Monday, June 18, 2018

Summer Tops using McCalls M7779

Happy Monday Loves!

I am officially on SUMMER BREAK  for 9 more weeks and I am so ecstatic.  This school year has had its ups and downs and I was counting down the minute to break.  The great news is my students exceeded my expectations and I had the HIGHEST proficiency rate in the entire school.  YES, I almost doubled the proficiency rate (45% to 82% - overall for the grade is 74%), 100% pass rate for Geometry 4 years in a row and 91% of GRADE 7 (159 STUDENTS taught) MADE growth. This past year I have had so many challenges and YET it has been my best year of teaching.  I have been on CLOUD 9 since last Thursday and can't wait to celebrate this weekend!


 I made these 2 tops in preparation for summer using McCalls M7779 a few weeks ago and I love them both and plan to make version 3. I was amazed by the fit and the darts in the bust line which laid perfect on my body.

For the first version (left), I did NOT make any modifications to the pattern and after trying it on, I knew I needed to adjust the front neckline with the second.  I had a similar top with the perfect neckline and used it as a guide to make the modifications. 
AFTER MODIFICATION 
ORIGINAL PATTERN PIECE

COMPARISON OF ORIGINAL VERSUS MODIFIED VERSION
Modifications MUST ALSO BE MADE to the FACING!  

STEP 1: Add paper under the pattern piece and extend the LEFT side 1 inch.
STEP 2:  Mark 1 to 1.25 inch from top right down. (Based on your taste)
STEP 3: Connect the NOTCH for the arm area and neck area with a curve ruler.
STEP 4: REPEAT STEP 1 to 3 ON THE FACING.

  The minor tweaks made a huge difference with comfort which is super important for me.  I honestly love this pattern and plan to make it again in WHITE!





Rocked it to a graduation party with the LINEN pants I made a few months ago for my monthly Fabric Mart here.


Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to check out my latest blogpost on Fabricmart here!

Stay tuned for more reviews of CUTE summer top patterns!
One LOVE, Marica


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Friday, June 8, 2018

READY FOR Summer!!!

Happy Friday loves! 

I have been a slacker these last 2 months with blogging but I promise that I will do much better this summer with my PERSONAL blog.  We are officially on SUMMER BREAK and I am super excited as I will have so much time to sew, relax, rejuvenate, travel a little and do ME!


  YES, summer breaks are needed for both students and educators to re-energize for a new school year.  One goal this summer is to ensure that I make more Mommy and me closet staple pieces.  Arielle and I love simple pieces that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.


My daughter fell in love with this botanical print the minute it arrived and I knew for sure it would be OH so perfect for summer tops.  Fibers to Fabric carries an amazing array of high-quality Indian cotton which is perfect for summer sewing projects.  I am in love with this Violette Fields Olive tween top and dress pattern and knew the fabric was just right.  At first, my goal was to make a reversible top but I opted to use the other fabric to make an Ogden cami by True Bias for me.


I know for sure that I will be ordering more cotton fabrics as the prints are unique and the fiber is of great quality.





Thanks so much for stopping and be sure to check out the array of cotton fabrics and trimming that Fibers to Fabric carries!

One Love,
Marica
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Friday, April 13, 2018

SEWCATION 2018!!

TGIF - Happy Friday loves!

I am so excited to share more details about our Sewcation event planned for this summer.  We hope you can join in on this amazing event in Miami, Florida where you will unwind, learn a skill, share ideas and just have a good ole time.


I have been sewing in my own little sewing corner for the last 4 years and wish I had a group in my city where we can meet ups, share ideas and learn.  This event will be a great way to connect and learn from each other.  We have created a PRIVATE event using eventbrite to register and secure your space.  This fee is NON-refundable as we will be securing transportation to and from the hotel for the excursions and will use the remaining to ensure that you have a goodie bag.  We will also be requesting sponsorship from fabric stores, notions suppliers and pattern companies.
We are ready to KICK off and will be creating a FACEBOOK group in addition to an Instagram page.  Please follow all the ladies who are planning and be sure to send a DM or email with any questions that you may have.  An eventbrite private invitation has been created and can be shared with other sewist who may attend.  PLEASE REGISTER ASAP to secure your spot.

