Hello my name is DeShawna. Thanks for your interest in my journey of styles fashion and fads.
I’m a Licensed Cosmetologist, an Application System Analysts with interests of today’s fashion, styles trends, illusions, and the look.
It’s been awhile since my last post and although I had great intentions on being more active and posting on my site, life happened. I started my new job that I enjoy getting up going to every week. Yes I’m back in the office, and that means my time in my space has gotten neglected which also means that I have not been sewing😌 and school has halted.
I must have thought that I was super woman or the bionic woman because I thought I could balance work, school, sewing and married life like I was this spring chicken that didn’t get tired. That idea wasn’t thought out for reality.
So now I have a plan. 💡which reminds me that I didn’t get my planner this year. Any hoot the process to my madness is to work my normal work schedule during the week and debrief for a couple of hours in the evening. This is my time to prep for my sew day (Sunday). That way I can tend to my family (spoiled hubby) every evening and still have our date nights. Our Saturday is open after the house gets its attention. Sunday is my regroup day. I spend the early morning with my Lord and fellowship with the word, and after service I can go into my space and work on projects that I have prepped during the week. It sounds like it’s a lot but if you noticed I didn’t mention school. Yes I have put school on the back burner for now but that is not to say that I’m not going to pick up a course or two, it just means I need to build my foundation first so I can obtain the knowledge that I seek during class and stay balanced.
Coming to the end of this post but starting to exhale and breath again. First up on my table is the sweater dress that I’ve cut out already and mentioned in my last post then I have the Mimi G’s jumpsuit pattern to cut in fabric, and to complete my weeks work is the Mood’s Luna jumpsuit pattern to tape and cut before Sunday so that can be started.
It’s 2022 and this is the year I plan on putting my skills to work. It’s a new year and what was last year was last year. Not a lot to brag on because I kept loosing my sew-jo. I would start class and half way through I’d run into issues the consistent issue was my computer the section was I had to put my sewing machine in the shop for service. Although I have more than one machine I’m spoiled with my push button and guide process. This year is going to be different. I’m setting up both machines, along with a serger machine and a cover stitch machine. I’m in the process of purchasing a new laptop that can run all my programs and having an external drive for all of my projects that will be completed this year. Stay tune for first project of the year!
This spring I decided to learn some technical techniques for sewing. Not all commercial patterns are made for the body of today’s woman. It was very exciting to be be able to make patterns at a half scale and bring them to live with muslin fabric and then with fashion garment. I was very please when a friend of mine asked me to make clothes for dolls and was happy that her dolls were not smaller than the clothes I made.
Now that I have the knowledge of how the pattern is drafted, I’m going take a try at drafting my clothes starting with a blouse. I really like the cowl neck style so that would be my first attempt. I will keep you posted on my progress.
I’m so excited. It’s a new year and I have a plan to sew 3 projects a month. Yes this is the plan. A dress a shirt and some sort of night wear, most likely PJ’s.
Last year I tried to make a pair of jeans but it didn’t turn out right, for got the butt adjustment so they were low low riders. So this year I decided to take a few classes at the community college near me to learn pattern adjustment/ construction. Classes start on the 18th so I’m super excited. I have all the equipment setup in my space from my sewing machine and serger to my ironing station… still working on my cutting station so for now its the dining room table. I have 3 weeks of vacation saved from 2019 that I want to use for LA Garment district and New York(Down town Manhattan) Garment district. I want to take a walk around Mood Designer fabric and pick up a few yards of fabric.
This is going to be a fun year of sewing and designing my 2020 look so stay tuned it’s coming.!
I have been wanting to sew for the last 3 weeks but I couldn’t decide what I wanted to sew first… my 3 grand daughters in Nevada pj’s, my dad’s girl friend’s robe, or pj’s for my only grandson in California. Well I didn’t sew anything. I just couldn’t get in the grove of things. Its like I lost my Sew-Jo and I want it back. The good news is that I decided to unclutter my space. I did have my office equipment and my sewing equipment in the same room but I just felt like I was being swallowed up. I moved all of the office equipment to the guest bed room. A few shelves are needing to be put together so that I can also store other nics and naks in that room.
I’m looking for some caster wheels that I can use to add to my table for easy move and add height to actually use it as a cutting table. (inspired by Ikeahackers.net)
I also was thinking of modifying a desk that I already have because I hate having to get things. I want it all laid out. Sewing machine and Serger / Overlock machine, ironing station and my cutting table. Not really fond of putting holes in walls for hanging up stuff so I’m deciding how I want to Store my thread. I was imaging a corner bookshelf.
Wait for final Sewing Space Pictures, they will be posted soon.
So my main reason for sewing was because I was gaining weight and didn’t want to pay the high prices for size 16 jeans. With that being said I thought that I would be able to follow instructions if I bought the pattern for the type of pant I wore….wrong. It’s much more to reading patterns. You will also need to know the different materials for projects, how the fabric moves, it’s weight, and how it’s made. Yes how the fabric is made. You have animal (wool and silk), plant (cotton, flax, jute, and bamboo), minerals(asbestos, glass fibre), and synthetic(nylon, polyester,rayon, and acrylic). Those were my first obstacles that I had to get passed. Then it was sizing, matching my body type or shall I say my body structure. That itself was a task if you don’t know how to measure your self. So I suggest before you start to sew do some research. Learn the craft it’s much easier. Below are a few links that you will find helpful.