Wednesday, September 2, 2015

DIY-- Chain Maxi Dress-- New Look 6372

DIY -Halter Chain Maxi Dress - 
New Look 6122
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New Look Misses' Dresses Each in Two Lengths 6372

When I first saw this pattern I knew I NEEDED to make it! It was simple enough and just what I needed to satisfy my sewing itch!

When I went to the Quilting and Sewing Expo this past April in Massachusetts, I decided to snoop around other local and not so local (bit more of a drive) fabric shops. One store in particular I fell in love with is Sewfisticated Discount Fabric Store in Framingham, MA. The fabric in here is of good qaulity and costs anywhere from $2.99 to $6.99 a yard. This is where I got this beautiful polyester fabric. I took what was left on the bolt. Maybe about 6 yards or so. I knew I was going to make more than one of something, just didn't know what.

Sooo....3 months later I figured out what I was going to make with it. I honestly love when patterns are only 5-6 pattern pieces or less. It makes me happier to get to the sewing faster than to be cutting for hours.  Have you ever noticed when you are working on a pattern that requires you to cut out about 15-20 pieces of just the paper you don't want to cut the fabric and you are done for the day. Then when you finish cutting the fabric you don't want to start sewing because you are tired from all the cutting, so that puts it off another day? Lol...story of my life!!



If I could put the two above pictures together I would.  I was having such a hard time trying to figure out how I was going to make 2 tubes out of these little slim pieces of fabric.  I will be honest I almost quit a few times.  It was so aggravating and I was starting to sweat.  No lie!!  I came across a Youtube Tutorial on how to turn a small tube inside out.  In picture #1 you can see the end of the tube is sewed shut with not much of an end.  The tutorial said to take my tool of choice, put it at the end of the tube and scrunch it down on itself.  In pic #2 you can see that I am working my way scrunching on itself and its turning right side out.  I will admit in the beginning I did have a hard time doing this to start because it is such a slippery fabric, but eventually I got the hang of it.

I purchased this Blue Moon 18" Gold Oval Link Chain from Joann Fabrics.  I didn't need that long of a chain, but out of the selection, I loved this one the most.  I took about 5 links out of it to make it the length that I wanted.

Sewing the ends of the tube to the link chain was a piece of cake!

I put my label and size of the dress inside the back of the dress.  Here is where I made it look professional!!  I went to Hobby Lobby one day and bought clear elastic from their Sewology line.  I sewed the pieces of elastic to the to the side seams of the dress so when you put it on a hanger it has extra support instead of just hanging awkwardly from a chain.  I think that was pretty creative of myself.  I also added my tag on the side.

I wore it to my daughter's fifth grade graduation as you can see above and it was a hit.  I think people love how big the flowers were and that is was just so unique.

Did the dress come out the way I envisioned it? Yes!!

Would I make it again? Yes, but I think next time I will try a different neckline on the pattern.

I did make 2 more in 2 different sizes for other people and it seemed to work out pretty well for them as well.  Thanks for checking this out!!

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Monday, August 31, 2015

DIY -- Kids Romper/Jumpsuit -- McCall's M7151

DIY -Kid's Romper - McCall's M7151
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I have no idea why these pictures came out so fuzzy.  It could be because it was a cloudy day, but I had to post this because it's too darn cute!! I don't normally make too much for my kids because honestly they don't like the patterns that are in the store.  I guess they aren't "Cool Enough" compared to the apparel that is in the store.  The other problem is my daughter DOES NOT like to wear dresses and there seems to be many "Girly Dresses" in the book that turns her off.

We were flipping through the pattern book at Joann Fabrics and she came across the romper  in the McCall's pattern book. Now to her this was meant for her because the "Romper Style is In Mom".  She picked out her own fabric as well.

We bought about 2 yards of a light weight jersey knit striped fabric.  I know I took a picture of the bolt, but it must have been deleted from my phone at some point. This was some late night cutting and picture taking because of the shadows.  Do you like my different weights?? I used cans of fruit, vegetables and soup!! LOL.  Anything to keep a paper pattern down to the floor when you have a ceiling fan on full blast!

