7.12.14

Marbella Dress pattern giveaway

Hey guys,

So enough time has passed to enter this little giveaway and it's now time to announce the winner of the Itch to Stitch Marbella Dress pattern.




Thank you so much for giving it a go and I do look forward to seeing you guys in the Marbella dresses winners or not!.

And the lucky person is SylvieW chosen by the random number generator.

 CONGRATULATIONS! 

It seems that Sylvie is of So Sylvie Sew and is new to blogging. Let's give her some love :)

Thanks for stopping by and do lookout for some upcoming posts.

Take care

22.11.14

B&W Marbella Dress + Giveaway


Hello lovely people,

I hope all is well with each and everyone of you, if not don't worry- things will look up soon. It has been a while since I've posted because I've been so busy (Don't I say this in every post?) I recently took on a big task of being the main sewist for an up an coming clothing line here in Trinidad and I have a couple other sewing jobs and school activities to balance. Nevertheless I am glad that I got to do a little something for myself and for you guys this week. It's called the Marbella Dress and it's from the newest independent digital pattern designer Kennis from Itch to Stitch.


I absolutely love this dress and it is very much my style and the style my husband loves. It's a classy and elegant sort of dress pattern and there are quite a bit of options depending on the types of fabric used to make it. A boat neck and tulip skirt are always a hit. My version looks most fitting for work wear in the black and white cotton woven fabric that I used. I just love when a dress sits on the true waist and this dress did that for me without any adjustments there for my tall frame.





The details:
I stitched my dress up completely in Size 2 with the A cup pieces
I inverted my tucks to pleats by just reversing the folds
I removed a 1/2 inch of fabric off the center seam neckline
I did not line the skirt of my dress because the fabric was thick so I added interfacing to the hem line to give it a nice shape.







Can I just say now that Kennis is a talented and innovative little lady! She has seen some of the shortcomings of the current digital market and has developed ways to improve it. One of the things she did was make her pattern with cup size variations (A-D) so there is very little need to do a full bust adjustment or a small bust adjustment to your pattern. She has also provided a large range of sizes from 00 to 20 but get this you can view and print only the pattern size you need. No more reading of multiple coloured or dashed lines on your printouts, just the one you need and just for you! As time goes on Kennis will be releasing more patterns and so you can check her shop out.


So, to one lucky reader I will be giving away a PDF copy of the Itch to Stitch Marbella dress pattern for you to make your very own personalised version. All you have to do is comment on this post below and let me know what fabric you might use to make a unique and outstanding version of this dress :) I will let it run till December 6th.

Thanks to my photographer, hubby and thanks for stopping by guys, God bless!


Check out some more lovely versions
by Kennis
by Jamiesews
by Sew Urbane
by Ginger House Designs


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8.9.14

Geometric print dress

Hey guys, it has been a long time. I've been super busy at many different things. I'm so busy that I don't get to spend as much time looking at the many sewing blog sites I follow, and that makes me sad. I'm so out of it concerning what's happening in the online sewing community....all I know now is that Sally started a Deer and Doe sew along. What other major things am I missing? It has also been a tough week with school registration, sampling and one of my best friends dad passed away so I am not in my best mood.


Anyway today I am here to show you a dress I made not too long ago. My husband and I call it Young and Free because the vibrancy reminds us of that Hillsong album called Young&Free (great gospel stuff). The dress was made using a Butterick pattern B5947. It's a pouch of dress patterns with three different bodice looks, all of which are great styles especially for work wear. 

The fabric, that fabric......Ohhhh the FABRIC, isn't it gorgeous? As soon as I saw it in-store I just had to get it, as a matter of fact I wanted to buy about 6 yards and make everything possible with it; pants, a pencil skirt, a cropped top, you name it. It's a cotton stretch sateen. Don't you love it? If you follow me on Instagram you might have had a glimpse of it back when I purchased it. 


The pattern was great and I'll definitely sew it up again. I shortened the bodice by 1 inch all around and removed about 1/2 inch more at the back waistline grading it toward the sides to remove the funny bulges you tend to see at the back waistline. I cut the bodice in a size 8 which is the smallest size and graded to a 10 at the waist and hip. My only problem with the finished dress is that it chokes me a bit. I'd cut the neckline down an inch next time. 









