The Seamstress Tag

Hello!!

I told you last week I was trying to upload the seamstress tag to youtube and I was having so many technical difficulties!

I did get it uploaded that night and wanted to share it with you. Its a set of 12 questions that I answered. I will include the video here and also the 12 questions below! If you are unable to open the embedded video, you can find it HERE

Here are the 12 questions. I had so much fun filming this, although I have to say it’s strange seeing yourself on video!

SEAMSTRESS TAG QUESTIONS
1) Who are you?
2) When & why did you start sewing?
3) What is your favorite or proudest make?
4) What is your most disastrous make?
5) Where is your favorite place to go fabric shopping?
6) What is your most used pattern?
7) Your most dreaded sewing task is…
8) And your favorite sewing task?
9) What is your favorite ‘sewing entertainment’?
10) Printed or PDF?
11) What sewing machine do you use?
12) Do you have any other hobbies?

So I have been busy sewing and photographing new items. Seems too busy lately, I think I need a mental vacation!

How are you and what are you up to? Leave me a comment. I would love to hear from my sewing peeps!

XO

Vatsla

Mommy and Me Dresses in Blue

HI Fashionistas!!! Happy FriYAY!!!

This month I made another mommy and me outfit.

I did a franken-pattern with the bodice of McCalls M7121  (or HERE for larger sizes) and the skirt of McCalls M7386

At first, I wanted to make a maxi dress for myself, but as I got into the construction of the garment, I wanted to be able to wear just the maxi skirt, so I ended up making 2 pieces, that can give the illusion of a dress when worn together belted.

This first look is quite summery. I plan on wearing it to our upcoming family trip. The fabric is a 4-way stretch knit that is 92% tactel Nylon Microfiber and 8 % lycra. 

Side view if I wore these as a 2 piece. I ended up putting in a facing on the skirt since I decided to keep it as a skirt instead of sewing it to the bodice:

If I wear this as a one piece, I use the facing of the skirt as a waist band, so instead of being tucked into the skirt, it is flipped up above the skirt and tucked in under the bodice. Then I am able to belt it and Voila! It looks and feels like a one-piece dress!

The best part about this fabric is how breathable it is. I did not feel hot in it, even with a self-lined bodice. The fabric moves so beautifully. Isn’t that the true pleasure of wearing a maxi?

Here is the back view.Quite a few people have asked me about how I get these curls. I use the Jose Eber curling wand that I got on amazon a while back. It takes only 30 mins to curl all that hair, as opposed to over an hour to straighten, so I do this when in a rush. This is 4th-day hair, and my hair is still holding the curls.

Side view belted:

I also made a  high-low dress for my daughter. I ordered 3 yards of the fabric and it was just enough! Here is a simple A-line dress with a high-low hem and some ruffles on the neck!

So much love from this munchkin! 

Yay, it’s Friday!! What do you have planned? We are going out for ice cream, and I am doing some gardening on Saturday with a dear friend. Let me know what you are up to. Any sewing plans?!!

XO-

Vatsla 🙂

This craftsy sewing class is $10 right now!

Hi Fashionistas!

I’ve been dying to share my latest make with you, but I don’t even know where the time goes these days! I’ll try to get that posted tomorrow morning!

I wanted to let you know a few things:

Craftsy has this sewing class on sale for $10 right now!!!!! 

Do you remember when I told you that I should have taken this craftsy class before tackling this silk blouse I made? Well, I just purchased the class for $10. I studied with Sara Alm at Apparel Arts and she is excellent.

Anyways wanted to share the deal with you. Click HERE if you want to check out the class.

What else.. so I finally filmed the “Seamstress Tag” and I cannot even begin to tell how much technology hates me. This must have been why I never really got into youtube.  So Ya… my upload has pretty much been stuck at 94% for the last 94 hours. Anyhooz.. I will share the video with you soon! Its a set of 12 questions I answered about my love of sewing!

 

Anyways.. I’ll send you my latest mommy and me ice blue outfit tomorrow.. Have a wonderful night and TGIF!!!!

 

XO

Vatsla 🙂

 

10 Minute Silk Scarf!

HI, Fashionistas!

I made a 10-minute scarf using leftover from the silk top I made last month. Basically, I ordered 2 yards of the fabric, and whatever was leftover was 2 long skinny rectangles. I seamed them together to create one long skinny rectangle and then hemmed on all four sides.