Honestly, this pattern was pretty easy to put together. I only got held up in the back attaching the straps.  I had a little bit of a hard time understanding that part of the instructions, but I got the gist of it and may have improvised a little.  If you have all the time in the world without any distractions (kids, lunch, phone, bathroom breaks, rest your eyes, etc) this should take about 2-3 hrs.  That also means you have to have manageable fabric.

The Brother Lock 1034D Serger I purchased from Walmart a few months ago was the best addition to my Brother family. It works like a dream.  It makes my apparel look and feel so much more professional when I am finished.  If you are looking for an affordable serger that will get the job done, this is the machine for you!!!

This is the finished product from all views.  I think it came out pretty well and she loves it!! It looks so cute on her. I wish I had made her more, but living on the East Coast....summer goes just as fast as it comes.  Now to find cute Fall and Winter clothes that can compete with the retail store seen.

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Until Next Time


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DIY--New Look 6122--View C

DIY -Halter Maxi Dress - New Look 6122
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I haven't posted in awhile!! I have been sooo busy lately with trying to work at my first job and run my home business.  I wanted to share this summer dress that I made for myself and for a Boutique Store.

I'm using my iPhone to do this post so hopefully it comes out as nice as if I was to do this on my computer at home.

I will admit...New Look patterns and I are not really good friends. I normally have a little trouble with them compared to other patterns. I don't know why that is, it just is. I decided to give this a try anyway!

I bought this fabric when I attended the Sewing and Quilting Expo in Massachusetts this past April 2015. I look forward to that trip every year!! It was purchased from the Vogue Fabrics vendor. I purchased 8 yards of this beautiful stretch fabric at $4.99 a yard! I knew I was going to be making more than one.

I did not take as many pictures during the sewing process as I normally do. This pattern was pretty straight forward.

I think once the bodice was complete everything else was a piece of cake. There is some light weight interfacing at the bottom of the bodice to give it some stability to hold on to the long skirt that will be added.  Do you see that little pink sticker on my right which is your left?? I find this easier for me when it comes to marking the right side of fabric when it becomes too involved with steps. It works for may work for you.

This is the picture I took when I first completed it. It's very light weight and feels great against the body. I love how it ties around the neck and around the waist!

This is a picture of one of the customers that bought my dress from a Boutique store that I have partnered up with. The store is Signature for Women. This is the first dress I have made for the store.

This is me today rocking the dress. I have worn it a few times. When I wear it to work at the hospital, patients and co-workers give endless compliments! It has quickly become one of my favorites!

Until Next Time


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Open for Business!! Legit Business Women!!

It is time to play a little catch up!!!  I will hopefully be able to spread my posts out over the the next few days or weeks.  I have sooo much to share!  I think it is better and easier for me to post to my blog from my iPhone.  I seem to have the phone to more accessible than the computer now a days.

The first piece of news that I would like to share is that as of April 2015 I am now a legal LLC!! My registered name in the State of Connecticut is of course...Silverlinings Originals LLC!! Yay for me!! It is now hanging on my wall above my work station. I have been doing business out of my home as well as two store locations.  Everything I am doing is pretty new still and I am learning as I go, but I am super excited about this new journey I am on!!

Soooo.....since I am my own boss (even though I am still working at the hospital as well...can't quit my day job just yet) I needed to have a more functional and appealing work space. I am very OCD about having everything near and clean.

I made my self a little/big corner into house that is just for me!! I love this little nook that I made myself and how my chair just swivels around while I am working! Hey you see my Sales and Tax Permit hanging in the frame. I'm thinking of putting my first dollar in a frame right next to it too!

I will have more to share soon!! I have been doing a lot of sewing and a lot of business lately. Hopefully I can share sooner rather than later! If you are not already following me on Social Media what are you waiting for???? I think the world posts a little faster on there!! LOL Follow me on Instagram Silverlinings_Originals and on my new FaceBook Silverlinings Originals As always.....

Until Next Time!!


Friday, May 22, 2015

How to Clean a Filthy Iron

How to Clean a Filthy Iron!!

This is what my iron looked like after many interfacing needed projects. When it was time to iron garments, there was no way I was putting this on the fabric!

I decided to go to the store and see what I could find to clean the iron instead of buying a new one. I found this in the household section of Walmart for less than 2 bucks.  I know there are a lot of people out there that try to find alternatives to cleaning in homes without using chemicals. But they way I see it, if my grandma did these things and she living past 91 it won't kill me either! LOL

I grabbed an old white washcloth that no one uses. One capsule is all you need to clean the iron one time. Make sure you dump all the water out of your iron so the steam is not in use.

