Entering the Matrix (for Halloween) lol

Kwiksew 3052







Pattern Description:Misses' unitards, without side seams. View A has stand-up collar,
front zipper extending into collar, and full length sleeves. View B and
C have scoop neckline finished with elastic and flared unhemmed
legs. View B has full length sleeves, View C has short sleeves.


Pattern Sizing:
xs,s,m,l and xl, I made the med.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Uh, kinda

Were the instructions easy to follow? They were very easy, as all ks patterns are!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
No real dislikes, the pattern was otherwise simple, no sideseams, zipper instructions was somewhat questionable tho, lol.

Fabric Used:
Stretch patent leather


Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
Uh, where do I start! Okay, first off this is a great pattern if using the suggested fabric. Since hubby and I, were doing a Matrix theme, I wanted to use the patent. I adjusted the pattern as needed, 2" on leg length, 1" on arm length, and for the torso I added 2 more inches since i knew the fabric didn't stretch that way, lol. Lawd I should've made a large!!! Unfortunately, the stretch in this fabric was not nearly enough, I had to add a 1.5" panel on each side of the zip, so that it could close properly! I also decided to make my zipper exposed and added in vertical darts to give it more shaping.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yep, but not this version, but I do plan to make the other versions for my yoga classes...in the appropriate fabric tho, lol.


Conclusion
After the alterations, it really turned out great, hubby and I were a hit @ the costume party so it was fine. I'll be reviewing his costume "simplicity 5386" soon as I can locate the memory card!


A few more pics of , Trinity, lol!!


Which would you choose, ...the red pill or blue? lol





All in all, I did have quite a few challenges, getting thru this, but I learned a lot about myself in the 2 days I had to put it together! We had mad fun tho, I'm unplugging til next year, get-it!

Seeya!



MOT #1, and more!

My first entry in the," Month of Tops." is NewLook 6952.



This is my 2nd attempt @ a FBA, so i think I'm getting better. I love button down type shirts so I plan to make a few more for work.



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I love the color and the stretch of this poplin fabric, it goes perfectly with this denim skirt! As you can see I'm not quite finished with the buttons. I haven't purchased any yet, lol. But the buttons will be hidden under the placket and it will be a min. before I make it to the fabric store. In my eyes she's basically complete.

Pattern Description:
Misses shirt, 5 different variations (I chose style E)

Pattern Sizing:
Sizes 8-18, I mad
e a 14

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, pretty easy to follow

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? No dislikes, I like how
easy it was to sew!


Fabric Used: Stretch Poplin



Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I made a FBA and extended the length by 2"


Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, it's pretty easy to make and it's a staple in any wardrobe.


Conclusion This was pretty simple and easy to sew, after making my adjustments. What dr
ew me to this style was the hidden buttons look, cuffs and the simple collar without a stand. I do plan to make a few more, as this is perfect for work!



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Before I got started on this top for the MOT's, I was already working on this great denim skirt!


Butterick 5249


My inspiration came from this post from Erica B., I love, loved her skirt! When I saw her version I knew I wanted to make a similar one. I never thought about doing it in denim, plus her top stitching details were also awesome.



Okay, now my topstitching needs a little work, but it's not very noticeable, lol. I do need to finish pressing that zip tho.


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This one is a TNT skirt for me, I've done every variation of this skirt! I'll post them at a later time.


Pattern Description: Misses high waist skirt, in four styles. I chose version A

Pattern Sizing: Many, I cut a 14.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, well somewhat


Were the instructions easy to follow? Very

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? There's no dislikes, I like it so much I've actually done all versions.


Fabric Used: Denim


Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: None, I omitted the belt loops tho.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? yes, and yes


Conclusion: This is tnt skirt for me, trying it in denim put a different spin on this for me and I'm happy with it.

Working on tops for a change, is pretty fun and doesn't take up much time or fabric! What a great idea Mz.Faye!

Seeya!




