The Mullet Top – New Look 6286

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So incredibly glad to finally be back behind a sewing machine again!

I know fall is around the corner, but I’m cramming in as much summer sewing as possible. To get back into the swing of things I made this simple sleeveless top, New Look 6286. Easy enough you really don’t need the sewing instructions.

This top is so incredibly comfortable and flattering. It can be worn with jeans…

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or if you’re feeling saucy, with shorts. And from the back, it looks like a dress.

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I used a gauzy fabric I’ve had in my stash for ages so its origins are unknown. Gauzy enough that I felt compelled to add a lining to the bodice. I referenced Connie Long’s “Easy Guide to Sewing Lining” which is a part of my must-have sewing library.

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For the hem, I used my narrow hemmer foot ’cause anything else would have been too much effort. The ties weren’t necessary so I didn’t add them.

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For a special touch, a pearl closure.

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Quick and easy always win and I’m really pleased with how this turned out.

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New Look 6123 – Inspiration Green Dress

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It’s so good to be back in front on my sewing machine. She probably thinks I’m divorcing her ’cause I’ve been so negligent.

This dress has been on my mannequin for 3 months and I finally finished it. I’m usually a neutrals kind of girl, mainly because it’s no brainer color selecting; black, grey, beige, navy. I’m not sure what possessed me to buy green, but I went for it. Thought I’d look like Kermit the Frog, but I’m diggin’ the vert now.

Here’s another view. Gotta get a tri-pod and camera remote.

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Loved this dress at first sight. Just about every review I’ve seen of the pattern, the dress is flattering. Now when I started this dress 3 months ago, I was about 15 – 20 pounds heavier. My vanity got the best of me and I started P90X, which I LURV!. I’ve always run (which I really LURV!), but I needed the strength training to really see results…at least the ones I want. BUT…I had already made pattern alterations for my former size, so it was a beast to adjust mid-sew. You can see it mainly through the bodice, I got some weird drag lines across the collar bones, so I’ve got to figure how to draft those out because I will definitely sew this again.

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Sewing Notes:
- Fabric: ponte knit from…um…I think…Gorgeous Fabrics?
- Did not using facings, lined the entire dress with white tricot per Mimi G Style’s hotness version.
- Lined vent of skirt with this great tutorial from Fashion Sewing Blog. I love Colleen’s British accent, makes it sound so official.

- Drafted lining using the dress pattern and Connie Long’s “Easy Guide to Sewing Linings” for the construction order.
- I adjusted for a short waist removing 1″ from bottom of the bodice and removed some width through the back of the neck to prevent gapping. (I think this is related to the drag lines on the front.) I also removed 1″ – 2″ from the back to adjust for my weight loss. Next go-round, I’ll remove it from the sides.
- This pattern runs large. I cut the size 10, but could have gone down to the size 8 easily especially since I made this with a knit.

I have a great black ponte knit that this perfect for. So that’s next on tap…just not 3 months later.

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Pseudo self-drafted strapless maxi-dress

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Yes, as usual, I’ve been MIA from my blog. If life would just get out of the way, I could blog properly. LOL. Anywhoo…

This was my last summer hurrah. I have always loved the maxi dress or anything that lengthens and leans the body. I’m also an avid fan of stripes. Wide, thin, pinstripe, I love them all. So I combined the two using a G Street Fabric clearance bin knit.

Now I already had in mind the dress I wanted, but couldn’t find a suitable pattern. Like any good sewist hellbent on having her way, I drafted the top and stole the bottom from somewhere else, Simplicity 2580. The bodice is fully lined and the skirt is lined to the knee, both with black tricot which is quickly becoming one of my favs.

To draft the top, I simply took key measurements at my high bust, full bust and waist. I then used that as the basis for drafting the two-piece top. I subtracted about 1″ – 2″ from the circumference to get a snug fit. I probably could have taken the sides in more because there is some extra room in the back. I decided that the dress looks fresher if the bodice length stops just under the bust. It was more flattering to my figure. To line the bodice, I duplicated the above using the black tricot and 1″ wide non-roll elastic sewn to both lining and knit fabrics.

Also, I elected to cut the skirt on the bias which enhanced the drape. IMO, this makes the bottom of the dress flare ever so slightly and therefore is more pleasing to the eye.

For the hem, as with all knits, I left the unhemmed dress on my mannequin for well over 24hrs to allow the fabric to relax to it’s full length. I serge-finished the edge and took a 1″ hem.

I’m pretty happy with this dress. It’s comfy and I’ve worn it on a few occasions, dressed up and dressed down. My mental editorial process on this dress would be to take up some of the slack in the bodice and waist, but other than that, I’m well pleased.

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Easy Cosmetic Bag

When you’ve been out of the game for a while you need to break yourself in slowly. My skill set is a little rusty, so I decided on something simple. A cosmetic bag.

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Made by Marzipan posted this video tutorial on how to make this adorable little bag. Shouldn’t take you an hour…tops! Looks like she used quilting weight fabric in her version, but I opted for a heavier weight cotton canvas which I bought from JoAnn Fabric years ago. More sturdy I figure, especially if I plan on giving this as a gift to a young lady headed to college.

The interior is nice and roomy. The end tabs are just ribbon.

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Now for the hyper detailed sewist that we are, a few details are missing in her video, but you can figure it out.

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Branding finale – New Logo, New Look

One of the curses of a graphic designer is being in a perpetual state of tinkering. With clients, there must be a conclusion and delivery of the final product. There is the creative directive, design feedback, rounds of revisions all culminating in a finished piece. If you are worth your salt, you respect the design process.

However, when you are your own client, there is no signed contract with a limit to the design hours or enforced parameters…it’s all up to you. So you can drag the process out indefinitely and be your own worst critic.

I have gone through at least 5 iterations of my blog, never happy with any of them, either in look or functionality. I finally decided to do justice to my own branding and define my online presence. So below is my new branding. Ta daaahhh!

This is a mini-version of some styling basics we often provide clients. As you can see there are two logo layouts; vertical and horizontal which can be implemented depending on their usage. We often provide 2 color and black-and-white logos as well. The color palette which includes both Pantone colors (PMS) and CMYK.

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Here’s the break down of the logo. The logo mark, type treatment, color selection and fonts used. As you can see, I’m partial to flowers, so I used a camelia for the mark and my favorite color, PINK. (It deserves all caps.)

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And finally, when it came to the blog itself, I wanted a no frills, minimalist layout. I’m versed with just a wee bit of coding knowledge, so I can’t do all the wiz-bang voodoo. Plus, the new trend in web design is “flat design”. It’s both a look and a byproduct of responsive sites which is another thing I wanted. It was important to me that my website resize smoothly over several devices i.e. web, tablet and phone. I did choose a background image that has both my logo colors and invokes a soft welcoming feel to the site. With a blog name “Sew Hot Mommi, it can get cheeky and cheesy really quick. So what do you think of the new…and hopefully…final look?

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