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Author: 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!
Howdy everyone and I hope all is well today!….I’m watching one of my favorite movies; the Bird Cage and staring at my fabric; just letting my mind wander….Things going on today have gone on before and reflections on those times are inevitable I suppose….Sewing keeps me from being so angry about the things I’ve learned and the things I currently see and for that I am eternally grateful….this post is about honoring Ms. Coretta Scott-King and my ancestors as well….Let the rambling begin yeah?
If you’ve been following my modest blog and social media accounts then you know all about my absolute love for anything vintage…if you’re new here you’ll catch on pretty quick….I also aimed to feature Black women this month; something to say THANK YOU for them risking everything and just giving a damn in general when so many just “look the other way”…..Now let’s get some facts going here as reminders of how Black women pave the way for well damn near everything!…Shall we? Why yes, yes we shall….
Ms. Coretta Scott-King ‘s birthday is April 27, 1927….She was considered a peace advocate and the 1st Lady of the Civil Rights Movement….You could always find her right by her husband’s side (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) fighting for justice for US, ALL OF US….I learned that she was musical as a child; taking voice lessons and learning to play the violin….Ms. Coretta Scott-King was very passionate about social injustice and fought for an equal nation here AND overseas….she wanted peace and love everywhere, not just in the United States….She knew social injustices didn’t just happen here…..Even after her husband was murdered she kept fighting…..She campaigned to make her husband’s birthday a national holiday with the first observance in 1983…..I don’t know about yall but I’m forever in this woman’s debt and this post is the least I can do….Thank you Ms. Coretta Scott-King for being fearless in the face and hate and evil….something I don’t know if I could’ve done….THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU…..
The outfit featured is from her era of fashion so when the idea of featuring Ms. Scott-King I wanted to whip these two pieces up….I made Simplicity 8250 which is a skirt and bolero combo…..when I was researching her I noticed she wore a lot of longer skirts and boleros….I love that combo too!….
Now on to the fabrics and patterns….I used two Simplicity patterns; Simplicity 8250 and Simplicity 9069….the bolero and skirt are a reprint from the 1950s pattern which is right up my alley….the t-shirt pattern is from the 70s….the 1950’s pattern kinda irked me because of the instructions again being unnecessarily difficult; and with it being a remake I’m thinking the instructions were changed which resulted in them being quite annoying to say the least…..the 70s pattern came together in about 45 minutes yesterday for today’s photos after I discovered I had no top to wear!….the skirt was whipped up using a boucle’ I had in my stash and the bolero from an off-White denim; also from my stash….the t-shirt was whipped up using a laser cut White knit fabric; I had a little piece left and it worked perfectly…..the pattern called for an invisible zipper but I wanted an exposed zipper and it kicked the skirt up from “that’s nice!” to “HELL YEAHHHHHH”! soon as I added it…..I’m trying to force Spring with this outfit I’m telling yall!
This post is quite long so I’ll hush; the others this month may appear that way too because I wanna do little history lessons along with my sewing shenanigans so bare with me….Now pictures and yall have a good weekend!
Good afternoon yall! I just sat here and took a buncha crazy looking pictures that Imma post anyway because I don’t feel like retaking em…I mean I took 40 pictures and really don’t like any of em…there was no sunshine and my mood shows it….now there’s plenty outside and I’m done flicking it up…the pictures will improve with the weather, they always do….I apologize for my meh face; I’m always melancholy as hell when the sun hides….There was also a little guy running around in the background playing with his dog Zoe….they were the cutest distraction ever….
Now on to more rambling!…Today is a start of a new month and its also my brother’s birthday! I LOVE my brother a whole lot; I even got his name tattooed on me! He cracks me up and I know he got me no matter what….We can’t hang out today though, we have to adult ugghhhhh… but we will definitely hook up for brewskis on his next off day…..Okay for those who may or may not have been living under a rock it’s also Black History Month….Now me being melanin rich Black History is every single day but for the world I suppose they take this month to learn a few things about my peeps….Knock yall selves out!…
If you sew then this post will introduce you to a Black pattern designer named Eryn Shields of Styles Sew Me as well…..
