No. 6 “Gathering” my thoughts

Saturday afternoons are usually always good so I wont spend time asking if everyone is okay…you should be and if you’re not fix it!….I’m doing my usual; admiring my ever-growing fabric stash, sewing up pretties, and half-arsed watching Frasier….**by the way does anyone know why Netflix asks if you’re still watching all the time?…I mean if I’m still paying for it then I’m still watching it amiright?**…such is life I suppose….It’s too damned HOT (its 110 degrees today smh) to go outside so I’m one of the lucky ones; you know with something beyond cool to do inside….So as soon as I got up I went to work on a new dress that I cut out last night at like one in the morning….My Huny broke my mojo all up by needing breakfast though….I went on ‘head and cooked for him but man o’ man he betta’ be glad I love him; like a lot because I was mid-sew! LOL!

Now this post is to introduce my new linen beauty I finished a little while ago…I’ve been working on it all morning; I had a lot of ideas for this dress….it called for a zipper on the side but after pinning it on twice I opted to eliminate it…the fabric just wasn’t strong enough….the cool vintage zipper I was going to use was quite light too but it made the side look so jumbled up….I usually don’t use hardware on such dresses anyway unless it’s the occasional hook and eye; maybe a button or two….the pattern called for plenty 0′ gathering too….every piece called for it which made for such a pretty, girly dress….the pockets were a cool addition; cause sometimes I leave those off because of the way they make a dress hang….this go round the pockets weren’t a problem….I changed the neckline from the “V” shape to kinda rounded…the “girls” sit better with the rounded neckline hehehehehe…the pattern did have some psycho arse instructions to install the pockets which I completely ignored; mainly because there were different techniques for each pocket….oh hell no…so I just did what I do because its my damn dress and it came out just fine….no offense to the pattern because I love it and definitely have plans to sew it again…the longer version is just too lovely…..this pattern just became a member of my secret sewing society quite recently…For my birthday (it was on the 21st of this month) the Babes and I took a trip to a craft reuse (thrift store) store in Oakland, California….I was in true heaven and my inner pack rat was definitely at home…I found some fabrics and other little trinkets and this pattern was in that haul…Needless to say I was a happy camper when I left that place….

I wanna sew up a couple more things so I’ll stop rambling now and share the pictures of my new make….I need a new camera; any suggestions?…I don’t want to spend thousands of dollars; just trying to upgrade from my old school Nikon CoolPix….talk to you good people soon!

~~MsKRS~~

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I untangled the necklace before I used it for this photo; mannnnn it was in a giant knot….my boy cat is to blame….

 

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Kimono sleeves….comfy as eva’….this is a cool pattern…first time I’ve ever sewn up a Cynthia Rowley pattern too….

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Side shot of my dress!…linen has always been a favorite of mine….the wrinkles always make me happy…..

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the pattern of the hour….View C is just everything….its up next when this pattern is called upon again…..

 

No. 5 Butterick; not margarine…..

Good evening all!…I hope all is well with everybody; I’m doing all right too….Not doing too much this evening except laundry and relaxing before the work week…but earlier this evening I wrapped up another one of my sewing spells with some mending and UFOs…now I don’t care for repairs; and the UFOs are usually so buried that they continuously go unnoticed but today I didn’t mind it much at all…this mad sewing spell started Saturday….I made quite a few things (I shared them all on Instagram) but this post is about one of the tops…**and I’ll make sure to try and blog about the other stuff too**…

Now this top was the first project of my latest sewing spree…its Butterick’s B6172 View C….I used knits (y’all know I LOVE knits) but I don’t believe it called for ’em….in fact, the view would look extra purty in a slinky fabric I just know it….I’ve had these two knits for a while in my stash and put ’em together to whip up my new top….I didn’t realize the view was to have contrast but my compulsive need to buy fabric allowed me two fabrics that blended together perfectly..My stash game though; yeah buddy! ….Sewing is often just so awesome like that….Rosy color, soft red,  mad cool drape, and cut outs make Butterick’s idea for this top A-1…..absolutely love how it came out and cant wait to rock it….I need more tops; I always need more tops…..this pattern I believe has at least 4 views….

Now let me share these pictures because I kinda wanna skim some of my sewing magazines for ideas….so many of them have full size patterns and I’ve never used ’em!…I must remedy that….this Vogue one is too good….Whatchall’ been making?….Direct me to the makes!

