White Summer Dress

This dress started as a muslin (a first fitting) for my black everyday tank dress. I used the same staple knit dress as a base pattern, changing just about everything but the body shape. The jersey that I used didn’t have as much stretch as the original dress, so my version came out slightly tighter and shorter than what I’m accustomed to.
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Since the jersey was so thin and see through (I think it’s a polyester/ cotton blend), I layered the body THREE times!! This fixed the opaqueness of the fabric and gave it a nice heavy weight. Next problem to solve was the length. I left this hanging in my room for weeks before I decided what my next move was going to be – add a flounce at the bottom hem to match the top of the dress!

IMG_5548The top flounce works as a facing and cleanly finished the neck and armhole edges. I made it by tracing the top part of the dress (no longer than the waist), onto paper, marked a couple inch notches at the bottom of the paper, and slashed/ spread, just like I would when adding volume to a circle skirt. The hem of the top & bottom flounce are rolled on the serger.

IMG_5556I have yet to wear this dress, but I see many opportunities within the near future with the weather only getting hotter as we approach August!

On a side note, for those of you who may have ready my ABOUT… ME! section, you know that I LOVE hip-hop. I absorb my musical intake from SoundCloud, and recently, I discovered this AMAZING station – Soulection Radio. They mix old sounds with the sounds of tomorrow. It’s all about the good vibes and that’s what I’m all about. I highly recommend checking it out!

Till next time… PEACE!!

Burgundy Maxi Skirt & Long Sleeve White Bodysuit

If you followed my last post, the white bodysuit may look familiar. The fabric is the same heavy rayon spandex that I used in my tank bodysuit, but for this bodysuit, I double layered the fabric to avoid any opaqueness. Even though it is a heavy knit, I wanted a bodysuit that had a little more structure. Initially, I had intended to make only one body suit, but I cut the neckline wrong on my first cut, so I chose to make the tank bodysuit (which only has one layer).
IMG_5524I finished the neckline with self binding and the sleeve/ leg hole hems are finished with a double needle cover stitch, with two snaps at the crotch.

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I made the skirt out of a lovely rayon challis with a pattern that I previously used to make a maxi dress. The hem is a single needle double fold and the waist band is finished with 1/4″ elastic. It’s a little difficult to tell in the photos, but there is a slit at the front where the two panels overlap, with enough fabric for complete coverage.

IMG_5488It was extremely hot taking these photos with the double layered bodysuit – it’s definitely an item I will have to save to wear for the cooler months!

Till next time… PEACE!!

Polka Dot Skirt & White Tank Bodysuit

Happy belated fourth of July to those of you in the USA! My intentions were to publish this post on the day of our nation’s birth, but other important things were happening, like parties, hot weather and beach time!
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I brought this outfit with me as an option to wear on the fourth as my patriotic expression (white and blue with red lipstick), but it got cut for a dress instead. The skirt is just a simple rayon challis circle skirt with an elastic waist band. The pattern is a self drafted go to pattern that I pull out when I want to make a quick project. Let me just mention, this was my first time working with rayon challis and I have to say, it worked with me beautifully. I finished the hem with a 1/4″ single needle double fold, and the fabric folded with an ease that I hadn’t experienced. Normally while hemming a circle skirt, the fabric doesn’t cooperate and either won’t press in place or ends up getting mushed in areas where there is extra fabric gathering, leaving a sharp point on the right side of the fabric when pressed. This circle skirt had absolutely no issues – it basically sewed itself!

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The bodysuit is a rayon spandex blend that I made by using an existing bodysuit as a pattern. I made my new bodysuit a tank with a scoop front and back neckline, instead of the capped sleeves and sweetheart neckline of my beloved old one. I applied self fabric binding to the neck and armholes. I had to apply the binding twice because I cut the binding too long and it was too stretched out the first time. The leg holes of the suit are finished with a double needle coverstitch and two metal snaps at the crotch. I opted out of modeling the bottom portion but I hope you got the picture of what it looks like because that ain’t blog material!

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Oh and if you haven’t noticed, I emerged from my cave and shot this round of photos outside! There’s nothing like natural sunlight to improve a photo sesh! And if you have been wondering what the little device is in my right hand – that is my new bluetooth remote control for my iphone camera. I used to take a video recording of myself modeling my outfit and later, I would watch the video and screenshot images, until I got an image I liked. This new way is SOO much faster! I just pose, click and repeat and get my shots in about 10-15 takes as opposed to 30 some screenshots I would shuffle through.


Till next time… PEACE!!!

Black Everyday Dress

Aside from my black wrap dress and a circle skirt dress, I didn’t own an everyday black dress before I made this essential. But I didn’t want to make any sheath dress, I needed one that wasn’t too tight and casual for everyday wear.

