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Fabric Haul

Last weekend I took a road to a Fabric store in San Francisco, CA. The name of the store is the Fabric Outlet. There was all types of fabric, one whole wall dedicated to mostly knits, my favorite to sew with.

I went in thinking, oh I will get some Fall colored fabrics to start my Fall sewing. There were so many spring/summer pretty fabrics still out that I couldn’t pass them up.

I have ever said that Camouflage is one of my favorite prints? Well it is. I love it in all colors, here are a few that I picked up.

The first one is a black, pink, and tan print. I can see this one in a skirt or dress, with a matching clutch or head wrap.

The red, white, and black one has to be my ultimate favorite. I plan on making another version of McCall’s 7688, View E. I loved how the first one came together.

The last one is a light to dark pink, with a little flower mixed into the design. Not really sure if it is considered camouflage or not. It looks like it could be, then it looks like a more floral print. I don’t know, but I liked it and the colors.

These 3 were all remnants, they were already on sale and the coupon special was an additional 20% off. These are knits and will become maxi skirts. They are all thick enough to be worn in the winter with some cute boots or booties and a sweater to pull the look together.

I love this tie-dyed one, but I have no idea what to use it for. I think when I finish sewing up the maxi’s on my table, I will be all maxi’ed out. Maybe a long cardigan. Not sure, but this fabric was calling me.

The burgundy floral with be a wrap dress I am think the famous McCall’s 7681 View C with the single layer bell sleeve.

The middle fabric is a soft denim, this photo is not the best for how pretty this one is. This will become Vogue 1593. I am thinking of using a contrasting thread, like a red or turquoise to show off the fabric color.

The yellow on the end will be a top or a dress of some kind. Once again I didn’t have a pattern in mind when I bought this one, but the color is so vibrant.

The Fabric Outlet had several bolts of African Print Fabric on Hand, please see the video below.

I really liked this store and see myself going back again when I need fabric or just want to get away. The customer service I was given by Yvonne, would be one of the main reasons I would go back. She greeted us as we were looking around the store, asked what were looking for, if we needed assistance with anything or had questions, she was very friendly and professional. She cut the fabric perfectly, folded it nicely, and sang and smiled the whole time. She is what customer service was all about. Thank you Yvonne for a wonderful experience.

Bonus video below of a small portion of the Knit wall.

Bye for now, time to go Sew Something!!!

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Fabric Mart Photo Challenge a Day

Hello Hello,

 

I recently participated in the Fabric Mart Photo Challenge a Day as a way to get back into my sewing hobby, well I won the 3rd place prize today. My prize was 2 free patterns from  The Fabric Mart Store. Yay! I selected 2 of the Closet Case Patterns – Ginger Skinny Jeans and Nettie Dress and Bodysuit. I can definitely use both in my wardrobe.

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Doing this challenge made me realize what I love about sewing, what I want to do next, and what I want to do next. The Photo Challenge had a different prompt each day, some I had photos for already and some really made me think about what that prompt meant. Below you will find some my favorite prompts.

 

Day 1: This is me (Selfie)

That’s me Riesha. I work a regular job for the State of California, I am a runner and fitness junkie, and I LOVE to sew.

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Day 7: Early Make eb05649c-7413-4fd8-96c9-7dbee1e2ae70-2

 

Day 15: Tried and True

I love, love, love this pattern. Did I say how much I love this pattern. Simplicity 8379

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Day 16: My Style

Maxi Dress all day long is my style. I love a good Maxi Dress

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Day 21: Next

I have so many projects that I want to complete and hoping I can get to them in the next few weeks. I have so much planned between now and the end of October that I will be squeezing in as much time in my Sewing Studio as possible. Here are a few of what I have pulled out so far and I know the list will change.

 

Thanks Fabric Mart for having such a fun photo challenge. I look forward to other challenges you may have in the future.

Bye for now, time to go Sew Something!!!

 

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McCall’s 6700 Misses’ Dress and Belt

I fell in love with the flowing photo on this envelope packet a few years back. I have had this pattern which seems like forever and finally I cut it, it sat for about 2 weeks, as I searched my stash for the perfect fabric. I shop my stash a lot, it’s a large stash and I am trying my best to sew it down. So far it’s working.  I think because it doesn’t all fit in my sewing space anymore.

