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SEWN : RAE SHIRT

2.29.2012



Pattern: Rae Shirt

Textiles Used:  
Thrifted Strawberry Chambray

Sizing: Fit my 18 month old perfectly.
 

The Good: Very easy pattern.  I love the pleats in the front and the fact that it is free can't hurt at all.

The Bad: The neckline is a little tricky, but after a few tries I got it.

Changes Made: none

Things I would change next time?  I think I will try it with a scoop neckline next time and maybe once with gathers in place of the pleats.  I also find it a little short so I might lengthen it next time as well.  It would be cute as a dress or smock if longer.

Conclusion: Great toddler pattern.  I would recommend it to others for sure.

DO YOU SEW FOR OTHERS?

2.27.2012

I usually have an unstated rule not to sew something for someone who asks.  I am more than happy to teach someone to sew something for themselves, but I feel like most people would never appreciate the time and effort it takes for me to sew something for them. 

Well, I am breaking my rule right now.  I have two sisters.  One sews and one does not.  The one who doesn't recently asked me to sew a skirt for her.  I have often felt bad that she is left out because she doesn't sew, so I think this is a great excuse to include her in this way.  The problem is that she doesn't live near me, but I am going to visit soon.  So I made the Jenny skirt for her.  I did everything in the instructions except sew the side seams (they are just basted right now) and the hem.  I figure I will do those two in person.

So I wonder, do you sew for your friends and family when they ask?

Do they appreciate it when you do?

PROJECT : FREEZER PAPER 2 SHIRT

2.24.2012



My daughter is turning 2 in a few days so I made her this T-shirt to wear.  It's hard to tell in the picture, but the paint I used was actually a glittery pink.  I am pretty excited about how easy and professional this project turned out.

Here are some tutorials online for freezer paper stenciling if you want to give it a go.

Megan Nielsen
How About Orange
Julie Ann Art
Made




SEWN : LEGWARMERS FROM SWEATER SLEEVES

2.22.2012


I had the sleeves left over from my sweater to cowl tutorial and wanted to do something with them.  I decided to make my daughter some legwarmers.  All I did was sew them into a smaller tube and then add some elastic to the top.  I love the way they turned out.  Now if only my daughter would actually wear them for more than 10 seconds.

MEGAN NIELSEN DARLING RANGES DRESS TAKE 2

2.20.2012







Pattern: Darling Ranges Dress by Megan Nielsen   

Textiles Used:  silk from Vogue fabrics


Sizing: The sizing was true to my measurements.    

The Good: I am beyond excited about how this dress turned out.  It might be my favorite thing that I have sewn up to now.  The pattern and instructions are easy to follow.

The Bad: This is the first silk item that I have ever made.  It was a little tough.  I did french seams which made the dress beautiful on the inside, but it made it hard to fit is perfectly.  And it's not easy to unpick silk without snagging the fabric.

Changes Made:  I made quite a few changes this time.   I raised the neckline by an inch, lowered the waistline by an inch.  I added a tie to the neckline.  I also omitted the buttons down the front.  Instead, I sewed up the center front until about 4 inches below the waistline.  I then added snaps from there to the neckline.  I also decided to add a lining to the skirt portion of the dress.
 
Conclusion: Wonderful pattern with lots of opportunities to change it for your personal taste.

TUTORIAL : SWEATER TO OVERSIZED COWL

2.17.2012





















Materials:
-large mens sweater
-1/2 yd fleece
-sewing machine
-thread/hand sewing needle

Step 1
Cut off the sleeves of your sweater.



Step 2
Cut off the top or your sweater so that it is about 18 inches tall (you can go taller too).

Step 3
Line up your side seams one on top of the other.
(yours may not have a curved edge like mine if your sleeves were not raglan style)


Step 4
Cut a piece of fleece that is the same width as your sweater, but about 11 inched tall. (mine is folded so the actual size is about 11in by 30in)


Step 5
With right sides together, pin the fleece to the sweater.  Cut open the circle at the center back.

Step 6
Sew both sides creating a tube.


Step 7
You are now going to connect the tube making it a circle.  Pin the two bottom seams together (right sides together) and start sewing around the whole circle.


Step 8
Eventually you won't be able to finish sewing around the whole circle without running over the rest of your cowl.  Stop here leaving about 3 inches open.  Turn right side out, and hand sew the opening closed.



Try it on.  You are done!
ps do you see my bright lipstick?  I havn't worn it out of the house yet, but I kinda love it.


HAPPY LOVE DAY!!!

2.14.2012



I hope that today is filled with love for your spouse, children, pets, family, friends, yourself, or whoever is important in your life.  I used to think V day was pretty stupid and chessy, but lately I have decided to just embrace it.  I think that the idea of setting aside one day a year to really focus on the idea of love is pretty awesome.

This year I made my husband and I matching t-shirts.  I can't claim the idea.  I made them with a bunch of friends who's husbands are in the same MBA program as mine.  I love the idea that there are up to 10 other men walking around a serious graduate campus right now wearing I love (wife) t-shirts on.

