Skirting it! Blessings and Praise!

A blessing was received last week that I just must share.  Yaw’ll know I am feverishly working to get Skirting It! off the ground.  Well, I set up a Go Fund Me account which is a platform where you may ask friends, family, whomever to support your dream.  Well, while sitting around one day it occurred to me a couple of family members who are not on social media and whom I had not contacted with my Go Fund Me link.  My big brother came to mind and I decided to ask him for some money to help with my venture.  Then, I promptly forgot about it.

Some weeks went by and two weeks ago I sat down and wrote him a letter telling him my situation (described at the original post) and thoughts.  I made sure to tell him this was not a pity party; no, that I have plans!  Years of research has led me to know I would do well with a dressform and gravity feed iron.  Therefore, specifically, I asked him to please send me the money for them and told him the price range.

After waiting a very short period of time I remembered that I had made the request, but I had not heard anything.  Then, I got chicken so called a cousin to ask her opinion.  “When I call him, I said, do I get right to the point or beat around the bush, make small talk, before asking IF he had read and is considering my request.  Did he feel like being philanthropic?”  She felt like me, “Don’t beat around the bush get to it”.  Then, LOL, I made the comment, “If I were him I would have read the letter and immediately sent the check in the mail; or sent a declination letter.”  Sew, I got up the nerve and called him . . . NO ANSWER!  Geeesh, then I got really nervous.

What do you know about THE NEXT DAY a letter came in the mail WITH a check and his best wishes for my venture!

All praise to Jehovah God and thanks be to my big brother for his love and kindness.  Now, I want to get a photo with “Riyaaz” (the dressform) and my unnamed gravity fed iron (a boy) and send it to him.  He’s 81 so don’t know if he’s into getting photographs via his cell so I am going old skool and printing out a photo to send to him AND to place one in the Lady Lair, my sewing studio.

I am so happy, excited, and can’t wait to bring you pretty, lady-like, way cool skirts and more from Skirting It!.  And, did you check out the motto/by-line?  “Modest excess within control!”  Yeah baby.

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Cheers,

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Skirting It!

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Much to-do is going on over here.    My Precious ones I have some good news, no better than that, great news!  But first, let me tell you the how and why of it all. Me and hubby left Florida to begin anew in southern Georgia the end of last year.  He loves rural living so we went from one country town to another an even smaller kuntry town.  Cost of living, okay.  Jobs, not-so-much.

The Deal

Imagine, having played the education game, earned a masters level degree, moved to the south, can’t even get a JOB at McDonald’s. It’s been 8 months and I am underemployed, working less than part time at a local hospital for . . . ready for it? Drumroll . . . $8.50/hr. Less than PART TIME!! Yeah, I’m screaming.  No pity party here though.   I absolutely refuse!

For years various ladies have been in my ear about the inability of finding modest garments to wear.    And, for years various people have inquired about my sewing for hire.   A concept I fought vehemently, LOL.  Why even a couple of months ago my daughter asked what I would charge to make her a maxi skirt.  With all the discouragement I could muster I turned that job down.  Guess what, she went to a local to her woman and paid $80.00 for an Ankara maxi skirt!  Between that, the promptings of a friend, and my pitiful prospects of self support where we now live, I have been persuaded to sew as a means of support.  “Skirting It!” at your service.

The Beginning

I am at the beginning of this cottage industry venture.  Busy researching web hosting (that won’t charge me for a year or more up front; ain’t got it like that yet), the dot com is in place, and just purchased a dressform and gravity fed iron so my garments will look crisp and professional.  Keeping an eye out on what ladies are wearing.  A strong presence on Instagram will be developed. Etsy is looking out of the picture for now because they would own the shop, not me, and that’s not the direction I want to go.  Also researching and meditating on paid hobby vs. business status.  No money for a tax attorney (right now) before anyone brings that up.

The Vision

I am thinking of offering up to nine pieces, made in standard US sizing to ladies, teens, and little girls.  Mommy and Me lines seem big and that is definitely something I can do.  I will displaying a variety of fabric swatches from my suppliers for customers to choose along with the style garment they desire.  Each garment will be handmade individually, expressly for said customer.  Meanwhile I am building up my wardrobe of samples for daily wear so that local people can see what I offer.