Simplicity 2579




As I mentioned in a couple of posts back, I'm playing catch-up! This was one of my many summer dresses which I love, the color is so vibrant! Now, anyone who knows me, also knows that I kinda stear clear of color,lol. I'm a "Black-Out" chic, open my closet and that's all you get, lol!




Well, after my client asked me, do I ever wear any color? It got me to thinking, this year, I will only make and buy fabrics in color....time for a change.





Pattern Description: It's described as a special occasion dress, I chose view C.

Pattern Sizing:
Most sizes, I chose a 14

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, I think so, lol.



Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, they were ok, although I got a bit lost on the casing instructions.


Fabric Used: Some type of Rayon


Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I didn't make any alterations on this dress but next time a FBA.


Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? yes, and maybe the
longer version!

Conclusion
I thought this was a pretty cute dress overall, i like the fabric especially. I just
got a bit lost on the casing instructions and had to come back to it the next day! .........Umm nope, that didn't help much, lol. So I improvised, and that worked for me! This is great for our hot summers here, (fall too!) and it only took 2 evenings to finish!


More additional pictures.




This was my first try @ an invisible zipper, and it was easy peasy with the right foot!



There were a couple issues, with the casing on this dress, I just didnt get it, so I improvised. I've been experimenting with bust adjustments lately and one was needed here. Next time I feel a lil more confident in trying to make a FBA. There are so many wonderful bloggers, that took time out and walked me thru this process, and I thank you, so much because I'm a visual learner!


Seeya!

McCalls 5972, and my first FBA




First off, when I saw this I thought it was adorable! I love the ruffles and of course a sheath dress is a classic. But seriously, ...I have fitting issues, ... and this is a fitted dress! I really wanted this dress for a holiday party, but I have never done a bust adjustment, ...which is really needed. Well, I purchased this pattern when it was on sale, and traced the front and back bodice pieces to practice on. I also found my only and favorite book on fitting, Fit for Real People, by Palmer Pletsch.
I followed the instructions and they were really good, but I know I need more work on this. I made several muslins for 5972, and my dart placement is still questionable, lol.



It's not complete, I still need to finish the arm holes and hemming. I'll consider this a wearable muslin, lol. Eeeew, I could just scream, the chiffon, the chiffon well it wasn't very hard to work with as I thought. A little starch and she was easy to cut and sew, however, once again I did this......


Yep, I burned a hole, right in the front..............uh, huh, yes i did. I've lost several cool points for that, lol. And, and... my darts are too, I dont know..lol. Basically, I'm unsure on HOW to correctly place them after the adjustment. The fit is okay, but them darts are pointing to high upwards, or something, lol.

I love the dress, the instructions overall were very easy to follow. So I will muster up the courage to try this again, the party isnt until November so I do have a lil time.




I just need to go to FBA school, before I conquer another fitted bodice that's not a knit!

Seeya!




Hold up! I've got a parting shot for ya, see if you can figure out what happened here, lol....



Yes, it is what you think, like I said .....muslin!

B.W.O.F. 7/09 - 117




Up until now, I've never sewn anything from BWOF, I've actually been quite intimidated by the whole tracing aspect, and sewing without actual construction pictures, lol. Well, the July issue I must say was really my style'. I heard soo many reviews on PR, about the 2/09 issue, (which I am still hunting for, btw) I was sure I missed the better issues. Then, my mag arrived and I almost couldn't decide what I wanted to try first, so I kept it simple for my first try!



I picked this top, since it was one dot and considered pretty easy, and believe me it was! I decided to use one of the vibrant border fabrics from High Fashion Fabrics, it's very light-wt and cool. The instructions originally called for 10 rows of shirring, but I seriously needed like 15 more, in a addition to that! The top perimeter band, i decided to use a rolled hem, in a contrasting black instead of hemming. It seems to pop against the red. I also hemmed the bottom using a rolled hem to match the top.





I added about 4 extra inches to the length to show off the print. It's originally tunic length, but i rock this as a dress with leggings of course! Instead of using the zig-zag stitch across the elastic, i used the elastic thread in my bobbin for shirring which worked out better imo!