 

The fabric is a silk cotton blend that I previously used HERE. I styled the scarf with all white and a nude pump. This pretty print deserves to the the focal point of the outfit 🙂

It was so easy to make and so cute! Love these instant gratification projects! Have you every used leftover scraps to make something fun? Let me know in the comments below!

Here is the original silk top of which I used the leftovers.

April is a really busy sewing month for me. I just wrapped up a mommy and me outfit and I am starting another one that I will share with you next week! Hope you are well!!

XOXO

Vatsla 🙂

I’m sew very late :) A year in review- 2016

HI Loves.. I am SO late in writing this post, but better late than never right? In my defense,  I am getting it done before the end of the 1st quarter. so It’s all good.

As always I wanted to reflect on the year gone by, but Jan, Feb and March have come and gone. and I still haven’t sat down and done that.. so here goes:

Here are all my 2016 makes..

Skirts: I was honestly surprised that I only made 3 skirts last year!

Box pleat circle skirt , white linen maxi, and white denim pencil skirt. All three skirts were self-drafted.

Drafting skirts is the easiest if you are interesting in pattern making. I talked about the skirt sloper class HERE

Dresses: I made a total of six dresses (wohoo)

Summer/ Spring:  blue repurposed dress, Easter dress, yellow linen dress (maybe I started the dramatic sleeve trend :0)

Fall/ Winter:

LBD, Sweater dress, leopard print dress

Pants: Just one: Denim pants

Tops: Tank top, white peplum, scuba knit top, and Leopard print crop top

 

The animal print top was awesome. I had an AHA moment as I experimented with the neckband on a Monday night and ended up with this amazing tutorial you can check out here:

If you like the video, please subscribe to my youtube channel as I plan on adding a lot more content this year 🙂

Outerwear: I made a boucle/wool blend jacket and a DIY wool cape:

Yes- That is my hair up in a bun and it made me go from 5 feet 4 to 6 feet in a matter of minutes 😀

And finally, sewing for little people!

I made five dresses for my daughter:

linen dress, minnie mouse dress, easter dress and blue dress (I dont think I blogged this one)

I made a 5th dress for her to go using the same fabric as the wide leg denim pants but I never got around to blogging them, but you can see it here

 

I also did some sewing for Haiti

That is ALL Fashionistas.. So what do you say? I think its a good amount of sewing for one year. I dont know that I will ever be content with the amount of sewing I get done, but its nice to look back and reflect on a production and fun sewing year!

Want to see my makes from the previous year? They are documented HERE

I’m still working on that musln peplum I started. I started filming a tutorial on how to ease the princess seams and I have to say, the geeky stuff like lighting and positioning is not my strength, but I will try to bring a clear and concise video to you next week.

Have a LOVELY weekend.

XOXO

Vatsla 🙂

Behind The Seams: Sewing Athletic Wear!

HI, Fashionistas!

Confession: I don’t love sewing with knits. I know, I know.. I have sewn with knits a bunch, but I still don’t love it.  Why? Probably because of fear. I can work with a woven garment all day, sew, drape, do flat pattern making (for wovens) and never thing twice. But knits intimidate me. Why you ask? Because every knit is different. Some stretch a bit, some stretch a lot, some stretch 2 ways (selvage to selvage), some stretch 4 ways (along both the cross grain and the straight grain). There is a lot more that needs to be taken into account. There is negative ease, stretch percentage, elasticity and many more things you have to take into account.

Anyways.. I recently had the opportunity to make athletic wear for a new fabric that is making its debut next month. I ordered the fabric, but I decided against making athletic wear.  I’ve recently started working out and I’ve been fascinated by all the interesting and intricate athletic wear worn by women. I mean, I own a  sports bra, and a few basic workout pants. In the past, I never thought about work our wear being fashionable, but it is! I’ve been mesmerized by the different cuts, color blocking, patterns and the use of mesh. There is decorative cover stitching and top stitching, something I have never done on knits. I use my cover stitch to hem, and that’s about it. While I have drafted a gusset (the diamond shaped fabric insert typically sewn into the armholes and crotches of athletic wear), I have never sewn one. So, I decided that I would learn from my last experience, which was making this DIY Silk Top, and learn to work with my cover stitch machine before jumping into sewing athletic wear.

