The #SMYLY 2018 Challenge (Sewing Makes you Love Yourself)

Sewing Make you Love Yourself!!

Hi Everyone!!

 

Today at work, I was listening to the most recent ‘Love To Sew’ Podcast.  I just love listening to sewing podcasts at work, when I can.  There are times when I need to concentrate and can not have any distractions, and other times when I just data input.  PS.  it’s a numbers job (lol)!!

Anyway, btw, the ‘Love to Sew’ Podcast was talking about the SMYLY 2018 Challenge, which is the Sewing Makes you Love Yourself challenge.

This challenge was organized by Athina Kakou, Lisa Kish, and Hattie Van Der Krohn.  This challenge is all about sharing your sewing story and about how sewing has helped you through rough times, anxiety, sparked creativity.

This is wonderful!!!

It got me thinking, how has sewing helped me?????

Well, to be honest, I don’t think I can live without sewing.

I started sewing in 2012, on a whim just because I love fashion and thought I would be good at it.

I fell in love with it right away.  There was so much to learn, here is my first garment:

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It was a wreck, lol, hahaha.  I remember I knew nothing of interfacing and actually burnt a hole through my fabric trying to apply the interfacing (I left the iron on the interfacing too long).  I also didn’t understand anything about facing (see the neckline).  But I made  it anyway and wore it with pride.

That is, until I realized how much I messed up.  But practice makes perfect and try, try again.

Then in 2014, at age 37, I decided to get pregnant.  I ended up with a miscarriage my first go around and went from a size 8 to a size 12 from the depression of it.  It also took 4 months of going to get blood drawn every week to determine when I could start trying again.

I stopped working out, but I didn’t stop sewing.  I even made this during that time.  Okay, well it was still too small.  At that time didn’t know how to do grading, pattern alterations, or about fit.  But since it was knit, it was forgiving and the colors helped me feel better.

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Then after my husband and I gave up trying to have a baby and made plans to go to Vegas that Christmas, I found out I was pregnant!!!

I made my maternity dresses and they worked great!.  But after I had the baby, I had to stop sewing.  I realized later, that I was suffering post partum depression.

The little guy had colic, didn’t sleep and cried all the time.  I took a 4 month maternity leave, so I was basically alone with him all the time while my husband was at work and was now a size 16.

When the little guy was 6 months, he was outgrowing all his sleep sacks (he’s tall).  If you don’t know what it is, it is what it sounds like, lol.  A sack with no arms and it zips up so you don’t have to wrap him up in a blanket.

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These are from Target, but this is how they look

 

While the store bought ones were thin and expensive.  I decided I can make him a nice heavy fleece one (since winter was coming on) for very cheap and as long as I wanted and I could make arms and attach mitten cover ups for his hands!

It worked and sewing started again.

From the time he was born till the time I sewed the sack, I knew something was missing in my life.  I felt that something was wrong.  I was weak, sad, depressed.  I wanted my take charge, independent, fierce, personality back!

Once I started sewing the sack, I realized that I needed sewing to regain who I was.  Sewing has allowed me to learn.  (I thrive on learning).  But it has allowed me to also be creative.  I love that I get to pick my fabric and wear something that no one has.

I love the compliments on my clothing, as I am still struggling with weight.  But getting complainants on your clothes and amazement that you made the garment has helped me feel better about my weight.

I used to work out 1 to 2 hours a day everyday before I got pregnant and always a size 8.  Now I don’t really work out and fluctuate between size 12 and 14.

I still struggle with how to balance everything.  Can I work full time, pick up child from daycare, drop off, make supper, do laundry, clean house, take care of dog, and find time to sew and work out????

Hmmm, right now I am choosing sewing over working out.  Working out makes me feel good, but sewing makes me feel great!!!  I feel the mental aspects of sewing are outweighing the working out factor.

Does this mean that I gave up on working out?? No!!.  For now I wear the fit bit with goals of getting 5000 -7000 steps in daily.  I try to walk to the farthest bathroom at work.  I try to take breaks and do a little walk at work.  Once winter goes away, I will be back to chasing after the little one outside again.

Trying to fit everything in, has been challenging, but I will not give up my sewing.  Sewing has brought back the new me.  Here is my most recent dress:

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I am currently making another dress by MiMi G and am just about done.  I am even getting creative on the belt making process.  So far the dress I am making, makes me feel spectacular!!!

So what does sewing mean to you?  How does it make you happy?  Are you going to enter the challenge?

Let me know!!!

Until next time!

The Jessica Dress from Mimi G

Hi again!!

Well I made this dress up in December, but have not had time to post anything on it.

Can I just say that I love this dress.  I have already worn it 3 times!!

