Monday, October 12, 2015

McCall's 6696

Hello Everybody,
  I just wanted to stop by and say hello.  Plus I am overdue for a post.  I finished two versions of McCall's 6696 but wasn't able to post any pics because I wasn't satisfied with the results.  But, I can't wait on perfect conditions, hairstyles, make-up and etcetera, so here it is....

I can't tell you how much I love this pattern. The style, cut and variety is just amazing and it fits me perfectly.  I had to make minor adjustments here and there but nothing dramatic.  The only thing I would change is the placements of the darts, but even when I tried to alter my bust darts according to my sloper it still landed in a strange place. 
Well that's it for now....I still have a great deal of things to work on and others I have to post soon.  Since I am still learning how to use my new computer it might take me awhile, but expect some more post on my new and old but never shown garments. 
Hope all is well,

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

More like me.....

Hello Everyone,
As of late I have been thinking about how I can change my blog to represent a more accurate portrayal of who I am and how I think.  In the last seven years of attempting to make garments I realized that I am not a fast sewer, but more importantly I am more than a working progress in constructing garments.  I am working progress as a woman.  I see myself in the midst of allot of changes and I want to bring that into my passion, my world, my love which is sewing.  By all means I am far from where I want to be but I am far from where I started.  Thank God. 
This really began when I was watching a youtube channel and I had a particular fondness for an individual which I aspired to be.  I haven’t watched her video in a long time so I decided to make a quick visit.  I realized who I once was and who I am now may have altered my perception of who and how she now fits in my life.  I realized I grew out of a certain phase, but more alarming I realized that in a way she would have been a toxic contamination in my life if I followed her mind-set, attitude and lifestyle.  It wasn’t necessarily in her behavior, it wasn’t in her message, it wasn’t even her intent.  Honestly in her own way she tries to advise, give tips and even encourage others.   In my transition in life I have become more centered and knowledgeable about what is good for me and what needs to change. 
As of late I have been praying a great deal and trying to build a solid relationship with the Lord.  I can only assume that has a huge impact on how I now see things.  One thing I have noticed is a prostitution of oneself….meaning people who are selling themselves for a price.  In my years of growing up I have watched loved ones offer themselves over for a cheap thrill, recognition, protection and most importantly validation.  I am beginning to understand the true value of self-worth and respect.  You can never purchase, enhance, change or manipulate the source of who I am and what I believe.  If I am truly in a good place with myself and I cherish who I am then I cannot betray my principles for anyone’s convenience. Believe me this is not coming from a better than thou mindset.  It comes from a place of concern.
I am not talking about little girls who going out there proving to their peers how bad or good they are.  I am talking about grown women. WOMEN!!!!!!  As in above and way beyond legal age.  How did this happen?  How did mature, educated, knowledgeable women become…….(I leave it at that).  How do you claim to love yourself when you don’t even know your worth?  I see them invest in new clothes, hair, makeup, shoes, jewelry but never seem to take the time to discover themselves.  I see them invest in their education get their bachelor, masters and some even Ph.D.’s but as educated and intelligent as they are ….no work on self-actualization.
Now how does that relate to the video’s I used to watch?   I realized that all of us grow old but some of us never grow up.  Intellectually, we can rationalize things and make sense of a situation.  But our emotional I.Q. our development as individuals may have taken the backseat of our lives.  Like I stated before and I will state it again…I am not here to judge.  I am only aware because of the changes I need to make in my life, which requires me to be selective as to who I follow and who I will lead. 
Anyway on that note.
More thoughts by me to you,

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sunday's Best (my version of Fable)...and McCall's

Hello everyone,
 I know it's been awhile but I have exciting news I have finally finished my first dress McCall's 6696....and I am totally pleased. I have a few pics of the garment's really just to give an idea of what it looks like.  I will be wearing it soon so I will have pics of it in action. 