I’ve been eyeing this class on craftsy that shows all the functions a cover stitch machine can do, so when I got a coupon code today I jumped on it

Here is the cover stitch class I just purchased. The coupon code is below.  You can get any class for $14.99. Yipee!!! You can view their sleection of sewing and pattern making classes HERE

Don’t know about you guys, but I love myself a nice deal! If you have considered pattern making classes, see my review of all the pattern making classes HERE

I have this cover stitch machine. Like I said, I have only used it for hemming, but this machine has a lot more to offer. So I am jumping into learning mode RAT now. 🙂

So I am off to my studio to watch the class while I sew. I am currently doing muslin making for a peplum I am making. I’ve been asked so many times why I make a muslin, whether I always make one etc, so I am currently working on a Muslin FAQ blog post that I will publish either next Tuesday or the following Tuesday, so stay tuned for that!

I hope you all are having a fabulous week. What do you have planned for the weekend? Hubby and I are going to go see some land for a potential lake house- so exciting. That,  and Church, the usual Sunday stuff. I am hoping to wear this peplum to match this dress I made for my daughter a few weeks ago. We are expecting temps in the high 70’s

This is coming to the blog soon! Talk soon!

XOXO-

Vatsla.

Flow Away Like a Butterfly!

HI Fashionistas:

My latest make is a beautiful flowy and drapey self-drafted circle top that makes me feel like a beautiful butterfly.  The colors on this fabric are so vibrant, and the color combination on the fabric is one of my favorites:

This fabric might have been the most beautiful fabric I have ever touched. It is a silk cotton blend, feels so soft to the touch. Has more body than a pure sheer silk, and while it was slightly more stable because of the fiber content, I did have some challenges that I will talk about in this post.

Here is a view of the back and side view: 

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So in love with these sleeves!

Here is the fabric I selected.  It is abstract, if you look at the large pic of the fabric air drying, you will see it has large butterflies. So when I ordered the fabric, I knew I had to make large flowy wing-like sleeves!

I did not know exactly how to pretreat this fabric since I typically don’t work with delicate fabrics.  I wasn’t sure if this needs to be pre-shrunk, or whether it should go to the cleaners. So I asked the fabulous Erica Bunker, who is a seasoned seamstress and has worked with a range of fabric types. She suggested I wash and press it. I did not have the heart to throw this fabric in the delicate wash in the machine. So I hand washed it. And that was so much fun.  I love to touch and feel fabric. Something about hand washing the fabric made the creation of this garment a lot more personal 

I let the fabric air dry overnight.

The top was freehanded, no pattern. I will show you a sketch so you know how to make your very own top: I declare this as the laziest pattern in the world if you decide to make a paper pattern. I just drew on the fabric itself.

On the neckline, I did a bias tape. It came out beautifully. Here is a closeup of the neckline/ neck finish.

I had just the right amount of bias tape sitting around. I did attempt to make bias tape from the silk itself, but it was not stable enough.

Now lets talk about hemming this top- I ran into some challenges here. I tried the rolled hem foot on my industrial, and I could just not get comfortable enough with it. If I were doing a rolled hem on a straight hem, that would not be an issue. But hemming circle hems can be challenging as is. Add in the slipperiness of a silk, and that makes the hemming more difficult.

So upon the advice of my mentor. I tried the rolled hem on my serger. His name is Sergio, and for the most part, he is good to me. But he just shred the silk to pieces.

It’s not his fault. My thought is that an all purpose thread was too heavy for this fabric. So I resorted to YouTube land and found out that you can add stability to silks by roll hemming 2 layers. So I tried that and it worked. I folded over the hem and rolled hem. I disengaged the knife and then trimmed really close to the hem as shown here. The hem is more “lettuce edgy” than I would like, but I can live with it.

Honestly, I meant to take this online class about sheer fabrics, but time got away from me. Now you know this is the next class I am buying.  I studied with Sara Alm at Apparel Arts and she is brilliant. I probably would have saved a lot of time and trial error had I taken the class!

They say that rolled hem is the ideal finish for sheers, but I think I would have preferred a bias tape finish on the hem as well. I might come back at a future time and apply the bias tape to the hem.

Overall.. I love this top. It’s light and fresh for spring! I paired it with white skinny jeans. I have not worn these in months and I definitely had to jump up and down to squeeze into them!

I ordered 2 yards of this fabric. What I loved about this project is that the amount of waste was very little. I used a majority of the fabric to make the top from, which is one big circle (donut) and the remaining fabric was used to create an infinity/ circle scarf.  I love an all white outfit for spring with a pop of color. I’ll share the scarf with you soon! It’s my new favorite!

The sleeves, the neckline, and the print are my favorite parts of this butterfly top.

I hope that you enjoyed reading about this make. I am getting started on my Mommy and Me Easter make after this one.

Hope you are having a fabulous week.  See you with my next make.

XOXO

Vatsla

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