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!!!

My christmas outfit

I can’t believe Christmas is 2 days away, 2 days.

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. All the love you feel, the joy it brings, the decorations, the lights, the food, family (social distance style of course), and most important of all JESUS is the reason for the season.

I love everything about this jumpsuit. The color, the ease of the pattern, the fit on my body with one alteration to the length.

Pattern Description: McCall’s 7910 Misses’ Jumpsuit Close-fitting, pull-on knit jumpsuits with lined bodice and leg variations. 
I choose the one shoulder bodice (pattern piece # 3) and wide leg pant leg variation (pattern piece #5). 

Pattern Sizing: 6-14, I cut a size 14.

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were easy to follow. 

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved the look of all the bodice’s, but didn’t like the exposed waistline, line. I made a belt to match the embellished shoulder, with a faux diamond studded trim and a bracelet that I found at Michael’s. 

Fabric Used: Red Luxury Stretched Velvet from Califabrics. There are a few other colors available.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Like all jumpsuits, pants, or maxi dresses, I needed to remove 2 7/8″ from the length of the pants. The luxury of being able to create pants that fit me due to my height. 

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes I would sew this again, using either of the other bodice options and possibly the pant (pattern piece #6) that has the side slit on the pants leg. There isn’t anything wrong with the straight leg pants, it is just a personal preference for me on a jumpsuit to have a wider leg.

Conclusion: I loved how this turned out, the fit was perfect, no other alterations needed outside of the alteration for the length. 

Merry Christmas everyone and thanks for following my blog!!!!

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

Hello december

Well hi there, I hope you are doing well. It has been a while, since I posted a blog. Well here is an update of what has been going on with me and my sewing, and a few other things I have gotten myself into.

Yes I am still sewing. Woohoo!!! That’s my first passion, along with fitness. I have a few items that I have made that I will post in the upcoming weeks, need to take photos and add my review of them. Some are summer outfits, yes I know it is full blown winter and cold, but hey I am playing catch up here. The fabric below I used for one of the dresses that I will blogging about soon. Look for that by the end of the weekend.

During this time, I have also found out that I actually enjoy putting together PDF patterns. I know that sounds weird, but it allows me to think about only putting that pattern together at that time. It is easy to let your mind wander when you are creating/crafting and I try not too, but there is so much to think about right now. MoodSewciety has a great selection of PDF patterns, and they are free, so I have been utilizing those to create a few pieces. The one thing I love about their site, well in relation to the patterns, is that a list of all the supplies used, along with alternates are listed, which makes it so much easier to shop for all of your notions and fabric. Here is a sneak peek of a dress coming to the blog soon. I know it’s not much, but you will just have to come back to the blog once it’s posted. 🙂

I opened an online T-shirt/Sweatshirt shop during this pandemic, as if I needed anymore hobbies, lol!!! It has been fun, but business, is a little slow, but steady, so I am not complaining about that. Here is the link if you want to take a look around, www.sixtwentytwo.shop. You can also follow the shop on Instagram. I have also been playing around with wine glasses and coffee cups, nothing fancy and still learning the process of getting the vinyl to stick, it’s a tedious process, but it keeps me out of trouble and off online shopping.

I hope every is staying safe and that you had a great Thanksgiving week! Please enjoy time with family, safely of course, and make the best out of the days to come. Happy Holidays!!!!

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

August Sew your View

The Tecoma Blouse

Well hey, I know I have been missing from my blog, but Lord knows it feels so good be back behind my sewing machine. I have been working on a few projects, this one I just completed about a week or so ago, but was unable to do photos outside, due to the smoky air here in California. On the evening I took these, well my daughter snapped them for me, the air was no better. I really need to set up a space in the house for photos for times when I can’t get outside.

I was really afraid to make this blouse as I wasn’t sure of how the wrap with the off the shoulder would turn out for me. Well I absolutely love it. This blouse pattern is free on the Mood Fabric/Sewciety page. Instructions and fabric selections are listed for this pattern. You can also see comments/questions from others regarding this blouse.

The fabric was purchased from one of the Fabric boxes from My Daily Threadz, can’t remember which month, check out her site for more details of upcoming boxes.

Pattern Description: The Tecoma Blouse free sewing pattern is an easy to wear, style, and lounge in off-the-shoulder wrap shirt

Pattern Sizing: 2 to 30

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes it looked like the photo when completed. I was afraid of the wrap and the off shoulder not looking good while I was making it.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes the instructions were easy to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked that it is a versatile blouse and can be dressed up or dressed down.

Fabric Used: Linen

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No alterations needed for this pattern, that’s another reason why I love it so much.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would make this again in a solid color. Yes I highly recommend this top.

Conclusion: I love my new top.

Distaff

dis·taff - noun 1) a stick or spindle onto which wool or flax is wound for spinning. 2) of or concerning women.

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