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The Bitter Sweet of McCall's 5138 and the Pattern Review Sewing Bee

Posted by Alethia on September 8, 2015 at 1:30am 13 Comments

Where do I start? Let's see, let me start by saying that I was stoked about the Sewing Pattern Review Sewing Bee Challenge that started this month. I must admit I was Johnetha come lately, LOL! But, I thought, why not, I can do this. After reading the criteria for this first round, I immediately thought of fabric and pattern. A couple of months ago I purchased a beautiful piece of red and black polka dotted rayon challis from Hancock Fabric Store. I knew I wanted to make a top, but wasn't sure how. Then, my mind went directly to a pattern I've used before and love, M5138. I created this top before, and I modified it that time as well. 

As you can see, I love detail and prints. I'm always trying to thin of how I can make things different. They  don't always turn out the way I plan, but I don't let that stop me.

So, when this challenge came along, I thought, I have time, why not. I just didn't figure in the holiday, family time, and glitches. Although I'm disappointed about my sewing bee entry, I'm well pleased with my blouse. It's truly a one-of-a-kind.

I started this blouse on Saturday and got a great bit done. I just needed to add the sleeves, the peplum, buttons/buttonholes, and hem it. Some of my time got zapped in the hemming process. I decided to roll hem my top, and that's where my time went. I test my stitches before commencing to sew. This time my rolled hem was looking raggedy. I tried many times before deciding to re-thread. That helped, but the hem still didn't please me. By this time, I  had roll hemmed the two-part circle…


Ankara Dress

Posted by Sheila on September 4, 2015 at 10:41am 3 Comments

Since last year I've been inspired by all the Ankara print garments being rocked by so many and last year while on a sewing excursion with friends, purchased a few prints.

Honestly, as I stood before the fabrics, I was at a lost as to what I really wanted, there were an abundance of prints, which were dazzling me with their multitude of rich colors.  Finally after some back and forth, I purchased a few prints.  Once, I got home, I couldn't think of what I wanted and just stored them away.

Fast forward and the inspiration & presence is still as strong as last year.  With that I finally trekked down to the fabric room and pulled out this vibrant print of cranberry red/yellow/mustard yellow/ n. blue & creme fabric.






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