LINK TO FAQ PAGE: (READ carefully as most of your questions may be answered here)
PREVIOUS BLOGPOST!

FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM HERE!

CHECK OUT THE FAQ PAGE HERE!

LINK TO EVENTBRITE REGISTRATION HERE!

Meet the other planning team members and be sure to subscribe and follow their blogs and instagram pages.

Johanna
Blog: https://www.soveryjo.com/
Instagram: soveryjo



Carla
Blog: https://www.sewingmystyle.com
Instagram: sewingmystyle

Don't forget to follow all the ladies on the planning team and send us a DM with any suggestions, ideas or what you would like to learn at the sewcation.  Tag a friend or 2 on the instagram posts, share the BLOGPOST LINK and gear up for an amazing time.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to REGISTER as LIMITED space is available.  You don't want to miss out an the giveaway for all registered participants.

One Love,
Marica




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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

SEWCATION FAQ PAGE

Sewcation 2018
Date: July 26 – 29 (Thurs-Sun)

Cost: $50 participant fee per person (including Miami residents) -

Eventbrite 
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sewcation-2018-tickets-45022008038 

Location: Atton Hotel - Brickell FL

1550 SW I Avenue  Miami FL  (786)725-3214

Hotel Cost: $149 per night, plus taxes - double occupancy - breakfast included for two nights

Why do I have to pay the $50 to participate?The $50 per person will secure your participation so that we can commit to a number of hotel rooms, and pay for incidental expenses including: shuttle service to/from fabric store field trip and meeting room expenses.

I live in the Miami FL area, can I pay the $50 fee and NOT stay in the hotel?
YES!  Only limited tickets willl be available.  

Must I book the hotel for double occupancy?
Yes - feel free to let us know if you want an introduction to someone to room with.  If you want to book for single occupancy, just let the hotel know when you book.

How do I book the hotel and airfare?
You will receive information to book your hotel directly with our group rate for the event.  You are responsible for your transportation however to get to Miami.

Will the hotel allow me to pay the group rate before Thursday and after Sunday?
Yes - just let the hotel know if you need to come in early or stay later when you book.

Will transportation be provided from the airport to the hotel?
Your transportation to/from the airport is your responsibility.  You can connect with other participants to share rides.  If you fly into the Fort Lauderdale airport, try to connect with other participants that will do the same to share a ride to Miami.   Suggestion: coming into Fort Lauderdale before 3pm to give you time to travel and get to the hotel in a comfortable time.  In addition, the hotel is closer to the Miami International Airport, however, if you plan to rent a car, please note that there is a fee to park at the hotel.

Do I have to be a sewist to participate?
No, please join us if you craft in any way.  We would love to learn from you and we’d love to share.  This event is great for any sewing level especially a beginner.

How do I share information about the Sewcation with others?
The Sewcation is an invitation-only event and not public.  Feel free to share with your sewing network and let them know the same.   Share the Instagram page that will be created, the Facebook page, give them the link to the Eventbrite to register.  We will be collecting email and phone contact information to keep a running list of Sewcation friends.

Do I have to bring my own sewing machine/tools?
Yes, bring your own sewing machine and supplies to participate in the sewing days.  We will be sewing Friday and Saturday mornings until 12noon.  We will set up in a conference room set up with tables and chairs and breakfast/coffee/snacks.   Bring your own sewing supplies.  You will receive information about the Sewcation Wear and learn what supplies you will need.

How to I travel with my sewing machine?
We suggest you get a case for your machine (similar to a roller bag suitcase)...some are sold in Joann’s or Walmart.  Simple to load with a machine and tools - EXCEPT SCISSORS.  YOU MUST PACK YOUR SCISSORS IN YOUR CHECKED LUGGAGE.  YOU DO NOT WANT TSA TO TAKE YOUR SCISSORS.

What is the deadline to pay the participation fee?
May 20, 2018.  The deadline may be extended.

What is the deadline to book my hotel room?
July 1, 2018

Will the event be cancelled if a hurricane is forecasted?
Yes, and a rain date will be announced.

