5:59 AM

GIVEAWAY!!!!! Come on in!

Morning Loves!

Today Needles and Fashion starts what will be, regular giveaways.  YAAAAY!  

I'm a pretty impulsive person, so when I purchase fabric, I often purchase 1) All that is left 2) Way more than I need.  The unfortunate part of this is I rarely use the same materials more than once (unless its denim).  This fabric was purchased from Fabric Mart Fabrics.

But that's good for you!  Here's how:

Follow me on IG  (HERE)
Like the Needles and Fashion FB Page (HERE)

On each, there will be a giveaway post.  Go there that post and tell me what you would make with this fabric (only required to post on one or the other) using the #needlesandfashion hashtag.  (2) lovely people will be chosen on Saturday Morning, and 3 lovely yards of the mesh used below will be sent to the winners on Monday!  

Good Luck and stay tuned to the next giveaway!

Needles and Fashion

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5:43 AM

A Little Bit if Love Can Take You a Long Way!

Now that Fall is in full swing, there no time better than now to break out the long skirts, and boots.  For this garment, I went with a graffiti type print mesh from Fabric Mart Fabrics.  The top is a stretch jacquard fabric also from FM that I've had for well over a year.  The mesh is now sold out, but here are some alternates that would look GREAT with this same concept:

Mesh:  I used this for a shorter version of this skirt and am in LOVE with the print  (HERE).  These are well worth a try as well  (Option 2), (Option 3), & (Option 4).

Top Knit:  The key here is to get a double/sweater/neoprene/jacquard knit with at least selvage to selvage stretch.  (Option 1), (Option 2), & (Option 3).

Construction:  I used (1) gold teeth 9" exposed zipper, (1) 29" by 5" piece of wool for the waistband and (2) 9" by 1/2" strips of wool to serve as a stabilizer for the mesh where I insert the zipper.  The waistband is basically my waist measurement plus 1" for seam the allowance.

I used 4 yards of fabric for this skirt.  The selvage edge is white on one end and fabric toned on the other.  I used the fabric toned selvage as the bottom of my skirt.  I was able to cut down the top to get my desired length without disrupting the other selvage edge which would be better than attempting to hem mesh!

I did a basting stich 1/4 from the top of the skirt and gathered my fabric down to 30".

I then prepped my waist band by folding a pressing a 5/8" seam on both ends to encase the skirt.  Once pressed, I pinned the skirt to the inside of the waist band, and top stitched it into place.

Once this was complete, I stitched and overlocked my seams with an 8" opening at the top to insert my zipper.

This process is really simple and should take no less than a casual hour.  

The top was my first creation using a bodice sloper I created from a craftsy class I took last month. The sleeves I took from a simplicity pattern I had not yet stored properly :).  M6886 would be a great alternative to the bodice I used.  The neckline is the same and the fit can be adjusted with ease.  

This outfit came together quite well.  After construction, I wore it to a private dinner party and it was a hit!  My favorite part of this outfit is the mix of prints.  I literally forgot I had the fabric used for the top, but found myself digging through my fabric stash determined not to create a solid top.  

Happy Sewing!
- Jenese 

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9:03 AM

Guest Post from Eryn of Style Sew Me!

Today's we have a guest post from the beautiful Eryn of Style Sew Me.  I have followed Eryn's blog for some time and love all of her work.  She takes amazing pictures as well.  I hope you enjoy this DIY as much as I did!

Hey everyone! My name is Eryn and I share my sewing and style looks over at Style Sew Me. Thanks to Jenese for letting me crash on Needles and Fashion today to share my DIY. 
We took the challenge to come up with a look that can be styled from Day to Night and this is my look!

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5:22 PM

Olive Juice: Army Chic Vogue V8909 Altered.

Now that fall is rolling back around again, its time to create and in this case finish projects in warm fall colors don't you think???

Yeah so... this is again, one of those WIP projects from last year.  So long ago I cannot thoroughly remember where I purchased the fabric.  I am about 80% certain it came from JoAnns and from the denim/bottom weight area.  The fabric has stretch salvage to salvage is about 7 oz in weight.  

The pattern I used for these pants is V8909, I widened the waistband and created a waistband to tie.  At first I pondered creating belt loops but wanted the elastic bunching to show with the belt below.  For this, I topstitched the belt to the back of the pants (pocket to pocket) right in the seam between the waistband and the pants.  I also inserted (4) one inch darts, two in the front and two in the back.  Both centered.  Everything else was by the pattern. 

Any who, on Sunday's as of late, my daughter and I have been making time just for us two.  She usually take my pictures anyway (she's getting better each time) so I decided lets go to this waterfall that she likes so much.  I carried my heels and jacket and threw on some flats.  Chile.... this girl had my on a good mile hike!!! The trail started right across from my property, and we probably could have gotten there faster if the trail was a straight shot, it was great letting her take me somewhere I had never been and her taking control of the direction.  It was hilarious hearing her checking on me... "Ma, are you good?".  I responded "I'm grown, I got this but wish you would have told me to put on some sneaks!".  Gotta love that kid.  

Here are some of the pics we took.  I actually plan on making these again before the end of the year with some improvements.  I will be sure to make a tutorial this time as well.  

Heels: Zara
Tank: Vince
Leather Jacket: Vince
Necklace: Unkown, from Saks Fifth Avenue

Happy Sewing!  


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8:20 AM

Traveling Abroad... London and Rotterdam (Picture Heavy)

Back again!

Sooooooo I have been MIA lately as the activity at work increased.  I was and am still getting pulled in 800 different directions and its been rather hard to get into my sewing studio.  I spent the week in Rotterdam with 2 day trips in London between flights.  I was completely and utterly exhausted, but was able to take these beautiful pictures.  Side note: I just got a new lens and am learning to get more and more creative.

I cannot wait to return early next year!

Have a great weekend!
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7:56 AM

In with the old! Self drafted side insert wool pencil skirt

Real quick.... I made this skirt last year and completely forgot to blog about it.  I found it in my WIP basket even though it was completed (huh?).  Any who... I love this skirt and will be sure to wear it this year!  I got this fabric from NY while on a fabric dash lol.


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7:51 AM

DIY Simplicity 1059

Hi loves!

I have been beyond busy lately and wanted to share with you a dress I created a couple months ago.  This was a simple make: Simplicity 1059 lengthened to my ankles.  This pattern was a breeze to create and will I will likely create this dress again.

The fabric is from fabric mart and unfortunately, is sold out.  I would definitely use THIS which is an ITY from Fabric Mart. 

Happy Sewing!

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