Hurricane Harvey Tote Bag Project!!

Hello Everyone!

This is a long video but it teaches you to sew a quick tote bag. We are doing this to send to Hurricane Harvey victims. You can let me know if you would like to make or buy a bag, fill with toiletries and send to my friend that is working hard in Houston to help those affected.

It is truly appreciated. If you have any questions or need the address to send please contact me on Facebook or Instagram.

Lovely

 

Summer Staple: Sew Straight & Gather’s Studio Dress

Do you know those dresses that you know you will live in all summer? Well at least I live in them. In Texas the easier, coolest thing to thrown on for the weekend is a dress. And this just made it to the top of my list. It is the Studio Dress by Sew Straight & Gather that I had the honor of being a tester for.I will be sewing up a couple more of these and of course I will have to test out the jumper and romper too.

This is an easy and quick sew that took me around an hour to make. I love that it is a close neck but as long as you select the correct knit you won’t have to fiddle with a zipper for the version I made. I would like to experiment with putting a zipper in it and making it in a stable knit but that is just me.

 

The directions and super clear and easy to understand. Her illustrations are some of the best I have seen in new pdf patterns. But don’t take it from me alone. Head over to Sew Straight & Gather and pick up one! On sale for a limited time.  

This lovely fabric is from KnitPop.com Can you see that stretch lace!!

Lovely

 

You have to make this! Designer Stitch’s Stylish Ravanna Wrap Pants

 

 

 

I have been sewing for a long time but I rarely run across a pattern that I like as much as this one.   The Ravanna Wrap pants from Designer Stitch has a wonderful style that stands out from other patterns. You will find wrap pants all over Pintrest and other places but the don’t hold a candle. These pants looks good on so many body shapes and have some good options.

I chose to do the weekday or straight leg version. I made it out of a firm hand from Joann’s. I added 4 inches in the leg due to my 6′ statue and I wanted to wear these lovely pants with heels. I also add a bit to the rise because I wanted them at my true waist.

Ann the designer and owner of Designer Stitch only designs for woven and not knit which I love but I do want to try this pattern with a knit and also the tulip style.

If you love style you need to go grab this pattern. 

Lovely

 

 

 

 

 

Time To Get Comfy! Ella Combo

There is a constant in Texas right now and until September…..heat and more heat! We tater in the 90’s and 100’s all summer long. I am very cold natured so for the most part I love it but even for me it can get miserable. This PJ set is a God send. I was able to test this pattern for Designer Stitch and it is great! Super quick make, easy directions and such a comfy, versitale outfit. You can keep it as a PJ or you can where it as a two piece jump or even just wear each piece with other things and it all works beautifully.

I made the set with a very thin and soft cotton in an aztec print. I switch the ruffle for lace because at 6′ it is hard for me to pull off ruffle. Other than that I made it just like the directions.

If you are interested check it out here. If you join the Facebook group you can even get it for free.

See you next time!

Lovely

 

 

 

Beat the Heat in Style: The Laela Jayne Summer Collection

Laela Jeyne Patterns just released their new Summer Collection and it is fabulous!! It has quite a few pieces for ladies and mini ladies(girls)! I had the honor of joining the blog tour and today is my stop! I hope you enjoy a look at my version of the pieces from this collection.

I first chose the Women’s Dahlia Tank Top because I live in tanks during the summer in Texas. They are comfortable, cool and versatile. I chose to do go a bit bold with the crop length which I think paired with the long skirt was set off well. The pattern is great for beginners and old pro’s have a super quick basic to make whenever they need a wardrobe filler. I can see me making quite a few more. The fit is amazing. I am a tank top snob so the fit has to be right and this is right! I love that it has cup sizing as well. I have a smaller frame but large bust and this works!

This fabric is quite amazing! I have had it for a few months and did not know what to do with it. It is actually a scuba knit from Fabric Styles  (they have reasonably priced and stunning scuba) which is not a suggested fabric but it works well. I would only suggest those that have worked with scuba before try it in this fabric choice.

And next we have the Women’s Rose Circle Skirt! This is a classic style but with a ton of options to customize it.

From full, half, and quarter widths in mini, knee, midi, and two maxi lengths your options are endless. You can use woven or knit fabric too! Again I see this as a staple piece that can be made again and again. I have made circle skirts by self drafting and while it is not too hard it can get a bit confusing. I would recommend this pattern to a beginner or anyone that wants to skip the fuss of drafting a pattern. I have a flare for the dramatic so I made it extra long by  adding some length for my 6 feet tall frame and a little extra for drama.

