Food and Fitness

Thursday, January 9, 2014


Generally speaking, I buy fabric that I like with little to no idea of what it will eventually become.  However every once in a while, I will see a piece of fabric and know instantly what it was meant to be.  That is the story with this piece.  On a trip to JoAnn's I saw this fabric and instantly knew it would become this cute little peplum cardi. 

I've paired my cardi with these coated rock star jeans from Old Navy.  The coated variety only come in Black and Wine but they do come in lots of other colors Here and I love the fit.

Pattern Description:   MISSES'/MISS PETITE CARDIGANS: Close-fitting cardigans (do not meet at center front) have collar extending into front band, and narrow hem. A and C: shaped hemline, wrong side shows.

Pattern Sizing: Combinations: Y(XSmall-Small-Medium), ZZ(Large-XLarge-XXLarge)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I think so

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were easy to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The pattern layout is TIGHT.  Did I say the layout is tight?  I would advise buying a little more fabric than they suggest.  I appreciate the effort at economy but I'd rather not be stressed out worrying that I have enough fabric.

Fabric Used: I used a sweater knit I picked up at JoAnn's

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I sewed as is.  No alterations necessary.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I could definitely make this again although I have no current plans.

Conclusion:   This is a very versatile piece that can be used to build your wardrobe.  

Can I just tell you how much I LOVE these shoes.  I'm a sucker for a great oxford and these babies from 9 West do not disappoint. I got these at the beginning of Fall and they have been completely sold out on the 9 West site for months but they are available Here

Here's a closer look at the fabric and you can just see the metallic threads between the dots.


Post from Mimi G:
"Hi Guys! I am so excited to finally have a place where former attendees of the conference, future attendees and students of the blog can come together! This place is OURS and that means we w...ill ONLY be encouraging. This is NOT a place for judgement as many are in different levels of their learning so always remember to offer helpful suggestions and kind words.

If you have made something from my tutorials or have started sewing due to my blog and classes please feel free to post your pics and share with the group. If you have a question, post it and we will try to get it answered.

Also as part of the group you will get first dibs on tutorials coming out, announcements and giveaways."
I will be the moderator of the group so I will be there often and hope to see you in Make it, Mix it, Rock it!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy New Year!

Hey everybody!  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. I have been sewing but I haven't posted either because I haven't worn any thing new yet or haven't finished it. 

This is what I'm currently working on but I keep getting side tracked. It's Simplicity A1738 which is now out of print. 

In the mean time, I made Christmas pjs for the family 

And as a result I am breaking up with pattern matching for awhile. I also made four other pair of pjs and am in the middle of making a warm up suit for my oldest son because basketball starts tomorrow and since it's still a little cold in the mornings and in the gym it will help me keep him healthy. 

I've been off for two weeks and go back to work on Tuesday. Sleeping in has been glorious but now I want to challenge myself to see what I can complete before I return to work.