Natasha, 26, is from the DC Metro area. Natasha started sewing in 2013 after losing a significant amount of weight. Instead of throwing out the majority of her wardrobe that no longer fit, she decided she would alter and transform what she already had. With two gifted sewing machines and internet tutorials, her basic alterations have transformed into an ever-growing love for sewing patterns.
Hello again! This year, I have probably sewn fewer garments than I have any other year of blogging. It's crazy how different and busy life gets as we get older, that it seems like the things we used to be enamored with don't fit well into our ever-evolving lives. I really have to squeeze in time to sew these days, so I'm pretty proud that I was able to get a few things sewn this summer.
I saw this picture on Mimi G's Instagram back in July and fell in love! And I saw that she had made a free tutorial on it so I decided one of the lighter knits in my staff would be set aside for this cute handkerchief dress!
I followed the tutorial, making sure to add a few inches in length to my skirt and was hoping to be done in about an hour.... Imagine my surprise when I tried on the dress and it was literally falling off of me hahaha. The tank top I used to trace didn't have enough negative ease, so that threw off the measurements of the entire garment.
To get the damage under control, I took in the sides of the dress, all the way down the skirt in on each side about 1.5". So 3 inches in total. I also ended up doubling over the bodice part of the dress so that it is about half the length (and gives a bit of coverage over my bust in case the stretch of the fabric caused it to be a little see-through). I also added elastic inside of the doubled bodice.
The fabric is labeled as an "Off-white/Dark Navy/Muted Pink Abstract Block Print Rayon /Lycra". I got it January of 2016 from Fabric Mart for 2.50/yd. I love how flowy it is and the print is so interesting all on it's on. That was one of the reasons I wanted to use it for such a simple silhouette.
That's about all on this piece. I was happy to be able to save it from the bin LOL It's a really cute, throw on, summer dress!
Let me know what you think about it down in the comments! Also, let me know the oldest piece of fabric you still have chilling in your stash! Do you ever feel guilty for letting it sit for so long?? Talk to me!
Well, September has flown by like a leaf in the wind! Earlier this month, I went up to New York to hang with some family and friends, and I made sure to hit up my Sewing Auntie, Carolyn. We made plans to go to The Met so I decided that I was going to surprise her by making something out of some fabric she gave me the last time we got together!
My initial desire was to make a shirtdress because she has an extensive history with them, and it would be new for me. But after cutting out 95% of the dress and not being able to cut out the front bodice, I realized I had to switch gears quickly lol I was working on McCall's 7682 View D. Once I ran into the lack of fabric snafu, I decided that I would just make it a skirt.
Like I mentioned, Carolyn gifted this fabric to me, but the label that she had on it says that it is a Rayon Brown Abstract Print from Phoenix Textiles. This fabric was super easy to cut and sew and didn't fray much at all either. It also pressed very well and has amazing swish-factor.
The only change I made was to lengthen the skirt by 1.5:
I wanted to switch the buttonholes on the waistband for eyelets but I went ahead and did buttonholes. I got this tan cotton cord from Michael's and the cord stopper and cord caps from Hobby Lobby. I love the way that I get a paper bag waist look.
This was a pretty straightforward project with showstopping results. 4 yards of fabric in a skirt makes it pretty heavy but not so much that it's falling down.
Even though I didn't get the shirtdress I was envisioning, I feel like this skirt turned out great. Sometimes a fabric just tells you what it wants to be!
Have you ever had one project in mind and then have to completely revamp it on the fly?? Don't those just turn out the best?!
Let me know down in the comments! See you next week!
Ciao!! Thanks for coming back! This post is for all of the fabric lovers/hoarders/stashers lol
When I went to Italy back in May, I made sure to look up some fabric stores to stop at before I left.
Before I continue, be sure to take a look at my fabric haul VIDEO for details on all of the fabrics and to see their weights and how they drape!! I won't get too specific on this blog but I was very specific in the video!