One of my friends has a silhouette machine which made the process of freezer paper stenciling these shirts really easy and super professional looking.  I am pretty sure we will be wearing these shirts every valentine's day and maybe anniversary for many years to come.

Here is a pic of some of my friends who made the shirts with me.  It was fun to see everyone's when we met up at the library this morning.  Wow, I look short with these girls.

ANOTHER PAIR OF 5 MINUTE EARRINGS

2.13.2012

I made another pair of 5 minute earrings the other day.  This time I used a couple of hand painted beads that I bought for $2 each.  I love how these earrings have a vintage feel to them.  Can't wait to wear them.

ON THE TABLE : VINTAGE JACKET COPY

2.10.2012



Have you guys been following along with  Rachel of Define Refine and Be Mine as she has been making a pattern from her favorite pair of jeans?  I have been very impressed and inspired by this process and wanted to give it a go myself.

I was at the thrift store the other day and found this vintage - 70's - blazer.  To my surprise the fit and the cut were perfect.  The fabric, on the other hand, was not perfect.  It's some sort of wool blend that reeks of moth balls and is pilling.  So I decided this was the perfect piece to use as a pattern.  I am going to start the long process of unpicking the jacket tonight.  I will check back in with the process soon.

FEATURED : MEGAN NIELSEN DESIGN DIARY

2.09.2012


What a great surprise this morning to find my face shown on the amazing Megan Nielsen's blog.  Thanks Megan!  If you don't already follow Megan you should probably start.

ANOTHER DARLING RANGES & SLIPPERY FABRIC



I just bought this beautiful silk for another Megan Nielsen Darling Ranges dress.  I am pretty excited about the look of the fabric, but also a little scared of working with this delicate and slippery choice.

Here are a few links that I found and will be using as I cut and sew this version.  Do you guys know any other tricks?

-Burda - http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/cut-slippery-fabric


-Candlelight Valley Fabrics - http://www.candlelightvalleyfabrics.com/sewingwithslipperyfabric.htm

-A Fashionable Stitch - http://www.afashionablestitch.com/2011/tips-and-tricks/the-best-tip-for-cutting-slippery-fabrics/


-Grainline Studio - http://grainlinestudio.com/2011/08/01/tips-tricks-delicate-necklines/


BRIGHT LIPSTICK - YES OR NO

2.07.2012


I have been wanted to do the bright lipstick trend for awhile now, but have felt a bit sheepish to do so.  It seems so bold.  I think it is so cute on others, but I lack the confidence that I can truly pull it off.  So I tried out a few colors on photoshop to see what I thought and well, the jury is still out.

So I want to know:

Do you rock the bright lipstick trend?

If so do you have any colors that your recommend esp. for a newbie like me?

What is the age cutoff for a trend like this?

Do you think I can pull it off?

SEWN : JENNY SKIRT IN CHEVRON

2.06.2012

(please excuse the wrinkles.  this is after wearing it to church and holding my baby a lot)

Textiles Used:  
A wool blend from Hancocks

Sizing: I find that the sizing is good in the smaller sizes, but too big in the bigger sizes.  I ended up having to take it in about an inch on the sides.

The Good: Great pattern.  Great for beginners.  I have made it several times and will still probably make it more times.  I love the fabric I chose and the lining just makes me happy.

The Bad: The instructions are a bit lacking - like most burda patterns.

Changes Made:  I added a folded back split instead of the regular slit.  I shortened the waistband by about 2/3 and also lowered the waistline on the actually main skirt portion by about an inch.

Things I would change next time?  Nothing.  This is my best version so far.  I love the fit.

Conclusion: I highly recommend this pattern.  Whenever I have friends that want to sew something with me this is what we make.  It is a great beginner pattern that is in style and cute on all body types.

TUTORIAL : 5 MINUTE EARRINGS

2.03.2012


I found these beads the other day at a local craft store - Tom Thumb - and decided to make some quick earrings out of them.  It seriously took me under 5 minutes and under $2 to make them.  And I feel like they will go with anything as they are a little modern and a little vintage feeling at the same time.

Materials:


- 2 beads
- 2 earring hooks
- 2 head pins
- pliers

Step 1



Thread the bead through the head pin.

Step 2



Trim the head pin so that it sticks out of the top of the bead about 1 cm.

Step 3



Use your pliers to twist the top of the head pin into a small circle.  Leave a tiny bit open.

Step 4



Slide the earring hook through the opening you just made and close of the circle with your pliers.

Step 5
Repeat for the other earring.  Your are done.  Easy right?

UPDATE : SALME CROPPED BLAZER

2.01.2012

I am super excited about the fabric that I got for my Salme blazer.  I bought this light weight wool with a black and white ombre type effect from Vogue fabrics.


I also made a few alterations to the pattern.  I lengthened the whole jacket by about an inch and then also created more of an angle in the front.



Can't wait to finish it and show you all.