Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Birthday Shirt for Dad | Colette Negroni

Hello there! Hope everyone's week is off to a great start!
Today I'm coming to you with a blast from the past. The past being March... which is not extremely "past" but it's also not present... But actually it IS a present. #inception? no? lol

Earlier this year I set out to make my father a shirt for his Birthday. A few friends of mine and I had signed up for a men's shirt-making class scheduled for February so really, the stars aligned perfectly I his favor lol He also believed I only make things for myself so I decided to prove him wrong. Cuz you know, "parents just don't understand" like Will said...

Moving on, the class was based on the Colette Negroni. It is basic, modern silhouette that I thought would be a smooth intro to the shirt-making world. I was right in my thinking. The lack of button placket as well as the fact that I chose the short sleeve option helped to make this venture feel like a breeze.

the hems meet. shirt just laid crooked

When choosing the size, my dad gave me 1 of his favorite shirts that he likes the fit of and I just measured it and compared to the pattern measurements. Before he gave me the shirt, I did try to get some measurements of his body and when I compared the physical measurements to the shirt he gave me, I realized that he and the shirt were in different Negroni size ranges. His body told me that he was a size Large but his favorite shirt told me that he was an XL. It did eventually hit me that my dad likes quite a bit of ease in his shirts so I made a compromise. I cut an XL all the way to the shoulders but then graded into a Large at the neck and collar.  That seemed to have work well. I feel like if I make this again, I can get away with cutting a large in the sleeves as well. They look big to me but he told me they were fine.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Crossover Seasons | Vogue 9111

On this ninth day of May in the year of our Lord, two thousand and seventeen, it is 60 degrees in Northern Virginia. SIXTY degrees!

I have this make to share that I made 3 months ago when it was actually winter and I am resenting the fact that it is STILL seasonally appropriate in the month of MAY. I guess if I look at the positive side of things, I have more time to wear it before it's swimsuit season lol.

Anyway, to the point of this post! I made a sweater! Vogue 9111 to be exact. I loved the look of the pattern illustrations and I remembered my mom had a really cute striped sweater that looked exactly like the one on the envelope. I cut View B in a size 12 as to try to replicate my mom's.

Friday, May 5, 2017

You like me! You really like me! | 30 Sewing Bloggers under 30

A couple of months ago, I received an email with the subject "Seams and Scissors would like to feature you...". In my head, I'm like ".... Me?! For what??"

I have this thing (complex maybe) where I feel like most people don't know who I am. And that's in regular life, so you can imagine how deep those feelings go for the interwebs. I'm always very surprise and completely honored when people tell me they see me and enjoy what I'm sharing in my tiny corner of the world wide web.

"Get on with it!", right? Sorry, tangent. Anyway, Ashley of allfreesewing.com had chosen to feature me as one of the 30 Best Sewing Bloggers under 30! What an honor and real excitement to know that so many young people REALLY enjoy this craft! I am happy to be named among quite a few faces that I know (Hey, Carmen!! Hi, Taylor!) and have my eyes opened to so much more talent!

You can check out the link of all the features here as well as the second part to the list where Ashley shared what we dubbed our favorite makes!

I can't end this post without saying how proud I am to represent the limited amount of melanin on the list. Representation matters. (and you can be mad :-P)

Hope you all check it out! If I can ever keep on schedule, I will be back soon lol


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Middle East Florals | McCalls 7566

Hello lovelies!! This is a VERY late post, as it is a blog about the dress I made (and wore) for Easter. I'm going to make this quick.

This is McCall's 7566 view C. I cut a size 12 but a 14 through the bust area. I was hoping that that cheat would suffice and I wouldn't have to do an FBA but I was WRONG lol. It would have worked for the knit view but not for this woven view.  I'll get to that more in a second.

