Sewn : Bat Halloween Costume

Monday, October 31, 2011

Brownie points for anyone who can guess what I am..


(I'm a bat! haha, I'm not sure if it's obvious or not.)

This costume was SO easy to make. I just took black felt and boning and made bat wings out of it, and then sewed them onto a black hoodie. Not the fanciest thing ever but it is both warm and comfy, so I'm sold.


And it's kind of cool because the boning helps hold up my sleeve so it makes it look like I have two arms! ha, or two wings I guess I should say.

I hope everyone has fun trick-or-treating/partying/handing out candy tonight. I will be thinking of how much fun you're having while I am sitting in CLASS. Seriously though, I am so bugged out of my mind. I'm hoping if I wear my costume, my teacher will give me extra credit or something. ha,  I probably shouldn't count on it though. 

Happy Halloween everyone!

Sewn : Pink Chiffon Pleated Skirt

Monday, October 17, 2011

Ok so I don't know if it's cheating to say that I made this or not, since all I had to do was basically add an elastic waist. But I really liked how it turned out so I'm posting it anyways.



My attempt was to mimic this skirt so after finding fabric in the EXACT SAME COLOR, I was pretty much pumped for life.
My only regret is that I should have made it a bit bigger but with how easy it was to make, heck I could make one in every single size if I wanted!

In other news, school is pretty much kicking my booty and I've kind of reached the point where I'm just so over it. Soo if anyone wants to take my Philosophy test for me next Monday just let me know.
:)

Have a great week everyone!

Sewn : Button-Up Floral Skirt

Sunday, September 25, 2011

New Skirt!


I know it's kind of hard to see the details but it has a button-up front and a pleated waist.
I'm kind of obsessed with this pattern, I've used it like three times now. ha

 This entire skirt cost me like $10 dollars to make. Just sayin.
It pays to learn how to sew my friends. :)

Crafted : Neighborhood Party Invites

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ok so first I have to say that I am soo not a graphic designer. Photoshop is a foreign concept to me and the thought of creating something digitally scares the crap out of me. (Seriously how do these people do it?) But I do really, really want to learn. Like really badly. So I'm making an attempt. 
(That was my disclaimer by the way. So none of you out there better be thinking I know what I'm doing or anything. )




My first attempt came in the form of invitations for my mom. The cute lady thought it would be a fun idea to throw a neighborhood get together so she offered to pay me to make the invites. (Score! Money and practice? Now that's my kind of deal.)




I was pleasantly surprised with how they turned out given that I was expecting to hate them
 not to like them very much.
I guess it's just nice to know I don't always have to rely on Etsy. (Though a big part of my spending money will most likely end up there anyways. ha )




What's something you've always wanted to learn how to do?

Crafted : Birthday Candy Bar Card

Saturday, September 17, 2011


I have way too much fun making these things.



Happy Birthday Sadie!

By the way, I wanted to apologize for my lack of posting lately. I've started college and the workload is somewhat driving. me. insane. I've gone from being able to sew whenever to only sewing when I can fit it in. Gahh, Boo all you college professors making my life difficult. I did finish one skirt though so I'm hoping to be back sometime this week!

Have a lovely weekend everyone. If you missed it, you should check out Christian Siriano's Spring 2012 collection. and Jill Stuart's. and Rebecca Minkoff's. Just because they were amazing and worthy of posting all over the internet. :)

Sewn : Strawberry Sherbet Baby Dress

Saturday, August 27, 2011

K first of all, if your name is Angie and you are pregnant, you need to stop reading this now!!!


Ok now that we've gotten that out of the way,
My older sister (Angie) is pregnant with her first! And she's having a girl. So of course I'm taking this opportunity to make baby clothes.



I decided to make this dress after seeing a really similar one at Nordstrom and not wanting to pay the $40 price tag. I also wasn't much a fan of the 3-tone color palette so I decided I'd just make my own.



I used Simplicity 2460 and then just made a few tweaks here and there. For those of you who have followed my blog for a while, the dress probably looks similar to the swimsuit I made for my other niece. I hope they don't mind matching! ;)

Have a good weekend everyone!

Sewn : Gray High-Waisted Dress

Sunday, August 14, 2011


I made another dress! (someday I'll branch out and make shorts or 
something I swear.)
I used Vogue V1237 and New Look 6723 . Bits and pieces of both. 
Originally I was going to have a tulle underlayer but tulle is 
scratchy and uncomfortable so I nixed that idea. I still think it 
would have been cute though. 

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In other news, im officially legal now! As of Wednesday, I'm 18 years 
old. Which in the state of Utah basically means I can buy dry ice.. ha but 
it's still kind of cool to say!
(And no this isn't my birthday party, but I loved it too much not to pretend like it was. :) 

Did you do anything fun/crazy/exciting when you turned 18?

Shabby Apple Dare to Design Contest

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Some of you may remember the last time I entered Shabby Apple's Dare to Design contest. Well I figured I would enter in again this year.



I'm entering in the dress I drafted for senior ball, so I apologize in advance since this post will be a repeat for some of you.. Don't hate me. :)


 (Say hi to my friend Natalia! She made her dress too. No I'm not joking you, she's amazing I know.)

The top of the dress would be composed of two layers, first an off-white soft satin for the sweetheart bodice and then a floral lace overlay with cap sleeves. The dress would have a high waist and an exposed gold zipper down the back, with the satin fabric being an underlining for the skirt as well.


And of course it would adhere to Shabby Apple's dress design standards. No cleavage poking out or anything. (That is if I had any cleavage. I'm not too blessed in that area unfortunately.)


