Summer blogging challenge 2018

26 August 2018

                                               
This is a blogging summer challenge started by Nancy, who has kicked cancers ass. She has kindly made the challenge open to bloggers and non-bloggers of any niche.
Check out her page to see the rules, they're super easy and none stressful.

HERE GOES...........


How long have you been blogging or reading blogs?
Well, I started blogging like 9years ago, it was around that same time I started reading blogs, I did the blog thing for 2years then gave it up. Almost a year ago, I started blogging again and I feel this will be more sustained because I love what I blog about now.

How has your blog changed?
My writing style(whatever that means, lol) is still the same but now i blog about sewing and incorporating it into our general sense of style (style language).

What is your biggest blogging challenge/frustration?
Just carving out time to actually blog. Sewing and tennis frequently get in the way, lol.

What is your favourite post you have written or read?
This is my favourite post I've written because it's the first post I've written that fully represents what I want my blog to be about.

What are your goals for your blog? (why do you read blogs?)
To be a genuine source of inspiration and information for the sewing community.


how many blogs do you read on a regular basis?
WOW, that's hard, I read a lot, a lot of blogs, regularly though I'd say around ten.

How do you determine what to share and what not to share; in other words, do you have blog boundaries or comment boundaries?
I'd like to think I have boundaries. I do like my privacy, so I don't give out info about myself or family that's not directly related to my blog or vlog.
As for comments, I don't like posting anything negative but recently I realized that a lot of young adults believe what they read online, no matter who it's coming from. So, I think it's necessary to correct something that is a blatant misinformation.

When things get hard, what keeps you blogging? or reading blogs?
I read blogs sometimes as a way of seeing what the blogger is up to, its a nice way of distracting myself from my troubles, if only for a while.

What is your biggest pet peeve today, right now, this minute?
Not getting enough sleep recently, lol. Totally my fault as I'm guilty of bing watching series. However, the lack of sleep disrupts my output in other areas.


What one piece of advice would you offer a new blogger?
Don't spend too much money in the beginning, focus on content.

Share something most people do not know about you, a secret sort of thing.
If I told you, it wouldn't be a secret anymore, LOL.


What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Sewing.

I hope I wasn't too boring, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section.

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How to sew a dolman sleeve top, it's super fast and easy

22 August 2018

This is my first attempt at a dolman sleeve top, SURPRISE, SURPRISE.

And it's not because I was scared to attempt it, quite the contrary, I raised my nose at it thinking it was way too easy for me and my sewing superpowers. 
NO, NO..........i craved excitement, challenges, ways to sharpen and grow my sewing skills.......RIGHT?  

Well as it turns out, there's nothing, nothing....and I mean NOTHING like a super easy project, without armholes and sleeves I might add, to get you out of a rut and riding that sewing mojo waves babyyyyyyyy.

Now to the real star of the post THE DOLMAN SLEEVE TOP.

Also sometimes referred to as batwing sleeves have been around for a long time, they were worn by Turks, and it was a favorite style for women clothing during the US Civil war.
The fashionable dolman sleeve that we know now is described as a sleeve with a low armscye, cut as one with the bodice, which can taper at the waist or be cut widely.

Now with that little bit of history out of the way thanks to Wikipedia, My top...

I got the idea to make this top after I borrowed one from my sister-in-law, I don't own many dolman sleeves anything(yes, I had that little regard for the style). Anywayz, I wore it out, liked it so much I decided I'd make mine, DON'T YOU JUST FREAKING LOVE SEWING????????????

Honestly, this top is the easiest thing to make, its got a front and back piece, a turned up sleeve and some bias binding for the neck. That's all.

fabric

I used a yellow with white polka dot crepe fabric for this project. Even though polka dots are not my favourite thing, my love for yellow got the upper hand in the decision lol. 
I can't even begin to describe the shade of yellow to you, pics don't do it any justice at all. it's like a bright egg yolk colour. The crepe fabric is light, feels pleasant on the skin and no fraying so, it gets extra points.

front & back bodice

There are two bodice pieces(front & back) with integrated sleeves, hence the name. You just sew both sides together


turned up cuff
I did a turned up cuff to finish off the sleeves. It was easy and stylish at the same time, instead of the regular hemming.



To achieve the cuffs, I got the measurement of the sleeve after joining the front and back bodice pieces.
  I then decided what height I wanted the cuff to be, plus seam allowance.
I doubled the height & cut it out, giving me a rectangle.
 I folded the rectangle in half and sewed it to the sleeve, then, just tacked the top to the bodice. 

For the neck, I did some bias binding that didn't go as planned but it turned out fine.

Verdict

This is an absolute beginner-friendly project because it's quick and easy, it took me two days to make because I had to watch tennis.

Projects like these are the best when you've had a run of bad makes, they help to release the tension/apprehension from your sewing.

If anyone is interested in a step by step tutorial, please let me know. it's such an easy top to make, I PROMISE.

What other beginner-friendly projects have you made? Have you tried your hands on any other dolman sleeve projects/makes? Share in the comments section.

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