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'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 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

Monday, October 28, 2013

Mod About You!

Hi all!

I know it has been a while since I have posted.  Moving, school and getting married are time suckers!

I present to you "Mod About You"!  It is Simplicity 1609.  It is a "Jiffy Dress".  The main dress consists of two pieces that you have to cut.  Seems simple enough right?  Actually, it was! The darting seemed strange initially, but, despite my hard to fit figure, it worked out great!

The two main pieces made for quick work.  I think it took me about 3 hours from cut to finish!  I used a navy stretch cotton sateen from Joann for the dress and a Mod-like, kinda Ikat? that were both from Joann.

Julia Roberts approved!
I ABSOLUTELY love the scalloped collar on the dress.  This was my first time sewing a collar, and I think I didn't do too bad.  I added a dart at the back to account for my narrow back.  It was hidden under the collar, and it didn't affect how the collar laid.

Morgan Freeman did not!
I have this HORRIBLE planning when it comes to making clothes.  I always wait until the last minute to make something, and I never have enough time to make sure I have the correct notions.  I moved the zipper to the side because I only had a neon yellow zipper -_-.  In all the pictures I took, I was sure to hid it... Anyway, the dress is so fun to wear. I just need to make an adjustment to get the waist to fit better and I will be making this a lot.

It is such an easy dress to style and it is perfect for winter and summer.  A long sleeve tee underneath turns it into a cute jumper and a light cardigan over it will make a cute spring look.

See my review here!


Friday, September 6, 2013

Wedding Dress

Hi All!

I'm sure you haven't noticed my lack of postings.... BUT in case you have.

I got married on August 1, 2013! It was amazing! I had a great week and the wedding of my dreams.  I have always wanted something very intimate, and we were able to get just that.  I personally don't care for frills and fuss for such an important event in the lives of young people. -- stepping off my soapbox ;)

Yes. I made my dress! When I said I was on a mission to make ALL my clothes in 2013, my wedding dress was included in that pledge!

I made Simplicity 1651 again.  This time I used a top layer, underlining and regular lining.  It was a LOT of material and kinda hot, but I loved it.  The total cost for materials was about $40.  I got all my material from Joann Fabrics and I bought waaaay too much material.  There was about 1/2 yd left of the underlining and lining, but the there was almost nothing left of the top layer. I got 2 1/2 yds of all three layers and used a 50% off coupon.  I wanted to link to it, but I cannot seem to find it.

Detail of the top layer

I was not thinking clearly when I was cutting and making the dress. If I was, I would have taken pictures of how I cut and assembled.  The "Anchors Away" dress was a wearable muslin for fit.  I made two small alterations to the dress.  I took off the back bars and shortened the straps about 2" for a better fit for my narrow back.  The dress fit FABULOUSLY!

I added a ribbon for a touch of color and to tie in DH's suit.  He loved my dress and was shocked that it only took about 5 hours to make.

The half circle skirt had a fabulous drape

And of course I had to get my jumping shot in!

I really hope you enjoyed my post.  I wanted to share my day with everyone - albeit over a month later. :) No one believed that I made this dress.   It is my favorite to date - too bad I cant wear it somewhere else lol - or can I? Just kidding.  I'm really considering making this in black for an LBD version, but then it will be the THIRD time that I made this pattern... IDK stay tuned.


PS - Flowers and shoes!