Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Oh Deer Dress: Simplicity 1419


Oh deer, ANOTHER DRESS. This is the new simplicity lisette pattern 1419 that came out in the Spring. It's a basic dress with the cute detail of a peter pan collar and keyhole. It has an option for sleeves and includes a loose jacket in the pattern. I made this dress as a store sample for Fabricland, for the summer class camp. I made no changes to the pattern, kind of a wearable test muslin for myself. 

The fabric is an adorable quilt weight cotton from Art Gallery Fabrics. I think the deer are just so sweet! I used a lace print in yellow for a little contrast. There are a few things i would tweak about the fit if I was going to make this again. I have to remember to made the bodice longer on these patterns. It's always just slightly too high and it ends up bugging me. Another thing that bugs me is when the arms are too wide...I will have to cut them down a bit. 

This pattern is cute and useful, a great way to show off a print, I think I will make another down the line. 




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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dollar Bills Dress



I made this dress like a million years ago and am finally getting around to sharing it. This is another fabric from the Amy Sedaris for Windham fabrics, I'm obsessed with her. It's also another version of Simplicity 2444; the worlds most classic pattern. I made the sleeveless version and finished the armholes with some polka dot bias tape. 
It is so quick to whip together, I can't even count how many different time I have made this pattern. Its perfect for a fabric with a strong pattern, that maybe you can't think of another use of it. 

  

I wear this dress ALL THE TIME. Maybe too much. It matches so many different cardigans, I can't help it. Last week I wore it to Atlantic City, but it did not give us any good luck at the Craps table. It still made me feel like a million dollars (corny corny). 




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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Two Senchas

HAPPY SPRING EVERYONE! I have been in such a winter funk, I feel like I have been buried under the piles and piles of snow. It's been impossible to take pictures for the blog, even though I have been sewing tons of cute things! It's finally melting and I'm back to show you two versions of this classic Colette pattern; The Sencha Blouse. 



The first version is made from this record print quilt weight cotton. It's a little stuff, especially with the the high neckline. I'm not used to such a high neck and if I was going to make this version again I would lower it a tad. I lengthened the top by about 2 inches, I think the other versions I've made in the past are a little short. 









For my second version I used a Anna Sui heart silk print from Fabricland, (it's still there and even on sale now). I love this print, and am more comfortable in the keyhole version of the Sencha top. There are some things missing from the pattern that I added. I interfaced the button band, which the pattern does not tell you to do. I also started the first button about 1/2" from the top of the blouse so it doesn't gap and the top. From my understanding the official rule of buttons is that the first button should begin half of the distance of the button from the top.

These patterns are the perfect basic, and I love how versatile they are. I usually wear them with a cardigan, and pants to work.





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Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentines Macaron


Happy Valentines Day loves! Today I wanted to share my latest make, a Valentines Day Macaron dress from Colette Patterns. It was on display at Fabricland but I finally get to wear it today. The fabrics are a quilt weight cotton from Westminster fabrics in this adorable heart and floral print. 



I had to make some changes to the pattern to make this one work for me. I increased the bodice length by 2 inches, and moved the bust dart down.The sleeves were also too tight and I adjusted that pattern. Instead of the facings I used a bias seam binding, in pink polkadots. I interfaced the waist band, which the pattern does specify, which seems strange to me. Waistbands need interfacing, HELLO.

 This dress was kind of a bitch to put together. I think I had trouble with every single seam. It was just one of those projects that did not want to go together. I don't think it was because of the changes I made, I was very careful about being exact. The pleats in the skirt were too big for the bodice. The side seams didn't match up, I had to ease one side of the invisible zipper and could only get the bottom half of the waistband to match up. grr. Despite my issues it looks cute on. I especially like the addition of the ric rac to the sweetheart bodice









 

Valentines day has to be postponed for me, this blizzard we had is keeping my hubby at work for a double shift. I'll be lucky to see him for a half hour before he goes back to work! 

