Wednesday, September 4, 2013

My favorite part of working with denim!

Top stitching and making unique pocket designs!

Another pair of jeans...Butterick 5682

I'm at it again.... I cut these out months ago, but haven't made time to finish them. I love this pattern. The first pair turned out well but subsequently shrank because I didn't pre wash the fabric enough.  Uhhh...yes, I still wear them! 😉👍 My signature feature on any pair will be creativity on the pocket details (or, at least, that's the plan!). 

Friday, August 30, 2013

Busy Season...Some Sewing, Some More Sewing, a New Book, and Even More Sewing!

Well…the past few months have been exciting! While it appears I haven’t been sewing, I have completed a few garments…. I have also been busy launching a new book as well! I'm reviewing 4 garments in this post!  

Columbia Style Week

Natalea and I were asked to construct some of the garments for this year's event.  It was our first time working with "drafted patterns."  It took a bit of getting used to the idea, but we both managed to complete the garments for which we were responsible!  I learned that I routinely underestimate how long it will take to complete a garment.  I made both jackets (Natalea made the blouses).  My estimates came in at about four hours each.  I will at least 4 hours short in both estimations!  We were constructing right down to the day before.  It was a great experience, but I prefer not to sew under that sort of pressure.  I think I'll pass next time :-)

McCall's 6564 and NewLook 6107

I love this fabric, and the top is great, too!  It runs a little large so you may want to test using a slightly bigger seam allowance.  It came together really well.  It was also my first time using a rolled hem foot.  It may be my new favorite foot! 

The skirt is New Look.... It is also a great pattern.  It may be my new "go-to" for skirts....

Simplicity 1716--Knit Top

I love this top, too!  I really love the red knit.  I'm not sure I'm a fan of the print.  The jury is still out on that one.  The print works well with a navy skirt or jeans.  The skirt is another New Look 6107.  I've had the linen print for a few years and have been looking forward to pairing it with a red or yellow top. 

McCall's 6713 -- Wrap Dress for the Book Launch

I love this pattern!  I've used a wrap dress from McCall's before but this one is great.  I was "stitch-slapped" prior to this black and white ensemble.  The pink dress was too small because it wasn't a 2-way stretch knit.  I completed it to wear to the Launch Event for my new book, "He Makes All Things Beautiful." The dress came together beautifully.  For those of you who typically do FBAs, there shouldn't be a need to for this one.  There is ample room, and you made find you need a camisole for modesty if it plunges too deep. It also has a casing for elastic at the waist.  I wasn't sure I would like that but really works well for the garment.  

The Dream Team of ladies included Natalea (of course, and she made the outfit she's wearing, too)!  They all did an amazing job! Our women's ministry director hosted the event.  The book is available at most online retailers in hardcover, softcover, and ebook.  It should also make its way to store shelves soon.  If you feel inclined to purchase and read, would you also consider writing a review if it blesses you?  


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

So here is the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! COMING SOON to a local and online bookstore near you....

He Makes All Things Beautiful: God's Transformation of Our Emotional Wounds, Scars, and Brokenness by Marvita Franklin 

God has been amazingly faithful throughout the writing and publishing process! More details soon on availability and formats.  Love and blessings, Marvita

About the Book
What do we do with the emotional wounds and scars that cast shadows over our lives? How do we respond to the brokenness we experience from disappointments, betrayals, and abandonment?

Wounds need time to heal. Scars disappear over time—or they don’t. Whether they do or not, God has made you beautiful. Your wounds don’t turn God off. He knows why they are there, and He is committed to causing them to work together for your good.

Transformation occurs as you begin to see yourself as God sees you, say about yourself what He says, and embrace the truth about you as He speaks it. That is the point at which you will begin to hear what He’s been saying all along:I AM the soundtrack of your life; I AM the One who makes you beautiful.” This book will help you
  • expose the real culprit responsible for our emotional wounds,
  • examine the consequences of attempting to manage the perceptions of others,
  • abandon mindsets that mar your beliefs about your beauty,
  • learn to embrace Jesus’ model for caring for scars, and
  • discover lifelong tips for ageless beauty.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Off the grid for a while...Exciting announcement coming soon!!

I will be updating in the next few days.  I have been off of the grid for a while working on a few projects.  I haven't made time to post.  I also have some exciting news coming soon as well!!! 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Vogue 8781 Complete and paired with New Look 6150!

