Happy Anniversary

The hubby and I will be celebrating 24 years of marriage on September 12. We took an early vacation for 4 days down to Monterey, Ca, it’s a spot we both love. We spent the days eating good food, relaxing, walking the pier, and most of all enjoying each other. We both work full time and have other activities, so to not have to do anything was the best.

Few weeks before we left I asked my hubby to help me pick a pattern and fabric for my dinner outfit. We also enjoy a fancy meal at The Chart House on Cannery Row. He picked a fabric I had purchase from the August Nina Ramel Fabric Box and Simplicity 8426 Jumpsuit.

The evenings in Monterey can be a little cooler for me so I added the jacket from Simplicity 8177, fabric used was a black knit I had in my stash, to go with the jumpsuit. It worked out perfect and I loved how the whole look came together.

I added some red drop earrings, red belt, and red flat shoes to complete this look. I was so proud of this look and the hubby he loved it. He’s my biggest supporter. I love me some him. He also gets all the credit for all the photos of me on this trip. He was the best, coaching my poses, and also reminding me to smile. I think I’ll hire him for my photos, not sure he’s ready for that job.😂

Here’s to 24 more years of marriage. Happy Anniversary to us!!!

Me Made Monday

Now that I have somewhat a “NORMAL” schedule, whatever that means, I am sewing more. July I made a few pieces, shorts, pants, tops, and currently on the sewing table is a kimono. I need to install the facing, but not sure I want the facing on, due to the print on the fabric to me it takes away from the print. I will pin and see how it looks. I may even do a poll on Instagram for some feedback. Here is the kimono in its unfinished state. I am using McCall’s 7790 View C and the sleeve variation from View B. I love a dramatic sleeve. I know some of my sew sisters have their eyes on my lining, but it hasn’t been pressed yet, get your eyeballs out of there, I know it’s showing.

For the next few weeks, I have my work cutout for me, yes pun intended. I have matched fabric and cut out several patterns to make for the few weeks. Hoping to have a small get away with the husband for our anniversary. Fingers crossed that COVID cases don’t shut us down again.

Any-who enough of that talk, you want to see what I have up next? Well here goes…

  1. Simplicity 8177 – The Coat

I am making the coat version for our mini trip, this way I only need one coat to wear with every outfit. I picked a black ponte knit fabric for this one.

2. Simplicity 8790 The Hoodie in View D. The fabric selected is a gray sweatshirt fabric for cooler mornings as I like to walk in the morning to start the day.

3. Simplicity 1167 The Tank Top. Black Knit Fabric for the win. I can wear this with the pants that are number 4 and the coat from number 1.

4. Simplicity 8605 The Pants View E. I choose view to see if I will need to take of the usual 5″ of the bottom due to the pattern being 5″ longer than what I need. Once it’s cut I will measure it to see what, if any, alterations I will need to make. This fabric is a leftover piece from another project I made.

5. Simplicity 9268 Top and Pants

This one is not for our trip, but I love this outfit and I found this pretty pale pink . I think this a gauze. I will have to find the label for it, for details when it is completed. For now I am making a muslin of the top for fitting. Although is not a close to body fit, the size I think I need is really big, so I am making a muslin and will alter from there if needed.

I will need a few other pieces to go along with the ones posted here, but for now, so I am not overwhelmed this is all I have set out. I will add additional items when these are completed. Have a great week!!!!

Mccall’s 8118 – Misses’ shorts, Pants & Belt

Hello,

I can’t believe my last post on this blog was January 8, 2021. Life was busy, school happened, my sewjo went bye bye, and blah blah blah. But the best part, I learned some sewing skills from class, life slowed down and I GOT MY SEWJO back, oh and I look totally different now. Nothing drastic, but I cut my hair again. Most of you that know me, know that I love a short cut and I went back to that. I absolutely love it.

This the #sequoiamccalls, paper bag short with the tie belt. I constructed view b, size L based on my hip measurement, to complete this look. The fabric on the pattern is crepe, faux leather, poplin, and cotton blends. This short has the option to be lined with a lining fabric similar in weight to the fabric you are using for the shorts. I did not line these shorts, a personal choice, and it is way too hot in California for linings right now. I used a linen fabric that I found a Joanns Fabric and Craft. It can be found here. Please note the color that I am wearing is no longer available online, but I purchased this in store.

