Sewn : Winter White Lace Dress

Monday, December 31, 2012

So it took me long enough but I finally got around to finishing this dress.

 I wasn't planning on making the lace one but then Joann's came along and had to tempt me with perfect fabric so I decided to just go ahead with it. It looks slightly familiar but what can I say, I love lace dresses. :)

 I wanted to do a scalloped hem but it would have made the dress at least an inch shorter and I wanted to be able to wear it to church, so the straight hem it was.

I used Burda 7494 for the bodice and an old school Simplicity 4802 pattern for the skirt.
The collar is kind of messed up due to my grand idea of using interfacing to make it thicker. I thought I'd need it if I wanted it to look more like a "real collar" but it ended up making the seam allowances on the facing too bulky and blahh. At this point I'm just glad it's done.

Ignore my freakily red legs in this picture. ha I was standing in front of a fireplace right before.

I am glad how the back of the collar turned out though, because I kind of just winged that part at the last minute. The original pattern didn't have a back collar which I didn't like (what's the point of having a collar if it's only half of one? I thought that was kind of odd) so I added that using the back facing pattern piece as a guide. 

 Yes I'm taking pictures of this dress in the snow. ha probably not the smartest thing I've ever done but oh well. You do what you gotta do my friends.

Happy New Years Eve everybody! Anybody have any fun plans?

Sewn : Dinosaur Stuffed Animal

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

I made this little guy for my nephew for Christmas this year.

I am totally not a hand-sewer so that explains why it very much looks handmade. ha, but it took freaking forever so I wanted to post about it anyways. Besides, really all my nephew cares about is the fact that it has cool sharp teeth and that it's a big dinosaur.
  I got the pattern from Tiddliwink Toys on Etsy. She has some really cute patterns that don't look hard to make, they just take forever. Well I guess I should say they take ME forever, but I really do suck at hand sewing so that's probably why. I also ran across this hippo stuffed animal pattern while in my search and oh my gosh. I died. Why did I ever have to grow up? Seriously I need to make my own stuffed-hippo-family right now.

Sewn : Black Polka-Dotted Banksia Top.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Yes, I made another one.

I'm a little obsessed at the moment. Originally I was going to make the gold-collared dress, but than this sew-along happened and I already had some fabric so I decided to go for it. I'm kicking myself for not doing a contrasting collar though. For some reason I didn't even think about it until I had cut this one out already.
Oh well, this one's growing on me.

My placket sucks so don't look too closely. ha, thankfully the black fabric makes it hard to see.. Kind of? Yay for making Summertime clothes in November! :)

Oh my gosh you guys..

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

I won! It pays to enter contests my friends, I'm telling you.

That is not what this post is about though. It is about something I made my friend for her birthday, so if your name is Becca and you recently turned 18, you officially are not allowed to read the rest of this, even though I love you.

Ok so for everyone else (so, mom :) I wanted to show you a notebook I made for her.

A washi-tape journal! How genius right? I can't take credit for the idea of course. I saw it on Design Love Fest and naturally died. Best idea ever.

This friend of mine is a complete genius (as in Salutatorian, pre-med, and brilliant.) so I figured a notebook she could possibly use for school might be a good idea.

Hopefully she likes it. I would end this by saying Happy Birthday to her but technically she's not supposed to be reading this in the first place so that would be kind of pointless. ha, so instead I will say Happy Tuesday to everyone else. :)

Holiday Inspiration Board

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

So if you know me at all, you know that I'm a sucker for contests. They're pretty much my favorite thing ever, so of course I'm participating in Minted's first ever holiday inspiration board challenge this year.

Yes I'm early, but really, Christmas should be celebrated all. year. long! No not really, but I want to win this contest so we're just going to say that.

P.S. I realize that there are some very talented board-makers (new word?) out there, so please don't think that I think I'm super talented/amazing/creative/unique by posting this. I have to in order to enter the contest or else I would soo not be doing this right now. ha this contest is just for fun ladies and gents, I'm not planning on winning so be nice friends!
Happy Halloween Holidays everyone! ;)

Sewn : Baby Jacket

Saturday, October 27, 2012

I finally finished a jacket I've been working on for my new niece Olive. She was born last month and is so freaking cute. (Unsurprisingly of course, given that her parents are pretty dang good looking themselves. :) Anyways, I decided to make her this jacket for when she gets a bit older.  

