Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Baby Rosie

Hello There!

I'm not sure if you remember this bag. A while ago, I made a book bag and I loved it and took it to class with me every day. That bag is no longer in use, as quilting cotton just cant hold up to the abuse that a book bag takes.

Well, it now will live on as a dress! I made this for my sweet cousin! I have been making a lot of toddler dresses lately. It has been such a pleasure using the Caroline Pattern from Mouse House Creations.

I have also made it two other times. This pattern is drafted well and it fits like a charm! So excited to sew more!


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Brown Eyed Girl and Sueño Azul

Hello there!

I know it has been rather quiet around here, but that does not mean I have not been sewing! I present to you Brown Eyed Girl! I wore this dress to a party and that song was on when I walked in. This dress has the perfect amount of swish and it looks so great.

Let's talk about the Colette Patterns Myrtle.

I've made this dress before and never blogged about it not have I have I taken any good, non-selfie pictures. I still wear it about once a week. The dress can be made in either knit or woven material. I decided to try out the woven variation this time.

It did not disappoint!

I used a rayon print from Joann Fabrics to make up this version.

It is such a comfortable dress. So comfortable that I think I prefer the woven over the knit? I'm not sure. It seamlessly fits into my all-dress wardrobe, and I'm certain there is room for more.

For Me Made May - I didn't really participate since everything I wear, I make - I decided that I will finish everything I make prior to wearing it. I have a really underused serger and I think now is the time to add that professional touch to all my garments.

I'm really pleased with this dress/pattern and I have plans to make a few more this summer, both knit and woven.

So I decided to make another dress. Maxi style! It was so comfortable and easy to wear. I want to make a million more! :D I did a 2" Full Bust Adjustment and sewed it up using this fabric from JoAnn. It reminds me of a dream and it is blue, hence the name, Sueño Azul. It looks a little funky on my dress form, but that is because she does not have the bust volume that I do! I have made like 10 dresses this past month, I just need to get to bloggin! 

ETA Sueño Azul: (07/03/2015)

Until next time....


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Peachy Keen! First dress of the year...

Happy New Year!  I have been hidden for the past few months because I moved to D.C. and got a new job! Moving and starting work was so tiring, but I still managed time to sew! I have made quite a few things since moving. Here's a quick update:

I will talk about the other sewing projects from last year later.  Today, I want to talk about New Look 6223. The first time I made this dress was with Joann's houndstooth suiting and the second time, I made it with Fabric.com's Peach Skin material. Both dresses are a go to and if it wasn't so obvious that I was making 100 of the same dress, I would... I have yet to try the pain/non pleated bodice version.

The second version did not photograph well because of the low light at my parents house and the fabric really hides the details when photographed. At any rate, take my word for it when I say that they are the same pattern. I decided to name this version "Peachy Keen" and it is the first dress I made in 2015!

I chose to style the second version with a jacket from an Simplicity 2345. I got this pattern so long ago, I'm almost certain its out of print. More on that later :).

I hope to find more time to sew this year. I still have not bought anything (except a coat) since November 2012 and I hope to continue that this year!

That's all for now,

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sewing for Babies!

Hi there!

So much time has passed since I last posted.  I got the much needed opportunity to spend time with my nephews for an entire month!  I did not waste any sewing time though!

I made a blanket for my cousin's newborn who came just hours after her baby shower!
The materials came pre-cut from a Fabric.com kit.  I added my own cotton batting and grey satin material as the binding.  It was my first quilt and I want to make many, many more!

Crazy textures!

The kit came with all of the necessary materials, except batting.  I choose to bind with the satin because I wanted a cleaner look.  It came beautifully packaged and was a great way to try different minky materials without wasting materials or having to make more than you wanted.

Freshly Pieced
I also made her a onesie (body suit).  Simplicity 2459 is a rather interesting looking pattern at first glance.  VERY FRILLY dress with a cute little jumper for a boy.  I was only interested in the onesie.  I LOVE the collar and in the right material, this pattern is amazing!

I used a leopard print knit from my stash.  I intend to make many more, as its easy to use up leftover materials from making my new obsession... Something I will talk about later, after I get better pictures. My cousin loves both and it felt good to sew for another person, maybe I'll do more..


