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DIY White Midi Dress

I tend to break the rules when it comes to fashion and I believe it’s never too late to wear white. I actually made this dress back in the summer. It was pretty fun and easy to make.

So the top part is a full midi dress. The fabric is stretchy and has cutout squares. It kind of reminds me of some stretchy jersey (like basketball jersey) material. I got it from a local fabric store. Underneath I created a crop top and midi skirt as the lining, using stretch polyester material. I like how it shows through the cutouts. I really like how it turned out and I love how its so comfortable. If I had to make it again though, I would maybe add a zipper to the back or to the side, to make it a little easier to get in to lol. Oh well, live and learn. That’s what this is all about! :D

This piece is pretty simple to style. But, since it’s starting to get cold out, I just added a layer for warmth. Below I paired it with a sweat shirt that I got from Urban Outfitters, thus turning this midi dress into a midi skirt. :D

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Sweater Weather – DIY Pullover Sweater

 

I really loved working with this pattern, Simplicity 1317, because it was so easy to make. I think it took me about an hour from start to finish to make, that includes cutting out the pattern, ironing it, pinning it to the fabric, then cutting it all out, and sewing it all together. Since I had lots of fabric left over after making this, I decided to make a pencil skirt too. The pencil skirt was made by using another skirt as a pattern.

Due to the fabric choice, this is a pretty versatile piece. I’m thinking I can wear it pretty casual or dressy, and I actually think I’m going to wear this to work one day.I hope to make more sweaters using this pattern. I was even thinking about making a sweater dress but we will see.

No alterations were made to this pattern. The fabric is from Mood Fabrics.  The boots are from NastyGal. 

What do you think? :D I’m trying to think of what to work on next. Are you working on any winter wear right now?

XOXO

 

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Framed Jewelry Hanger Wall Accent DIY

I’ve been in the mood to get my dressing room organized. After living in our house for 3 years its finally done! I’m so happy I finally have a decent spot to get ready in. Now I’ve just been doing some finishing touches here and there with some fun DIYs. I wanted to share with you this easy Framed Jewelry Hanger Wall Accent that I finally got around to making. I found the frame at IKEA and the other materials from Home Depot. This was a quick, fun, and an easy project and I love the way it turned out. Check out how it was done :D

Materials:

  • Some sort of frame
  • White Pegboard
  • Hook and eyes for the pegboard
  • Spray paint of your choice for the pegboard

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Here I used the cardboard backing that came in the frame to trace the oval needed for the pegboard.

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Then I had my boyfriend cut the oval out using his hand saw.

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Here I just sanded it a bit on the top and on the edges. This helps makes it nice and smooth and gets it ready for the spray paint.

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I used a purple color but its kind of hard to see here. While I was at I it also sprayed some wall candle holders that were originally black. IMG_20141005_002910

Here is the finished look after the paint. :D

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Then added the hook and eyes.

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And here’s the final look! I think it came out pretty cute!  :D I hope you find this inspiring and maybe give something like a try if you haven’t already done so!

XOXO

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End of Summer Days 2 of 3 – Retro Bathing Suit

I know summer is pretty much over but its hard to come to terms with that when you live in a desert like I do LOL. Also, I couldn’t let this year pass without making another bathing suit, this time for me, and not sharing it with you. Because I was so floral crazy earlier this year I was able to find the same print of floral that I had used for my floral circle dress but the material type was different. It kind of reminded me of scuba material so I figured that it would be great for a bathing suit. It was nice and thick so no lining was needed and had just enough stretch but also held stuff in LOL. So the bottoms were pretty easy to make. I used Butterick pattern B4526 to make the bottoms. Now the top, that was a different story. I tried using a pattern to make the top but the fabric was way too thick to do all the folds and what not. So, at a certain point I gave up trying to follow the pattern and just ended up free styling it. The top came out okay, I think it needs some kind of built in support but I haven’t yet figured out boning and wiring.

Overall I was pretty happy with the way it turned out!! What do you think? Below are pics of the finished pieces. I even tried messing around with styling the bottoms as an outfit, mixing prints and patterns inspired by Solange Knowles. :D

Materials:

  • 96% Polyester 4% Spandex fabric from Joanns Fabrics
  • Butterick Pattern B4526 for the bottoms

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Tulle Maxi Circle Skirt

I wanted to share this too cute maxi circle skirt that I made for a customer using tulle. I’m so happy with the way it turned out that I’m thinking about making one for myself. Just have to decide on a color. Now let me tell you, sewing tulle is no joke! To make it as fluffy as you want, you have to keep adding layers and layers of tulle/ But man the more you add, the harder it is to maneuver while sewing!

The colors used for this one was inspired by the Disney movie Maleficent and will be used for a costume. That reminds me! Halloween is right around the corner! I need to start thinking about my costume! Anywho…

I used the following materials:

  • 1 inch elastic for waist band
  • Yards and yards and yards of black, purple, and green tulle
  • Black mesh
  • Black lining fabric

This skirt required a lot of fabric, one because it is a maxi skirt, two because it is a circle maxi skirt, and three because it needed to be fluffy like a tutu. So if you do end up making one then be prepared to buy lots of tulle. The first layer was the lining, then I added the mesh to add to the bulky and fluffiness of it. After those two, then I added 5 layers of the tulle, 4 of which was black with the top layer being a mixture of black, purple, and green.