Am I expected to post my pictures/activity on my social media?
We will be asking all participants to post pics and activity on social media to provide sponsorships exposure for participating in Sewcation 2018.  We will let everyone know what sponsors to include their posts.

What are the hastags to use in social media posts?
#sewcation2018  #sewingvacation #attonhotel #sewistofinstagram #sewcationwear
#sewcationmiami


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Monday, April 2, 2018

Review of my first quarter makes in 2018

Happy Monday! It's the second day of April and I am so excited to share with you my first quarter makes in 2018.  I am so estactic and for the most part satisfied with the makes for the first 3 months and the sewing skills I have gained.  I have come a looooong way as for the first 3 years of sewing, most of the items that I created were skirts, skirts and more skirts.  I pretty much have mastered every skirt you can possibly make.  Just a little less than a year ago (May 2017) I started working with commercial patterns. This top was my first successful commercial McCall's pattern 7573 creation without using a tutorial or getting help.  Even though I had over 80 in my stash I was terrified to attempt  even the EASY sew pattern. NOW, I will grab any Big 4 Commercial pattern and start googling techniques and take the risk.


I have had a few challenges along the way but overall I am so happy with what I have made thus far.  in the process of making another pair of jeans, the zipper broke and that was thrown to the side.  I still haven't decided if I want to redo the entire zipper, start on a next pair, or simple put it on the back burner.  2018 is the year of learning and growth and I am alway up for a great challenge. My first successful make was my maxi dress for my Fabric Mart blog post (here) using Simplicity pattern 8124 which I hacked.  I was very happy with the results as the pattern was an easy sew and any beginner can create it.


Up next was my sew your view with Monica (thatsewmonica) for the January challenge.  Who doesn't love a great gym set?  The pattern used was McCalls 7482 and I had so much fun making it.  My fabric was found at a local store and I was NOT disappointed in the least.  

Will I make this again? Maybe! I am not a fan of spending time making items  that I can purchase which is way cheaper than the price of the fabric to make it.  I can find me a good tights and top at Ross for under $20 and this fabric ran close to $15 a yard.

If you know me, I am notorious for shopping on a budget when it comes to fabric so GYM wear won't be on regular rotation for me unless I find some great deals on fabric.


After creating my GYM wear, I wanted to make one of the new Pre-Spring McCalls pattern (7722) and create a versatile top.  Working and lining up stripes is something I plan to master in 2018 and this project was perfect. This top was a quick Sunday morning sew and yes, I made this top to wear to church and got so many compliments.  Check out my blogpost here for all the details. 


The pattern that I have fell in love with the minute I saw it is the McCalls pre-spring top pattern 7723.  I knew I wanted to create a mommy and me look with this pattern as a mini version of a popular 2017 sleeve variation pattern was launched as well. MCCall's is notorious for creating sleeve variation and Jackie the pattern designer did an amazing job.  I can truly say that the patterns that are launching are fashion forward and the pattern designers are keeping up with the trend. Check out my February Fabric Mart blog post here for more details.



Mommy and me looks are always so much fun to create.  I truly enjoyed making this look and to top it off, it was both my sew your view and Fabric Mart post for the month of February. 



My mini Spring Capsule was a great pants learning experience.  I am still trying to understand the key changes on patterns and how to modify pants based on my hips, butt and waist proportion.  For every pants pattern, I have to modify the back pattern piece for my butt and grade the waist and hip for my curves to have a decent fit.  Learning more about pants FIT is a goal for 2018 and I plan to focus on creating pants that works for my BODY type. First up is this palazzo pants that I love so much.  The linen was easy to sew and the drape and feel worked out just right.  I modified Simplicity 8389 and created a PAPERBAG waist palazzo pants. This yummy marmalade linen fabric was under $5 as the New Year sale at Fabric Mart.


So I took a quick break from my pants and created this amazing set mixing prints.  I loved the skirt and the top could have been altered slightly for a better fit. The pattern that I used for the top is Simplicity 8549.  Next time around, I will modify the center pattern piece and create a sweetheart neckline. Check out my blogpost here for more details.

