Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The March Winner Is...

My apologies to all of the sew along ladies out there. This post was originally published on April 2...or so I thought. 

So without any further delay...

CeLynn!  I'll be emailing you very shorty. I hope you'll share with us the goodies you pick out using your gift certificate :)

It's not too early to get started on next month's bag...more on that tomorrow. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Big City Sew Along-Wonderland Bag

Sorry I'm so late with this month's post!  There have been some big changes happening around our house.  I'll try to do better, I promise :)

This month's Big-City Bags project is the Wonderland Bag.  I've got my exterior fabric ready and will be going to the store for the rest of the supplies this evening if everything goes as planned.  Hopefully you've already got some idea of what you want to do!

 (Photo used with permission of Martingale Publishing.  Photograph by Brent Kane.)

This month's sponsor is an online fabric shop I have used more times than I care to admit :)...Pink Chalk Fabrics.
Always a great selection of fabric and patterns at wonderful prices.  They have offered up a $25 gift card to this month's winner. 

As always a reminder of the rules:

  • We will be sewing the books in the order they are in the book.  Only the bag for that specific month will be eligible for the link up.
  • The bag must be complete to qualify for prizes.
  • On the first of every month I will announce a new project and prize. 
  • You will have from April 25 until midnight on April 30 CST to link up your project for a chance to win that month's prize.
  • I hope to have some wonderful ladies help me out by sharing their takes on the project, as well as with their tips and tricks for completing them.
  • Join the Flickr group to see all the projects that have been made.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Styling My Out & About Dress

This is a photo heavy post.  And as an extra warning, all of the photos are of me :) 
When Sew Caroline released the tutorial for making her sleeveless Out & About Dress I couldn't wait to get started!  No, I literally couldn't wait.  I decided instead of waiting until I had access to a printer so I could get the armhole interfacing I would just wing it.  That seems to a reoccurring theme for me these days.  So instead of using a facing on the armholes, I simply turned the fabric under 1/2" then another 1/2" to hide any raw edges.  On this version I also took one inch off of the width of the skirt pattern piece and 2" off of the length. By taking a couple of inches off of the circumference of the skirt, I hoped to reduce the bulk a tiny bit.  And I thought the shorter version might be a bit more flattering and make my legs look longer or something.  A girl can dream right?!  Speaking of legs...I need a tan in a bad way!!!
The fabric is one of many I just ordered from Girl Charlee.
After making my dress I headed to Target (who I am in no way affiliated with).  I knew I wanted a jacket of some sort since it's still a little chilly out in Oklahoma and also because my "just wing it version of the armholes" were not that successful and gaped.
This is actually a jacket I had at my house.  It was long forgotten in the back of the closet since it hasn't been worn since before pregnancy #1.  Hubby liked it, but I thought it was a little bulky for what I had in mind.  Also, don't mind the shoes.  They too have seen better days.

The jacket kind of cut me off in a non-flattering way.

Here it is with no accessories. 

Gotta love that it has pockets!!!

Cardigan option #1.  I really thought I was going to like this one.  It was exactly what I had in mind when I went shopping.  Which is why it's good to try on more than one thing even if it's not normally your style.

You'll never guess where my headband came from.  The BABY section.  I looked in the women's hair accessory department and didn't find anything I liked and they were all $5.  I happened to check the baby department and found a three pack for $5.  I felt kind of silly when I tried it on since I knew there was no way it would fit, but it does!  And it's more comfortable than a normal headband since the ends hit in a better spot behind my ears and don't hurt.  WIN, WIN!!!

 Wish I had thought to close the shower curtain.  Oops!
And now since you've all been so patient...

My final outfit.  A boyfriend cardigan that can button up the front in navy, a navy skinny belt, a headband, and a pair of boots that I already had.  All accessories (including the boots) are from Target.  I absolutely love my final look and feel great in it too, which with my post partum body is not something I have said in a long time!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Was That a Hint?

I messed up the lining when making a Triple Zip Pouch the other day.  What do you do when you have a mess up?  I send mine to my mother .  The pouch was still fully functional, it just had an exposed seam.  She loved it (sorry no photo) and casually hinted that for her upcoming cruise she would love to have one in a Hawaiian print with a thin strap she could use to wear it cross body style.

I originally refused on the grounds that I couldn't bring myself to use Hawaiian fabric (sorry to those of you that are fans, it's just not my thing!).  But when at JoAnn's I stumbled across this and decided to give in.

The hardware is a little large for the size of the bag/straps, but the selection around here is limited so it will do.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Clothing Kick

I'm not sure what started it, but I can't seem to stop.  There are soooo many great patterns out there that I want to try.  And the fabric, oh the fabric (sigh)! 

Let me warn you.--I've never exactly been photogenic and I don't see that changing anytime soon, so try and focus on the clothes and not my terrible faces please :).

A couple of my recent makes:

An Out & About Dress from the pattern by Sew Caroline.  Not my favorite fabric but I love the style of the dress. 

The Zippy Top from See Kate Sew's pattern.  My first time using voile.  There's a really cute exposed zipper on the back.  Bright green at that!  And hey, I'm wearing heels for the first time in over a year!!

And finally the Plantain T-Shirt from Deer &Doe.  Sorry no photo of me wearing this one since it's a little tight in the bust.  Hopefully by this summer it will fit a little better.

All of these patterns are definitely worth investing in!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Edelweiss Bag

Sara has done it again!  Another wonderful bag pattern.  This one can be made as a cross body bag or a backpack. I have NEVER owned a backpack so I thought I'd give it a try :)

This project was a "make it work" project due to my lack of planning.  I ran out of Soft and Stable and when I went to pick up more, neither of the LQSs had any in stock so I pieced together just enough to cover the very bottom of the bag and used fusible fleece for the sides and zipper panel.  Despite all of my mistakes, I love how it turned out!

Take a look for yourself:

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Meringue Clutch

How are you all coming along on your Meringue Clutches for the Big City Bags SAL?  This month's project is a pretty easy one so there is still plenty of time to get yours ready before the link up closes. 

I happen to love how mine turned out :)

For a chance at this month's prize--a $50 gift certificate to Martingale--link up your finished Meringue Clutch below.  Can't wait to see what everyone has been up to!!!