Now on to Eryn’s cardigan…..yall its soooo cool…I knew I was going to like it just by the paper it was printed on….the sewing goodness was delivered on a very sturdy paper, I’m almost tied’ of the flimsy tissue most patterns are printed on…but this one was strong; similar to US……it sewed up perfectly too…I did my version of a flat felled seam on to neaten up the seams; I may try to take photos to show detail on a later date….they do warrant showing off….Oh and I almost forgot, the cardi pattern is called the Madison cardigan…I got it on sale but its not bad at all on your pocketbook if there isn’t one….go check her out when time permits!
I’ll share the pictures now….Talk to you good people soon I promise!
Good evening yall!…I’m at home chillin’; doing laundry and other house stuff…Of course I’m in my sewing space staring at fabric and trying to figure out what to sew up next….This post was going to feature another dress I made a while ago but the pictures I took yesterday (every last one of them) was UGLY as hell….I didn’t like any of them; some of them had some weird highlight over ’em and the others were just thrashed in general…needless to say that dress will have to be featured another time….
Now this post is sort of a first for me….I say sort of because the dress is from a Burda pattern and I hadn’t ever sewn with one before….most of the Burda patterns I have are in my magazines which means mind numbing tracing….I stray away from them more often than not because I HATE tracing because its hella time consuming…I just wanna get to the sewing you know?…..Burda patterns are like some impossible maze I swear….One day I got it in my mind that I wanted to make a dress from one of my Burda magazines and actually had enough energy to trace it….by the end of my tracing session I ended up with friggin’ bustier pattern pieces instead of the dress!…I’ll feature the bustier on another date too; its soooo cute but unfinished….its in the corner of shame but I’m not at all ashamed of it…I just thought I was going to have a dress; I never wanted a bustier like ever but my sewing fairies must’ve felt I needed one! LOLOL…so yeah, Burda mazes, I mean patterns are a bit much if they don’t come in an envelope to say the least!
I made this dress back in November of 2018, the 20th to be exact…..I made View C with View B’s full length sleeves….the fabric is a scuba knit described as “Black/Tan/White Poly/Lycra Polka Dot Border Print”…..I had a couple yards and it turned out to be perfect for this dress….its super warm and wears well too….this is my second time wearing it; the fabric did pill a bit in the wash but not enough to look bad….the neckline was jacked up when I first wore it; I basted it in the bathroom at a party with my emergency sewing kit I keep in my purse at all times! LOLOLOL…..When I got ready to show it off today I refinished the neckline and finally removed the basting stitches….I wanted to use one of my twin needles but the fabric was kinda too thick so I just did double line hems on all edges…..I also fudged the gathers because I didn’t read the directions well enough and ended up having to redo ’em a couple times…..when I finished I had learned a couple things about necklines when using scuba knit and a new way to make gathers…..I liked this dress so much I made it again in a Black knit which I’ll feature another time….I must admit it though, the Black one is much, much better than this one but they are both pretty cool!….Oh, I have the pattern information this time around too!…its Burda Style Super Easy 6910 View C….the only thing I changed were the length of the sleeves as mentioned earlier….
Now lemme show yall the pictures….I don’t like these all that much either but they are beyond better than the trash I took yesterday….Talk to you good people soon I promise!
Hi yalllll! How is your Friday going so far?…I hope alright and that you’re feeling alright too!….I’m trying to keep my promise by sharing more with my peeps and showing more of my makes….Well, here we go now with this one…..
