Black and White Peter Pan Collar Blouse

Friday, March 7, 2014

I just finished this shirt for my sister Sadie! 
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 I really love how it turned out. We're not going to talk about how long it took me though, haha because I'm super embarrassed about that. I had trouble fitting time in with my school and long story short, she had to wait waay too long for me to be done with it. (Sorry again Sade!)

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It looks cute on her though, doesn't it? That girl can wear anything I swear. She wanted a basic knit shirt with a contrasting collar, and a high neckline so there's a zipper in the back to make slipping it on and off easier. I love that she chose a gold one, I don't think I would have originally and I loove the way it looks. 

The black fabric is lightweight sweater knit from Mood (that I would link to but they seem to be out of so can't), and the collar is made out of this silk crepe. I bought the zipper off Etsy and then the pattern is Simplicity 6271 just with a collar and zipper drafted in. 
 

So since I haven't blogged forever I want to know how YOU all doing. I miss hearing from you guys! Tell me what the best part of your life is right now and what the worst part is. Let's see, mine are, that I'm really enjoying my classes this semester and have Spring Break next week. Holla! And worst, hm I don't know, maybe that's too deep of a question to ask on a blog post. haha you don't have to answer that part if you don't want to. For me it'd probably just be having to figure out my life and what I'm going to do career-wise and all that. Blah so much pressure! The 20's are intimidating.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Create Your Own: J.Crew Ponte Knit Dress

Thursday, February 13, 2014

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I love this dress! Unfortunately it's sold out (and probably was out of my price range anyways. haha) So here's a DIY version. I was thinking Vogue 8615 would be best and then just adjust the neckline a bit. Or else I really like the pockets on Simplicity 7091. It's a pretty simple dress so you've got some wiggle room as far as patterns go. 

Off topic but sorry for being so MIA lately. I've got some other things going on at the moment that are consuming my time but I hope to be back soon. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who follows my blog because it really means a lot that you do. Really. I get e-mails from Bloglovin' when new people follow my blog and it seriously makes me so happy every single time. haha
Sending love to you all!

Guy's Shirt

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Well a new project for me! I've never made menswear before and I can happily cross it off my list now.

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I really like making guys clothes because the fit isn't much of an issue. You can just sort of approximate and you're good to go!

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The fabric I used is this blue/charcoal plaid coating from Mood Fabrics. It's coming up in the pictures looking a lot more ashy colored than it is in real life but oh well. It was super easy to work with and I found myself preferring it over cotton even! 
Matching up the plaids was an adventure though- an adventure I never want to do again. haha


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Pattern-wise, I used McCall's M6044 (version B). I pretty much followed it to a tee, except for the collar I used Peter's "burrito method". Best idea ever! It turned out really well and I will definitely be doing it that way from now on.

I was also blown away with this trick to get collars pointed. Seriously, this is genius! It made the collar look so much better.

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I'm honestly so surprised with how well this shirt ended up turning out. I kind of went into it thinking that it would either turn out looking just "ok", or one hot mess. ha so I was pleasantly surprised!

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Fabric: Blue Charcoal Plaid from Mood
Pattern: McCall's M6044

5 Current Favorites

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

1... This cute Christmas card (top left).
holiday board 2013 by Haylee, see more holiday photo cards

This above collage is my entry for the Minted inspiration board challenge this year. If anyone else enters let me know so I can send your board some love! 

2... Buzzcut Season by Lorde. I listen to this song about, 15 times per day. haha really though. I know Lorde is all the rage right now but at least the hype is warranted this time, I loove her voice. 

3... This little lady. How there can be so much talent wrapped up into one person is beyond me. Seriously I need to stop looking at this blog, it's making me question everything about any sewing ability I ever thought I once had. haha really though, this girl is amazing.

4... Netflix.. So here's the thing. I was into Breaking Bad for a while but then it just got to be too much for me. Too much gah, I don't know, just horribleness. Maybe I'm naive but I couldn't handle it. So I want a new show. I was thinking Carrie Diaries maybe? (Polar opposite from Breaking Bad. haha) Or else right now I've been into Untold Stories of the ER. But please, suggestions are welcome!

