Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Life Struggles......Sorry I have been away!

Hi Everyone,

Sorry I have been away for sometime now.  My life has become very busy as of late and I have not had the time to actually blog.  Not to say that I have not thought about the blog or to see what is going on in the blogging world, just have not been able to get to it.

1) Around this time of year between both my children they have three sports going on that literally take up Monday thru Saturday between practices and games! My daughter came in 2nd place in the Home Derby and also hit her first home run in a game this season.  My son is in t-ball and he is doing pretty well learning the concept of the game we know as Baseball!

2) The hospital seems to be extremely busy this time of the year, so I have been working a lot more and training on a new computer software that the hospital is using now.  Electronic Medical Record here our department comes!!

3) I have been dealing with 2 deaths in my family that were really close to each other in time.  My Aunt and now my grandfather.  His funeral is this Monday.  I have been practicing a scripture that I was asked to read, 2 Corinthians 1-8.  I am hoping that I can get through it.

I did say my blog was going to be about the things I am am currently going through.  The triumphs, the failures, and the in between.  Hopefully, when I return I will have some projects to share, pictures and other things.

I hope everyone that finds this post is doing well, happy, and healthy!!


Until Next Time 


Stephanie



Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Peep Show Dress in the works!! Part 1

Starting from the bottom! I'm drafting a dress pattern for me!!



So I haven't posted in a few days because I have been soooo busy with work and my kids sports!! 

Not to worry though....I have slowly but surely been working on creating a perfect fit dress pattern for me. It is supposed to be strapless, but the more I think about it, it may become a halter dress. I will decide when I get further along.

I will be using eyelet fabric and lavender lining fabric that purchased from Joann Fabrics a few months ago. I will have posts of my progress of this creation. 

We shall see if this is one of my failures or another triumph! Stayed tuned!!



Until Next Time!!✌️

Stephanie




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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Fabric Haul Part 3, Fabric.com

*Fabric haul*
Part 3
Fabric.com


I am completely addicted to fabric now.

I have joined the club with people that go shopping for clothes as a therapeutic way to get over anger, sadness or frustrations among other reasons.

I am also part of the club with people that say if you see it now you better get it because it may not be there next time!!

While at work one day during a lunch break I decided to browse Fabric.com (there is no such thing as browse BTW) and see what type of sales they had going on.

My package has arrived!!
 Click on the name of the fabrics to find out more information from Fabric.com.

Charmeuse Satin Mod Dot Blush/Silver

The dress I plan on making with this will be so cute!  An APRN I work with suggested adding a black belt or sash to break up the polka dots.  Just the thought of how I WANT it to turn out makes me happy! LOL 



I have a couple of patterns I can use this for.  It will most likely be a maxi dress, but with my own type of twist.  I was in love with the emerald color the moment I saw it.  It was a bit pricey, but when I felt it, I knew it was good quality.



This will probably be used to make another dress similar to the polka dot material.  My plan for this is to be a little more formal yet flirty instead of fun like the polka dot print.



I was very excited about this 50% Wool - 50% Polyester find.  It normal is about $10/yard but I got 3 1/2 yards for about $3.50/yard. I had to buy this to HOPEFULLY make a coat in the fall/winter. I am hoping my sewing skills are much better by that time.

I am very happy with my first purchase from Fabric.com.  I will definitely do business with them again.  I did call them before I made the purchase to ask a question on how they cut their fabric and the woman I spoke to was very friendly and helpful.


I feel like a crazy person saying this.  Pretty soon I am going to have more fabric than I have ideas or patterns for.

I can't wait for my next fabric haul!!

Until Next Time!! 


Stephanie



Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Buffi's Dress Design -- New book added to my sewing library


I was on the hunt for new sewing book that was not too complicated for me to understand as well as being update to this century's style of clothing.

I went to my local Barnes and Noble book store and came across Buffi's Dress Design.

In three days I went front to back with this book.  I found it very easy to follow and well written.  I like that it has a yardage guide/fabric conversion chart for the amount of fabric you'll need for a project based on the width of the fabric you purchased.  It has illustrations on how to cut your pattern pieces.  That being said, it does come with Sloper Pieces in the back of the book to make the garments just like the One Yard Wonders books.

I am pretty impressed with some of the styles that are in this book. There are some style dresses that I did not care for too much, but I think that is for every book as well as patterns you overlook in stores.  Three different fabric materials that I have listed in my fabric haul posts will most likely be used to create garments from this book.

As of right now, I recommend this book for the beginner like me.

Be on the look out for the posts of garments I make using this book.


Until Next Time!! 


Stephanie

Monday, May 5, 2014

DIY - Burda Style Pattern 7065



I have to admit.  I was so nervous to start this project.  Everything always looks great on the pattern envelope.  When you finally get the guts to start and sometimes get to the finished product, you look at it like WTH!!  Then it either gets seam ripped apart, scraped, put on a hanger in the back of your closet or balled up on the floor in the back of your closet.



This is 2 yards of fabric purchased from Vogue Fabrics from Chicago, IL.
This company was one of the vendors at the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo I attended this past April.  The fabric is part of the Galleria Knit Collection.




NOT THIS TIME!!  This is the first time that I have started, followed through and finished an actual printed pattern bought from a store.  I am very happy with how it came out. 


It was great to only have to use TWO pieces to construct this top.



