Monday, October 10, 2016

Unselfish Sewing! A Dress For Mom!

This is my Mom. . .

We attended a special wedding this past weekend. My mother's relationship is Grand Aunt to the Bride. The Brides Grandmother is my Mom's baby sister (my Aunt) so, for this grand and happy occasion, I knew my mom would want to be stunning for this out of town event. With that in mind, I offered to make her dress. (yes, I offered).  I asked her what  color and to my surprise she said "Fuschia"! 

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Well my search began and I came across this double sided fabric and fell in love. (I did).

It's Red and Fuschia! LOUD
I showed it to my mom and she was a little taken aback. "It's so bright!" she said. But then it started to talk to her (like it did to me) and she was soon on board. I didn't have to persuade her to move forward. She decided on Vogue 8870 (a dress I made for myself that she really loves).

Line DrawingSince my mom is 76 yrs young so, I had to modify the pattern just a bit for her liking. She's jazzy but,she does get cold. (LOL!!) So we opted for the exaggerated hi/low (with modifications) and short sleeves. (A&B) When I was done with the dress, I felt something was missing. How do you jazz up a super duper bright frock without over doing it? Add a fabric flower and a perfect but simple fabric belt. It totally made the difference. Since the fabric was double sided, the inside of the high/low is RED as and so is the fabric flower.  I also added red thread chain belt loops. Here's a demo video of how I made them, and instructions from The Vogue Sewing Book

These Pics are so true to the real fabric color!

Front, Fabric Flower, Skirt Hem, Front Facing

When she walked, the place lit up - just like her!

We had a wonderful time and it was so good to see our family in attendance at the wedding! This was the best unselfish sewing ever!  Mom really loved her dress. I figure she gave and gives me life, I can return the favor errrr now n din!  ROFL! She asked for 8 more dresses!

Talk Soon Carol

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Inspiration For A Wedding

You Don't Believe Fat Meat's Greasy!

That's a saying my grandmother used to say when she would see wrong doing when we were already in trouble - and sometimes suffered the consequence! LOL!! You know that whole "hard head make's a soft tail" thing.  Yea, that thing! Well, I have been floored by this outfit that Anne Hathaway is wearing and I MUST HAVE THIS! But, of course, I can't buy it. So, on with another ambitious project with low-no sewjo! It just happens I guess. I want it for the upcoming early October wedding I'm attending. It's in a warm climate - Fall Sewers! (Tongue out emoji - ROFL!!!)

Jenny Packham 2016 Spring Collection

My birthday outfit took a toll on my sewojo! 4 yards of flimsy and shifty chiffon and bemberg lining. Say, I had two bottles of stiffener and forgot about it? Ouy!

I must wear this at least more time! The struggle is real!

Anywhoooo, I got in my sewing room last Friday and made this little combo to try and revive my sewjo! No GO! Didn't work, but I do really like it! I've been procrastinating all week. Friday is here again and I'm blogging! ROFL!

Vogue 7799 (OOP) w/Infinity Scarf  Ice Pink

Sew, "what does this all mean?" Well, I took my a$$ to the fabric store with that pic in mind armed with my Groupon. The original is made of Floral Cotton Sateen and the blouse is a coordinating Silk Charmeuse. These types of printed fabrics are not reachable to pe-ons like me but I'm sure with much adieu and cash I could get it. (Yea Right! Bwaaaaahaaahaaaa!!!) 

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I gotta make it do what it do!

To recreate this look I will be using this floral cotton voile fabric.  I found it at Textile Chicago Warehouse. I purchased 8 yards for all three pieces and I got 5 yards of cream bemberg lining. To beef up the fabric I'll underline the jacket and pants with batiste. The shirt will be a classic button down, unlined, and I'm trying to decide if I want a larger collar or not. (I'm Thinking now cause I don't have much time!)  

Not to shabby on the match!

I'll be using these patterns for the jacket and pants. I like the wide legs and I'll make them long to cover my shoes like Anne did. (Me and her go way back you know! LOL!)

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Pants w/slant pocket and fly

Anyway in the meantime in between time, I have a dress to make for my mom for that same wedding and then I can can get started. I PLAN on starting this Sunday on my ambitious "there's never enough time fa dis" project. I'll keep errrrrone posted!  Gotta take my time and do it right because I don't want anyone to mistake me for the unmade bed and jump on my back! ROFL! (that would be awful!)  They gotta mention Anne when the see me! I'm tired just thinking about it. Not to mention, I 'm not sure about shoes!?

Talk Soon Carol