Friday, April 10, 2015

Simplicity 2269

I figured it out.  It is no lie that some projects take blood, sweat, and tears to complete.  No, I am not one of those sadistic women who is going to tell you how cute the dress is and how hard that neck band was and not tell you how to do it.  After sewing and ripping stitches out for four hours on one
seam, I decided that a video had to be made.  This pattern is just to cute to be sitting in the back of
your closets.  It will be posted soon.  In the mean time, I will share a few photos.

First let me say that I am not a seamstress.  I have fairly little experience with sewing patterns.  I have sewn a few.  I have also sewn a couple patterns that were considered moderate to hard.  I have never had such a difficult time as I had with this one.  I am not quite sure how simplicity considers this an easy to sew pattern.  It is far from it.  What does "easy to sew" on a pattern mean?  I would like to think that it means someone with very little to no experience could pick it up and work through it.  I think that is far from the case with this pattern.  The directions at poorly written, the pictures of the collar are terrible, and some of the pattern pieces just don't line up.  Enough of that, on to what your waiting for.

Here is the neckline set into the front of the dress.  I have already sewn the left side in.
A few suggestions here:  pin,pin,pin! That curve is tricky and you do not want your fabric slipping. Line up the shoulder seams first!  The notches do not line up on the collar and you do not want to match up the center back like it says to in step 6 of the pattern.  You should have extra fabric in the center back. Sew with the interfacing facing down. Now you can manipulate the fabric as you go and prevent any pinching.  Using a short stitch will also help.

This is how the back looks pinned.  I would also suggest that you pin and work in small sections.  I wound up working each side of the neckline first, then up/down seams on the front, and lastly the gathering and front horizontal seam.

One last thing.  The back of the neckband...remember when I told you not to match the back center seam like step #6 says to do?  Here is why.  We already hemmed the the center back up in step #3.  There is no longer a seam allowance there.  We have to add the neck band above that.  To do that, we then pin on the lining to the neck band and sew up the back (step 8) and then turn the lining inside (step 9).  I have read and re-read this pattern thinking that I missed something about how to finish the back of the neck band.  This is what I came up with.  I hope it makes since to you too.

I hope this will help you get your project completed.  Disclaimer:  Keep in mind that I may have misinterpreted some of the pattern due to inexperience.  I will try to answer any questions you may have.  If you have any suggestions on this pattern or if I have done something incorrectly, please let me know. 
Baby Quilt
This is a quilt I did last month for my cousins baby girl.  This is the first quilt I have designed and I am thrilled with the way it turned out!  I am not much of a photographer and the colors did not come out true. Boo!  It is really very pretty. My daughter loved it so much that I will be making another one in a big girl size.

I found inspiration from these two ladies.  They both make beautiful quilts!

Monday, July 18, 2011

More korkers

I made these clips to go with a dress that Mimi sent.  A birthday present for our two year old.  I love the colors!  I think I may need to add some embellishments to the center of the clips but nothing has called to me yet.  I have been in a bit of a creative rut lately. :/

Hair ribbons

I have to say that I have not really enjoyed making hair clips in the past.  My bows leave much to be desired.  My daughters birthday is on the forth of July and I just had an idea about some clips to make to match her birthday dress.  I actually love the way they turned out.  Then again, it is the bow making that I have not enjoyed and these are not bows. lol!  I stitched and beaded felt stars and then made the korkers for the "shooting stars."

Quick and Classy w/ MME @ CKC Houston

This was an awesome class taught by Sophia Trujillo,  She is a great instructor and I had a great time making several layouts with her.  The title of my page was actually scraplifted from Audrey Yeager, who I believe scraplifted the idea herself.  I just loved the idea and had to do it myself.  Audrey is a very talented lady and does gorgeous work!  Check out her blog:

My husband wrote half the list.  This is the first time that he has actually helped with a layout.  Guess what?  It happens to be his all time favorite page!  lol!!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Colorful Creations entry

This lo was created for their weekly DT guest challenge.  The lo was created by one of their very own DT members, Rochelle Spears.