I used the Sunday Brunch jacket by Oliver + S

For some reason their website doesn't carrying it anymore but I was able to just buy it through Amazon. Kind of annoying because it cost like $5 more but oh well.

 I'm tempted to hang these patterns on my wall, I think they're so cute. ha really though, I think they'd be cute in a nursery room or something. Must remember that for one day. 

For the fabric, I used brown gabardine because it was simple and matches everything. I also liked how the brown one on the cover of the pattern turned out so I was wanting to mimic that. (Except I just realized that it looks red in the picture above. I SWEAR it is brown in the pattern I have. I swear I'm not imagining things.)
Then I used fabric covered buttons for the front. This was my first time making fabric covered buttons and I was excited to see how easy it was. I always thought they were hard to make for some reason so that was a nice little surprise.

ha she's so cute, isn't she? This actually isn't Olive, it's my other niece June. (Angie & Ajay's daughter for those that know my família). She kept making this face because of the flash. ha, I miss that little girl. 

 Now I am happy because I can cross this off my list of Oliver + S patterns that I want to make, since I want to make every. single. one of them, I swear. Good thing I have lots of nieces and nephews huh? 

Also, this is random but I wanted to thank those who commented on my 2nd to last post about the fabric situation. For those of you who care, (Mom?) I decided to make the gold collar dress, thanks in part to you lovely people and also Mood, for being awesome and having gold fabric that is perfect. Really though, thanks for all who gave their input. I greatly appreciated it! 

Teen Vogue Fashion U

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I spent this past weekend at Fashion U, a design seminar held in New York for students interested in working in the fashion industry. Despite having a super cheesy name, it actually was really cool and provided a lot of insight into the design industry.

The first night they had a kick-off party at H&M. My favorite part was the 25% off but the live band and red carpet was fun too.  
They had the cutest mini appetizers everywhere, (think miniature macarons and bite-sized spaghetti things) along with mocktails in fancy glasses and cute waiters serving them. I certainly didn't complain about that.

Saturday was the first day of classes. First, Grace Coddington, creative director for Vogue and in my humble opinion, one of the most innovative people in the fashion industry. She was amazing, as I expected she would be.  

   Following Grace, I toured the Teen Vogue floor.

    Lots of pretty pictures and clothing everywhere. I loved seeing how simple it was. Well, maybe simple isn't the right word, but it just amazed me how such a high fashion, editorial magazine could be made from a bunch of cubicles and clothing racks. It really made me appreciate the astounding talent of those working there. Speaking of which, during the tour I made a complete fool of myself by asking the assistants how long they had been interning for. Fail. Oh well, they were really cool about it and didn't act offended but I felt realllly dumb.
Nicole Richie was up next, complete with papparazzi and the whole shebang.  

It was cool to see her in real life, kind of surreal. I got the chance to ask her a question and I was literally shaking. ha, it's kind of ridiculous when you think about it, she's just another human being, but it's just really weird to see someone you've seen on TV all of the time right in front of your face.
Next up was Christian Siriano and yes, I died. This was definitely my favorite seminar out of them all. He is every bit as funny and "fierce" as he is on TV, but nicer in real life, I would say. The show portrayed him as kind of intense and tactless at some points but he didn't seem like that. He was really cool and of course, completely genius and innovative. His new line is very feminine and soft and I love it. I can appreciate his darker things, because of the work and creativity that goes into them, but it's his more subdued items that make me love him so much. By the way, for those in the dark, Christian Siriano was the winner of Project Runway season 2.  

We were able to ask him questions too and again, I died. For those who are curious, I asked who he would dress if he could dress anyone and he said either Kate Blanchett or Drew Barrymore. (But he clearly meant me).
After Christian, I went to an internship seminar that I wasn't expecting to learn much from but I seriously think I learned most from that class. I won't bore you with too many details but some of my favorite tips were that you should always bring a pen and paper with you when your boss/internship manager asks you to come into their office. This is probably common knowledge to most of you but I had never thought of that before. Another one was that you should ideally apply to 10 internships each semester in order to give you options. Ya I think that's kind of overkill, if not I am desperately behind. I do think it's a good idea to have options though. You should also ideally graduate college with 2-3 solid internships under your belt. 
Last session for the day, Q&aA with the Teen Vogue editors. 