Thanks for viewing! I really hope the fabric makes you smile as much as it makes me smile. 

God bless!

14.7.14

Colour block fitted dress

Hey all,
I trust all is well! It has been a while........as usual. Sigh. I just want to show you a colour block midi dress I made using bits and bobs of scrap ponte fabric. I made this dress maybe a month or two ago but I had nowhere to go in it..... I still haven't got anywhere to go in it so I put it on, took the pictures, then ran back inside the house quickly. I'm pretty lame sometimes! But in my near distant future I'll wear it to a night event with the girls or with hubby.


The dress is self drafted and was kind of a follow fashion to Victoria Beckham's colour block dress. I wanted to use what I had (stashbusting- I know Sally would be proud) and so I pulled out scraps of a nice blue sparkle ponte and some royal blue ponte as well as they all went well together. My cotton ponte pieces were pretty easy to sew and the majority of it was done on the serger.




 The dress pieces were pretty straightforward and did not require too much expertise with the pattern making. No darts and a pretty simple silhouette such as mine makes it much easier; I didn't have to do any fancy pattern designing for the bust-line as I'm an A cup. The flaw is that I didn't put in a zipper. I did not want to spoil it with a wonky zip so I opted out so it's a bit of doing to get it on....opppps





There is not much else I could say about this one. If anyone has questions let me know!

Hope you like it, take care!

8.7.14

Claiming my awards

Hello all,
A couple of times now I have been nominated for some awards going around on the online sewing community. Today I will finally claim them :) I will be making a couple tweaks to try to claim two different awards in one post so here goes!

I got the Liebster award from Sally at The Quirky Peach and from Danielle at One Small Stitch. Two lovely ladies and sewers indeed!



I also got awarded the Versatile blogger award by Kyla of Finzo 43P who I have come across for the first time but has a wonderful collection of stitched items that aren't just clothes. She also has two sweet dogs that I want to play with.


Thank you ladies!

The Liebster Award rules:
Link back to the blogger who nominated you
Write 11 random facts about yourself
Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you
Nominate other blogs and do likewise

The Versatile Blogger Award rules:
Thank and link back to the person who awarded you
Share 7 things about yourself 
Nominate 15 other versatile bloggers and inform them

Here goes......

About myself: 
  1. I live in the Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago to be specific.
  2. I've studied in Grenada and in London and so I'm a pretty international girl.....lol
  3. Speaking of studies I'm really a scientist that loves to sew. I am a microbiologist when I'm working and I a Medical/ Vet Microbiology student when studying
  4. At the moment I'm studying
  5. I'm a Christian and a full gospel one at that. I like to sing loudly and dance crazy to express my praise and appreciation to God. (crazy Pentecostal)
  6. I love to bake cakes and cookies and anything sweet
  7. I can tap dance and it's my favourite type of dance
  8. I like to go to the beach and I love to swim in it!
  9. I am married to a great guy :) blush blush
  10. My favourite fruit is Mango
  11. I am my daddy's most favoured child.... haha

