Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry & Bright!

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
~ Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV) ~

Merry Christmas!!!

Hope you all are having a wonderful day filled with joy and laughter, in the company of family, friends, and loved ones. Amidst all the eating, drinking and laughing, please, take the time to remember the reason for the season: JESUS. He came to this earth, lived as a man, suffered in His death, and He rose from the grave...all so that we can live!

Although it's not a white Christmas this year, a snow storm rolled through our area a couple of weeks ago and left a beautiful scenery in our backyard for taking nice blog photos. And just as I did with my last post, I seized the opportunity to take some pictures showing how the Sequin Halter Top and Sequin Maxi Skirt go together.

What do you think of the look together? Leave your comment below.

Thanks for stopping by!

For those interested, my hair is in flat twists on both sides with single braids down the center, braided forward, wrapped around the side of my head and secrued with a few bobby pins.
It was done by yours truly. It has been a year since I started doing my hair myself, and my 1 year Natural Anniversary was December 23.

Monday, December 16, 2013

**Menswear** - DIY Button Down Dress Shirt for My Husband + Pattern Review

"When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him." - Proverbs 16:7 (NKJV)

Happy Monday!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

The first time I made a dress shirt for my hubby was some time in October, but I never got to blog about it...ONLY because it took much convincing (and bribing) to get him to take pictures for the blog. Hence, this post is about the second shirt *cough: Bribe* I've made for him.

The issue I have in finding the right-sized pants, my husband has in finding the right-sized dress shirt. He's pretty tall (about 6ft 3in), and so regular store-bought shirts don't quite fit him right: if the body of the shirt fits, the sleeves are usually too short, and if the sleeves are long enough, the body of the shirt is too large. So, if he wants a perfectly-sized shirt, he usually has to custom order it, and those can be quite expensive.

I was fabric-browsing one day at Walmart when I looked in their pattern drawers and found the Simplicity® Easy-To-Sew Pattern 5366. I decided to pick it up and try my hand at making a dress shirt. As practice, I first made a couple for my son (see post, See Spot Run!). They turned out ok, so I decided to make one for my hubby. Maybe I'll make a seperate post about that first shirt some other time.

This shirt was made more recently, only finished last week, and I used a lovely purple and white striped polyester fabric, with plain white linen fabric for the collar and cuffs.

I figured I'd do a pattern review as well, since I've used this pattern 4 times: twice for my hubby, and twice for my son. I'll just use my hubby's purple shirt for the review below.

Pattern: Simplicity® Easy-To-Sew Pattern 5366 View A

Description: Boy's and Men's Shirt and Vest

Fabric used: Purple & White stripped polyester fabric, and White lining Fabric (Collar & Cuffs). Both from my local Walmart (available in stores only).

Pattern Sizing: As I mentioned above, the purpose of sewing this shirt was to make custom fitting shirt for my hubby. So, there was a lot of mix and matching of the sizes on the pattern.
Neck band and collar: Small
Chest: Large
Sleeves and Cuffs: Medium

Ease & Clarity of Instructions: This pattern was definitely like the pattern says: "Easy To Sew." The instructions were clear and easy to follow.

Likes/Dislikes: I liked how quick and easy this pattern was to sew. There were no dislikes about this patters. I just made some alterations to suit the size and design I was going for. And even with cutting the pieces in different sizes, it came together quite easily.

Alterations: Aside from the sizing... On the cuffs, instead of a button on one side and button hole on the other, I made two button holes (for cuffflinks).

Reusing This Pattern: I've already reused this pattern several times, and with the way my hubby like his shirts, I'll be reusing a whole lot more.

Recommendations: I highly recommend this pattern. It's easy to use for beginners, and more advanced sewers can always make a nice dress shirt!

It has been snowing here on and off since last Sunday.
So, I took advantage of the beautiful scenery and shot some lovely pictures.
Let me know what you think. Leave your comments below.


Sunday, December 08, 2013

"Leather Sparkle" - Sequins, Leather & Fur + Pattern Review

Hi there! I trust that you all are doing well. My weekend has been lovely. Very busy, but lovely. My hubby and I attended two Christmas parties; one with the kids, and one without. They were both fun!

In my previous post, I mentioned that I originally intended to make a full-length gown out of the fabric I used, but I changed my mind and made them two separate pieces. And I'm glad I did, because the pieces can both be worn in several different ways, together and as seperates!

***Halter Top + Pattern Review***

Pattern: McCalls Pattern M6326 View C

Fabric used: I made this top using the same black and gold knit sequin fabric I used in my last post.

Pattern Sizing: I cut a Size 4.

Ease & Clarity of Instructions: Making this was really as easy as the package says. The instructions were clear and easy to follow.

Likes/Dislikes: I liked that the pattern was quick and easy to sew. There were no dislikes about this patters. I just made some alterations to suit my style.

Alterations: The "peek-a-boo" opening in the front of the bust is A LOT more open than the picture on the pattern indicates. So, because it was too revealing for me, I made the opening a lot smaller. Another issue I had was that the pattern suggests using a two-way stretch knit; unfortunately, I used a fabric stretches only one way! Yikes! Although I was able to work my way around it, getting into the top is not so easy. I think I'll revise the top later, maybe fix it so it doesn't twist at the neck. That might leave more wiggle room.

Reuse of Pattern: I'll be reusing this pattern; perhaps, I'll try making the other views.

Recommendations: I recommend this pattern. It's easy enough for beginners, and of course, more advanced sewers  can get a nice top out of it!

***Faux Leather Pencil Skirt***

Remember in one of my previous posts (Faux Leather Circle Skirt) when I told you guys I got quite a lot of faux leather fabric from Walmart? Well, I'm definitely putting them to use!

Pencil skirts are just so classic, and I've been wanting to make some for a while now. So, I decided to make one in black faux leather (the same one from my Ankara with Leather Pants). I didn't have a pattern just for a pencil skirt; so, I used the skirt portion of a dress pattern (McCalls Pattern M5972) to cut this skirt. The waist band was cut free-hand, and I changed the location of the zipper from the side to the back.

I love it, and I see many more pencil skirts in my future!

For this post, I paired the halter top with the pencil skirt, and turned up the glam by wearing my Faux Fur Cape. Did someone say "Christmas Party"? Bring it on!

Happy Sunday!
Enjoy the week ahead!

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

"Black Gold" - Sequin Maxi Skirt

"These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world." ~ 1 Peter 1:7 NLT

Hello all!

Hope you had a lovely weekend! I'd like to start by saying "Happy New Month!" Can you believe December is already here? I remember January 1st vividly. Time flies by so fast!

For most (myself included), December is a month of celebrating and festivities. So, I'll kick off my posts this month with some sparkle.I made this semi fit-and-flare skirt I made a few weeks ago using a black fashion knit fabric with gold sequin in a leopard print pattern purchased from my local Joann's Fabric & Crafts Store (available here - currently on sale at 60% off).

I did not use a pattern for this skirt. However, I originally intended for it to be the bottom part of a full length dress, but I changed my mind and made them two separate pieces (Watch out for a post on the top coming soon.)

I wore it out for the first time to church on Sunday, and because the skirt already a statement piece on its own, I decided to pair it with a lovely all-black top I've had for several years (from Stein Mart). I just love all the pleats on this much, I just might recreate it someday!

Have a lovely week ahead!

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