The pattern was instructions were pretty straight to the point. There wasn’t anything that made me think twice, super simple and easy to follow. I like that. The issues I did have are that the shorts pattern itself needed to be altered to fit my body. I wasn’t sure how to correct the fit issues I was having on my own. Carol in the Facebook Group Carol’s Sewing Corner was having a sew along for this pattern and she was answering all fit issue questions and any other questions, Carol is an absolute genius and she is freaking hilarious. She is the BEST!!!

The issue I was have was the shorts were being caught in between my thighs in the front and the back was, let’s just say a little uncomfortable, they were on the “cutting edge”. In order for Carol to assist each Sewist in the group were asked to make muslins, straight out of the envelope, with zero alterations, this way she would be able to identify the issues and talk you through what alterations needed to be done to get a good fitting short.

I was able to lengthen the crotch to help with the front and back issues. I absolutely love how these turned out. If it weren’t for the instructions on how to alter the pattern pieces for the fit issues I was having, I would not have made this pattern. I typically don’t wear shorts because of the fit issues, now I feel more confident wearing them, knowing that they are going to look great and fit my body shape.

Pattern Description: Misses’ Shorts, Pants, and Belt

Pattern Sizing: XSmall, Small, Medium, L,arge, XLarge, XXLarge – I cut the Large

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Absolutely

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the end product and that I understood the Pattern instructions.

Fabric Used: Linen from Joann Fabric

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Needed to lengthen the crotch. I have runner’s thighs and the shorts were gathering in the front, which then made the back seam uncomfortable.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and Yes.

Conclusion:
I usually don’t wear shorts as they never fit me correctly, with the alterations to the pattern I think I found me a new “favorite” shorts pattern.

What I made in 2020

Here are my makes from 2020. They are not in any special order. I plan to make more this year. Starting with Activewear and Jackets. Not heavy jackets but lightweight. I live in California and it gets cold, but it doesn’t stay cold for long periods of time. So jackets will be perfect for me. I have a few items lined up for January and I plan on starting to work on those garments starting this weekend. I am planning more before I start projects now. So I am reading the patterns and researching the fabric choices. By researching the fabric choices it will allow me to pick other fabrics instead of the first choice on the pattern. This will allow me to grow and learn more in sewing skills and techniques.

Happy Sewing!!!!

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

the sewcial sewist

At the beginning of every year I do an introduction of myself and list my sewing goals for the year. This year will no different.

I am Riesha (Ree-sha) known on Instagram as the Sewcial Sewist. I have been sewing for 6 1/2 years now. It was my therapy when my mom passed away in 2014. It helped me to cope with loosing her and it was just what I needed to not be so depressed. I do miss her daily and know that she is looking down on my accomplishments and smiling. I am a mother of 2 grown children, my daughter is 25 and my son, recent college graduate, will be 23 so proud of them both. My daughter graduated college in 2018. I have been married for almost 24 years to a wonderful guy who supports me in all I do, no matter the hobby or the cost.

Sewing goals for this year will include making active wear and jackets. I recently completed a coat that I started 3 years ago and learned a lot of skills on what to and what not to do, so now I am motivated to continue my growth in sewing. I have also signed up for 3 classes this Spring at the local community college here to expand my knowledge. The classes are Apparel Construction II, Textiles, and an Entrepreneur class. I am most looking forward to the Entrepreneur class as I wrote in a previous blog, that I opened my T-shirt business and I am looking forward to making my business more profitable.

My blogging goals for this year will be to blog at least 4 times a month. I am adding fitness and style to the profile, so be prepared for some fitness tips and style posts in the near future. Right now I am doing the Gymshark66 challenge, you can see more posts on my IG page of what I am doing there. I thought to create a separate page for my fitness, but then thought why, when it is part of my daily lifestyle. I am just going to keep as one, gives everyone that follows me a sense of what I do daily outside of sewing. That way you get to me and not just my sewing.

Stay tuned for an upcoming blog post on what I made in 2020. 2020 was a slow sewing year as I lost some of my sewjo with all that has been going on in the world and today as I write this post, the world is a scary place right now. I am not going into details but just know that we are effected by the actions that are taking place today. Please stay safe and healthy.

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

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