To help me make this skirt, I took a look at Nadira037 and CheapbutChic1 youtube videos. They were really helpful! Nadira037 gives you this really handing calculation that helps you figure out how much fabric you will need depending on your measurements and how long you want the skirt to be. I recommend you check them out if you haven’t already done so! Their tutorials show you how to add a zipper to the skirt but I ended up doing an elastic waist band because I wanted to make sure the skirt would fit the customer, who is 8 years old. Awww! <3 If and when I make one for myself I’ll probably add the zipper in.

Please check out my pics below and let me know what you think. Have you ever made a tutu/tulle skirt before. What was your experience? Do you have any tips and tricks to share? I would love to hear from you. :D

XOXO

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End of Summer Days 1 of 3 – Origami Skort

I can’t believe summer is coming to an end all ready. 2014 is flying by guys! But, I must admit that I am looking forward to fall and all the fun options of layers that come with it. Any who, these next couple of post will be on the projects that I have been working on these past couple of months and final had a chance to take pictures in.

This origami skort was supper easy and actually pretty fun to construct. It was like putting together a puzzle because of all the different shapes of the various pieces of the pattern. I think I was able to finish this in less than 4 hours. No alterations were made to this pattern and the pattern instructions were pretty easy to follow.

Below are a few pictures of the finished skort followed by how I chose to style this piece. Hope you like it. Let me know what you think. XOXO

Fabric: Cotton; bandana print with yellow accents; purchased from Mood Fabrics.

Pattern: Simplicity #1370 Figure A

 

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Skort finished

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Back of Finished Skort

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Top: Charlotte Russe

Skort: DIY

Shoes: Chuck Taylor Classic Converse High Tops 

Hat: Purchased at the Mrs. Carter Tour Concert 

Lipstick: MAC “Matt Instigator AA3″ with MAC “Night Moth” lip pencil 

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Q & A – Liebster Award!

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Hi Guys!

So this is actually the first time I’ve done one of these. And it fits right in because I’m still scrabbling to finish a few projects I’ve been working on so that I share with you. Thank you for sticking around with me, I haven’t forgot about you and I appreciate your interest in my crafts/life’s passion.

Okay enough with the mushy stuff. LOL. So I want to thank Tasha Delrae – Where fashion and DIY collide for nominating me for the Liebster Award!  This give blogs with under 200 followers an opportunity to inspire and be inspired by other new bloggers! With accepting the award comes answering the following questions. So here I go…

1.  Does blogging feel more like a hobby or a chore and why?

Hmmm. I would have to say neither. Because I am all about sewing, its a straight up passion of mine guys, I feel as though sewing is more than just a hobby. And with sewing, comes sharing my love with those who love it too. And I’m able to do that through this blog. So blogging I guess goes hand in hand with how I feel about sewing.

2.  If you could represent any brand, which one would you choose and why?

This one is hard. I’m not sure. Maybe some all natural hair product line because that’s what I’m in too and you cant go wrong with organic products right?!

3.  What’s your favourite F word?

Fabric!

4.  If you could learn to make anything new, what would it be?

How to make my own wedding gown. This is an intimidating yet real goal of mine. Let me first admit that I am not engaged, yet… ;) but when that time does come, I would love to be able to make my own wedding gown. Oh! And this cool crystal crown that I just spotted on Pinterest.

5.  Describe your favourite outfit. 

My favorite outfit would be something that is not only cute but comfortable. If you haven’t noticed by now I’m all about those two things, nothing too tight or too tall is what I am for. I want to look good, feel good, and move good. LOL. So something like a graphic tee, boyfriend jeans, and some chunky heels that I can walk in. Or some graphic tee, a midi skirt, and my Converse sneakers.

6.  Is there any style of clothing that you would love to wear, but can’t?  What and why?

I had to think about this one for a while. Okay so this might sound strange or funny but sometimes I wish I could wear those cut little blouses or tub tops that some girls can wear without a bra. There is no way I can go without wearing a bra, I just don’t think that looks good on me but girls with smaller chest can get away with it.

7.  What do you wish you had more time for?

That’s an easy one. I wish I had more time for sewing. I work full-time and so I’m always having to save the fun stuff for after work (if I’m not too exhausted) and the weekends. Sometimes I’ll even bring a small project with me to work so that I can work on it during my lunch break. Like if I happened to need to do some seam ripping, I do it during lunch. :D

8.  If calories meant nothing, what would you stuff your face with?

I am more of a foody then a desert lover so I would have to say some type of cheesy chunky pasta with lots of garlic bread. Man, garlic bread, oh and fries, those two are my weaknesses. Ugh… lol

9.  What are your favorite online shops?

I LOVE Nasty Gal! I also like to shop at Shoe Dazzle. Those two are pretty much my go to favs.

