Let’s Get Together… Ya Ya Ya!

I am pretty excited… Cuz a few of us So. Cal Sewists/ Bloggers have gotten together to organize a MEET-UP! Yes! Our very own Meet-Up! We can’t let all the fun be had by fellow Sewcialists across The Pond… Or the East Coast. It is time for the Best Coast ladies to get together… So, along with Erin, Kathy, Jill,  I am co-hosting an EPIC LA Sewing Blogger Meet Up… And I hope you can join us!

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Here is “The Plan.” On Saturday June 14th, we will meet up at Cafe Midi for lunch (lunch is optional), at Cafe Midi we will be having a fabric/ pattern Swap (again optional!), and then shopping at The Fabric Store and Mood. If you do not want to do lunch please feel free to join us for the shopping part!

Woop Woop! Fabric, Food and Fun with Fab Sewing Friends… What could be better than that?

So, put it on your calendar and come join us!  If you can, grab the button and  RSVP to Erin at misscrayolacreepy@gmail.com a week prior as the restaurant is reserving a table for us. :)

Laurie xo

Miss Bossy- I finished… BUT…

I finished my Miss Bossy pick on Sunday. Yes… One day before the end of the month. But seriously people, that’s how I roll. I LIKE to wait until the last minute. I can’t help myself. Deadlines and me are like this (my fingers are crossed)… We are buds. So I like to wait until the deadline is upon me! But I finished! :)

Only…

I am currently eating JUST fruits and veggies because I cannot wear my blouse until I can actually suck in a breath without popping the buttons. DANG…

I wasn’t going to post- but then decided “What the hey. I think I’ll post this loveliness anyway!” So, I give you Simplicity 1590. A LOVELY 1940′s blouse. And I can’t thank you all enough for choosing this. Because I never thought a peplum top would be flattering on me. I love them on lots of other people and just made an Ava top for my daughter, but me? In a peplum?

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This is me, sucking it in like there is no tomorrow… After a few quick shots I heaved a sigh of relief and put on a comfy super hero t-shirt. Whew! BUT, I am going to wear this! And soon! Yesterday I hit the gym at 6 AM and worked my butt off… and this morning I was back for a cycle fit class. Tomorrow- BOOTCAMP! Sigh… Let me go get another orange cuz I am hungry just thinking about it!

Anyway, thanks Monthly Stitchers! I LOVE this and am gonna make another.

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BTW- this one was snug because I tried my “muslin” on before I put in that last set of darts. They are in the front and are put in close to the END of sewing- so I missed them on my first “sloppy” and quickly fitted try. (Don’t we almost ALWAYS put darts in first?!)

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The fabric I used is a cotton voile I got in Los Angeles in the Fabric District. It was a bargain at $5 a yard… It is so soft and flows so nicely. I LOVE it! And the grey color has a beautiful shimmer. I thought it may be too light weight for this but it turned out perfect! I love the rounded neckline… And I love that the peplum is attached 3/4′s of the way around leaving the front flat. Hard to explain in words, but the front of the blouse is all one piece and the peplum is added at the front sides and drapes in a flattering circle the rest of the way around. It drapes a little longer in the back as well.

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At that is Simplicity 1590… I am going to make another one! I think I will make exactly the same size because then I HAVE to lose 5 pounds! :)

Laurie xo

 

 

Sew Sweetness, Green Lace, Marilyn and the Perfect Pattern Parcel

OK peeps… You have hardly any time left to order this fantastic parcel of patterns so don’t miss out! Just want to get that out there first. :D

Most of you have probably seen posts from fellow sewing bloggers floating around in the last week or so about the new collection of patterns offered for a great cause… and now it is my turn! A few weeks ago I found an email in my inbox from Jill inviting me to be a part of the Perfect Pattern Parcel launch. Because I am not usually an everyday email reader I jumped on board a little late but I jumped on board none the less! I feel honored to be included and despite being pretty busy I did not have any problem whipping up a few things. Like the super cute Sew Sweetness Accordion Bag…Sew Sweetness Accordion Bag

My niece is having a birthday in a few weeks and I thought it was the perfect time to make her a Hello Kitty purse! One of the patterns in Perfect Pattern Parcel #1 is the Accordion Bag by Sew Sweetness. I LOVE the pleating on the flap and the roominess of the purse. I was very impressed with myself. :) As a matter of fact I was glad noone was home during the time I put this together. I was so pleased with myself I kept giggling! The instructions were easy to follow and before I knew it I had a super “sweet” purse. Sweet!