Rub the iron over and over the spot. Even getting the sides of the iron that you have no idea how cakes on guck gets on the edges. You can wipe the excess off on other corners of the washcloth and go back to cleaning in the middle until you are satisfied!

Looks brand new again after all was said and done. Now it runs smoothly against the garment fabric that I am using next! I did see recently that someone used a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to clean the iron. When it Clara up again I may try that method and revue it as well!

I have so many things that have happened in the last month that I want and need to share! I have just been solo busy with the opportunities that I haven't been able to post! It looks like I have the chance again to get back to posting! 
Stay tuned......

Until Next Time!!


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

DIY - Button-Up Shirt - Simplicity 2255 - View A

DIY -Tunic - Simplicity 2255
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I haven't posted in awhile because I have been working on some business ventures as of late.  Two opportunities have been brought to the table for me and I have decided to jump on them.  I will be sharing more on this in a later post.  Most of my posts are always about firsts.  That may still be because in my eyes I am still a beginner (novice) sewer. 

I got up the courage to try my first button up shirt. I have had the pattern for a while but was very intimidated by it.  The shirting fabric I decided to use was purchased at Mood in NYC when I was there in September.

So I did my best with the trying to cut all the patterns out to line up with each other in the end. I think I did pretty well. The only thing I had trouble with at this point were the pockets.  I had to sacrifice lining the plaid up perfectly horizontally and make it line up vertically.  Originally the pocket placement was too high for me according to the pattern markings, so I lowered them a little.  In hindsight I could have lowered them a little more.

The whole concept of buttons is the reason why I was intimidated with this pattern.  I have never done buttons before.  I bought my sewing machine in July of last year and have yet to use all the features it is capable of.  Button and button holes being one of them.  My Brother SQ9185 sewing machine has an automatic button whole maker that I had never used.  Man...did I practice with the that button hole maker on every scrap I could find before I put them in my shirt.  I was so pleased when it worked.

I finally put to use the Brother Serger 1034D that I purchased in March of this year. Before I was able to get to this point of using it on my shirt, I had to change the thread.  The video that came with it was so outdated and no help at all.  With the help of two YouTube video and taking pictures of what it should like before I changed the thread helped with re-threading it with white thread. Hopefully it lasts me a long time and I don't have to do it again anytime soon.  It's not that it is hard to do, its just tedious!!! After using a million scrap pieces to serge, I finally put the knife to my shirt! I was scared, but it came out fine.

I probably could have been a little closer to the actually seam, but being my first time serging, I didn't want to push my luck and ruin it!

This was my way of marking the button holes on the front of the shirt and also making sure that the plaid lined up with each other.  I didn't know any other way to do it.  It worked for me, that's all that mattered! lol

I could have had a million more pictures of step by step of making the shirt, but I didn't want to make the post too long.

So here it is finished on my DIY- Duck Tape Dress Form. I made it last winter and she is holding up pretty well.  I was asked a few days ago if I am going to get a real dress form.  I may eventually, but for right now she is doing just fine!! :)

Here it is on me!! Wearing it to work!!  I think I like it better with the sleeves rolled up and the sides buttoned up.  That's just my personal preference.  Now on to my next project that I can't wait to share, but for now it is Top Secret.  Have a good day all!!

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

February Budget - Just Made It or did I Break it??

February Budget
'Cuse My French

I broke the bloody hell out of the bank!!

It has taken me a few extra weeks to get my budget post up for February because I knew I busted the bank wide open...I just wasn't ready to share yet! LOL

I couldn't really be mad at myself though.  Even though I have set myself to stay on budget, some things just can't be helped. As every knows sewing IS an EXPENSIVE career or hobby in my case.  It is also an investment.  So with that said I will show you how I busted the month of February, but it was a one time purchase!

