Sunday, August 23, 2015

City points

Hello there....

How opportune is it that my sister wants to practice her photography just as I decide I need more pictures.  FATE! :-)

Here we have V9100.  Custom fit for a non custom body. Now normally I'm a muslin kinda girl but something told me stretchy fabric, extended boob sizes, additional bodice length--- I'll be fine.

Not sew my friends, not sew (groan if you want, that was clever).

Apparently I'm going for the "forever cold" look here.

Awkward dirndle skirt look isn't a look for me (especially with crazed hair - maybe the hobo chic 2016 line?

Retrospectively, the added length in the torso and lack of respecting my actual measurements were not beneficial.  I also still struggle with fabric appropriateness.  I doubt I'll ever be a "straight out of the envelope" kind of girl (straight bummer).  

I'll leave you with a few more pictures and a promise to try and stick with fabric recommendations in the future (at the very least)!





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! :)