~~MsKRS~~

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Butterick’s B6172 View C in sheer knits…I believe the Rose colored knit came from Fabric Mart and the other one I got from Hancock’s….I’m STILL sad about Hancock’s….uggggghhh WTF…..

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Side one; notice it only shows one layer from this side…..

 

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Back shot of the pretty flowers…I love this fabric…I had been hoarding it of course because it was too pretty to cut…I got this pattern and thought: “Okay I guess I can cut it now”….

 

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Side two; check out the layers that show on this side….darlin’ huh?….just darlin’….and the top looks complicated but so isn’t….very cool I tell ya’ what! (in my Hank Hill voice)

 

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Toooooo pretty….hashtag sew all the knits!!!!!

 

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just in case you wanna go grab it or something similar….

No. 4 Jiffy again! (not cornbread)

Howdy everybody!  How’s this good Sunday going for you all?…I hope well; I’m all right too…Just sitting her watching Snapped and eating a salami sandwich….This share is about a dress I made quite a while ago; in January to be exact….I whipped up Simplicity pattern #1252….There is only one view with this pattern but two lengths….the one I whipped up was hemmed just above the knee; the other view is right at the knee….of course I LOVE this pattern because its so simple…only two main pattern pieces and some facings…the dress whipped up pretty quick too; in a jiffy if you will (pun sew intended; twice)…..

I used a pique I had been hoarding but when I got ready to sew this pattern I remembered I had it…I got the fabric from Hancock’s Fabrics on sale….it was labeled a fashion fabric and  was about 5 dollars a yard when I bought it….if I would’ve waited it may have gone down a little more but I didn’t want to risk it being all gone when I came back….I love using Pique and other “old lady” fabrics when I sew my vintage patterns…the fabrics just make the BEST dresses….I always score awesome “old lady” fabric on my trips to the thrift stores….its my favorite I swear….vintage is just so me; I love me some old school….

This time around I didnt have much to say, I just wanted to share my piccies and wish everyone well….Until next time good people….Share you makes with me too!….

~~MsKRS~~

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No. 3 Sew all the knits; LOVE

How are you good people this evening?….I’m all right; just sitting here watching Snapped and tinkering around in my sewing space….I just finished my first Vogue pattern today (just the hem was left) but this post isn’t about that make….Y’all know me; I done took it way back to some makes from last year….the skirt was whipped up in September of last year and the top in July….I just now got around to wearing em both; well I think I wore the top once before but I didn’t take any pictures when I did….

Before my sewing stuff let me share this:
Earlier I got up and went to Buy Buy Baby to get my GRANDbaby a new car seat and I must say I love that store….it was my first time shopping there; they have some good stuff…expectant moms, newborns, infants, toddlers, school aged kiddos, they’ve covered them all…if you have one in your area go and visit…its nice and has that “baby smell” as soon as you walk in!….a little slice of baby heaven I tell you what (in my Hank Hill voice)…..
Now being as though I sew all the damn time I cannot possibly share everyday; although I do realllllyyyyy want to..(shrugs shoulders)…My little modest Nikon;  I still have not figured the timed piccies out **le sigh** and my Huny’s equipment I don’t dare mess with…but my BabyGirl is visiting this weekend so I snagged her to take a few piccies!….this outfit was so quick and easy to put together…when I got up I knew I was going to wear these two makes…I didn’t want to fuss this morning with this, that, or the other AND I was having a crazy hair day on top of that…. I wore one of my Mama’s headscarves to help me through….
Since I sewed the pieces up so long ago I can’t remember much pattern information; although if y’all want it I will definitely get it….I did find out when I went through my Instagram piccies that the skirt is Simplicity 1616 View D…the pattern called for every fabric but knits…However I hardly ever follow rules so the Blue knit w/ White ticking was my defiant go-to….the top was whipped up using a pretty floral knit fabric as well (this pattern was for knits if I’m not mistaken)….the knits were both the same weight; on the lighter side which made them perfect for today’s 100+ degree weather….
Earlier I kinda lost my mojo too and started looking at sewing instead of actually sewing something **I hate when I do that**….Low and behold in one of my sewing baskets I noticed a denim clutch I had cut out at least a month or so ago….I whipped it up real quick and got my mojo back…this Gingham in my stash is calling me now and I have some linen I wanna mess with too….Okay I’m rambling….Let me share these flippy pictures and y’all don’t forget to direct me to your makes!…I wanna see! LOL
~~MsKRS~~

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Comfy MsKRS
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Back shot
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I look pudgy again…I swear I ain’t…well, maybe I am!
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Top+Skirt=Simplicity Goodness
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Another back shot…I love this little ensemble….

