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Floral Go Boom !

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Greetings ! How was your Christmas, or how is your Hanukkah, or anything else you celebrate? My Christmas was pretty good. And it's unseasonably warm, so I got some pictures taken outside of things I've made!

This make is an older one, and a repeat too. I made it out of a different fabric though, with a slightly different fit, so I think it's worth sharing.


Pattern: S0945, slimmed down, shortened.

Size: 8.


Materials Used: Cotton Spandex blend from Art Gallery Fabrics. It is called Millie Fleur Microbust Tropics, and I purchased it from Fabric.com.

Directions/Construction: I should just get rid of this section, because I never use it (or the instructions) anyway.


Alterations: I did longer shoulder darts once again. I didn't slim down the sleeves as much as before, because the cotton wanted more ease.

Fit: Same as before--I still ought to do a full bust adjustment and figure out these shoulders, but chances are I won't.


Future Alterations: Eh. We'll see. If I do any, th…

Top Goals for 2017

Hello again! I am done with exams and am back home. I'm quite frustrated though, as I cut out a whole project then realized half of it was backwards and is unsalvageable. It was in really pretty fabric too.
Anyway, since I have the time (can't sew with a ruined project), here are my goals for next year:

None.

I'm not setting any goals. I don't need that stress in my life. I'm a college student; I get enough stress just by being awake and aware of my surroundings.
Sure, there are things I want to sew, but I'm not going to say I have to do it. I'm not going to make an effort to learn new skills either--by the time I get around to sewing, easy knits are all I really want to see. Or swimsuits. Those types of things. Things I know and like.
New patterns mean fitting--not going to add in that stress unless I want to. Fancy fabrics mean extra care cutting and sewing. I'm going to save that extra care for my physics class.
I'm not going to be practical eith…

(Almost) Top 5 Highlights !

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I'm back, with only one final exam left to take, and it's an easier one at that !
So today is my top 5 non-sewing highlights. Things that stand out in my year but don't have to do with the clothes I make.

1. Valedictorian in my high school, and Graduation!
This is a pretty big achievement, and one that I worked hard for. Senior year certainly wasn't easy (looking at you, Composition Class) but I made it through on top.

2. College!
This is a big transition but I have done it. Mostly successfully. My first semester of college is nearly done--will be done tomorrow-and I have managed to survive. Also get an 'A' in accelerated Gen. Chem. Wooh !

3. New friends, and a boyfriend.
Going into college, I knew I needed to make friends, but that can be hard for me. I can now say I do have friends. Also a boyfriend, which was not planned. Anyway, he's pretty great. He's a chemical engineering major.
4. Changing majors I also realized that engineering is not for me, …

Top 5 (kinda) Reflections

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One last post before my exams start tomorrow! (Don't worry, Mom, I wrote this on Sunday. I'm not missing any study time.) This time we have my top 5 reflections! I think I have learned a lot from sewing this year. As a note, I'm going to say that this is my first full year with wearable, quality sewing that I am proud of. I really started sewing when I was 16, but my earlier work isn't very wearable due to its quality. Around last Christmas I started producing lovely, quality clothing I could feel good about, that wasn't just learning anymore.

Reflection 1:
Perfection isn't worth it, but quality is.
Perfection, to me, means constantly criticizing your work because it just isn't good enough. The stitching could be straighter, and by golly that zipper...*shudders*. But quality is what's really important. It may means unpicking something once or twice because you know it could be better, but it also means accepting your work and being proud of it. It means…

Top 5-ish Misses

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I'm back, and getting ready for final exams this semester! That means no sewing time, though I do have somethings left to show you. But for now, Top 5-ish Misses of 2016!

These are the things that just weren't hits. Either they didn't fit right or just didn't get worn, here they are in no particular order.

1. Inari Dress
I loved this dress, then it shrunk. :( Also, though, it has fitting issues that still need resolved, like a full bust adjustment, and the shoulders still don't fit right. It took me a lot more work than a simple cocoon dress should.

2. New Look Top
The shoulders don't quite fit right in this top, and while I love the colors, the polyester fabric makes it cold. Also I think it needs a full bust adjustment. I love the sleeves though, and the fit otherwise.

3. The Watson Bra
I really wanted to like this pattern, but it just doesn't work on my shape. It's not the pattern's fault or mine, it just doesn't work. I have never worn these…

Top 5 (ish) Starts Now !!!

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Hello, everybody !! It is now December. Christmas time!!
I've never been this enthused for the holiday season before. But this year I am excited !!
Anyway, so the end of the year brings...

Top 5, hosted by Gillian of Crafting the Rainbow !
This is an online series where you post your top 5 sewing hits, misses, reflections, goals, and non-sewing highlights.

I'm going to start with my sewing hits today. Just to warn you, I have no new pictures.

1. Yoga Shorts.
I love my shorts, and actually have made quite a few pairs. Three for me, a pair each for my dance buddies, three pairs for little girls... These shorts are a hit. I used the pattern M7261 for the adult size and just shortened them. I used a standard girls' legging pattern and shortened it for the girls' sets.

2. Pineapples, and other embroidery.
        I discovered embroidery again this year, and boy do I love it. It's meditative and slow, nice for evenings when I'm exhausted from chem homework and calc…

One Last Try

You've probably noticed that this site disappeared a few weeks ago. That was because I was dealing with an online predator. However, I missed my blog, and decided to bring it back, with some modifications for safety.
That being said, if the issues continue to happen, I WILL permanently delete this blog. I have neither the time, energy, nor desire to deal with a predator.
This is a warning.
To those who missed the blog, me too! I have some great stuff to share with you coming up, plus Gillian of Crafting the Rainbow will be hosting her Top 5 posts soon ! I can't wait !