My Italian Fabric Haul! - YouTube
I was staying in Milan and the first store I went to was called New Tess. It's a VERY clean, sleek, and organized store. All of the fabric is on rolls on shelves so it's KIND of hard to touch on them and feel the varieties (which I think is their intent). I was a little over and underwhelmed at the store so I didn't buy anything. But the quality of the fabrics was good although, for ME, they were a bit pricey. But I'm sure most people wouldn't mind the prices THAT much lol
The second store I went to in Milan was called Tessuti e Scampoli! This store had a large number of remnant bins with yardages of varying sizes. They also had shelves and rolls of fabric. I kept to the remnant bin because I'm usually shopping on a budget lol. The way they price their remnants is by weight. So they would weight the cut of fabric you are trying to buy, and the price per lb on the bin is what they would charge you. I thought that was a very interesting approach and it definitely worked in my fabric. I got some really unique and nice feeling fabric from there:
knit fabric. pretty stable
The third store I went to was Fratelli Bassetti Tessuti. This store is world-renowned and has been featured on television and in magazines all over. I was SOOOOO overwhelmed walking around this store because it's absolutely MASSIVE. With multiple floors, room and shelves from the floor to the ceiling, I almost walked out with absolutely nothing lol. On my way out, I was just looking at the different laces they offered and came across the end of a roll of this particular burn out velvet! I thought it was so unique but the price was pretty extravagant for just 1 meter ($95). Make sure you watch the fabric haul video to hear how much I ACTUALLY paid and how I got the price I did!
Silk burn out velvet
The last store I made it to was Azienda Tessuti. After coming out of Bassetti Tessuti, my brain was still a bit overwhelmed, so I just went through the remnants that they were offering at the front door. I found some really great quality fabrics in white (which I'm always looking for) and I found a stripe that I thought I may like (even though I NEVER wear stripes lol). All of the fabrics I got from here are woven.
So what do you think?! I know I didn't get too crazy lol but the fabrics I bought in Italy are some of the best quality fabrics I have in my stash right now, so I'm definitely proud of that!
Don't forget to watch the fabric haul! And give me some suggestions on what I should make with these fabrics! Until next time! xoxo, Tasha
Ciao, good people! Today I'm bringing you the star piece of all the garments that I made for my Eurotrip back in May! I'm showing you what I made to wear to the wedding I went to Europe for.
This dress is Vogue 9251, mostly View A, in a size 12. When I was beginning to look for what pattern to sew, I wanted something a bit dramatic, but comfortable at the same time. If you follow my Instagram or my blog, you know that I LOVE wrap dresses and I feel great in them. They are super comfortable to me, and then the pockets on this pattern sold the comfortability for me. And for the dramatics, the sleeves and the hemline I was envisioning in my head allowed me to move forward.
There is definitely a story behind the fabric I used for this dress. I'm not quite ready to share it, but I will say that it came from a very treasured home. The fabric has a checkered pattern to it. On one side, the checks are black and the other side, the checks look metallic. I used the metallic for the right side and the black for the wrong side.
I don't know the exact fabric content but it is EXTREMELY drapey. It's woven and feels like silk. When I prewashed the fabric (in the washer on cold, and dried in the dryer on low) it shrunk up like an accordion, but once I ironed it back out, it was back to its smooth silky texture.
I made quite a few changes to the pattern. As it relates to fit, I did a 1" FBA and a 1" swayback adjustment.
As it relates to design, I made this dress a TRUE wrap dress. Instead of having ties on the inside, I doubled the length of the tie on the right bodice and made a hole in the right side seam of the bodice to feed that tie through so that it wraps around the back and meets the other tie on the left side seam.
I made sure to add stay tape in the waist seam as well as the top and bottom of the pockets in those seams.
I also changed the hemline of the skirt to make it high-low. I used the back skirt of View B but took the front skirt of View A and just traced a line down to meet the back skirt at the side seams.
The ONLY qualm I have with this dress is that when I made the 1" swayback adjustment, I didn't add that 1" back at the CB hem of the skirt, so the hem is not even (can see a little in the photo above). It's not too dramatically visible of a thing when I'm not posing, but it was definitely a learning moment for me. I will remember to do that from here on out.
Overall?!?! I'm in love! This dress is one of my favorite makes EVER. What about you?? Have you made this dress? I know it was definitely popular in blogland lol Put your link below in the comments so I can see!
This AMAZING textured knit was a purchase from my Eurotrip LAST year! I got this from the remnant bin at Stoff&Stil in Cologne, Germany. It's really thick and feels great on the skin. (You can see it and the other fabrics I bought in Germany in this blog post)
This was a pretty straightforward make being that it is just a tee. But I did make some changes:
I made it a high low hem, to mimic a RTW t-shirt that I have. I just lined the hem of the RTW top against this one and cut from there.
I also scooped the neckline out more to mimic the aforementioned RTW top.
I cut the sleeves at the lengthen/shorten line for a 3/4 sleeve effect.
I definitely love this cute top and will get PLENTY of wear out of it. Hopefully for years to come!
The fabric I used is a Purple Telio Topaz Hatchi Knit from Fabric.com. The purple is sold out but there are still a number of colors available here. And if you want to see all of the colors I purchased, you can check out this blog post.
