2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

February 10, 2016

LET'S CELEBRATE...

...there has been a whole lot of sewing, writing, learning, sharing and just plain enjoyment going on here for me during the last nine years.  Hopefully my blog has provided some interesting content  during this time.  I've met soooo many interesting people from all over the world who sew - and they YOU have been so very helpful and involved - cheering me on to complete sometimes easy, and sometimes and complex projects.

I remember back in 2006 when I started sewing again and in the process learned about "sewing blogs".  I was desperately seeking help getting back into the swing of things (really, learning to sew all over again).  I remember saying "I want a sewing blog too", then on February 10th of 2007 launched my very first post.

In this 9 year time span; I've learned new techniques, stepped out on faith to interact with many others, and with your help my skill level has drastically improved.  I also remember wishing I knew tailoring techniques - it just seem so far over my head at that time.  But through trial and error and seeking advice from others who so generously gave it - tailoring is actually one of the things I like  doing most.  Just yesterday I had the following conversation with my Mother:

ME:  I love making coats so much that I just might make a couple during the summer.

MOTHER:  Yeah right!  If you could deal with having your lap full of wool during your summers.

We both got a good laugh out of that one.

I've amassed quite a tailoring reference library, so in CELEBRATION OF 9 YEARS OF SEWING ADVENTURES  through blogging, I'd like to offer a copy of my favorite Tailoring Manual as a giveaway!

Help me CELEBRATE my 9th year blogging anniversary!  And if you are interested in this copy of my most used book, please mention it in a comment below.  An old fashion pull the name out of a hat drawing will be held on Sunday ...

February 9, 2016

FINALLY...

... Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
  Psalms 37:4
Have you ever noticed my WISH LIST on the side bar of my blog?  Probably not. It was placed there some time ago ONLY as a reminder of books, gadgets, notions or supplies that I thought I wanted or needed along the way on my sewing adventure. It changes from time to time when;
  • I purchase an item and eliminate it from list
  • change my mind or realize that I really didn't need or want an item
  • find something else to add to the list
Late last year, sometime between Thanksgiving and my Birthday, I received an email from a fellow blogger saying she wanted to send me something.  Such a surprise, and I couldn't imagine what it would be.  When I received the package and opened it I immediately thought "SHE MUST HAVE SEEN THIS LISTED ON MY WISH LIST".  
 

Magnetic bars to hold my scissors!!!  I finally got them hung perfectly on the wall next to my cutting table.  While perusing TheTaleTellTasha's blog recently I caught a glimpse of the sister bars displayed in her newly organized sewing room.  So I want to give a big shout out to Tasha - one of my stylish sewing muses (I'm constantly contemplating copying her creations)...


February 3, 2016

YOU CAN'T HURRY LOVE SO LET IT WIP...

...Diana Ross and the Supremes knew exactly what they were talking about when they sang "You Can't hurry love".  If you'll remember, the last episode of Faye's Sewing Adventure found me working hard to complete the 4th and final week of Sew Much Talent's Kicking Stash sew-a-long - outer wear and/or accessories.  Even though I chose a simple pattern (only 5 pattern pieces), I couldn't resist incorporating at least a few tailoring techniques that I thought would make the coat not only look better, but also last longer.  So, needless to say, I did not finish my coat in time to count for the challenge.  Not to dismay though - turns out I did come in in THE TOP 5 of the sew-a-long!

With the deadline for submission being 11:59 p.m. Sunday Night,  I threw in the towel at 11:29 after finally coming to grips with the fact that YOU JUST CAN'T HURRY LOVE!  This is what the project looked like Sunday night when I decided it was time to go to bed.

The clocked ticked on, and January turned into February, and my project magically evolved from Kicking Stash into a WIP (work in progress).   I CAN'T HURRY LOVE, but I can just let it WIP!!!

January 30, 2016

KICKING STASH 4TH AND FINAL WEEK: QUESTION???