Amy Astley is really good at responding to criticism, I learned this after someone asked her why Teen Vogue didn't feature more plus-size girls in their magazine. I loved how Amy responded. I won't try and recap what she had to say because she said it much more eloquently than I could, but it made me really impressed with her. (Well, I should say more impressed with her). I also learned that Sheena Smith (Accessories director, second to right) is from Utah (who knew!), and Andrew Bevan is hilarious and I want him to be my best friend. I have a feeling he would make such a killer shopping partner. I also learned that you don't necessarily have to major in journalism, or marketing in order to work in the fashion industry. This brought music to my Science loving ears. 
Sunday morning, we went to a seminar held by the authors of The Nanny Diaries. I just read that book so I really enjoyed this one. They gave us a free copy of their new book and signed it for us.  

Then closing session with Rebecca Minkoff and some others representing Shopbop, Polyvore, and Lookbook. They talked about "Fashion in the Digital Age" and I learned some valuable advice about the importance of staying humble online, reciprocating the love, and never posting anything that you'd be embarrassed to have your parents see. Some of that is common knowledge but I'm amazed at how many people don't follow it these days, especially the last one.  

I can't decide if my favorite part of this weekend was going to the actual seminars, the free bag of goodies, meeting the 3 coolest girls ever (2 of which are from Utah, and one who has a blog that is literally in my top 5 favorite blogs of all time.) Or maybe my favorite part was just being with my momma. Spending time with her and watching a movie and eating Fro Yo with her at 3 AM. I guess I loved it all. New York, you've been good to me. 

Second Opinions?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Ok so I need your guys's help. I cannot for the life of me decide which kind of fabric to use for this next dress I'm making.
It's going to be a Peter Pan collar dress (of course, I'm obsessed.) with a fitted bodice and a box-pleat skirt. (kind of like inverted pleats). The problem is the fabric. There are so many different options and I can't make up my mind. I have it narrowed down to 4 options though.. I think.. 

Option 1 : White with gold collar. 

Option 2 : Black with white collar.

Option 3 : White with black collar. 

Option 4 : Salmon pink with white collar. 

Option 5 : Black polka-dots with white collar.

Option 6 : Lace with white collar.

Ok I lied, I have it narrowed down to 6 options. If anyone out there has any suggestions, please do tell me because I am driving myself crazy trying to decide.

In other news, this is off-topic but I am bouncing off the walls with excitement right now so I thought I'd share. I was featured on Lauren Conrad's blog today. Yes as in THE Lauren Conrad. The one and only beautiful Lauren Conrad who dated the cutest guy ever and made my middle school years bearable. ha I am literally dying over excitement.
Thank you so much Lauren!

Sewn : Scalloped Lace Bridesmaid Skirts

Sunday, July 22, 2012

My brother got married this Summer and my mom and I made the bridesmaid skirts.

Heidi (the bride and my new sister!) was wanting a pencil skirt with lace so I used this skirt as inspiration,

and we came up with these,

We used Butterick B5466
 and daisy lace fabric from Mood. It was nice because it turned out to be both mine and Heidi's favorite of all of the laces that I managed to find and it also happened to be about 1/5 the price so that worked out really well. 

A word of advice for anyone who's wanting to make a skirt out of venice lace though, HAVE ACCESS TO A SERGER. Oh my gosh, my serger saved me. Polyester type lace doesn't fray but heavier weight laces fray like crazy. So seriously have a serger on hand and if that's not possible, you can come use mine. ha seriously though you need a serger. Also for the scalloped hem, I used fray check and fray check spray. You can typically find lace that already has a scalloped selvage edge but this lace didn't so we just created one. It was tedious but really easy so don't fret if you can't find scalloped lace. 

And just for the fun of it.. 

:) haha sorry, I had to.

Sewn : White Peter Pan Collar Blouse

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I recently discovered the amazingness of Megan Nielsen sewing patterns and I am in love. They are the cutest patterns ever. And since 99% of the sewing patterns out there are outdated and old school, this is very exciting news. My only complaint is that most of them are for pregnant peeps, so that's no fun for me.

