Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Newlook 6429 Revisited.... In a Leather-Look knit fabric

A great wardrobe staple Newlook 6429  the pattern is oop I think. I made my first version in 2009 here , another in 2010 here, and in 2011 here . All these dresses have gone to various homes (two to my sisters, and one to my niece), funny enough the owners still own and wear them .
Five years later I decided to make a new one for me in a leather-look, snake print, (army -green) knit fabric that I love so much and was a gem to sew, hopefully it remains mine for  some time.....

Stay tuned........

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Vogue 8847... With Leather Details

This is one of my favorite patterns sewn in recent time. I got the pattern when it was newly released but didn't have the motivation or the right fabric for the style until recently.  The wait really worth it as I love everything about this dress, my fabric choice and the leather detail.

Fabric: I used combination of faux leather and rayon-poly,  this fabric frayed so badly. I had to serge the pieces before sewing
Pattern Description: Very loose fitting, pullover dress has collar, self-lined yokes, side pockets, sleeves with barrel cuffs, and belt.
Pattern Sizing:  8 to 16, I cut size 14 then graded to 16  at just below the waist .
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?:   Were the instructions easy to follow: The instructions were easy for most part until  got confused at institution 11, I didn't follow the instruction at that point, just did my own thing
 I sewed and  joined pattern pieces 3 (Front yoke and it's facing ) to the front, also sewed and joined pattern pieces 5 (Back yoke and it's facing) to the back. Finally sewed both back and front together at the yokes.
 Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:  I lengthened the bodice by 1",  the hem by 1.5" also  lengthened the sleeve by 2"
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the leather detail on the shoulder and the collar , nothing to dislike
Conclusion: I love everything about this dress... it is my kind of  dress style..

Thanks for stopping by, and have a lovely week ahead......
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Monday, November 14, 2016

Happenings Here!!!

This blog has been neglected for too long,  and I apologize greatly for my lack of communication on this medium.  My life has been busy at home, at work and on the sewing front. A lot of great and fun things have been happening on the sewing front.

In July we launched a program called "Empowering of Kids One stitch At a time" where I had 10 kids in my basement over the course of 16 hours  (2 weekends) where they were taught how to sew.  I give all glory to Almighty God for the  success and completion of the program, to be honest I never expected what we accomplished within the 16 hours or the great success from the kids.
The kids  confirmed to me again and again, to never underestimate your ability, to always believe in yourself and to never say you can't until you try......

Since Oct 2016, we started 'Adult Learn to Sew" class, the program runs every Saturday till Dec 24th, to say I have been super busy in an understatement, but most importantly, I love and enjoy what I do dearly.
On garment sewing, I have sewn mostly for other people but I hope to make more for myself before the year ends.
On another news, I had my first cruise ship in August to the Bahamas with my friends.... yes girls ONLY,  no hubby and kids allowed...LOL. Talking about fun, we had to the fullest..,,

Stay tuned, I hope to get better on my updates,,,,,

Here are some few shots from the class- "Empowering Our Kids One Stitch At a Time".

 My honorable planner

 I hope you had a lovely summer as well, and are enjoying whatever is happening in your neck of the wood.
Happy sewing  dear friends.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Maxi Skirts.....

Though I haven't been posting, but I have been sewing but not so much....
Here are my recent projects....

Fabric: From stash, they are Ankara, and Stretch silk .
Patterns: Self drafted gathered and 3 - piece skirts....
Head ties:  Gifted Pashminas......

Hope you are all enjoying nice summer weather.....

Have a lovely week....
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