Monday, September 22, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

My post this week is part of a blog tour called "Around the World Blog Hop". I was nominated by Vanessa of Sew Filled to the Brim. I discovered her blog several months ago; she's very creative and  makes stylish clothing. This year she's participating in the RTW fast, which I plan to participate in next year.

What are you working on?

 My birthday is coming up so I decided to make a birthday dress. I'm using McCall's 6503, which I purchased at the 99c sale at JoAnn's recently. It is a very simple pattern. I plan to make more versions in knit fabrics for the Fall. Here's what I've made so far:

I wanted a bright and colorful fabric in order to make a "happy" birthday dress. My husband doesn't like my fabric choice, he says it's too loud (sad face). Here's the pattern, I'm making view B (the blue one at the top):

I may skip the sleeves though; I haven't really decided. 

Besides my birthday dress, I'm also working on my Fall sewing plans. There's a lot that I need to make before the winter gets here. I really don't want to buy since I'll be participating in the RTW fast next year. I'm forcing myself to get into the habit of making everything I need. 

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I've really been thinking about this a lot - how my sewing differs from others. I think right now I'm more focused on filling up my wardrobe and improving my sewing skills. As time goes on, I want to start sewing vintage clothing. I really love 30's and 40's clothing.

Why do I write/create what I do?

I really enjoy sewing! Right now I only sew on the weekends, and I look forward to it all week long. It truly is a gift that keeps on giving. You can do so much with this skill. I love being able to make my own clothes - choosing everything from the style of the garment, to the color and the fabric. It's truly amazing. I wish I had gotten back into sewing sooner. As my skills get better, I also want to make more clothes for my family. 

I've found so much encouragement and inspiration from the sewing community. I had no idea there were so many people out there making their own clothes. Not only do I enjoy sewing, I also love to see what others have made, and getting tips and ideas from people who are way more experienced than I am. 

How does my creative process work?

I prefer to purchase my fabric with a pattern already in mind. It's just so much easier for me to buy fabric knowing what I want to use it for. Therefore I do not have a fabric stash! What? Yeah, I said it. I'm pretty sure some day I'll have a fabric stash; when I travel I'll definitely have to buy whatever beautiful fabric I find. Anyway, so I start by finding a pattern that I like, then buy fabric for that pattern, and then make the garment. Sometimes it goes really quickly and I end up with a garment that I love, but then sometimes I just end up with a UFO sitting in my closet for several months. I have several unfinished garments; I just need enough inspiration to get back to them. 
If the pattern is difficult for me, I'll search on the internet to see if another blogger has made it before and try to get some ideas/tips. So I always appreciate it when you share your sewing process.

After my garment is complete, I blog about it then head over to my favorite shoe blog, The Daily Shoe to fantasize about what shoe would be perfect with my garment. Right now I'm in love with this Sophia Webster:

Anyway, next on the blog hop is Dorothy of Sewing Fun Things. She makes very beautiful clothing. I've been following her blog for a while too. Her post will be on Monday, September 29.

Have a wonderful week, and as always, Happy Sewing!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Simplicity 6209 View B Dress

My first version of this dress is no bueno anymore. The dress was a bit tight on me and the fabric was stretchy, so the seams frayed. Oh well! So I decided to quickly make another one to replace it because I really like the pattern. I used the same size 8 pattern pieces that I had used before but this time I didn't do french seams. I love how it turned out this time, and it's in my favorite color - brown. 

The instructions are very easy to follow and this time it was a very quick sew for me. I think I'm falling in love with repeating past projects. 
I used a medium-weight polyester fabric. The dress is quite warm, even without lining; it's great for Fall.

Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful week. Happy sewing!

Monday, September 8, 2014

McCall's 2818 Top & Burda Skirt

OMG! I could make ten of these tops, seriously. I bought this pattern at the McCall's 99c sale at JoAnn's. If you don't have this pattern in your stash, you really may want to get it. It's just too amazing! I love that it comes with four different necklines. The instructions are very easy to follow. I can't wait to make another one. The skirt pattern came from my summer Burda magazine. It's a simple skirt with darts at the back and a side zipper. Nothing fancy, but it was just perfect to go with my McCall's top. 

The top has buttons at the back. Sorry for the bad picture below; the top is actually straight. 

I hope you have a wonderful week. Happy sewing!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Simplicity A1489 Tunic Top #2

I really love this pattern. I've worn my first version of this top so many times I decided to make another one. It's very comfortable and just perfect for work. The instructions are easy to follow and it comes together very quickly. I cut my usual size 10 but had to adjust it down one size.
I've been so busy lately but I'm going to start working on my Fall sewing plans soon. Hopefully I'll be able to get more sewing done now that Summer's over. 

Happy sewing!