Jungle Fever / V8825

Ok , so I'm bringing you ladies another "Fine Fabrics" find from my weekend in Atlanta.




My Inspiration for this dress was taken from Ms. Demetria Mckinney
( Actress on the Tyler Perrys  House of Pain)
I fell in love with the overall look of this dress so when I went to Fine Fabrics it was an absolute necessity to get some "jungle" print fabric..






I absolutely love how this dress turned out and it was fairly Easy to make ...

 I used pattern V8825

The only real problems that I had was lining up the shoulder pieces of the sleeve .
 It took me a few tries but  I was able to get a nice clean finish ...






 ( Note: Be sure when cutting your pattern pieces , that you cut them EXACT... this will help with lining up your pieces correctly )






I plan on making this dress in a solid color with no adjustments but for this ensemble I added length and width to get the flowy  look.













When I make the solid color I plan on lengthening the arms because I want more of an exaggerated lazy sleeve as shown on the pattern model.


My arms are so long so whenever I make a dress I ALWAYS have to lengthen the arms...............
I forgot this time :)
OOps!








One thing I adore about this dress is how it came with a " built in" belt because....
 I always seem to loose my outfit belts... :-/   So this will be much more convenient !




Overall Success I think ...
Until next time ... XOXOXO








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Fur and Vinyl :)



Last month my son had a tournament in Atlanta Georgia, so I took that oppurtunity to drop by Fine Fabrics . I had heard so much about it on Instagram and through other sewing groups that I am a part of . I just had to visit... and boy was I in for a treat !!!!!








WALL TO WALL FABRIC ... TONS AND TONS 




For fear of looking like a nut I held back my squeals of excitement ! The funny part was I had brought my husband along ( for the muscle of lifting fabric bolts :) )  and I think he was secretly just as excited as I was . He would give me a quick "nope" if i picked something that he didn't like :)

So after WE had spent a good hour in the store just browsing I went back and picked the fabrics that I wanted ... you know its bad when you have a shopping list ... in a fabric store... :) 
But HEY, I had to make sure I got everything I came for :)

I settled on 4 different fabrics for Fall !!
( follow me on Instagram to see them :) @MrsCraftyChick)

I was ready !! 


1st Up !! Vinyl and Fur!!

 


One of the fabrics that I fell in love with was what I first thought to be some type of leather ...
However , as I began to work with it I realized that it was actually a vinyl!!!

I LOVED IT EVEN MORE !!
It had this beautiful sheen to it !


I decided to make a simple circle skirt out of it because I knew the weight of the  fabric would allow it to fall beautifully with little effort on my part :) 



I was right!!! 
It fell beautifully and the fabric really has a leather look to it .. 




 I used Mccall Pattern 6964 to make my Crop Top :




I decided to make my crop top from a Minky fur fabric that I found at Joann's ...
 I was really looking for more of a Angola Fur but couldn't find that so I settled on this as a suitable alternative !!







I LOVE how it all turned out !!

This outfit is ready for Fall so I will be adding it to my Fall Wardrobe  !!!






























Accessories : Body Central 



 Until Next Time !!!!

XOXOXO

Summer Time ...Drifting

I have to admit , I'm not ready for the summer to end ..

Can we get at least three more months ?! ..

Well.... it was worth a try ...:)


With this outfit I wanted something cool and breezy ..

I have had this fabric for sometime now but couldn't find the right thing to use it for . I knew a dress might be a bit much .. So I decided on pants .

I need more of those in my wardrobe anyway ..

Patterns :

McCall 6751

 

 

McCall 6965

 

I love how flowy and breezy each piece turned out !!

I really like the pants and plan to make more ..

I think black or red would look really good in these pants .

 

I love the fit of these pants and I think hey will work well in a diffrent color for the fall months coming .. What do you think ?

Prints are my thing ..they are safe and they hide all your imperfections :-) but I'm going to try with the coming fall months to incorporate more solid colors in my designs ..

 

We will see what happens :)

Until next time ...

Remember , live life to the ABSOLUTE fullest......

You only have one anyway :-)

XOXOXO

 

Fluffy Poly Skirt !


OK OK OK OK .. I am still hyperventilating from just how perfect this skirt turned out :)

And O! She wore it sooo well!!

Ok so my daughter came to me a few weeks ago wanting a circle skirt... I told her " Ok lets make it" 
We both headed out to the fabric store ( I let her drive  *nervous*) and we made it alive :) 

We where par-using down the isle and I was explaining to her that she need a fabric with volume so that the skirt wouldn't just lay flat. As I was about to explain to her that we could use horse hair to help with the volume I saw this beautiful textured Fluffy Polyester fabric!!!!



We both screamed at EXACTLY the same time and then looked around to see if we had drawn any unwanted attention :) 
To our luck no one heard us so we continued celebrating our beautiful find!!


We had our fabric cut and hurried home . I used a simple circle skirt pattern that I drafted. I wont bore you with the details because there are TONS on line. I allowed her to draft the pattern and cut the skirt out . 

Next we made a 4 inch waist band because she wanted it to be a high waist skirt 



 
 The skirt took us ever bit of 30 minutes... and that's it
I didnt hem it and we didnt have to add horse hair to get it to fall perfectly ... it did all by itself !! 
:) 


The detailing on the skirt is beautiful to .. 
I am loving patterns with texture at the moment , while I was at the fabric store I saw another beautiful print that I WILL be making for the fall :) 







She looks BEAUTIFUL in it !!!!  


