Sunny Day to All,
I am super proud of this one. I wanted to wear something sexy and different to this event in Florida. I saw a two piece set on an instagram model and thought, "WOW... I can make that". This is the beauty of sewing. We see it, we like it, we make it and we rock it!
I self drafted the shorts and picked Simplicity 1538 to make the top. This is my very first button front shirt. I have always been scared of button front shirts. I am not sure why I was because this pattern was so easy to make. I actually made the shorts in about an hour and a half and the shirt in one evening. While sewing the shirt, I had a friend over and she kept me company the entire time. So timing was not an issue. We had some wine and talked all night while I made the shirt.
I am still working on my weight post surgery but I didn't care. I just wanted to please myself. I wanted to rock this crop top button front shirt with some shorts and that is what I did. It felt so good making this outfit and it felt so great wearing it. I paired it with my gold jewelry and my neon Steve Madden heels. My very good friend was kind enough to snap some pictures before we walked out. So here I am, sharing them with you guys with a big smile on my face. Enjoy these few pics.
I made some custom pleated sleeves. Please see below.
About the Pattern
Simplicity 1538 was the perfect choice and super easy. I chose view C and made some alterations to the pattern. I changed the sleeves. I self drafted them, made 2 huge pleats and used an elastic at the end. Super cute! This pattern is considered intermediate. The instructions are pretty easy to follow. As far as the shorts, I self drafted them and actually made 2 of them that night. This 2 piece set was a success. I will leave you guys with plenty of positive energy and a smile. Happy Sewing to You and don't forget to leave a comment.
Sunny Day to All,
As promised, I am back to share this beautiful dress that I made during this difficult time of my life. I needed to sew to bring a smile to my face again. And it did. I chose a pattern that I knew I could finish rather quickly, Vogue 9021. I had this beautiful fabric from GStreet Fabric. It was just about 2 and half yards. The beautiful black and white pattern made it easy to style. I wore it to work on this special day and felt absolutely beautiful. I had a special glow... Before leaving home, hubby hugged me and told me that I was the most beautiful woman in the world. I remember that special morning very well. Of course, he was kind enough to capture some pictures for me in my yellow heals before I quickly switch to my flats. A sister had to take the pictures in those yellow heels to match the beautiful necklace. I got plenty of compliments and was extremely productive at work that day. My day ended at the Shrine in DC as I wanted to attend mass before the end of the day. I am smiling just thinking about that day. I will leave you with pictures of this special dress. Enjoy!
About the Pattern
Vogue 9021 was the perfect pattern. If you are looking for something easy, this is it. Warning; you will have to wear a tank underneath as your entire side is out. Some chooses to close up the side so feel free to do so. I like to follow a pattern and then decide what I would do differently next time. I cut a side 14 and picked View A. I made it a little loose since I wanted to be able to wear it to work. The next version of this pattern will be tighter and might actually be a little shorter. I definitely will make this again very soon. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Sewing to you!
Sunny Day to All,
Ohhhhhhh, how I miss blogging...
I had so many awesome plans for this summer; so many patterns I was supposed to sew. I planned all these different outdoor photoshoots that never took place. So disappointing.... This was the year I was supposed to take advantage of the summer to crowd my blog with some new pieces and enhance my skills. I was supposed to launch a few new projects and collaborate with other "sewists" but nothing happened.
Thank you to all of those that sent private messages asking if I was well. This summer has been very unpredictable. I had a medical procedure that totally stole my summer. I couldn't sew, I couldn't blog, I couldn't cook, I just couldn't... The stress associated with this procedure was overwhelming financially, physically and emotionally.
I tried to sew because I knew that sewing was my happy place. However, I felt stuck. It's like I wasn't inspired anymore. I felt like I had nothing left in me. I didn't have the energy that I usually have. I chose to pray and left everything in God's Hands. It was not easy but I smiled during the entire process. Some will ask how I did it or how I stayed so positive and the only answer I had was God. By the time I got off from work every day, I was uncomfortable or in pain and my body needed to rest. I was on heavy meds and could barely stay awake when I got home. I had to take care of my body and my soul. Unfortunately the procedure did not end well. I was devastated and in pain. I saw the sadness in everyone surrounding my husband and I and it hurt. Everyone always feed from my energy and for the 2nd time of my life, I didn't have any to share. So I chose to stay away for a while to deal with the pain. I had to found this peaceful place in my heart to accept this path. It is taking a while but I am choosing to refocus on what brought me joy; God, family and of course sewing.
When I finally found the strength to pick a pattern, select a fabric, cut and sew a garment, I was happy while I was sewing. But, as soon as I was done, I couldn't find the words to describe my experience with the pattern. So there you go, I am sitting on several garments that I have yet to share on the blog. But I kept sewing because when I did, I let myself go and felt much better. I have to admit that I still have my moments, but sewing heals. As soon as I started to sew again, I started feeling better. My body is still on recovery mode. I have an exhausted soul. My mind is still unsettled and my heart is still broken. But, sewing heals.
I have an amazing husband who went through this entire process with me and never left my side, whether it was at home, the center or the hospital. I am blessed with a strong family support. I am also surrounded with great friends.
So there you have it! This is where I have been. I am back and ready to share some great pieces. Again thank you so much for all the prayers, messages and support. Now it's time to loose this weight and keep sewing some beautiful garments.
Sewing truly heals.... so I shall rejoice in my happy place. Happy Sewing to You!
Sewing is my therapy...
I developed the passion for sewing about 2 years ago. Follow my journey as a seamstress who is determine to make her entire wardrobe one garment at a time. Thanks for stopping by!