February 4, 2015
Pack of Sharp Sewing Needles = $1.27

February 6, 2015
Joann Fabrics:
(7) McCalls Patterns = $13.93
(1) Simplicity Pattern = $3.99
(1) Vogue Pattern = $4.99
3 yd of Knit Fabric = $10.77
3 yd of Knit Fabric = $8.98
(2) Spools of Thread = $4.27
2¼ Cheetah Print Fleece = $17.04

February 9, 2015
Serger = $190.53

February 13, 2015
(8) Spools of Serger Thread B&W = $19.76

February 22, 2015
Affordable Fabrics:
1 yd of Canvas = $2.99
1 yd of Lining =$ 2.99
3 yd of Crepe Fabric = $8.97

Budget Allowance = $100.00
Total Amount Spent w/o Tax included = $290.48
Remaining in Budget = -$190.48

You see in red where I blew the bank wide open!!  But a serger is an investment in my hobby or maybe career later on in life. (Who Knows).  What makes me laugh the most is, if I didn't buy the serger, but I still but the serger thread in hopes of having a serger... my total for the month would have been $99.95!!!

Hopefully in March I do much better. The big purchase was soooo worth it though!! Will be posting a button up shirt I made serging my seams! 

Until Next Time!!


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Girl's Weekend Getaway Bag -- Weekend Duffel

Girl's Weekend Getaway Bag
The Weekend Duffel

So I decided to step away from making garments and try my hand at making a bag.  I didn't want to make just any type of hand bag, but some thing that would be useful on my weekend trips.  When it gets warm again this bag will be used regularly!!  I bought the Weekend Duffel class from over the Christmas Holiday when they were having a sale.  I finally got to dig in.

There was a crazy amount of template measurements cut out of poster board.  I used the long bag measurements which were 23¼" x 10¼" x 8¼".  If I was going to make the regular size bag the measurements would be 19¼" x 10 ¼" x 8 ¼".

The fabric I used was purchased from  The main fabric is (HERE),  The accent fabric is (HERE) and the lining is (HERE). I also purchased fusible fleece and interfacing from Joann Fabrics.  I bought all the fabric in 2 yards to leave room for error.  And I did have at least 2 errors. That's what happens when you are watching TV at the same time as using a rotary cutter!!!

One mistake I made that I went back and fixed was the two paper pieces on the upper right.  They should have been taped together at the bullseye and cut.  I realized after I made the mistake of cutting and quickly fixed it.  Better late than never.

No I have done a few zippers on garments and each time I have had to rip them out for some reason or another! I am proud to say I did not have to rip this one out!!

I made two kinds of pockets.  For the front panel I made a pleated pocket and for the back panel I made a bellows pocket.  I was so indecisive and I like both so I said the hell with it, be creative!

So in this picture, the pockets, accent straps and squares have been attached along with a 22in zipper and lining.  It really isn't as difficult as it may look.

The side panels were pretty easy as well.  

It looks like a pretty funky oven mitt!!  I did bend a needle sewing through all the layers.  I was using a size meant for heavy fabric, but hey it happens!

This is what it looked like before adding the base.  It was really starting to come together!

Adding the base was a little tricky like adding the side panels.  You sew one panel at a time.

Watching this video makes you understand things that you may have asked yourself for a split second and never thought about it again until you end up doing it.  Ya know you notice the little scares at the end of straps on pocketbooks and book bags and never thing to much about it.  Then when you have to do it yourself and it is explained to you why it is a good idea, it's like a light bulb goes on in your head!

Let me tell you I am in love with Wonder Tape!  I have been using it a lot lately with holding zippers in place and now to hold the Velcro for the handles in place.  It is definitely something to have in the sewing drawer!!

The last part to the bag before closing up the base was to add a hard bottom.  I have no idea what this is called, but I found it in the craft section of Joann fabric with the felt and poster board.  It can easily be cut down to whatever size you want with just ordinary scissors.  I used two because I wanted more stability in the bottom.

I am so sorry about the lighting for the end result as you can see in some of the other pics you can see the print is a lot brighter.  My daylight lamp fell over and busted!! :( I will have to replace it.

All in all I LOVE how this bag came out.  Betz White is an amazing teacher!!  This was my first class to be taken even though I have bought many.  I think she has set the bar pretty high in my opinion on how a class should be taught.  I'm actually afraid to watch the other classes because my expectations are so high now.

I can't wait to use this bag and tell people that I made it when asked.  Hey, I'm a show-off especially when I am proud of what I did!  Check out my Instagram!! 

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