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Fashion Challenge 3: Contestants Have Been Selected!

.. and guess who was selected to compete??? You got it this gal!!

I am too honored to be selected as a contestent. While this might not be a big deal to some its a damn big deal to me.. I never thought over 30 years ago I could ever take my passion and skill for sewing to this magnitude of a level..


This certainly brought joy to me on Friday because I was really feeling down about a different issue.. Then with the never ending health issues.. I was like yeah ok! But as the old saying says.. “God does not place anymore on you than you can bare” and “when one door closes — yes! Two more open!” Thank goodness I have some lovely people in my corner that always have an open ear for me to vent — Erica Bunker thank you so much!


Anyway the contest begins on September 11, 2015! Please follow me on the social media channels as I do generally post different content!

Thanks for your support dolls!

Fabricmart Fabrics – Fabricistas Fabric Challenge 3

Making Jeans McCalls 6610

Hello Darlings!

Today’s Post (is long over due) will speak to jean making. I have created quite a few pairs of jeans in different styles; distressed, dressy like, and just pants created from jean fabric. This is my first pair of “jeans” it has the coin pocket, back pockets, etc.


I would have to say these are my favorite jeans and are very comfortable. The only complaint I have is I did not create my waistband “sturdy enough” it stretched out quickly. I will not remove and make another for one there is no more fabric and two itโ€™s just too much trouble. So I will still wear them and deal with it LOL.
The link to this pattern is McCalls 6610 and trust me this pattern is so worth it! It has two different style of legs and each leg style is a different pattern piece, not a pattern piece that you have to cut or trace. And oh yes I refuse to trace a pattern unless its a serious hack or its a bra pattern. I hate the whole aspect of tracing on tracing paper… I don’t sew for others that often so I have no issue cutting up a pattern.
This is the lay out of the jeans on the fabric I chose view A the straight leg pattern.
I love the pocket detail here itโ€™s just like jeans you purchase in the store where the cotton pocket goes all the way across the pants top. Here my lining is a heavy weight cotton I purchased from Hobby lobby it works really well with jean fabric.

Top Stitching of the front pocket.


I made an attempt at a bit of embroidery with my regular machine. Itโ€™s supposed to be a C and a G to represent Curvy Girl but yeah that’s what I got at the biggest setting ๐Ÿ™
I have an embroidery machine now I will attempt this again.

I loved loved loved the coin pocket detail. My machine sewed through this with a breeze! You can see my belt loop attachment as well. I used the exact measurement for the belt loop but it was a bit big. I will need to make smaller next time.


Rivets are a bit challenging they should be at all the stress points but this was not easy hence, you only see two. I have a rivet machine now so I will definitely try again.

This top is a Lisette 1666 but the pattern is out of print (OOP) now. I altered the pattern to have a lower back and shorter zipper. I also made a matching lace top in the same manner.

Someone commented on my Facebook page “when did I get hips?” I thought that was hilarious!


MISSES’/MISS PETITE JEANS: Fitted, straight or boot-legged jeans have waistband, carriers, pockets, front stay, yoke back, fly front zipper closing and narrow hem. Note: fitting tips included. Purchased belt.
SUGGESTED FABRICS: Denim, Lining for pockets: Medium weight cotton or Muslin.
NOTIONS:A, B: 7″ Zipper, One 5/8″ Button, 11/2″ – 2″ Purchased Belt.
Pattern Sizing: 6-24 (I cut a 16 and reduced the waist)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you completed sewing with it? Yes, exactly.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, very easy no problems at all.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Nothing simple โ€œgo toโ€ pattern cuts and sews quickly.
Fabric Used: Jean Fabric with a bit of stretch
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Reduced the waistband, widened the hips
Would you sew it again? YES!
Would you recommend it to others? Yes, good traditional jean pattern!
Conclusion: I did not find this pattern difficult at all; I can probably sew it without the instructions next time.


Booties: Ray Roy from Saks (old)

Bracelets: David Yurman

Watch: Michelle
Necklace: DIY
Belt: Tory Burch Reversible Belt (similar)

I have a few more jeans on my list namely the Ginger Jeans that a few of my fellow Bloggers have created! I have read her instructions and they are quite interesting. I may get around to it in the next few weeks.