The outfit of the hour is basically a Tim Gunn ensemble that came from an adventurous idea…..First off lemme share that I made this outfit in November of 2017….yep, 2017….I’ve made so many things AND worn ’em but I never take pictures…I’m always so ready to go have fun that pictures just always took a backseat even though I have full intentions on taking ’em…..I’m not doing that hiding my makes thing anymore….I kinda revamped my social media sites to accommodate my new plans for sharing stuff…. well anyway, at that time I saw a cowl neck, A-line, jersey knit maxi dress**pretty awesome description amiright?** floating around the internet and I had it in my mind that I was going to duplicate it….ummmm yeah no; my version ended up looking a hot mess!…..I took to my pattern stash and found a cowl neck top pattern and I was going to self-draft the maxi dress part….by the time I was “done” with the dress it looked like a cowl neck blanket! OhHELL no….so I sat staring at the big blob of a dress (this fabric is quite thick) for a few minutes and decided to hack it in half and turn the bottom part of the dress into a pencil skirt….it worked like a charm and I ended up liking it; a lot….I created two awesome seam lines in the front to make the pencil skirt kinda fancy you know?….
I cant remember where I got the fabric from but I’m almost certain that it was a thrifted piece…it’s a super thick printed knit fabric that is soooo warm and comfy…it would’ve made a great blanket if I did want to turn the “dress” into a Snuggly rendition but I digress….its kinda brisk outside today but I was nice and toasty in my makes….the cowl neck pattern is a Simplicity pattern from yesteryear; the pattern number of course escapes me but if yall want or need the info just let me know and I’ll track it down for ya’, ya’ know I will!….Now let me share the pictures….I’ll talk to you good people soon I promise!
Howdy good people; I hope all is well witcha’! I’m all right, just sitting here watching Frasier (of course) and getting ready to go to the grocery store….I need some veggies and a few other things so I have to go sometime today. I’ll try to avoid the cookie aisle but I promise yall I’m already thinking about Oreos, Lorna Doones, and Nutter Butters!
Now this post is comes from back in the day per say because I sewed these garments years ago….First up is my cape; well one of em….Faux fur seems to be all the rage right now and I agree it is the bomb….the fabric stores have quite a selection to choose from. Trendy I am not (in my Yoda voice) so my faux fur fondness **say that 10 times fast** started a long time ago….On one of my many trips to my beloved Hancock’s Fabrics I spotted this beautiful faux fur (they had thee best selection of faux furs) but it was quite expensive….I kept my eye on it and as soon as it went on sale (used a couple coupons too) I snagged a few yards….I forget the description of the fur and I can’t really tell which animal its replicating (maybe chinchilla?) but it was my favorite one at the time….the fur’s final destination was a cape; another “trend” nowadays…..the pattern name and number escapes me though; even went through my old blog posts and pictures trying to get more pattern information for yall but to no avail….I apologize but I am going to continue to look for you good people just in case….my cape was made back in December of 2015!…One thing I do remember is that my allergies were acting up so bad and fur was EVERYWHERE that day! LOL! It was a labor of messy love I tell you what!
The jumpsuit I’m wearing is another oldie but goodie! I whipped it up back in February of 2014! Now I have much more pattern information on my jumpsuits because I’ve made McCall’s 6083 View C at least four times! I really love this pattern and even bought a new one when my old one just fell apart because I used it so much….I learned a few things by the second time I made the pattern; light alterations and stuff….the first time I made it I didn’t really like the length of the torso but I didn’t know if I could pull off fixing it to my liking….but by the time I had sewn the 4th one the fit was actually good…my rulers were put to good use!…
Okay yall now let me share the pictures and show off my goods….This post is also to remind folks to do whatchu’ like, wear whatchu’ like, and just BE YOU….trends come and go (try not to follow them) and some are a complete mess…..if you like something do it, wear it, make it, whatever, whenever….if it becomes a “trend” then so be it…..I’ll talk to you good people soon I promise!
