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Monday, March 21, 2011

I made a skirt!

After seeing this cute skirt on say YES! to hoboken, I decided I needed one of my own. 

I've looked at a lot of tutorials and sewn a few patterns, so I had a pretty basic idea of how things should go.


To be sure, I made a quick paper prototype.


First, I measured my waist (40 inches). Then, I measured the distance from where I wanted the skirt to hit me on the waist to where I wanted it to fall near my  knees (25 inches).

Now that I had those two measurements, I took my waist measurement, divided it by 2 (20), and added 1 inch to allow for a 1/2 seam allowance on each side(21).

I decided I wanted a 4 inch waistband, so multiplied 4 by 2 (because I was going to fold the waist band in two) and added 1/2 for a seam allowance. 

I cut two pieces that were 9 inches by the measurement above (waist/2 + 1 inch or 21 inches).

I then subtracted 4 inches from the total length ( I wanted (because of the waistband, 21 inches), added 1/2 an inch for a seam allowance, and another inch for a hem (22 1/2 ). I cut two pieces that were twice the width of my waistband pieces and the length above. (22 1/2 x 42 inches).
 I bought a 1 1/2 yards of fabric that was 58 inches wide.
 I opened it up and was able to get everything out of it with some left overs.
If you look closely, you can see my pencil lines. I measured, drew lines in pencil, and cut!

I took my two waistband pieces (9x21 inches) and ironed them in half (4 1/2 x 21 inches) and then sewed along the bottom to keep the fold in tact.

After I had my two waistband pieces ironed and sewed down, I took the skirt pieces and pinned the edges and center down to the waistband pieces, with right sides together. The raw edges of the waistband and the skirt are lined up.

I kept finding the middle of each section and pinning it down to the middle section of the skirt.

I kept pinning until it looked like this:


I sewed right along those pins, giving myself a 1/2" seam allowance.

When you're finished, it should look like this.

Now do it again to the other side!

Lie the two sides together, right sides together, and sew up one side.

I then followed this tutorial to install my zipper.


After you've installed the zipper, hem the bottom, and you're done!


I wore it to a little dance we had the other night and had a lovely time:

Monday, March 14, 2011

Dyed

These are all my white shirts that had ink all over them. You can still see the ink in a few places, but it's not that noticeable because the blue doesn't create the contrast the white did. I have been impressed with the dye so far. Brent snatched his pants out of the dryer this morning before I could see them, so I'm not sure how they turned out. We used Denim Blue dye. It looked like it would be a lot darker, but I'm still happy with it.

Dye

Brent bought a pair of jeans at DI for about $3 and decided that he didn't like the wash. We picked up a package of RIT dye and I actually got around to trying it out tonight.


A few weeks ago, Brent's pen went through the dryer with a bunch of my whites. I figured things were ruined anyway, so I threw them in all together.

So far so good. I'll let you know how it all turns out.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Maybe I can sew one?

This is a pipe dream. I'm not a very good sewer. But, it makes me feel better that there's a pattern out there for a dress I want.


Now I just need some pink and white striped fabric.

Two New Blogs to Swoon Over


This woman has my dream life. She lives in Paris and plans parties. I am bursting with ideas from her blog.




and much much more!


Ramblings from the Sunshine State is another blog I discovered today. She's a cute mom who does fun things with her kids.

I'm definitely going to be making this wreath. My front door looks naked.

I want this!


AND

...AND


I want to know where these ones came from:





I'm trying not to hate everything in my closet now. Where do these people shop? I never see dresses like those in the stores. I would have bought them.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Pots of Chocolate

We're having friends over for dinner tonight. I tried to make chocolate mousse. It feel kind of flat. I'm hoping that I can try this one next time. 




I'll let you know how it turns out.

Friday, March 4, 2011

That's it!

I need a closet office:

Care Package

My Poor Grandma just broke both wrists. That means she has both her hands in casts. Can you imagine?

My mom and I decided to send her a care package to cheer her up.

Here's what we did.


We did a black & white and blue color palate. The big package is a skirt we bought for her, behind that is a wedding picture that she's in, next to those are two books on CD I created covers for, the big envelope is a family picture, the long skinny thing is a candy bar, and the sack has some chocolate covered almonds in it.



I hear it cheered her up.