Monday, May 23, 2016

Mannequin Haul!!!!!

Victoria Secret Mannequins

I bought 4 mannequins for $50.00 off of Offer Up!!! Winnning!!!!

Denim Crazy Quilt

My Son's Denim Crazy Quilt

Materials Used:
  • My son's old jeans
  • Embroidery & Sewing Machine
  • Old Coach handbag
  • Vintage Leather jackets
I took all of my son's old jeans he did not fit or want and cut 9X9 inch blocks and sewed them in strips.  Some have embroidery images (Tupac/Mad Basketball/Angry Birds etc.).

Online Fabric Haul (eBay)


Fabric Haul:

  • Sweater Knit
  • LV Green and LV Brown (Spandex/Stretch Knit)
  • Gucci (Spandex/Stretch Knit)
  • MK by Michael Kors (Spandex/Stretch Knit)
  • Chanel Multi-Color (Spandex/Stretch Knit)
  • Magazine Print (Spandex/Stretch Knit)
  • Camo Lt. Wt. (ITY Knit)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

DIY Re-Purposed & Up-Cycled Marilyn Monroe Pillows

Black & Red 
Marilyn Monroe Pillow

Black recycled denim jeans for back

Pink Bubblegum
Marilyn Monroe Pillow

Pink Suede for back of pillow
20" Zipper installed

20" Square Pillow Hancock Fabrics
Pink Upholstery Suede Remnant
Custom Print Marilyn Fabric
20" Zipper

Re-purposed Marilyn Monroe Denim & Vintage Crochet Lace

Up-cycled Denim with Lace & 
Swarovski Crystals

Marilyn Monroe Pink Bubblegum

 Light colored denim with crochet lace
Marilyn Monroe 

DIY Halter Dress Burda Style 7065 Sew with Mimi G

Burda Style 7065
From Halter Top to Halter Dress
Fabric: ITY Knit Hancock Fabrics

Burda Style 7065

DIY Sew-A-Long with Mimi G.

Simplicity 1421 Sew Along with That Black Chic

Sew-A-Long with That Black Chic

I completed the Simplicity #1421 Blazer
I followed the Sew-A-Long with That Black Chic

That Black Chick
Winner: Pretty Girls Sew 2015
New Bernina Ambassador 2016

She's one of my favorite bloggers.  

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Sew Kitty Sew!!!!!

Sew Kitty Sew!!!!!!!

I need some Kitty Cats to help me sew......

Grand Kids Ready for Summer!!!

Ready for Summer With the Minions!!!

               Paper Bag Waist Shorts &                                 Paper Bag Waist Skirt
                     Minion T-Shirt  

Boys Shorts & 
Minion T-Shirt

The shorts and skirt were self-drafted
T-shirts & Minion Fabric from Joann

Finally Finished!!!!! Vogue #1484-Pattern Review

Vogue 1484 & Spiegel 60609 Reviews!!!

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes it did.  I did not use velvet or mesh/lace fabrics for contrast.  I used a heavy 100% cotton fabric from a collection with contrasting prints but the same color schemes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Somewhat until you get to the collar, I drafted a neck facing instead of following the pattern instructions. It was much more easier this way. 

Fabric Used?
100% Cotton Heavy Weight.  I love the color scheme and the prints of this fabric. The lining fabric is a simply silky solid from Joann. I purchased this fabric from Hancock Fabrics (GOOB-Boo Hiss!!!). I have enough left over of each to make a skirt, shorts, crop top or jacket for Summer. 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I just changed the collar by adding a collar facing and added horse hair braid to the hem to give it a little extra added flare. I did not stitch down the lining to the dress I wanted it to move freely underneath the dress.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes I would recommend this pattern to/for the more intermediate/advanced sewists.

I like the pattern but probably won't sew it again.  I will probably use a different pattern that is similar if I want this look again.

Sewing Machine: Spiegel 60609
I loved using my new Spiegel 60609 to sew the project above (see review Vogue 1484).  For $300.00 you get a lot of bang-4-your buck! The machine is pretty user friendly but there are a few things that I would change on the machine.  It has been getting great reviews and I heard by November 2016, there will be an updated model out for sale.  I wonder if they will name it Spiegel 60610?  I can't wait to see.  I love gadgets, especially my sewing machines.  Once I start teaching sewing classes, this will be at the top of my list for machine recommendations!  I wish I could get my hands on at least 3 or 4 of these to begin teaching.

User friendly, creates beautiful, even stitches and there are an over-abundance of them (350 built-in). The stitch cam is really cool!  I attached my Samsung 10.1 Tablet and My iPad 2 as well.  It was a little tricky at first but I finally got them both connected. This would be a great machine for beginners who wish to work their way to the intermediate level sewist.  I have already gotten my other projects lined up for May #MeSewMe and I will be using my Spiegel!  If you are the proud owner of the Spiegel, you can join the FaceBook group. 

The biggest thing I had a problem with is when the needle down button is pushed the needle does NOT stay in the down position once you begin sewing and then stop to turn a corner etc., you have to push the needle down button again.  I hope on the updated model coming in November 2016, this will change.  The speed is a little slow for me at only 900 SPM.  I got used to using my Singer S90 Limited Edition that sews 1300 SPM.  I like to go 'n' sew like speed racer! The zipper foot only has a groove to one side of the foot.  I used my universal invisible zipper foot as the dress (see above) required an invisible zip.  There were not to many things I did not like about the machine. 

Where to Purchase:
Cost $296.00 just shy of $300.00
Offers protection plans for machine.

Offers flexi-pay payments
4 easy payments of $100.00
This is a great option for those who do 
not have the $300.00 up front/all-at-once!

Spiegel 60609 Information: