Handmade, Pants

Simplicity 8655 – Bell Bottoms.

Deciding what to sew always takes forever for me but once I start ideas keep on coming and is hard to concentrate in only one project. Reason why took me over a week to finish these pair of jeans. I really don’t like sewing jeans because they take a lot of time to make. Maybe it’s just me I have the attention spam of a squirrel. Well I was convinced to make Simplicity 8655 after seeing a couple versions on my Instagram feed. They are so cute and they’re giving me 70’s vibes.

I decided to use a dark blue denim with a little stretch that I had in my stash. I was still cutting the fabric when I realized it was the same I had used for a pair similar to these. So I had the brilliant idea to bleach the fabric, I had been wanting to do this for a while but I was afraid because I’m allergic to bleach. I put the pieces already cut in the laundry tub and I start adding one cup of bleach at a time which made the process longer than needed. I suggest watching a You Tube video first so you don’t have to experiment like I did. The color didn’t come as uniform as I imagined but I actually liked it better.

This is a Mimi G Style pattern and in my experience her pants patterns tend to be high waisted. If is this is something you don’t like I highly recommend making a muslin/mock up first. I didn’t make one because I’m too lazy for that and I love high waist pants. I did a few alterations I grade up the waist, shortened the legs and the front crotch. I also did my usual sway back adjustment. It might sound like a lot but when you already know what your body needs it’s much easier than it sounds. I’m planning on making a pants block pattern, soon that will definitely save me time.



They looked a bit basic to me so I decided to do a small appliqué design with some Cambaya fabric from my stash. That also give me the opportunity to use my embroidery machine. It was surprisingly easy, maybe not perfect but so cute. I love how they turned out I will make these again soon. Overall I highly recommend this pattern!

1. I added a tag so I can secure the facing. The tag looks crooked in the inside but looks good on the outside.

2. I folded half the seam allowance on the pockets to make them slightly bigger.

3. I love two rows of stitches for the hem.

4. Just a close up!

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Christmas Sewing, Handmade, Sewing, Thrifty Finds, Wrap skirt

Simplicity 8746 – Wrap Skirt.

Every year, since I learned how to sew, I have made something to wear to my husband work Holiday Party. This year I chose Simplicity 8746 a simple wrap skirt. I picked a plaid fabric from Joann’s and use faux leather from my stash for the side ties. This is a really simple project with only 6 pieces in total.

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I shorten the length about two inches because it was too long for me, I’m 5′ 4″ just to give you an idea. I was afraid it was going to be too cold to wear it but thankfully the weather was great! I paired my cute little skirt with a simple turtleneck and knee high boots. I have been looking for boots like these for a while and I was lucky to found them on sale for a just 40 dollars. I also wore a wool black coat I bought at the Goodwill many years ago.

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Simplicity 8746.

Pattern Description: wrap skirts available in multiple lengths and feature D-ring closings to allow the skirt to drape perfectly from your waist. Great for plaids!

Pattern Sizing: 6 – 14 and 14 – 22.

Difficulty: Easy.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the pleats in the back and the possibility to use different types of closures for the side.

Fabric Used: brushed cotton from Joann’s.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes!

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Costumes, Geeky sewing., Handmade, Sewing

Harry Potter Robe – Simplicity 8723 Review.

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I recently made a Harry Potter robe using Simplicity 8723. I wore this to a couple of halloween events but I’m sure I’ll be wearing this anytime of the year. This pattern is great includes robes, sweater and tie in child and teen sizes XS-L and adult sizes XS-XL. The pattern runs large, I made a small and it was a little to big. I’m 5’4″ and 120 pounds just to give you an idea. I didn’t size down because my children, now taller than me, might want to wear it sometimes.

I used black gabardine and stretch sateen in biking red for the facings and lining both from Joann’s. I bought the iron on appliqué patch at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter store in Orlando a few years ago. I wanted to buy the robe but for a $120 I was like I can made that for half as much. I expend around $50 without thread that I already had and the closure that I removed from a cape I made a while ago.

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The only modification I made was adding lining to the sleeves. I wanted to line the whole thing but decided not to since I’m planing to wear it next time I visit Universal Studios. Overall this is a very easy pattern and great for beginners. I definitely recommend it just don’t forget to size down.

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Handmade, Pants

Wide Leg Pants – Burda 6573

Oh boy another pair of wide leg pants! I absolutely love this Burda 6573 pattern. It has been sitting in my “To do” basket for far too long, since I just couldn’t decide on what fabric to use. I was trying to add some color to my wardrobe but the best I could do was pick the black and grey animal print. These pants are high waisted and have inseam pockets. I cut a size 14 but due to the stretch on my fabric I graded it down to a 12. The pattern recommends using a woven, instead I used a lightweight stretch denim. I still had to take them in by the forward side seams and by the front. The latter making the buttons too close to the front, but I liked the fit so that’s okay with me.

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Overall this is a very easy pattern and I would probably make it again but in a woven instead. I would recommend adjustments on the back rather than the front. If you are a beginner and don’t feel confident making adjustments on your fashion fabric a muslin is the way to go.  The only reason I did it on the front seam was because I had installed my zipper already and I was too lazy to redo-it.