5... Ghost Map by Steven Johnson. About the cholera epidemic in London in the 1860s. Super, super fascinating! And I have a love affair with London currently so that makes it all the better. 

6... Bijou Market. This weekend in Provo! I love when this is held. Local people I hope to see you all there!

Madewell Inspired Striped Dress

Saturday, October 26, 2013

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Hi guys! Wow has it been long since I've posted. School/work/trying-to-keep-sane does that to you I guess though.
Here's my latest project! A multi-directional striped dress inspired by this lovely one I saw from Madewell

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The pattern for the bodice and the sleeves is Simplicity 4802. The only changes I made to the  pattern were that I re-drafted the neckline, added length on the sleeves so I could do cuffs on the bottom, and then just added a lining.

The skirt pattern is self-drafted, meaning that I took two rectangles of fabric, added pleats, and pretended like I knew what I was doing. haha it works!


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Sorry by the way that I look so pissed off in these photos, I don't know what the deal is there. (Mom you were right, I should have smiled more. :)
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Then an exposed metal zipper down the back to give the dress a bit more contrast (it was starting to feel a little too 60's homemaker for me, haha). 
And that's that! Now I'm off to go watch One Direction interviews on YouTube. That's definitely the most productive thing I could be doing with my time right now so it's all good. haha they're seriously hilarious, I'm telling you. 



Pattern: Vintage Simplicity 4802 (minor adjustments)

Watercolor floral skirt

Sunday, September 29, 2013

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I don't know how else to describe these pictures except maybe just totally worked. ha to be fair though, I haven't been sleeping so I'm giving myself the benefit of the doubt on this one. But k so this skirt, guys this skirt! It turned out so much better than I thought it would, it was definitely an experiment in more ways than one so I was not expecting that.

Experiment #1, working with this fabric. Man I was up and down about this fabric. One day I loved it, the next day I thought it was too attention-seeking, the next, well you get the deal. Fortunately the end result I LOVE. I guess it was just one of those fabrics that makes you second guess yourself, but works well for finished garments. 

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*it doesn't normally peek up in the center just for the record. I think it's because I'm pulling down on the pockets. 

Experiment #2, kangaroo pockets. Which, to be fair aren't really called that but I feel like they look like a little kangaroo pouch. ha, I've never made pockets like this before, they were drafted into the actual front pattern piece instead of sewn into the side seams. They were essentially like darts on the front of the pattern! So weird. And sure at first I thought it would be no thing but then I woke up to reality and realized I was using a Burda Style pattern. Why do I do this to myself! I swear they have a way of making even the simplest of steps the most. complicated. thing. ever.

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Experiment #3, churning out a lining on a whim. This fabric is really lightweight yet stiff, and I felt like a lining would make it flow better. Only problem is that the pattern doesn't come with a lining, and I was worried about drafting one with the whole pocket situation. Well the awesome thing about linings is that no one sees them! So it doesn't even matter that I may have done half of it inside out. And luckily this one turned out great. haha

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Also, Am I allowed to say that I like how this skirt makes my booty look? haha, because I'm so going there. I think it has something to do with the darts in the back that I may have accidentally made too prominent. Yay for mistakes that work in your favor!


Fabric: Oscar de la Renta Silk from Mood
Pattern: Burda Style Flared Skirt pattern


So now I want to hear, what's something you've experimented with lately? (Both in sewing and in not. Changed up your daily routine? Tried a new food? Anything!)

Also, just because I'm desperate, any tips for the raging insomniac? I mean, Netflix is great and all but there's only so many episodes of Breaking Bad you can watch. 

Make Your Own: Madewell Drop-Waist Floral Dress

Monday, September 9, 2013

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For the pattern, I love the buttons down Simplicity 9596 but if that's not what you're going for, there's also Butterick 5672, or McCall's 2310. Fabric-wise, I loved this abstract floral print from Liberty Fabrics as well as this fabric with a little bit more of a subtle floral.   
Happy Sewing!

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