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Auction Auction- The Highest bidder received……

The highest bidder received a custom made maxi from ME!!!

In support of my Church’s Charity breakfast for missions overseas I made the maxi below. Thought I would share here with you all. I styled it and took some pics. I thought if I wanted people to bid on this skirt I really needed to step up and make it look appealing so with a little ask I was able to borrow a friend’s mannequin for a mini shoot. A lump of cloth on a table just wouldn’t do it as presentation for this skirt, So here goes.

PS: Definitely getting comfortable with the stretch knits. This was a stretch knit. More stretch with this one. Loved the design as well.

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The Fabric Design Upclose

 

My usual pin on hanger to showcase.( working on getting a mannequin of my own, I think It will be great for pics…..don’t you?)

 

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The completed Skirt( Before Styling)

 

 

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Styled

 

A Closer look

 

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NB: The waist band can be turn down or be worn high waisted. I made the skirt long so that it could have been adjusted to the buyer’s desired length.

 

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The skirt

 

My collage used to market the skirt at the auction. It worked. the buyer was definitely happy and I am excited to have participated.”A proud Novice moment”

 

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Collage

 

Hope you all enjoyed,

I’ve got more, just keep sewing, just keep sewing, what do i do I sew sew sewwwwwwwwwwww…….

Much love UtaC

 

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Editing! Pros and Cons as a Newbie!

Editing a word document,spreadsheet, presentation, speech or recipe may be easy, it is not quite the same when sewing. That’s just my opinion. Some fabrics are not as forgiving if you know what  I mean. While Cottons may be an easy take down, Stretch Knit fabrics, Sateen Cotton and the likes are not as forgiving, there is great potential for damage and monies to be wasted.

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Inset( A dress I recently completed, here I was taking the neck down to redo using facing) I will post the details soon enough as I can get it styled. 🙂

 

How do I feel about editing a sewn garment?

Absolutely hate it. I know I know, hate is a strong word. But that’s how I feel when I think about it. Bare with me I do get positive a bit lower in this post. 🙂

What happens when I do have to edit?

I delay the process. I avoid the sewing machine and I start new projects.Yes, I literally start cutting and esperimenting with other fabrics. That is not the answer to solve the problem now is it? Nope

When I decide I will edit?

Things just flow. Believe it or not, it’s as simple as making a decision to do something that gets the ball going and suddenly you are making it work.

Why edit?

If you want to create and produce something that reflects good work, editing is required. It is actually not that bad. And as a beginner I can get away with doing it because I am learning to perfect the art of garment sewing. So it is okay to edit sewn garments. ( Its all about your attitude towards finishing the garment and doing so professionally.How you approach doing that can make or break your project)

My edit Wand

My Seam ripper is the best( Shown in photo above). This tool truly helps me endure the act of undoing a garment. It makes the task less painful. Even though my hand hurts after taking down long hems.arrrgh..

Advice when starting a new project

Take your time. Seriously. The less rush rush the more you will avoid major edits or damage to your fabrics.

So in other words there are pros and cons to editing, yes it requires time but the finished product is even better because you took your time to make it beautiful.

 

That’s all for now. Just keep sewing just keep sewing, what do we do we sew sew sewwwwww!

UtaC


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Times 2 -The Summer Onesy Repeated!!!

Everything nice, must come twice….

 

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I think life in part entails duplicating those things that add to your existence. You know, the good stuff, the good qualities, good habits….and I could go on. But what I am trying to say is that when you have done something that is good duplicating it can only get better. JUMPER NO.2. It was another project and it turned out awesome. I attempted jersey fabric once more. ooooooh no I didn’t, sure did!

Tada!!!

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You all know behind each project there is a story, so here goes the 411 on how the jumper was born.

How it all happened

Onesy no. 2. can be seen as a Rush job. Hahah. That kind of lingo makes me sound like a custom made sewer right. Between my friend liking the fabric, trying on my yellow jumper and desiring one of her own, I started drafting the jumper in no time.

 

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Yes, that’s where the magic happens. My cutting area “THE FLOOR”.  The pants and top were cut out and by the end of the evening I had sewn the top and pant separately. Lining up the stripes were key in this project as it was my first time working with stripes and it was critical to the overall look.

 

There she is, my model and one of my awesome friends CB. Can you tell she absolutely loved the finished product. Nothing like bringing a smile to the face of someone. 🙂

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Models are hard to find, but all I ask of my pals as I try out these new pieces is to send me photos when out and about or to have me take photos of them in the outfits. So yes, the jumper style has migrated from my closet into the closet of a friend. I like that.

In hindsight this project was not planned

It was not planned but given the few hours I spent on it, I think it is safe to say jersey material is definitely growing on me. I was not as fearful as the maxi skirt experience or the first jumper. I welcomed the challenge and was finished in no time and best of all my friend loved it.

I do have two other projects lined up using jersey knit, so stay tuned for more.

 

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Jumper twins 🙂

 

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That’s all for now ,

Just keep sewing, just keep sewing, what do we do we sew sew sewwwwwwww…

UtaC


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A “Sewrific” weekend…..Stay tuned for updates.

Hello!

I know, I know, it’s been a minute. But I have been busy and sewing too. Hopefully soon I can upload some of the things I have been working on. I took this past Civic Holiday weekend to focus on some unfinished projects as well as started some new ones too. Sewing really is fun. I am getting use to doing edits as well. This is something I despise. But I am over joyed when I make it work in the end. Nothing like making it work, literally from disaster to amazing. Sewing does require patience. Patience for each project, every time. I feel even the most seasoned sewer needs this as they attempt each project.

BTW I made another jumper and it was a success. Onesy’s are definitely in.You are probably thinking where are the pictures. Coming soon!! Worth the wait. 🙂 Trust me.

Side note:I love that there is a mini story behind each sewing project, that really highlights my journey in sewing and how I am taking risks and pushing myself to discover more.

Summer is not yet over…..so stay tuned.

Appreciate your continued support and encouragement on this journey.

singing-“Sew Uta sewwwwwww….”

UtaC