The hope is that the styles I choose will be evergreen; i.e., skirts.  Skirts are my chosen IT to feature.  I will offer an accessory or top or two here and there as a little something-something extra for flavor.  Have you seen an Ankara Obi belt?  Lovely!   I found this one online and went gaa gaa.  Thought it might be a nice accessory to offer.

Obi Belt

But, seriously, I want to focus on skirts.  I will be the skirt lady!  After Skirting It! gets off the ground I will add vintage style dresses in Ankara to the mix.   That will be a special look for sure.  Oh, I forgot to tell you Skirting It! will feature Ankara/African fabrics, Indian fabrics and Middle Eastern (if I can find them) textiles.

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Recent acquisition. Can not decide vintage style dress or maxi skirt?

Here are two skirts I found on Pinterest.  Personally, the one on the right has got me swooning.  I must make one to show off.  In case someone did not know what Ankara is and why I am crazy about it I thought I would share these.

Peplum and Flounce Skirts

Here is an Ankara garment I made for myself last spring.  The fabric was given to me by a Christian sister of mine whom I have yet to meet face-to-face.  We somehow got together via social media.  Wasn’t that kind of her?

African Fabric Assembly

Here is my latest acquisition.  She shipped today and I can NOT WAIT to sew her up.

Ankara Spheres
Can you say “Maxelle Skirt”!

This photo does NOT do the fabric justice.  When I complete my garment I will have to do better!  Anyway, I just wanted to give you a taste of what’s to come with Skirting It! fashions.  How can you not be happy with such gorgeous, colours that pop?

I’m excited, a tad nervous, but on I forge.  Any helpful suggestions are warmly welcomed as I embark on this creative venture.

Cheers,

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DIY: Make Your Own Ironing Board

Just ordered my first gravity feed iron. This will go nicely with it. 😄

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I hate ironing. Don’t we all? I’ve avoided buying everyday clothes that have to be ironed because, ultimately, they end up at the back of the closet. It’s also tough when you’re used to apartment dwelling without enough space for a full sized ironing board. A few years back I bought an upright steamer which made the situation a little easier to manage. However, with frequent sputtering, I think the life of my steamer is coming to an end. So I needed a new solution. I immediately though of making a new ironing board. I could control the size and had a lot of the materials on hand already.

First things first, I needed slab of wood. I set out to Home Depot where I found a 2 ft. x 4 ft. board and had them cut it down to 2 ft. x 3 ft.

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The rest of the materials…

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Marian Martin Shirtwaists

Check out my $8.00 score over at Etsy!  Two way cool Marian Martin shirtwaist patterns.  Two, mind you!!!!

Yaw’ll know I have a love affair going on with shirtwaists.  Now to transfer that into a wardrobe of my own dresses.  Actually, I have made a couple of them and sadly they both bit the dust.  That is, I wound up giving them away to various thrift shops; no more!  I am going to make a slew of these to wear as day dresses versus the sloppy cut off shorts, jersey sweat pants and the like that I have been subjecting myself and my dear husband to.  Pair my shirtwaists up with some nice leather flats and I will be good to go with shopping errands, library runs, or even home duties.  Yes!

9369:  Shirtwaist day dress with contrasting collar and cuffs, short or three-quarter sleeves, and patch pockets.

9306:  Marian Martin Mail Order 9306; circa late 1940s or early 1950s; Collared dress with button front and shoulder / sleeve yoke. Bodice is gathered along the front yoke and sits flat along the back. Bottom of dress has inverted pleat and large patch pockets located on hips with buttons. Self fabric belt.   Here is a better photo:

Marian Martin 9306

Both my finds are vintage sized 14.  Needless to say I will be enlargening this pattern a heapa bunch (as my cousin would say).

Every now and again I run into Marian Martin patterns and they intrigue me.  Upon Googling information about the company I found this at Bizapedia:

Marian Martin Pattern Service, Inc. is a New York Domestic Business Corporation filed on July 29, 1931. The company’s filing status is listed as Inactive – Dissolution By Proclamation / Annulmen and its File Number is 41128.

