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Monday, July 27, 2015

Jills Drills, Bellydance DVD Review

Changing it up today while I crop and set up more blog posts. As it always seems like here, I am constantly going through things to donate and dwindle down my stuff. I know that almost 2 years ago, I made a New Years Resolution to watch and review all of my DVDS. I never finished. Last year I didn't really review much but this year I am trying to go through the rest and dwindle down my stock. But then I got wind of several DVDS and cough, cough, I have now have a few more in my library. Oops!!

One of the newest purchases was from Jill Parker, who I have never had taken a class before but always wanted to-she's the head of ultra gypsy and I love watching their performances online, etc. She has never done a DVD before so I was excited. Added to that, it is 2 discs.

Disc 1 is technique and breakdown.
Overall sound quality is a bit hit or miss as the music was playing in the studio where she filmed. Sometimes the music is too loud to hear her talk. She does have a microphone but that also has a few problems as she does wear metal jewlery so it picks it up easy. So note to anyone who wants to make a DVD don't wear metal jewelry- or metal anything. Another peeve of mine, is when dancers wear all black- Jill does have a small belt on but still you loose some of her moves.She is in a black tank top and black pants. I like to see some abs for a point of reference and how they are engaged during moves. I totally miss that. So this DVD could have been better from the beginning. But that is my opinion.

It is in a class setting, we have a mirror and you can see both sides. The video is ok, it has a semi-home video feel so the quality is not as clear as it could be. Hence my comments about all black. But you can still get the gist of what she is teaching.  I will say she has some different moves and I enjoyed how she nicely described how to do them.

DVD 2- Drilling, Performance, and interview
So the drilling is great and tries to put somethings together. I wish it was more part of the 1st DVD rather than switching DVDS.
The performance is really an overlay of her dancing in different areas sometimes with dramatic light. OK boo on this. The music doesn't always goes with what she is doing. I really want when I watch a performance from a dancer to see how they interpret the music and beats. That is what I want to see. NOT spiritual constipation where the dancer is so full of themself that it just comes off as stuffy and I cannot connect to her dancing. I just can't. I felt nothing but just wanted to turn it off, it pushed me away leaving me disappointed. So Jill you can do better, seriously you are highly regarded in the field and have been around for a long time, I expect more. I do, there I said it. Hey it is my blog and my opinion was not paid for- I did this on my own.
Interview... So the interview is Jill, Marta, and Onca with some sort of student who is a radio personality. I have 1 word for the interview... MEH. Yup! So they go into this whole woman power conversation and well frankly I have heard this conversation over 10 years ago. Learning how to dance empowered me. But to have a conversation on this topic now on just seems sort of late. There are countless articles online and in magazines about this, again over 10 years ago- and this coming from a girl who learned how to dance in a small southern town. The conversation itself also just seems odd and semi-scripted b/c it flow of the conversation doesn't seem real and true. I just can't believe it. Again, I got bored and I know these ladies are well respected but the conversation is just odd. My boyfriend watched it as well and just thought they were sort of talking funny, almost like forced- so I know it is not just me. I probably won't watch it ever again.

Now it may seem that I am just slamming the DVD to shreds and I beg of you to look a little closer at what I am saying. Actually, the dance part was really good. I walked away with new ideas and felt as if I learned something. Which I can say with a lot of DVDs. I really want to keep this DVD b/c I do find it really helpful and move inspiring. So that should say a lot, just skip the interview...

Monday, July 20, 2015

Purple Ombre sweatshirt refashion

Yes I am publishing a sweatshirt refashion in the middle of summer. However, I did this a little while ago and we did have a few bouts where I put it on. The weather has been a little odd here. I liked this sweatshirt as it was on the thinner side and also was long.

But it was big. And actually I didn't like the bottom band. Cut that off first.Then took in the arms and the sides.

I decided I didn't like the ombre on the sleeves. So I cut off the wrist band, the cut off 6 inches of the sleeves, and then reattached the bands.
Hem with my double needle. Yay! Done

Simple, easy,
Yeah! Much nicer improvement. Would work nicely with some skinny jeans or leggings. 


Monday, July 13, 2015

Fun Summer Tee

More sewing! And other fabulous knit! Again on clearance from G street fabrics. The only issue with this fabric is it is sort of thin. I was worried about it being see through. So I added a layer of white knit underneath.

I follow the blog iCandy HandMade and I just love their one pattern that they offered for free. I used the Fun Summer Tee for this fabric. Super easy pattern and easy sew. Even with the 2 layers. The only issue was things were uneven so my shirt wound up with a shorter back. but still long enough for what I need and like. Especially with all the bending and squatting that I do. I got one sewing pic! Yeah!

Here's my new shirt! yeah!

The fabric is so soft. It is a little big but not too bad. I really want to make more! Love this shirt!

