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Neoprene ! I’m #Sold

Neoprene has been on the scene a lot in the recent years ! Many famous designers have been using Neoprene (fabric used to make scuba wet suits) on the run way and it’s been gorgeous !

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It’s a little tricky to find and when you do find it ,you will PAY ! Lol this fabric was 24.99 at mood fabrics. The solid colors at mood fabrics are only 19.99 per yard. I decided to go with the printed because it seems that this is a first for Mood Fabrics. They usually only carry solid colors and finally have a print available and it’s already almost sold out after less than a month ! I will add the link below.

I will do a proper Review with better photos when I get my fabric.com shipment on monday. So stay tuned for my Girl Charlee, Mood, and Fabric.Com fabric haul video.

Abstract Print Neoprene Fabric

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Named Clothing Virna Mini Top Pattern Review

I have really been in a sewing rut lately!! I always need something quick, and NEW to sew, to get me back on track! This top absolutely did that for me!! I plan on making it into a dress, as well as a jumpsuit with pants 🙂 It’s very versatile! Here are the details below on this pattern.  I will update this post later today with more detailed photos.
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<b>Pattern Description: </b>
Short and cute, lingerie inspired top
Wide cross back shoulder straps
Lingerie-like cut at front, and beautifully curved neckline
Wear with high-waisted pants or skirts, or under translucent garments
Use medium weight fabric with stretch

<b>Pattern Sizing:</b>
The pattern comes with a size range from EUR 32 to 46 (US 0 – 14, UK 4 – 18).
<b>Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?</b>
Yes Very much So!!!!!
<b>Were the instructions easy to follow?</b>
Yes, they were very easy to follow!! But they do advise, that they are just a guide, and you can do what feels comfortable to you!
<b>What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?</b>
I loved everything about it!! Please make sure to READ the pattern first 🙂 So that you print out the correct size!!
<b>Fabric Used:</b>
I used Ponte De Roma from www.fabric.com , absolutely gorgeous!! I’m also going to make this in a stretch denim 🙂
<b>Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:</b>
The only thing that I changed, I hemmed the bottom 🙂 Thats just what I prefer (with my twin needle, and with Stretch Thread in the bobbin)
<b>Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?</b>
I’m sewing it again RIGHT NOW!!
<b>Conclusion: </b>
This is a great pattern, It doesn’t have very many pieces, and it’s pretty quick to sew up 🙂 Especially once you have the pattern cut out. The next time you make it will go really quickly!!

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Tri-Oreo Cheesecake

 

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I have been planning this Oreo cheesecake ever since last year when I fo und out the Limited Edition Red Velvet Oreos would drop !!

They were released February 2nd and I bought a pack just to try them out prior to making the cheesecake.

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I also tried the birthday cake versions and decided why not make it with all three? And here we are ! Enjoy !

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Cheesecake Factory Bakery Oreo Cheesecake

Author: Allyse Jolie adapted from CopyKat Recipes
Recipe Type: Dessert
Prep time:25 minutes
Cook time:1 hour
Serves: 10

Ingredients

Please note: this recipe tastes best when you allow it to rest for 24 hours before serving. It isn’t necessary, but a suggestion for optimal flavor.
Crust
8 Red velvet Oreo cookie crumbs
8 Black Oreo cookie crumbs
8 birthday cake Oreo cookie crumbs
3 tablespoons butter, melted, plus more for the pan
Filling
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
5 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 (8-ounce) container sour cream, at room temperature
6 Oreo cookies for the batter – 2 of each flavor
9 Oreo cookies for the top of the cheesecake 3 of each flavor
1 cup of butter – optional
Pan Needed
8 inch Spring Form Pan
Instructions

Crust

Separate your 3 flavor of Oreo crumbs in bowls. Mix melted butter 1 tablespoon of butter in each bowl. Grease pan with additional butter and press mixtures from each bowl in the pan.

 

 

Filling

All Ingredients need to be at room temperature before beginning. Beat cream cheese until light and fluffy add butter and continue to beat on low until mixed . Add one cup of sugar gradually and continue beating cream cheese until mixed through. Add eggs one at a time until blended. Add the vanilla, salt and flour, pour into the cream cheese and beat until smooth. Add the sour cream .

Separate mixture in three bowls. About two to three cups per bowl.
With a spoon, Stir in two cookies per bowl Of the different flavor .