Questions from Sally and Danielle answered:
  1. My most favourite thing ever sewn was a tie dye dress I made when I was about 15 to go to a Kirk Franklin concert here in Trinidad. It was one of my first successful makes. 
  2. I tend to sew more for others.
  3. I love the greenery where I live, so may trees! I can't get enough.
  4. I don't usually listen to music when I sew. My mom thinks I'm crazy to sit sewing for hours with just the noise of the sewing machine in my head. The truth is though I'm always thinking so it doesn't seem so bad. 
  5. My dream sewing project is a wedding dress for someone else.
  6. I started sewing from a tender age of about 10.
  7. My favourite fabric to sew with is anything with cotton. It's so much easier to work with.
  8. If I get in a sewing funk I go out and buy fabric. That usually fixes the problem.
  9. If I could be any ficticious character I would be Captain Planet :) I want to save the earth.
  10. Green vegetables are always on the top of my grocery list........and chicken.
  11. My biggest fan is my friend Krystle. She believes I can sew very well and she's always promoting me even though I don't think I'm that good.
  12. My best holiday ever was...well there are two. One was with my friend Crystal to a place I was already at- Grenada and to a little island called Carriacou. Another great holiday was with my hubby to the UK, the company is what made it great because again I was there already. 
  13. Sewing comes easily to me.
  14. The favourite thing about my home country is the lovely outdoors where I live.
  15. I'm a morning bird.
  16. My first crush was......hummmmm
  17. Before I die I would like to go to Italy and I would like to have a dog of my own.
  18. My husband makes me laugh.
  19. The best decision I ever made was to flee the nest of my mother and father for it made me a better person.
  20. I am most afraid of unstable people.
  21. Genie wishes.........hummmmm
  22. The most essential thing I'vve learnt this far is that what the world portrays as important is not what's really important.
For the continuity of this I will be nominating folks for the Versatile blogger award. Up for this award are:-

Cheryl of Sew by Cherry
The ladies at Sew Many Seams
Kath at Bernie and I

It's quite difficult to come across new blogs but lets do what we can to promote one another when we do.

Take care and I'm hoping to post very soon!


11.6.14

And the winner is......

Congratulations to Hana from Velvet Ribbon,who is soon to be the owner of this beautiful watercolour floral chiffon fabric. I look forward to seeing what you make with this beauty. 


Thanks to all who entered my first giveaway at this 18 month mark into my blogging! I look forward to what is to come and I wish all of you continued sewing success! 

Stay blessed!

5.6.14

Me Made thoughts

Hey guys, I hope al is well! The month of May has gone and left us and we are well on our way to being half way through 2014. Imagine that! 

Me mades in no particular order. Favourite of the lot to the centre. 
Me mades in no particular order. Favourite of the lot to the centre.


I really enjoyed doing this little challenge as it opened my eyes to quite a bit. I wanted to spend some time reflecting on my May wardrobe and all the feelings, emotions, challenges, pleasures etc. I must say that I did loose steam as the end neared so much so that for the last three days I forgot to put on me made garments. I guess I've not been true to my pledge and I've failed the challenge.....next year for sure! Somehow I got so side tracked with an assignment I was working on that it went out of my mind completely, and for two of those day I believe I spent them home. 

Well what did I lean you may ask.... ?

My wardrobe is limited:- For one l learnt that I really only look forward to dressing on a Saturday or a Sunday. Those are the days I get to dress "fancy" for church, parties, hanging with the hubby etc. During the week I struggled because I don't have much practical everyday me made garments. During these days I found myself having to pull out some not so used things and I repeatedly wore my black plants like it was nobody's business. 

My clothes don't necessarily suit my figure or style:- There were day I put on some items and I just wanted to die, LOL. I thought I looked frightful but I proudly wore my me mades! My challenge perhaps lies more so in styling and wearing the right combination of items, shoes, hairdos, hairdonts, makeup etc. There is only so much a girl can do with a few shoes and such little hair. I'm really wanting to improve my styling as I age because people always think I'm more than 5 years younger than I actually am. This would definitely involve improving my wardrobe and style. 

I love flowy things and tighter fitting tops:- I'm pretty small framed and I'm not well endowed to fill out certain styles. I tend to be more inclined towards fit and flare sort of styles as I think they complement my shape. I definitely have to work some more of these into my wardrobe.

I need more clothes:- Don't we all? The fact that I wore my two pairs of black pants and my grey ponte pants like it was going to go out of style was notice enough for me. 

We have a great community/ network of sewers:- I was pretty overwhelmed by all the Instagram posts for Me Made May 2014 and even the few likes and comments I got along the way. I'm most definitely encouraged and energised to get behind the machine more often. I was able to link with a couple more bloggers along the way and see tonnes of patterns from independent designers. What fun! Unfortunately now I'm addicted to Instagram; God help me!

I don't blog about everything I make:- This could be good or bad and I'm not sure how to look at it. I will definitely be trying to document my sewing a bit more diligently from henceforth.