 

No. 2 With all the petty sh*t going on…..

What’s going on my good people?  How is everybody this afternoon?….I hope well; I ‘m just sitting here watching Frasier on Netflix and eating a Circus Animal cookie ice cream cone….I’m okay around these parts as well with the exception that I burned my wrist beyond belief last Saturday and it still hurts soooooo bad…I called myself making a BLT…..the bacon was baked in the oven..I pulled the doggone pan and out and the grease from the catch pan rolled right over my wrist…a splash hit my leg too but my wrist is completely thrashed….I would post pictures but right now its so hurtful looking I don’t believe it’d be right showing it to folks….I’m still sewing right on through the pain though (oh hell yes, accccckkkkk *wincing*)…..

Any ole’ way I got up this morning with the intention of making a sundress to wear some time this weekend if I decided to go visit….I looked at the patterns I pulled out and for some reason my eyes set on the petticoat of a skirt pattern that I also wanted to at least get cut out….that pattern is McCall’s M6706 which has 5 views plus petticoat instructions too…I said eff it and decided that the petticoat is what I’d be whipping up….with my MadMen addiction I should have made one a long time ago but my sewing is just like me...Ca-razy!.…I  took to my stash which had the perfect sheer polka dot fabric that of course I’d been hoarding for at least 2-3 years….I bought it online from Hancock’s Fabrics and when it arrived I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do with it…mainly because I didn’t even know it was sheer; I didn’t bother to pay attention….I instantly thought of it today though….the pattern called for a contrast fabric so I pulled a piece of hot pink sheer fabric to pair with it….Now I don’t care for sewing with sheer and slick fabrics but their drape is just as pretty as they wanna be……sometimes you have to; and I own plenty of “slinky” fabrics ironically….smdh….the damn thang came out right cute….

When it was finished I asked my Huny if he liked it right?…yall know he gives “colorful”answers when I ask him if he likes my creations….An opinion of one of my skirts was: No Babe dont wear that wierd looking skirt from the 1800’s!….now I like vintage stuff but not that far back!! ::crackin’ up::..He sized my petticoat up the same way….its sheer so he says– its nice but where are you going in that?…I explained that it was in fact an undergarment and again all was well!…gotta love him amIright?…hell it is 108 degrees this afternoon so its sheerness almost made sense anyway!..

Well let me share the pictures now; and see what else I can whip up this afternoon…thoughts of outside coincide with spontaneous combustion at the moment so I’ll be sewing well into the night to avoid that occurrence…hahahahahaha!…share your makes and thoughts with me!

~~MsKRS~~

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Isn’t she lovely? (in my Stevie Wonder voice)
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Pink Cookie modeling my new digs…I couldn’t use the natural light from outside well; because its HOT….
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the petticoat pattern isn’t pictured on the front; but it is on the back….instructions simple and easy to follow…it came together fast and easy….
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My Singers were my helpers today…I bought a new gathering foot and Greyson was the only one who could fit it….
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my little stool; well just because its cute and I love it…a Tuesday Morning find and for cheap too…I believe it was on sale for $5 bucks!….I sat on it to take pictures….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No.1 MsKRS’ Pink Stitches and a skirt

Well now this takes me back….I haven’t blogged in a while and I miss it so….I’ve been sewing so many things (as usual) but the blogging part of it has escaped me…..Notice the change?….Yeah, I finally followed through with my threat of having a paid blog….I like the freedom!…I may or may not transport the content of my old blog into this one; thus far it has proven to be quite the headache….”Out with the old in with the new” may have to be the solution….I don’t mind though; I have plenty of stuff to share on my shiny, new blog!