...It's the fourth and final week of my Kicking Stash Sew-A-Long Challenge.  This week's assignment:  Outer Wear or Accessories.  Right up my sewing alley since I love making outer wear.  To make sure that I was able to complete a coat in a (week), I had to choose an easy (simple) unstructured pattern with few pattern pieces.  I wanted to make this pattern
Vogue 1479

but after a review of the pattern's instructions felt it would be a little too much with my time restriction - maybe next time.  So I opted to use this one


Only 5 pattern pieces, no lining, how simple can it get???  Now for the big question:  Can I, Linda Faye Thomas Lewis, make a simple, unstructured coat without adding ANY tailoring techniques?  Nope!  I  tried, but I  just can't seem to help myself!  It's so hard to unlearn what you've learned, especially when you love the results it yields. 

For starters I picked this beautiful piece of  gray fabric gifted to me by my friend Ebony, you remember her from The GlamDolls.

Taken from her stash that neither of us can really identify it - but we think it's a piece of  kashmir fleece that Hancock's carried several years ago.  My description: really dense and yummy feeling.  Tailoring:  so far I've added a front shoulder shield and back stay

Back Stay

Making the front should shield
and am toying with the idea of doing some light pad stitching of the enormous collar and lapel areas.  Oh, and let's not forget the addition of my lining in a gorgeous silver color.  Trying to get this all done within my time limit of 11:59 p.m. tomorrow night - keep your fingers crossed for me...



January 27, 2016

WORK WEAR WEDNESDAY...

... Friday, oh Friday you seem so far away,
 but in the meantime it's WWW (Work Wear Wednesday) again.  In homage Sew Much Talent's Kicking Stash Sew-A-Long I wore a top created during Week 1, and a skirt created during Week 2; and after having the pictures taken discovered this on my phones camera
Smart phones never cease to amaze me...

January 24, 2016

KICKING STASH WEEK 3...

...the first three weeks of the year have really flown by - wasn't it just Christmas!  This week's Stash Kicking assignment was all about pants.  I really thought I was going to have bail this week, because I just wasn't feeling making pants, not even with my good old TNT pattern.  But when I found out that anything that split and had legs qualified I was able to pull it off by making my favorite leggings.

I literally LIVE in leggings during the winter months, especially if they are comfty and cozy.

McCall's 6173 
 I made View c from this patterns a few years ago and we are still in love with each other.  I wanted to make others and this was the perfect opportunity.
The pair on the left are made from a soft light weight sweater knit that I got from Girl Charlie a couple of years ago; and on the right a stretchy azetecy value fabric from Hancock.  I used the same serged elastic waistband treatment that I used on my skirts last week.  I also got the bright idea that the leggings could be hemmed using the waistband treatment as well.  The results:  a cuff like hem that I really like- who knew???

I actually thought I'd also get a pair of TNT slacks completed today but changed my mind because I didn't want to do a rush job.  I used 1 3/4 yard of stash per pair for a grand total of 3 1/2 yards used (if my math is correct).  Me and fractions never could see eye to eye.

The 4th and last week of the Kicking Stash challenge starts at midnight - Week 4 will be all about outer wear and or accessories.  Care to guess what I'll be making???

BOOKS ACQUIRED

  • Pants Sewing Guide
  • Denim Revolution
  • Pants for Real People
  • Jackets for Real Peopls
  • Easy, Easier, Easiest Tailoring - Palmer & Pletsch - Gifted
  • The Sewing Machine Attachment Handbook
  • Ribbon Crafts
  • Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers
  • Successful Serging
  • Making Trousers for Men and Women
  • Couture Sewing Techniques
  • Singer - Perfect Plus
  • Cool Couture
  • Couture, The Fine Art of Sewing
  • Singer Sewing Reference Library - Tailoring - GIFTED
  • The Perfect Fit: The Classic Guide to Altering Patterns - Creative Publishing International
  • Fit for Real People
  • DK-The Complete Book of Sewing