Hey everybody its 2019!……I hope the holidays didn’t irritate you too bad and that you got through it without much strife….I, for one am all the way happy about “the holidays” being O-V-A…..The new year is already in full swing and I love the prospects of new beginnings….Everything is so far, so good (fingers crossed) and things are going according to plan….Speaking of plans this year I bought a planner!…My daughter talked me into getting one on one of our trips to Hobby Lobby….I swear I didn’t know I needed one but they really come in handy…I’ve always been stationery and pen kinda girl so I always have pretty notebooks stashed everywhere but a planner is something I just didn’t know would benefit me…..It really helps to keep me on schedule and reminds me to finish stuff…..I’m still kinda leery about actually making plans because every single time I do they fall through dramatically…. but I said eff it and started planning anyway….we shall see, yeah?….
Okay now on to the outfit that inspired this post…It’s a McCall’s mashup I made back in November; the 24th to be exact….The pants are from McCall’s M7873 View D….I cut a size 16 and the pattern had three pattern pieces…..the pattern called for knits of course; and even if they didn’t I undoubtedly would’ve used a knit anyway….Rules and me just don’t get along very well….For the top I used McCall’s M6992 View C…..for the pants I should’ve done a crotch adjustment but it didn’t bother me too much when I wore them….when I make them again I’m going to do a slight alteration and add a bit of length too……according to my notes I recorded while sewing these coordinates the top pattern is awesome….and now that I think about it, it was a fun sew….the pieces came together perfectly and the top turned out bomb!…..maybe a little length will be added to the top next time I whip it up too…..
The fabrics I used came from Fabric Mart (one of my favorite online fabric stores) and I did the cool color-blocking thing with this outfit…..the idea came to me when I was choosing fabrics….I used Bahama Blue Polyester/Lycra Ponte and Seafoam GreenPolyester/Lycra Ponte knits and they were perfect for the job….they were so pretty and vibrant; I thought of Tiffany….when I finished the outfit it was kinda blah to me; like it needed some kinda jazz to kick it up a notch….My sewing supply hoarding came in handy once again…I have this bag of “P’s” and a bag of “5’s” that I bought at least 2-3 years ago for no reason other than thinking they were cool….I had no idea what I was going to do with them so I put ’em in with the rest of the stuff that “I may need one day”….that day finally came….I dug them out and put three of ’em on my new outfit; one of each shoulder and one on the pants….it took the outfit from zero to sixty just like that….it went from meh to awwww yeah just from adding some shiny sequin P’s….the “P” is for my maiden name Packard by the way; just an FYI…
okay yall now I’m rambling again and talking sewing makes me wanna talk forever….my sewing room is calling me so I’ll end this post by saying watch this space and my social media accounts too if you wanna see more sewing goodness and hear about other shenanigans I manage to get myself into!….I plan to sew and show…show all the way out that is *wink-wink*….(scroll for the pictures)
Now this post is already late according to my “plan”; and see my friends that is why I hardly make any…. well plans, that is……Oh, and hey yall hey!….just came in rambling on this one huh? LOL…well here is some more sewing gibberish because this dress pattern is just all ‘dat; and the color really makes it the sugar honey iced tea…..Soooo I’ve been having this canary yellow (and tangerine orange too) obsession going on since early Summer right?….it all started on Pinterest….I searched those colors and the yellow shades were just so pretty….so feminine and fresh and just goes with the California sunshine oh so perfectly….Of course I’m still stuck in this time warp of yesteryear so I took to my old school patterns once again….
