Thursday, June 23, 2011

Another Change!

Sorry folks!  I have been playing around with blogger and gmail and have changed to another blog address again - last time, I promise! 

Please come follow me here!!!!  There are going to be lots of fun posts and cute sewn items coming up :):)

Thanks for reading!!!!!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

PR - Simplicity 2606

Pattern Review - Simplicity 2606

Pattern Description: A Simple Solutions pattern - Misses pull-on pleated skirts and tie belt

Pattern Sizing: 6-14, I made my usual 14 and it fits fine.

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? The instructions were super easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like that it had pleats, in addition to the elastic waistline. It made the skirt just a bit fuller and is a great little detail. I also love the pockets!

Fabric Used: A border print cotton in navy/pink/green/white that I purchased at Joann's. It was 50% off, so for 2 yards it was only $10!

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would definitely sew it again and I would recommend it to others for sure.

Conclusion: Easy to sew with great results! I plan on wearing this with a white t-shirt and some sandals for summer :)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Also a Change of Name...

Just a quick note to let you all know - I had changed the web address of the blog, but didn't realize that it wouldn't automatically point you to it.  I hope that if you are following now, you will follow along at the new address too!  It should be up at some point tonight.  :)

Thank you!

Change of Plans

Hello there!  Hope you all had a great weekend :)  Mine was busy, even with having Friday off.  But, it was fun/busy.  I spent a lot of time with family this weekend, which was really nice.  I got a lot of sewing in as well, which brings me to the title of this post....

Last week or so, I posted about how I planned on sewing some clothes (and I did make the skirt - I'll post about that next) but I have decided to start change directions and really focusing on making and selling some items.  Because of budget cuts, I'm moving into a different position at work, which includes a bit of a paycut --  which meant no more online fabric shopping or dropping into Joann's during the sale :(  I can't give that stuff up!  So, I thought that I would start sewing some more things to put into my friend's store (I think I've mentioned before that I have sold some things at my friend's mother's hair salon?) and work towards opening up an Etsy shop as well (in the future).  I just hope to make a little bit of money to be able to buy some fabric and patterns. 

Right now I'm using items that I have on hand in order to get some things made up quickly and start making some money (I hope!!).  Then I can buy more.  I'm just hoping to make enough to support my sewing addiction! 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Living the Dream - Keykalou

Where I work, we have an expression - that we are all "living the dream."  Well, there are a few lucky women out there who are really living the dream - making a living out of creating, designing and sewing.  It's not as easy as some might think and it takes a lot of work and dedication.  But, I love to follow along with these women through their blogs or their shops and dream about selling my own items, at least to subsidize my income a bit.  Anyway, in order to spotlight some of those women, I'm going to start a Living the Dream series.  If you know of someone I should check out, please comment or send me an email!

Today I'll talk about Keykalou Patterns.  Michelle creates sewing patterns for adorable purses and pouches - I've sewn several of her patterns and I love them all!  I actually made the Basic Wallet and the Pleated Pouches this weekend (I'll have to take pictures and show it here later) and I literally stalked her website until the Strap Clutch was available.  Michelle also writes a blog where she shows sneak peeks of upcoming patterns, as well as tutorials and fabric features.  Her sewing patterns come via PDF files, so it's like immediate gratification.  You can also sell items made from Keykalou Patterns, giving credit back to the designer.  Please check her out!  These are my most recent pattern purchases, from Keykalou...