Monday, April 30, 2012


Ahh lovely people, I finally badgered one of my sisters to take photos of my nice enough blue dress (thank God she supports me wholeheartedly or I'd have lost a couple of inches by now).  Now I've spoken about how I fell out of love with this but was determined to finish and....

ehhhhhhhhhh....I'm ok with it. Family likes it, friends like it...what's wrong with the Amazon? <shrug>  You tell me...

Original pattern:

cute right?

And here I am...
A little nippy...

So I wore this doodad to brunch with my parents and sister #1. Loved the way it looked with my jacket and accessories.  Not so crazy about it solamente...
Stuffed bird pose...  (it warmed up a bit so time to strut)

I will say there are a COUPLE details I loved:

Kente cloth lined pocket
Exaggerated shirttail
L-O-V-E-D the back. Added my gold Wonder Woman belt for a little pizazz (one must always show respect to one's Amazonian leader).  Unfortunately in my haste to make a dramatic hem difference I neglected the front and almost showed my Britney at brunch (horror and shame).

Here are a few details:

  • Fabric: Blue cotton twill & kente cloth (cotton I think)
  •  Two-way zipper used rather than a button front  (my busty self is no friend of the button)
  • Eliminated the drawstring (high behind, drawstrings and busty belly do not a friend make)
  • Shortened the front hem by 1.5", lengthened the back by 2" (ultimately that .5" in the front was almost the end of my ladyhood)
Will I make this dress again?  Probably not.  It was definitely a learning experience though.

Toodles from the land of Amazonia....

Monday, April 23, 2012

Hola Blog world!!!  Sooo busy this weekend (and I mean doing laundry while cooking a 5-course meal and writing a final thesis kinda busy).

But I made it. :)

I've been on a bit of a sewing rampage lately.  Finished McCalls 6530.  Not sooooooo enthused with the results but everyone likes it so I'll wear it at least twice before putting it into the "fail" bin to rescrap (pictures coming soon...I promise)!

In other sewing news....

My McCall's tank dress is 92% done.  Why 92% you ask?  Well my thread decided to end things before I was through. Empty spool right in mid binding...

So I reupped...
 I should be able to knock this bad boy out tonight (sleeveless knit dress)!

McCalls 6355

Knocked out a floral maxi to figure out how to take pictures of everything by myself...(mind boggling).

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

So Monday was a record setter here in the NYC---86 degrees and sun SHINE! Unfortunately I didn't plan my outfit in advance AND overslept (big YIKES!).  Pulled out the first thing bright and light...

I really have to work on this smiling thing...

Last year's pics 2 (taken by
Last  year I had this rough orange "linen".  For some reason I love the way raw fabrics look unfinished.  Slight shirtail hem, oversize neckline with raw ruffles and sleeves.  I literally just threw this dress together and declared it ME (clarification...this was made last year--true novice. :)
Love this over the shoulder thing :)

Last year's pics (taken by

Monday, April 16, 2012

Wanted to post a little blast from the past action!  Not sure what this material is besides denim but I loved it (made last year--worn yesterday).  Horrible zipper and waistband placement but I'm not a belt queen for nothing. :-D.

Final product for Project #1 to be posted tomorrow (only one day behind schedule---Yeaaaa ME!).

Not usually a circle skirt fan but this worked for me

6 year old's take the best pictures but sometimes I wish they'd say CHEESE :)

Fabric up close

Friday, April 13, 2012

Almost done with dress #1 and I must's starting to grow on me.  Hopefully I don't look like an extra from "Nurse Betty: Plus size edition" when I'm through...

Color and "tribal" pattern sneak peek...

DEFINITELY getting that camera soon!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

I'm beginning to wonder if I'm going sew crazy.  I figured the best way for me to actually make wearable clothing and not just dream about it was to give myself a deadline....hahahahahaha.  Give myself migraines and anxiety is more like it.

So...Project #1 (deadline April 15th):

McCalls 6520
I tweaked it a bit to add some funk and style but I have to admit...not so in love with it. :(

Pics to follow...

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

So.... I finally finished my leopard-like skippies and ehhhh.....  I mean I like them but they're missing something no?

Maybe a few gems??