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September is National Sewing Month

YES, September is National Sewing Month and I am super excited.

The observance of National Sewing Month began in 1982 with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan declaring September as National Sewing Month “In recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.”

This year I pledge to do something sewing related each day.  How many of my sew sisters and brothers will join me?  I will journal my sewing activities, and blog them once a week.  A strong commitment to make, but this will allow me to increase my sewing skills and knowledge.

If you would like to read more on National Sewing Month and the different activities, visit National Sewing Month website

Let the sewing challenge begin!!!

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SEW GOOD SANGRIA

This past weekend my sewing group had a zipper workshop to review techniques as we prepare our spring/summer collections.  Since this was an all morning workshop, we decided to bring breakfast refreshments.  I brought sangria and blinged out the wine glasses for everyone.   Sometimes sewing can be stressful when your creative thoughts are blur, so the ladies we happy to have a glass to sit by their machines as we worked.  By then end of the workshop…well lets just say we may need to retake this zipper workshop….LOL

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SEW GOOD SANGRIA

  • 1 box of 5 liter box wine
  • 1 liter of ginger ale
  • 1 liter of mango agava
  • 1 cup of flavor rum
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 apple
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup of strawberries
  • 1 cup of pineapples
  • 1 cup of mangoes
  • 2 cups of peaches

Let the mixture sit overnight in the fridge and enjoy the next day.

*** you may use any fruit of your choice

Lifestyle, Sewing and Crafts

1st Update on 2016 RTW Fast

You see this beautiful picture of sisterhood. Well they put me to the test this past weekend.  We went shopping at one of my favorite stores, on a sales day, while I had a little extra change to spare during my RTW fast.  I did just like the husbands/boyfriends…found a seat and watched them shop….lol (it was hard 😢😢😢😢).

I did buy two accessories for my new clothes I will be sewing myself this year.
The seamstress in me did walk around observing the details in the clothing.  At my current sewing level, I must say I am doing very well compared to retail stores.

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Sewing and Crafts

2016 Ready To Wear Challenge

How do you tell a person who LOVES shopping they can’t for a whole year.

I first heard of the Ready To Wear Challenge from Vatsla of Fashion Behind The Seams. We met on periscope and she was explaining the challenge and the things she had learned from it thus far.  This allowed her to me more creative and pushed her to improve her techniques on certain garment items the she would normally buy.

This encourage me to want to try because I began designing garments for area fashion shows.  I wanted my garments to be unique, not knock off copy cats.  I ordered a few sewing technique books, enrolled in a few online classes, and began following a few technique youtube channels.

Here I am banning myself from shopping for 2016.  This may be a little difficult because I am used to running in the store to pick up a cute shirt for a social gather.  Guess I need to have these shirts on deck now…lol.  I will post updated through the year on my progress.

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Check out Vatsla’s summary on her RTW 2015 Fast.

Sewing and Crafts

McCall’s 6744 Pattern Review

I made this mock wrap dress for a Saturday evening bridal shower back in July of 2014.  I chose this fabric color because they were the colors of the wedding, black, red, and white.  I received a lot of compliments on the dress and when people found out I made it, they really became excited.

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Pattern: M6744 VIEW D

Pattern Description:  Pull over dress with elasticized waist, mock wrap, very loose-fitting bodice with elasticized shoulders.

Pattern Sizing: I cut size XXL, next time I will go down a size smaller

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done?  Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes this is a super simple pattern.  I completed it in 3 hours.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved how the shoulder came out with the elastic.  I was very proud of myself

Fabric Used: Cotton Jersey Knit from Hancock Fabrics

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I did not add elastic to the waist because I knew I was going to wear this with a belt.  Other than that I followed all other instructions.  For some reason I ran out of fabric, so I had to run and get more.  Thank God the store still had plenty.

Would you sew it again? Sure will.  I want to make another long version and a short version

Would you recommend it to others? Yes

Happy Sewing,

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