The fabric was a gift from my cousin, TJ, who is living over in Kuwait right now. It was one of many in a huge bag he brought home and honestly, when I first saw it, I didn't like it all. I figured, that I would use it to muslin something in the future. But thennnn, as my family was deciding what colors to wear for Easter, it was one of the only pieces in my stash that stood out to match and the flowers made it seasonally appropriate. It grew on me.

The lining is one from a lining mystery bag that I got from Fabric Mart

After washing both fabrics, I sprayed them with Fabric Stabilizer and hung them to dry. It didn't quite make them feel like cotton the way everyone brags about, but I think it would have been a disaster if I DIDN'T use it.

Changes I made:
  • French seamed the entire dress as well as the armholes. I didn't want to serge the seams because they would be completely visible so I went ahead and did the extra work. I also didn't want to have to hand sew the armholes closed so I figured out how to french seam those as well. It was QUITE fiddly so I can see why they left that out of the instructions but it was definitely worth it to me.
  • I made a clean finish for the lining at the zipper.  In the instructions, they have you do ALLL of this work to have a lining and french seams and what not but then they have you throw a zipper on top of it all. If I'm going to put a lining in a dress, I need the insides to look extremely CLEAN. I finaggled a way to make at least the bodice to have a clean finish but i realized I sewed the skirt lining in the wrong way (inside out) and there was no way to cover the zipper at that part. Especially since I had fused interfacing on the zipper seam allowance
  • I originally had an invisible zipper sewn in (the same color as the purple flowers too!) but as I was putting the last finishes on the dress, I tried it on, and the zipper RIPPED OPEN right at the waist seam!! I couldn't believe it! I know that i had been eating alot but I've never broken a zipper! lol I ripped it out and installed a center METAL zipper for some security.... I also started working out 
  • Lastly, the bodice wasn't laying flat against my chest and was gaping because I didn't do a proper FBA. To remedy that, I put a few hand stitches in to close up the V join a little higher and that worked a little bit. (you can see the lining peaking out from the gaping below)

Overall, I enjoyed making this dress. It was nice to take my time and do more advanced techniques and not rush through to finish up fast. I definitely plan on making this again. I thing all of the views are pretty.

What do you think?


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Gifted Ankara | Named Helga Wrap Playsuit

Greetings to all! I've been away on vacay so I've been trying to get acclimated back into normal life but it's haarrddd. lol I was in beautiful Guam with it's hot temps and beautiful beaches, so to be back in the DMV with bipolar temperatures and city pollution is not the easiest transition.

As I had been planning for my trip, I knew that I didn't want to make anything new. I have PLENTY of outfits and warm weather pieces and I didn't want to stress myself out by trying to rush a last minute garment with my schedule being so packed the weeks leading up to my trip. It was decided: NO VACATION SEWING.
......thennnnn Named Patterns came out with their Spring/Summer '17 patterns: The Playground Collection. I basically dropped everything, including my payment information to buy the Helga Wrap Playsuit. If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you may know by now that anything with a wrap bodice is my cup of tea! That afternoon I had already picked up my copy shop print from Kinkos and was on my way home to whip up a quick muslin to check the fit and see if it would be an easy sew.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Mommy & Me Ponchos | McCall's 6209

Promised you I'd be back soon and HERE I AM! lol Back to share a 1 for 1. Something for me and a gift for someone else.  This is my remixed version of "Mommy and Me" outfits because I'm not the mom lol but I'm sure it still counts. :-) Back in my fall/winter sewing plans, I mentioned I wanted to make McCall's 6209 in 2 different fabrics. I'll start with mine:

I have made McCall's 6209 previously. Then I made View A but this time I wanted to try out View E.  I cut a Medium just like I did the other one.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Sewists give the best gifts!

Well hello there! Didn't plan on being gone so long, but no matter that now. My time away has been happily spent sewing but that's not what I want to talk about today. I want to talk about how grateful I am to be a part of such a giving community. Sewing friends are one of a kind and I'm always honored when I get to meet someone who I've talked with online in real life! It brings me so much joy!