But Valentine's Day isn't just for couples, it's about love! I am grateful to everyone that reads this blog! Thank you for all of your comments, and kind words of encouragement over the years. I love you all! Happy Valentines Day! XOXOX




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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Sequin Trench Coat: Vogue 8884



It's finished! My sequin trench coat is finished! I finished it this Saturday and quickly went to the closest train station to take pictures, and the train just happened to pull up. It was a very chilly day and the coat did little to keep me warm but I looked glamorously cold. The sequined pieces are lined in flannel, and the coat is lined in a teal bemberg rayon. 


I love the way it fits, stressing over my muslin fit really payed off. I kept the coat true to the original pattern but I omitted the straps on the sleeves, and added a tab on the shoulder. The hardest part about sewing this was the buttonholes. I had to sew them through some tearaway interfacing to get the thread to stay even with the uneven sequins. They even got stuck at the front seam, and I had to rip out a buttonhole and start again. GRR. 


Now that this coat pattern is fitted I might even make it out of a more practical fabric! or maybe not, it's more interesting to be unpractical. The coat is now on display at Fabricland, where I work, hopefully it will inspire someone to make something else out of sequins. 







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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Sequin Trench Coat

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 I don't know where I came up with this idea but all of the sudden I NEEDED to sew a sequin trench coat. I fought it for a while but i finally gave in and got the fabric a little before Christmas. I found some inspiration on pinterest. The above picture is a Burberry trench from a few years ago, I can't image how much that would cost. The black trench below is a vintage stunner, and I think my version will look more like this. It has more of the elements of the classic trench coat but done in that fabulous sequined fabric. 
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I picked the classic trench pattern Vogue 8884 (version 3), and spent a lot of time on the muslin. The shoulder, and armholes were way too big, and it took a while to get the fit down. I chose a silver sequin that form a circle shape. It's very thin, the sequins are sewn on netting, so I backed all the sequin pieces with cotton flannel. The facings, undercollar, and collar stand are made in a  silver silk, because the sequins would be uncomfortable touching the skin.

Its not hard to sew sequins, its just a matter of choosing the right needle. I used a microtex in a size 14. I broke a few in the beginning until I got the right one.
Vogue 8884


If you follow me on instagram (erikamadeit), you have seen a sneak peek of the process. I plan on finishing this week. Its all hemmed, I just have buttons and buttonholes to go! Pin It Now!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas Cupcakes!


 Merry Christmas everyone! I wanted to share one of my favorite holiday recipes with you today. These are delicious cream cheese cupcakes, the perfect dessert. They are like little clouds of heaven, not too sweet and a big hit at any party. These were a holiday tradition from a  family friend and I finally got the recipe so we could make our own. Thanks Mrs. Martinez!

You will need:

For the cupcakes:
5 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 packs of cream cheese (8oz each)

For the topping:
16 oz container of sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
maraschino cherries
cupcake foils

Beat the eggs, sugar, vanilla and cream cheese on medium speed for about 5 minutes


Pour into cupcake mold until half full. I use a ladle 


Bake at 350 for about 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean




Mix sour cream, sugar and vanilla for topping by hand and add to cupcakes when they are cold. I tap it on the counter so the topping spreads over the cupcake. Then you top it with half of a maraschino cherry! Keep it refrigerated until you are ready to enjoy!
 That's it! (I told you they were easy)

MERRY CHRISTMAS



Cream Cheese Cupcakes

For the cupcakes:
5 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 packs of cream cheese (8oz each)

For the topping:
16 oz container of sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
maraschino cherries
cupcake foils

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Beat the eggs, sugar, vanilla and cream cheese on medium speed for about 5 minutes
Pour into cupcake mold until half full. I use a ladle 
Bake at 350 for about 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean
Mix sour cream, sugar and vanilla for topping by hand and add to cupcakes when they are cold. I tap it on the counter so the topping spreads over the cupcake. Then you top it with half of a maraschino cherry! Keep it refrigerated until you are ready to enjoy!


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