Sewn : Baby Boy's Quilt

Monday, August 14, 2017



I'm not a quilter. I'll be the first to admit that, but I do like to quilt occasionally because it's a form of sewing you can do that doesn't require as much thinking. (At least in how I do it with block squares. Obviously not talking like complex patterns or anything.) And let's be honest, sometimes I just want to veg out and listen to podcasts, haha. 



This blanket was made hopefully for a future child someday, but otherwise will probably be gifted to a future niece or nephew.

The fabric is meaningful to me because I got it in Australia (after a 10 mile hike to get to the fabric store no less, ha you think I'm kidding. I'm an idiot and overestimated the distance, and was too scared to figure out the bus. haha but it gave me an excellent opportunity to experience all of Perth.) The fabric store was called Materialise, found by the glorious invention of Yelp. (Anyone on Yelp? I'm obsessed! I love finding new shops and restaurants.)



The back of the blanket is light blue minky. (And oh my gosh my mom, bless her. She literally stood there for like 10 minutes with her arms in the air and didn't complain. #praise)



The wrinkles are driving me crazy. I'm sure if I knew more about quilting I would know what to do to prevent that next time, but I don't. So if any quilters out there want to share some tips, I'd love to hear!
The fabric is cute I think. Little elephants, space shuttles, stripes, and a nautical print- perfect for a baby boy! The intent wasn't to make it so patriotic looking, ha ironic coming from Australia! But I actually really wish it wasn't red, white, and blue. Oh well, hopefully the lighter blue on back mixes that up a bit


So question of the day, What are your favorite podcasts? 
I'm selfishly asking because I want some new recommendations. My favorites are Thread Cult, Stuff You Should Know, RadioWest, and Podcasting One Handed. Obviously some of those aren't going to appeal to some you depending on your life circumstances. haha but I'd love to hear your favorites!

Also, have to give a quick shout-out to Regan from Solitude for Sewing who is starting up a new blog series called Stitching Students. The series features young seamstresses still in college or high school. Isn't that the coolest idea ever? It's always nice to find blogs of people in similar life stages as you, and I've found some really good blogs to follow because of it. (Lady Sewalot comes to mind, her blog is amazing!) Anyways, she featured me in a recent post and I wanted to share because I was excited. :)
Happy sewing everyone!

Meghan's Bridal Shower

Thursday, May 4, 2017

My best friend and cousin is getting married!


We threw her a shower in the backyard, which actually worked out even though I was terrified it would rain. I've been seeing these typography balloons all over Pinterest and wanted to get one for it. I was sad because I guess you can't fill them with helium.. boo, so I just placed mine in front of the food table. The Zurchers lady wouldn't even try, trust me I tried. haha I told her I'd pay for the helium and everything and she was like nope, nope, nope. 



How amazing are these watermelon napkins from Oh Happy Day? Their entire shop is full of party supply gold. 


For food, we had a "mini food" bar with mini ham and cheese sandwiches, caprese on a stick, fruit salad, and veggies. 


For dessert- miniature donuts, scones and lemon cookies. The mini donuts are from AnchorBakery on Etsy and apparently they have a real life shop in Anaheim, CA so that's definitely going to happen someday now. The mini scones are from MadeByMamaBCaramels on Etsy. My mom made the cookies.



I loved the invites from Minted. This isn't a sponsored post (though Minted, hit a sister up!) but I was so impressed with them because they did free address labeling. I have bad handwriting so I was excited about that.


Meghan and I have had lots of adventures over the years so I wanted to display some of our pictures. I invited guests to bring pics too but that was kind of an #epicfail, haha so it ended up just being the Meghan and Haylee show. Fine by us! Hopefully people didn't mind. 


The cute bride! We played the interview game so lots of gum chewing went down.  



Love this girl. I'm seriously so grateful to her. She has been the greatest friend and support over the years and I can't think of anyone who deserves to be happy more than she does. I'll be sad to "let her go" but I couldn't be more excited for her. They're a really cute couple too!




And one more for good measure, because my niece is the cutest thing ever.


Sewn : Button Down Midi Dress

Saturday, March 11, 2017




After seeing this gorgeous dress on Sandra Semburg's blog, I wanted to recreate a similar one. I tried to find similar fabric but I could not for the life of me find any. Seriously I tried, for some reason I had the hardest time. There's lots of ivory satin fabric. There's lots of printed fabric. There is no ivory printed satin fabric! So I compromised and used solid ivory satin from Joann's.




I love the drape of the fabric but it's a beast to sew with. I don't know if all satin is like this but it frays like crazy and is super slippery. Then it gets really static-y and when you use steam to iron it, it just wrinkles more. Man why do I like it again? Oh ya, it drapes well. haha



The neckline looks wavy but it doesn't look like that in real life, I'm not sure why but it's driving me crazy. 




The pattern is Vogue V8577. I left out the skirt pocket, back yoke, and cummerband. I also added cuffed sleeves and used fabric-covered buttons. Then both the skirt and bodice are lined with white lining because the fabric is very see-through.




The buttons in the front stop mid-thigh to create a front slit, similar to the inspiration dress. However, I may add one more button because it's a bit too revealing for me. ha but I am bummed you can't see the slit at all, because without it, the dress seems to have a 60's house wife vibe and I'm not necessarily loving that.



I like it! It's super comfy and the fabric is super soft, which always makes a dress 10x better. If I made it again, I'd shorten the sleeves a bit, and add pockets. Not the original pockets on the pattern but just simple side pockets. Then I'd probably also have to make it a different color becuse I have lots of white dresses at this point. haha but I love them so I probably won't promise that part.  




Pattern: Vogue V8577 with adjustments
Fabric: Casa Sanded Satin in Ivory (Joann's)
Shoes: Red Velvet Mary Jane's (Nordstrom Rack)
Floral Crown: Foxglove Floral

Inspired : White Dotted Lace

Saturday, March 4, 2017

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This is the project I've been working on lately and I'm super excited so I wanted to share the inspiration board. It's mainly based off the top right dress, an H&M dress I fell in love with. This is my first time working with lace applique so we'll see how that works out. 

What are you working on right now? Or for non-sewers, what was the last thing you were excited about? 

Sewn : Black Knit Shirt

Saturday, February 18, 2017




Hi everyone! It's been a while. I made a shirt that I thought I'd blog about. I wish I was coming back with something more exciting, but it's going to be a while before I take pictures of anything because it's cold outside and I'm a wuss. haha, so this will do for now. 




It's actually the same exact shirt I made for my sister Sadie a while back (posted here), just without the collar. I used Simplicity 6721, and added length and a back zipper. 





It's a really lightweight knit so it doesn't hold up the heavy metal zipper well, I should have thought that through better. It works ok, but the neckline looks wavy because of the darn zipper. So that's basically driving me crazy.






I do like it. Truthfully I haven't worn it much but I feel like if I give it some time, I'll forget about the flaws and be more comfortable wearing it. haha


I hope everyone's doing well! What have you been up to this past year? What is the best thing going on in your life and something that could be going better?  And yes, I'm talking to you. Whenever I read blogs, I always assume they're talking to other people but if you're reading this then I'm talking to you. :) 


PatternSimplicity 6721
Fabric: Black Lightweight Sweater Knit from Mood (which I can't link to because it's no longer listed, so here's a similar fabric)

Sewn : Red Lace Dress

Monday, March 28, 2016



This dress was way out of my comfort zone, I'll be honest. I stick to neutrals typically, white and creams will probably always be my favorite color. However, not EVERYTHING I make can be white. haha, so I forced myself to try something new.

It's a recreation of this dress from
Valentino S/S 2012 (on the left).



I thought it was pretty but didn't want a maxi length and of course can't afford a dress like this in the first place so the DIY route it was.


I originally got the lace from Etsy but it's sold out now, except hey I just found a listing on Aliexpress but it's way more expensive so not sure if it's still worth it.



The outer bodice is Newlook 6723 with lengthened sleeves (I added 7.5") and then I narrowed the skirt pattern so it would have less gathers. I also did this for the top of the sleeves.



The underlining bodice is drafted, and is basically just a sweetheart neckline, princess seams and boning for structure. I used Tasia St. Germaine's (Sewaholic blog) tutorial on sewing a boned bodice and definitely recommend. She explains things really well. The lining also has French seams.


For the closure, I used a gold zipper and a gold button on top. I like the peek-a-boo back, I think it's a nice contrast with the long sleeves. 




That awkward moment when you don't have a hand so the see-through lace sleeve looks really awkward. haha these pics totally caught me off guard. I'm used to seeing myself with short sleeves and/or with long sleeves that cover my arm but not with long sleeves that show light through where my arm stops! It looks kind of weird I'll admit so just try and ignore that. :)

I really like how it turned out though. I do have issues with the neckline, I need to go back and fix the scalloping in the front and I wish I wouldn't have cut so much off in the first place. I wanted a high neckline all along, it was just hard getting the scalloping right and I ended up cutting too much off. Oh well, trying not to knit-pick now because it will drive you crazy!





Lining Fabric: Joann's in Tango Red 
Pattern: Newlook 6723
(Lining is drafted)

Sewn : Spoonflower Aprons

Friday, February 26, 2016



These aren't very exciting but I had to show off this cute fabric I found on Spoonflower


 I made like 15 of them in different fabrics (also used this one, this one, and this one) but the pineapple one's my favorite. 




The milk one's a close second though, I would link to it but sadly it looks like the shop's gone offline so it isn't letting me.
Seriously that website is going to be the death of me. I can spend soo much time and money there.
(No this isn't a sponsored post, but Spoonflower hit a sister up! ;)



For the pattern, I just took an existing apron and traced a pattern from it. I lined all of them which took forever and a day, but it makes them look so much nicer so it's worth it. The seam's are finished with bias tape.

I have one issue with this site. I hate that it's so so incredibly expensive. I want to try their silks and knits but $26-40 a yard just doesn't seem worth it in my opinion. I also wish they printed both sides of the fabric.  Ok that was two issues I have, so this was your unsolicited rant from me for the day. haha I'm sure it won't stop me from continuing to spend too much time and money there though. Because let's be honest.. haha    


Pineapple Fabric: Bella_modiste
Milk Fabric: Shop's offline unfortunately
(..it's called "milk_MILK_milk" if you want to search for it later)

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