  Plus, I  have finally worn my version of fable for Sunday mass and it was an experience. There really isn't anything wrong with it per se. I just realized that it fit the occasion but did not compliment my body.  The proportion is really off.  I wonder if I were to use another fabric for this pattern will it look and feel better.  I need to make some adjustments so I guess the only way to find out is if I sew another version of it. Which is something I look forward too. So here are a few pics of my attire.  I hope all is well with everyone and I will be posting the second version of McCall's in the upcoming weeks.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Update on construction of McCall's 6696...and the wannabe fable jacket.

Hello Everyone,
 It's been awhile but things are slowly progressing.  So far I have finished my version of the fable jacket.  I have some reservations about the look of the  jacket because it looked nothing like I imagined, but,  I do like the fit and the concept behind it.  Will I make another version?  No.  It took to long and the material was very fussy.  Every time I would get back to sewing different parts of the jacket it would grow and not just grow in the sense that it needs a little alteration here and there, it was inches of fabric appearing in different parts of the jacket.  I had so much fabric to cut out, it became ridiculous.  Which made me come to terms with my fabric choice, although it seemed like an awesome idea,  I should of left it at that... an idea.


 And here what I have so far for my McCalls 6696.  I love how this shirtdress is coming out. 

I struggled with this one because I added to many inches in the bodice forgetting that there is a front placket to be added.  It's a good thing this situation can be resolved easily. The next version is being cut out so I will be posting on how I altered this version differently from my last one. Let's see how that turns out.
Hope all is well,

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spring Sewing 2015

Hello All,
     As of late I have been doing the sewing jumble juggle...I can't seem to keep focus on one project.  Every time I look into my pile of patterns, something always jumps out at me.  So I decided since I am inspired to do so many things, I will have to find a way to organize myself and see where this journey takes me.  So my Thursdays are cutting out pattern days, Fridays are measuring and altering days and Saturdays are cutting out fabric days.  You notice there is no sewing day right, yeah I guess it's just going to happen when the sewing bug bites until then I will just have to wait. But when I think about it.... that's a great thing, I am doing of all the hard work now and get to do the fun stuff later.
So here are a few pics on what I am working on and some things I got from Jo-Ann.

So we have this little number here McCall's 6696.  Which is a dress I wanted to do for a long time, but was intimidated by the buttonholes.  I figure at this point in my sewing journey I can take a leap of faith and try to make this dress happen.  Plus the fabric I have in my stash been waiting so long to be used it would be a shame to let this opportunity pass.

I love this cotton fabric it's so vibrant and fun...I know this is going to be an awesome experiment...I mean dress.

This is another favorite of mine....I love the different shades of blue.  But I really love the idea that it reminds me of a tourist shirt.  I can't wait to make this happen.

I used my sloper to make the appropriate adjustments to my pattern.

Since Simplicity was having a sale. I decided to pick up a few patterns.

 And here is my ultimate favorite.  While watching a movie I was inspired to create this top.  I  don't know how or why Hell Raiser 3 could encourage me in any way to make such a docile but cute top, but hey I am happy some sewing mojo was being conjured up during it's viewing. I mean huh?  No leather, no spikes, no chains.  But, ANYTHING! At this point to get something going.

  Well that's it for now. 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Construction Update

Here are a few pics of the jacket I am working on. So far it looks nothing I had in mind but I still like it.
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Well this is the parting shot.  Hope all is well.  Later, A.S.
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Hello Again

Hello Everyone,
  This post is going to be pic I hope no one minds looking at a few updated pics.   Forgive the random pic order.  I was having a difficult time adding my pictures on this blog.  According to this website my picture gallery had to be updated.  I sometimes hate technology.
This was one of my Sunday's Best Outfit.
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This was an outfit I wore for my sister's surprise birthday. 
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My Halloween dress...almost done.
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You remember my Beautiful FrankenHulk Top well it took me awhile but I finally found the perfect sweater for her.  Isn't she lovely?
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I leave that for all of you out there to judge.  I personally love her because I used techniques on her that I had not tried before and in that sense she is a success but as far as design...hmph.  I still will wear her.  Like I state before and I'll state it again....NO ROOM FOR WADERS!
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That's it for now.