There isn't too much to say about this top aside from the fact that I HATE the way the sleeve on the off-the-shoulder side is attached to the overlay. It doesn't make much sense to me at all the reason why it's done that way and it ends up leaving a lot of weird space around the opening lol.
For hemming, I decided to leave all of the edges raw. I get nervous enough trying not to stretch out thinner knits so I just let the hems be. Plus, this top was a little short on me, so hemming it would have made it worse. Next time, I'll definitely need to add length to the body.
I also did a 1" swayback adjustment and made sure to add the inch back to the hem. I forgot to do that in a different garment and it shows a lot. Actually, I never used to do it until I saw the effect that it really has lol
I really like this top. It's flirty and sexy and I got a lot of compliments on it. The color pops nicely as well. And I like how the Colosseum and I are both showing a little something something LOL.
Have you made this top?! I know so many people have made the different views. What did you think about the construction if you've made this view??
Bonjour!! Thanks for coming back! Back in May, I took a great Eurotrip and the first stop was Paris, France! We all know that one of the main attractions of Paris is the infamous Eiffel Tower and I knew that I wanted to get some great pics there. But what to wear???
I landed on a look that was sleek and Parisian (in my mind haha) and ran with it.
This jacket is McCall's 7730 in size 12 (D cup), but while I was making it, it was CLEAR that I should have gone with a 14... I'll get into that in a second. I made View C with the upper sleeve extended down to my wrists.
The fabric for the shell of this jacket is a purchase from Panama. I got this fabric December 2017 when I was there for 2 weeks. I actually have a Fabric Shopping Vlog and Panama Fabric Blog you can check out to see the other things I got. This fabric an abstract Aztec print. It could very well be used for upholstery but it's not stiff. The lining fabrics are 2 different linings that came in a bin of fabrics that were gifted to me.
I spent a lot of time trying to figure out good print placement for this fabric. I did my best to match across the back and across the opening of the front. I think it all turned out REALLY well.
As I mentioned earlier, this jacket is a bit too small for me. It's SUPER tight across the back and I have never had that problem before in any pattern that I have made so that was definitely a shocker to me. I was more worried about the bust than the back but turns out it should have been the opposite lol. So I let out the center back seam at the upper back until the SA was only about 1/4". I made sure to sew some Stay Tape in the seam as well to keep it stabilized and strong from the stress it will inevitably go through. I also stabilized the shoulders, the pockets, and underneath the arms with Stay Tape as well.
It's also hard to lift/fold my arms so I can't do too much crazy movement. I was telling my mom, I love it, and I'm going to wear it, but if I was trying it on in a store, I definitely would not have bought it because of fit.
An adjustment I made that I believe hurt the fit as well is my normal 1" swayback adjustment. This pattern did not need it, so now I can see the drag lines that wouldn't exist if I hadn't done it. Most people won't realize but it stares me right in the face lol
I wasn't clear on the instructions for the vent, so I kind of did my own thing lol. It looks fine from the outside (and inside, just bulky) but I know that I need to actually look up how to properly do that technique. Also, I should have graded out to a 14 in the hips because that is the range my hip measurement fits in lol I guess I wasn't thinking when I was cutting. But the side seam definitely slants straight the the back because I don't have enough room.
To hem the sleeves, I just cut that a little long and started removing strands from the weave to make a fringe. I think it gives the jacket a cute edge to it. for the sleeve lining, I just cut them a couple inches shorter than the sleeve, serged the edge and let them hang.
To top off the look, I made a beret out of burgundy faux leather that I got from NY a few years ago. I used Erica B's beret tutorial. My beret actual turned out a little big because I was scared I was going to make it too small *rolls eyes*. It actually blew off my head a couple of times hahaha. It was REALLY windy in Paris for the few days I was there!
Overall, as I stated above, I do love this jacket, it just doesn't fit the best lol I've already worn it again and I get SO many compliments on it! I'm glad I learned a bit of do's and dont's with this project and should look into fitting a bit more before cutting fabric.
What do you think about it?? Have you ever been to Paris? Tell me about it!
Hello sewing friends!! Have you ever had a project that was supposed to be your palate cleanser just go WRONG?! That's how this project originally went for me. Let me start at the beginning...
I started this dress back in February while it was still winter and the DMV and I wanted to look cute in a sweater dress. Having made McCall's 6886 before, I already had it fitted and cut out, but I just wanted to change the length and neckline on this version.
The dress sewed up super quickly (a front, back, and sleeves), so I decided to add some interest, I would add leather to the hems and also make the neckline binding out of faux leather as well. I had never done a binding on a V-neck but thought "how hard can it be?!"