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I paired them with this bodysuit I made a while ago: Simplicity 8513 view C. I used stretch velvet fabric. This is also a very easy pattern with only four main pieces. The back has a seam which is perfect for swayback adjustments. I was planing to make a crop top but I really need to start working on my Halloween costume so that’s on hold. If I start now even the dog will have one!

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Handmade, Pants, Sewing

Let the Fall Sewing Begin! Simplicity 8093

The September Equinox is expected to arrive tomorrow and I’m so ready! I have one more summer project review, but I couldn’t wait to share these cute wide leg cropped pants I made using Simplicity 8093. Fall is my favorite season and I love to sew pants. I have so many patterns on my “To sew list” and since the season is so short here in the midwest I decided to start early.

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This pattern is very easy to sew. I only did two things differently: For the front pleats you’re supposed to fold along solid lines then bring the folds to broken lines and baste across the raw edge. I sewed the folds together just like you would a dart, as I liked how the pleats look this way. Also, for the belt loops the instructions have you attaching them to the waistband. Instead I sewed them directly to the pants and after I attached the waistband I sewed the other side of the loops. This way was easier for me. I used a crepe suiting fabric from my stash, as I knew I wanted to make pants with it and this was perfect because it has a beautiful drape.

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I think this pattern might be out of print therefore I’m not going to make a full review. If you are anything like me and have this pattern on your sewing queue you should do it already! You won’t be disappointed. This is a Mimi G pattern so don’t forget there is a video tutorial on You Tube. I didn’t have to watch the video because the instructions were very easy to follow. I think I’m going to make another pair with a brighter color. We’ll see how long my sewing mojo lasts. What’s on your sewing table? Are the Seasons changing in your neck of the woods?

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Handmade, PDF Patterns, Sewing

The Luisa Shorts – Rosy Peña Patterns.

This summer I was a little upset when I found out none of my shorts fit. All those donuts I ate at midnight were coming back to haunt me! I’ve probably been wearing the same shorts every summer since I was 20 years old, so it’s about time I make new ones. I started looking for shorts patterns right away, and I soon realized I’ve never made shorts before. I saw a picture of Rosy Peña wearing the Luisa shorts on Instagram and I was immediately sold.

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This is a very simple pattern with only four pattern pieces which is perfect for beginners. I’m not a big fan of PDF patterns, but I really wanted to give them a real try and these shorts were perfect for that. These shorts have a paper bag waist , inseam pockets and faux drawstring. Honestly it was the elastic waist that convinced me, just incase I gain a couple more pounds this summer.😄. I also got a free pattern, The Marie Wrap Skirt, when I signed up for Rosy’s newsletter.

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The pattern comes with a copy shop format, in case you dislike printing and taping. I feel that it defeats the purpose of a PDF pattern but it’s great to have that option. I used a chambray, which might get tricky sewing with this type of fabric so I recommend ironing using of a lot spray starch before cutting. I didn’t follow the instructions, because I sew them the same way I sew pants just because it’s easier for me. I did read the instructions, for the sake of this review, and they were easy to follow. Rosy also has a sew long video here, just in case you need a visual.

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Luisa Trousers/Shorts – Rosy Peña Patterns.

Pattern Description: A “paperbag” waist style trouser or shorts featuring a mini ruffled detail, inseam pockets and a faux drawstring. Luisa is a fun piece to add to your wardrobe and is both comfortable and stylish to wear.

Pattern Sizing: XXS – XXL. I cut a size Small.

Difficulty: Easy.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the deep pockets and the paper bag waist.

Fabric Used: Chambray from Joann Fabrics.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes, especially for those trying PDF patterns for the first time.

Handmade, Sewing

Vintage Inspired Wrap Dress. See & Sew B6543

I attended a Wedding last week, and  it took me a long time to decide what to make. I was going to make a strapless dress with a double circle skirt, but when I was about to cut the  fabric I realized I didn’t have the right supplies. The horse braid hair I wanted to use wasn’t the one for a circle hem; the one with a loose thread on one side. Thank goodness I had a plan B, a vintage inspired wrap dress. I used See & Sew B6543. I love how it turned out!!

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I went to Joann’s looking for Vogue 9251, but I couldn’t find my size. I came across this one by accident, I paid less for this pattern even though Vogue was on sale. This is a very simple pattern that is definitely beginner friendly. It doesn’t require zippers, buttons or even a lining. I wasn’t very happy about the no lining part, since I’m not a fan of bias tape. I took my time and hand basted it first, then I gave it a good press and took it to the sewing machine. The most difficult part was probably the curved hem, but with some hand basting and a lot of pressing it’s really no big deal.

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I also used bias tape to cover the waistline seam. I cut a size 10 and shortened the skirt by 2 inches. I also removed 3 inches from the bottom front curve, just so I could give my shoes a better view. I also shortened the ties by half because I wanted to make a sash. I wanted to use a vintage brooch that I already own but it was too small. So I ordered this one last minute on Amazon. It wasn’t the best quality but it was still pretty, and I only had to pay $8.99.

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My “I forgot to clean those spider webs” pose.