(Inspiration)

Wish me luck!

Sewn : Vintage Simplicity 8881 Dress

Monday, July 18, 2011

I made another dress! Floral (of course :) with a V-neck and NON-pointy shoulders. I don't know why but the sleeves look really pointy for some reason? So just try and ignore that. haha



Sorry for the poor picture quality by the way. My camera was stolen in Paris (true story) and unfortunately my $20 eBay substitute is giving me crap. Ugh, so in the mean time while I'm saving up my mula, let's just pretend that these photos are supposed to look like that.  (Also in the mean time, if anyone wants to give me a new camera, totally feel free! Really I wouldn't mind at all!)



I used Simplicity 8881. It's a 60s pattern so I'm kind of in love with it. Seriously I may have screamed a little when I found it. I didn't realize there was a front zipper at first but I totally love that so it was a good surprise. 
Next I'm thinking about making the killer bellbottom one piece on the right.
haha really though, how awesome would that be?

Update: Here's a better picture of it, modeled by the gorgeous Melanie Wood!


Roman Holiday.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sorry for the absence! I've been away,


Seeing wonders of the world.



Realizing how crazily decadent Marie Antoinette was.




Visiting the sights. (Maybe one too many. ;)




eating french macaroons.



Some were winners,


others not so much. (Please just look at my mom's face. hahaha)



Enjoying time together.



and so wishing I could bring this bad boy home with me.




Paris and Italy, you've been good to me. 

Summer. Summer. Summer.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Wow, I am officially done with high school.


Holla!
No really though, I can't believe it's all over. Never going back to Timpview, all of the people I might never see again, it's definitely a bitter sweet thing.
I'm super pumped for Summer though.

Sleeping in.
Laying out.
The Eiffel Tower.
Thrift shopping in Italy.
Macaroons in Paris
August 10 (My birthday. You all better make note of that date. ;)
Short shorts.
Late night movies.
Saturday Farmers Market
More time to sew!
Family cookouts.
Finally wearing skirts without tights.
Summer craft fairs.
4th of July parade.

Yes, I am definitely ready for summer.

What are your Summer plans?

Crafted : Father's Day Candy Bar Card

Sunday, June 19, 2011



(Translation)
Hey Mr. ATKINSON,
YORK the best POP in the whole MILKY WAY. When life takes me down SOUR PATCH(ES)I can count on you to be my LIFESAVER. You SKOR high points as a dad, especially with that SNICKER of yours. I wish I could take you on a shopping SPREE on 5TH AVENUE but they don't have Lowes there because they are LEMON HEADS. I hope you have a 100 GRAND Father's day POP. I love you so MUNCH.
Love, Haylee 



Here's wishing every father out there a very happy Father's day!



Crafted : Asymmetrical Crystal Earrings

Tuesday, June 14, 2011




I made some earrings! They're simple, but that's how I like them.
 For those that are wondering, yes they are supposed to be opposites of each other. haha, I'm not losing my mind. 

Sewn : High School T-Shirt Quilt

Saturday, June 11, 2011

 I just finished my very first T-shirt quilt.
If you don't know what a T-shirt quilt is, well, it's a quilt made out of T-shirts! ha so pretty self explanatory.



I made one using shirts from different sports teams, school activities, family vacations.. basically all the shirts that usually end up as pajama shirts.



I like how many memories this quilt has, but at the same time, it's driving me crazy how crinkled it looks. Ugh, It's because of the way it was quilted together. I was persuaded into using the "meandering technique" instead of just simple squares and now I totally regret it.

..Oh well. At least I'll never feel like I have to iron it now. 

Crafted : Anthropologie Envelopes

Saturday, June 4, 2011

So apparently when you graduate, people send you presents!
Something I wasn't aware of but I'm down with the idea.
So I've been making thank you cards/envelopes for the lovely family and friends who were awesome and sent me something.



I can't take credit for the Polaroid cards. Aren't they so sweet though? You can buy them here.




The envelopes are made from old Anthro magazines. (Of course)









Considering that I sent these to people like my grandma, I wonder what their reaction to them will be. I love the pictures of course but I could totally see my aunts being like "..what the random pomegranate?" ha. Oh well,  I love them so I'm sending them anyway.

The Rest of our Lives.

Friday, May 27, 2011





I'm done with high school!
Heck to the YES!
(Ignore the fact that half my family has their eyes closed. We're just really photogenic, that's all.)

I have lots of pictures, but they basically all look the same- with my killer shoulder pads taking up most of the picture. So I'll spare you the others and use Facebook to post them instead.
...
(Did I mention I was done with high school?)

Sewn : White Lace Senior Ball Dress

Sunday, May 15, 2011

I made a dress for my Senior Ball last night.



I designed and drafted the pattern so this dress was quite a project.


(It's the sketch on the far right P.S.)

I really like how it turned out though, despite the lace being really hard to work with at times.
For those who were wondering, this is the lace I was pumped to find in New York last month.



Ya pretty sure I need to marry a pilot or something, so he can fly me there whenever I need new fabric.



Me and my cute date.

Senior Ball was a total blast by the way. Josh may just be my favorite person ever. He was seriously so fun to go with and was such a gentlemen the entire night. Pretty sure I didn't touch a door handle once.



The group I was in was also really fun. None of you will probably ever read this but in the case that you do, you all rock!
(Yes I'm talking to you Marshall and Tayler.)



Thanks Josh for such a wonderfully incredible night!

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