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This is the Jessica Dress from Mimi G:

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I know she has the bottom open in her picture, but as seen from the drawing, you can do buttons all the way down like I did.

Mimi also has a sewing tutorial on this on You Tube, which I used, but her instructions are so great that I didn’t really need the video.

I did everything via PDF.  I have a lunch hour to kill, so I usually don’t mind printing up PDF patterns and cutting and taping on my lunch.  (I live too far to drive home and back and trying to stay away from fast food, lol).

It didn’t take long to put this dress together.

The fabric was this great Black/Blueberry 100% Rayon Snakeskin Print Crep from Fabric Mart. I was a little thin, so I did underline the top with the same material for the bodice part.

I love the sweetheart neckline which I think is very flattering.  I also love the princess seams.

I had to gather the skirt by hand (per instructions), but I am seriously considering getting a gathering for my machine, does anyone know if that works better?

Or Clover has this Fuse ‘n Gather that is supposed to work well.  Has anyone tried this?  I might have to give it a go.  Right now Amazon has it for $12.39 and it’s Prime if you have that.  Looks like has 3 1/2 stars out of 5 so I am not sure.

Anyway, as usually I taped the PDF together and did flat comparison measurements to see if I needed any adjustments.  Surprisingly, I didn’t need any!!! Win-Win.

I did grade it.  I did about a medium for the upper bust and graded out to an XL for the hips.  But I like that since it is not so tight, I think I had some wiggle room.

This came together so easy.  However, when it came time for the hemming, the dress was longer than I wanted so I chopped off about 4 inches off the hem.

I think it turned out great and so comfortable to wear.  And yes, that is the Georgia turtleneck that I made as well.  Goes great to really show off the ruffles.

I like that it fits the body, but it is not super tight.  I also like the black belt that I put on the mannequin on the 1st picture, but the belt didn’t look so good on me.  The belt is a medium and I am about an XL right now.

On to the next make!!

 

 

 

The Mimi G Georgia Top

Hi Everybody and Happy 2018!

I have to say that I actually made this garment back in December 2017, but I am just getting around to posting this.

I have to say that I love the Georgia top.  I think it is so cute with the ruffles on the top.

The Georgia top was pretty easy to make.  I did struggle a bit with getting my gathers perfect, I am a perfectionist, lol:)

I just bought a gathering foot for my machine to see if that helps.  I have also seen that Clover has this new notion for gathering, I am going to have to try that as well.

Anyway back to the top.  I used this ITY knit from Fabric Mart as I like my tops to not be bulcky.

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I also made the work pants, but I will blog about those later.  I used my cover stitch for my hems, but they just turned out okay.

I have been reading up on my cover stitch and found that wooly nylon works best in the lower looper.  I just bought some of that and also some Maxi Lock Stretch Serger thread as I read that helps when sewing with knits as well.

It went together pretty easy and I didn’t have to do any adjustments.  I did grade the pattern.

I am a Pear shape so I did a medium on top and graded out to XL at bottom.

I think this just took a couple days to put together.

In all, I like it and will wear it all winter!

Up next, the Jessica Dress from Mimi G as well!

Have to say that one is going well and coming together fast as well!

Until next time!

The Blackwood Cardigan from Helen’s Closet

Can I just say that I am in love.  I have finally found my TNT (tried and true pattern)!!!

I have been sewing off and on since 2012 and I have yet to make a pattern twice.  Well I have made 3 of these!! Count it, 3 of them!

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I had actually never heard of them, but came across a you tube video called ‘Nap Time Sewing: Make a Blackwood Caridigan with me’ by Suzanna Forythe.  I thought oh wow, she can do that in a nap time!!  Also I love cardigans.  Sign me up!!

I watch her video and found out how easy it was.

I downloaded the PDF file and taped it together during my lunch break, cut it out and sized it.

I made all with view B, the shorter version and without the pockets.  I love pockets, but usually don’t use them too much and I don’t want to draw too much attention down around my hip line.

I did extended version B down by 1″.  I also did a medium by neck and shoulders and graded to a xtra large by hips.  I have the lovely pear shaped figure.

Here I was working with this lovely sweater knit fabric from Fabric Mart.  I was putting the sleeves in the flat method and putting the shoulders together.

I know most people use elastic for stay tape.  But I found this wonderful tape by SewkeysE.  It is fusible and works wonderful!!

I was able to put each of these together during my son’s two hour nap.

Here is the first one that I done.  It is a nice Gray Ponte knit from Fabric Mart.  The Ponte was great to work with.

Here the sweater is on me.  It is so comfortable!

Here is the second one I made from the sweater knit.  I have already worn this one to work.  I love it!!