For the most part I like most of the patterns I have seen by them.  Too bad they are not still bringing us their style of vintage patterns.  Then again, perhaps they would have updated with the times and not even be offering these type patterns.   Hmm?

Move over June, your Mini You – The black June Cleaver is on the loose!  Excuse me, let me get my pearls.

Cheers,

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Singer Model 347

Singer 347

Another girl has been added to the family; Singer Model 347. Upon first glance the name was Charlie. He was found in a local thrift shop. Well, to my surprise, Charlie is a girl and so her name is “Charliezl”.

She was a particularly good find because I had just purchased a way cute brown and pink Brother on eBay that is not working to my satisfaction. The stitch length does not adjust properly and I do not have the wherewithall to sojourn over an hour away to a sewing machine repair shop. When I stumbled upon Charliezl, tested her in the store, and saw that the stitch length is in working order I just had to have her at the $19.00 price tag! Not to mention she is a jolly mint green ta boot.

Cleaned Up Cover

She boasts being made of metal, 110-120 Volts, .95 amps, and was made in Great Britain. She joined us not too much more than a month ago and she has helped make at least four outfits. She runs a bit hard; however, I plan on getting a manual and seeing what I can do by way of oiling her among other things. A professional tune-up is to be had to as soon as I am able.

Tabitha, Dorcas, and a yet unnamed serger, as well as myself happily welcome Charliezl to the Bubble Bunch at Lyric’s Lady Lair.

Cheers,

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Dottie Angel Frock

When I first spyed The Dottie Angel Frock had to have it.  I thought to myself, “This is the ugliest cute dress I have ever seen”.  Finally, I made my very own first one.

Shopping my stash there was no doubt she would be a bedsheet project.  Save for the patch pockets I used sheets for the top and bottom halves.

Dottie angel employs french side seaming and a buncha bias tape.  I love working with bias tape.  The wider the better.  Get this, it is all on the inside; no one will see it, but me.

Then again, I guess you will see it because I just posted it.  I went with gold between sections and the sleeves and green for the hem.

When I read a review of this dress somewhere it seemed to be difficult or maybe fussy is a better word due to the french seams and the biased interior.  Thankfully I decided to go with the instructions because it was not hard to make at all and was quite fun.  May I label this dress whimsical even?

The one thing I did change was at the advice of a predecessor and doubled the pockets.  She said it imparted strength for carrying things; i.e., cell phones.  Will I do so for upcoming dresses, I do not know.  I am leaning toward not doing so.  Speaking of strength, I need to get into the habit of backstitching at the end of my seams for one of my pockets is coming loose where I did not do that.  I’ll have to fix it when I take it off to get dressed for worship later.Project wrap-up:

This was a fun, easy, and inexpensive project.  Every bit was shipped from my personal stash.  That is always a plus.  I highly recommend this dress to others.  I will be making more of these.

Shortly after cutting the fabric I realized I was making it too large.  Since this is a house dress of sorts I decided not to sweat it and simply make the next one a skosh smaller.  Basically the hip area is fine, the upper portion is too large in the XL size that I cut.  Also, I may lengthen it so that when I sit down my knees are covered.  When I look at the sleeve area compared to the pattern and other lovely sewists’ projects mine are way too big.

The original is this lil cute cap-like sleeve. Mine feel like elephant ears!  But, it sure is comfy!

The scoop on the front is too low also.  I expect all this will be addressed with a smaller size Large cutting.

Cheers,

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Creative Fantasia Patternwork Sew-A-Long

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The Creative Fantasia Patternwork Sewalong fun begins June 6!  Hosted by Laura Nash of Sew Chic Pattern Company.

I can not believe I could not stand this pattern when I first laid eyes on it.  Still not sure if it grew on me or simply the fact that I am experiencing a love affair with Sew Chic Patterns in general.  Ms. Nash created a wedding gown with this pattern and it is divine.  Go check it out at her web page.

Laura is a true educator and this sewalong will testify to that.  There is going to be active learning, participation, and homework.  No doubt I will not be having multiple WIPs while doing this project the month of June.

