Friday, November 13, 2015

Birthday Glow!

Hi All,

In non-sewing related news, I recently had a birthday and what a WHOPPER it was.  From start to finish, my BF went out of  his way to bring in 33 right!

It was a good weekend for pictures but let's talk a little about size wars.  It still amazes me when women are afraid to trust their eyes and bodies.  Yes, we have all committed fashion faux pas' (IS there a plural for that term??) thinking something should fit when it doesn't, but if you're honest with yourself, you can shop in places you wouldn't usually think AND make it work in your favor.  I bought this lovely poncho on vacation in Panama from Zara.  Now, I love Zara as a brand (especially on sale) but I don't often go in because European cut on my this booty doesn't work -forget the fact that it's strictly straight size.  BUT, sometimes I find gems. This was one of those times.  Soft, warm and covered in fringe - it screamed to me!  It doesn't run large but is one of those things that truly fits almost all people (I'm definitely towards the end of the "all people" spectrum at 5'10" - size 20/22).  While in Zara, I also found quite a few jackets and tops that would definitely fit up to an 18/20 comfortably.  This is why we must try! What's a dress to some, may work for you as a cute top.   Learn what brands work for you- plus-size or not! 

The picture gods were SHINING on me!

I L-O-V-E this top and please don't get me started on my boots.  The wind is showing the true perfection of this hi-lo hem.  DRAMA honey!  A moment of true transparency: In my past, I was not a fan of Fashion to Figure -  I didn't like their trend patterns.  Now??  Someone (who shall remain nameless but may be writing this blog), is a TRUE convert.  FTF for the win!  I went in on a whim for a birthday outfit and almost left the contents of my wallet in the store.  I literally wanted almost everything on one wall.  Even though I've made a pledge to minimize my spending by maximizing my fabric stash........they may be my quick and easy fix to keep fancy with fast fashion.  Just a note on my boots - this is my second pair from (formerly  All I can say is GET THEM!  Comfy and oh so cute!  Had them before fringe and the 70's became the rage and will probably wear them well into my dotage.

As you can see, the birthday glow was real - beyond great times!  Back to sewing!


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....