My skirt domination continues

June 20, 2011

I tried a new fabric for a spring / summer skirt– a silky knit material (and that is as technical as I get).  It is super comfortable and cool when wearing.

Attempt #1:

Note to self: Apply stage makeup prior to picture taking so as not to look like an albino ghost.

Somehow my scissors developed a mind of their own and cut this skirt a little too short… so I can’t wear it at my natural waist AND to work at the same time.  It’s also not exactly cut even… but we’re pretending that was intentional.  BUT, as I said, I like the fabric and shape– it’s a little more full, but can get away with it because it’s a lighter weight fabric.  Great for summer.

Attempt # 2:

Ah, that length is much better.

And here you may note that rather than putting wet hair in a bun, I actually took 5 minutes and straightened it styled it on this day.

Oh, and I tried as I might to make this a “midi” length skirt… but could not get past the fact that it made my hips look huge!  I mean, I know they have birthed 2 babies but still.  Was it the fabric, the style, or just me??

Guest Posting!!

May 19, 2011

Check it out!  I am Guest Posting for the First time ever over at DIY Maternity!!  I made a skirt, Go look!

Skirt Update

May 9, 2011

Remember these skirts I made and lived in last year?  I updated them for this year.  I also used the self timer on my camera for the first time.  Let’s see some outtakes.  Actually they are all outtakes.

First, why is my face so white?  Second, who wants to build sandcastles?  Third, I guess you can’t really see what exactly I did.  Here’s another picture.

I cut the t-shirt waist band off, and added a wide elastic instead.  Then, for a little design, I added lace at the bottom.  It’s actually hem tape… but whatev.  I liked how it looked!

More awkward pictures.

this one’s my favorite.

Mother’s Day Top

May 9, 2011

This past week, I decided to take control of my out of control life and get some things done*.  First things first: I made a top for myself.

I designed at bit after a top I saw at Old Navy.  For the first time, I used one of the silky print fabrics at JoAnns.  I don’t know what it’s made out of but it drapes nicely and is cool and comfortable.  I made cap sleeves and used elastic thread for shirring at the neckline.

It’s not perfect– the shoulders are a little big– but I hope to perfect the design and try it again.

I even linked it up for Made By Rae’s Spring Top Sewathon.  I’ve never done anything crazy like interact with other people through blogs that before.  It’s fun to see what everyone else is making and be inspired!

I didn’t really wear those shoes with that outfit all day.

* other things to get done include taking care of the random piles of clothes that have been on my bedroom floor since we moved 10 months ago, cleaning the bathroom because it’s just plain gross, putting the clean towels away rather than putting it off indefinitely, etc.


April 27, 2011

This past weekend I finally got to meet up with Megan Nielsen.  After following her blog for a year and watching her build and grow her business to the next level all while caring for 2 little kids– let’s just say she is inspiring.  So it was fun.

Later that day I went for a run, and it gave me some time to think.  Along with encouragement from my husband, it makes me want to start really designing and creating new pieces I don’t want to say it out loud because I just don’t know I can do that.  I don’t like setting goals and then not reaching them.  Is it just my own insecurities holding me back?  But why wait until I feel like I can do everything perfectly?  Because we know that will never happen.  Why not just start where I am?

Spring Skirt Take 2

April 18, 2011

This was made the same as my last Spring Skirt.

I’m kind of in love with simple elastic waist skirts this year.  They’re cute and are great for weekend or work, tucked in or untucked, casual or even dressed up, heels or crocs (as I demonstrate above).  Plus they are way easy to make and elastic wins out every day over actual waist bands.  Also no one told me I looked like a little school girl today, so that’s a bonus.

Spring wardrobe?

April 5, 2011

I haven’t had much time or energy for sewing for myself lately, which is unfortunate.  The truth is that right now my skills don’t quite match my ambition, so I try things and then find they don’t work.  It does get a little frustrating but I am an eternal optimist and keep trying.  Or is that the definition of insanity?

Anyways, I made this skirt last week and really like how it turned out.

And then my patient today told me I looked like a little school girl.  What?!  well, she was 80 years old…


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