Thursday, August 18, 2016

Flashback Friday| Crocheted Yoke Dress

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Hi Everyone!  My daughter, Jocasta, called stating, "I'm wearing the crocheted dress you made me years ago!"  I said, "Oh!  You just gave me the inspiration for my next Flashback Friday Post!"  I present the "Crocheted Yoke Dress":



What I Did:
The inspiration for this project was a crocheted yoke top I saw in the display window of Delia's Clothing Store in 2011. It was an AH-HA moment because I had a similar crocheted yoke pattern from Berroco Yarn. The pattern is called The Nell" and it free and available, just click link, "The Nell," to visit Berroco Yarn and download it!

Share your thoughts with me below in the Comments Section on the "Crocheted Yoke Dress!"  See you next post!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Shoemaking| Handmade Espadrilles

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Hi Friends!  Oh, look out Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin.  Regina Gee is making shoes too!  Here are "Handmade Espadrilles":



What I Used:
I used Dritz DIY Espadrilles Products to make my shoes.  I purchased size 6 jute soles.  A sewing pattern with instruction sheet is included with the soles.  Other products I purchased included fabrics for lining and shoes, iron-in stablizer to reinforce toes and heels, yarn to coordinate with fabric, glass head pins, speciality sewing needles, point turner and thread wax.


What I Did:
I watched the "How to Make Espadrilles" instructional video by Dritz while making my Espadrilles.  This made the project so fun and easy to do.


What do you think of my Espadrilles?  Leave a comment below!  See you next post.


Note: The products used to make these espadrilles were "not" supplied by Dritz for promotion.  I purchased all products "out-of- pocket" myself. I just like Dritz Products! 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Flashback Friday| A Safari Shirt

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Hello Everyone!  This is Flashback Friday and I will share with you "ASafari Shirt" from April 2015!  My sewing goal for 2015 was to learn to make a classic shirt that fit my petite frame. 

What I Used:
I used Butterick Pattern 5678, which in now out-of print.  

I chose this pattern because it is semi-fitted, features shoulder princess seams, offers pattern alteration lines for petite sizing and A/B, C, D cup sizes.  These were great pattern details for fitting!  My fabric choice was a beautiful linen/cotton blend from Hancock Fabric.

What I Did:
I cut View B, featuring the button tab belt carriers, in a size 10 using a B cup.
I enrolled in a class from Craftsy the Classic Tailored Shirt.  I flat-felled all my seams, carefully placed and stitched a pocket and pinned-eased the sleeves into the armhole for stitching.  I only looked at the pattern instrutions for pattern layout and used the pattern alteration lines for petite sizing. 

 Share your thought with me on the shirt in the comment section below.  See you next post!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Handbag Making| A Charm Pack Handbag

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Hi Friends!  This is A Charm Handbag.  Isn't it cute?  Let me give you some information on this handbag.  I first saw the Charm Pack Handbag on the blog of  Lori of "Girls in a Garden on her post "The Math Teacher Bag."

What I Used:
A charm pack is a collection of fabric that has been precut into 5" x 5" squares.  The pack provides an inexpensive way to get a sampling of all the prints in a fabric line or collection. There are usually 30 to 42 squares to a pack.  I used 2 packs for my project which I grabbed on close-out sale from Hancock Fabrics.

What I Did:  

I followed the Charm Pack Bag Tutorial Lori features on her blog.  It can be found through Bloglovin' and you must follow Lori.  You can join Bloglovin' using the link on my sidebar!

Do you like making handbags?  Share your thoughts with me in the comment section.  Happy crafting!


Friday, August 5, 2016

Flashback Friday| Regina's Denim Shirtdress

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Hello Friends!  A feature I plan to have on my blog is "Flashback Friday!" On Fridays I will feature projects that I completed in the past before this blog was created.  Today's Friday Flashback is "Regina's Denim Shirtdress." 





What I Used:
I made this dress using McCall's 6885 pattern and navy denim fabric I purchased from Walmart.  I love the low/high shirttail hem! 

What I Did:
 I cut view D in a size 8.  I only read the pattern instructions for the front button packet.  Those instructions were easy to follow.  I made several changes to my version of the dress:

1. Added a leather trim and dungree buttons to the left side of the front button packet!

2. Made wider and shorter tie ends for the attached tie belt. 

3. The shirttail hem on this dress was too long for me. Therefore I altered the lenght by making the front hem above my knee and the back hem low at the top of my claves. I think stylish!

4. I did not add the tabs on the sleeves!

Tell me what you think of this dress in the comment section below.  Happy Crafting!


Monday, August 1, 2016

Sewing| Style In An Instant Dress

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Hi Friends!  There are times when I really need a "quick" sewing fix.  A project that just involves a few hours but provides fabulous results.  That project is my "Style In An Instant Dress".



What I Used:
The fabric is from Joann Fabric and Craft Store's "Style In An Instant Collection."  It is that fabric that is shirred at the top!  

What I Did:
Now all I did was wrap the fabric around my chest for the measurement and then cut the fabric to fit.  I simply sewed one seam up the back.  Then I cut 2 pieces from fabric I cut from the hemline to make some straps which I applied the the bodice.  My last step was hemming the dress. 

 My "Style In An Instant Dress" is done!  I was inspired to made this dress by "Trending Expert" Mimi G from her blog post The EASIEST + FASTEST Dress.