Jul 8, 2018

Simplicity 1112 - Easy To Sew

It's Sunday and the weekend is coming to a close and I am so proud of myself for all that I accomplished over these four days being home from work. My job was kind enough to give us the two days after the 4th off and my plans were to make a plan and use this time wisely. I blogged, worked on my Etsy Shop, finished a maxi skirt and this two piece outfit.

This pattern is Simplicity 1112, Misses Top, Pants, Short, Skirt and Tie Belt. I purchased this pattern during one of Joann's monthly pattern sales with the intentions of making  view B and C without the carrier and tie belt. 

 I used a Crepe fabric with a navy blue background and white swirl print. This fabric has been in my stash for a few years and it paired well with this pattern. It's light weight and has a nice drape.

This pattern was a quick and easy sew as the pattern envelope states. I started this project Friday morning and was done by end of day. It could  have taken me less time but I am a slow sewer and I do take breaks in between. All the pattern pieces were cut straight of the envelope, no adjustment or alteration needed. I did make one change to the pattern since I didn't have enough fabric. I ended up  cutting two pieces for the front bodice instead of on the fold as the instructions suggested.  I added a 5/8 seam allowance and stitch it down the middle. It's not noticeable because of the busyness of my fabric. I also cut off three inches from the length of the pants and used a 1" hem. 

This pattern has a lot of ease. I suggest checking the measurements before selecting your size I could have gone down a size. I chose to put my tie ends to the back instead of the side shoulder as the pattern recommended.

I used 1-1/2 inch elastic in the waist as the pattern suggested. This was my first time using such a wide elastic, I was hoping that it would sit well at the waist without rolling and twisting. I am glad I stuck with the wide elastic it was perfect. It hugs my waist perfectly and helps the blouse to fall nicely when tucked into the pants. It looks just like a jumpsuit. 

I highly recommend this pattern for the simple construction and easy to follow instructions. It's a nice piece to add to your summer wardrobe that will be perfect for this heatwave days. 

Jul 4, 2018

New Look 6373/ CAMI

Happy Fourth of July!

It's been a very long time since I did a sewing blog post. I didn't stray too far away from the love of sewing, I am still sewing here and there and reading all the old and new blogs that kept me inspired to keep sewing and now blogging again.   My attention was taken off sewing for a while when I decided to try making jewelry. It's a very time consuming craft also but very satisfying. During this time I have since opened an Etsy Shop selling my craft. My shop's name is Lusa Collection just click the link if interested in seeing what I have been working on. 

I used New Look 6373 to create this cami. This pattern has four looks - romper, jumpsuit and two dress options. I used the bodice from view D and lengthened it by 6 inches and omitted the flounce.  

I cut a size 16 which was a bit roomy. I could have made the 12 or 14 for a closer fit since the fabric has a bit of stretch. but I was ok with the sizing once I wore it in the NYC heat wave this week. It served its purpose, loose fitting and comfortable. 

This fabric was gifted to me three years ago from my daughter. Who had the opportunity to tour the Zac Posen showroom and meet him in person. They were gifted a yard of this beautiful fabric. I am not sure the content of the fabric but it feels really soft and smooth in hand with some stretch. I don't think it's silk,  I want to say maybe its a crepe. I wish they had given her a few more yards to make a light and airy summer dress but I am grateful for the yard. I was able to get a very wearable cami. 

This pattern was a quick and easy sew. You really didn't need the instructions if you are familiar with making a cami and installing a facing then this is a breeze. The front is cut on the fold and the back in two pieces. There are two pieces for the facing.  Would I sew this again, yes.  I also want to try the Ogden Cami that I see everyone raging about on the blogs. That's it for now. Thank you for stopping by. 


Apr 10, 2016

Decisions! Decisions!

I hear some people say it's either by luck, chance or prayer when your kid gets into their first choice or any one of the many colleges that they have applied to during the college process. I can so understand when they say that, since I can now say that at this point I have gone through the process and know what to expect.

All the planning, researching, tutoring, testing, applications, deadlines and waiting patiently has lead to the light at the end of the tunnel. With great anticipation all acceptance and rejection letters have come in and now its decision making time.

Thinking over this whole process that started back in the fall of her junior year and here we are now almost at the end of the journey. It was exciting, puzzling and stressful all at the same time.

When I entered this college process with my daughter, It was difficult for me to step back and let her take the lead, but I knew I had to. This was the beginning of her journey to being an adult. It was hard, but knowing that she had her guidance counselor at school and her mentors at her after school programs working with her to facilitate the process gave me a peace of mind.

However, the parent in me at times couldn't resist the urge to question and remind her about important deadlines or check to see how things are going, even though, I know she is meticulous when it comes keeping and updating her calendar/to do list.

Now we are at the decision stage, more school tours, lots of taking notes, comparing schools and conversation will be happening over the next two - three weeks.  May 1 is decision day.

I will be sharing more about this process, my personal experiences and my thoughts about the college process when it's final.

Jan 17, 2016

8 Tips for Building a Better Relationship with your Teenager

My teenager will be 18 this fall. The time just seems to be flying by so quickly. I remember the day she was born, like it was yesterday. I call her my miracle baby, she was delivered by emergency c-section, 2 months early, weighting 1 lb 12 oz. But the miracle is she was fully developed and she survived.  God does work miracles!

I am a single parent and raising a child in a one parent household is not easy. But with Gods help, we made it and she will be on her way to college in  the fall. I wanted to share a few tips that I learned along this journey that worked for me.

Eight Tips for Raising a Teenager

Jan 3, 2016

Basic and Classic

I work in a corporate environment,  so I invest in a lot of basic pieces for my work wardrobe. I stick with neutral colors that I can coordinate with other pieces that I already own. Neutral colors makes it easier for me to add color but still maintain the corporate dress code.  Basic pieces for me are button down shirts in a variety of colors. Trousers in all styles, a great fitting jacket, skirts, dresses and classic pumps.

Having these basic staples in my closet makes it so much easier for me to coordinate an outfit to wear in mornings.  I am not one of those people that rolls out the bed as soon as the alarm goes off, I roll over and hit the snooze button a couple of times before I actually get up.

I give my self exactly one hour to get ready and head out the door. So for me staples are a must, it makes my life so much easier in the morning. Visible Monday - Not Dead Yet Style here I come.

Adding pearls to any outfit gives it a classic look.

Dec 13, 2015

About Me


Hi everyone, thanks for stopping by A Dash of Midlife. My name is Lucy, I reside in NYC. I am a mom to an awesome teenage daughter who will be heading off to college in 2016 to pursue her dreams. 

I created this Life Style blog to write about my journey on this road call mid-life. This journey for me is about change, adapting, self improvement and embracing all things that comes with this stage of life.

 I work full-time in the accounting field but I have a love for fashion and sewing my own clothes. Sewing my own clothes gives a sense of accomplishment when I finish a garment that I am able to wear. I was introduced to sewing as a kid, my mother sewed for herself and my siblings. My love for fashion and sewing has stuck with me all my life. I knit and crochet occasionally, mostly dishcloths, quick and simple projects. 

Please come and join me on my journey as I share a dash of my mid-life. Thanks

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