Overall, I really like this simple but cute top, It's been worn several times this summer, lol.
I've got even more, pieces out of this issue that i will be reviewing coming up soon.
Seeya!

Fabric Store Visit (catch-upz)

It's been a while so I'm catching up, lol! Okay, months ago I visited one of my favorite fabric stores here in Houston, "High Fashion Fabrics" I scored some really nice pieces! Which btw, I've already managed to sew up.



The one on the left is a navy knit, The red which I love is dotted, with a great border, you'll see
what I've done with that coming up!



Great cotton prints which I love.



This knit fabric feels so fab, and the colors are tdf!



I can never get enuff cotton sateen fabrics and these have stretch! I've sewn
these up already as well.


Okay what ya think, I got more ......seeya!

I'm Still Here! and Coverstitch Machines

Hello fellow bloggers, I'm still around, lol!
It's been a very busy and rather hot summer here in Houston. I do have quite a few projects that I've worked on this summer, just haven't had time to post them, however I will get to that very soon! School is about to start again, (yey, lol!) which gives me mornings to sew. I've been reading some of my favorite blogs, in the evenings during the work week, which keeps me motivated ( Sunday's is my only full day to sew, btw). Between work and keeping the kids busy this "Super Hot" summer, I've managed to complete one or two projects a week! So basically, I'm still doing my thing, lol. Unfortunately, the construction of my sewing room hasn't happened, even tho I keep hinting at my DH, who also promised to get me a coverstitch.....

Speaking of which, I'm sort of torn between two models. Firstly, quite a few peeps on PR, seem to love the Janome CP 1000, and there's also a following for the Brother 2340CV. Now, I must admit that I like the extra room the Janome has, kinda reminds me of a regular sewing machine, but where do u buy those special needles? The Brother uses pretty attainable needles, and the price is good online, but some people have problems with tention and basic operating of this one. I dont kno, do I really need one? Okay, maybe it's more of a want, but I really think i need/want one! I love how they finish hems on knits and apply binding, eew, and that's another bonus too! I think I need an intervention or something, I have too many machines as it iz,....but they all do something different, ya kno.

In Memorandum....Forever the "King of Pop"



Michael Jackson 1958-2009

It's Friday....Seafood Anyone?

It's like tradition, almost anyone you call or visit on a friday in the south, they are either frying, grilling or going out to eat fish or seafood! (Well along with a card game too, lol.) I must admit that I love to cook,.... when I am not dog tired, lol. Blackened Catfish Opelousas is one of those en trees I love to get whenever I visit my local Pappadeaux's Seafood Restaurant. I've always wanted to try my hand at making this, and I finally got my hands on a pretty good recipe! My hubby loves pasta, and he must have seafood pasta salad served with this, along with dirty rice. Enjoy!




Blackened Catfish

  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. each white & black pepper
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. each dried thyme & oregano
  • 1 tsp. each garlic & onion power
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (melted)
  • 6 (40z.) fillets (trout, catfish, etc.)

In a small bowl, mix all spices together. (tweak spices as preferred) Set aside. Heat a heavy cast iron skillet on high, add in 1/4 butter. (I suggest doing this on a grill outside, because the butter will smoke, if not please turn ur exhaust fan on high!!)
Pour 3/4 cup butter in a shallow dish. Dip each fillet into butter, and coat both sides. Sprinkle both sides of fish with spices, and pat the spice into fish.

Place fish into hot skillet, without overcrowding. Carefully spoon in about a teaspoon of butter on each fillet. Cook until fish has a charred appearance, bout 2 mins. Turn fish over, repeat with butter and cook until charred.


Pasta Seafood Salad

  • 16 oz. pkg. Rotini Pasta
  • 1/3 cup olive oil (optional: I sometimes use Italian dressing instead)
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons chili pwdr, or to taste
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp old bay seasoning (low sodium)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (slightly drained)
  • 1 can whole kernel corn (drained)
  • 1 can black beans (drained)
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
  • cooked cocktail shrimp (ur choice size and amount)
  • black olives, pitted (ur choice size and amount)
  • cubed pepper jack cheese (ur choice amount)

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add pasta and cook 8-10 min. or al dente' drain.

