Sew Sexy Sew-Along 2014

Guys, I have fancy britches on the brain, again ;)

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The (hot, screaming, biased, ridiculous) debate about my muse that kick started this collection, Beyonce (and her incredibly sexy videos), also made me take some time to think about sexiness in general and our right as people to express it. I won’t get into the whole BeyDebate, here. BUT I will say that, sometimes, what is good for the  goose is not good for the gander…when the gander is a brown woman.

As I get older, I feel even more comfortable with myself and my looks. As a teen you couldn’t pay me to wear a tank top, lol. So I can relate to her increased comfort level being expressed through her wardrobe. In addition to my plans to sew up some sexy small clothes, I’ve been itching to add some more sexy pieces to my handmade wardrobe to push  my comfort level further, too.

But, as Suzanne says in this post, somehow sexiness and sewing don’t seem to keep the same company. There are some women who can make ANYTHING sexy (see: Mimi G and Nikki making the most basic of patterns POP with fit and fabric), but the sexiness is sort of lacking in my pattern collection. And like Suzanne said, the offerings from many pattern companies are decidedly buttoned up and prim.

So, my friends Clio and Nancy Drew and I are teaming up to hunt up some sexiness!!

Will you get Sew Sexy with us?

SSSA

Here’s the nitty gritty:

  • Fabric Shopping this Saturday – February 22 – (Not required, but certainly fun! Email Lisette at taponmyback(at)cox(dot)net for deets!)
  • Grab a Button here!
  • And join the Flickr group!

As Lisette said, we’ve agreed to leave “sexy” up to the individual. The three of us vary wildly in what we like to wear and our definitions of sexy will surely be affected by that.

Whatever it means to you, we enthusiastically welcome all!

Snoopy Says, She Didn’t Fall for Cotton

Snoopy Fall

Please accept this cute, fall-themed, Snoopy comic in place of an actual Fall For Cotton project.

My efforts were doomed from the start. When it was all said and done, I had chosen the WRONG fabric to work with, misplaced the pattern I wanted to use, cut out a last minute project and then immediately became engrossed in a book (or two).

So, no cotton loveliness to show. Instead, I unearthed a long forgotten skirt and wore it instead.
B.W.Y.

Be impressed by my workroom decor. We get water to drink and have the means to extinguish fire.

I approve.

B.W.Y.

Close-up of the best shoe purchase, ever.
B.W.Y.

I love them so much, I couldn’t stop taking pics of them.
In the subway.
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And on the street (I see you Spike Lee. And your vamp flick). I kept misreading this as Brooklyn Vampires rather than Black Vampires. My shoes go, either way ;)
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This was totally a last minute outfit, but I totally love it! So did my husband and a few random people on the street. Sometimes, the comfy fit is well…comfy, lol and garners the most comments.

Can you believe it’s October?

For me, the month will have some busy (planning for two volunteer position ramps up), some good (it’s my birth month) and some bad (my grandma fell ill on my bday and passed a week and a day later). So if I appear a bit morose, no worries. I have a super support system at home and you all, too.
I will be fine (eventually).

Pantone Time

With the Sew Weekly deadline fast approaching, and a headache from hell that refuses to go away, I’ve got to do something to light a fire under my ass. One thing that pushed me a bit, realizing that the fabric I planned to use for the Fall For Cotton sew-along has more than one Pantone color!

SCORE!

Pantone Fall 2013

Sew Weekly & Fall For Cotton

I see some Mykonos Blue, some Linden and Deep Lichen Green, a little Samba. Yes?

Now, for the motivation to SEW! I’ve got four days to make the Sew Weekly deadline. Can I do it?

Sewing Along For Fall

I’m joining up for fall!!

I’m trying to choose something for my Sew Weekly Reunion project. It’s a Pantone Color Challenge. Of course, I don’t have a single suitable color in my stash. Well, I have some orange knit in a color that’s close Koi. But, I’m not in the mood to sew with it.
Pantone Fall 2013 Color PaletteAnd Rochelle of Lucky Lucille & Tasha of By Gum, By Golly are hosting a sew-along that will challenge me to use my vintage pattern collection.

I’m planning on, finally, using this pattern, Simplicity 4676.

Simplicity 4676I say finally because I ironed the wrinkles out of the pattern and pinned it to the curtain in my craft room MONTHS ago. It’ll be glad to get down and be useful. I found three great versions of it online:

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lladybird.com/2013/04/12/completed-my-easter-outfit/
wesewretro.com/2010/01/a-bit-of-this-a-bit-of-that/

Looks promising!! Except, I usually hate to have things come up so high up on my chest….It looks really cute, though. And I have a some really nice linen-look cotton in white that would look great. And a dark colored floral lawn that would be good for fall, too. I think the texture and weight of the lawn work better with the bow. But, its sheerness will require additional finishing.

