Monday, May 30, 2011

Featured At Reshaping It All

I was featured at Reshaping It All today! Check it out! :)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Shirtwaist Dress - Scarlett O'Hara Style

I made this shirtwaist dress from a 1989 Simplicity pattern. It looks more like a 50s style to me which I love! It's made out of two pottery barn curtains that I bought for .50! Can you believe it!? I only paid .25 for the pattern so including buttons and thread this dress cost about $3! (Plus a whole lot more in labor costs.) I made View 1 without the elastic waistband because I didn't have enough seam allowance to put it in. I also squared the collar and pockets and cut some length off of the bottom. The pattern was fairly easy with some tricky parts and pretty time consuming, at least for me, but I really like the way it turned out! :) 

Can you believe this came from an 80s pattern?

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

My Inner 90s Style

For some reason this fabric just screamed "90s jumper dress" to me. I made view B without the buttons and I think its cute. Kelly Kapowski would be proud! On second thought I'm not sure she wore this kinda thing. Oh well, I'm proud. The pattern is from 1995 and it was pretty easy. I cut out a medium and of course it was too big! I need to learn to cut smaller than what I think I need. I'm learning that pattern sizing is crazy. I have a pretty big stash of vintage patterns and this is the first time I've actually used one, yay! Here it is:

What do you think? Are 90s jumpers back in style? :)

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A Basic Apron

I pulled this pattern out of my stash and decided to make view B because I don't have a half apron. I bought the pattern to make the scalloped one, but I had a lot of trouble with the binding tape so it never got made. Anyway, I omitted the gathers on the body and the pleats in the ties. Also you can't really see them but, there are two pockets on the front. Here it is:

Plain and simple design with beautiful fabric! 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Scrap Pillows

I made a couple of throw pillows out of scraps today. I'm searching for more fabric similar to this so that  I can make some bigger pillows soon.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Garden Tour

My garden is looking so healthy and strong right now! It's so exciting! I can't believe how much my tomatoes have grown in the last two days. It's crazy! Here's a quick tour:

 Sweet Potatoes, yum!
 Baby Carrots.
 I need to thin them, but I haven't looked up how close they can be yet.
 Potatoes. I can not believe how quickly these are growing! It's crazy! 
 I can't believe I started these from seed just 9 weeks ago.
 Bell Pepper
 Cayenne Pepper

Gardening is so satisfying! I'm really enjoying it and learning so much. 

That homegrown tomato is getting closer by the day…

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Two More Shirts!

I ended up making two more shirts yesterday. They were very easy because I used knit which doesn't ravel. Here they are:

The gray one was based on the poncho tutorial at Happy Together.
 Its really easy and there's no sewing involved!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Lessons In Sewing - And A New Top!

I know I've said it before but, sewing and I have a love/hate relationship. I think it stems from the fact that it requires me to be precise, detail oriented, and patient (all of which I am not). In the words of my mother my vision usually exceeds my talent, thanks mom. It's true though I tend to sail through an easy project and then believe that I can do anything! While I know I can do anything if I set my mind to it I tend to get frustrated and give up. Case in point, I bought several dress patterns when they were on sale for .99, attempted two of them in one day and they both ended up in the trash. Frustrating and wasteful. I think I've finally learned my lesson though: I'm not that experienced so I should choose my projects accordingly. Therefore, I bought a tunic blouse pattern marked easy (which means I might be able to complete it with out yelling and screaming). 

I chose New Look 6025 and made option A without the belt:
 Now on my new path to realizing that I don't know it all I decided to use the measurements on the back of the pattern to pick my size. Well it says I'm a size 14! In real life I'm half that size, but I assumed the pattern makers knew more than me so I proceeded. Once it was cut of course it was HUGE and looked like a hospital gown (not the look I was going for). So I cut it down about 4 sizes and still had to put darts in the back for it to fit. I also put a deep hem in the bottom because it was a little longer than I wanted.

Other than the sizing, this pattern was fairly simple. I didn't even refer to the instructions very much because I knew what to do! (See mom, I know something about sewing after all!) I would definitely make this pattern again. Here's my completed shirt:

What do you think? 
Do you get as frustrated with sewing as I do?
If so, what lessons have you learned?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Vintage Kitchen Prayer

I found this cute prayer on Tip Nut and thought
 someone else might enjoy it as much as I did.

Vintage Kitchen Prayer

God bless my little kitchen,
I love its every nook,
And bless me as I do my work,
Wash pots and pans and cook.

And may the meals that I prepare
Be seasoned from above
With Thy great blessings and Thy grace,
But most of all Thy love.

As we partake of earthly food,
The table before us spread,
We'll not forgive to thank thee, Lord,
Who gives us daily bread.

So bless my little kitchen, God,
And those who enter in,
May they find naught but Joy and Peace,
And happiness therein.

-M. Peterson (1944)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pillowcase Dresses

Pillowcase dresses are one of the easiest dresses you can make. I made these two for my friends little girl. The trickiest part about them is finishing the armholes. I used single fold bias tape and had to get the seam ripper out a couple of times. Bias tape and I usually don't get along very well. Anyway, there's a good tutorial for these dresses at PrudentBaby if anyone is interested. Happy Sewing! 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Dressing Table

I'm pretty casual when it comes to clothes (along with pretty much the rest of my generation). Its not uncommon for me to wear jeans and a t-shirt several days in a row. I don't wear make up or jewelry everyday and I'm glad I live in a time where this is acceptable. I'm thankful that I'm not excepted to wear a dress and always have my hair and makeup done. However, there is something romantic and uniquely feminine about these practices. I'm a girl after all and still love to dress up, just don't expect me to do it all the time.

Maybe it's because I've been spending a lot of time in flea markets these days buying silver platters and vintage jewelry, but I've become increasingly attracted to all things beautiful and feminine. I feel like it somehow connects me to the millions of women who've gone before me. That's why I love the idea of having a dressing table. It's a space filled with feminine charm that's dedicated to help you primp and dress, what more could a girl ask for? While I don't have one yet, here's some inspiration while I keep searching for that perfect piece:

What do you think of the dressing table? 
Do you have one in your home?

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Pizza Quesadilla

I've made these the last two days for lunch and they're really delicious! They kinda remind me of a calzone. Let's get started!

Pizza Quesadilla
Tortilla or Pita Bread
Mozzarella Cheese
Pepperoni (or your favorite pizza toppings)

1. Grease skillet and turn to medium heat
2. Lay down tortilla and sprinkle toppings to one side 
 3. Fold over and brown on both sides making sure your cheese is melted
4. Cut in half and enjoy!
  If you wanted to make more you would cover the whole tortilla with toppings and place another tortilla on top. You could also use reduced fat cheese and pile on the veggies for a healthier version. Yum!

Friday, May 13, 2011

WholyFit Basics DVD Review

As I've talked about before, WholyFIt is a Christian based yoga program. I ordered the Basic Level DVD and I've really been enjoying it. The whole thing is about an hour long and is broken into four sections. Its a slow paced workout that helps to build your strength, balance, and flexibility. The setting is beautiful with calming music and the narrator has a soothing voice. Overall I'm pleased with it, however it's a pretty basic workout. I probably could've gotten away with ordering the Intermediate DVD even though I've never done yoga before. They also have a multi level DVD that offers different levels of experience on the same program. I'm going to stick with the basics for now, but I'm sure I'll be trying the Intermediate DVD soon.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

One Year And Counting!

 One year ago today I married my best friend!
I look forward to many more years of wedded bliss to my patient, understanding, and kind husband!
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