Simplicity 8393- Yay or nay?

I made a tunic blouse using Simplicity 8393. I used one yard of fabric, which is one winning point for this pattern (yay). Any pattern that calls for just one yard of fabric is always a win! Although I’m not too sure about the collar (nay).  I also had difficulty with the button closure, so I ended up omitting it (nay). Instead of the button closure, I sewed the top all the way up and it made the collar look very high. (nay). If you like high collars, then this blouse will work for you (yay).

I sewed view B which is the tunic version. There is also an option for a regular length blouse, view C. The blouse was easy to see together (Yay). The collar was actually really easy and fun to put together. (Yay)

I think the reason I’m not to excited about this blouse is because of the fabric I chose. I believe that it’s a polyester blend, which was easy for sewing, but I’m not too happy with the print. I bought the fabric on a whim because I visited a mom and pop fabric store, all the fabrics were $5 a yard and I didn’t want to leave empty handed. I bought one yard knowing I can use it for this pattern.

I would try this pattern again, but I will be more conscientious of the print I chose, maybe even opting for a solid color. I will also use view C for the regular length blouse. I’ll try hard to make that button closure work because it looks much better with it, as intended.

Final vote: 4 yays and 3 nays. I’ll give this blouse a try.

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Simplicity 1106 hack

Simplicity 1106 pattern

Hello and happy day to you. I hope you have been getting a lot done with your sewing. I posted in an earlier post that I hacked the Simplicity 1106 pattern but that it wasn’t quite finished. I had put my hacked blouse into the “time out” basket (you know, the basket with all the unfinished projects) where it remained for almost 2 years!

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My “time out” basket

Well, one Sunday, I decided to tackle that “time out” basket and the Simplicity 1106 hack blouse was the first item on the list. All it needed was a hem at the bottom. The reason it was in a time out to begin with was because the fabric was so difficult to handle. It kept fraying and I had a really difficult time hemming it because it wouldn’t remain in place after I pressed it. I found a magic trick. I used spray starch to hold the hem in place. I was able to hem the bottom in no time. The 1106 pattern includes a peek a boo back:

Simplicity 1106

I hacked the pattern so that I can sew together a blouse with no peek a boo back:

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Ok, ok, this was an easy hack but now I have another style of blouse that I can wear! I haven’t worn it yet but it’s supposed to match with a dark red skirt that’s also currently in the “time out” basket. I’ll get to that someday. Until then, happy sewing!

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So fresh and so clean DIY yoga mat cleaner

So fresh and so clean, clean… so fresh and so clean…

I have a great recipe for a homemade DIY yoga mat cleaner. Why spend $10 to $15 on a yoga mat cleaner spray when you can make it yourself? Plus, this fresh and clean recipe contains no chemicals because you use all natural ingredients, such as water, witch hazel and essential oils. Give it a try! It’s so easy to make and so easy to use. It cleans up your mat while making it smell so fresh. Hence, the name… so fresh and so clean DIY yoga mat cleaner!

You can choose any essential oils that you prefer to make this yoga mat cleaner. Make sure that you use 100% pure essential oil. For this recipe, I chose essential oils with antibacterial properties. There are many that you can chose from. According to research, cinnamon essential oil is the most effective of all oils for its antibacterial properties. However, tea tree oil and oregano oil work well too. Other essential oils with antibacterial properties are lemongrass, peppermint, bergamot, lavender, eucalyptus, clove, rosemary and thyme, just to name a few.

For this recipe, I chose three essential oils. I chose tea tree oil mostly for it’s antibacterial properties but also for it’s antiseptic, anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties. I also used peppermint oil. Peppermint oil is not only an antiseptic and antimicrobial oil but it is also antiviral. I also chose lemongrass oil because it has antimicrobial properties that inhibit the growth of bacteria.

So to break it down, the combination of these three oils provide the following properties:

*antibacterial

*antiseptic

*antifungal

*antimicrobial

*antiviral

A perfect combination for cleaning a dirty yoga mat. Also included in the recipe is witch hazel which is a disinfectant. You will need a spray bottle. This recipe uses 3 parts water to 1 part witch hazel. I used 3 ounces of water to 1 ounce of witch hazel. It also uses about 20 to 25 drops of the essential oil of your choice. Since I used 3 essential oils, I used 7 to 10 drops of each.

