3/31/2014

Refashioning for an Event

This past weekend I attended an Awesome Birthday Bash, man-o-man, they went all out with the celebration.   Beautiful venue, limos, good music, drinks, soul food that had one smacking their lips,  we also received t-shirts and dvds.  It was such a pleasure to see friends that I hadn't seen in several years.  More enjoyable was seeing their once young kids now young adults 20-25.  I was totally blown away, the last time I saw some of the youngsters, they were between 8 and 11 y.o.  Just wow.  

Taking some time from marveling at the years that had gone by and how our kids have grown, I enjoyed talking to the parents... as we like to call them the wise ones.  Trying to catch up on what they are doing in their retirement years and so on.

Oh and the DJ... was phenomenal, he didn't just favor the youngsters, he took the music from contemporary, rap, hip hop, oldies, but goodies and slow jams.  The dance floor stayed crowded and thankful for the lighting, because they had flat screens mounted on the walls in the dinning area, for those who just wanted to groove from their seats, and yet see how others were cutting up on the dance floor.  Man-o-man, talk about funny... and you know a party ain't a party unless the electric slide is played... even the elderly were shaking what their mommas gave them...lol

Ok on to my refashion.  Initially, I had planned on sewing a dress, but catching a bad case of the flu caused my sewing mojo to take flight.  Instead I spent my sick days playing russian roulette with my patterns...lol.  Even my guy was a bit alarmed that it was just a mere 4 days before the event and I hadn't stitched a thing.. nada. Finally, I put my azz in gear and decided that I would choose something from my closet.  I have made so many dresses for work and prior events that I knew I couldn't go wrong there.

The event called for black/white attire and luckily I had 4 black dresses to choose from.  After a bit of auditioning and prancing, I settled on my black faux leather dress which I made in 2012 .  



Although its only been two years since I made it and worn only once a month during the fall/winter seasons, I felt it was time for a refashion. So strategic planning on refashion was in order, first order of business was to eliminate the matrix look.  I shortened the sleeves and started 1/4" from the waist seams and grading out gradually from 1/2" to 1-1/2" removing the severe a-line from the skirt.  Also changed up the belt.  Once that was done I felt the pumps that I'd recently purchased at DSW wasn't going to up the sexy factor and went in search for more shoes.

well.... welll... I  lucked up on a pair of Diba Dianna Gladiator Pumps @ DSW.. sizzling sexy sick I tell ya.



Bye Bye Matrix

Helllloooo... simple, but sexy cool.

I scored again when I made a pit stop in Dots to check out their going-out-of-business sale and purchased several pretty pieces of custom jewelry at 40% off.

To finish off my look, I made a clutch from a $1.99 placemat following a diy.

Got to the event and was wow'd over the amount of people and true to form my sister was working the dance floor already (she is a die hard party animal).  I tapped her on her shoulder and she pulled me to the side and said thank goodness you didn't dress like you were going to work.... 0_o.  Now get your azz on the dance floor because I want to see those pumps in action before I buy me a pair....holla.  


My guy laughed at her, telling my sister, yeah your big sis doesn't dance like she used to.... I got to see this.  Well I worked those pumps for 5 hrs straight.   I refused to be part of the masses walking around with their shoes in their hands ... no no and no.... I was a trooper til the end.


We had a total Blast.... 
I must say a few of us left twisted in the wind, after having a ball.

until the next time...


 Have a Great week.






3/26/2014

New Look 6697

New Look 6697 is an oldie but goodie dress pattern, which I first made back in 2008 and since that time have made several more.



 The pattern is a pull-over knit mock wrap dress with various options.


A woman can never have too many dresses and couldn't resist working up this taupe brushed knit fabric from Sav-a-thon Fabrics.  My latest version differs a little from my previous ones in that I went a lil longer with the skirt hem.  At 5'3", I must tread carefully with the midi length I can easily topple at the frumpy level.  However to thwart that I made sure to wear a higher heel.

This dress was paired with a Loft polka-dot burgundy blazer and 9West suede laser cut peep-toe.