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Addicted to McCall's M6754

Hi all!

Guess who graduated a few weeks ago?  I'll give you a few minutes to figure it out...

Here's a booklet as a clue...

It was rather hefty, but THIS and two others equal in size are part of the reason for my absence.  I had fun during my internship and I learned a lot about myself and where I stand in relation to the world around me..

Have you figured it out yet?

It says: I'm done!  Turn down for what?
Me and my daddy!

ME! That's why I've was absent.  I've been sewing, but with no time to take pictures, you just have to believe me!

My phone died so I wasn't able to take pictures from inside :'( but it was at Radio City Music Hall! We made it to the Marquee!  Here I'm wearing McCalls M6754 in a leopard sequin. It was so flashy!!! But I'm still picking up sequins off the floor of my apartment...

I think I picked up McCall's M6754 last spring, but I recently found it.  I needed a quick dress to wear to work and I figured it looked pretty straight-forward and I could whip a rather quick dress out of it. WOW! I have made two peplum tops and three dresses with the pattern thus far.  I have made myself a new personal challenge: make this dress at least once a month!  Simple enough!

Sewn in an abstract double knit

Its so cute and goes well with most of my daily needs.  The circle skirt is very figure flattering.  The dress sews up in less time than it takes to pick the material!  I LOVE this pattern.  I think the top is a great place for someone who is looking to start sewing apparel, they want to log some practice time but they don't want to use too much material.

The first one I sewed in a dark red double knit

I also like that there are endless possibilities to accessorize this dress. I usually go for a sweater and belt.  A solid dress is the perfect foundation for loads of accessories.  I love the red dress with a black sweater and this bow.

Here are some more outfits I came up with for this dress:

A Casual Office Look
Flirty Day Look
Rocking Night Out

I did have to make some adjustments for my incredibly short torso.  I raised the waist about 5/8", I add that length to the bottom of the skirt.  I also raised the neckline and back line approximately 1" from its lowest for better coverage in the front and bra coverage in the back.  Its still low, but I feel more comfortable wearing it.  I went 1" above the cutting line and tapered it to the original cutting line as I went on.  Sorry, I forget to take "in action" photos.  Also, for the leopard version, I lined it as the sequins were rather uncomfortable directly against my skin.

I don't have any pictures of the tops as I used them for fitting muslins, but I have worn them a few times.

I love this pattern, and its going down as a TNT! Yay!!!!!!


PS - Thanks to Google, you can see my dress in semi motion :) Enjoy!

Working Hard!

Saturday, March 8, 2014



See, I promised that I wouldn't be gone for too long!

What do I have for you today? A book bag! YAY!  I was in desperate need of a new book bag.  My old one was okay, but the construction was shotty and the straps were starting to come off.

It was a Steve Madden bag kinda like this one.  It was made out of a type of flower print corduroy.

I decided that it was time to overcome my irrational fear of accessory making... To me, it seemed as if it had so many parts!  And that it did. Ugh.  Maybe like 15?  It took about an hour just to cut it out!

I made McCalls 6410.  Initially, this was a tester/muslin, but it turned out so great that I went all out on my detailing.  I used view D.  It has a "mini book bag" with a little velcro-ed flap.  The flap is just big enough and secure enough for 3 x 5 index cards.  Next time I make it, I will either use a longer strip of velcro, use a magnetic strip, or add a super cute button.  The 1" suggested velcro is not enough for me.

The bag is fully lined
I added piping to the mini bag for interest.  To be honest, I forgot as I was sewing the rest of the bag, but then I didn't know where I would even put it anyway...  I also added a little pocket for lip stuff and a mirror on the inside of the main bag.

I thought it was a bit strange that the outer "mini book bag" was just top stitched into place, but after inspection of other bags, that's just how it's sewn.  I love this "mini book bag".  It is sewn up the same way the larger bag is sewn and it is big enough to hold pens, pencils cell phones, charger and yarn.

Inside the "mini book bag"

The book bag isn't tiny, but it isn't large.  Big enough to hold a rather large textbook, iPad, folder, iPad keyboard, notebook, wristlet wallet, knitting project... Ok, lol I guess it's pretty roomy.  I love that!  Next time I make it, I think I will make the gusset wider so it can hold more.

