, I revisited sewing sheer fabrics and of course, used New Look 6915 posted about here.  This pattern is a quick and easy sew and love using sheer fabric for it.

This top is perfect with the heat index at an all time high here in the NYC and constant heat advisory warnings.. jeans would not work for me.  Paired NL6915 with linen pants for an uber cool & comfortable outfit.


Despite the heat & humidity as I headed into the office, I actually felt a breeze.. hot breeze, but a breeze nonetheless...lol


Until then,
Have A Great Weekend !








8/7/16

New Look 6892

New Look is a throw back pattern that I made in 2009 (here, here & here). Recently the pattern was resurrected while talking to my sewing sister Faye and mentioned that I like her exposed shoulder blouse.  Of course, as all sewistas do we bounced back & forth ideas and what patterns we have in our stash.  In talking with Faye further, I decided adding this flouncey delight to my wardrobe was a must, but I didn't have Mccalls 6558.


However, all was not lost, I retrieved New Look 6892 and Faye suggested that I could just lengthen the ruffle pattern piece to achieve the same look. Well you know what happened next...lol


Pulled out the pattern pieces for New Look 6892.  The pattern piece for the bodice was already cut.  Since I was using a knit for a woven pattern, I folded in 3/8" along the flushed edge of the front & back pieces.   With Faye's measurements, I traced off the ruffle pattern piece, shortened the width by 5/8" and lengthened  it  by 10-1/2".  With that done, and with a luscious 2 yards of beautiful fabric gifted to me by Cennetta, I was on my way.


After serging the side seams, finishing the armholes and joining the the raw edges of the flounce of this butter soft printed ITY knit... I had to pause... the circumference of the flounce was HUGE. But I pushed on and pressed under the hem allowance on the lower edge.  When I pinned the flounce to the blouse according to the marks, I was miffed on the amount of fabric at each shoulder area.  So I took it upon myself to equal out the excess of the flounce circumference between the front, back and shoulders.

Basted the flounce to the neckline of blouse....mumbling... darn pattern instructions... what the hey.  Finally serged and feeling quite proud.  I moved on to using lace hem tape to create a casing at the neckline and then inserted the elastic, closed up the opening and finished off the top by hemming the bottom... done.




Had a further conversation with Faye and mentioned the whole flounce circumference issue.  Faye mentioned that it was ok, because once the casing was done and elastic put in all I had to do was distribute the fabric around the neckline. At that point that lil light bulb got bright... and to think I thought I was doing something ingenious...lol


Despite my dense moment, the blouse came out great and love it....


and to think I was on the fence about wearing this style of blouse



I can see this blouse working hard on the weekend, out on the town or even worn to work on casual Fridays.


Of course, me being a pattern repeater.  I immediately dived into making another one in a printed georgette, that sent me on a slippery sewing ride.  I followed Faye's instructions on the flounce and sure enough it worked out.... the Love of Sewing Sisters.... Thanks Faye.





Until then,
Have a Great Sunday !

7/27/16

OOTD - No longer just a school uniform

Hello All and Happy Wednesday. Hoping everyone's week is sailing along smoothly, despite the heat & humidity.

Today I am  sharing another make of Eryn's Box Pleated Skirt, I made several weeks ago. I wore it once and was traumatized... the jacket I paired with it was all wrong.... it was one of those days wherein I just felt so not put together... it was just horribly wrong.

 Fast forward and in the mood for an ol' school charm look and pulled out the skirt.   However, this time I was not messing around with a blazer.   I decided a refashioned cardigan was in order.





For the skirt fabric,  I used a drapery window fabric from Fulton Fabrics.  Love the pattern repeat and thought it was perfect for another box pleated skirt.  It has that stiffness without being too stiff and knew it would be perfect for pleats.

I had to serge the 2-1/2 yds of fabric after it was washed, dried & ironed.  The fabric was fraying like crazy.

Thereafter, pleating went together quickly, checked fit and popped in a zipper.  However, the tedious part was edge stitching each pleat. But so worth it, and ensures that each pleat retains its crisp edge.  The skirt hem was fused with heat n'bond.



As I'd mention it was time for a refashion and knew a cardigan would work.  Luckily, this old loft pima cotton cardi didn't have to  be shortened length wise.   However, I needed to shorten the sleeves from 3/4 to short sleeves and also fuse the button band and stitch.  I first learned of this refashion method via The Renegade Seamstress and have added my own lil twist to refashioning cardigans.


I measured from the bottom armhole seam and cut 3" from there.  Scavengered the ribbed band by cutting 1" above the ribbed edge for seam allowance.


(Sorry no pic) proceeded with attaching ribbed band to sleeve and serged.


To refashion it further, making it a pullover to avoid the gaping that occurs with buttoned cardigans.  Yes, buying a bigger size would minimize that issue, but then I run the risk of it being too long.    So I fused the button band with steam a seam, final stitched and ironed ...donedotcom.





End result, simply comfortable for the heat & humidity with an ol' school charm look.  My daughter called me a school marm... whateva... it was perfect for today.



Until then,
Have a Great Week !

7/21/16

New Look 6351 Repeat

Of late or rather in the last few years, I've been trying to avoid sacrificing my style for more comfort.  However, man-o-man there is something to be said about stretch fabrics and elastic waistbands...lol.  I've worn structured garments for as long as I can remember and predominately suits throughout my working career and very rarely deviated from that.   Fast forward to my venture into sewing my clothes and have come to love all that is stretchy & elastic .... Is it safe to say as a 50+ woman it's part of that coming of age with an abundance of needing more comfort?



What I do know is that I will not forego my blazers, to some degree I still need a bit of structure in my wardrobe.  However, I love wearing pull-on pants, tops and dresses and not have to deal with buttons, zippers or snaps. I even go as far as looking for 4" heels that have springs and extra cushioning in them... giggling...  I am dead serious...lol

New Look 6351 is my go-to pants for just that comfort.  Which I have posted about herehere,  here annnnd here. However, I did modify the pants just a tab bit... I only added elastic to the back with a flat front.  Although, I am looking for comfort... I am not ready to venture into full elastic waistband pants...juuuuust yet.  But what I can say the partial elastic waistband provides ubber comfort and still allows me to transition from the office to play.



For this version, I used a lt. weight powder blue stretch denim that I scored at Walmart some time ago. This fabric was a dream to sew after being washed and dried.  All the seams were serged, did one layer of interfacing to back waist band and double layer of interfacing for the front band, 2" elastic in the back through the casing and finished off the waistband with orange bias tape.



One would think as many times as I've sewn this darn pattern, I would remember to add extra length to pattern piece... umm nerp... keep forgetting.  

Annnnd to think I have it noted on the pattern envelope for my heels... sheesh.



However, that didn't stop the show, pulled out color coordinated bias trim, ironed flat, sewed to raw edges of pant and finished off hemming it with my favorite... heatn'bond.... donedotcom.


Paired NL6351 with an old loft navy tank top and a refashioned chadwick floral jacket using my down & dirty no sew hem method.






For those that run away from elastic waistbands pants & skirts... just know they are not your typical mom elastic waist garments anymore.  One can still be stylish with ease & comfort.  

Until then,

Have a Great Day !