Burda 6765 and Burda Style #131 Tailored Pants

Happy Wednesday Darlings! Yes its me again can you believe it twice in one week whoo hoo for me!
I made this two piece crop top and pants for a birthday event I went to in Baltimore.  The event was for my sister’s pastor of The Greater Hope Worship Center. The party was held at the Baltimore Rowing Club this place is adorable close to the water great view and the weather was fabulous!
We had a great time and it was so good connecting back with my family I really missed! 
This outfit is two Burda Patterns: Burda 6765 and Burda Style Tailoring Pants.. What are the differences.. Burda Patterns sells retail paper patterns and Burda Style does strictly .pdf patterns.  Since I am one of their Top 50 Bloggers I try to use their patterns a lot more often.. plus they have great modern style.. the patterns are clean, classy, modern.. only downfall you have to print and tape it all together GRRRRRRRR… But the results are great.
Burda 6765 is a set of adorable tops that comes with a cap sleeve and long-sleeve with a V-neck.. You can definitely interchange the pieces but I liked the short cropped one this time. The only thing I found odd about this pattern is its cut wayyyyyy sha-medium (yes a new word when its in between a small and a medium and just does not fit urgh!
The first one I cut did “fit” but it really fit and it was not appropriate for this event plus my tummy ain’t set up right LOL The first one was cut in a size 10 and the second one I went way up to a 14.  The sleeves as you can see are still a bit tight which tells me that this is cut small. My arms are small and most sleeves are big and roomy this not so much but it wasn’t uncomfortable.  It feel to a nice length and is not too revealing.
The fabric came from Fabricmart on one of their cotton sales.. its cute fabric with a slight stretch and Swiss dots..
The pants came from the BurdaStyle.com Trousers 131 – very cute tailored pants that goes from size 17 to 21 which is meant for juniors.. Well Juniors aren’t working with the curves so I had to do my own thing with it. I always have to alter the crotch area and the rear area.. and most often the hips.. The length is fine, although I generally add 2 to 3 inches because I like my pants long as they elongate my legs vs. cut me off with too short..
There is no leeway with this if the pants are short they have to be capris, shorts, or long.. I have tried this a few times and although I’m 5’4″ I have a short waist and long legs.. certain lengths just don’t work.
This fabric though oh my this fabric! I got this beautiful Loose-Woven Black Cotton Jacquard I actually picked this up last year on one of Mood Fabrics fabric sales and 1/2 this price.. I got 5 yards and it really is nice!

Clutch Bag: Saks 5th Avenue
Shoes: Prada Flats (last season)
Watch: Michelle
Bracelets: David Yurman
Lip color: CHANEL Gabriella
Huggs and kisses xoxoxox

Pretty Polka Dot Dress with Vogue 1395

Beautiful Morning in Downtown Silver Spring! Thanks Brittney for the photoshoot ๐Ÿ™‚

This is Vogue 1395 and the Fabric I used is from G Street! It was the last piece on the roll! Love love love the feel of this its a rayon with no stretch.. Its a nice sunny yellow with pink polka dots..
This was constructed a bit differently where you made an additional piece for the back with gathers at the top and it ties in the front.. It really didn’t take that long to sew but be mindful of the instructions as they can be confusing..
I made mine a tab bit longer than the pattern and the models.. Cause I just like it that way lol no fit problems.. I cut a 10 on the top and a 12 on the bottom and widened the hips :-9 I did not care for the lining for the skirt so I just omitted it.. 
By the way pay no attention to the massive ball on my head.. its the summer and its hot! lol I get a blow-out later!
Cute hun ๐Ÿ˜‰
Sunnies: Gucci
Necklace: DIY with beads from Fusion Beads
Watch: Michelle
Bracelets: David Yurman
Shoes: Ann Taylor

Pool Blue Fabric Giveaway Winner!

…… the winner is (drum roll please!)

Jae Williams! You must claim your prize with me within the next 24 hours! 
Here is what she won! 2 yards of Pool Blue Stretch Cotton Sateen, 
a spool of thread, and a matching zipper!
I can’t wait to see what you create with your prize!
xoxoxox! *mauh*

Two Piece Jersey Vogue 8935

Well Summer is definitely upon us! Warm weather outside including humidity and its nippy inside.. so much so I have on long sleeves and a heater under my desk lol.  I have so many things I have sewn and not worn I though I would pull this out.  This pattern was so cute when it came out last year from Vogue! I then found the perfect fabric in one of my many NYC trips! The fabric is definitely not too bold and its definitely not plain!

Cute buttons I found I believe at JoAnn’s!

Hanging on the dress form!
This fabric was definitely a dream to sew very easy and very quick! Would I make another set.. yes as it was easy.. As long as I find the “perfect” fabric again. No alterations were made to this pattern.
Necklace: JCrew
Shoes: Ann Taylor (2013 Season)
Wash and  wear hair…
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