A blog about my adventures in sewing & crafting

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Simplicity 7243 Princess Sheath Dress.......again!

Something in the back of my mind told me to dig out my TNT pattern of the Simplicity 7243 princess sheath dress and make a few more.  I can't tell you how many versions I have made, but here's a previous post.

This black and print ponte version is very slimming and I love how it makes me look like I have a tiny waist.
Simplicity 7243 Princess Sheath Dress

Neck view

Side View

Back View

Then I had to make another version to wear to have lunch with my favorite Aunt.  This one looked so springy and cool.  It's suppose to be 90 degrees here today!

Simplicity 7243 Ponte Floral Print

Side View

Back View

The floral version I had to make a few adjustments to my pattern since I've lost 15 lbs since the first of January.  I took a 1/2 pleat in the pattern at center back and I narrowed the the bottom hem by 1/2" at each seam allowance.  I also had to take in about 1/2" at the seam allowances above the bust point.  My chest must be hollowing out in my old age!

 I am excited to wear both of these to Church.  Since both dresses are sleeveless, I will be wearing some type of cardigan or sweater over them.  I think that I will have many choices to mix and match shoes, accessories and cover-ups with these dresses.

With White Denim Jacket

I am really leaning to making a purple ponte version for Easter.  I'm slowly getting my sewing mojo back.  Dear Hubby will be going back to day shift the first of April and I will have a few days a week to myself again.  But also with the hot weather comes pool time so I will have to divide it out!

Look who got her driving permit last week!  Dear Daughter is growing up too fast!  Where does the time go?

15 Already!
Until next time.....................


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Another Birthday and Simplicity 8016 Top

Well, it's that time of year again.  Another birthday.  I thought that this selfie looks like I'm wearing a party hat! 15 weeks of no hair color.  I'm shining!

15 weeks no hair color
 Wearable muslin on the Simplicity 8016 is a good thing!  I thought that this remnant piece of jersey knit fabric was perfect for the front of the top. I just used black jersey for the back piece.

Simplicity 8016 Top

Simplicity 8016 Side View

Simplicity 8016 Back View
 I also made a sleeveless green ITY knit version to match Dear Daughter's softball team.  It reminds me of a top my grandmother wore in the 80's.

Simplicity 8016 Green Sleeveless

I finally sewed the buttons and buttonholes onto the two McCall 6076 shirts I made last month.

Dear Daughter thought red buttons looked best with the paisley shirt.

McCall 6076 Shirt
 I went for a basic brown button with the denim shirt.  Just to keep things simple.

McCall 6076 Shirt
My next sewing project is going to be super boring!  I have to make drapery liners for the front of our house.  Since we've cut trees down the sun coming in the front windows is crazy HOT!  I have bought room darkening curtains but I still need more.  I purchased thermal lining to sew onto some of them and I think I'll just make curtains that will hang onto tension rods that can be removed during the spring/fall.  Just boring rectangle sewing.

Until next time............


Monday, March 13, 2017

Happy Early Birthday to Me!

My sweet Mom bought me something for my birthday!  It's BIG!  It's Brown!  It's a buffet!

Isn't it BEAUTIFUL!  It's just what I wanted!  I have been looking on online yard sale sites and Craigslist for something to put on this wall in the dining room/entry way.  She found the perfect piece on her side of the state and brought it over to me last week.

I can't wait to add some accessories to it!

Birthday Buffet
 I usually take the worse pictures but Dear Daughter took this at oldest son's graduation last week and I just love it!

It's a two for one photo because I can see my gray growing out, 3 months now and I can see that my hair color will end up being pretty close to my Mom's.

Mom & I
I've been wearing my QVC Denim & Co. hack skirts and the more I wear them, the more I love them!  They are so comfy!  I really want a printed one now but the problem I have is I usually don't wear solid color T-shirts.  I don't like the way they show bra seams and nipples.  Any suggestions for wearing solid color t-shirts?  Wearing a tank under will not work since it's so hot here in Florida.  Maybe there's a tip my Mom didn't tell me growing up..............

Dear Daughter is turning 15 this week!  Where has the time gone?  She's such a sweet girl.  Maybe she'll let me take a photo of her.

Until next time.............


Thursday, March 9, 2017

New Skirts

My skirt hack from my favorite QVC Denim & Co. skirt I wear so much has four new friends to share my closet with!

The pattern is four pieces: skirt front, skirt back, waistband and pocket.  I can sew up this skirt in about an hour if I don't get distracted.

Denim hack shirt

pocket view

Khaki skirt

Khaki skirt up close
The black skirt is by far my MOST favorite.  I've worn it 4 times already!  It does have a little more stretch in it than the other two, the fabric is thinner and so comfortable!

Black stretch denim skirt
I also made a marbled blue denim skirt, but I must have forgot to take a photo!  Maybe I'll update when I wear it.

I am thinking a new top pattern will be in the works soon.

I don't know if I mentioned that Dear Hubby and I have changed our way of eating.  We have ate a low carb diet in the past and have been able to control our weight.  We started a Keto way of eating (WOE) back in January and as of today, 9 weeks, I have lost 15.5lbs!  No exercise either!  I am so excited!

Until next time.....................


Friday, March 3, 2017

Growing Out My Gray 90 Day Update & Haircut

It's been three months since my last color.  I am slightly amused by how fast my hair grows but also aggravated at how my hair looks.  Some days I just HATE it and I refuse to look in the mirror.  Some days I am amused at all the colors and what's really under all the colored hair.

I tried the no poo method (no shampoo, just conditioner to wash your hair)  that was NOT for me!  My hair was so oily and it had flakes all in it!  YUCK!  My Dear Daughter doesn't use shampoo on her waist length blond hair and doesn't have any trouble with it but maybe because my hair is darker and shorter I was not happy after trying it for a month.

No poo not for me!
The gray is getting harder and harder to hide when I style my hair.

72 days

Top of my head

I have a lot of white over my right eye.  I haven't been brave enough to wear it showing to Church yet.  I can still part it on the opposite side to cover the white a little bit.

Parted hair on right side

For years I have used a styling product called Dry Icing by Samy on my hair and I LOVE it!  Unfortunately, like everything else, it's no longer available.  I am trying a product called Dry Wax by En Joy.  It's ok, but it's not my Dry Icing.  I'll just have to make it work.

The hairdresser said that two more cuts and all the color should be out.  That's about 12 weeks.  So probably June I will be all transitioned.

82 days

White patch showing

I tried to hold off getting a haircut this time so that I would be able to get a lot of the color cut off.  Boy what a shock!  I couldn't get as much cut off the top but she cut the back and sides and it's complete sparkle!

I have a white patch on both sides of my head above my ears.  I didn't know that was there!

90 days
 The gray hair behaves differently.  It has a mind of it's own sometimes.

Misbehaving gray hair

The hairdresser has warned me that with the white spot on top of my head that my scalp will get sunburned easily.  I have bought a big black sun hat!

90 days

This has tried my patience but I am glad that my hair is short, I don't think I have the patience to wait out a year or two to transition long hair.  Those women are STRONG!

Wish me patience, I'll update you next month on my progress.

Until next time..............