November 22, 2014
Here's the next installment of my Simply Shift free pattern! Get the free pattern and instructions here. I used chiffon fabric from Hancock Fabrics. It's a gorgeous abstract pink, coral and grey wide print.
I've found that Hancock Fabric has a much better selection of apparel fabrics than JoAnn's. There's more large prints in fabrics that are appropriate for clothing. JoAnn's has a lot of great quilter's fabrics in smaller print. Plus I bought this fabric for only $2.50 a yard on sale! The lining was also $2.50 so altogether I only spent $5 on this dress!
I cut the fabric the night before. The next day I started sewing the dress at 10am and finished at 11:30am. Only an hour and 30 minutes (including bathroom breaks;-). Not bad.
November 21, 2014
So I promised more versions of last Tuesday's pattern. Get the full pattern and tutorial in that post! This is the newest version and there will be even more perhaps this weekend. I bought the fabric. It's happening.
This is actually one dress, one reversible dress. I called it the "Everyday" frock because it's made of knit and is super comfy. I decided to make it reversible because a lot of the knit I come across is very thin and see-through so you have to add some kind of extra material behind it. This kind of kills two birds with one stone.
November 20, 2014
I have suffered from dry skin all of my life. Winters are my worst enemy. There has always been a distinct difference in my skin from fall to winter as all the balmy summer moisture leaves the air. This October I was already noticing my lips cracking, my nasal passages becoming red and swollen and my shins and elbows looking perpetually scuffed.
November 19, 2014
Holy Statement Necklace Walmart! I just popped into the place to pick up a site to store order and decided to walk around a bit (which is never a good idea) and of course I found a ton of statement necklaces at Walmart that I just had to have. Most of them were $3, some of them were $5 and then a few of the large chunkier ones were $10. Not all of them were winners but I did find a few that needed to come home with me. Of course, if they're at Walmart they're probably already out of style. Call me passé. Call me cheap. I still like them.
November 18, 2014
I saw this woolen J.Crew dress on their website about a month ago and decided to try and replicate it. I couldn't for the LIFE of me find it again because it was two months ago. But I liked how simple and chic it looked paired with a long statement necklace.
It's a very simple pattern. If you make it without a lining it might take under and hour to construct. This pattern isn't graded. It's just a one size. Since this is a shift dress and not fitted it can fit a range of sizes between 2-12. For visual reference, I'm a 6-8.
November 14, 2014
Thursday was the first real cold day of the fall. Wednesday was in the 60s. We had gone kayaking and it was sunny and gorgeous so yesterday was especially difficult. And according to Brian it's not going to get warm again (at least not in the foreseeable future). So I decided to embrace it and made myself a new infinity scarf. But I wanted one that would actually keep me warm so I made one that could be filled with a very small amount of loft. No more special tying to keep it fluffed around my neck. I just slip it on and go!
But what I liked most about this idea is that it only took about 15 minutes AND with the extra material you can make one for a friend. Great for Christmas season!
3/4 yard of fabric (I used fleece with this cute scissor pattern from JoAnn's. It's on sale for only $4.99 a yard!) I think it would be a cute pattern for that "crafter" in your life.
Batting (a very small amount. Like maybe three handfuls. Anything more and you're going to look like you're wearing a pillow around your neck.) You want the fabric to still be able to wrinkle and bunch like an infinity scarf should.
November 13, 2014
Remember this bee sweater redo from day 17 of my Embellish Knit Month? Still my favorite. Found this cute vintage pleated skirt at the Thrift Store yesterday and went perfect with it.
November 7, 2014
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Most mornings we eat a bowl of either Lucky Charms, Frosted Mini Wheats or Trix and hop in the car for school. It's not something we're proud of. So Brian and I have been making more of an effort on the weekends to spice up breakfast. For one of his birthday gifts I bought him a pancake batter dispenser, although a simple ketchup/mustard dispenser works too (actually works better for smaller detailed shapes). And we started making Bisquick battered pancakes into fun shapes and letters.