This Little Piggy.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

For Christmas, I made my niece some little bath puppets.

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These were so incredibly easy to make. I got the pattern and idea from the Martha Stewart website and seriously an hour later they were done.
One tip for anyone who wants to make them. The website says to just use a zig-zag stitch around the puppets, but I tried that like three times and the fabric was fraying like crazy. So instead I used the overlock-like stitch that is found on most sewing machines and it worked much better.
In other exciting news, I'm out for Christmas break! Well, technically I have school next week but I'm going out of town so I won't be there. Wa hoo! Which reminds me,
 What are some of your favorite movies and/or TV shows? I have a really long flight ahead of me next week and I need some ideas to keep me from going crazy entertained. I love documentaries especially so if you have any recommendations, please speak up!
Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas! 

Polka Dotted Teacups.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

I've been going apron crazy lately.

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I've been making a bunch for my mom who in turn pays me so she can use them for wedding presents. Pretty good routine we've got going on huh?

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I'm in love with the teacup fabric.

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I might just have to keep one of those for myself. 
I also used one of the apron's for the handmade gift Christmas swap going on over at Craftaholics Anonymous.

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I love both giving gifts and receiving packages so there was no way I was going to miss out!
 Erica, I hope you enjoyed your part of the swap. :)

Pinecones and Holly Berries.

Monday, November 29, 2010

I made myself a Christmas quilt!

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and in case you can't tell, it's huge.

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My mom had to stand on top of a ladder to hold it up.

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haha she looks like she's enjoying herself doesn't she?

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I used red minky fabric for the back so it's nice and cozy for the cold Utah weather.
Not going to lie, this quilt has made me really excited for Christmas!

What's your favorite holiday?

Candy Corn & Cobwebs.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!
Do you like my brothers festive house? My sister-in-law is pretty much a creative genius.
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I made this costume last year.. but Halloween snuck up on me and I never made something new. So round two candy corn it is!

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Good thing candy corn are the bomb.com
:)

This Little Penny.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

As a sewing blog follower, I run into a lot of Mom blogs. It's not a bad thing, it just makes me wish I had a daughter to make cute dresses for. :)
Now don't pull out the birth control on me just yet- I'm not married, nor am I crazy. But this is where nieces and nephews come in handy!
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The creative genius behind this idea was Dana from Made whose butter cream yellow version made my heart flutter.
Is that weird?
... Moving on.

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When I realized I'd be doing it without a pattern, I thought I was in waay over my head, but it turned out to not be so bad.

All it took was some patience, a few stretch needles and voila! One cute little redhead. 

Dress design for Shabby Apple dresses

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Shabby Apple is holding a design contest that I thought I'd take a chance at. Bare with me, I'm a novice at drawing. But if you know me well at all, you know that I can't not enter a contest.




My first dress. The fabric would be knit with a color block design palette. The skirt and bow would be either mustard yellow or gray. (Which color palette do you like better?) and the top would have navy blue stripes with ruched sleeves. The back neckline of the dress would have a slight V-neck, but not to low so it would still fit Shabby Apple's design standards.





For my second dress, I kind of struggled with putting my design down on paper. The sketch isn't my favorite but hopefully my idea will still show through. I wanted the dress to be really feminine looking. I love the idea of texture so I pictured the ruffles to be made of all sorts of fabrics. (lace, chiffon or silk chiffon, tulle, and satin). It would have 5 or 6 ruffles, each about 1 to 2 inches in length. 
This dress would gather a bit lower than the natural waist and the top would have an asymmetrical neckline. I'd want a stiffer fabric for the top as well, maybe cotton or polyester. Some sort of sturdier fabric to balance out the softness of the bottom. The colors would be creamy and soft. White, off-white, beige, cream, ivory and pale pink. 

This dress was inspired by a dance dress I wore last year. It's similar, but I wanted to leave out the things I didn't like about that dress and keep the things that I did. I wanted to go for more feminine colors instead of earthy tones and I wanted to make the top of the dress more interesting by adding an asymmetrical neckline. I also wanted to add all different kinds of fabric for the ruffles as compared to just cotton and lace.


Wish me luck!


**Disclaimer** In order to enter the contest, you had to post your designs and inspiration on your blog. No, I wouldn't normally show you my attempts at entering a design contest, haha. So don't think it's because I'm super confident in my entry.. it's not. :)

The Firsts of Lasts

Friday, October 8, 2010

I made some earrings!

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and I never want to do it again.. haha. I don't know if it's because I don't have as many fingers for all of the intricate details or what, but these were challenging to say the least. I think my jewelry making days are over.
Oh well, that's what Anthropologie is for. 

Snugglebug.

Friday, September 24, 2010

I'm playing catch up today. I have a few things I've made that have gone un-blogged due to unsatisfactory pictures, bad hair days and mediocre sewing jobs. But I keep telling myself I'm going to take better pictures and that has yet to happen.. So instead i'm delivering them in one big bundle. It's like a birthday present, man how lucky are you? ;)

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First up, the ever versatile Snuggie! Or Slanket, or Toasty Wrap, whatever you'd like to call it. Don't lie and tell me you haven't thought of getting one of these, I know you have.

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This little thing was made for my mom, but It's a bit too sleazy for her liking so it probably won't be getting much use. I tell her she looks hot but she isn't convinced.

