Monday, October 20, 2014

Pattern Review of McCall's 6780

Pattern Review of 6780

So this is a special post to me. I made this adorable little girls vest with one of my good friends in mind. His daughter is 4 and I wanted to make this for her. She has a 3 year old sister as well but I didn't really think of making one for her. Well, as it turns out I made it too small for the older girl so this ended up being for the 3 year old. I am still finishing the vest for the 4 year old. Things always work out so smoothly, NOT!
I am really proud of myself!
So JoAnn's had this cute faux fur on sale and I knew that was going to be for my girl. I mean its pink, how can anyone resist. Now I got a yard but all that wasn't even needed, I am in love with kids clothes now. You can do so much with so little. All in all, it took me about 3 hours to complete the vest. Check my review below.

Pattern Description:Toddler vest, top, skirt and pants 

Pattern Sizing:1-2-3-4

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, they were so straight forward and easy. 

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked how quick it came together. It took me like 3 hours. 

Fabric Used: Faux fur and a cotton lining. 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:Nope

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes I would sew again and I would recommend to others.

Conclusion: Overall this was a great, simple, easy pattern. I had no real challenges and it came together quickly as well. I will make others like this. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Back On My Grind

I'm not one of those types of people to make resolutions. I mean I do, but my weight loss can't wait until New Year's. So, I'm back on my weight loss grind. I've been trying new recipes, tracking my food, and being more food conscious. I was able to stock up on fruits and veggies this weekend so I've been eating much better this week. So here's a look at what I've been eating. 

Fluffy Cream Cheese Dip 

I made a fluffy cream cheese dip to have as a snack on fruit or even cinnamon tortilla chips. Now, its much better to make your own chips but, I didn' time I will. 

Love my slow cooker!
So, I have a love affair with my slow cooker. I L-O-V-E it!!! Its amazing to me, I spend about ten minutes in the morning prepping some foods and when I get home, its ready. Fall is perfect for it too, because I love soups and stews when its cold out! Of course you can make so much other stuff in the Crock-Pot! I have a big Crock-Pot with a timer, then I have a little one that I make my sides in. Check this out..... I cut up and peeled three sweet potatoes, I sliced two apples, added cinnamon and a little oil to my little Crock-Pot. I cooked it on low for about 5 hours and BAM!! I had Sweet Potato Apple Bake, and it came out delicious.  

I had it for breakfast with sausage and a green smoothie!
Then one morning I got up and decided to put some turkey wings in the slow cooker. I used some turkey gravy, cream of mushroom soup, chicken broth, and the turkey wings and cooked it slow for 8 hours. Man, it was good, once I got home I added some yellow rice and cooked it for another hour. Talk about fall off the bone good. I eat it again with the sweet potato apple bake and it was divine.  

All in all I had a good week last week. I didn't eat out as much because I cooked most days and always had leftovers. So, yeah....I'm back on my grind.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pattern Review: Butterick 5959


Greetings Everyone,
I recently made me a cape. And I love it. I haven't been able to wear it yet, but its coming. I picked out the prettiest fabric from JoAnn's and when I tell you this cape is beautiful, man. I am so proud. Here's the review.

JoAnn's made me smile with this one!

Pattern Description: Misses Wrap and Cape

Pattern Sizing: LRG-XLG-XXL

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, probably better!

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes for the most part

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I didn't like the collar, it was kind of confusing. Other than that this pattern rocks!

Fabric Used: A beautiful fleece. Check out the pics, you will agree. 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added to the front, I like long fronts

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I would sew this again in a heartbeat. I would recommend this cape to others. Its fast and soooooo warm!

Conclusion: I love this cape. Its my first one and I am very proud. I sat in a sewing meeting and basically completed it and finished it the next day. So, it takes about 2 hours. Its very simple and perfect for fall. 

 I really enjoyed this pattern, it was quick and easy. I did most of it in my ASG sewing meeting. So all in all it took me about 2 hours. I am a slow sewer though. Overall, this is great to whip up to stay warm and fashionable during the fall. I can't wait to wear it and show off. 

Betty rocking the cape!