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Pour cream cheese into the spring form pan and place the 9 coarsely chopped Oreo Cookies on top of the cream mixture. Place pan on the top rack and in the middle of a preheated oven at 325 degrees and bake for one hour and fifteen minutes . The cheesecake will be done when it jiggles slightly in the middle when the pan is gently .
When time is up prop the oven door open and let the cheese cake stay in the oven for one hour. Remove from oven and let cool enough to place in the refrigerator for 24 hours. It is worth the anticipation. A cheese cake should season. The flavor ripens and becomes enriched.

Yield: 16 servings

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Adapted from http://www.copykat.com/2009/02/06/cheesecake-factory-bakery-oreo-cheesecake

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Channeling Tracee Ellis ROSS

I absolutely love when inspiration hits! I begin sewing and something magical takes place!

About a year ago I was inspired by the fabulous Tracee Ellis Ross wearing a blue cowl hooded dress.  It was GORGEOUS!

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I was unsure how to tackle it at the time although it’s a very easy dress to make. When I came across this beautiful inspiration I had only been sewing maybe a month.  Sooooo yea,  albeit simple, your girl couldn’t understand how to execute it lol.

I used McCalls Pattern M7020 and for the dress I used a pattern I drafted myself for simple dresses. But you could totally use M6886, just use the sleeves and front and back peices and the Hood piece from M7020!
That’s why I’m so proud of myself and in love with this dress. This is something I wanted create and I did it. #GoMe

What do you guys think? Did I Nail It?

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More ANKARA! #InProgress

I have been working a lot with Ankara wax fabric lately! It was one of my first projects with woven fabrics besides a few purses that I made.
I really love how beautiful the prints are! And they are very affordable. Check out something I was working on last night.

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The Ankara flounces will be added on the sides.  I can’t wait to finish this dress!

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Refashioning Thrift Store Finds

Today’s post is about recycling/refashinoing a Thrift Store T-Shirt.  I found this shirt about 2 weeks ago at one of my local thrift stores. It’s a size XL I think but I fell in LOVE with the pattern and just KNEW i could do something with it!! This shirt only cost me 3.00!!!!!!!  What a steal!! I think the shirt was beautiful before I decided to cut it up, it would have been cute with a belt, Oh well though! lol.  On to the photos…

I used MCCALLS Pattern M6791 ! I was going to freestyle the dress with no pattern, but since it’s sooo cold here in Atlanta, I really wanted sleeves.  As a new sewer, drafting sleeves is not something thats easy for me.  I attempted once and it didn’t come out so well. I understand them a LOT more now, and I think I will tackle them one day down the line with NO pattern!!

Any who, I only used the front piece and the sleeve.  I cut the front piece a little below the waist and I plan to use this as a base for all of my dresses since I can always change up the neckline easily.

*** YOU CAN USE ANY BODICE/TOP PATTERN YOU LIKE***

Oh, Also by the way, I add interfacing to all of my patterns that I plan to reuse A LOT!!!  This makes them super duper sturdy.  I know you can retrace them onto sturdier paper , but that takes wayyy to much time to me, and this is so much neater and QUICK lol.

To make this dress I simply placed my pattern onto my t-shirt and I added length and added my hip measurements then cut out the dress.  I used scrap leather that I had lying around for the sleeves.

This was my end result 🙂

Please let me know if you would like a video tutorial 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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Mommy and Me #InProgress

I don’t have a little girl but I just loveeeeee mommy and Me sets!! They are just so adorable to me! Unfortunately for my son, I haven’t created any Mommy and Me sets for little boys.  Don’t worry…. SEAN(my son) and I are working on a project for little boys. Bow Ties and beyond!

Any who,  a really good friend of mine has not one but two adorable little girls.  And guess what,  they’re TWINS!  I don’t know why but that made this project so much more fun for me!!! She also has a son who I can’t forget to mention lol.  We aren’t leaving him out.  I’m designing a very special bow tie for him.  Special because it will be my first successful bow tie for little boys lol.

Yes,  I’m claiming it.  It will turn out wonderfully.  And not floppy and ugly like the first one I made and never picked up again lol.  That was months ago. Last year even. I’m ready now lol

Any who,  this is what I have created thus far.   …..

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Love it? I do…