Here are some additional pictures of the outfit. I love that I can wear this tank with jeans, pants and other skirts. I want to try it with some high waist pants. The skirt is a classic and can be worn a ton of ways. I plan on pairing it with some boots and sweater for fall too!

So needless to say I love this collection! If you are interested in picking up these or other patterns in the collection now is your chance. Check out the Laela Jeyne Summer Collection here. I am going to go relax in my new outfit now but be sure to check out the other ladies posts on this collection at the tour links below. There is such talent and creativity you will love it!

Lovely

 

Monday

Anna’s Heirloom BoutiqueSwimming in a Sea of EstrogenOlive Ashby

Tuesday

Mahlica DesignsPear Berry LaneSewing with Sarah

Wednesday

Sewn at SeamsNini and AshThe Crafting FiendSew a Piece of Joy

Thursday

I am Mami de SofionaSew and Tell ProjectMy Heart Will Sew On

Friday

Love ThingsIdle SunshineLovely for LifeNeva Couture

Also be sure to head to the Laela Jeyne Tour Blog Post to enter the rafflecopter.

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#MMMAY17 and lessons learned!

I participated in the Me Made May challenge this year. This challenge was started by blogger Zoe 8 years ago and it is great. Go to her website for all the details but it is basically a challenge to get you to wear your me made wardrobe the whole month of May. You can put a specific challenge to wear so many pieces of me made a day and also it is encouraged to make a certain amount of items per week or month during the challenge. You also post a picture each day to your favorite social media sites with yourself wearing the items. This year was my first year participating and while I have a lot of me made items it was harder than I thought but that was a good thing because it made me realize what was missing from my wardrobe and decide on what I need to fill those holes.

Here is my list of things I need to work on.

  1. Summer work clothes
  2. Good basics tops in neutral solid colors: black, blue, white tops
  3. Casual skirts
  4. Shorts
  5. Workout clothes

 

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Here are some of my me made may outfits(Note I was on vacation so there are more casual outfits than normal:

Summer Sewing Plans!! Texas Style

I have a ton of sewing projects I have been stacking up as I finish my current projects so I wanted to share my planned makes for summer(in Texas). I sew mostly clothes but I have a few bags planned as well. I also am going to do a Pinterest  Steal each time I do a planned sewing post. It will be a complete outfit I like from Pinterest that I will try to duplicate. It could be a work outfit or casual. I will do a separate post on those makes as well.

So lets see what I am planning….and eventually what I make. 🙂

  1. A sweater for my mom: McCall’s 7055 View D
  2. A cream dress:McCall’s 7593 View View D
  3. A…pj’s: Sew News Magazine June/July Issue Freebies
  4. A button down for my husband:McCall’s 7206 View A
  5. A tribal print dress:Vogue 9253 View B
  6. A….harem pant:McCall’s 7682 Out Of Print
  7. A blue floral dress:New Look 6491 View A
  8. A peach top and pant set: McCall’s 7606 View A and D
  9. A green guaze redo(I made this top years ago and will share my original make and this one in a future post):McCall’s 4453 Out of Print
  10. A pink floral top: Butterick 3970 Out Of Print
  11. A styled outfits: peplum tom and slim fit pants: Top, Vogue 9084 Pants, Burda 129B
  12. Two gift cross body bags: Vogue 7862 Out Of Print
  13. The Amy Butler Weekender Travel Bag: I will be using the old version but here it the link to the new version. 

 

January/February Makes

To launch the blog I thought I would share my makes for the first couple months of 2017! I was a busy girl and had a lot of fun. I have so many great things planned for 2017 and hope the craziness of life is done getting in my way.

Without further delay here are my makes for the first two months of 2017.

  1. Sew Over It Pussy Bow Blouse
  2. Black Knit Circle Skirt-From Freehand Fashion Book-Chienelo Bally
  3. Kwik Sew K3554 (View A without the lace) Nightgown
  4. Butterick B5152 Robe(View B without lace and bell sleeves)
  5. Simplicity 1426 Ankara Halter Top
  6. Ankara Circle Skirt- From Freehand Fashion Book-Chienelo Bally
  7. Seamwork Jane Classic Tee
  8. McCalls M7476(View E) Long Sweater
  9. Self Drafted Boho Purse
  10. Floral Swoon Nora Bag

 

