Sewn : Gold Pencil Skirt

Monday, March 25, 2013

Well now that I've made what, like 5 sequined projects in a row, I'd say it'd probably be good for me to go easy for a while. ha
This last one was more of an attempt to use up extra fabric more than anything though, I had a bunch left over from the sequin gold collar top I made so I decided to just make a skirt out of it.

I used Butterick B5466, (same pattern as my sister's bridesmaid's skirts), and this fabric from Spandex House (in Light Gold).

I broke about 10 needles sewing this skirt, and I wish I was exaggerating. Turns out sequins aren't very sewing machine friendly, or at least for people like me who are too lazy to go and buy more durable ones.

Just for the record, I'm cutting my face off of these pictures because I suck at modeling and they're kind of killing me. haha

The only problem I have now is that I have no idea where to wear it too. It's not exactly church appropriate and I'm too scared to wear it to class for fear of distracting someone out of paying attention, ha so hopefully it doesn't end up just hanging in my closet.  

Ok now I'm really done with sequins guys, I promise. 

Links + Giveaway Winner

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Shabby Apple Giveaway winner via is..

Congrats girl! Shabby Apple will be e-mailing you soon. (And if they don't, let me know so I can go get mad at them. ha no not really, but seriously let me know.) For the rest of you guys, here's a bunch of random things that I've been loving lately, because posting only a one-paragraph long post felt wrong on too many levels.  

Ok so this video is a day late but funny nonetheless. 1:11 kills me, ha that guy! Seriously what on earth would you do? Some people amaze me.

Fabric Swap in Provo! I hope some of you locals will come. 

How to (easily) transfer all your Google Reader subscriptions to Bloglovin'. Huge thanks to Megan! I had no idea it'd be that simple.

And yep, I have officially found my dream wedding dress. (I wasn't looking, just for the record.)

Last but not least, Rylee over at this cute blog deserves a huge shout-out for introducing me to the amazingness of Google Fonts! Totally obsessed now.  

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Sewn : Tobi Inspired Shimmer Dress

Friday, March 15, 2013

This month I re-made a version of this Shimmer Down dress from Tobi.

I fell in love with this dress when I saw it but I'm a more conservative dresser so the mini-length wasn't going to work. I couldn't get the dress out of my head though (so dramatic I know! :) so plan B it was. 

I was pumped to find this muted gold sequin fabric from Mood because it was exactly what I was looking for. 

I drafted the pattern and ignore the fact that the neckline looks horrible and bunchy in the picture above. It looks better in person, or at least I like to think that it does. 

I really like how it turned out so I'm excited. I like how the V-neck back looks, and I like that the dress isn't too "in your face" sparkly. That makes me happy because I don't want to be reflecting sunlight everywhere I go. (ha, though I definitely am working on a skirt right now that is the epitome of "in your face" sparkly. So don't quote me on that later. :)

Shabby Apple Giveaway [Closed]

Friday, March 8, 2013

I have a giveaway for you guys today! Up for grabs is a $50 gift card to Shabby Apple, a clothing company that I'm sure you've all heard of before but if not, here are some lovely things you may have to look forward to if you win. 

I like polka-dots? ha I really did not mean to do that I swear.
Two. High Tea Skirt
Three. One For My Baby Dress

To enter to be in the running for $50 to spend any way that your little heart desires,
1.  "Like" Shabby Apple on Facebook. (Yes it's one of those giveaways. ha, I had no choice I swear!) Make sure you've commented here letting me know you've done this or else it doesn't count and that would be no good.
2. Comment with your favorite item from their shop.

Contest will end next Monday, March 18th at 11:59 PM mountain standard time. The winner will be contacted via e-mail so make sure to leave a way of contacting you! Good luck everyone. 

7 Sewing Tips for the Beginner.

Monday, March 4, 2013

            As I've gotten more comfortable with sewing, I've found that there a few things that I wish I would have known before I started. So here they are, written down so no one else has to suffer through them like I did. ha they're super random and all over the place so just fair warning.  

Tip #1. Make sure you love the fabric you're using.  Like really love it. Because if you don't love it now, you're not going to magically love it later. Trust me on this. 

Tip #2. Don't spend a ton of money on a sewing machine when you're first starting out. The fancier machines have nothing you'll be using anyways so really it will be just a waste of money. I know they're super tempting (at least for me!) with their high-tech displays but the last thing you want to be doing right now is spending a lot on a sewing machine that you don't even know you'll be using for sure. Ideally you will stick to sewing for the long haul but that may or may not be the case so for now, seriously save your money. I paid like $150 for my first sewing machine and guess what? I still use that very same one! It has worked great for me and although I'm due for a new one sometime soon, I'm super glad I got my bearings down in sewing first and then started looking for for a nicer one.

Tip #3. But you're just starting out in sewing right? So what do you need to buy now? Well besides the obvious like fabric, and a sewing machine, you will need thread, fabric scissors (sharp!), pins, a seam ripper, fabric pens (preferably water-soluble so that the markers come off when you squirt them with water) and a seam gauge (which is a fancy ruler type thing that helps you "gauge" accurate measurements. Hey I never thought about why it's called that! ha funny.) All of these supplies are called "notions" in the sewing world and are necessary if you don't want sewing to become much harder than it should be. 

Tip #4. This one's important. Make the sewing process fun! Listen to music or an audiobook while you're sewing and if you need to unpick something, take it in front of the TV. This helps me get through the less than awesome parts of sewing, like unpicking. and hand-sewing. Yuck.

Tip #5. Surround yourself with things that inspire you. Wow cheeseball status right there, ha but really it helps! I always have pictures up in my sewing room of sketches and inspirational photos for projects that I'm working on. For example I currently have this picture hanging up for the coat/jacket I'm working on. Doing this helps me stay excited about what I'm making and keeps me motivated. 

Tip #6. Subscribe to Joann's newsletter. Do it. Ya the constant emails are kind of annoying but you WILL save money and it will make a difference sometimes. I just saved like $35 on wool fabric for this coat I'm making from one single coupon. For reference, that's HALF of what the total cost was. Savings like that add up, and plus it always feels so good to see the price go down from a coupon. ha ya, Subscribe to the newsletter.

Tip #7. While we're on the topic of saving money, Buy patterns on sale. This isn't typically an option for patterns from independent designers like ones found on Etsy, but as far as Butterick, Simplicity, Vogue, etc- definitely wait for the sales. Fabric stores tend to rip. you. off. when you buy them full price.

That's all I have ladies and gents. Annoying I hate that I ended on number 7, that's such a random number. Also, I CANNOT FOR THE LIFE OF ME GET THIS TEXT TO GO BIGGER. Ugh so annoying, try not to go blind reading it. 

Oh I do have some exciting news for you guys myself though! I was featured on Kollabora today and I'm kind of psyched out of my mind about it! So of course I'm going to be an annoying blogger and say something about it. haha really though Kollabora, thank you so much for the spotlight! 

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