I used washers from my local hardware store as pattern weights.  They are crocheted now.




 I always use my Ideal Seam Guide (click link to be taken to the post about this amazing tool) to keep my stitch line straight!!



The instructions were straight forward and easy to follow.




In the pictures above and below this description I use a tool called the EZ- Threader.  I also bought this tool at the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo from the same vendor listed above.  I am not sure if this is their tool but it is great to get elastic, rope, piping, etc through casing.  It's a lot easier than the safety pin method.  Oh...another tool I can't live without.



The halter tube is made the same way pants legs are made.  Turning one side, right side out and sticking it the tube that is the wrong side and sewing it.


So this is the finished look.

The Back!!!


The Front!!!


It is still WAY TO COLD in New England for me to wear this outside.  This is the reason why you can't see it all styled up in an outfit yet.  I will do an update post the day that I wear it out.

I will definitely make this pattern again in different fabric.  I may even extend the length and make it a tighter night out dress instead of the flowing one in View B.

Until Next Time  


Stephanie

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Scrub - A - Dub Sunday!! DIY - Scrub Tops

DIY - Scrub Sunday!!



I buckled down and add four more scrub tops to my work wardrobe.  I did this really for two reasons.

1) I like how easy and fast it is for me at this moment, very calming and non-stressful sewing!

2) I enjoy the compliments I get from my co-worker for having original scrub tops!

If you have not read my Fabric Haul 2 post, please check it out.  There you will find a description of all the fabric I used for these scrub tops.







My son decided that he wanted to draw all over my pocket template.




To learn more about the Ideal Seam Guide that I use while sewing, check out my
 Tool I Can't Live Without Post

It seemed easier for me to just cut all the fabric out and just sew everything at once.


The only thing that was time consuming on these scrubs was changing the thread to match the color of the bias tape being used.




The finished products!! So happy!! Can't wait to wear them.




 Check out Fabric Haul 2 for the materials used in this post!!

Have a good day/night everyone!


Until Next Time  


Stephanie



Friday, May 2, 2014

DIY -- Dress-Form Using Duck Tape

Hello Crafty Friends,

I decided this winter that I wanted to make a Dress Form that was an exact replica of my body.
(MOMMY TUMMY & ALL ) 
I wish I took a lot more pictures through the whole process, but at the time that I was doing this I was not thinking about becoming a blogger yet.  So I am hoping what I have will suffice.




I put on an old T-shirt that I didn't mind cutting the back of to get me out.  And as you can see with help, we started taping my body from the waist up and crossing my middle.

I used one roll of the Gray Duck Tape that you can buy at any store really.


I decided that I didn't want it to just be Gray, so I bought 4 rolls of Purple Duck Tape.  I needed that many because the yardage is less in Purple than the Gray.  I bought the 20 yard roll.

We patched up areas around that needed it, but we had to make sure that we didn't use too much tape or it would alter the actual size of my body.



So after about 1 hour and half we were ready to cut me out of it.  We cut straight down the back using scissors and cutting into the shirt also.  Looking back I shouldn't have taped half way down my arms because dress forms don't have arms.  I realized that when I couldn't put a shirt over it. LOL


I went to my local hardware store and bought a PVC pipe used for plumbing and they had a Christmas tree stand that was 75% because it was after Christmas.  Now let me tell you I walked around Lowes for about 30-40 min trying to figure out what would hold my form up.  I even thought a bucket of cement would have been a good idea, but then I would never be able to move it.  I just got lucky to be after Christmas and find the stand.

After cutting me out, we taped the back of it back up and started filling it with Polyester Fiber Fill.
I cut out 4 pieces of cardboard the exact size of the bottom, top and both arm holes.  Putting the cardboard on the top made for a sturdy piece to go against the PVC pipe.  I cut out a hole in the bottom cardboard piece so the PVC pipe would go through it. Then I just put purple tape over all the cardboard to match it.


Then I just taped the pipe so everything just flowed.  So as stated above since dress forms don't have arms, I will probably take a razor blade and cut the arms off so it will be more functional for me.

I'm really proud of how it came out.  If for some reason I don't have the heart to cut the arms off, I may just use it as a piece of art in my sewing room.


Until Next Time 

Stephanie

Thursday, May 1, 2014

DIY--Crocheted Pattern Weights


About a week ago I came across a Google+ post from www.thezenofmaking.com about crocheting around ordinary washers that you can purchase from your local hardware store.  I knew as soon as I saw them I wanted to do the exact same thing to my plain old boring washers.  What stinks now is my future posts of projects I have taken pictures of with the weights on the pattern, don't have the nice bright colors of yarn on them.

I have not crocheted anything in over two years, but I quickly realized that it is just like riding a bike.  Once you have learned how to do it, you really never forget.  You may need a quick refresher on the different types of stitches, but it all comes rushing back.


 I purchased my washers from Lowes Home Inprovement Store about 2 months ago. They weren't expensive.  I want to say about 35 Cents a piece. I only purchased 10.



  I may have to purchased more because I had so much fun crocheting.




I used Lily's Sugar 'n Cream 100% Cotton Yarn.  It was purchased from Joann Fabrics some time ago.  I used to make dish clothes and place mats with this yarn.

Checkout www.thezenofmaking.com video tutorial of making crocheted metal washer weights.



Until Next Time  


Stephanie

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