7/23/12

Rocking New Look 6735 & Braid-Outs

Happy Monday All.  Hoping your weekend was a good one.  The weekend was beautiful in that the temps were several degrees lower and comfortable in New York.  I did a lil sewing and made another Butterick 5709 which I will post later this week.


OOTD is New Look 6735:  Misses Knit Cardigan, Tops, Pants and Skirt.


 This simple tank was made two weeks ago and its one of my favorite patterns.  I have made Version C (minus the sleeves) several times. 



Here are two NL6735 throwbacks... This pattern is perfect for making sweater vests, the neckline is low and works well over button-ups.



For this one I used a purple cotton knit print (via Virgo Fabrics).  Purchased the fabric earlier in the year, plucking it from the remnant box and scored this 1-1/2"  for a buck... the fabric was somewhat mangled along the selvage, but knew I could make a tank out of it.



The pattern consist of just 2 pieces, the back is cut with a center back seam and although the pattern does not call for darts, I have incorporated bust darts.  Also, if I am not making this up for a vest, I raise the neckline about 1".  However, I forgot this time around, but its all good.  Also had to cut the tank a size bigger in that I sewed it with the stretch vertically.  Wasn't truly feeling the print horizontally and went against the grain. With the print vertically its much better and paired it with an old linen Loft suit, which is slated to become short-sleeves.  The suit has 3/4 length sleeves and personally find them annoying, especially when I bend my arms, the sleeve hem ends just below my elbows which causes some pulling along the sleeve caps.




If one is looking for a quick tank, nice length... NL6735 is a good one.

Despite the sleeve issues, the suit has been a summer workhorse over the years, but now its time to do a minimal sleeve refashion.  I may just have the cleaners do it in that this has to be dry cleaned anyway.

Also I have been rocking Braid-Outs (check-out Curly Nikki)... an old school hairdo. The last time I wore braid-outs mmmm...almost 20 years ago. Back then it was convenient, especially having a young one and a busy work schedule.



Then came the Doobie Wrap, which was the perfect way to protect my relaxed hair @ nite and spend only 5 mins styling it in the morning and Braid-Outs became history...


Feeling the need for something different, sorta new (its been almost 20 years), I started corn braiding my hair at nite.  It requires a lil more time in the morning, but being an empty nester and nothing but free time in the morning... it works and it doesn't require using a comb... the magic is in the fingers....lol

Here's a close-up from last week... 



It's not necessary to braid my hair every nite, but I like my crinkles to be crisp.  Again no comb required, finger part the hair, moisturize with Aveeno Leave-in-Conditioner and in less than 20 minutes I have 5-6 corn rows. 

 The family has a new name for me as I parade around with my cornrows... Ms. Set-It-Off... lol. 


Until then Have a Great Week.



24 comments:

Adelaide B said...

Love the hair and the top. I've been thinking about getting a new do, but what I have is super low maintenance. (Lazy.)

Sister said...

I like your hair! I got 5 permanents in one year to try and achieve that look...yeah, that didn't work. Maybe sleeping like that would do the trick. Oh yeah, love the top too!

velosewer said...

You certainly made the right choice by going against the grain for this top.
And you hair looks really fresh and stylish.

Rosie said...

You are literally rocking a new look. Your hair looks fantastic and the top as well.

Sheila said...

Thanks ladies.

Sister... wow, 5 in one year, I would've had an instant case of alopecia.

Lori said...

Great looking top and your hair is fantastic.

Lynneb said...

cute top and good hair day! Doesn't get any better than that!

Myra said...

I agree with everyone, great top and hair!

Susan said...

I love Curly Nicky's site. Your braid outs looks great.

Mary said...

I love your new 'do...and the pattern review in this post is so good. I am tempted to buy yet another wardrobe pattern! Your takes on this pattern are really great.

Faye Lewis said...

You ALWAYS make me want to sew!

Mae said...

Love the new top with your suit! Your hair looks great too!

Mary Sarah said...

Your new top looks great with your suit! Love your hair too!

Carol said...

Another great top - looks great with the pants and jacket. I really like your hair. I recently had a radical change of hair colour and it's fun.

Irene said...

Great tank! Love the hair!

Sheila said...

Thank You all for the beautiful compliments.

Mary, definitely add it to your pattern list. I love simple patterns and being able to sew them time and again.

GodsgirlT said...

It is my hearts desire to make a couple of suits for Fall...but that has been my hearts desire for the last two years! Love, love your OOTD and love, love, love the hair. You wear it well!

RhondaBuss said...

Fun hair for summer! A well made suit will last for years and look new with each new top.

Sheila said...

Thank you.

GodsgirlT, you are not alone, I have made a few suits, but hoping this year with an FBA under my belt, I will feel more confident with the construction.

Rhonda, I so agree with you on an good old suit can look new over & over with a new top.

MAD14kt said...

Sheila Baby you are looking FAB!!!! @ Faye Lewis...isn't it GREAT when we get inspired to sew!!!

Adrienne said...

Love your hair!!!

Sheila said...

Thank you Monica and am constantly inspired by others yoo.

Thank you Adrienne,I have been asked several times am I going natural... mmm no siree bob. I am a tender head and scared to imagine how much more work would be involved trying to go natural... totally addicted to perming.

Cennetta said...

Girl, Love it all. You are doing some things in NYC. Lol. I bought this pattern after seeing your first cute top.

Looking good, lady, from head to toe.

Sheila said...

Thanks Cennetta.