Pattern Description: Lined jacket has shoulder pads, side pockets and two-pieces raglan sleeves. Skirt has a raised waist.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes...for the most part. I'll explain in more detail below.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, they were.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I really love the look of raglan sleeves. It may be that I don't wear them well. I like the skirt, too; however, I find that Vogue patterns sometimes have too much curve in the hip.
Fabric Used: A woven tweed--the quality wasn't that great.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I eliminated the pockets.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Probably not.... I found there was too much fullness in the sleeves. I typically have to make an FBA for most patterns. However, I didn't have to do that for this one. Also, if you at the pics closely, you can see that the jacket fronts don't hang straight or level. I don't think I straight-grained the fabric. So, it may be that the whole thing is off-grain. What a TERRIBLE me-made mistake! This is one of the reasons we make our own, so that we don't end up with garments that twist and curve in the wrong places! AAAAaaaarrrrggghhh! I still wore it to church and made the best of the situation.

The top is New Look 6150.  It is fast becoming a TNT.  This is the second time I've made it, and I've already committed four more pieces of fabric to the pattern as well!!!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Project Runway for the home sewer!

You gotta check this out!  It's Project Runway for the home sewer....  The Great British Sewing Bee! 
Home sewers in the UK are put to the test....

Monday, April 8, 2013

Last join The Challenge!

This is a re-post for the last call to join the Sew Your Own Wardrobe For A Year Challenge.  This is a year-long challenge to create fabulous "me-sewn" wardrobes, enhance our sewing skills, and find encouragement along the way.  We currently have 40 ladies who have taken up the challenge.  April 15, 2013 will be the last day to join the challenge.  

Feel free to post this announcement on your own blogs as well as the link to the Welcome & Intro Video.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Simplicity 1699 Complete...

I'm all done with this one....

I'm not sure I'll do it again.  I love the color (fuchsia).  I also loved the embroidery detail on the linen blend.  I used that piece on the top and a plain (non-embroidered) version for the pants.  I love the pants  in this pattern and will likely use it again.  I will, however, move the zipper from the side to the back.  The pants are a good fit--even thought I tend to wear my slacks a bit loose.  

The top is another story....  I love peplum tops and this one is really cute.  However, I'm not sure that a "full-busted" girl should wear a jewel neckline w/embroidery.  It just seems like waaaaaaaay too much fabric happening above the waist to cover "the girls!"  Perhaps it just me, but a few times I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and thought I saw a "bright pink version of the Michelin Man driving an ice cream truck...."  It's just a whole lot of pink moving at one time!  LOL!!! 

Print/embroidery detail

Revisiting New Look 6150...

I just love this top!  By the time the Sew Your Own Wardrobe challenge is complete, I will have many in my collection.  The next colors will be black, off white, and purple!!! 

Challenge intro:


Shoulder detail

Side gatherings

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Butterick 5682 complete

My first pair of jeans complete!  It was a 3-day project....  I loved every moment of it.

Pattern Description: At waist, fitted jeans; five options--slim leg, straight leg, boot cut, flared leg and straight leg w/hook and eye closure. I cut the boot cut view 
Pattern Sizing: 16-18-20-22 

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...I think they were.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The design is easy to follow and the fit works out great. 

Fabric Used: I used a stretch denim (10 oz). 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: This was my first pair of jeans. Consequently, I cut them a size larger to ensure they would fit. In the end, my seam allowance was almost 2". I realized I could cut the correct size and still have one inch seams in the stretch denim. I followed Lisa's tutorial at Sew On and Sew On to make the back pockets. That worked out great. My blog contains more info on: 
Pocket Details
Zipper Details 

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Absolutely! In fact, I plan to make several of the views in a few more colors. I also love doing all of the topstitching. However, I'm not a fan of topstitching thread. It jams in the machine and you only get 60 yds on a spool. What a rip off!!! I wound two bobbins and had just enough thread for the pocket details. I might try an embroidery thread next time. Despite that, I love this pattern and appreciate the "rise" at the waistline. Vogue has a similar pattern with a straight leg and boot cut option; however, the rise is 2" below the waistline. Frankly, I'd end up giving "muffin top" a whole new dynamic if I used that pattern.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Uhh...Quite possibly my new favorite thing!

I'm having sew much fun on these jeans they might be my new favorite garment to sew!  They have come together well.  I'm in the process of fitting and preparing to attach the waistband.  I've been digitally documenting every detail.  I love the topstitching details.  I chose a funky twill for the pocket lining.  Even the zipper details came together nicely....  More pics later showcasing the hem and once the fit is finalized

Pockets details

Zipper details
Rear view before sides seams are sewn...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Initial steps on Butterick 5682--Denim pockets

I started on the indigo jeans....  First, I must give a huge SHOUT OUT to Lisa at Sew On and Sew On for her jean pocket tutorial.  I followed her counsel on construction.  The guide sheet takes you a different route.  I used one of the decorative stitches on my machine with a jeans topstitching thread.  I'm not a huge fan of how the thread performs in the machine.  However, I love the look of it.  

Lessons learned so far:
  • Use a woven fusible interfacing on the pocket wherever there might be decorative stitching.  It keeps the thread from bunching and tangling
  • Go slow...decorative stitches are a nightmare to rip out
  • I'm gonna love making jeans!  

