Saturday, December 24, 2016
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Monday, November 7, 2016
Now fall has come around and it's time to switch gears and start making some fall/winter gear. However, we don't get much winter here in Florida so my wardrobe might not match yours if you're in an area where you get cold and snow…sorry!
With that said, below is a chart of the 2016 fall Pantone colors:
While all of the colors are very nice jewel tones, one that I'm really loving is not in the chart. The color that I'm referring to could be called many different colors from burgundy, Merlot to dark wine…you get the picture...
I actually had some fabric in my stash that matches this color! I purchased a beautiful burgundy fabric earlier in the year from Pennie Fabrics. (Sarasota Florida, sorry no online presence) The fabric is a heavy rayon spandex knit. As soon as I saw the fabric in my stash, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it!
I purchased as a download and printed the pattern (link above). There aren't very many pieces for the pattern, so it was quick to tape together! For this project, I paired this cold shoulder top with a self drafted pencil skirt featuring my usual and loving, yoga pants style waistband! It too is a very quick sew when you need a pencil skirt that's oh so comfortable!
I absolutely love this set and can think of many styling options, one of which will be featured in my next blog post (please stop by and check that one out too!).
Thanks for stopping by and sharing a little of your time with me, is truly appreciate it!
Monday, October 31, 2016
I selected these pieces specifically for the fabric…each of them had enough fabric for me to be able to create something and I liked the "festive" look of each. Without further ado, here's what I created with my "thrift store" stash...
|It's party time!|
Second, the purple "prom style" dress refashioned to a two-piece cocktail dress. I also used some of the black knit dress:
Lastly, is the one I posted for the challenge. We were only to submit one completed Thrift Store project. The two sweaters (silver and charcoal/silver) and the black knit dress were refashioned to a pull over cocktail dress:
I self drafted each with the exception of the purple top. I used Simplicity 9697 (the lilac colored version). I changed my mind at the last minute and decided not to make this top a turtleneck version. Instead, I opted for a bias banded neckline you see above.
What have you challenged yourself with lately?
Sunday, October 2, 2016
Hello everyone! How was your September? It was a very fast paced and eventful month for me. A lot went gone on, we traveled to Las Vegas, attended a beautiful wedding (I picked up a virus on the flight home and spent two days in bed sick!) Now I am wrapping up the month with a denim challenge I wanted to participate in for September.
I don't know about you all, but I start these challenges off with high hopes and lots of project goals. Unfortunately, reality sets in and I end up way below my initial plans! That's definitely what happened to me with this denim challenge. I had plans for two pair of new jeans, at least one or two denim dresses and a special denim project. By now, you've probably guessed...none or most of it did not happen and you would be absolutely correct! LOL!
I did manage to crank out one special project. I called this a special project because of the fabric. I've had this piece of fabric in my stash for years, I can't say when I got it and I don't even remember where I purchased it! Shame on me because it is beautiful! It's a "beige colored sueded stretch denim"...
My first thought was that this fabric was "reversible" but upon inspecting it closely, I realize that the blue is actually the inside (Wrong side) of the denim. This piece of fabric has been in my stash for so long because I could never figure out what to do with it. Then one day while showing the fabric during a periscope for the denim challenge, an idea came to me...I could make this a bomber jacket! I have a pattern for a bomber jacket, but it just wasn't working for me and the majority of ones that I found online, didn't have the exact look I was going for either. Of course I had to have what was in my brain, so I self drafted a pattern using a fleece jacket from my closet (RTW) as a template.
|Plaid fabric was muslin|
I decided not to line the jacket because I like the denim look on the underside. I guess I underestimated working with the weight of this fabric… It's pretty heavy weight and using a size 18 needle in my sewing machine help tremendously! This jacket challenged my thinking process, especially when it came to all of the zipper details. I wanted each of the zippers to be active working pockets and they are. Each sleeve zippered pocket can hold a large Smart phone (I don't have the largest but trust me it will fit!)...
I love the way this project turned out and it made me feel so much better about not completing everything I wanted to for this denim challenge! This one piece made up for everything! (And just in time for the fall season!)
So, tell me what have you challenged yourself with lately?
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