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For this pattern, I just pulled one of my favorite knit dresses from my closet and used that as a template. Although I do have a sheath dress pattern, I knew that this dress already fit me perfectly and I wouldn’t have to fuss with paper or fix any measurements. The fabric is a heavy rayon spandex that I’ve had in my stash for quite some time now. I used two layers of fabric for this dress to avoid any possible see through-ness and visible undergarment lines. I finished the neck and armholes with 1/2″ self fabric band – one of my new favorite ways of finishing garments. The hem is finished with a double needle cover stitch.

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It’s hard to tell the looseness of this dress due to the dark color, but it is there! Especially in the waistline. I really like the way the fit turned out! It’s comfortable but I don’t feel sloppy.

This is how I wore this dress to work one day:

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I’m so glad 90’s fashion is coming back! Denim jackets and vests are definitely my steez! :)

Have a wonderful week and stay tuned for more sewing projects!

Till next time …… PEACE!!

Back At It With Basics

It has been well over a year since my last post, and I can happily say that I am back! Shortly after my last post, I began working full time at a fashion design and manufacturing company. My primary title is Customer Service Representative, working a lot with product development and production. I must say, there are days where I want to rip my hair out and have a nervous breakdown due to the amount of stress and error that occurs on a daily basis, but I truly do love what I do. I’m constantly learning new material and a lot of what I learn, I apply to my sewing projects! Which brings me to why I’m here! To show you my projects! :)

Although my time has been extremely occupied, I still always have at least a project, or two (or three!) on my table. What passionate seamstress doesn’t ?

Aside from small altering jobs for my sister, I have been making a lot of basics for myself. Every time I show my sister, who is also my roommate, a newly finished project, her reaction is : “Oh great…. another shirt… just what you need.” (sarcasm implied). But really it is JUST what I need! On a typical day at work, I am running to and fro in the warehouse and the office, so I HAVE to dress comfortable. Usually I’ll wear a t-shirt and jeans with my chucks and a hat, depending on my mood.

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This is a perfect example of what I wore to work one day! I have about 3 different colored v-neck tees that I wear ALL the time, so of course, it only made sense to make another one. I love this purple knit, so I just copied a v-neck tee that I already had by laying it out on top of the fabric and just cut, always making sure to leave enough for seam allowance and voila! I’ve been doing this a lot lately, mostly because I ran out of pattern paper.

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Obligatory back shot. I am really stoked the way this basic tee turned out! This was my first time adding a neckband, and I was so shocked at how easy it was to apply and professional it looked.

Since we’re on the topic of basics, I’ll include a couple more in this post!

This one here is my design, The Perfect Tee.

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Believe it or not, I didn’t own a stripe tee before this one. I would borrow my sisters, but eventually it started looking tattered. I know there’s like billions of striped tees in the stores, but I could never find one I really liked. Solution? Make my own!

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Simple, basic and well fitting. As this next tee is! The pattern is The Perfect Tee, but I made it short sleeve and removed the deep back scoop.
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As a side note, I’m living in a new place, hence the new photo location, so I’m still working out what area of the apartment works best for my photo shoots. Or if I should try outside (probably), and forget about what the neighbors think lol. I was actually riding my bike the other day and saw someone posing, for what I assumed, was his blog, because he was dressed hella dope!

Well that’s it for now! I have a good round of finished projects lined up to show you, just didn’t want to overwhelm ya’ll in one post.

PEACE!

The Exquisite Maxi Dress

Seeing as winter is over here in sunny California, that means one thing: Maxi dress time!

The Exquisite Maxi Dress

You may recognize this dress from a previous post, which it is! I made a few changes, adding a waist defining sash, larger cuffs on the straps and for this dress, I didn’t overlap the front panels as much as the colorful maxi dress, for a deeper neckline plunge.

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The fabric is a fabulous find from Joann’s. It’s mostly polyester, but it has such a soft feel! It’s definitely a summer staple!

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Thanks for reading!

Floral Silhouette Dress

As the rain was coming down here last week, I was working away on a fun floral dress!

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The pattern started as the shift dress from the pattern book, Built by Wendy. I came across this book at the library and immediately checked it out, along with the biography of Balenciaga and a dummies book on fashion illustrations (which is quite educating!). Initially, I was going to make a straight shift dress with the floral broadcloth (from Joann’s), but I saw a couple scrap strips of black broadcloth that were the perfect size for the side panels in the silhouette.

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I measured the shape that I wanted of the silhouette and transferred the measurements to the paper pattern. As with The Burdastyle Sewing Handbook, no seam allowances are included in Built by Wendy, which is easier for changing up the style.

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I didn’t make a muslin for this dress. Instead, I sewed the seams using a long stitch length for easier removal during fittings. I ended up taking more up through the shoulders, so the final length of the dress came out a little shorter than I would have made it, but now its more of a mini style!

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The neckline is finished with a self fabric facing and the armholes with a black bias binding that is inwardly turned. See the hem stitch? Neither do I! That’s a blind hem for ya! After several failed attempts at adding the zipper to the the back, I closed it up and added the zip on the left side seam of the dress.

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I’m a new fan of the side zip!

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Sun’s out, gun’s out! I’m ready for Spring! Thanks for reading!