Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Banquet Outfit - Vogue 7963

Vogue 7963 - Me & the Pattern
Pattern Description:
Semi-fitted, lined top, below waist has princess seams, collar, double breasted snap closing and elbow or full length sleeves. A-line or slightly flared skirt, mid-knee or full length has waistband and back zipper.

Earlier in the evening
Pattern Sizing:
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?YES, it did!  I made the long sleeved jacket and the full length skirt.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, the instructions were clear - I didn't have any problems.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
 The jacket!  The parts of the jacket went together easily (this is only my 2nd jacket) - especially, since this one has a lining. 

Fabric Used:
5 yards of Polyester Crepe backed Satin ($3.99 per yard), about 3 1/2 yards of Polyester Lining ($1.50 per yard), 2 yards of 1/2 inch horsehair braid ($0.50 per yard), about 1/2 yard of No Roll Elastic and 2 black & gold shoe bows pinned to the jacket. 

Everything was purchased at Fine Fabrics in Atlanta.  Total Cost = $26.20
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Jacket: Since, I haven't mastered making a Full Bust Adjustment - I just made the biggest size jacket that would fit across my chest.  Initially, I  pinned the jacket tighter (and, it worked for the first part of the evening), but after a few hours - it became more noticeable.
Later in the evening - jacket isn't staying on my shoulders
Skirt: The skirt called for a waistband and a zipper insertion (I have only been making elastic waist skirts) - so, I made a few alterations to the top of the pattern and inserted elastic.  And, yes - the skirt was super comfortable!  Although, the pattern didn't call for it - I added a lining and trimmed the bottom of the skirt with horsehair braid.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes.  I would definitely sew it again!  This was the most slippery fabric that I have used to date - so, the fabric was a little nerve racking.  But, if I can figure out the fitting issues with the jacket - I would like to make the shorter sleeved jacket and short skirt to wear to church.


I needed an outfit to wear to the Pastor's Anniversary Banquet.  The lines of the combo make it a classic piece that will still be fashionable for years to come.

Needles Up,

Always Audrey

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

My first baby blanket!

Here are a few pictures of my 1st completed baby blanket!  I'm so proud!

Pattern Review
Pattern - Lion Brand Yarn Seed Stitch Baby Blanket (#kpl-bafg)
Yarn - Lion Brand Yarn / Pound of Love - Antique White
Knitting Needles - Size 10 (US)

**Note on the pattern - this pattern is for a hooded baby blanket.  I didn't have any yarn needles, and I didn't have any sewing needles that I could use on the yarn - so, I omitted the hood.  This is just the blanket part of the pattern.

The pattern was very straight forward - although, I had to get used to the feel of the seed stitch (k1, p1) which felt very awkward when I first started this blanket.  So, the majority of the first half of the blanket - all I did was learn this stitch.  LOL! 

I made this blanket specifically for a baby shower gift for someone at my job.  The blanket was a big hit.  Although, it didn't cost me much money (approx. $8) - I had to buy size 10 needles, but, at least I was able to buy the yarn half price during a sale.  It did cost me quite a bit of time.  I've been stressing over the whole rain inside my apartment drama - so, this knitting project was a welcome distraction. 

Needles Up,
Always Audrey

Monday, July 22, 2013

The Great Flood(s) of 2013

I haven't been sewing lately and with good reason....
In all the years that I've lived in Atlanta (and, I've been here for 7 years), I've never known it to rain so much!  Needless to say, although it hasn't been flooding in the streets of my neighborhood, my dining room / sewing studio is a different story.

Every time it rains (every few days), I've been moving everything out of the dining room and into the living room.  I know, it seems like I should leave everything in the living room, but there's just not enough space to walk through to the bedroom / bathroom.  Hopefully, the maintenance team can finally fix this leak (for good) and I can get back to sewing. 

In the meantime, I have spent some time knitting - I'll post pictures soon!

Needles Up,
Always Audrey

Friday, May 24, 2013

2 Completed Knitting Projects

In my blog post on Friday, April 19th - She Sews... And, She Knits - I told you that I learned how to knit.  Well, since then, I've completed 2 knitting projects.

Disclaimer: Before you continue reading, I need you to know that I haven't made anything.  Well, I made 2 things, but... Maybe, you should just keep reading....

1st completed knitting project

Here's my 1st completed Knitting Project....

Of course, I made it - I love it!  But, it isn't anything.  It isn't long enough to be a scarf or anything like that.  It's just rows of knit or purl stitch.  This took me approximately 12 hours to complete.  I learned the basics on this piece, but honestly - it wasn't until around the 9th or 10th hour that I really had a feel for the knitting needles and hit a groove with knitting.

This project was started in my knitting class and will be donated to the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art for this year's yarn bomb. 