On the cutting room table...

Sew...I'll be busy working on these projects over the next few weeks:

Butterick 5682--my first pair of jeans. I've chosen an indigo denim (looks black to me). It's a 10oz denim with just a bit of stretch. The project will expose me to new techniques and may find me using my embroidery features of my machine.  I started working on this one today, and I'm so excited!!!  

Simplicity 1699--I've had a pink/fuschia linen blend with a coordinating embroidered piece in my stash for a long time. This is finally the season.... This peplum top and pants should be adorable as Spring makes its entry!

Butterick 5382--I love the neckline of this dress. I cut it in a blue knit that may not have enough stretch. I may have to find someone it will actually fit when it's all over. I have a two-way stretch stand standing for the do-over just in case I'm "stitch-slapped" during the first round! 😁

New Look 6150--I had great success on this one the first go 'round. This time I have a delicious red knit.... It's a blue red--my favorite.

Monday, March 11, 2013

What I've been doing for 4 weeks...

I was helping "The Fearless Seamstress" create a dream wedding gown for the reaffirmation of her vows with her husband.  She refused to buy a pattern to create the dress.  She was inspired by a designer gown she had seen elsewhere....  She's pretty amazing in her fearlessness!  She has given me permission to share a few pics here.  We created a muslin pattern based on her measurements and vision.  I blog more about my insights from the journey on my other blog, "A Victorious View."  

We created the pleated yoke for the front and back.  She embellished the lace insert with Swarovski crystals to match the purchased appliqué at center front.  

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Burda 7576 and Butterick 5249 complete!

So this is the pencil skirt from Butterick 5249. I really like this pattern.... There are no darts and the fit is great! As you can see I made the belt loops as well. I haven't done that since high school.  I'm trying to push myself to do things I haven't done before (or that I've shied away from).  I figured I'd better get some practice since Lynn convinced me to try Jalie 2908 (yay!)  I even stretched myself and constructed the belt for the skirt. I had some trouble there and will have to work on technique.

Of course, my biggest concern was that the garment would scream "home made." I don't mind telling you it's home-made, but I don't need it to look home-made!! Anyway, I managed to make it work and I'm pleased with the outcome.

Conversation with my son:
Me: Buddy, I need you to take the pics of my outfit
Son:  Which one?
Me: The one I wore Sunday...
Son: mean the one with the blouse that looked like it was exploding! And the color of that skirt made my head hurt!
Me: Er...uhh...then, you were looking at it way too long, son, way too long....

I am pleased with the Burda 7576 top, too; however, next time I will use a knit and lengthen it a bit (I may also need cut it a size larger--it's clearly cut for a B-cup).  It's a nice pattern to have the on hand.  I had the tags made in the mid-90s.  I've begun using them again in my finished garments.  

I haven't made belt loops since high school.
I'm glad I added them. 

My attempt at making the belt; turning the point was rough.  In the end,
 I couldn't find the right sized buckle, so I opted out of it.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

A change in plans...BURDA 7576

So...I didn't have enough fabric to make the blouse out of V8772. I made the blouse from BURDA 7576 instead.... I'm not sure I still love the print, but it will work.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Next Skirt & Top

Vogue 8772 and Butterick 5249 are on the cutting room table.  I will be using french seams on the blouse.  I'm very excited about the blouse.  I'm using view A for the skirt.  I'll save the pleated pockets for another time.

Silky print

Linen blend

Sunday, January 27, 2013

New Look 6150

I love this pattern!

Pattern Description:
Mock wrap fitted top with rouching at waist and sleeves.

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

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, they were.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the style and fit.

Fabric Used:
Matte jersey print (which i loved)

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I think the pattern runs a bit large.  I made the side seams larger because it was a little full.  It calls for 1/4" elastic for the sleeves.  I might consider the clear elastic seen in some RTW in the future.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Absolutely.  It will be a "go to pattern" in my collection.

Vogue 8750 Complete

Yay!! I'm done and I love the pattern....

Pattern Description:
Fitted and flared skirt in various lengths

Pattern Sizing:

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

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, they were easy to follow.  Construction was easy as well.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I think the pattern is great.  The edge stitching/edge stitching is a great detail on the pattern.  The curved seams are also a beautiful detail.

Fabric Used:
Moleskin.  It is the first suggested fabric for the skirt.  It was perfect, however, I'm not a fan of having to top stitch moleskin.  The pattern calls for edge stitching, however, my was a bit wider.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
None.  The waist requires grosgrain ribbon for stabilizing and it works great!

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Absolutely!  However, I probably wouldn't use moleskin.  I will try it in another fabric.

It's a great pattern, and it will be a "go to pattern" in my collection.

Vogue 8750