The next one I made (below) is from this black Scuba Knit that is from Fabric Mart.  I have worn this one as well!!

I have stopped making these for now, but who knows I might have to make a few more.

Sorry about the photos with me in them.  I am not used to taking photos of myself.

I am on a journey to become more comfortable with me.  I usually never let anyone take my photo.

But with sewing, I am so proud of myself and wanting to share what I made and what goes into making it with tips that I am learning to share myself.

I love reading other blogs.  They give me such inspiration and idea’s!!!

Simplicity 8513 Bodysuit

Hi again

I know it’s been a while.  I have actually done some projects.  Now it’s all about getting the pictures for you to see!!

I have recently completed Simplicity 8513, the bodysuit.

I was actually going through you tube one day and found Brittney J Jones (sewing) and seen that she had did video posts for one bodysuit a day.  The pattern has 5 different views:

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I watched all 5 of her videos and thought how easy, I can do that quickly.  I have been trying to look for quick projects lately:)

I chose view B the bell sleeves and higher neckline.  I have not done anything with bell sleeves and thought I would give it a try.

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I think in total it only took a couple days to complete.

I took the pattern to work and used my flat portfolio and mini iron to iron out the pattern and cut my size.

I cut a size medium up at top and graded down to an extra large at hips.  I also added an inch in length.

I used this fabulous green ponte knit from Fabric Mart and it sewed up like a dream.  So steady didn’t slide and was easy to work with.

But it doesn’t have as much stretch as a ITY Knit.  I should have added one more inch in length due to the lack of stretch.  I have a really long torso.  So long that it is impossible to find a one piece bathing suit.  That is on my list to make.

The bodysuit was really easy.  Sew the shoulders, sides, and then arms.  Sew on elastic, crotch lining and snaps.

here I finally wore it today!!!

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I don’t usually wear tops tucked in, so this is a little out of my comfort zone.

Not sure if I am ready to do another as not sure how often I will wear this.  But one day, would like to give it another go.

For now, I am working on the Blackwood Cardigan from Helen’s Closet and let me tell you I am in love.

I think I have finally found my TNT pattern!!!!

Okay, more about that later!

Bye!

 

Infinity Scarf

This Christmas I vowed to be more economical consoucious and am trying to make as many Christmas gifts as possible versus buying.

My two year old goes to daycare and there are 8 workers.  Last year I did a variety basket for the workers that consisted of bath salts, eye masks, cozy socks, chocolate, and etc.  But when all said and it was very costsly.  Now I appreciate them a lot as they watch my little one all day.  So I wanted something just as nice this year but a bit more personnel.

So why not infinity scarves????  I have 3 sisters, and 4 co-workers who we gift to.  So this idea is perfect.

They are so easy to make.  I ordered some sweater knits from Fabric Mart when they were on sale back in September.  Since then i have been working on the scarves.

The great thing is that 2 yards makes 2 scarves!!!

It’s so easy.  Unforantely, I have wrapped all of them up but one and I forgot to take pictures along the way.  But here are the steps:

  1.  Fold the fabric in half lengthwise
  2. Cut along the fold all the way down the 2 yards lengthwise
  3. Take the fabric apart and take one piece
  4. Fold the right sides together and sew all the way down the side
  5. Take one side and pull it into the fabric and pull to the other side.  Put your right sides together matching seams
  6. Sew all along leaving a 2 inch opening
  7. Turn it right side out
  8. Now slip stitch the opening
  9. You now have a scarf!!

Work Pants Completed!

Okay so I know that work pants are not exciting, but they are a necessity.  I have been having issues trying to get pants to fit.

Mostly because I keep changing sizes.  My little guy is now 2 and 1/2 and I have gone to a size 14 after having him (I was always an 8, wahhhhhh!!!).  Then lost the weight to a 12 and then to a 10 US size by last year.  But in the year, I have progressed back to a 14:(.

So making clothes have been difficult.

I made 2 pairs of jeans and by the time I got done, they were too small:(

Oh well, one day.

I have this gorgeous Lycra spandex polyester maroon from Frabic Mart that has the perfect stretch and feels great for pants.

I used a pattern I downloaded from Bootstrap patterns.  In all, they were almost a perfect fit.

I did have to adjust the front crotch line a little bit, but the fit with the material worked out great.

Here is the band line.  I like the wide ban line, and they have a side zipper so I didn’t have to worry about doing a fly front.

In all they were not too bad to put together.  The only issue is that I accidentally cut into the front crotch because I didn’t have enough fabric, so i had to fix with interfacing, but I don’t think you can tell, lol.  Hopefully!!!

Here is a completed version on my maniquin with my newly finished Mimi G Georgia top that I love!

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