#Sewcialist Problems.

What do you think?

Graffiti & Puffs & Scallops

6.11.13 :: Puffs & Scallops

6.11.13 :: Puffs & Scallops

Graffiti :: Talented Artist
Giant Puff :: Genetics (see it unbound, here!)
Top :: Scallopized Grainline Tiny Pocket Tee
Jeans :: F21
Sandals :: Target

6.11.13 :: Puffs & Scallops

I went on a swimsuit fabric run to Mood with my Sissy, today!! I LOVE sister dates!! I also squished in lunch with my hubby. He was nice enough to snap these pics for me ;o)

It was funny, while at Mood (in the knits aisle getting my copy-cat on with the fabric Jen used for her knit Scout. ps- I couldn’t find it) I saw Jodi! What are the odds?! I love New York!! Anyway, I hightailed it to the swimwear aisle, with directions given via tweets from Sonja and Charlotte, so that I can join in on the Bombshell Swimsuit sew-along.

Bombshell Sewalong
I have a swimwear necessary event, next week. But, it’s looking like the weather is going to suck. So, I will be waiting for the sewalong to start. Check out my fabric here.
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I also had to pump my brakes on tearing into my Hummingbird pattern as it benefits my House to sew within the specified time. I’ll be sewing along with Mikhaela! This is as close as I’ll get to being sorted at Hogwarts and I plan to relish it!

Today was a super busy day of doing exactly what I wanted to do! Can’t complain about that. Well, much. My sister and I also hit three stores in addition to Mood. F21 yielded one pair of ill fitting pants and HM another. And the Basquiat tees I wanted from another chain totally sucked in person.

That’s what I get for shopping when I can SEW MY OWN.

Scout Woven Tee Sew-A-Long :: Size & Fabric!!

Scout Sew-A-Long @Kollabora!!

Hiya!! Thanks for all the lurve for my sleeveless Archer!! It’s so damn cold here today, I think sleeved and ruffled Archer might get some wear. Hmph!

It’s JUNE, DAMMIT WHERE IS THE SUN?!?! Ahem…

About the Sew-A-Long, I’ve posted some tips on choosing the perfect size and fabric for your Scout Woven Tee over on Kollabora.

So, grab a measuring tool, or four ;)….

Choosing The Right Pattern Size

Measure a top you like the fit of…  IMG_7598

Measure your pattern piece…

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And make a Scout to fit!

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It’s time to go stash diving…

Choosing the Right Fabric for your Pattern

And meet me at

Kollabora!!

Scout Woven Tee Sew-A-long!!!

I am so excited to be at the helm of Kollabora’s Scout Woven Tee Sew-Along! This is my first time *blushes*! It’s no secret that I think Grainline’s Jen is awesome!! Her design aesthetic fits in perfectly with my favorite things to wear. Of all of her patterns, Scout is my absolute favorite! Super easy to stitch up. Super stylish. Super easy to modify. Super easy to change up depending on your fabric. Super, super!

If you’d like to follow along, check in over at Kollabora!

Scout Sew-A-Long @Kollabora!!

Archer Sew Along Progress

Grainline Studio | Archer Sew Along | Starts March 18th

I am so impressed with myself!! I am actually, actively following the Archer sew along!! LOL I’m hoping that with Jen’s guidance and the slow pace of the progress, I will have a truly wearable and well finished garment!

Following along has already been sewing-life changing. I followed Jen’s trace method, shown here on Archer Sew Along Day 2. I have NEVER had such precise pattern pieces before! Things always shift around a bit when using copy paper patterns, I was all set to trace off a size, but I thought I’d go ahead and cut the pattern after I used another shirt to help me choose the right size. Tracing the pieces was fast and really, really effective. I’m so glad I tuned back in to the sew along posts.

I followed all of the tips for checking the grainline and using weights and pins to with help tracing. Check out my fancy tools ;o)

You’ll also notice that I traced and cut the pattern on my dining room table. This is only the second time I’ve done this. Just like the first time I was immediately hit with an UH DUH! feeling. This is SO much easier on your body! I’ve caught up to the last Archer post, button bands, but I’m stumped on thread color choice. The fabric was listed as Lightweight Chambray Denim Dusty Blue on Fabric.com, though it looks black to me.

What do you think??

I had a bit of a sewing machine scare last night. I was skimming a few centimeters off the side seams (basically adjusting them to the recommended seam allowance) of my mini Charlotte (the fit is much better) when things went KLUNK. I jumped on twitter to gripe about my #Sewcialist #FirstWorldProblem before a true attempt to fix it was made. After putting things in back asswards, grabbing the manual to do it right and a frantic (unnecessary) search for another machine needle, I figured it out.

WHEW!