  1. To say I love the Pussy Bow Blouse from Sew Over It would be an understatement. As a professional women it is such an easy top to wear. It is a conservative cut that I like to play with and make it in a not so conservative print. I do want to make some more basic colors of this pattern soon as well. Stay tuned. There will be more!
  2. As I mentioned I want to add some basics to my wardrobe and a basic black circle skirt fit the bill. I used the Chienelo Bally’s book Freehand  Fashion book circle skirt directions to make this one. I added a surprise red zipper that you can only see a hint of. It was born out of necessity because it was the only invisible zipper I had but I kind of love the little hint of color. 
  3. This Kwik Sew Nightgown was a quick make from some damaged fabric I purchased off a clearance rack. I love the look and it is very comfortable. I look forward to wearing it during spring and summer. It is an easy make if you are looking for a good nightgown pattern.
  4. This robe is so romantic! I love retro robes. They beat those “note so cute”  robes they sell in the stores. Those are either made for ladies that are about 100 years old or  that are completely blind. This was a fairly easy make even though I must admit I was  little nervous taking it on. I made View B but did not add the lace and kept the sleeves bell instead of adding the cuffs. 
  5. I am a sucker for a cute halter top. I remember the cute little girl ones that my mom put me in. Things have not changed much. Some may wonder where in the world I am going to wear this. I can see myself working in my garden in this and some shorts or pair it with a long flowing white skirt and lay in the hammock with a cold drink this summer. Or I may pair it with the matching Ankara skirt and add a cute sweater over it so only a hint peaks out over the sweater. This was such an easy sew. I only had one mess up when I did not read the instructions carefully.

6. I love this Ankara print skirt! I made this using Chienelo Bally’s book Freehand  Fashion circle skirt directions. Such an easy make once you get the basics of making these skirts down. I will be making several more. I think the siholotte looks good on my figure. If it doesn’t don’t tell me. 🙂

7. I am going to admit something. I hate tee shirts! I haven’t worn t-shirts in years. Probably 8 or 10 years. I don’t think they are very feminine. They don’t flatter the female form but I thought it was time for me to be more open minded about them and also if I make them I can customize it to my shape and I can also customize them. This is Jane from Seamwork was a quick and fun make. I still am not a t-shirt girl but this will be good to throw on when I need to.

8. Anyone that knows me knows one thing. I am always COLD! Yes I live in Texas and, yes, I am still always cold. In the winter I am cold and in the summer in Texas people turn the A/C up so much I freeze. I always have a sweater with me year round. I joke that I have to have my old lady sweater with me. 🙂 Well here is my latest. Such an easy make. I picked this sweater fabric up at Joann’s Fabrics and besides a bit of shedding it was perfect.

9. I have had a skirt for 5 years that I never wore. It was in my closet and had the tags on it. It was so cute with this faux suede fringe. So what is a girl to do? Cut up my brand new skirt of course! I made it into this super cute cross body boho bag. I love this thing. My sister does too. She tried to steal it. I compromised by agreeing to make her one if she sends me the fabric. I am working on editing the pattern and thinking about putting it out for you to purchase but I have work to do on it before it will be ready. If you are interested please comment below. This bag is fully lined, has a zipper pocket and two slip pockets. It is perfect for those summer concerts.

10. My Bag of the Month! Yes I am now obsessed with making bags. This was my fifth. This was the one I planned just for me. The boho one just happened. This one I searched high and low for the right fabric and hardware for a bag just for me. I love it!! This was my third Swoon pattern. If you have never made a Swoon bag I highly recommend them. Great directions. Let me know what you think of this bag. Do you love it? I do. I would change two things. The vinyl was not the best and rubbed off in parts and I wish I had done a pink lining rather the yellow. Other than that I LOVE IT!

 

I hope you enjoyed one of my very first posts! I enjoyed making it! Please leave comments and suggestions and check back often. New things are on the way.

Lovely

 

 

Hello world!

Hello and Welcome to Lovelyforlife1!! This is my little lifestyle blog! Here you will find all my creative adventures in one place. Adventures such as fashion and handbag sewing, natural body care product DIY’s, gardening, photography, home improvement and decor and so much more. I will also be adding a shop with a curated selection of things I love that I think you will too.

Please check back often and leave your email below so I can contact you when  a new blog post is uploaded. I am open to suggestions on posts, reviews, and items you would life to see. Also be sure to check me out on my Instagram at @Lovelyforlife1 and I will be relaunching my Youtube channel soon as well.

Thanks for stopping by and please tune in for my adventures.

Leah…Lovelyforlife1