Favorite Fibers for Fall (and Winter)

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Hello out there!

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you have no doubt been noticing the weather change to cold. Brrr! But as a sewer or a savvy shopper, you can eliminate some of the frigid effect on yourself, by changing what you wear.

So ! Here are my favorite fibers for winter and warm:

Wool

Wool is by far one of the best things to keep you warm. It can come in both knit and woven form, and if you knit, wool yarn is not hard to come by. Wool tends to be more on the expensive side, but it is soooo worth it.
Wool can be itchy, though I have heard legends about wool that is oh-so-soft and comfy. Also, some people are allergic to wool, so watch out.
Wool fabric is generally in the suiting section or coating fabrics. In stores, you can find wool jackets and sweaters, and sometimes wool pants.

This sweater, though not me-made, is made from a wool blend, which brings me to my next fiber...

Acrylic

Acrylic is a synthetic fiber that is rather soft and kind of like wool. It's not nat…

Trees as Accessories

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Hello again . . . it seems like time is flying by.
Anyway, I got bored of my clothes and made a new top. Alright, that sounds bad. I did have a wardrobe hole. I did need another long-sleeve shirt to wear under sweaters.

Pattern: Simplicity S0945, slimmed down to make a top


Size: 8.

MaterialsUsed: Burnt orange rayon/poly blend knit from JoAnn's. It's soft. Also .25 inch elastic for the button loop and a button from my grandma.


Directions/Construction: Nope, I didn't.

Alterations: I had to make the shoulder darts longer and more curved so they didn't stick up in little pointy shoulder spikes. Also I drastically slimmed down the sides, using my personal tee pattern as a guide. And I didn't use a zipper; instead, I just stuck a button on top. Zippers are more finicky and time-consuming than I cared for at the moment.
Also I had to slim down the arms quite a bit.
Is this a usual alteration for raglan sleeves or is it just sleeves in general ? I had to do the same with my oth…

Autumn Essentials

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Hey there again ! So I'm back after a bit of a stressful week. Alright, it more than a bit stressful. I had three tests and a group project that I was worried about, but I got through, and I am very thankful for my mom for praying for me. Anyway, so I had to let off some steam somehow, and I did have a wardrobe hole, so . . .

A new, autumn-themed sports bra. This was based off a long-line bralette that Fortnight Lingerie is making, but I know from experience that the shape they use--similar to the Watson bra--does not look good on me, so I adapted it to something I know I like.

Pattern : This is a very personalized, very hacked version of  McCall's 6759. I originally started off with the tank pattern.

Size: 8, with mods.


Materials Used: The reddish, slightly rusty spandex is from the Fabric Fairy. It's labeled as garnet but is more of a rusty dark red. The rayon knit for the lining is from JoAnn's, and the strapping, elastics, and rings and sliders are from ArteCrafts …

Home Dec...Dorm Dec

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Hello again ! I've been quite busy lately--studying for tests and exams--so I don't have much to show, but I did make a small home, er, dorm dec project.


My bed is lofted on top of my desk and dresser, so getting in and out can be quite a challenge sometimes. To make it easier, I have a stool next to where I get down. That stool isn't as handy when you're wearing socks, though, because then you have no traction and are likely to fall off. So I made a solution !


I saw this fabric as a remnant at JoAnn's and fell in love with the color and the texture of the knobbly sticky uppy bits. I knew it would work well to cover my stool. It does ! And I have some left over.


To make this all I did was trace a circle shape that was a few inches wider than the stool top. I quickly and dirtily hemmed the edge, leaving room to pull through a cord (pearl cotton embroidery thread) to draw the edges tight. I wanted to use elastic but that would have been harder to pull through the hem…

Favorites for All

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Autumn really is coming, isn't it ?! In the mornings I'm chilly, but in the afternoons it's still warm enough to study outside. I think this is classic weather for September. You know what else is classic in September ? My roommate's birthday, and so I made her a knit top. My favorite thing to make, in some of her favorite colors.


Pattern: New Look S0945. It came from a display, so I don't know what the real number is.

Size: I made a 10 and it luckily came out to fit right.


Materials Used: The sleeves are aqua rayon-spandex knit. The body is a printed poly-cotton. All are from JoAnn's.

Directions/Construction: I didn't look once. I probably should have, as it uses a zipper, but I didn't. Instead I used Colette Pattern Company's centered zipper tutorial, like usual.


Alterations: I made none, other than shortening the dress into a shirt length.

Fit: I think it fits well ? My roommate likes the sleeve lengths, one thing that is always iffy.


Future Alteration…

Painted

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I'm here with a really quick post, because it's nice outside and I'm going to soak up some sunshine while I can. College has been going well; I've found my kind of people. Anyway, here is the cardigan my friend Catherine painted for me:





Enjoy your week !

New Look

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So I'm back, but not really, because I made this before I left . . well, the garment, not the post.

I made this because I wanted some more boho style items in my wardrobe, and I like it fairly well.

Pattern: New Look 6414

Size: 8. So really my measurements put me in a 10 or a 12, I don't remember, but I know that my shoulders are smaller, so I made a size 8.


Materials Used: I used polyester fabric from JoAnn's. It was the only thing in colors that I liked, and I was running out of time. The buttons were vintage ones from Western Germany.


Directions/Construction: New Look actually has really great instructions. I did look at them and only modified them a few times, like for finishing seams and things. Also I added some detail topstitching at the front keyhole which I conveniently forgot to take pictures of.

Alterations: I made a muslin and decided not to make any alterations except for shortening it by 4 inches.


Fit: The shoulders are kind of tight, an issue which wasn'…