No. 14 Modern retro blooms; a McCall’s caller of course…..

Hey y’all hey!  Now of course my blog gotta start talking smack as soon as I logged on; saying I haven’t blogged in four months!  Four months!?!? ….now that makes no sense at all; but I do have purty dress to share this afternoon…. and I’ve been sewing a’plenty during my hiatus but alas, no sharing and for that I apologize…

This afternoon I present my latest make: McCall’s Fashion Star M6552 (this pattern debuted in 2012)….I so miss that show a whole lot…the contestants made designs for Macy’s, Saks, and similar chains….I like Project Runway too and get quite wrapped up in the designs but they are so NOT ME……very beautiful, well some of ’em….but the majority of the others are just not my forte’ at all….but I basically liked everything I saw on Fashion Star….the clothes were “normal” instead of some crazy challenge garment made with parachute material!….anyway, this is one of ’em…..

First of all the fabric just feeds my soul y’all, it’s the modern retro thing I do like all the time so it just works you know?….I snagged the fabric from Fabric Mart a few months back…the description is just as awesome as the fabric itself: “Plum/Stone Blue/Goldenrod/Multi Large Retro Floral Print Rayon/L” <—COOL, amiright??….I cut the medium; only because if I would have cut the small “the girls” would have protruded so far out my favorite guy would have certainly been quite concerned…the large would have the same effect with the addition of the neckline dropping down a little too far South….Remember J. Lo’s little green number??…not a good look at the grocery store or family BBQ yikes! …..the neckline is hella fierce though with the deep “V”,  which is one of my favorite features of the pattern….the pattern was labeled “easy” which it actually was for a nice change…..there were only three main pattern pieces with a neckline facing and drawstring for the other two…..Made a couple modifications to the pattern though….the drawstring was cut out, casing sewn in and everything only for me NOT to like that feature with the fabric after the fact….After careful observation I ended up grabbing Clover (my seam ripper) and taking the channel out….I made a quick sash instead….I suppose I’m a sash kinda gal….although the cinch waist works much better with solids IMO…..This pattern required three yards of prettiness to whip up….

I’m still in the lab (my sewing room) and I’ve been stalking Pinterest for new inspo….Pinterest doesn’t help much though because it makes you want to sew up every damn thang and you can’t make up your mind!…I love that time suck though, I really do…..I have some striped sweater knit swagged on Belle too trying to get the creative wheels rolling….I’ll share the pictures now; maybe I’ll get some ideas from all these patterns and books stuffed in my sewing space….till next time y’all good people!  *don’t laugh at my pictures; I’m still refusing to upgrade my little Coolpix or use my guy’s awesome Nikon he has….old habits die hard I suppose*



the prettieness of the hour…..DSCN3564

check out that neckline….I gottsta’ be careful when I wear this little numba’!…..


the pattern of the hour…..DSCN3577

the sewing foot of the hour….





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Nichelle Shayne

I sew a whole lot, I buy waaaaayyyyy too much fabric, and I have an obsession with books (especially sewing books and magazines), shoes, and fat quarters (and I don't even quilt)...Bags will always hold a special place in my heart; I still make em from time to time.....random fact about me**the pin cushions on the front page were made by my Mama and me....She made the yellow one and I whipped up the red one.....I can ramble all day about sewing and I feel a good ramble coming on sewwwww I'll stop here (pun intended).....Oh! My name is Christy but all my friends call me Chris!

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