Now this post is about yet another pretty but strange piece of fabric that turned out to be something awesome….that happens quite often in my sewing life because if I like it I’m buying it…I’ll use it one day is my saying when buying fabric…I shop a lot online so its always sight unseen…I have a loooottttt of unusual fabrics in my stash….the one used to make my skirt was no different….the description on the fabric was as follows: Black/Aqua/Blue/Purple Cotton/Lycra Paisley Border Print Sateen”…..what the hell? LOL the longest name ever amiright?….the fabric store had to sub the long named fabric for what I actually received so I believe my fabric is some sort of tablecloth fabric….nevertheless I still love it…. so of course when said today is the day I make my Mimi G. Regal Maxi skirt I went looking for it…It’s heavy weight in terms of fabric; she suggested a shantung….I never, ever follow any sewing rules sooooo…..I understand why she suggested the shantung or something similar though, but I solved that too…the video teaching how to make it was awesome and super easy to follow and I know I’ll be making this skirt many more times….I have two fabrics in mind right now….

When I was in the process of making it my Hunny describes my skirt as a “weird 1800’s skirt”…Kinda harsh yeah?…but in his defense I looked pretty puffy when I was fitting myself for the waist band….I made it too big at first and the fit was pretty unflattering….but today when he saw Pink Cookie modeling it for my pictures he recanted his unfavorable description of my Regal Maxi….its REGAL for crying out loud! hahahaha!….gotta love his honesty…..anyway I’m rambling like I tend to do so I’ll share the pictures now…

Let me know how you like the new space!…Share your new makes with me!….Has anyone made this skirt lately or something similar?…Let me know!

~~MsKRS~~

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MsKRS’ Regal Maxi
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Yasssss
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Side shot…oh and it has pockets….
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sash I just winged with the leftover fabric….
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Look at all this jazz….I love this skirt more every time I look at it….a top to wear with it coming up!

 

 

 

McCall’s for the cold

Good evening y’all!…I’m sitting here debating on whether to start a new project; which is another dilemma because I want a new bag and dress at the same damn time….It’ll probably be a bag; I did have that idea first…..I want a new dress too…..I’ve been on the lookout for some Ankara and mud cloth pieces too but I haven’t found any of those yet either…If I had some of that I’d be making a skirt for sure….I’m already rambling huh? LOLOL! I got a lotta sewing ideas swirling and they don’t stop for nothing…so I decided to write about it!
I’ve been making quite a bit of cold weather stuff lately but I haven’t had time to talk about ’em just yet…In the last few weeks I’ve made a cape, and blazer, two cardigans (that my daughter claimed as her own), and the coat I’mma show yall in a few….all whipped up out of awesome pieces I snagged at my favorite Hancock’s Fabrics…..
The coat is a cute little McCall’s pattern ~ #M7256 I bought on sale a little while ago….I made View A; I left the sleeve flounce off because I didn’t really like it…I even cut it out and pinned in on because I sometimes change my mind about liking a feature but nahhhh not this time….I thought about lengthening the sleeves but I decided to leave them the length they were without the flounce…I had my cute bracelets in mind when I made up my mind about the quarter sleeves….I’ll model it soon with my arm candy (wink:wink)….
I made my new coat out of some pretty, lightweight tweed I had in my stash for a while…the tweed is a pretty light green…..the sleeves are denim…kinda wanted some contrast this go ’round….I also lined my new coat with some Periwinkle-colored linen I had definitely been hoarding…that linen made for a warm and comfy lining too…its a medium weight instead of the thinner, see-through ones….the tweed has lots of specks of colors and Periwinkle was one of  ’em…the linen I used matched perfectly…I like when that happens!….the pictures don’t at all do the coat’s colors justice…I showed out with this one…although I believe I’ll be making a one or two more adjustments to it….
The pattern was surprisingly easy to sew because coats can be tricky sometimes….I like working with the fabrics too; they weren’t too unravel-y or slippery….and the pattern envelope didn’t even say “easy”….I often wonder do they mislabel the patterns sometimes….I swear every time one says easy its everything but….but when you think a pattern may be a challenge it turns out to be cool breeze….(shrugs shoulders)….Sewing’s like that sometimes…..Here’s a few pictures of the coat…When I wear it I’ll share it again….maybe the colors will pop in the natural sunlight….talk to you good folks soon!
::MsKRS::

Side View….

Shot of the back…..

                                                      I like this part of the coat….its pretty cool…

                                         MsKRS’ McCall’s M7256 View A (minus the sleeve flounce)