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After that was complete I decided to make myself a tee. And what better Tee to make then the Dixie DIY Summer Concert Tee. Now, I know you cannot have missed all of the FABULOUS tees that have been popping up all over our little corner of the net. I actually waffled back and forth on this one but am so happy I ended up making it. I used a piece of green Chantilly lace I had in my stash and a black lightweight jersey knit for the front. And when Baby walked in she promptly snagged it off my dress form and ooohed and aaahed about how great it looked on her….

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Yes… it looks great on her and with her penchant for snatching everyone else’s clothing I won’t be surprised to see it on her often! I added 2 inches to both the front and the back because I knew I would be more comfortable with some extra length. The pattern directions were easy to follow and it was QUICK! And CUTE! I LOVE QUICK and cute. :D

Summer Concert TeeI love Quick and CUTE so much I made another… I had a piece of Marilyn Monroe fabric in my stash and I knew this pattern would be perfect for it. As you can see I made a shorter sleeve band and edged the neck in black to match. I really like this one a lot! So much I did not let Baby snag it!

Summer Concert Tee by Dixie DIY

I am looking kind of serious in this one… So here is another:

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The other patterns that come with this Perfect Parcel are the Dandelion Dress/ Top by Seamster Patterns. I really like the tank version of this and have seen several cute dresses from fellow sewists. The Kitschy Coo Lady Skater Dress- definitely on my list. And the Ava Dress pattern by Victory patterns. I have the peplum top all cut out and half sewn up in a lovely black and red rose challis. :D

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So, here is the scoop and I couldn’t say it better than this so I am not going to try!

What is Perfect Pattern Parcel?

Put together two entrepreneurial makers driven by their internal voices and one self-taught hacker with an “if you build it, they will come” mentality, and Perfect Pattern Parcel was born. We are passionate about supporting independent designers in their craft and fostering a community of makers to grow. Our mission is to offer high-quality pdf sewing patterns written by indie designers while supporting charity.

At the same time you are getting 5 fabulous patterns from 5 talented designers you are helping to support them AND Children’s Education. YOU pick what price you want to pay.

Donors Choose is an organization that matches up the needs of teachers and their students for specific projects with willing donors. The funds raised from each Pattern Parcel sale will go to help K-12 students in minimizing educational inequality and encourage a community where children have the tools and experiences necessary for an excellent education. From pencils for poetry to microscopes for mitochondria, your support will help address educational inequality and grow generations to come.

So, it’s really a win win situation. You get a set of perfect patterns… support Indie designers and children’s education… and you get to feed your need to sew more clothes to fill your closet! I have to say I am very impressed with Rachael, Jill and Danny for imagining up such a great idea… and then turning it in to a reality. And I am very honored I was asked to help- even though it was in a small way!

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This really is a Perfect Pattern Parcel. From casual to dressy with an accessory thrown in it’s definitely not one you want to miss out on. And frankly while you were looking at all the neat stuff I made and reading all about them, time was tick tick ticking… Head on over and snag these before they are gone! And then stay tuned for Parcel #2… You know there HAS to be more! :D

Laurie xoxo

The Stitchers Have Spoken… (Bossy Stitchers!)

I am pretty happy with my March Monthly Stitchers project! Too be honest though I would have been happy making any of the projects… And if I was Super Woman I would make all 4. I actually dreamed about being Super Woman and impressing you all with my mad skills, but then realized there was NO way I would be able to get them all 4 done. Especially since I am on my last week of flower girl dress making, I still have 10 blouses to make for a friend, I work full time, am a TAXI driver for 2 kids, and I am also wanting to make Easter Dresses for my three girls… So, no Super Woman for me this month!

Anyway, without further ado… Here is how the voting went:

'Tell Me True- What Should I Do' Voting Results  Polldaddy.comI had 80 people vote.. Thanks to ALL 80 of you! :) And I will be making the Retro Blouse Pattern (Simplicity 1590) in the lovely voile… Yes! The black, grey and white voile!

photo 2 (1)I am pretty excited to make this pattern. I LOVE it… and will probably make several once I have the fit worked out. Now I just have to decide whether to go with the collared version or the lovely rounded neckline.

Decisions… Decisions! Thanks to all who voted to boss me around!

Laurie xoxo

Winner Winner… Charming Picks a Winner…

Charming is our bunny… Well, he is my youngest daughter’s bunny but secretly I consider him the family bunny. He spends most of his time with all of us but she gets the joy of cage cleaning and checking his food and water. So I suppose she can have the glory of calling it HER bunny! (I am good with that- I do not have time to cage clean!)

bunnyHe spends a good part of the day hopping around downstairs and really likes my sewing area. Lately he has been working his way up to jumping on my desk… but I am trying to discourage him! Bunny’s I am learning can be mischevious but he is so sweet and cute I can’t help but love him. I just have to keep an eagle eye on him when he is out and about!

