Thanks again folks for being so patient with me as I update and migrate all my great sewing project information into my blog.  I know I have been behind on writing these updates.  I am currently trying to work out a good system of organizing all my fun updates and material to keep you posted on all the wonderful projects happing with me.  With that, I have decided to do regular “Project Chronicles” and “Video Logs” via my periscope.tv and youtube channel for you stay up-to-date.   Unfortunately, some of the information may seem “dated” and behind schedule.  Namely, I have yet to complete the video editing and migration for all of the September Wardrobe Challenge and the October Halloween CosPlay costumes I did for my family.

VLOG #1- Sewing for Mom, Pants & Cape Jacket, and Studio Update 11/4/2016
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Hello all…I’m back for another part of the Cape Jacket fitting for Mom.  In this video I am walking through the step-by-step fitting process which I take in order to make sure she is happy with the Cape Jacket before I cut the fabric and move on to the pants.  When I do a test fitting, I use a very bright colored sharpie marker and write all my notes directly onto the muslin or test garment.  This is why I only use a light color fabric for my test garments.

I know some people use whatever is available, but I consider my test garment my “notepad” for my comments on the body.  I like to take note of the hipline, waist, shoulders, neckline, etc., as they may prove useful when I look at the paper pattern later on before cutting and making adjustments. Sometimes, I use the test as my pattern and just remove the stitches and lay those onto the fabric itself.

The pants and the jacket have been cut and are waiting for interfacing at the point of typing this post.  Those will be up later when I do the video….I tend to do better when the camcorder is running while I am working.  Then I can just speed up the film.  I love watching time-lapsed videos.  Don’t you?
Iconic Patterns Cape Jacket being cut out.
The fabric for the suit is a Stretch Wool Double Cloth from SMFabric here.  
More details will be posted when I write up a proper review post of the Iconic Patterns Jacket.  Mom really loves that jacket!  Who knew?  Especially, since it did not look good on me.  Oh well.  

When I first heard the comment you are twinsies or that making the same garment or maybe using the same fabric made bloggers refer to each other as twinsies, I had no clue how making this little outfit for myself would lead to the adult version of the mommy and me ensemble.

I try and make something for mom as often as I can. She is always thinking about sewing and I am always sewing. Shucks, truth be told everybody in my family is always thinking about what I could make them. If I just had it in me, I would be sewing a new item for every one of my loved ones daily. I would be pushing out a couple new items each week. I wish I had the time and the inclination to do that. It’s just how much I love sewing for my family. However, since I don’t have that kind of time, I must limit what and for whom I sew. You already know, Moms are the wind beneath our wings. The breath that helps us rise to greater heights.

The pattern is a quick pair of elastic waist pants and the tops are two different view from the same newlook pattern. I started the pants the day before for myself and quickly realized that I needed a matching top.  I purchased this nylon/spandex sale fabric at JoAnns.

My neckline finish is from the view D cowl neck.
Newlook 6648- View A with C sleeves

The pants are both the wardrobe builders pattern newlook 6735.  The tops are newlook 6648, which is out of print, however, I’m sure you will find it if you want.  Mine is view D and moms is view A with view C butterfly sleeves.  I did a quick tutorial on how to make the “french bound” armhole and neckline treatment while I was sewing my top.  That video tutorial will be up later in another post and on my channel.  To be notified, just make sure you are also subscribed to my youtube channel.

More to come…..

I wasn’t going to put this up on the blog, but, I just couldn’t rob you all of this beautiful dress.  You see, I don’t like to make muslins unless I really need to.  So most of my “first” are really wearable muslins.  You see, I can make wearable muslins anytime, because I have someone that will fit whatever I don’t like and love it.  You know that kid?  “Mikey” Well, that is my Mom and Sister… Although, they have their own peculiarities about fit, they are taller and shorter than me in the torso.  Both, wear the same size 14 as me.  However, one has a long torso and the other has a shorter torso.  One has a “B-butt” and a foxy figure and thin thighs, and the other has a “B-butt” and thick thighs.  I am a “DD-Butt” with thin thighs.  Thus, we can interchange outfits made from knit and they will look different, fit different, yet still “fit” each of us pretty well.

I previously made this dress, and I loved it!  However, the torso was a little long since I added the FBA using the pivot and slide method along with shortening the cross over and lengthening the skirt back.  However, for this one, along with using the straight skirt…I left the length in the bodice for mom.  She doesn’t like taking OOTD pics for the web…so I’m modeling the dress.  And it fits me much tighter than it fits Mom, since my “DD-Butt” takes up some of the circumference.

Now, one thing about the skirt I need to warn you of….it had pleats and darts!!!  WHAT???  Why?  That really didn’t make since.  I took all that out and made the skirt as simple as possible with their rayon jersey from SMFabric.com.  Mom loved it, needless to say.  
Construction details are on the original post….here.
Just so you know…she was extremely happy with the dress.