Friday, May 29, 2015

Me-Made-May '15 (#6 and #7)

Hey Y'all
The Me Made May challenge that I took (although modified) has been very difficult to document via pictures.
I am fairly new to blogging and I find getting pictures of myself is proving to be very interesting to say the least. I admire all you ladies that have beautiful pictures always in a new spot with a pretty background and model like poses.
I pledged to wear/make 10 handmade garments in May and as of  today May 29th I'm failing miserably although, I must say I have worn more handmade garments in this one month than I ever have considering Mon-Thurs I wear scrubs. There are still a couple more days left so who know what may happen.

Anyway,  outfit # 6  This was a day filled with lots of rain (we're practically under water in some areas here in Texas), running errands, a trip to the mall, having a midday date with the hubby and mattress shopping. I didn't even think to get a picture of myself in the outfit . While out mattress shopping we ran into friends who snapped this pic of us.

This was the best I could do in terms of pictures but I have reviewed this jumper before and if interested you can read about it here. Its New Look 6291

Out fit # 7 is Simplicity 1355

 I've wanted to narrow the legs on this jumper for some time now but think I will just make another and keep this the way it is.
Made this back in July 2014 review is here  

That's it for now. See ya soon. 
Have a great day!  

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

M6515 Me-Made-May '15 (#5 of 10)

Hey Y'all

One thing I'm loving right now is the wide leg, loose fitting easy make, easy wear type of pant. I love them whether they have an elastic waist or if they have a waistband and zipper (although my invisible zipper installation still leaves a bit to be desired). I still cant figure out why my invisible zipper does not turn out "invisible" but I'm gonna continue to work on it.    

Pattern Description: Pants have contour waistband, side zipper, narrow hem and various width variations.

Pattern Sizing: I made size Large. View C

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, I think so

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, they were pretty simple to follow along with

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like that this pattern only had 4 pattern pieces (the lessor number of pattern pieces the more likely I am to make, and finish a garment with minimal errors.)  I'm kinda lazy like that.

Fabric Used: A lightweight black and white polka dot poly blend that I have had for a while now.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn't make any alterations. I sewed this straight from the envelope. The next time I make this pattern I will add side pockets ( I really love pockets in pants) and I will lengthen maybe 3 inches or so. I can only wear this pair with flats because they are barely long enough. If I wore these with heels they'd  prob be ankle length and I desire a pant like this to at least graze the top of my shoe.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will be sewing this again. I will be sewing these up again soon I suspect.

Conclusion: I really like these pants. I love how airy and comfortable they are.

I forgot to get pics without the vest, The back of this tank was so cute. I threw the jean vest on top of the tank because I had a early Saturday morning meeting at church and this was a racer back tank with exposed silver zipper . I like to stay moderately modest when I'm in the church building. Even though it was not a Sunday and our church is pretty casual I feel there should still be some discretion (in terms of dressing) used in certain places.   
It was a seriously windy day when I took these pics. Look how the pants are blowing in the wind.

I met for brunch with some girlfriends this day. A few hours later one of them called and said "Hey where did you get those pants? I want to look for some like that!"  
That's a indication these pants were a success! 

Have a Great day..
See y'all later

Friday, May 15, 2015

Me-Made-May'15-- Items #3 & #4 (of 10)

Hey Y'all
When I decided to take the MMM'15 pledge discussed on my previous post here . I modified it so that I would commit to wearing 10 Me Mades' for the month of May (2 item each weekend/or 1 item each weekend day ) . If I happened to get more than that worn or sewn then....Woo Hoo! But I don't do sewing challenges much so I needed to keep it simple and attainable.