See & Sew B6543

Pattern Description: Fitted dress has side ties, sleeve and length variations and uneven hemline: wrong side of fabric will show.

Pattern Sizing: 8-24.

Difficulty: Easy.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, I like to think that it looks better.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved the pockets!

Fabric Used: Stretch satin from Joann fabrics.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes!

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Handmade, Sewing

McCall’s 7752.

I rarely sew new patterns, since I’m always trying to keep up with my never ending sewing list. I usually get to sew them a year after they’re released. This time I made an exception for McCall’s 7752  this top is adorable!!! I chose the view with the bra, midriff and double peplum. I use a lightweight denim from my stash, probably from The Loft in L.A.

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The bodice is fully lined and requires boning on the sides. Perhaps if you are small chested like me you can skip it. I used it just because I like how it gives you some extra support . If you never sew boning before you can go here for some tips, don’t be afraid is super simple. I cut a size 8, I had to take it in just a bit on the sides. Next time I will put together the front parts then the back, that way it will be easier to make adjustments.

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I’m planing to use this pattern again soon for a July wedding. I will modify it by adding length to the peplums to make it a dress. Perhaps I’ll add a third peplum, I will definitely use lighter fabric. I just need to make up my mind about the color I want. For now I will rock my denim on denim look!

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McCall’s 7752.

Pattern Description: Close fitting, partially lined tops have boning, invisible zipper, and bodice variations with sleeves or straps. Create your own design with mix and match pattern pieces.

Design options include: Bra, knot bodice overlay, cape, straps, sleeves, midriff and peplum, midriff with upper and lower peplums, and flounce.

Pattern Sizing: 6 – 14 and 14 – 22.

Difficulty: Intermediate.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked everything.

Fabric Used: lightweight denim.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes!

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Español, Handmade, Sewing

New Look 6507. Se habla Español.

Hoy decidi hacer un post en Español. Les presento New Look 6507!! Este patrón es de lo mas sencillo, con solo cuatro piezas. Cuando estaba cortándolo mi cabeza estaba en otro lugar, probablemente pensando en comer, y sin querer corte la version larga en lugar de la corta. Solo tenia dos yardas de esta tela, y como estoy evitando ir a la tienda solo corte un olán. Creo que quedo igual de lindo.

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Le tuve que hacer dos pinzas en la parte de atrás porque no me gusto la forma que tenia. También me quedo un poco largo así que me puse mis zapatos de dos pisos. Y para completar mi look, con la tela que me sobro, le di a mi sombrero un pequeño makeover. Pienso cortarle un par de pulgadas para poder usarlo con huaraches o algo parecido.

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New Look 6507.

Descripcion: Vestido con opción largo o corto con olanes. Con uno o dos hombros           expuestos, con o sin tirantes.

Tallas disponibles: XS-S-M-L-XL.  Corte la talla S y me quedo perfecto.

Dificultad: Facil. Super sencillo y rapido de hacer!

Se parecia a la foto/dibujo en el sobre del patrón una vez de había terminado de coser con el? Si. Más o menos, con un olán en lugar de dos.

Que te gusto o te disgusto particularmente del patron? La parte de atras luce un poco cuadrada, sin figura. Yo le agregue dos pinzas en la parte de atrás. Sugiero cortar la pieza de atrás en dos, sin olvidar adherir tela para el margen de la costura. De esta manera es mas sencillo hacer ajustes y darle forma al vestido.

Tela usada: Use una mezcla de algodón ligero, honestamente olvide el nombre.

Lo recomendarias? Si.

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Geeky sewing., Handmade, Sewing

McCall’s 6885 Review.

I have been organizing my sewing space. I sew in the living room, fabric and sewing supplies are quietly invading the rest of the house. So I decided to get rid of my unfinished projects to make space. There were many that only needed minimal work, so I decided to keep a few. Like this one, McCalls 6885.

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This is the cutest and easiest shirtdress I ever made! I started it nine months ago (shameless) Back then fall was approaching so I cut view D. Obviously I had to reconsider my choice now that summer is almost here, so I omitted the sleeves. I used this awesome Star Wars printed rayon challis. I bought this one during my L.A fabric shopping trip last year. I paid $3.99 a yard for it! Shocking I know.DSC_0052

This is how I sewed the curved hem. I ran a line of wide machine basting stitches 1/4″ from the raw edge of the hem. Then I folded and pressed the hem using the basting stitch line as a guide. I gently pulled the threads from the stitching line to ease the extra fabric in place as I was pressing. I pressed and folded the hemline a second time before sewing it in place.

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McCalls 6885.

Pattern Description: Semi-fitted, pullover shirtdresses have pointed collar, collar/front bands, button-up placket, front pleat and narrow hem.

Pattern Sizing: 8-16 and 16 – 24. I cut size 8.

Difficulty: Easy. If you have trouble sewing the placket there’s a tutorial on the McCalls blog here. For the collar you just need to transfer all of your markings and notches.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked everything.

Fabric Used: I used rayon challis from Angel’s Textiles in Los Angeles. Sorry they don’t have a website.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes! Overall this is a cute and easy pattern to dress up or down.

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