This is my 2nd completed Knitting Project....

Baby Blanket Pattern - Test size
While working on my 1st project, I realized that I really love knitting.  It is SO relaxing!  And, a few minutes / hours - really helps me put my day (but, really my life) in perspective.

This project will be donated to the yarn bomb!
I was using a baby blanket pattern to try and figure out if I will be able to make a blanket.  What I learned: on the first half (the top half of the kite), it was the increasing side and my stitches were rather tight.  Tight stitches are easy to manage when you are increasing.  As, I started on the decreasing side, the tight stitches were too tight to knit two together, so I made the stitches a little loose.  If I made all of the stitches the same size, it would look more like a square than a kite.  What I know now: I could make a blanket.  And, I want to try to make one soon!

Sidebar: The topic for this post, could have been - Yes, I like colorful yarn! 

Needles Up,
Always Audrey

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I make earrings!

One of the reasons that I haven't had time to sew is that I've been doing the most (typical)!  And, I started making earrings!  Oh, yeah!

Wal-Mart had earring making kits on clearance a few months ago.... So, of course a kit came home with me - and, transformed into 4 beautiful pairs of earrings.  And, in typical Audrey style - I don't have any clear pictures (of the earrings) while I'm wearing them. 

White & Silver Earrings

Silver Earrings - I probably could have taken a better picture

Pink Earrings

And, my most challenging piece - Brown Heart Earrings

Needles Up,
Always Audrey

Monday, May 20, 2013

Mission Statement

Over the course of the last few months, I felt like I was trying to do way too many things all at the same time.  Part of problem was that I was over-committing my time.  The other part, was that I was seriously underestimating the amount of time and motivation that I needed to work on things.  So, I have a lot of projects that I started (or, should I say --> half-finished) since the beginning of the year (including, V8815 top, S1906 dress, 1 crochet & 1 knit project for the yarn bomb). 

That's why I decided to revisit my Mission Statement.  I completed this exercise a few years ago, but I needed to assess where I am now and make sure that all of the things that I'm working on fit in with my ultimate mission / purpose.  I realize that I need to work on managing my commitments, and making sure I finish what I start (didn't I just go through this at the beginning of the year - OMG!), but I found that I am mostly on the right track.

If you want to create your own Mission Statement, visit Franklin Covey - Mission Statement Builder.  This is a great website that will have you answer a series of questions to come up with your personal Mission Statement.  I went through all of the questions one day, then spent a day or two thinking before I completed my answers.

Audrey's Mission Statement 2013

I am at my best when 1) I know what's expected of me; 2) I have an opportunity to be creative; and, 3) I feel comfortable communicating my thoughts. 
I will try to prevent times when 1) I'm not able to communicate my thoughts; 2) my creativity is hampered; and, 3) expectations and goals haven't been clearly communicated.
I will enjoy my work by finding employment where I can solve problems, think critically, think creatively, work through issues, explain problems, and work with others to find solutions.
I will find enjoyment in my personal life through dancing, sewing, knitting, crocheting, planning, organizing, re-organizing, making lists, cooking, baking, listening to music, and reading.
I will find opportunities to use my natural talents and gifts such as public speaking, decision making, problem solving, cheer leading, being persuasive, and being a friend.
I can do anything I set my mind to, therefore, I will start a clothing line, make a movie, write a book, go back to school and get my degree, and volunteer teaching kids and/or adults crafts.
My life's journey is full of smaller battles that continually challenge me to evolve into the person that I have always been destined to be. I sometimes wish that I was the most courageous or the bravest, but I am not.  And yet, I continually learn that I am better than I was before the newest battle started.
I will be a person who is surrounded by friends, family and members of either the community or my local church.  I desire to be known as the epitome of a lady that is kind, generous, decisive and quick witted always speaking with power and conviction. 
My most important future contribution to others will be smiles, laughter, honesty, and compassion.
Although, I don't procrastinate - since, I always start or make an attempt - I will be mindful of the number of things that I start at one time.  I will endeavor to make realistic goals / time lines and not have more than 4 new projects (especially, crafts) going at one time. 
I will strive to incorporate the following attributes into my life:
  • Courage & Strength
  • Expressing myself clearly
  • Believing in myself again
I will constantly renew myself by focusing on the four dimensions of my life:
  • Eating balanced, nutritious & delicious meals, working out, dancing, resting
  • Praying & mediating; spending time reading (non-fiction & self-help books)
  • Staying organized, writing down goals & dreams, using my planner, staying on plan financially, making sure I make time for fun/relaxation and for work/budget
  • Spending time with friends, volunteering

Needles Up,
Always Audrey

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Inspiration from Chadwicks

I love these separates....
Together, they offer so many options.  That's how I feel about my V8541 collection...

Needles Up,
Always Audrey