Item # 3 McCall's 6843 loose fitting pants

Pattern Description: I made view C which is described as loose fitting pants through hips with side pockets
Pattern Sizing: XS-XXL. I made Large 
The wind was blowing outside, even with two additional inches removed these are still big 
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? They were simple. 
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Only 3 pattern pieces, and these types of pants are totally on trend right now. They are long. These would be perfect with heels, I would suggest shortening if you plan to wear with flats.
Fabric Used: Not totally sure. A really lightweight possibly rayon blend of some sort purchased from my local Walmart awhile back
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: OK, these ran really big or I just totally missed the measurements and purchased the wrong size.  Large was the smallest size I had so I started with that but I ended up taking a total of 1 inch off of each side seam and I could  have taken a bit more.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes
Conclusion: Loved them

One of my friends commented that I was out and about in PJ's.. I know they are super causal looking but pajama pants??. Come on now. What do you all think?

Item #4  New Look 6189
This was kind of a redemption piece for me. I have been in somewhat of a sewing slump but these pants made me feel pretty good about myself. I love them!

Pattern Description: Cuffed Capri pants with side zipper, belt loops, and contoured waistband
Pattern Sizing: I made 16 View A

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? A fairly easy pair of pants to make that does not include elastic in the waist. I liked the waistband and belt carriers.  The pants are not as narrow as the picture on the pattern envelope suggest but I knew that already from other reviewers.
Fabric Used: A home Dec textured yellow and tan fabric from Hancock's that I purchased close to 2 yrs ago

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added pockets. I moved the side zip to the back. I omitted the slit in the front waistband. There are some weird pull lines that I need to figure out how to get rid of for the next time. I also need to figure out what type of crotch adjustment I need to make in pants. Once I get that figured out these will be a perfect pair of pants

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I love these pants. I got tons of compliments when I wore them to a church event. Actually about 4 women asked could I make them a pair. I sadly had to give my standard answer. "Sorry I cant. I'm a selfish sewer besides these would be out of style by the time I got around to sewing for you." That last part is true. I am the worlds slowest sewer.
Conclusion: Great pants, I can see dressing them up or down depending on the fabric and styling
I need more work on my zipper skills. I just don't like the look of this zipper, and my invisible zipper skills SUCK! I'm gonna keep practicing though.

Until Next week,
See Y'all later


Friday, May 8, 2015

Me-Made-May'15- I took the (modified) Pledge!

Hey Y'all so for the last couple of years during this time I would see floating around the blogisphere mention of MMM'14('13)('12).. At the time I didn't quite know exactly what the challenge consisted of. But, now I do.

Its a challenge, initially created by a blogger Zoe where a person vows to wear something hand made everyday for the month of May. This challenge can be modified to fit your lifestyle and such. The entire challenge can be found here on this blog

I decided to take the challenge but had to curtail it to fit my lifestyle and available sewing time (or lack thereof). I wear scrubs to work so it was unrealistic for me to vow to wear something 'me made'  every day unless of course it was scrubs, and honestly I'm just not that excited about sewing scrubs.

Wearing 'Me Made' clothing only on the weekend is not as lofty a challenge as those who are gonna wear handmade items everyday. However, it still puts me in at least 10 (5 weekends in May this year) hand made garments this month which would be the absolute most  "me Made' items I have made or worn in a month ever! So this is a pretty serious challenge for me.

'I, (NaTisha C.  of ), sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '15. I endeavor to wear 1 handmade garment each weekend day (Saturday and Sunday) .................for the duration of May 2015'

I apologize in advance for the shoddy picture quality, I was out of town in hotel and only had my Ipad to take pics and not sure why the quality is so grainy but I wanted to post anyway

no pattern used on this purple/gray gradient chiffon maxi skirt. I used a gray knit as the underskirt. This was a super simple skirt to make. I took my waist measurement x 1.5 and used that much fabric. sewed it onto a 3 inch wide piece of elastic the measurement of my waist, hemmed and VOILA!   I got several compliments the day I wore this out to the Casino with my Dad.    

Flowered scuba knit pencil skirt. No pattern used (fabric cut based on my waist and hip measurement),and desired length, I hemmed and..Voila!
I have never used scuba knit prior to this skirt but I love the ease in which it sewed and I still have close to 2 yards left of this fabric so I will be making something else soon with it. I purchased a few weeks back from Joann's for $3.50/yd

That's it. Week 1 done!
Talk with yall later!