Friday, March 18, 2011

Lace & Bleu Denim Skirt......

Welcome to my Fashion Friday post!  I have been sewing with lace & denim this lace & denim go together?  I think so, it makes for a feminine edge type of look.  I have always loved lace and have an appreciation for seamstress's that make beautiful dresses & gowns with it!

For my design I started by looking at different types of lace at the fabric store and was surprised as there were some beautiful  floral lace that looked modern but I ended up choosing this circle lace that I liked as soon as I saw it.
 I already had the denim from my Bleu Denim Dress and I made a straight skirt with a side zipper this time.  This denim skirt is the underlay to the lace so it is a simple skirt. 

For the lace skirt I was a bit nervous cutting into such fine fabric but I used the circles on the lace as a guide along with my own pattern to keep the cut straight.
This lace is a medium weight lace so it is actually feels warm when worn with the denim if that makes any sense at all!

I had to sew this a bit slower on my machine because the lace was a bit thicker than most of the lace I have seen or sewn with.

This is what I found looking for inspiration this week!
This gorgeous Denim Dress!
 Chanel Spring RTW 2010
Chanel RTW Spring 2010
This is my Fashion Friday project for this week!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Mother Daughter Denim Fashion

Mini-me & I have been sewing denim skirts together this week. This is my 2nd denim project that I have sewn for my month of bleu sewing projects.  It started with a blue/pink denim jacket that her older sister passed on to her. This jacket has some history as it is about 17 years old & has been worn by my 3 girls. She was so happy that it finally fit her & asked if I could help her sew a skirt to go with it. This is another project that she completed on her own-from pinning the pattern to the fabric..
cutting the fabric, ironing.....

and sewing!
I was the photographer for once & she did a good job of threading the machine & winding the bobbin! 
These are her 2 flower designs that she wanted added to our skirts.

We made the zipper flower designs by sewing down one side of the zipper & pulling the thread to gather.  We then hot glued a section at a time as we made a circle shape. 
We hot glued felt to the bottom to pin to our skirts.  This is also easy to remove for washing.
These are skirts cut on the bias & is my own pattern.

Her denim skirt has a pink under tone that matches the 17 year old denim jacket!
This is our Fashion Friday projects for the week!

I am late in posting this project as our thoughts & prayers have been with the people of Japan during this terrible devastation.  Also with a warning to the West Coast here it has been quite a stressful time!  If you would like to help you can donate through the Canadian Red Cross on line or
Canadians wishing to help support relief efforts underway are encouraged to contribute by:

Calling 1-800-418-1111
By texting the word ASIA to 30333 to make a one-time donation of $5*
By contacting their local Red Cross office. Cheques should be made payable to the Canadian Red Cross, earmarked “Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami” and mailed to the Canadian Red Cross National Office, 170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2P2.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

My Red Riding Hood Cape

 I have been down with a cold these past few days so I am a little late in returning e-mails & socializing.  I did get a chance to visit some of my new followers blogs today & it is great to see other websites and all your creations, fashion & style & musing blogs!  I do visit but it might take me a little while to get to you until I am feeling better.  My husband & daughters have been great in helping out with dinners,  etc.  So that is nice to be taken care of by my family.  I lost my voice too and of course the husband & kids thought that was hilarious that I could not yell at them!  I did manage to yell whisper a few times which brought on more laughter (even from me).  Life goes on though and I still had to do the "mom" thing & drive mini-me to

This is a red cape that I finished today (because its hard for me to just relax & rest-sewing is relaxing right?)!  I only had to finish the hems so it wasn't too bad.

I started this red hooded cape in January but I was making so much of them that this one got put away.  This is my design & is the same as my Coco Capelet.  I only changed the shape of the pockets & I made them more on a angle.  I also added an hook & eye closure on the front but I am still looking for that perfect button to finish it!

I also received my first blog award!

Magda was so thoughtful in choosing me & when you get a chance visit her fabulous blog.  She is so talented & her designs are beautiful!  She is truly deserving of this award!  As part of this award I have to share 7 random facts about me:

Random Facts

1.  I love Super Cars especially the Aston Martin DB Vantage!
2. I would love one day to go back to London & race a car on Top Gear!
3. My husband was my high school sweetheart!
4. We have a RV and love to go camping as a family.
5. We sit down & eat together as a family every night.  If someone is working late I make dinner later & we wait for them.
6.  I was trained in ballet & modern jazz school of dance since I was 5 years old & still practise the dance almost daily.
7. I enjoy attending church on Sunday's & have always made this day about family & God.

I will also be passing this award along soon!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Bleu Denim Dress

This is my denim dress that I have been working on this week! I am sewing Bleu fashion projects for the month of March & wanted to try sewing with denim.  This is my first time working with denim & it went great. I used  New Look pattern 6934 & it was easy!
 This pattern is great for new seamstresses!

This is the bodice & it was pretty straight forward to put together.

I also used my new embroidery machine (finally) & added flowers to the bodice!

I always thought inserting a vent would be difficult so I have always avoiding them, not now!

I used a denim needle & denim thread so the sewing of the bodice & the skirt was no problem.

I only had to pleat the front bodice because it fit a little large.  Next time I will cut the bodice down a size.
 I like this dark blue denim.

 I put in a white zipper for contrast to go with my blue & white design.

This is my Fashion Friday project for this week!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Retro Circle Top.....

I actually did not think I would have enough clothes made by me to participate in this 31 day challenge but I have been going through the garments I have sewn these last 6 months & I might just get by!  This top I sewed last year along with a skirt but I have not yet posted it.  I really do not post everything I sew because some of them are just hideous and need to be reworked or they need to be completely taken apart by the seams.  If I run out of clothes it will force me to fix these garments.
Today I am doing the "Mom" thing & driving mini-me to her doctors appointments & running errands all day.  This is a knit/spandex fabric with retro circles that I really like.  This is my own design & I finished the edges with black & white bias tape.

I am spending most of my day driving but least the snow has melted from yesterday & it is sunny today! Yeah!
I also have been sewing denim clothes this week that I cant wait to share with you!  I am almost done!  I also am working on the Fashion Friday Runway linky party & post with a new March Glamorous giveaway to followers which starts tomorrow night!  I cant wait to see your projects this week & if you have been sewing any denim fashion garments I would love you to link it up!  See you tomorrow!