Well I hope you guys enjoyed your Me Mades and I hope you keep up with wearing your own makes. Just in case you missed it, I'm hosting a give-away so enter quickly for a chance to get yourself some lovely fabric. 

I'd love to know how your May went down!

Take care....


28.5.14

Give-away time!

Hello to all my wonderful readers! I'm here to invite you to partake in this give-away that I am hosting. It's my very first give-away so I'm not expecting resounding record breaking entries but I did want to throw it out there for all the sewing love I've received over the past year and 6 months.


On the give-away table I have 4 yards of watercolour floral chiffon which is the pink version to the dress of my last post. Isn't it lovely! Because it's four yards I may cut it in two 2 yard pieces depending on how many folks enter.




I want to say special thanks to one of my sewing blogger buddies who has made me feel quite special over the last year or so by liking and commenting on probably every one of my posts. She is Sally from The quirky Peach. You definitely are lovely indeed and of course your sewing is admirable! Since Sally offered to do a swap just incase I wasn't feeling up to the give-away I am sending her some fabric (what else can I possibly send?) Since I know she has like too many items in her stash right now I'm hoping this one would be useful in the near future when the colder months roll on. It's a floral flannel fabric and I hope you could get a nice shirt or PJ's out of it. Sally you are still welcome to enter the give-away along with everyone else :)


There are others new and older friends who've contributed to me enjoying this side thing that I do and I appreciate everyone of you. Danielle and Hana, thanks!

Okay guys I'm looking forward to this I think. To enter just comment below and let me know what you might do with this fabric. I will use a randomisation process to chose who the fabric will go to. Feel free to spread the word. Entries close on June 11th 2014.

Have a great day and God bless!

22.5.14

In full colour- high low dress

Hey guys,
I hope all is well! SOooooooo with all the Me Made madness that's been going on I've come to realise I have too many unblogged projects and so do most members of the fellow sewing community. I am not alone, ohhhh I am not alone! I had the camera pulled out and did some quick shots as I headed out the door for an evening recital.

I made this pretty coloured dress maybe just under a year ago and I've worn it so many times since then. I usually get lots of eyes on me when I wear it so I try to wear it to smaller event and gatherings with friends. It probably reminds people of a walking rainbow or Skittles or a Caribbean flower garden. My husband calls it my parrot dress especially since it has a tail feather.

I fell in love with the fabric when I went to the store and they had three different coloured versions.....this one is more yellow based, there was also and blue based and a pink based. There is still the pink one at the store and I'm thinking of buying it to host a little give-away. It's chiffon and a quite soft one at that. The base of the dress is a yellow lining fabric. 

The construction is all self drafted hence the over wide neckline which occasionally wants to drop off when I slouch. The dipped hem is also imperfect because of me doing things free handed and uncalculated at times. The skirt is a circle skirt with the waistline cut a bit wide for some gathers. The waistline is elasticised and I used the elastic to make my gathers rather than just for ease of wear. I find this to be the simplest way to get gathers into a dress.






Special thanks to my photographer!

I hope you guys like the dress and let me know if I should host a give-away for the pink version of this fabric. I'm not too sure if I have many followers.

God bless y'all! 




Me Made week 3 roundup

It's almost over! I am enjoying doing this me made wardrobe for a month but it gets a bit difficult at times. Most of my me made items are dresses which are not practical for everyday wear. It's also dry season here in Trinidad and when it's dry it's also windy! I don't want to expose anything if you know what I mean.

21st May 2014- too fancy for field work


20th May 2014- Data and evidence missing!

19th May 2014- Data and evidence missing!

I didn't seem to take photos and I stayed home one of those days......need some lounge wear.

18th May 2014- Two outfits in one day



17th May 2014- To the mall!



16th May 2014- Lace tee


 15th May 2014- Data missing!

The verdict for week 3 is that I'm doing a lousy job and my brain doesn't seem to be able to travel so far back to retrieve the information. I was glad I was able to wear things I didn't wear in week one and I hope with the last week of this that I am able to do the same! I also need to start posting stuff to my blog, I'm a slacker for sure.

Bless!