It's been a while since my last post, but trust me, I needed the break. My last DIY really took a toll on my sewing confidence, so I needed to recharge...not to mention that my life has been extremely busy away from the sewing machine.
A few weeks ago, Joanns had a 3 for $6 McCall pattern sale. Granted, I went in the store for one thing (that's what I told my husband who was waiting in the car), but HAD to take them up on the deal. Typical, right? While there, I picked up the McCall M7436 pattern. It caught my attention because it was very similar to the Simplicity D0523 that I had on my to do list but wasn't on sale.
After reading some reviews on PatternReview.com, I decided that this blouse would be my next project. The reviews that I read said that it was a pretty easy sew and their pictures did the pattern justice.
For this pattern, I used black polyester crepe that I ordered through Amazon. I chose view C with the view D bow tie. This was an easy switch, as the bodice is the same on all views. The only thing that I would have done differently would have been to cut the neckline a lot more shallow. I forgot that the reviews said that is was a very deep V neck line. In fact, it comes to the top of my stomach. Since the fabric is sheer, I was already going to wear a cami underneath, so it served a dual purpose of also keeping my goodies covered.
I paired the top with a gray pencil skirt from JC Penney; however, it definitely can be dressed down with some nice skinny jeans and some booties. It's a versatile piece that can be used as business wear, for church, or as a casual outfit.
This project was definitely a confidence builder. It came out great and only took 2 days (outside of cutting out the pattern and pieces). I used my button hole maker setting for the first time and was so proud when it came out right! It was a little frustrating when I had to hand stitch, but that was just impatience talking. It's definitely a pattern that I will remake again in another color.
Pattern – New Look 6735 - http://amzn.to/2nb3Jhj
Material – Stretch Jersey Knit - http://amzn.to/2mhL9VD
Skirt – JC Penney
Bag – New York & Co.
Shoes – AldoWhat do you think?
Let me know what you think of this outfit in the comments.
Today, I want to share a post by a fellow blogger over at BlueTuesdayBlog.com. Please take a moment to read this wonderful post on the journey to your promise.
This dress was intended to be worn at a marriage conference dinner during Valentine's Day weekend...but that didn't happen. Ha! What I thought was going to be a pretty straight forward and easy project proved me wrong.
I'm learning that as a beginner, I should probably stick with patterns until I master drafting for my body shape. Learning how to accommodate for my waist-hip proportion is quite a task, as proven with this dress. Nonetheless, after weeks of letting it sit and deciding if I was going to finish it, I did...well, sort of. I will admit that this dress isn't quite complete, as I do need to finish the hems. But, because I probably won't look at it for another week or more, I figured I'd share it as is.
I created this dress using the top portion of the Simplicity 1283 crop top pattern and a bodycon dress that was in my closet. The material is a stretch velvet that I purchased through Amazon. Like all stretch fabrics, its important to note which direction has the most stretch. You want to cut your pattern pieces so that the material has the most stretch widthwise. This allows it to contour to your body, in addition to sewing with negative ease (smaller than actual size needed so that its stretches to fit).
After sewing this project, I think that I'll take a break from stretch material. These last two projects have really tested my patience, skill level, and the ability of my sewing machine. If I am to do this type of dress again, I will definitely have to watch some more sew alongs and possibly upgrade my machine. Ultimately, I'm just glad that it's wearable. Though, with this weather, it'll probably sit in my closet until next winter.
Create the Look!
Pattern – Simplicity 1283 + Self drafted - http://amzn.to/2l0NLXl
Material – Stretch Velvet - http://amzn.to/2mAfGtG
Let me know what you think of this outfit in the comments.
I sat at my desk as everyone else swirled around in chaos. They were up in arms because someone had moved containers back into an area we had spent hours cleaning up. They were livid and making it known.
I sat quietly at my desk as I heard, "we need to tell Faneisha. She's going to have to say something." I chuckled inside because I wasn't about to take one step away from my desk to address the issue. I had only arrived 10 minutes prior and I was not about to start my work day off with a confrontation.
Seeing that I wasn't about to do it, one brave soul ventured downstairs to confront the culprit and give them a "talking to." The trip downstairs proved unfruitful, so minutes later, they were at my desk asking me to go down and say something. I remained calm as they recited everything that had taken place. I suppose they wanted me to go downstairs, start yelling, and "pull rank." I just said, "ok," and continued what I was doing.
After hearing more complaints about the issue, I decided to pick up the phone and make a call to my colleague who is the manager over the particular area. I left a brief message explaining the issue, followed by a text message. I didn't move an inch from my desk. I didn't go to the place where the chaos was taking place. I merely spoke a word. Within minutes, I looked out the window and saw that everything was moved back to it's original place. Problem solved.
As I reflected on that morning, I was reminded to the story of the centurion. He knew that Jesus was a man of authority and all he had to do was speak a word and his servant would be healed. Jesus didn't have to go to the place, He just had to speak it. Unlike the centurion, the employees gathered around the window and my desk telling me that I needed to go downstairs and resolve the issue didn't understand authority. Authority is the ability to speak a thing and it move at your words.
How many opportunities have we missed where we could have just spoken a word? How many nights have we been stressed over a situation when we could have just spoken a word? We have the power of life and death in our tongues, so let's use it.
What situation can you speak to this week?