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DIY – Spring Wedding Two Piece Crop Top and High-Waisted Maxi Circle Skirt

 

Hello!

Spring has sprung and so has wedding season! We recently attended the wedding of one of my boyfriend’s really good childhood friends and back when we heard the news of their engagement I just knew I had another reason to create a new outfit. LOL.

Since it was going to be a backyard wedding, I knew I needed something light, not too formal, and something that said “SPRING”.  So, I decided to create this two piece outfit; a crop top with high-waisted circle skirt.

I created the pattern for the top based off a cute jumper that I had. I used some stretchy lace fabric that I got a while ago from Fabrics.com and some floral fabric from Joanns. Because the fabric was so slippery and thin I decided to hand sew the two pieces together. This was my first time and while it was time consuming and very tedious, I am really happy with the results. The bottom of the top has an elastic band. The back has a zipper and a hook and eye closer at the top. I used my serger to hem the neck and arm holes.

The skirt was made with the same floral fabric from Joanns and some lining as well. It’s a basic circle skirt of which I included a waist band, a side zipper, and pockets. I did not hem the bottom of the skirt.

So here are finished looks!  I wore it to the wedding and received lots of compliments. It was just right for the temperature outside and perfect for dancing the night away with our friends. <3

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Oh, hey here’s me tying something out. I decided to see what the top would look like with my denim cutoffs. I think I could rock this look with no problem. :D

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And here are some progress pics for your viewing pleasure

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XOXO!

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Why, Hello there!!

Hi there!

I know it’s been a minute since my last post :(. I  plan on posting within the next couple of days, a two piece top and skirt outfit that I’ve been working on for a wedding coming up. Please stay tuned! In the mean time, if you have a moment check out this article in the Phoenix New Times about lil ol me where I talk about my inspiration for fashion and costuming!

 

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/jackalope/2015/04/shenal_hooks_phoenix_cosplay_fashion_interview.php

XOXO!!

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DIY Men’s Vest

Merry Belated Christmas and a Happy New Year!! I hope you all had a safe and wonderful NYE!  <3

This year I decided to do something a little different. Instead of making something cute for me to wear for the holidays, I decided to play dress up with the BF and make him a VEST. :D

I was a little too excited to try this little challenge! It was my first time working with a men’s pattern. I used Simplicity 2346 and chose to do style B. Overall it was pretty easy. I would say the difficult part for me was doing the button holes because it was my first time making button holes using a sewing machine. I was really nervous because men’s fashion can be so simple but what stands out and is important are the details. And I knew that if I messed up on the buttons and button holes the whole garment would be ruined. After going back and reading my sewing machine manual several times, looking a few youtube videos, and doing lots of test runs on scrap fabric, I finally got it. :) I must admit, they are not perfect, but they will do. :) Oh yeah and the pocket was a little difficult for me at first but I got it after take two. LOL

I’m happy that it fits him pretty nicely! He’s a tee-shirt and jeans kind of guy and he actually likes it! Check out the final product below. I had him turn it inside out so that you could get a good look at the lining fabric but it’s not reversible. It would be even cooler if it was. Maybe on the next one. :D

XOXO

Materials:

  • Simplicity Pattern 2346, Style B
  • Cotton Green Solid Fabric from Mood
  • Army Camo Lining from Joanns
  • Nautical Vintage “looking” buttons from Joanns
  • Plus additional notions listed on pattern

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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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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

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