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A plate that I made. I entered it into the 4H state fair hence the blue ribbon on the front. Yes I'm a 4H nerd and yes I'm dang proud of it. :)

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A preview of a project coming soon.
Just for the record, I stick strictly to 4H crafts. Sheep and goats aren't really my thing.

In other completely unrelated news, I got a new blog layout! And to put it simply, I'm quite obsessed with it. I won a contest which entitled me to a free layout designed by this lovely lady and this is what her in genius mind came up with. Amazing right? It's exactly what I wanted.

Stick around for some lycra, pink ruffles and a cute little redhead, coming soon!

Little Black Dress.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Over the summer, I made a dress!
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I'm hoping to wear it to the Homecoming dance this year, but I don't want to plan on it just in case I don't get asked. haha so we'll see how it goes. :)

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I'm really happy with how it turned out, which is good because it was no easy feat. It's definitely nice when you like what you make. 

Floral Skirt #142

Friday, August 27, 2010

I'm beginning to wonder if I'll ever get sick of floral. Honestly half of my closet is adorned with the stuff and nothing has thus far stopped me from wanting more. So to add to the bundle, I made this skirt!

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Please excuse the overly posed "lean against the tree and smile" look going on .

What's your favorite print? (Stripes, florals, polka-dots, etc)

An Extremely Big Apple.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

New York City.
The thrill of Times Square.
People watching in the park.
Tricked out ice cream trucks.
Avocado milk shakes. (Don't knock until you try them, they were delicious!)
Meeting Nephi the Filipino.
Accidentally ordering room service.
Picasso and the American Women fashion exhibit at the MET.
Being one of three Americans in a group of twenty, during the United Nations tour.
Taking pictures at Chelsea Market.
South Pacific.
Finally getting to try Pinkberry!
Staying in an awesome hotel right off Times Square.
Waking up at 4:30 for The Today Show only to leave a half hour before it started.
Angie: (after coming home from the Carrie Underwood concert/Today Show) "Why is everyone still sticking around after the news casters have gone?"
Me: "Well isn't Carrie Underwood still singing?..." :)
Homemade pasta and crepes on the last night.
Coming home afterwords with a bag full of bread sticks from the waiter. 
Going to Shane and Megan's and learning how they met.
Shopping at Anthropologie
Splurging on fancy chocolate.
Spending my beautiful sisters 30th birthday with her.
Going to the Metropolitan Opera at Jackie Robinson park.
Finding perfect skirt fabric at Mood. (Completed project coming soon.)
Laughing at mom's confession: "I didn't have any favorites.. only KC." :)
M&J's selection of trimmings, buttons and embellishments galore!
Shopping on Bleecker Street.
$10 manicures. ($5 for me:)
Baptisms for the Dead at the temple. 
Spending unforgettable time with my mom and sister.

My Space.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Fact: I have a queen sized bed but never use one side.
Fact: The Hunger Games is kind of amazing.
Fact: I almost burned my house down by burning a candle. (Hence the charred wood on my dresser).

Fact: My desk is never this clean.
Fact: When my blinds are open, I feel like the 60 year old neighbors are watching me.
Fact: I have a loft.
Fact: I wish I used it more often. 
     Fact: I got this yellow vase from D.I. for $1.
Fact: I have way too much fun decorating my bulletin boards.

What does your room look like?

3 Days of Fashion

Sunday, July 18, 2010

A few weeks ago, I went to 3 Days of Fashion at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
There is a seminar at each of the four FIDM campuses and I went to the one in San Diego.

I wish my pictures paid the place justice because the campus was amazing. You can take a picture tour of the campus here if you're interested. (And you should be interested because it really was amazing. )

Over the course of the three days, we had a bunch of different workshops that filled our days. Above was the "Extraordinary Tee" workshop where we took a simple white t-shirt and transformed it into something we would wear. Ok I wouldn't necessarily wear that but they only gave us an hour and a few supplies to work with so give us a break. ;)
Creating a Promotional Campaign. In this workshop, we were given a product and then were to create concepts for a photo shoot to showcase the product. This kind of thing really isn't my forte so I didn't enjoy this one as much, but it was still fun to give it a try.
This one was called Predicting a Trend and it was my favorite by far! We were basically given an hour, some gluesticks and some Vogue magazines and told to create a storyboard of trends popular on the runways. There are actually people out there that get paid to do this. Um dream job much?
Draping the Dress. I was really looking forward to this workshop and then found myself disappointed when I felt so uninspired by the fabric and embellishments we had to choose from. It was still fun to experiment though, especially since it was a concept completely backwards to me. I'm so used to working from pattern to mannequin instead of the other way around.
On the last day, we traveled to LA and toured the campus there.  Almost all majors require FIDM students to finish schooling in LA because it's the main campus. While we were there, we toured the Alice in Wonderland costume exhibit which was absolutely incredible. Seriously, the costumes in that movie completely blew me away. We also got to meet Nick Vereos off of Project Runway season two and I can't even tell you how much I freaking loved him. He was so hilarious and his designs were a-mazing!

I'm so, so glad I went. I had such a nice time with my mom and got to meet some really nice people. I also really feel like I learned a lot about the fashion industry and loved being able to experience a taste of it. 
And now I leave you with my wedding dress. ;)

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