10.  If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Anywhere? Hmm I’m going to play it safe and pick somewhere I’ve been before and loved the vibe. So lets go with New York for now lol. Maybe I could live there just for a couple of years, you know, to learn and experience new things and let the environment inspire me.

11.  Which blogger would you want to spend a day shopping with?

I would love to spend a day shopping with Hey Fran Hey. I absolutely love her style and her positive energy. She is my all time all natural, health, and wellness guru. So we would not only go shopping for clothes but we would also shop for some all natural products for my hair and body, inside and out. :D

 And now its time for me to share the love! To check out the rules head over to this blog.

But I’m going to be a rebel and only nominate one blogger: Sew Stylist!

And here are my questions for you…

1. What or who inspired you to learn how to sew?

2. If you could have one piece of clothing item for free, what would that be?

3. What are your favorite fabric stores?

4. What would you do if you won the lottery?

5. What is something that most people don’t know about you?

6. Who would you say is your role model?

7. If you could go back in time, when would you go and why?

8. Why did you start blogging?

9. If you could shadow anyone in the world for a day, who would it be?

10. How do you time time for sewing?

11. What’s your favorite song right now?

XOXO

Oh and check me out on Instagram too!

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Dress before Hem

Hemming Stretchy Jersey Knit Fabric

Have you ever had that one technique or fabric that just intimidated you or maybe you had a bad experience and ever since you’ve avoided it like the plague? Well for me it was hemming stretchy jersey knit fabrics and now I can proudly say that I have conquered my fear! Yay!

Have you ever noticed when you’re sewing knit fabric that it some times gets caught up in your machine or when you’re all done sewing it doesn’t lay flat and it looks kind of wavy? Well I’m going to share with you four things I did/used to combat this issue.

Materials Needed for Hemming:

  • Pins (ball point for knit fabric if you have them)
  • Iron
  • Even Feed/Walking Foot
  • Twin Needle

Pinning 

When you are ready to begin hemming, after you have either serged or zig zag stitched the rare edges, you will need to fold the hemming and pin it in place. Now in the case of my skirt, yes it took me, what it felt like, forever to pin this never ending circle skirt all the way around. But I did it anyway because this is a necessary step. Also, keep in mind that the stretchier the fabric, the closer the pins should be placed, to ensure that you are able to achieve that flat, nice looking hem.

Iron

After you have all your pins in place you will need to iron your hem. This will help achieve that flat, even, clean look and is so helpful when its time for sewing, so do not skip this step.

Even Feed/Walking Foot

Now lets get to the sewing. Sewing stretchy knit fabric can be a pain in the neck. Especially when the machine starts to eat it and it gets all caught up under the needle. I combat this little pesky issue by using an even feed/walking foot. This little baby is my new BFF. I used it all the time! The walking foot is so helpful because it adds less pressure to the fabric and helps move it through the machine with less stretching. I bought mines from Amazon and it was cool because it came with a kit that including a double needle!

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Twin Needle

And finally we come to the twin needle. I love this needle because combined with the pinning, ironing, and use of the walking foot, the twin needle gives that polished professional look to your finished garment. You will find that the twin needle comes in different sizes and there is even one that’s called a Stretch Twin Needle. I used the one that came in the kit which was a regular one, size 4.0. Double Needle

Using a twin needle will require two threads at the top and some machines (like mine) only has room for one. To fix that I just wound some thread in a bobbin and loaded it through like I would normally do when threading my machine.

Be sure to use a regular stitch. Also, you will need to top stitch when sewing with this needle because the bobbin side make the zig zag stitch on the bottom. Also, be sure you know where your fabric ends underneath to make sure the needle is catching right and is not skipping over some of the fabric.

Double Threading

Here is what my finished hem looked like after I was done sewing. Keep in mind that before I hemmed I had finished the rare edges using my serger. But technically, what happens is the twin needle gives you the even double stitch on the top and a zig zag stitch underneath.

Finished Hem

Here you can see how the hem is laying nicely, with a neat, clean flow of the fabric at the bottom. I love how it makes my hand made garments have that professional finish!!

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Dress After Hem

I hope you find this information helpful!! To see how I had this dress click here.

Happy Sewing!!

XOXO

 

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Cool Whites for a Hot Summer – Inspiration Board

Summer White Inspiration

 

Lately, I’ve been really feeling the white mesh and laser cut look for the summer. The white fabric with cutout style just makes it look so cool which is exactly what I need in this desert heat. I recently bought some white fabric that kind of has the box cutout look to it and I’m thinking of making a cute summer dress with it. Wish me luck and stay tuned to see how it turns out!

 

60′s Inspired Outfit

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“Free your mind and your clothes will follow!” I just had to share this cute little crop top and high wasted pants outfit inspired by 60′s fashion. I made this for my friend who also picked out the fabric. The fabric is 100% cotton, purchased from Fabric.com, and is called Amy Butler Hapi Heart Bloom Rose. The crop top pattern was created by me and I used the same Simplicity 1887 pattern that used here for the pants.

I love how the pants turned out and the pockets are awesome. I went with a serged finish around the neck and bottom hem just for the look. Can’t wait to see how this outfit looks on her. :D

XOXO

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