Happy New Year & my Leather Jacket

Happy New year to all! I wish and pray that things will go well with you and yours for the year ahead. Of course trials may come and perhaps even devastation but in everything be encouraged and thankful. 

I hope you guys are doing well. I've been busy busy busy with so many projects. Quickly I'll just mention that I am now the key garment constructor for Benecaribe out of Trinidad & Tobago for an up and rising designer, a person I've known for a long time. Check it out! It really feels good to see your work plastered over a website and to see people appreciate the hard work that went into it. 

Anyway I am here to show you my leather jacket that I made recently for a trip to New York. I was of the impression that the wool coat I made late 2013 won't keep me warm enough in NY weather (excuses to make more things of course)

I didn't do my research! Apparently leather is more Fall appropriate and doesn't keep you very warm in Winter. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I already got excited and bought my fabric over at fabric.com; I know absolutely noting about leather and sewing with it but hey I like challenges. This fabric is called Perfection Fused Leather and is described as having a 100% rayon fabric backing and 100% Cowhide face. When I got it I realised that it's very soft and it's not very sturdy or thick and so I needed to make layers. 

I have mostly 3 layers in my jacket and 4 layers at the back yoke; only the sleeves have 2 layers that being the leather and the lining (it shows as it bunches a lot). I decided to do a dip hem or shirt-tail effect as I quite like it and I wanted a bomber jacket neckline as opposed to a traditional collar. I did the pattern design myself and I used the sleeve pattern from my previous coat make. 

Around my neck is a Fux Fur and Ponte big scarf I made to wear around my neck, over my head and to keep my hands toasty. 

I really liked how it turned out and it does the job of keeping me warm without the bulky look. Something about the jacket looks a little slumped backwards causing the sleeves to crunch but I think if I fixed myself prior to the shoot it would have sit better.

Cheers to the scarf that I also put together that made the cold weather very tolerable :) 
His name is Big Fuzzy!

I hope you enjoyed the post and I wish you all blessings for the year ahead. Take care, God bless!


Marbella Dress pattern giveaway

Hey guys,

So enough time has passed to enter this little giveaway and it's now time to announce the winner of the Itch to Stitch Marbella Dress pattern.

Thank you so much for giving it a go and I do look forward to seeing you guys in the Marbella dresses winners or not!.

And the lucky person is SylvieW chosen by the random number generator.


It seems that Sylvie is of So Sylvie Sew and is new to blogging. Let's give her some love :)

Thanks for stopping by and do lookout for some upcoming posts.

Take care


B&W Marbella Dress + Giveaway

Hello lovely people,

I hope all is well with each and everyone of you, if not don't worry- things will look up soon. It has been a while since I've posted because I've been so busy (Don't I say this in every post?) I recently took on a big task of being the main sewist for an up an coming clothing line here in Trinidad and I have a couple other sewing jobs and school activities to balance. Nevertheless I am glad that I got to do a little something for myself and for you guys this week. It's called the Marbella Dress and it's from the newest independent digital pattern designer Kennis from Itch to Stitch.

I absolutely love this dress and it is very much my style and the style my husband loves. It's a classy and elegant sort of dress pattern and there are quite a bit of options depending on the types of fabric used to make it. A boat neck and tulip skirt are always a hit. My version looks most fitting for work wear in the black and white cotton woven fabric that I used. I just love when a dress sits on the true waist and this dress did that for me without any adjustments there for my tall frame.

The details:
I stitched my dress up completely in Size 2 with the A cup pieces
I inverted my tucks to pleats by just reversing the folds
I removed a 1/2 inch of fabric off the center seam neckline
I did not line the skirt of my dress because the fabric was thick so I added interfacing to the hem line to give it a nice shape.

Can I just say now that Kennis is a talented and innovative little lady! She has seen some of the shortcomings of the current digital market and has developed ways to improve it. One of the things she did was make her pattern with cup size variations (A-D) so there is very little need to do a full bust adjustment or a small bust adjustment to your pattern. She has also provided a large range of sizes from 00 to 20 but get this you can view and print only the pattern size you need. No more reading of multiple coloured or dashed lines on your printouts, just the one you need and just for you! As time goes on Kennis will be releasing more patterns and so you can check her shop out.

So, to one lucky reader I will be giving away a PDF copy of the Itch to Stitch Marbella dress pattern for you to make your very own personalised version. All you have to do is comment on this post below and let me know what fabric you might use to make a unique and outstanding version of this dress :) I will let it run till December 6th.

Thanks to my photographer, hubby and thanks for stopping by guys, God bless!

Check out some more lovely versions
by Kennis
by Jamiesews
by Sew Urbane
by Ginger House Designs