Monday, September 24, 2018

Not sure if I follow directions well | Handkerchief Dress

Hello again! This year, I have probably sewn fewer garments than I have any other year of blogging. It's crazy how different and busy life gets as we get older, that it seems like the things we used to be enamored with don't fit well into our ever-evolving lives. I really have to squeeze in time to sew these days, so I'm pretty proud that I was able to get a few things sewn this summer.

I saw this picture on Mimi G's Instagram back in July and fell in love! And I saw that she had made a free tutorial on it so I decided one of the lighter knits in my staff would be set aside for this cute handkerchief dress!

I followed the tutorial, making sure to add a few inches in length to my skirt and was hoping to be done in about an hour.... Imagine my surprise when I tried on the dress and it was literally falling off of me hahaha. The tank top I used to trace didn't have enough negative ease, so that threw off the measurements of the entire garment.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Abstract Maxi Skirt | McCall's 7682

Well, September has flown by like a leaf in the wind! Earlier this month, I went up to New York to hang with some family and friends, and I made sure to hit up my Sewing Auntie, Carolyn. We made plans to go to The Met so I decided that I was going to surprise her by making something out of some fabric she gave me the last time we got together!

My initial desire was to make a shirtdress because she has an extensive history with them, and it would be new for me. But after cutting out 95% of the dress and not being able to cut out the front bodice, I realized I had to switch gears quickly lol I was working on McCall's 7682 View D. Once I ran into the lack of fabric snafu, I decided that I would just make it a skirt.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

My Italian Fabric Haul!

Ciao!! Thanks for coming back! This post is for all of the fabric lovers/hoarders/stashers lol
When I went to Italy back in May, I made sure to look up some fabric stores to stop at before I left.

Before I continue, be sure to take a look at my fabric haul VIDEO for details on all of the fabrics and to see their weights and how they drape!! I won't get too specific on this blog but I was very specific in the video!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Guest of an Italian Wedding | Vogue 9251

Ciao, good people! Today I'm bringing you the star piece of all the garments that I made for my Eurotrip back in May! I'm showing you what I made to wear to the wedding I went to Europe for.

This dress is Vogue 9251, mostly View A, in a size 12. When I was beginning to look for what pattern to sew, I wanted something a bit dramatic, but comfortable at the same time. If you follow my Instagram or my blog, you know that I LOVE wrap dresses and I feel great in them. They are super comfortable to me, and then the pockets on this pattern sold the comfortability for me. And for the dramatics, the sleeves and the hemline I was envisioning in my head allowed me to move forward.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Germany meets Italy | Simplicity 8265

Ciao, my people! Hope you're doing well and welcome back! Today's project is another garment I made to wear during my Eurotrip. This one was for Milan, Italy!

I made the Simplicity 8265, View C, in a size 14.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Matching the Colosseum | McCall's 7686

Ciao Ciao!! Welcome back! Today I'm talking about another piece that I made for my Eurotrip! I am so grateful that I got a chance to go to Rome! And the first stop was the Colosseum!
This is McCall's 7686, View A, in a size 12.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

But what do I wear to the Eiffel??? | McCall's 7730

Bonjour!! Thanks for coming back! Back in May, I took a great Eurotrip and the first stop was Paris, France! We all know that one of the main attractions of Paris is the infamous Eiffel Tower and I knew that I wanted to get some great pics there. But what to wear???

I landed on a look that was sleek and Parisian (in my mind haha) and ran with it.

This jacket is McCall's 7730 in size 12 (D cup), but while I was making it, it was CLEAR that I should have gone with a 14... I'll get into that in a second. I made View C with the upper sleeve extended down to my wrists.