Ended up sewing Butterick B6318 View A….the pattern was in one of my Love Sewing magazine packages and immediately became a favorite of mine just by looking at the envelope (I’ve had it for a while)….this reprint is just dripping in old school goodness; I mean the pattern actually says “Retro Butterick ’61”!….Just everythinggggg I swear….Okay now lemme give up the goods on sewing the pattern….I took to my ever-growing stash and of course my hoarding once again provided the perfect canary yellow fabric for my new dress….the fabric I used I believe I thrifted so my description of the fabric may be a little off—–I’m thinking its some sort of polyester blend; it’s slubbed too….kinda reminded me of a heavy linen too…..it’s like it was made just for sewing this particular dress; there’s that OG Sewing Magic again…..the pattern had seven pattern pieces and the dress came together in an afternoon….[I made this dress a little bit ago, Sunday August 12th to be exact hence the late blog post thing **covers face**]…I had quite a bit of yardage but the width wasn’t wide enough to cut the skirt part of the dress so I had to Tim Gunn it…..it all worked out well though and his observant eye would be proud…..I cut the size 16(I cut my actual size for this pattern because I didn’t use a knit like I usually do); and added a matching vintage Talon brand zipper to to make it all the way fly!….I like the sash thingy on this pattern too; the pieces are actually sewn into the dress! I’ve never sewn a dress with that feature before and I just love it…..the feature reminder is written somewhere in here and will no doubt resurface just when I need it….okay I came in like a chatterbox so I’ll end this pattern and sewing rave with some pictures….Until next time good people, until next time….
Good afternoon y’all and I hope everything is as well as possible….As I mentioned before I would try to share more of my makes instead of keeping all the goodness to myself so yeah!!….On to this pretty dress that’s full of color and happy face stuff….
First of all the fabric is from my beloved Hancock’s Fabrics….both pieces have been in my stash for quite some time; I was on an eyelet kick when I first started sewing so as soon as I saw them I snatched ’em up…..thought about making an A-line skirt a long time ago but I didn’t have enough yardage; or so I thought….I didn’t think about the color-blocking thing until I decided to make the dress….the color-blocking thing for the A-line skirt may work better with different colors now that I think about it…..
The pattern is another one from one of my favorite books** Chic and Simple Sewing by Christine Haynes**...its calledThe Sunday Dress and the example in the book is whipped up in Black eyelet; and its sooooo pretty….I hardly ever follow the pattern’s fabric suggestions but for some reason I knew I had to use eyelet for this dress….I sew with knits more often than not no matter what the pattern says but this particular dress would not shine as bright without using eyelet I swea’ fo Lawd….yayyyyy me for having a fabric buying issue with four yards to create with amiright?!…I had a slight problem with the waistband (I was tired asf); I couldn’t figure out the pieces to a friggin’ waistband (crazy right?) but this morning I found them to be cut totally wrong so yeah it wasn’t going to work that day or any other day…..when I started the dress that epiphany escaped me and I chucked it in the corner of shame and immediately started another project which was a simple tank top that turned out to be a fail and is now in the corner of shame too because it needed bias tape but I didn’t have the right color so I decided to finish the neck a different way and okay I’m rambling LOLOLOL…. okay yeah that sewing session had a lot of sewing mishaps to say the least…but for some reason I couldn’t get the damn dress out of my mind yesterday so I when I got up this morning I decided to figure it out…the tank top is another story and that lopsided mess may never see the light of day!…the dress was saved with a little rest and re-cutting so lemme share the pictures because I can literally talk about something, well pretty much anything sewing all day….
–side note– the dress didn’t call for a lining on the skirt but the eyelet holes are much bigger than the example fabric used in the book….should I do a short lining or try and go naughty like the pattern suggests?…lemme know!…(oh and share blog links to sewing goodness)….Talk to you good people soon!
Well now how is everybody this good Wednesday afternoon?! I’m more than all right because I actually felt like taking pictures and blogging today! Yayyyyy me amiright?! Yall know I sew like the dickens but flicking it up and writing it down has been just escaping me lately…I said I was going to change that and why not change it on the 1st of August? Something about new beginnings make me feel like I’m not so out of touch with what I feel I should be doing…..