Onto the recipe!

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So fresh and so clean DIY yoga mat cleaner

  • 3 ounces of water (distilled water is preferred)
  • 1 ounce of witch hazel
  • 10 drops of tea tree oil
  • 7 drops of lemongrass oil
  • 7 drops of peppermint oil

Mix all of the ingredients into a spray bottle- pour 3 ounces of water into a spray bottle, followed by 1 ounce of witch hazel then add your essential oils. To use, shake the bottle before spraying and spray a good amount over your mat. Use a clean rag to wipe the yoga mat clean. Hang your yoga mat or leave it spread out to dry.

It’s a great idea to clean your yoga mat after each practice. I must confess that I don’t. I practice daily but I don’t clean my mat daily. If anything, I clean my mat at least once or twice per week. I definitely clean it after a really sweaty practice or after practicing at a yoga studio.

In addition, not only does this cleaner leave a fresh and clean scent on my mat, but it also leaves a fresh and clean scent in the air. I love the combination of lemongrass and peppermint oil. It’s so uplifting and delightful.

Try this recipe when cleaning your yoga mat. It’s so easy to put together, does a great job of cleaning your mat and afterwards, leaves your room smelling wonderful.

So fresh and so clean.

It’s all the rage DIY fluffy slime

I guess fluffy slime is all the rage right now. My son requested to make fluffy slime after watching a few youtubers make it. We went to the store to buy some saline solution, glue and shaving cream. We already had the baking soda and food dye. Unfortunately, the store was out of glue so we had to go to Office Depot. We found the glue and amazingly, there was also a recipe for fluffy slime along with saline solution and baking soda for sale. I guess it’s a popular thing.

Here are the ingredients for fluffy slime.

INGREDIENTS:
Washable glue such as Elmer’s school glue
Foam shaving cream
Saline Solution
Baking Soda
Food dye

INSTRUCTIONS
-Add ½ cup of glue into a bowl. We bought a 7.625 fl. oz. of glue and it ended up being half of the bottle.
-Add color  by putting in a few drops of food dye. Stir to mix in the color.
-Add approximately 4 cups of shaving cream into bowl. We didn’t do an exact measurement. We mostly eyeballed it.
-Stir in ¼ teaspoon of baking soda.
-Add 1 tablespoon of  saline solution and mix. Mix thoroughly and then knead the mixture. This is the magic part and when it starts turning into slime.

The slime will get a bit sticky but as you keep working with it and kneading it, it becomes less sticky. To take it out of the bowl, we put a little bit of oil in our hands (coconut oil but you can use any oil) so that it would stick less to our hands.

And ta-da, you have fluffy slime! Josh liked making it so much that he made another batch by himself. My favorite part is adding the saline solution, mixing and watching the magic happen.

A fun DIY to do with your kids.

 

McCall’s M7405 Pattern Review

This is a late pattern review for me because I made this dress last summer. Now that we are nearing this summer, I’ve had a chance to wear this dress a few times. So now that I think about it, that makes it an even better review! So let me start by saying that this is a very nice summer dress. It is however, shapeless. So it is best paired with a denim jacket or a floppy hat or a really cute pair of sandals or heels. The best part about this dress is the neckline gathers. It also has a back neck slit.

So on to my pattern review. I sewed the McCall’s pattern M7405. I picked this pattern because it is designed for the beginner. The instructions are easy to follow. There is no zipper since it is a loose fitting pullover dress. You can learn how to make a casing with a drawstring, which is the gathered neckline.

I picked view A which is a dress with a straight skirt above the knee. There are other hemline variations such as long, long with a slit and a shaped hemline. This pattern suggests medium weight woven and knit fabrics such as challis, cotton knit, crepe and gauze. I chose a crepe fabric.

I have one issue with this dress which can be easily resolved. The armholes are too long. The opening is too far down. I think I probably could have sewed a size smaller especially since it is a loose fitting dress. That might have resolved the too long armhole issue. But since I didn’t figure this out until after the dress was finished, I can just do some quick alterations by fixing the armholes to fit.