Follow up: The top was a little big on me esp in the mid-section. I decided to give it to my mom when she came to visit. It looks great on her! :)


Monday, July 6, 2015

Birds of a feather... dress refashion

I know another Monday post. ;0) I sort of have it together (not really just still catching up slowly). I saw this feather dress and had to have!! Turns out it is home sew- no tag on the dress and I could see the notches from the pattern. But the fabric was a poly knit with those bad neck ties! Blah!

It was just a hair too long but the fit was pretty good overall. And I didn't like the sleeves.

The problem with selecting fabric with such a large patterns such as this feather pattern is you have to pick out the right pattern b/c you will look the feathers and then it just sort of gets lost. Also, the poor hem was blind hemmed. You can't do that on a knit fabric. Or else you get this.

The struggle with this knit is real. I almost felt sorry the hem.

Otherwise the dress doesn't fit bad- it has a back zipper so that is a plus. I disliked the sleeves and the neck tie. Both of those came off.

Then right under the arms holes was a bit too big. I fitted that.Sew a hem on the armhole.

Take of the poor blind hem. Make my own hem. Again, got to love the double needle.
Done! Love my feather dress.

Here's the recap. It feels good to sew!


Monday, June 29, 2015

The Julia Cardigan

Yeah got some sewing for myself. Don't have a heart attack that it is another post within a week! Yeah! I made the Julia Cardigan from Mouse House Creations.

It was part of a pattern parcel and I liked the options for the sleeves. Also, the open front cardigan was a different design.I miss pattern parcels! I love supporting independent artists.

So I made one for myself with a light grey and white striped light weight knit.

The front view. Nice and easy

It was a super easy, I was just too lazy to style it. I really wanted picture time to be over.

Now the story is not over. For mother's day (yes I have slacked that long with photos, don't judge) I made a cardigan for my mom. Actually, I made her 2 cardigans as she couldn't decide which color she wanted. Since it is my mom, I said I'll make you 2!

I first began cutting this gorgeous blue knit.You can see the pattern pieces and everything that it entails It takes a bit more fabric than I thought it would.

Here are the end cardigans I made for my mom. The other one was with the tribal top hat fabric I had used to make a skater dress (click here).
Not going to lie that I was super jealous my mom got the tribal cardigan. I seriously love that fabric. I am out of it now. At best, it might be an accent for something else or maybe if I want to try some undergarments. My mom got a lot of compliments on the tribal cardigan.


Monday, June 22, 2015

Ahoy! A shorts refashion

Well I am sort of back! :)
When I first purchased these pants for $1, I thought maybe they were cullotes. I know they are making their way into the pattern world and this girl will not be wearing them anytime soon. But no, they are just a pair of wide-leg pants. With a fun sailor-like button detail.

They fit well with my hips and were so wide-legged that I realized that I could just cut off the legs and turn them into a pair of cute shorts. Ding! That is what I did. Simply cut off the bottom, which took me 2 cuts. Then hem and this was a tiny hem as I sort of cut a little short.

Done! Dang I love these shorts! They are so cute! Shorts are so difficult to find- I have had zero luck with patterns. I am still detailed to find a pattern but until then, these shorts are great!

Recap! Yeah it was nice to sew and this was a quick and easy refashion. And the weather is great to wear them!


Expect a few more blog posts to begin to trickle in since I got the courage to take pictures. :)

Saturday, April 25, 2015

A pathetic blog

Well hello. Welcome to my almost non-existent blog. I know it has been sad. A sad, sad truth. There has been a lot going on.... I went away for training. As I went away for this training, I caught this doozy of a head cold. It was bad, I went through an entire box of tissues in a single day. It was not a small box of tissues. There was a horrible snow storm, the day of my first class. I tried my hardest to just drag myself to class, make it through class, come back to the hotel and just sleep. I thought I was getting better, but when I got home I relapsed.

I never recovered, I only got worse. Then everything was a struggle. I began to loose my breathe doing the simplest of tasks. I went to the doctor when I realized there was no recovering and I was diagnosed with bronchitis. There was a possible hint of pneumonia in my right lung. There was no sewing or anything  I did start my tshirt quilt. I have not finished it....

I did get part of my New Years Resolutions, I read a book!! For fun!! Crazy right? Well I had a long train ride and this was a great way to pass the time. So I read a book for fun. I know I am behind the times but I also don't read for fun. It is always science related. And then maybe sewing.

I also had a come to Jesus moment. I sewed and refashioned a LOT of clothes last year. A lot. It all has to go somewhere, which is my closet (s). I looked at my refashion pile AND my fabric pile, add in no time to sew and then I had a vision- I have too much stuff. This is not what I want and not what I need as a person. So taking a break from sewing and refashioning to go through my closets would not hurt, it would be beneficial. I can officially say I have gotten rid of a lot of clothes. I could probably get rid of more. I have started some refashions and they should be trickling through the blog. I need to get it together and sew some as well. Hopefully that will also begin. But I realized I would rather have things that I love than things I only semi-love wearing. No worries they were all redonated back to stores. I think of it as one less ugly piece of clothing rotating around the world. :)

At least I was able to write this post. Now off to aerial yoga. I am finally getting back to exercising! Yay!

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