Some desserts to cool you off as the weather gets warmer!
Sunday, May 15, 2011
It’s finished and over. Yay! So much stress to finish!!
Here’s how it ended up:
- 3 Layers in the skirt. 2 of chiffon and one of satin.
- Each layer was two complete circles. (If you need an explanation on how I did this, just let me know!)
- The neckline was a sweetheart neckline
- Bodice was lined in cotton
- The back neckline was round and swooped down as low as I could get it and still wear my normal bra with it.
- The sash was made of chiffon and covered up the unsightly waist.
- I added a waist stay on the inside and I think that helped so much!
- I did a rolled hem on the bottom, although I wish I had gotten some wooly nylon to do that instead.
- I made my own facings for the neckline and arms.
- The flowers were made by burning chiffon and satin and tulle.
- One of the chiffon layers was a different color, but it worked out okay.
- If you make a dress like this, you’re gonna have some trouble getting enough fabric. I had to accumulate this fabric over several weeks. Waiting for coupons to come out and such.
- Even with coupons, it was still pretty expensive, I’m scared to total everything up…maybe I won’t. heehee.
- I made his tie as well. I used the pattern from the Purl Bee. I think it adds a nice touch.
- It was fun to dance in. It was fairly low profile until he spun me around. Then it would swish out! fun!
Monday, March 14, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
I have decided that spring break is a perfect time to redo my sewing nook. It is connected to my room and is where I do all my creating. Here is what I want to do:
1.) Create a desk similar to this one. Mine will probably be in a L-shape. Mine will also be wider, and will probably have a file cabinet under one side and a shelf of some sort along the other. I might also secure the back against the wall using bracket of some sort. My grandma has the doors and shelves, so all I need to get is a file cabinet, and I just found one on craigslist for $8! I’m thinking about painting the table a teal/aqua color…
image from YoungHouseLove
2.) Paint the walls. I am wanting to stripe the walls using the same color as my main room along with another slightly darker color. I want this room to be fun! This tutorial is also from Young House Love. LOVE their stuff! It looks to be fairly straightforward.
image from Young House Love
3.) I am also working on some watercolors of dresses to hang on the wall. Kind of like this:
image from Young House Love
4. ) My grandma has an old window frame that I might incorporate in some way. I might do something like the picture, or I might just paint it and hang it on the wall.
image from Remodalholic
I’ve got some other ideas, but I guess that’s it for now!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
When we moved into our house almost 3 years ago, I wanted to paint my room yellow. Unfortunately, I was talked into painting it some green color that I really don’t care for. As such, I have never bought matching bedding or really hung any pictures. But I am ready for a change! I am going to try to do this over the summer, so I am just in the planning stages at this point.
I am wanting to keep the decorating cost to $50 + whatever I can sell from my current décor (bedpreads, art, etc.). This is going to be the most challenging part about this project.
Here is what I am thinking for the paint color:
I am wanting a pinkish grayish tone. Something I can build on. I want it to be sophisticated, but able to work with a lot of different tones of pink too.
(although I really like the paint colors in almost all the pictures)
This wall color is really nice too! I am not sure what it is though, some sort of really pale pink. (I like the color in the picture with the daybed with the pink sheets as well)
I have posted a tutorial for this in the past. I think it is from kojodesisgns. I saw the inspiration at Anthropologie yesterday and liked it a lot. The only thing I am worried about is the balled up parts being too hard.
There is a tutorial for this Anthro inspired bedspread here. I like the ruffles on it. And it would be a lot softer than the other option. I could make this for cheap too from sheets on clearance. And that will keep the cost down as well! If I can make it as a button-on cover that will go over a down comforter I will be extra happy! That way I could wash it easily too!
I am not sure what I will do for art yet. I want to be able to put some bold pieces in there too, but keep it sophisticated as well.
I will most likely be getting some crisp white furniture (I don’t have any right now). I also have a pink rug, and a bunch of frames that I need to use. I would also like to paint my sewing room, which is attached to my bedroom either a bright pink color or some other inspiring color. I also need to think about curtains for my windows and curtains to separate my sewing room from the rest of the room. I am excited!
(I am not sure where I got all these images, if they are your pictures and you want credit, just let me know and I will be glad to give it to you!!)
Sunday, February 20, 2011
- Made this awhile back
- Remember to not cook hamburger before stuffing
- Make sure to cook noodles all the way done
- I made basil pesto using this recipe
- It turned out fairly tasty
- Oh…I grew my own Basil…’cause I’m just that cool!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
|from Sew Retro|
Monday, February 14, 2011
|image and tutorial at Remodelaholic|
Isn't that cool? I would definitely like to do something like that on our walls! And we already have a wood burning pen which makes it even cheaper...now maybe if I can scrounge up some wood from my Grandma's house...hmmm...
How about one of these verses for the kitchen?
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.- 1 Corinth. 10:31
Friday, February 11, 2011
So I ended up using the pattern on the left (Butterick 7304) for the bodice, since it had a dropped waist, and the pattern on the right (Butterick 6937) for the neckline. I just kinda did the back neckline by hand. I am really happy with how it turned out! I had to size down the bodice pattern, which is what took so long. I also ended up doing a sway-back adjustment. I need to start checking for that on all my clothing. Rgh.
So here is the muslin. I am going to look for fabric today to see which color would be best. Although I am thinking about the color of the background of the picture. We shall see.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
It is fully lined to give it some extra body. I ended up lining it with a dark pink sheet I got from target for a few dollars. It makes me happy just knowing that color is there. haha!
I'm pretty happy with it. I feel pretty when I wear it. There are a few details I would change if I did it over again, but I think a lot of the issues were from sizing down the pattern. Which I'm not really that great at. I would like to make it again sometime, but buy the right size first!
Friday, February 4, 2011
|tutorial at Junkin' Junky|
|tutorial from Brassy Apple|
|tutorial from Flamingo Toes|
Monday, January 31, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
image from Sew Red Hot
This dress really caught my eye. Especially the bodice.
I still want to do a double circle skirt though. I don’t think that should be very hard to draft.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
The banquet rolls around once a year. And once it’s over I immediately start thinking about next year’s dress. We swing dance at the banquet, so it is imperative that I can dance in the dress. I ran across this dress from Refugee Crafter:
My version has:
- Boat Neckline
- Fully Lined Bodice (probably cotton)
- Princess Seaming
- A full circle skirt (the more I look at my inspiration, the more I think it is 2 circles around)
- Chiffon on top (Inspiration has 4 layers in skirt)
- Taffeta underneath
- Rolled Hem with Serger for Skirt edge
- Either full length or tea length. This is probably gonna depend on what size taffeta/chiffon I can find
- Waist Stay
- Beading around neckline
- chiffon sleeves
- Possible chiffon layer on bodice too, if it needs it
- Triple ribbons on upper layer of skirt
- Decide on lining for skirt – synthetic or cotton?
That’s what I have so far. Things might change. We’ll see. :)
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
During my recent shopping trip at the thrift store, I also picked up a bunch of vintage patterns for 25 cents apiece!!
Butterick 4309 This one is from the ‘70’s maybe? I’m not sure. It is a 14, which in the 50’s patterns fits me fine, but I don’ think it is going to fit right in this pattern. I don’t know yet. I bought it mainly for the Raglan Sleeve T-shirt pattern on the right.