Sewing Buddy

So, Twitter Sewists strike again. There I was, minding my own tweets when I stumbled across a series, featuring some of my favorite ladies, discussing sewing buddies. Specifically, coat sewing buddies. Well, as this seems to be the year of joining in, I joined in. LOL

Sewing Buddies

Seriously, I think this smaller, more intimate sew-along might be better for me. Especially with a garment that I haven’t sewn and feel really intimidated by. This tweet fest also happened to occur at a time when I was expecting a really BOSS pattern from Ms. What Would Nancy Drew Wear. She practically paid me to take it off her hands, that’s how generous her price was. It’s all I can do to keep myself from going back for more.

Here’s the pattern
Simplicity 4110

Nice, right!

This one is also a contender
Simplicty 4799

Also, pretty awesome.

Both have the desired feature, for a first timer coat maker anyway, of being rather shapeless, by design. I don’t own a wool coat in this car coat style and Simplicity 4110 is perfect for the diagonal rib type wool coating I have, in that I won’t have to match up pieces as the front and back are cut in one.

Wool Coating! Marled/Heathered Blue

Wool Coating! Marled/Heathered Blue

This is the true color.

Wool Coating! Marled/Heathered Blue

I also have a ton of this flannel to underline the wool with, if I want to get fancy.
Cotton Flannel~ Black

I have a few yards of black crepe de chine that would be a killer lining, especially since I can longer see making a dress out of it.

Crepe de Chine

Simplicity 4110 also has the added benefit of buttonhole-less closures!! No bound buttonholes! Which don’t scare me quite as much as making the matching windows in the facings. View 1 closes with self loops and the view 2, the awesome hooded version, has that sweet toggle detail. AND no collar.

Now the second choice, Simplicity 4799 has only one button for view 1. I could handle one bound buttonhole and window. I have two really awesome black buttons from my grandma that would be perfect used here. I doubt I’m going to find a pattern that calls for only two buttons, so this is as good a use as any.

Cool Ass Buttons!

I feel like I should make an attempt at a muslin. The back of 4799 looks massive and the back of 4110 looks like it might have trouble fitting over my hips. But, I feel like that step is what kept me from jumping in with Anise. I just want to sew, you know?

What do you guys think?

Sew-Along Success!!

Sew Along Success!!

OK. I really felt like I hit the mother load with that vintage pattern haul I posted a while back. I loved that Taran and I had bought ours on the same freaking day and I loved that Vicki had it, too! Well, when I jumped at the chance to sew-along with them, I hadn’t taken Simplicity 8498 out of its envelope. When I did, I was reminded that the previous owner was a working seamstress and sewing instructor. This meant that the pattern was sliced, diced and altered to within an inch of its fragile tissue paper life.

Do I go with the mods? Or, with the aid of A LOT of tape, try to stick the thing back together? Laziness won out. I kept the pieces as is, wished for the best and cut it out of this olive colored wool I’ve had for ages and didn’t mind wasting. And there it sat. Until I saw Taran’s gorgeous version!! If I wasn’t going to go balls out and make a floor length masterpiece the least I could do is finish on time!!

Sew Along Success!!

How was I to know that a sewing MIRACLE would await me! The previous owner must have been shaped EXACTLY like me!! I have never had bust darts fall so perfectly right out of the gate! Nor have I had a pattern go together with such ease. The only trouble I had was with the facings (which look like hell in comparison to the pro job done on the rest of the garment) and it turns out that I used the wrong pattern pieces, lol. She, my Sewing Fairy Godmother, had made her version with sleeves. I didn’t think that was wise to do with wool, but I sooo have plans for a cotton sateen version of this.

I mean, seriously, LOOK at this dart placement and fit!!

Sew Along Success!!

She had added about an half inch of ease at the bust and slashed and spread the back. I don’t think the original width stood a chance of going over my hips.

Sew Along Success!!

I left off the back darts. My Sewing Fairy Godmother had crossed them out on the pattern so I decided to follow her wisdom.

Sew Along Success!!

That’s a damn good fit for someone with a serious sway back. If had put on a slip here, the fabric wouldn’t be sitting on my tush like that, lol. I think the cotton version might need them. It doesn’t have the same drape as this wool suiting.

Sew Along Success!!

I catch stitched the hem. I’m so glad I did. I love how invisible, but sturdy, it is. After trying it with lots of things, I paired it with a Lydia top (because it’s wool and I’d like to avoid dry cleaning for as long as possible) and dark ribbed tights.

LOVE IT!

Overall, a massively enjoyable sewing experience!! I was so inspired by my success, I spent the rest of that night and the next day (yesterday) sewing!! The fit was not a fluke, people! Stay tuned for Sewing Fairy Godmother miracle fit #2 and a self drafted success story!