Butterick 4985

I know this pattern has been done many times on PR, (B4985) but I still like it! I'm currently working on view "A" with collar. This is such a cute shirt, and I soo love collars,........but I am not good at all with sewing on collars, lol. I would really hate to mess up such a cute shirt, but I know I must conquer my fear of this! I purchased this really cute stretch pink poplin from Hancock, and I only purchased enough for this view, no extra. YIKES!!!! I've already cut out and fused the pieces, so when I get home tonight, it's on. I know in the future I need to learn how to alter patterns, which I've never done, and after closely looking at this shirt, and already cutting it out, I wish I knew how to make it longer, (bummer) I like long shirts, I'm like 5'9. Oh, and the FBA, I really need a hands on, or visual on doing that, my bodices never really fits great at all, they're okay but not great fitting, ya know? Well, I'll update soon.

Before I go, my next project I'm attempting...

This is Simplicity #2694, I'm working on this dress too! Similar to the view on the top left. I'm working with a slinky tricky fabric for the first time and it is a booger! lol


My New Dress Form!

I've wanted a dress form for like forever, but I really wanted one that was more true to 
my own size. Ive always seen and liked the ones that people made themselves,
 but was unsure if I could do it properly. 

Well here she is,......meet "Lady Mocha"

Fabric Store Visit

I hadn't been to the fabric store in some time, so on my lunch break I decided to go to my local Joann's to pick up some notions. I came across quite a few nice fabrics to play with! They also had McCalls on sale @ 1.99, so of course I had to pull up a chair and flip thru the pages. Now, I did have a list at home of some I wanted to try, but all is great none the less. Here's a few I picked:

Really digging this wrap dress.

I'm also digging pretty much all the Hillary Duff collection!

Really, it's time for me to go thru my fabric stash, I'm sure I have something interesting to try with these great patterns. Of course, some fabrics I have no idea what to do with:

This fabric is bold, shimmery and it has a lot of stretch to it.

Here's some new fabrics I picked up at Joann's yesterday:

Looks like I have enuff for spring break week to stay busy!

Incomplete Projects.........

I confess, it's been quite a while since I've actually sewn anything.

I went to visit my mom the other day and she had quite a few projects she was working on. (I love to see her in action) A few re-designs, you know..... the skirt from one outfit, top from another, few darts here and there etc. Usually I just watch her, but on this day she inspired me. lol Yep, we ripped the lining out of a dress to make it fit better, she took a large dress cut it down to fit her perfectly! I must say, it did awaken my sewing mojo, in fact I decided to dust off my old machines, take them out of the closet and tackle some of my incomplete projects.

I had to think back,.... why did I stop sewing anyway? hymn..... Ooh I remember, my sewing area was turned into a sitting room! Hubby's idea, well, it's time for a transformation.
After reading a few blogs, finding out there are so many women like myself that enjoy sewing, I was so inspired again. I have rolled out my sewing
cabinet, re-aligned the screen on my machine, re-threaded my serger and opened up my project chest!

I found a dress I started on a few years back, well okay, maybe 7yrs back, I know-I know. lol Yes, its been a long while. I just refuse to start on something new til I finish this dress.

It's an old pattern from Vogue by Anna Sui, the Attitudes collection. You can hardly see the dress here, but it's the black & white checkered dress. It's a wrap halter dress. Here's a better shot, I hope... I'm sure it's out of print.

Here's a pic of my unfinished dress, notice my fabric choice.....bold huh...

Front view

Side view

The Lost Pocket

The Back

Now, I was pretty adventurous with the fabric I chose, I mean, I liked it, back then and I still do. But now, I'm somewhat a lil more toned down. (does that make sense?) Anywho, it's a lil too short, I didn't hem it so, I'm thinking of adding a few inches to the hemline. This weekend I'll be on the lookout for a contrasting color preferably in drk. brown. I was thinking of also trimming the pockets in brown (they are lost in the busy fabric) and making the tie ends that wrap around in brown also. What do you think?

Welcome to my Blog!!

Hello all, and welcome to my blog! I'm pretty new to this, so please be patient with me as I get the hang of this. This blog will mostly consist of my ventures in sewing. But, since I'm very crafty and family oriented, you'll probably see and read a bit of it all. lol
First off, I love to sew! I used to watch my mom sew, (70's) when I was a kid. My mom was and still is a blues singer and she would often design and re-design the most beautiful dresses and outfits to perform in. She used a lot of beautiful fabrics and sequins and often designed for other entertainers.
I would often sit on our shag carpet while she sewed and pick up lost pins and collect sequins on my safety pins. I'll never forget asking my mom, "Can I press the pedal?" lol She had one of those vintage black Singer's, (Oh, how I wish I had that machine now!!!) I believe I was about 6 years old when my mother bought my first machine. I opened it up and it was a "Raggedy Ann" sewing machine!!! I was sooo umber excited!! My mom showed me how to cut a pants pattern from newspaper for my Christy barbie doll, and I was in love.