Pink Pleated Chiffon Skirt

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Today I realized something. Almost all, if not all my pictures are taken of the right side of my body. You never see my short arm. I've thought I did that kind of accidentally (I like the right side of my face better, ha) but I'm beginning to wonder if I do it more subconsciously than I realize.. So,

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Nothing to hide. But I guess at the same time I know it's definitely weird looking at someone without a hand (it's the same for me when I see someone without a leg) and you know, it's ok to admit that too. It is different and takes some getting used to. But I guess I'm just realizing that at the end of the day, this is me! And really there's no point in not being ok with me. 
And really as long as I can still carry in more groceries at one time than my mom, I'm happy. haha

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Alright to the skirt,
This skirt I've already posted, but I desperately needed some updated pictures so there you go. I made this so long ago that I honestly don't remember where I got the fabric but I did find some similar fabric that I'll link to below. 

Oh and I know these pictures look like I went way too vibrancy-happy on the colors ps, I think it's because I actually have a tan for once. ha and the field looks really green for some reason but that's really how it was. 

Pattern: self-drafted 
(if you can call sewing fabric onto 
waistband self-drafted. haha)

Happy Tuesday! Any fun plans for the week ahead?
I'm playing hooky from school today and going to a One Direction concert. haha I'm so pumped. Just don't tell my professors. :) 

Giveaway Winner + Etsy Update

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The winner of the ASOS gift card giveaway is,

(Yay girl I was so excited when it was you!) I hope you enjoy it and get something really cute for the rest of us. :) I e-mailed you, let me know if you don't get it. 

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And ok so after thinking it over for too long, I've decided to sell my lace wrap back dress. It's near and dear to my heart so this is kind of hard for me (first world problems, haha) but I just have never worn it since I've made it (I'm not cool enough to have fancy parties to wear it to) so I'm hoping someone else will be able to wear it instead!
The listing can be found here. Happy Wednesday everyone!

Hawaiian Print Dress

Friday, September 5, 2014

 photo IMG_2589edit_zps4901fa7e.jpgMy goal this summer was to find a hawaiian print dress similar to the ones I've been seeing around.  I ironically had a family reunion in Hawaii this summer (not somewhere I typically get to go to but definitely not complaining!) so that worked out well. 

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The problem was that the original dress was sleeveless and I didn't want that so I decided to shorten the dress a bit and make sleeves out of that.

But now I think it's too short so I can never win. Ah man, oh well. I did what I could do so I guess I can't have regrets. I just need to be like 5" shorter and then it would be perfect.

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For the sleeves, I just used a really rough sketch of a cap sleeve pattern (same one used for this dress.) I didn't bother measuring the armhole because I knew I didn't want the sleeve to go all the way around. And It worked perfectly! Yay for laziness working to my benefit. haha
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Overall I really like it. I love the double ruffle on the bottom and I love the print of the fabric. I do just wish it was longer though. I tried everything I could and really there would have been no way to get any more length aside from buying a second dress so I guess I can't have regrets. But still, kind of annoying.

And last thing, sorry to self-promote but I follow this cute girl Caitlin's blog, and she did a feature on me the other day! It made my day so I wanted to make sure to mention it.

Happy Friday everyone!

ASOS Inspired Midi Skirt + Giveaway! [Closed]

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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My latest project is this black midi skirt mimicking this gorgeous one I found from ASOS. (Out of stock now but here's a similar one.)

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The original had front pleating that I wasn't wanting so I made a circle skirt version using this tutorial from Cotton and Curls. (Liz is awesome, definitely recommend her blog and all her amazing tutorials!) 
The fabric used was crepe de chine from Joann's.

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The only thing I don't like about this skirt is that I just wish I would have made it longer. I would have happily made it 3-4" longer to make it more of a midi-style but since it's a circle skirt and the fabric I used was standard 45" wide, I ran out of room. :( I was so close too, only needed like 4 more inches. Next time I'm definitely using 60"+ wide fabric. 