 

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I did have to adjust the bodice, so that there wouldn’t be any accidents of anything falling out the front. Overall I love the outcome. I did not add the shoulder ties or the back neck tie. It would have been easy to add bought, but it was a personal choice for me. img_5951

Pattern Description: Misses’ Dresses and Belt

Pattern Size: 8-16

Did it look like the photo on the envelope? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow: Yes

What did you like or dislike about the pattern: I liked that it was easy to follow and the dress fit.

Fabric Used: ITY Tie Dye Knit from Michael Levine’s in Los Angeles, CA

Pattern Alterations: I did not add the shoulder or the back neck tie, personal choice, and I had to cut off 4″ from the length. As you can see I am not very tall.

Would you make this again? Yes, I plan to in a solid color.

Would you recommend this pattern to others to sew? Yes

Conclusion: A great pattern for such a simple, but classy maxi.

 

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My Space -Sewing in the Living Room

My Sewing Space is nothing fancy, but it is where I create my garments. I love the space I have and I am very thankful that it is mine. There is plenty of space for all of my patterns, sewing notions, sewing machines and sergers, fabric, and anything else sewing related.

I realize that my space is taking up all of the Formal and Dining Room Space, but we don’t have visitors much and those that do visit are family and understand that I work on my garments at home. They all respect my craft.

Hopefully at some point I will be able to have my own space with a door where I can close it and know one will know if it is clean or not. Right now it is in the open space and I, myself feel guilty about not having it clean and all put together when I walk through the front door.

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My Pattern Storage. This cabinet holds all of my patterns. At last count this (according to my Pinterest Board), there are approximately 600 – 750 Patterns housed here. I have the major patterns, McCalls, New Look, Butterick, Simplicity, Burda, Kwik Sew, and Vogue.  I also have a few other brands that include,  Cotton and Chalk, and Simply Sewing.img_2265-1

My machines, this the heart of where all my work gets completed. There are 2 Sergers and 3 Sewing Machines that live in this space in front of these 2 large windows that have so much natural light when the sun is shining, which is a lot. My main go to Sewing Machine right now is my Babylock Aria. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this machine. This machine does everything, there are still somethings that I haven’t discovered. I have 2 brother machines that I purchased from Costco. The first brother was purchased when I was into scrapbooking and I wanted to create borders around my scrapbook pages. I couldn’t figure out how to thread it and it sat in the box for about 2 years before I was able to figure it out with the help of YouTube. The second  brother machine was an impulse buy because it was such a good price at Costco and I couldn’t pass it up.

I use both of the Sergers equally. One is a Babylock Ovation and the other is a Brother, yep purchased at Costco, don’t sleep on Costco, they have great machines. I keep black thread in one and white thread in the other. When I am sewing they are both on and ready to roll. They make all your garments look as good on the inside as it does on the outside and I love that I have the ability to have that professional look,  made by me.img_2261-1My Library – I keep my books on top of this shelf, so I can easily access them when I need to reference a technique or look up a fabric option. I am a bookworm at heart and I love to read. There is a lot of knowledge here on this shelf. In the bins  are all of my notions that are not out for display. I keep my extra thread, serger thread, an extra iron, interfacing, some fabric scraps ( I don’t keep all), bias tape, elastic, zippers, buttons, and all other notions.  I know I missed some. img_2220

Workspace in use. As you can see all my things out on display, when a project is being completed. I typically work one project at a time, unless I am having a cutting party. A cutting party, is when I will cut out multiple patterns, but not the fabric until I am ready to sew them up. This saves me lots of time on the weekends when I actually sew my projects.

 

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My Fabric Stash. Yes this is my stash and not actual store. I have been asked if it was a store. LOL! I thought that was funny. I do shop for fabric faster than I sew, but that’s okay, because I have options.  I love my stash.

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High Low Summer Maxi Dress Simplicity 1358

This easy summer sewing pattern is Simplicity 1358. It is a quick and easy sew with only four pieces. The 4 pieces include, the front and back, 2 arm holes, and the neckband. The pattern sizing is XXS – XXL. I cut the size medium in order for it to have flow. The chosen fabric is a knit from Michael Levine in Los Angeles, california. I would recommend this pattern for beginner sewers who are looking to complete a first project. The instructions were straightforward and easy to follow.

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Vogue 9253

I am so in LOVE with everything about this dress. I was afraid of it at first because it has darts and pleats. I finished it any way and it turned out just as I had imagined it in my head. The fabric was a must have. I found it at Angels Textiles in the Fashion District in Los Angeles, CA. If I recall correctly it was $3.00 a yard. I call this one my Michelle Pfiefer from Scarface dress. #v9253 @mccallpatterncompany #isewmyownclothes #sewingissexy