Friday, July 24, 2015

Stop the dilly dallying...

So... I've been M.I.A, on semi-permanent hiatus, gone into space, etc. I've almost written a post every week

...for a year.

 No mas!  I've hesitated in posting (if that's what you can call it) because I have almost no outfit pictures to share.  Then I realized, this is "Amazon Sews and STUFF"! and if there's nothing else I's STUFF!

Winter cowl made for sissy # 2 - 2 hours of fun with a giant hook. 

Taught myself to knit this past winter...the addiction is real
Obviously have to work on the posing thing - Summer Me-Made outfit
Love both of the following but apparently my waist doesn't....   


Outfit posts soon to come (breaking out the welding torch and "how to build an iPhone/camera holder for dummies".


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Carpetbag Cosby Cape

Hi Lovelies!

Self-imposed Sewing slump is over!

Getting right into the swing of things with this oh-so-cute cape from Vogue.  This cape has been on my timeline for at least two years.  After seeing my sewing mentor Erica B. whip it up (yes I can call her my mentor if we're sewing bff's in my mind), I fell in love!  Fashion at it's finest!


I've since seen two of my other favorite bloggers Mimi G. and Heather from Closet Case Files do serious justice to the basic pattern while adding their own personal touches (sorry but I'll have to add direct links to their sites later---this blogger app kind of sucks).


After one year, trashed attempts, tears and absolute confusion I have finally, FINALLY completed this lovely thing.  

WARNING: the item you are about to see represents the colorful, personal and sometimes slightly wacky style of one Ms. Tiffany McGuire.  Viewer discretion, sunglasses and reruns of the Cosby show are advised.

Fabric: Some kind of fabric that looks like wool but feels like yarn strands sewn together (technically it is a whole bunch of acrylic yarn strands sewn together and felted along the back). My boyfriend lovingly pointed out that it looked like a Dr. Huxtable sweater.


Pattern challenge: Not to look like a striped M&M.  This pattern has MUCHO volume.  I mean MUCHO!  I took 2 inches out of the center back seam and it's still voluminous. Pretty easy in concept but lots of hand sewing and puzzle piecing for my not so experienced self.  I wanted to line it but as that's what got the first attempt frogged and trashed, decided to stick with the instructions... this time.

In seam pockets
Metallic seam bound hem (inserted upside down...don't ask)
Snap closures (thanks for the tip Mimi G)


Warmer temps promised this week so pictures of a modeling ME will follow soon!


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Hiatus over!!!!!

And what a hiatus it was!

We're going all out sewing....stay tuned!


p.s.  Huge apologies for any unanswered comments and emails.  There have been trips, surgery and rehab over the last few months but everything should be golden going forward. :)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Let's talk Pants people...


I'm sure some of you can relate...big butt + thighs + smaller waist = God's sun smiling down onto the crack of your BEE-hind without the aid of a good belt.

This is DEFINITELY a worldwide epidemic!  I googled "small waist big butt jeans" and found countless  posts and pics (no comments on the unsmallness of my waist please.  Thank you. :)) 

Why oh why does it have to be like this...

Please ignore my crude illustration...Photoshop, Illustrator and I have not come to a mutually beneficial agreement (aka...I suck at it)

Rather than this...


Look at that  pant WAIST!  Gives me something to dream about!  One day, it shall be like this for us all!!! Anywhoo...I digress.  Long story short, I'm tired of having to wear a belt ALL the time.  Sometimes I like belts over my tops and it's very awkward when you have a belt for your pants, belt for your shirt AND a kangaroo tummy  (for those of you who don't know...see below for kangaroo tummy):

So I'm venturing into the pants world.  Pray for me you guys. Hopefully I come out of this with all my hair and the most wonderfullest pair of pants in the WORLD (at least for me)! 

I leave you with some real life examples of perfect pant fits (from the front...crotch fit is JUST as important!!)...

Ms. Mimi G

Lady Cotton & Curls

Ms. Erica B.     

Stay tuned....


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Don't beat me...I'm back...really...

Hi Friends!!!

My sincerest apologies for ditching like a truant high school student in July...

I've been on the other side of the world (China--go there....GORGEOUS)...sick with a sinus flu thingy...celebrated 30 (woohoo) and finally found my sewing mojo!

Cutest Yeti EVAH!

Aren't I a cute Yeti??!?!?  

This vest and I were NOT friends for a long time.  In fact, we still ain't friends (yeah, I said ain't).  Three months of labor (ok, ok...2 of the months may be attributed to procrastination).  Finally done though.  It came out much cuter than I thought!

But shall probably not get worn again.  As diva as I like to be, this vest just isn't me (like my Kanye rhyme?  Haha).  I'm just proud of myself for making it.  Hours and hours of hand sewing (didn't want to mess up my machine with all that flying fur) are the details:

Shell:  Faux fur (duh right? hahahaha)
Lining: Quilted Silk (handstitched to faux fur)

 I think I love the inside more than the fur hahahaha.  Look how pretty that gold is...

yes...I am minus a few quarts of blood with all that daggone pinning   


Time to start checking off the list! :)

Friday, September 28, 2012

Hello Lovelies!

Went shopping with the BFF yesterday and found a few terrific sales pieces (i.e. the Ralph Lauren denim skirt I've been stalking since spring) and a few things that really made me ask..."Which fat girl was measured for THIS?".

I'll talk about my shopping bonanza in an upcoming post but for now...

ITEM #1:

Can someone PUH-LEASE tell me what this is about?


WHAT IS THIS in a size 3X??? Is it just me that feels something's dreadfully wrong with tight sleeves and empty pastry bag shoulders? How is this even constructively possible?

I mean COME ON! Who are these people fitting? We all know that 99% of the time, cheaper seams/brands/materials = bigger size than normal. I'm fine with that, I don't have size sticker shock or anything. I never hesitate to grab a 3x for those brands I know full well are going to be one wear and done (I'm a 1x/2x or 20/22 in "quality merchandise" depending on the designer).


On to the next one...

 ITEM #2:

I LOVE sales.  Who doesn't?  I love buying black dresses on sale.  Again, who doesn't?
I'll tell ya what I don't like...unnecessary accessories designed to enhance the the garment but are mysteriously inappropriate for said garment...


(I apologize for the lack of clarity in this picture but it was 1050 degrees Fahrenheit in the plus size dressing room...nevermind that the BFF and I were tee heeing every 5 seconds)


This my friends, is a size 20 dress.  HOWEVER...they must have made it and mixed it up in the Misses section as well because you cannot tell me that belt is not a size 12.  How is it that on a plus size dress I have exactly 1.5 inches of decorative belt for my dress?  I have earrings longer than the amount of belt left over.


Now this was a pretty cute dress.  Knit, well fitted, not clingy in the least, cute get the picture.  I had no hope of fastening this belt and eating, sitting, walking, or breathing if purchased.  Please also answer this question...


In the broad scheme of things, why create such a tiny belt for the 4"inch high waistline of the dress?  It's a waist thong people!! What am I going to do with that?  I know, I know...I have 10,000 belts I could've used but I said no on straight principle.  Some of these designers need to THINK!


Side note:  I think I've found my dream jeans...


Although this picture shows why you have to try things on for yourself, these jeans are PERFECT!  They reach PAST the Amazonian ankles of my 5'10" self and hug the curves (not squeeze like a denim boa constrictor).  I've gone all day without even wearing a belt!!  For those of you who don't understand:  Junk in the trunk + smaller waist= everyone seeing what Cacique from Lane Bryant really means.


Love them, they're on sale @ Macys. Will be buying another pair!


xoxo for now!