2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

February 3, 2016

YOU CAN'T HURRY LOVE SO LET IT WIP...

...Diana Ross and the Supremes knew exactly what they were talking about when they sang "You Can't hurry love".  If you'll remember, the last episode of Faye's Sewing Adventure found me working hard to complete the 4th and final week of Sew Much Talent's Kicking Stash sew-a-long - outer wear and/or accessories.  Even though I chose a simple pattern (only 5 pattern pieces), I couldn't resist incorporating at least a few tailoring techniques that I thought would make the coat not only look better, but also last longer.  So, needless to say, I did not finish my coat in time to count for the challenge.  Not to dismay though - turns out I did come in in THE TOP 5 of the sew-a-long!

With the deadline for submission being 11:59 p.m. Sunday Night,  I threw in the towel at 11:29 after finally coming to grips with the fact that YOU JUST CAN'T HURRY LOVE!  This is what the project looked like Sunday night when I decided it was time to go to bed.

The clocked ticked on, and January turned into February, and my project magically evolved from Kicking Stash into a WIP (work in progress).   I CAN'T HURRY LOVE, but I can just let it WIP!!!

January 30, 2016

KICKING STASH 4TH AND FINAL WEEK: QUESTION???

...It's the fourth and final week of my Kicking Stash Sew-A-Long Challenge.  This week's assignment:  Outer Wear or Accessories.  Right up my sewing alley since I love making outer wear.  To make sure that I was able to complete a coat in a (week), I had to choose an easy (simple) unstructured pattern with few pattern pieces.  I wanted to make this pattern
Vogue 1479

but after a review of the pattern's instructions felt it would be a little too much with my time restriction - maybe next time.  So I opted to use this one


Only 5 pattern pieces, no lining, how simple can it get???  Now for the big question:  Can I, Linda Faye Thomas Lewis, make a simple, unstructured coat without adding ANY tailoring techniques?  Nope!  I  tried, but I  just can't seem to help myself!  It's so hard to unlearn what you've learned, especially when you love the results it yields. 

For starters I picked this beautiful piece of  gray fabric gifted to me by my friend Ebony, you remember her from The GlamDolls.

Taken from her stash that neither of us can really identify it - but we think it's a piece of  kashmir fleece that Hancock's carried several years ago.  My description: really dense and yummy feeling.  Tailoring:  so far I've added a front shoulder shield and back stay

Back Stay

Making the front should shield
and am toying with the idea of doing some light pad stitching of the enormous collar and lapel areas.  Oh, and let's not forget the addition of my lining in a gorgeous silver color.  Trying to get this all done within my time limit of 11:59 p.m. tomorrow night - keep your fingers crossed for me...



January 27, 2016

WORK WEAR WEDNESDAY...

... Friday, oh Friday you seem so far away,
 but in the meantime it's WWW (Work Wear Wednesday) again.  In homage Sew Much Talent's Kicking Stash Sew-A-Long I wore a top created during Week 1, and a skirt created during Week 2; and after having the pictures taken discovered this on my phones camera
Smart phones never cease to amaze me...

January 24, 2016

KICKING STASH WEEK 3...

...the first three weeks of the year have really flown by - wasn't it just Christmas!  This week's Stash Kicking assignment was all about pants.  I really thought I was going to have bail this week, because I just wasn't feeling making pants, not even with my good old TNT pattern.  But when I found out that anything that split and had legs qualified I was able to pull it off by making my favorite leggings.

I literally LIVE in leggings during the winter months, especially if they are comfty and cozy.

McCall's 6173 
 I made View c from this patterns a few years ago and we are still in love with each other.  I wanted to make others and this was the perfect opportunity.
The pair on the left are made from a soft light weight sweater knit that I got from Girl Charlie a couple of years ago; and on the right a stretchy azetecy value fabric from Hancock.  I used the same serged elastic waistband treatment that I used on my skirts last week.  I also got the bright idea that the leggings could be hemmed using the waistband treatment as well.  The results:  a cuff like hem that I really like- who knew???

I actually thought I'd also get a pair of TNT slacks completed today but changed my mind because I didn't want to do a rush job.  I used 1 3/4 yard of stash per pair for a grand total of 3 1/2 yards used (if my math is correct).  Me and fractions never could see eye to eye.

The 4th and last week of the Kicking Stash challenge starts at midnight - Week 4 will be all about outer wear and or accessories.  Care to guess what I'll be making???

January 20, 2016

WORK WEAR WEDNESDAY (MEOW)...

...I have several animal print tops and skirts, but had really been hankering for that print in a dress since seeing one made over at TellTaleTasha's over a year ago.  Her dress resonated over and over in my head, and although that Vogue pattern did not work out for this particular fabric, I still achieved my animal print dress vision using the McCall's Pattern.

My kids took my cell phone pictures when I wore my new dress today, and by the way they loved my dress.

 I got so many compliments on this dress during the course of the day that I completely forgot about my pattern placement mishap in the bust area of the dress.


 I love the dress and will definitely be using McCall's 6886 again in the very near future...

January 19, 2016

STILL KICKING STASH - LAST GARMENT FOR WEEK 2 ; 11TH HOUR SUBMISSION...

...I think it was at 11:55 p.m. Sunday night that I clicked the submit button with this entry.  Week 2 was all about skirts and dresses.  I managed to complete two knit skirts on Friday and Saturday and barely finished my dress on time on Sunday.  The "Kicking Stash" week runs from 12:00 a.m. on Monday to 11:59 p.m. Sunday evening (that's eastern standard time).

I've loved Vogue 1314 since it's release and finally decided it was time to make it.

I really wanted to make the dress in a animal print so I choose a leopardcheetah (I really don't know which) sweathery knit out of my stash for the project.  Ahhhh, wrong choice!  The fabric was the right print, but did not have the right amount of  SNAP or spandex content necessary to pull this project off.  I should have known better and quickly came to the conclusion that the dress in this fabric was a complete wash.  I had even (I think) convinced my Mother who hates me chunking ANY project that ditching the dress was the right thing to do.  I comforted myself by promising to cut it up and make another project one day (yeah right).

Then after seeing several people make McCall's 6886 


recently I had a light bulb moment.  Why not just re- cut the Vogue dress to the McCall's patterns.   I only needed to make a few adjustments by sliding the pattern down re-cutting the the upper bodice part, and removing some of the length and voila - this is what I came up with
Besides a little bit of pattern misplacement in the bust area I am really pleased with the results of this SAVE.  Finishing the project is FAR better than having an UFO floating around in my sewing room.  

Now I'm off to do some cutting for Week 3 projects - IT'S ALL ABOUT PANTS...

BOOKS ACQUIRED

  • Pants Sewing Guide
  • Denim Revolution
  • Pants for Real People
  • Jackets for Real Peopls
  • Easy, Easier, Easiest Tailoring - Palmer & Pletsch - Gifted
  • The Sewing Machine Attachment Handbook
  • Ribbon Crafts
  • Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers
  • Successful Serging
  • Making Trousers for Men and Women
  • Couture Sewing Techniques
  • Singer - Perfect Plus
  • Cool Couture
  • Couture, The Fine Art of Sewing
  • Singer Sewing Reference Library - Tailoring - GIFTED
  • The Perfect Fit: The Classic Guide to Altering Patterns - Creative Publishing International
  • Fit for Real People
  • DK-The Complete Book of Sewing