For this knit in a pseudo chevron print, I again went with a longer skirt hem.  I really love wearing this dress, which I have worn twice since making it a month ago.  The horizontal print is funky fun and can be toned down with a blazer (Chadwick).  Again, I made sure to wear high heels and since the dress is full of funky fun colors, made sure my heels were neutral.



Particulars:  This dress is an easy sew, but then again I have made it a half-dozen times, so I guess it would be....lol.  The instructions are clear and concise, However, after making it several times, my construction has changed over the years.  The pattern calls for assembling the bodice first, then proceeding on with constructing the skirt. Thereafter pinning completed bodice to skirt.   However, I prefer to attach the front bodice to the front skirt and repeat same for the back and finishing with the side seams.   It just makes my life easier.  

Another change from the instructions is it calls for an elastic waistband, instead, I used 3/4" flexi lace hem tape or hem tape to create a casing 


... insert 1/2" elastic at the back only, try-on and adjust gathering, and 


sew down elastic & casing ends at side seams.




The brushed knit dress is unlined and wore a full slip, however for the pseudo chevron dress, I opted to line it.  



The instructions also calls for using facing... my take on it is... humbug... I hate facings for my knit dresses.  If its not being lined I serge 1/4" clear elastic along the neckline and then fold to the inside and final stitch. I didn't go with the pleated short sleeve and instead traced off the long sleeve for Version A and shortened.

More construction pics...







This is a simple faux wrap dress that works well for my work wardrobe.  If one is looking for a simple dress and want to showcase fabulous fabric... try NL 6697.  Also, if you are looking for more info on how to wear a midi dress, check out this link: How to Wear a Midi Dress.


Until then ... have a Great Week.

3/17/2014

Iconic Patterns Sammy Cami

Iconi Patterns' Sammy Cami is a semi-fitted camisole designed for flexible knits. My favorite way to wear a cami is under my suits or cardigans. Of course, one can’t limit themselves, it’s also perfect for the warmer days worn with shorts, jeans and versatile enough to be worn as a workout top.
It is a multi-sized digital pattern, printed across just a few pages, tape together, cut and yields 2 pattern pieces. The instructions are clear and easy, including measurements, tips, fabric and notion suggestions.
I started with a size 14 body and 12 armhole & neckline using an existing tank top to check sizing. As mentioned, the instructions provides measurements to use as a guide. My fabric choice was a leftover remnant from a dress I made, which is a blk/wht printed stretch knit. The pattern calls for cutting the front and back on the fold, however, I chose to cut my back with a center seam… just my preference. Again, the instructions are clear and easy, so assembly was a no-brainer and love the clear pic of the foldover elastic (“FOE”) application…. genius. I love the use of the foldover elastic, which allows for great contrast trim, and the ease factor of slipping it on and off without buttons or snap closures… total plus.
The pattern is perfect for using up fabric remnants… seriously it hardly use any yardage.
My all time favorite part of constructing the cami is the use of FOE for finishing the raw edges while creating the shoulder straps to the length you want. Can I say 2 snaps a twirl…lol. If you have not tried FOE, this garment is perfect for it. The great thing about FOE is you can use either side, matte or shiny and there is a plethora of colors and prints to choose from.
Once the FOE is applied the side seams were serged and the bottom hem was ironed using stitch witchery and final stitched… Presto.


Can I tell you I love this pattern and immediately made another one. This time I used a navy blue thin knit as well as a navy stretch lace. The pattern is sew friendly and allowed me to take Sammy Cami to the next step. This time I wanted a close fit and like the pattern states no complex fittings or adjustments. I cut both the thin knit and stretch lace simultaneously, used steam-a seam along the cut edges to anchor the lace upon the knit, machine baste stitch together and continued on following the instructions. However, Instead of sewing my seams at 1/4″, I sewed my seams at 5/8″ providing the close fit that I wanted the second time around.

An Awesome pattern that one can easily whip up a bunch in different colors and prints.

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