In a bowl, combine oil, lime juice and all dry seasonings together, then pour over pasta, stir, set aside to cool to room temp, stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

Stir in corn, beans, peppers, tomatoes, cheese, olives etc. (I usually stir in a little more chili powder and old bay @ this time) Spoon into a pretty platter and garnish with any remaining cilantro leaves. Serve chilled.


Have a Happy Friday!!!
Seeya.

Fabric Store Visit ....

It's been a very long time since I've trekked downtown to one of my favorite fabric stores, "High Fashion Fabrics". My goodness, what took me so long to get back there? I believe it's been several years, eew! I admit, I have gotten a bit lazy when it comes to actually going, "fabric
shopping". Houston is pretty big and I try not to get tangled up in traffic venturing off my side of town, so I usually end up going to the nearest Hancock or Joann's for my fix. (fabric fondling,..don't act like you dont kno, lol) I'm always online, purchasing, wishing I could feel some of those gorgeous fabrics from some of my favorite online fabric sources, but I just place an order, wait and hope the color is true, texture is right, etc. But, there's nutin like seeing true designer fabrics in person, ya kno. I've been curious about the feel of bamboo for some time, an they have such a variety here. I've been fussin bout knits @Joann's and this


place has rows and rows and rooms. What should I pick solids, prints, 2way, 4way's, dang I need a..... Well, let's juz say I got a bit carried away, lol. This trip really helped kick my mojo back into check, unfortunately it also put a dent in my wallet. I must say I did enjoy my 4hours of fondling. Of course I did pick up a few things, but I'll post later! Here's some fabric porn...








Juz the idea's from this fabric draped on this manikin evolks naughty visions of sexiness, so I dare try not to purchase this fabric, on behalf of my sexy alter ego, lol. Well not this time anyway..



Directly across the street from High Fashion Fabric is ..



High Fashion Home. They have some of the oddest, and unique furniture pieces, not to mention Art. The upholstery fabric selection, is unbelievable, I even came across some Louie and Fendie fabric there. Now me wants to change my pillows on the sofa and try my hands at some of the beautiful sheers I spotted too! Well, until I can get to that fabulous fabric district in New York, I realize now that I'm not so limited in the fabrics, if I'm willing to travel a bit. Seeya!


Got an Award today, (yay)

A very talented stylist and fellow blogger, Faye nominated me for, "The Blogger Buddy Award"!


Thank you so much. It's very encouraging to know such a great stylist thought of me, so this indeed makes me want to be a better blogger and sewist to boot! Although I've never met most of you, it's like calling your friends up, and actually seeing what their up to everyday when I read your blogs. I am passing this love on, to other fellow bloggers whom blogs I frequent daily to get more motivation on my journey.

Studying your homework,.. yeah right

Guess who had me fooled? My dd had her homework propped up on a pillow in front of her, so every time I passed by her I thought she was studying, but nooo... she was sleeping.


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So, of course we had to get her back. While she was sleep-studying, we decided to get a couple of shots of hubby and son teasing, lol.





I think she's got the picture now, lol!

Studying,...hah

New Patterns,..well new to me anyway....

As I've mentioned before, I'm a 70's baby and I love anything from that era. I love long maxi's, jumpsuits, and bellbottoms! But of course with an updated spin, fabrics etc.
I was browsing Ebay and came across some great 70's patterns, that I just had to have!



The pink sleeveless jumper is just perfect for summer, and the maxi halter dresses are awesome, they are wrap dresses! I really like the ruffle around the neckline too! The last jumpers are cool, I love the fly collar. The change I will make on this baby is the placement of the zipper, it's in the back and it must be moved to the front.



More Mods......



Now, this one, I will be trying all views, lol. Love'em all!
Okay, I know some look pretty similar, but I just had to get them, lol.