Umm, there are two outfits I need for July 27 – 29 so I may have to retract that, LOL.   Maybe I’ll just have a sewing marathon in July to get them completed.  If I recall according to the sewalong schedule we will be working on muslins and then after the course we are to make our frocks in chosen fashion fabric.

Get your muslin, scissors, marking paper, measuring tape, come join us and get ready to sew, learn, and share.

Cheers,

lyric-siggie-purple-cute

Response to “Be Your Own Cheerleader” by Robbie of My Journey Through Eden

Just had to share this with my friends.  My comment on my girl’s blog:

  1. Robbie girl,

    I don’t even know what to say (mostly because I blog on the public library’s computers and I have only 15 minutes left, bwahhhh haaa).

    “Do I want to be skinny? No, I just want to add more productive years to my life, enjoy my grandchildren, travel without having to pay for two seats, be able to see my feet, tie my own shoes, fit comfortably in a tub, avoid knee replacements, etc. When I look in the mirror, (most of the time) I like what I see. I don’t feel abandoned or cheated because folks are having weight loss surgery. Would I get discouraged or angry if they had a breast reduction, tummy tuck, face lift, knee replacements? ”

    My mamma brought me up to love myself. I think I use this to make excuses for not exercising and eating right. As a matter of fact not two hours ago I mentioned to a girlfriend “There is a bunch of stuff which will keep us out of God’s Kingdom. High cholesterol and being fat ain’t two of ’em”. That is true. Even more reasons why I do not overly sweat my health status.

    Now, like you, I am in pre-diabetic mode, my A1C is 6.3 when last checked.  I am grossly overweight. I think they call it “obese” at 5’6″ and 202.5 lbs. I had joined Anytime Fitness last year and was working out regularly. Six months ago we moved here. These Southern women can COOK do you read me, girl!!!! I have been eating like a big ole hog. Six months ago I was 179 pounds (though that may be large) check me out now at over 200! Not cute atall. (Rolling my eyes).

    Those who get the surgery . .. . “turned in their fat/curvy/thick cards”. Girl, please. Folk need to quit hatin’. I WISH I could get the surgery. I’m too poor (the pay here is horrendous, the cost of living a tad bit lower for us though). And, I know the best way to to move, move, move. Sewing and sitting don’t help, LOL. Still, I would love gastric bypass (maybe I need to get a “Go Fund Me” account and beg for donations).

    ”When I look in the mirror, (most of the time) I like what I see.”

    My sentiments exactly. Somebody pass the peach cobbler . . . .

    Cheers,

    Lyric

Sew Chic Starter Skirt

Sew excited here (pun intended) to be writing about my very first Sew Chic pattern project – the Starter Skirt.

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First time touching a Sew Chic pattern!

You see, I have been amassing Sew Chic patterns for probably over a year now with the Tia dress as my first purchase.  Recently, I found out the owner/designer, Laura Nash has made herself available on FB via a creative sewing group dedicated to Sew Chic pattern projects.  Truly, it is thrilling for me and good business sense on her part to be available this way.  Her warm, friendly personality inclined me to purchase (and continue to purchase) Sew Chic patterns.  As a matter of fact, the Petticoat shall be next to join my collection.

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Lyric’s Sew Chic Pattern Collection

Psst, we hear Laura is working on a new design to debut early fall, I think.  Try as we might she is not letting the cat out of the bag much on this story.

With all the buzz at our lovely FB group I was itching to do some stitching of a  Sew Chic pattern.   So, I decided on the Starter Skirt and shopped my stash to make a wearable muslin.  Ahh, this will do nicely and I have enough yardage. Kinda sorta.

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Still in the works. Bedsheets and table cloths sure make nice circle skirts.

My no-name serger was used for the first time.  Yay!  Boy had I forgotten the joys of electronic sewing.  Many of you know we used to live off grid last year before relocating here.

The panels of this baby went together lickety split with the serger.  The skirt went together like a dream.  I really must give her a name and soon.  Sally Serger is goofy.  Any suggestions?

The Starter Skirt pattern is a level 2 (I think); great for beginners.  The 12-gore view tickled my fancy this time along with the wide waistband from the other view.  I like the wide waistbands to have something for my cinch belt to cling to.  I should be embarrassed to share that I sometimes do not add hooks, eyes, or buttons because they would be concealed by the belt anyway.  I know, do better Lyric.