Until Next time XOXOXOXO 
 

Ruffle Knit Skirt / StylePantry Inspiration !



Its been to long!!! :) 

I started work back ( I work at a school) just a few weeks ago , things have been so hectic that I haven't had time to post .. or even SEW ... 
The first week of school is always the most hectic because by the time I get home I am so exhausted that all I wanted to do is eat and go to bed. Now .. things have smoothed out a bit so I couldnt get back to doing what I love!! 


This skirt was a StylePantry inspiration. I love just about everything that she wears however when I saw this dress I HAD to make it ..



Here is the original dress : 


I KNOW .. absolutely gorgeous ... 

Once I figured out what type of fabric it was called ( Ruffle Knit) I went out and found it at my local Joanns .. the only ptoblem I found with their Ruffle Knit is that the Ruffle pieces where not nearly as long as the one Style Pantry is wearing ... So I ended up making it once( in white) .. and then again in a really pretty purple that i found . 



Constructing the white skirt proved to be a learning experience.. the first time that I made the skirt I made a front and back piece . 
That didn't work because the seam on each sides took away from the "free flowing" look of the ruffles ... Next I took a waist , hip , length to hip and waist to floor measurement. I marked these measurements on my tracing paper and formed the skirt. 
I then cut one piece on the fold . and flare it out towards the bottom . 












Overall I like how the skirt turned out ..
I do plan to do it again but I'm going to scrap the hip measurement and flare it out from waist to floor . 
( This time I began the flare after the hips)




















                                                                                                                                                                         
Minion Shirt : Walmart  ( I hope you like Adrienne :)  )
Beads: DIY


I'm so excited to have had the opportunity to colab with another sew sister on this project 
We both saw the dress and KNEW we had to remake it !!
I just love how she was able to get the full layered look !!





You look Great HUN!!!!
She makes beautiful handmade jewelry also, you can follow her on Instagram: Lizziesjewelrycloset


Until Next Time XOXOXOX




Retro Chic - Butterick 5748




Retro Classic

 Oh! This Dress !! 
I have wanted to do a Retro/ Vintage Dress for some time now .  
So when I came across this fabric at my local Joann's I knew it was time !!

Funny story about this fabric.... First I have NO IDEA what kind of fabric it is .. Reason you ask ? 
Well I recently saw a beautiful dress that Mrs Erica B did in a beautiful blue Neoprene. So I set out looking for some because I had the dress in the mind but needed fabric with a texture... THIS WOULD BE THE PERFECT FABRIC . I started online and kept reading that a lot of people had found some at there local Joann's ... 
 I grabbed my keys and dashed out the door .... 

ran back in and threw a bra on .... 

AND then ran BACK out the door :) 




I get to Joann's  and ask the lady at the cutting counter to point me to their Neoprene fabric.... she , VERY  lackadaisically ( BIG WORD ALERT) pointed me in a VERY GENERAL direction of where the neoprene was ..... 

BIG WORD :

lack·a·dai·si·cal
ˌlakəˈdāzikəl/
adjective adjective: lackadaisical lacking enthusiasm and determination; carelessly lazy.

And THAT she was ! Anyway I digress...
 I begin looking with no real image in my head of what neoprene looked like up close.. Then I see this really beautiful stretch fabric that looked like what I THOUGHT neoprene should look like .. :) I read the bolt and it didn't say neoprene but said something that I had never seen before so I STILL thought this MUST be neoprene..
I'm all excited ... I run to the counter and ask the man if this is in fact NEOPRENE ... 
He looks up smiles and says " No maam this isnt .. do you know what neoprene looks like ? " .. I then said " No sir I really dont :) " He smiled and tooked me to the back close to the textile prints .. While we where walking he said that he had seen the last of it on the clearance isle.. As we where walking he radioed a manager and asked her where it might be ... 
She said the where ALL OUT ....... :( 
I asked him when they might get some back in and he said it was no telling ... 

 So I had no neoprene .. No way of getting any in the IMMEDIATE future ... 

But I still had this beautifully textured fabric that I had once thought looked good enough to surely be neoprene ... 

I slapped it on the counter, directed the man ( in a very nice way) to cut me 4 yards.
I thanked him .. paid .. and left .....

The pattern that I had decided on before I ever made it in the store was Butterick 5748 Retro pattern:




I wanted my first Retro pattern to be sleek and simple... 
I went with the NO BOW option 






 I lined the Bodice portion with a Tricot knit  




I used horse hair on the hem to give it that beautiful fulness !!
This was my firs time working with horse hair ... I watched a really detailed tutorial on youtube and WAHLAAA It was fairly simple!!!
I love the look that I was able to achieve


I am SO not a GIRLY GIRL but I cant help but feel puuurty in this dress !!










Belt face - Joanns 
Elastic - Joanns 
Stretchy Satin Fabric - from my Stash :) 

The belt was very easy to make .. I measured the elastic around my waist , added 2 inches on both sides and cut ... I wrapped the fabric around the elastic and stitched. 
After I stitched all the way down on both sides I looped the covered belt around the loops in the belt face and sewed a zigzag stitch on both sides .. 
 

I will be making more of these !! In every color !!! ":) 






I hope you guys enjoyed !! I loved making this dress , It was a breeze to put together !!

Until Next Time XOXOXO!! 

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