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Pattern: Cotton & Curls Midi Skirt Tutorial
Fabric: Black Crepe de Chine from Joann's 
(not 100% sure it's that exact link but pretty sure)

Now to the best part. ASOS is giving away a $50 gift card! To enter do one or both of the following options:

  1. Comment on this post with a random fun fact about yourself, along with an e-mail or some way to contact you if you win. Yes it can be totally random, I just like learning more about you guys. :)
  2. Share this giveaway on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Blog, whatever. Just post your link in a separate comment. You can do this on more than one social media platform, just make sure to leave a separate comment for each!
You don't have to do both entries, pick and choose as you wish. Good luck! Giveaway will close on Tuesday September 9th (11:59 PM)

Kiera's Bridal Shower

Monday, August 11, 2014

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I threw a shower for a friend of mine who's getting married! Yes another one, haha everyone is getting married. It's super exciting though, I'm really excited for her and her fiancé. They're really cute together and match each other really well.

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For the refreshments we had a frozen yogurt bar. Well, technically it was an ice cream bar because the fro yo machine didn't work out last minute, but the toppings were the same.

Pineapple. raspberries. kiwi. blueberries. granola. Oreos. macadamia nuts. peanuts. gummy bears. M&M's. and then just vanilla ice cream.

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I made the invites using photoshop (clip art from Rifle Paper!) and then the striped envelopes are from Lola Louie Paperie on Etsy. They're in the papaya color.)

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I loved these advice cards from Tiny Prints. (They don't originally come with that saying but you can customize them to say anything you want.) I didn't use these for the shower because they didn't come in time but I'm going to keep them around for the next one for sure. If there is another one that is! 

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The flowers were done by the floral shop right by Day's Market in Provo. The girl that works there is amazing!! I wish I knew her name. She's done both showers so far and I've been so impressed with her, I brought here these 3 pictures and she helped me with the rest. And then of course my amazing mom did the floral arrangements. She took one class years ago and she's still amazing at it.

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I can't believe I don't even have one single picture of the bride and I together at the shower, or of anyone really because it started raining soon after the shower started so all the pictures with actual people are taken inside (where the lighting is terrible.) So instead I'm going to leave you with their cute wedding announcement.

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Congrats Kiera and Zach!

Daisy Shift Dress

Monday, July 28, 2014

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I originally made this dress with a drop-waist but then it looked kind of funny with the loose fit and stiffer fabric so I raised the waistline up. I was sad because I really wanted to make one but it just didn't work for this one. Now it's a tad too short for my liking but oh well.
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I absolutely love the fabric though. I got it from Etsy. The only thing that would have been even sweeter would have been if it were made of something other than cotton. I'm not a huge fan of cotton.. it just doesn't hang well or something, do you know what I mean? It's just too stiff for a good drape or something. I don't know, maybe that's just me.. I'm going to shut up now because I feel like I am giving way too many unsolicited opinions in this post. haha
The pattern is Simplicity 9596. I added sleeves (cap sleeve sloper) and added a lining to the bodice (used same bodice pieces, just left out the facing).

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I'm always a fan of patterns with no zippers, so I was pumped about the button-down front. You can't even see the buttons in this pic but oh well. They're fabric-covered!

Overall I'm really happy with the dress. It definitely had an ugly stage where I just wanted to throw it out the window. haha but raising the waistline helped.

Well that's all I've got. Hope you are having a really great Summer! What have you been doing/making/watching/creating/enjoying? I feel like that question sounds really ingenuine just thrown in there at the end but I really do sincerely want to know! 
What has been your favorite part of Summer so far?

Pattern: Simplicity 9596
Fabric: Daisy print from Pumpkin Truck (Etsy)

Bridal Shower for Maddie

Saturday, May 24, 2014

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(Invites from Remember November on Etsy)

My friend Maddie is getting married in June so we threw her a bridal shower this week! 

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I've known her since I was little so it's been really fun to see her so happy and to have found such a great guy.

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The lights are from Target, flowers from the flower shop by Days Market (in Provo), and straws from Amazon.

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For the food, we had a crepe bar. Maddie did a study abroad in France so I thought it was fitting! (And crepes are just fantastic so when is not a good time? Really.)

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Big congrats to you Maddie!!

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(Showing off the gorgeous ring of course!)

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