It was at this point that this project went from a one day sew, to a 3 month sew. SMH.
Problems started with the leather binding I created. I cut it with the stretch going in the wrong direction so it wouldn't stretch long enough to fit the neckline. Once I re-cut, I was having so many problems with sewing the faux leather band together to get it ready to attach. It kept sliding and moving and getting stuck under my presser foot. I tried to use tape underneath my presser foot, which has worked for me before, but no luck. I even tried tissue paper on under the presser foot and on top of the feed dogs with no success. So then I went online and ordered a teflon presser foot... more waiting.
Once the teflon foot came in, I thought I'd be done soon... NOPE. It didn't even work. It still kept getting stuck on the leather. I was really frustrated and discouraged at this point, I just had to walk away again. I basically destroyed that band with all of the sewing and unpicking because, you know, faux leather shows each and every hole that the needle makes.
I ended up having to re-cut the band AGAIN out of a completely different faux leather that I had on hand, turns out, I had ZERO issue sewing this band together. No teflon foot.... not tape under the presser foot. *RAGE* lol At least I would be able to finally finish, RIGHT?!
I was looking at the pattern instructions on how to complete the v-neck binding and was a bit confused. I had a small inkling that I should just look it up on YouTube, but then decided I can figure it out. I pinned the binding to the neckline, sewed, and then realized I could flip the binding in properly. *eye roll emoji*. Right then, I got on YouTube and within 3 minutes, I found out what I had done wrong and how to properly do it. SMH. Not only had I done it wrong, but I had also clipped into the fabric and basically messed it up. I would have to cut the neckline shorter now. Time to walk away...
I put it to rest for some time until I began to think of what garments I wanted to make for the Eurotrip I had coming up. Looking at the weather for Paris and Italy in May, I saw that it was going to be a bit cold and rainy. I looked over to my WIP pile and decided I would conquer this sweater dress for Paris. Maybe it was waiting for Paris all along!
Hola! I'm back with a quick update! I told you guys in this post all of the things I wanted to make for my upcoming May Eurotrip. Well, it's less than two weeks away... how far have I gotten so far? lol
I did mention that I had already completed the berets. Here are some pics of those:
The one on top is a brighter burgundy color than in this photo. I'm REALLY pleased with how they came out. Of course I'll do a proper blog post when I get some pics on location!
Out of the 5 garments, so far I was able to complete 3 of them! Wedding guest dress included!
I really like all of the small details I put into these pieces! You'll have to wait for the blog posts for those deets thouggghhhhh.
I have the lightweight jacket and the purple off the shoulder top left. I'm hoping to have the jacket done before the weekend is over. I know the knit top won't take me long at all, so I'm not stressing to much about a timeline for it. As long as it's before I leave, I'm good lol.
But to my trip! If you are in Paris or Italy, hit me up! Let's get food, go fabric shopping, see the sites! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can plan a meet up! Hopefully my next update will be great news :-D xoxo, Tasha
Hellllloooooo friends!! I'm back with a few sewing plans that I have for my Eurotrip next month! I'll be going to Paris, Italy and Amsterdam and I want some new pieces so I can serve some LOOKS lol
The first things on the list (and are already made) are a pair of lined faux leather berets. One will be for me (the black) and the other is for my travel partner
2. I also want to finish this midi double knit sweater dress that I kind of butchered. I have to figure out how to fix my mistake. and I think it will look GREAT with my berets.
3. I'll be going to Italy for a wedding and I loooove this wrap dress pattern as a wedding guest dress! And the wedding colors (for the guests) are gem tones, so I'm going with ruby for my birthstone. I want to alter the the shape of the wraps, and kind of change it into a high-low situation... you'll have to wait and see what happens with that lol
4. I got this textured knit fabric on my trip to Europe last year and I have enough in this remnant to make the t-shirt/tunic view. I might have to shorten it a bit more than the pattern though.
5. I got this LOVELY fabric from my recent trip to Panama. I want to make a SIMPLE lined jacket. I know that the pics on this envelope don't look very simple lool butttt MINE is going to be simple lol
6. Last but not least, a little OUT of the color scheme lol, I want to make the long sleeve one-shoulder view with this telio hatchi knit. I think it's going to look pretty chic :-)
Hopefully I get ALL of these things done! I'm making in the order I've listed these pieces so if I don't do EVERYTHING, I want to at least make up to the dress for the wedding.
What do you think about these ideas? Also, hit me up in the comments if you live in Paris or Italy! Let's go fabric shopping! Let's grab something to eat, I would love to meet some overseas sew friends!!!