It seems with each if my projects there is a glitch.  This one was no different.  There was not quite enough bedsheet for this skirt.  I believe this one was for a double sized bed.  As it turned out there was only a corner of the pattern piece that was not covered.  A 20″ narrow triangular shape piece of sheeting to fill the area did the trick.  Since this is a full skirt the area is concealed where I sewed that patch of a corner.  Way to go for a $2.00 skirt especially considering I just laid $35-$40 for a Moda by Sandy Gervais cotton to make my next Starter Skirt.  Note: I combined two project posts – my Starter Skirt toile (the green and white skirt) and the second one the pretty Moda fabric skirt.

Wrap-up:

The Starter Skirt is easey peasey to make.  I thoroughly enjoyed working with this Sew Chic pattern and look forward to additional projects by that indie designer.  I even learned a new technique with sewing the waistband part.

Let me give you a heads up.  In June, Laura Nash is hosting a Fantasia Sew-A-Long.  It begins June 6 and is going to be heapa buncha informative.  So get your hiney on over to Facebook and check us out.

Cheers,

Lyric

Shalwar Kameez Kit

Seaform Salwar Kameez

This project was truly an interesting feat.  Long ago I fell in love with African/Indian shalwars and kameez outfits.  They were to be had economically on eBay which was a boon for me.  They are so ornate that I would only wear them on “special” occasions.  Thankfully I have grown out of that nonsense.  Now, I wear them whenever I feel like it.  Sadly, I gave about 20 outfits away some years ago.  Well, I am on the mend and working to replenish my stock.

Seeing me wear them to work a Muslim co-worker was delighted and stated she would purchase me an outfit.  Hey, who am I turn turn down a double blessing (her for the giving and me for the receiving).  Time passed, I figured she had forgotten about it, no problem, right.  Well, lo and behold, my girl Hazmat brought me this project to work one day.

Kameez Shell

So, check it out . . . I thought this was a salwar/kameez outfit, right?  Well, it was sorta, kinda.  I was all smiles as I opened the cellophane package.  The seafoam green is truly stunning.  My cell phone did no justice to this outfit.  Anyway . . . as I am taking items out of the package.  This is what I also found . . .

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Up close of the salwar fabric

Hazmat had brought me a salwar/kameez kit if-you-will.  I had to put the kameez together and make the salwars.  I had to hide the surprise from my face.  Thank gawd Mamma taught me to sew.

Seafoam green salwars

Now, I am a big girl (read that size 16 ready to wear, size like 20-22 big four pattern companies).  Sew, there was not enough fabric for the salwars.  Shopping my stash I found some ivory colored squares of fabric that I got from a house sale.  They felt divine and have the feel of linen and silk.  No clue as to their content.  I sewed two of them together with a narrow hem and used them for the yoke of the salwars.  I figured they would be under the kameez anyway.  Who would know?  Ooops, I forgot.  Yaw’ll will know ’cause I can’t keep a sewing secret.

Sleeve Fabric
Sleeve fabric

Really I should have pressed the stuff before photographing this, duh.  It looked so pretty when I pressed it before actually sewing it.  Anywho, you get an idea here of what I was working with.  Yikes, slinky, silky fabric is not my forte.  I have got to work on that I suppose.  So, above is what I used for sleeves for my kameez.

Seafoam Dupatta

The beautiful dupatta kept sliding off my shoulders last night at the Memorial Celebration event that we attended.  Note to self:  Next time you wear this discreetly pin it where you desire it to stay.

Shopping my stash again, I found a sleeve pattern piece that I thought would go well with this design.  I also already have a couple salwars patterns.  The next time I make salwars I am going to add a crotch gusset.  I saw one on another African pant pattern and I think I could use one with my big behind.

From what I understand the word “salwar” means “baggy pants”.  How cool for that is exactly what they are.  However, being made with such exquisite fabric I like the term salwar better, LOL.  Dupatta is Indian for “scarf”.  And kameez is shirt.

Cheers,

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