Now on to my dress yall….I loves me some pineapple and fabric even more so when the two combine its always a big arse YES from me……you never wanna not buy the fabric you know?……I snagged this fabric quite some time ago from Fabric Mart so when I decided to make New Look’s S0802 View C I took to my stash….I usually sew with knits so sewing with rayon this go ’round was a refreshing change…..the description on the fabric was “Burgundy/Pale Yellow/Sunflower Yellow Pineapple Slices 100% Rayon”….it didn’t slide around too much; if at all and the dress came together with no issues (I usually sew straight out of the envelope and hate the hell out of alterations)….I whipped this dress up on June 2nd this year and have worn it at least twice; I love this little dress!…it just slips over my head with no hardware–I omitted the button in the back because I didn’t have any elastic cord at the time and was too damned lazy to make a fabric loop instead….the pattern only had five pieces and it was labeled “easy”….I cut the size 16 and sewed it up using my guy Greyson, my Heavy Duty Singer sewing machine…..Since the fabric was so light and flow-y I used a heavier thread and sewed double lines on the hem and neckline to give it some weight~~it worked like a charm!….
Okay here are the pictures; my husband decided he would take them for me, it’s already 100+ degrees and these are really the best we could do before we passed out from the heat! LOLOL….Talk to you good folks soon I promise!….oh and if you want me to check out your makes just share em with me!….
my neighbors need to get the trashcans huh?….shiddddd its HOT! LOL!
My cat snuck outside when we were taking pictures; she is quite nosy! Yall see her on the porch?…
Now off to brave the heat because I need to go to the grocery store accckkkkkkk
Whattttt??!! Another blog post so soon??!! Well yeah because I’ve been off work for the past few days and I’ve had the energy to do what I actually want to do! Go figure!…Well this post is about a new make; it was finished just today!….Now, a little dialogue….
Yesterday I was in my sewing room really wanting to sew but I didn’t know if I wanted to sew something hella extra or just something quick and easy…I was also tidying up the house and doing laundry….long story short I took a nap and when I woke up I started “sewing”….you know the process of looking around your sewing space, messing with stuff that you’re not going to use, and sifting through patterns….This pattern has been in my stash for quite some time; a few years to be exact….I snagged it from my beloved Hancock’s Fabrics when I first started sewing….I’m almost certain I hadn’t sewn it because at the time I wasn’t very good at installing hardware and had no clue that it wasn’t necessary all the time….Sewwww while sifting away I found the lovely again…There are six views; three for the day and three for the evening…they’re all very feminine and pretty….One of my Instagram sewing friends suggested I sew View F initially but I ended up sewing View A….exactly the same cut but View F is a maxi version….I see myself making View F in a light, flowy fabric for the Spring and Summer like my friend suggested….
Awww Lawd I’m rambling again and haven’t mentioned the actual dress! Okay here we go: I started it yesterday evening and finished it today; its Simplicity 2308 View A….I cut the size 14, which is the largest size on the envelope….The fabric is from Fabric Mart and its been in my stash for for a spell….its a sturdy knit fabric (but of course) and the description reads: “Dusty Pink/Black Poly/Lycra Box Plaid Ponte Knit 54W”….No alterations except the elimination of the hardware which would’ve been a 20″ zipper and a couple buttons….I cut the back piece on the fold too because of the hardware ditch….When I make the other views I’ll probably add them because the fabrics I have in mind wont hold up well enough without it….My knits have no problem standing on their own…..The pleats on the neckline gave me fits for no good reason and after three tries I just let it be…the side ones were okay but the middle one just would not cooperate…the fabric often has a mind of its own….Sewing moo-ju-juju! LOL…Well I’m feeling like whipping up something else so I’ll share the pictures….As always talk to me, share with me, direct me to all the best sewing stuff you can find!
Until next time yall!
Turned out very nice yeah?
Zoom in to see the different day and evening views!
The pattern of the hour! Pretties for every time of the day! I can dig it!
Belle modeling; Pink Cookie in the background kinda too “free”…I need to make her something to wear!