Tuesday, October 11, 2016

10. Aliens Out - Burda 6829 and friends | #sew16in2016

What do you call a dress started April 2015, worn unfinished, and put back in the pile to be finished at a later date? A UFO. That's what you call it. Last April, my Uncle was having a 50th Bday Bash and his the theme colors were black and gold. I knew I had some black and gold fabric so I went through some patterns with my mom and she voted on Burda 6829 as the party dress for me. I think I had about a week to make the dress but of course I cut it out the night before and started sewing the day of.... Let's not forget I sew like a snail.

I sewed all day and I got to putting the sleeves on but I was contemplating on how to finish sleeveless or whether I should add sleeves. I messed up bad and had to unpick ALOT and had to walk out of the door with no sleeves, unfinished armholes, and a cropped jacket over it all because it was atrocious.

You're probably thinking "That doesn't sound that bad. Unfinished armholes on a knit are basically finished. And isn't this on of the 'easy' Burdas?"... Everything would have been fine but I had decided to flatline the entire dress... before reading the instructions lol.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Striped Scrap Skirt - Simplicity 1812

Earlier this summer when I was trying to figure out what style of skirt I was going to make my fringe suede remnant into, I went through all of my patterns to search for skirt patterns. I came across Simplicity 1812 as an option but I wasn't sold. So I thought "Well I can just make up a muslin real quick with some scrap fabric". I pulled out what was left from my Ankara shirtdress fabric and cut out the pattern. THEN I decided, "ehhh, I'll just make up my own pattern!" lol So here I had fabric cut out for a skirt pattern that, honestly, I wasn't feeling from the envelope. To a plastic baggy and the UFO basket it went. For MONTHS.

Once I decided I was trying to clean up my space and really get rid of UFOs so I could start new projects guilt-free, I came cross the baggy again. I felt like just scrapping it all to the trash. I really wasn't too fond of the pattern for whatever reason. Most of it being that they had a seam down the center front and the center back was on the fold. A small thing (and an EXTREMELY easy fix lol) but it annoyed me to no end. I am also not a fan of skirts with elastic waists so I try to avoid patterns like that. Finally I decided "ehh.. I'll just make it. It'll be quick". And quick it was.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fall + Winter 2016 Sewing Plans

When I made Fall sewing plans last year, you could say I was pretty successful. I managed to sew 8 out of the 10 things I had on my plan. My hope is that I will have the sammmeeee motivation this time around as well. And I'm extending the seasonal deadline because there isn't really a cutoff for Fall around  here just as there isn't a start time to Winter. They both just show up.. unannounced... just as rude as ever lol.

These are the things I plan to make. Keep in mind, I took these pics weeks ago so some things pictured may have changed, but I will explain when I get to those. Also, these aren't in any particular order. I will hyperlink the finished objects as well! Now let's get this started!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Sewing Tools Birthday Haul!

Hello friends! I know what you're thinking.. "Wasn't her birthday in July?"
Yes. Yes it was lol but it took Amazon quite a while to send me all of my stuff so I had to wait okay! lol I just want to share the sewing tools I got that I believe will really help elevate my sewing skillsssss.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Flowing with the Waves - McCalls 7363

Hello, good people! I went to Myrtle Beach last week with some friends and I thought it'd be the perfect opportunity to take some pics of the new skirt I had made. It had been a while since I've made something from a pattern so it felt good to jump back into that and have some instructions to follow. I am the MacGyver type at times but I like standards too. I'm just weird like that lol

This pattern is McCall's 7363 that I waxed poetic about in this post. It's no surprise that I made View B first since that is the view on the site that made me HAVE to buy the pattern. lol I cut a size 12 straight. No alterations.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Say 'Hello!" to my little friend!

Hey folks! I'm back from an amazing vacation in Myrtle Beach and I took the opportunity to take some pics of my new skirt on the beach but that's not what this post is about lol. For my birthday, my mom bought me something that's sure to elevate my sewing to the next level <3 She bought me a dressform from The Shop Company!

I got a size 12, Professional female dress form with collapsible shoulders! On the site, the size 12 measurements read bust:38, waist:29, and hip:39 (inches). Amazingly, those are my normal measurements! I measured the form when it came and the waist and hip measurements are correct but the bust measurement is only 37.5. And I tried every angle to measure but everything came up to 37.5 max. I'm a little annoyed by that but I can obviously get over it lol. Right now my waist measurement isn't a 29 either, but I will put in the work to get it back to that size lool. More fruit and vegetables for me.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

DIY Labels vs Shop Bought Labels

Helllooooo! I'm back with a little comparison post. A month or so ago, Dutch Label Shop reached out to me and offered to send me some labels. For free, yes. (mama I made it!). For review, no. They were clear that I didn't have to make one... And this isn't a review, just a comparison with what I have been using this entire time.

Okay, now that ya'll don't think I'm tryna sell ya'll something lol

Over two years ago, I decided to DIY some labels and I figured out a super easy and cheap way to get it done. I printed the labels on cotton fabric sheets and have been cutting them as I go ever since. My best friend made such a great design that I'll probably use forever lol.  The Dutch Label Shop offered me a voucher for some labels and I was sooo happy to see that I could upload my own design! Some of the other places I've been seeing here and there force you to make something out of their own templates and I definitely wanted to keep the design my friend worked hard on.

The labels from DLS obviously look wayyy more professional. I like that they have the space on the sides to stitch them down as opposed to me trying to cut the right amount of space around the ones I printed and not having enough (or having too much). They are also bigger but on the sight, you can make them whatever size you want.

I wanted to show the long-term durability (or lack thereof) of my DIY labels. This is a dress that I wear quite often so it's been washed and dried a good number of times. You can see the label is not only scorched by the dryer but also fraying around the stitching. You can barely see what it says anymore.

I'm glad to have these new labels because I am very confident that they are made to last through laundering adversity lol. Once I use them for a while, I will comment to how they hold up. For now, I will be putting the DLS labels in super successful garments/garments I believe will last for a while.

My ONLY regret is that I didn't think of getting some in black!! *wahhhh!* I didn't think about it until I saw Ping's! It's okay though lol I'll live.

That's all I wanted to say. I have a coupon code for 15% off at Dutch Label Shop until Aug 31st if you want to try out your own custom labels. The code is telltaletasha (all lowercase)!

What do you think?? DIY or Shop Bought??

See you next post!
xoxo, Tasha