I made a few alterations to the original design.  As I said earlier, I added some piping. I was rather uneasy about the stationary straps, so I took the hardware off the original book bag and added it to my version.  I bought a small amount of a deep red vinyl to hold the hardware.  I also wanted to put little feet on the bottom.  No purpose, just for cute points.

Little Feet!
I didn't wish to look for horsehair interfacing, so the lady at Joann suggested I just use batting.  I have a lot of batting and it worked out just fine.

Thanks for reading!

- Z

P.S. I went to the BurdSatyle, Love Sewing launch party this week.  I had so much fun! I got to meet the editing director of BurdaStyle US, Denise Wild! She is a very nice person and is really passionate about her work.  She just released a book and two DVDs.  Congrats Denise!

B5982 and New Look 6194

I'll blog about Butterick 5982 and New Look 6194 next time! Until then, happy sewing!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

MissZuriB!! Where Have You Been???

We missed YOU!

It seems as if I've been MIA for quite some time?  Truth is, I was just taking a "Christmas Break"... It turned into a let's-make-everyone-a-present-and-not-take-good-pictures-and-make-a-bunch-of-undocumented-clothes break. :) Now, I wish I could go back in time and fix that, but I can say that I will try to do better. MAYBE?

I made my sister, nephews, dad AND great Aunt Christmas presents this year!! A bit ambitious...
I was only able to get pictures of my youngest nephew, dad and great aunt's presents. He got Simplicity 1677. I made the adults Simplicity 1504. Dad got the shirt and pants and Aunt got the dress.

Yes, it is taped to the fridge!

I will be graduating in May - YAY - and that means I have a lot of work to do.  I am still fervently sewing.  I have made so many things, but I can't find good pictures of them.

So where do we begin?

Let's start with New Look 6194!
I did a mash-up of view B&C.  I loved the collar, but I wanted the cuffs! I want it all!!!! She is sewn in a navy stretch cotton sateen from Joann and is lined with a printed poly from their simply silky collection.
All done View B/C
If you want to see the insides, say PLEASE!
I didn't hear that.  But, I took the pictures of the insides before I put the sleeves on because I was just so excited! This is my second jacket - the first being one of the first things I sewed after getting back on the machine after years of not sewing.  It was a part of a clown costume for Halloween.  I HAD NO CLUE WHAT I GOT MYSELF INTO.  It was ambitious then, and I think I did a fairly good job on this jacket.  I really wanted to show off the lining material, so I did the under collar in it!

Popped collars?!
I also made view D.  I love that skirt.  She was quick and has a back vent so walking is a breeze.  I'm looking for a great go-to skirt and this and New Look 6003 are some tough competitors!

Total look, without the sleeves of course
When I get around to it, I'll post a pic of me wearing it, until then... Let's talk about New Look 6003. :)

Now, I will say, I made a good faith attempt to get good pictures in this skirt, but as my life would have it, that was a moot point!  My favorite part of the skirt was the deliciously crimson lining. (Roll Tide!)  I also love the peplum.  I'm more of a classic-modern girl, so I take trends, but very lightly and sparingly.  I might need to reconsider the peplum train. I'm in love!

I used houndstooth suiting from Joann that has been in my stash for ages.  I was very skeptical about this skirt, so I didn't want to buy anything new.  Let's just take a moment to appreciate the houndstooth (RTR)... LOL Sorry if you hate Bama - or have no clue what I'm talking about... Anyway, here she is!

 Drum roll please for the lining?!

BAM(A)! I'll bet you weren't expecting that!
Thank you so much for reading!  I promise I wont be on a half-year hiatus again. Maybe... IDK. Lol, the good news is, I have decided that I'm not going to buy anything else, if I can help it/make it. So there will be much more sewing!

Sewing has become calming and very, VERY rewarding.  I get exactly what I want, and it fits just right.   

Phew, long post! I'll see you later!

P.S. Right now, I am working on knitting my husband a tie.  Next time I post, I should have an update on it!  Here's a picture of my broken DPNs for now :( Yes, long story, but I broke two of them.  
Detail! It is skinny approx 2in wide