Immediately after making this set, I decided to work on my March blogpost for fabric mart.  YES another palazzo pants with this yummy linen.  I wanted to grab more but within a few days, it was sold out.  I took an elastic waist Simplicity palazzo pants pattern (8605) and modified it.  Well, this pattern came out just as I expected but definitely will make few changes next time around.

Check out my Fabric Mart blogpost (here) for more deets and my inspiration for this creation.  The fit came out just right but for this paper bag Simplicity pattern that I hacked, modifications will be made the next time around as stated in the blogpost.


MORE PANTS! YES! This crop pants using MIMI G  Simplicity 8558 pattern was a quick and easy sew.  The fabric and drape was oh so perfect to complete the 3 looks for my Spring Break capsule. I was super happy and minimal modifications were made. This pattern is perfect for curvy girls! CRUTCH, grading is just right and I plan to hack and create a palazoo pants next time.



My final make was the paper bag pants with FRONT zipper for my March sew your view.  YES! I am happy to make it as this pattern has opened up my eyes to fit.  I will be making a few changes and will change a quick update for my April Fabric Mart blog post.



Check my previous blogpost here for all the details on this look!

Thank you so much for stopping by and I promise to make a few great pieces the next quarter!  I honestly want to focus on fit my daughter and I. So for the next few weeks, I will be taking a break or less stories from social media to create a mini SPRING capsule for her and at least 2 looks for my May projects.  I am super excited and can't wait to share!  I have a few pattern hacks up my sleeves and I am ready to start on her projects.  I will definitely share what I made for my daughter via 2 blog post this month!

STAY TUNE and as always, THANKS for stopping by!










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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

MORE PANTS!! - Sew Your View using McCalls 7726

Happy Wednesday Loves!!!!
It seems that all I have been making lately are palazzo pants, crop pants and more pants.  My previous 2 makes have been palazzo pants for my Fabric Mart blogpost (here), and a crop pants using Mimi G Simplicity pattern.
I was a bit hesitant to sew VIEW B of this paperbag pants from McCall's (M7726) based on my body type as I knew I would have to make adjustments.  When Monica (Instagram: thatsewmonica) decided to select this pattern for March sew your view, I knew it was time to pull out the pattern and get to work.  It was icing on the cake when Monica collaborated with Brittany who makes amazing video tutorials. She did a sew with me video (HERE) and I did NOT even look at the pattern instructions.
Based on the pattern, it would be difficult to grade the waist and hip on the pattern pieces as the pocket pieces are to the side and I did NOT want to venture into changing the entire construction of the pattern. Well, I am not 100% satisfied with these muslims as the waist is MUCH bigger than expected but best believe it, I plan to make it work.  I will be adjusting the waist by 3/4 inches on each side and adding belt loops before wearing it again.  I may even make a belt to go with it.

Another concern for me is the excess fabric in the lower tummy area. A sew sister Laquana suggested that lengthening the pleats may help a bit.  I definitely will try this as well or lengthen the top stitching of the front pleats by 1/2 inch.


I did NOT make a lot of modifications to the pattern pieces this time around but had a few aha moments.  I decided to taper the legs as I wanted a more fitted look.  I tapered from the knee on the pattern piece 1/2 inch on both side then after sewing it together, I noticed a little excess of fabric from the thighs down giving it a weird look.  I decided to taper it 2 inches below the pockets instead and remove an extra inch of fabric from the seams and that worked just perfect.  I also added an extra 2 inches to the length, 1 inch at the knee and 1 inch at the ankle.
SHOES from ZARA after Christmas sale!

In LOVE with the fit of the back except the pulling of the waistline area.
 Well, the great news is that I paid $3 for 3 yards of this black cotton twill (less than the cost of muslin fabric)  at Fabric Mart end of line  and it came out way better than I expected.  The next time around if I do sew this pattern again, I will modify on the back pattern piece the waist area and crutch using the butt adjustments method to avoid pulling at the back.  This fabric has a little stretch and cutting the size 14 would have worked just fine.

Well, stay tune for another pants as I plan to make a few more to learn more about FIT based on my body type.  I will definitely share all the modifications that I make to the pattern pieces. Thanks for stopping by and check back soon as I will share my makes of the first quarter of 2018 to  kick off the month of April.

One LOVE!
Marica



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