I just made this shirt and I really like how it turned out. I would change a few things if I were to make it again, which most likely will end up happening since I'm in love with the peter pan collar trend right now.
  1. The length. The pattern itself is already short to begin with but then if you were to follow the directions, the shirt would be even shorter. Like, 1" shorter, which is a lot when it comes to length. I originally followed the directions and made the double-fold hem, but once I realized how short (and awkward looking) it was, I unpicked the seam and serged it instead, making a single-folded hem. This made it a bit longer but it still was shorter than I would have liked. It might just be because I'm tall though, who knows. All I know is that I would definitely make it a few inches longer next time.
  2. The interfacing in the collar. I would not use it again. The interfacing made the collar too stiff and bulky, I would have liked it to be more flowy and less rigid. 
  3. Taking pictures near BYU. I would not do that again as I made a complete fool of myself in front of a bunch of guys walking to class. 

This is me pretending to act normal while my mom is taking pictures of me standing in front of some random wall. Gahh seriously how do fashion bloggers do it? I love to blog, and I love to sew, but I HATE blogging about sewing. Well no I don't actually hate the blogging part, I just hate the whole blogging process.. like taking pictures of yourself and looking extremely ridiculous/vain while doing so. I can't be the only one who feels like this.. right guys? Anyone agree that it's the most AWKWARD PROCESS EVER? I'm just hoping that with time I will get more used to it/learn not to just stand there grinning like an idiot.

If you are a fashion/sewing blogger, did you ever hate taking pictures of yourself? Any tips for someone who deeply despises it?

    Heidi & Sadie's Shower

    Monday, June 25, 2012

    This weekend my sisters and I threw a baby/bridal shower for my two sisters. Two separate sisters, one's having a baby, the others getting married. Just wanted to clarify that so that you didn't think one sister was getting married because she was having a baby. ha 

    So for the shower I was in charge of the decorations and helping out with food table presentation. I made the ribbon garland which ended up in me totaling our car, like no joke. I ran out of white and pink ribbon so my sister and I went to Hobby Lobby to get some more and on the way there we were part of a 4 car pile-up after someone stopped too fast. Awesome. So that garland actually makes me cringe a little bit but hopefully that's just me. 
     I also got a bunch of giant round balloons to put up everywhere. 

    Those were really fun to get home. Except not really because they didn't fit in our car so I ended up having to hold them out the window. ha I'm sure we were quite a site, with 5 huge balloons coming out our window. We probably looked like Up!

    For the decorations I decided to go with pink as the main color because my sister's having a girl, and also because one of Heidi's wedding colors was light pink. Then coral, ivory, peach and white as corresponding colors. 

    For the food we had a waffle bar with different toppings, quiche, and french macarons for dessert. The quiche was just from Costco but oh my gosh, it was amazing! Costco makes good quiche, who knew?

    The french macarons were a little random but I love how they look. Plus I found them for a really good deal on Etsy so that made it worth it. :)

    Congratulations Sadie and Heidi! (And KC and Greg of course.) The Atkinson clan is getting bigger!

    Sewn : Thrifted Polka-Dot Dress

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

    I found this dress at a thrift store in Australia, and fell in love with it.
    By the way all you Australians out there, you have no idea how lucky you are. Pigeon Hole Vintage is AMAZING.

    Unfortunately the dress was like 10 sizes too big when I first got it, so I had to take it in.

    (Excuse the face fail. ha I look a little drunk.)


    Overall I'm really happy with how it turned out. I'm starting to acquire far too many polka-dots in my closet though. ha I'm obsessed!

    Crafted : Mother's Day Garland

    Sunday, May 13, 2012

    I made this garland for my beautiful Mama for Mother's day.
    The idea sort of has a back story. When I was little I made a similar one for my mom to thank her for letting me fake sick one day. (She didn't know that of course. Still doesn't.. haha, surprise Mom!)
    That garland hung over her bathroom door for years, until the colors faded and the strings fell off. So I decided to make her a new one, filled with new things I love and admire about her.

     To make it I just sewed a bunch of paper circles onto a long sewn thread. (If you have a Cricket machine this project would be even easier.) Then I wrote little things I liked and appreciated about her on each of the circles.

    Obviously it's not long enough to list all of the many things I am thankful to her for but it's a start.
    Thank you mama for loving me, raising me, dealing with my quirks, and for being my best friend. 
    I love you!
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