Can’t wait to wear this dress again this summer! This time with armholes that fit…

B5955 Butterick pattern review

My latest sewing project was a blouse using the Butterick pattern B5955. The description of the blouse states that it is a very loose-fitting pullover that has a V-neck top and a back yoke with slightly forward shoulder seams extending into dolman sleeves.

Butterick patterns have 5 types of fit. These are fitted, close fitting, loose fitting, semi fitted and very loose fitting. You can find these terms in the garment descriptions on the Butterick pattern envelopes. These 5 terms will tell you what to anticipate when it comes to the fitting of the item. Each term indicates an amount of wearing ease that is built into the pattern. Ease is the extra inches built into a pattern for wearing room.

That being said, in reviewing this pattern, this finished blouse ended up being extremely large for me the first time I sewed it. I had to adjust it to fit afterwards and sew it to fit again. This could have been prevented had I taken notice of the wearing ease of this pattern. As described on the envelope, this is a very loose fitting blouse. According to the Butterick ease chart, very loose fitting will have an ease of over 8 inches. That’s alot!

After sewing the blouse to fit me again, I took a picture of the blouse that actually fit me compared to the sewing pattern. What a big difference!

In addition and most importantly, I should have also taken notice of the pattern’s finished garment measurements. Had I done this, I probably would have sewn a blouse that fit me the first time based on my measurements regardless of ease.

You can find the finished garment measurements by looking on the tissue and finding the symbol that looks like a circle with a cross through it.

On a side note, I have noticed that most sewing patterns have so much wearing ease in the patterns that in most cases, you can get away with wearing one size smaller than the pattern companies tell you that you do based on your measurements.

So onto my finished product. This pattern calls for crepe de chine, lawn, or charmeuse fabric. I used a navy cotton lawn. I changed up the pattern a little bit by folding the end of the sleeves and sewing it in place.

I will definitely sew this blouse again, except next time, I will use a crepe de chine with a pattern on the fabric. I felt that using the navy colored cotton lawn made me look like I was wearing scrubs.

Here is my finished product:

“Go natural” hair care remedies

Are you interested in trying out some natural homemade hair care remedies? Are you tired of putting more chemicals in your hair? Natural is better. Less chemicals is better. Natural and less chemicals = non-toxic… yes, yes! Better.

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If you can ingest it, then you can bet it’s safe and non toxic for your body and hair. Here are some homemade hair care recipes that you can try if you are interested in  “going natural” and non-toxic:

*Olive Oil hot oil treatment: Do you have dry and damaged hair? If so, this olive oil hot oil treatment is the one for you. Olive oil contains fatty acids that coat the hair and moisturize it. It also protects your hair from further damage. Here is how it works. Heat a tablespoon of Olive oil in the microwave until warm. Make sure it is not too hot. About 10 to 15 seconds should be good. Then apply the oil on dry hair and cover with a shower cap or towel. Leave the oil on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and shampoo as usual.

*Baking soda hair exfoliater: Do you have product build up on your hair? Excessive build up feels yucky and looks kind of gross (I must say).  Get rid of that build up by using this baking soda hair exfoliater. Baking soda contains sodium bicarbonate which is a great exfoliater. It helps remove all that build up on your hair due to overuse of hair products. Here’s how you use it. Add a tablespoon of baking soda to a quarter sized squirt of shampoo. Shampoo your hair as usual, concentrating on the roots. Rinse. This recipe should remove all the residue from product build up.

*Apple cider vinegar hair rinse: Do you want shiny hair? I know I do. Apple cider vinegar helps remove product residue and excessive oil. What’s the result? Shiny hair. Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water and pour it over your hair after shampooing. Wait about 2 minutes, then rinse. Don’t worry. Your hair won’t smell like vinegar all day (but your bathtub might.)

*Tea Tree scalp massager: Do you have an itchy scalp? Don’t you hate that feeling? Tea Tree Oil is a natural antifungal and antiseptic. It helps eliminate bacteria and dandruff flakes. Add a few drops to your shampoo and massage into scalp. Leave on hair for about 5 minutes. Feel the tingle. It’s like a massage for your scalp. Rinse. Refreshed.

Try these natural remedies for your hair. You’ll be happy that you did.

Happy Day!

Today I am grateful for all things natural.