For my last drawing I had Akua, my eldest daughter’s green cheeked conure choose the lucky winners. This time I asked Juliette if she thought her bunny could pick. Because she knows he LOVES Cheerios we decided to give it a shot and see how he did.

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I wrote everyones name on a piece of yellow card stock , mixed them up and flipped them all facing down on the rug. Then we placed a Cheerio on top of each one.

*Side Note- I LOVE CHEERIOS! It has always been my favorite cold cereal. Not Honey Nut Cheerios or one of the other flavors… just plain old regular Cheerios. YUM… Apparently Bunny likes them too. :)

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We then placed Bunny in the middle! Could that be a TV show? Bunny in the Middle?

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I think he was going to break free of the circle here but then it clicked! Cheerios! And he swerved to the right and chose…

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Shar… :)

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YAY Shar… And just to remind you what will be coming your way:

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These 3 lovely dress patterns AND…

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This pretty fabric! Congratulations and I hope you get some use from them! And I hope you all had a wonderful Sew Grateful week.

xoxo Laurie

PS. Shar- You can email me… sewexhausted@gmail.com and I will send you your prize!

YOU Can be the BOSS of Me…. Pleeeease!

As many of you have already noticed I am sure… The Monthly Stitchers have a brilliant challenge for the month of March. And I am JUST sliding in my “voting post” with a few days left in the month. Whew… I confess I am a BIG lagger… I get so busy!

The concept is that SOME sewists MAY have some unused patterns and/ or stash lurking around in their garages and that if we happen to be one of “those” sewists, we could take the month of March and sew something up from that “stash.” BUT… there is always a BUT… we don’t get to pick. We get to put the vote to you. Our faithful and fabulous readers!

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Now, I am not confessing to having loads of “stash…” Or loads of patterns…

Oh, who am I kidding. I have LOTS of projects I have planned but never accomplished. So, I chose 4 and will put the vote to you. :)  I am actually pretty darn excited to see what you pick for me!

#1- I have this cotton voile I purchased a “while” ago just waiting to be made up in to a blouse. Probably with some black buttons! I have enough to do a short sleeved version and really like this pattern I have had lurking around but never used… YET!

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#2 . This is also a cotton voile. I admit I love the weight of voile and I really like to say voile. So, I have quite a bit of voile and will most likely add more voile to my collection. ;) This one is black and white and grey. And don’t you just LOVE this Retro blouse?

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#3. This is a sheer chiffon I bought last year as well. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the little birdies and it was definitely a purchase I made when I was trying to branch out from my “normal” fabric buys. It is light weight and sheer so I would either underline it or wear it sheer with a cami top. It reminds me of spring! I have enough to make the Short sleeve or the 3/4… Decisions decisions!

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#4. This is a WILD denim weight fabric that I bought to make a blazer out of. I will be honest. I don’t even know yet if I LIKE the fabric- it was one of those “IamgoingintobuyacoolprinteddenimfabricandmakeablazerbutIdon’tlikeanythingsoIamgoingtosettle” moments. I settled and now I look at it and wonder how it will look made up. Guess I won’t know until I make it up!

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Thanks for voting! I am off to vote on some more myself as I see a few new ones have popped up!

OH- and if you have not entered my Sew Grateful Giveaway please do so! I have some lovely dress patterns I am giving away and a piece of fabric. :)

Laurie xox

Sew Grateful 2014 Giveaway

As I was reading my blogs this morning I realized it was THAT WEEK again! Sew Grateful week! Last year I was a new blogger and stumbled on it and it was so much fun. Special thanks to Debi of My Happy Sewing Place for being our lovely hostess! My blog did not participate last year but I did win a lovely prize or 2 so this year I wanted to give back! So I rustled together a few lovelies last minute… but last minute is better then not at all. :)

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If you know me, you know I love me some dresses! And with Spring just around the corner I thought these would make great additions to any wardrobe. They are all 4-10 or 6-10 sizes. Just so you know!

I also found this lovely fabric. I LOVE the print on this but alas, it is NOT my colors. I NEVER wear brown and probably never will. There are 2 1/3 yards and it is a silky sheer- only not REAL sheer. Would make a lovely blouse OR there is enough for the dress in the upper left.

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And that is what I have! All one giveaway and I will ship anywhere! I would LOVE it if you commented on something you are Sew Grateful for… :) (Or SO Grateful for!) I will be taking entries until Friday morning the 28th when I will draw and announce the winner!

xoxo ~Laurie

PS. I have lots to be grateful for in my life… But today is my eldest daughter’s 22nd birthday, and tomorrow I get to celebrate my middle daughters 19th. It is a wonderful week for me!

*** Please Note- The Giveaway is now closed***