1/31/17

Emerald Green Peplum


I've still been working with knits lately, mainly because they're so easy to wear.  Plus I'm getting so comfortable sewing with knits (YAY!).  When I'm looking for more knit patterns I like to find tops that are not only easy to wear but have a special something to them.  So when I came across this Very Easy Vogue (V9056) pattern late last year, I thought it would be a cute addition to my handmade wardrobe.  Plus I don't think I've owned a peplum top before.  I found this pretty emerald green double knit at Joann's.  This color has been a fall/winter favorite this season.  When cutting the pattern I ended up cutting one size smaller (size 10, view B) than my measurements.  I've been finding that most commercial patterns run big, so going a size down has been working out.


Now, I have to be honest, I'm not sure that I love this top.  When I tried it on the word "maternity" crossed my mind.  (Ugh!  No more maternity tops for this gal!)  For my photo shoot I decided to wear my high-waisted skinny jeans hoping that they'll hold me in and it won't read "Is she preggers?"  Be honest with me, does this look like a maternity top?

I think one thing that might help is that the peplum part of the shirt be lower.  The seam hits right under my chest and I think that's the part that's throwing me off.


I'm not sure that I would make this top again.  However I'm not going to give up on peplum tops completely.  Now I have a place to work from and what to look for in my next peplum top patterns.  Any suggestions of other fit details to keep in mind would be greatly appreciated! :)


1/24/17

Styling A Long Vest

I just love when I have a wardrobe piece that I can wear so many different ways.  Lately for me this has been my handmade long vest (McCalls 2260) that I sewed last fall.  In general a vest can be a fantastic addition to any wardrobe as long as it has a subtle pattern and in mostly neutral colors.  I think this vest has a lot of versatility because of its simple shape and the classic hounds tooth print.  Here are three different ways a long vest like this can be worn:


Dress It Up: This dressy look has a cream white top underneath the vest and a denim skirt.  When wearing a vest like this with a skirt be sure the length of vest is not longer than the skirt.  I added black tights and black booties to dress it up for a winter work look or going out to dinner outfit.


Cool and Casual: What can I say, I do like a good monochromatic outfit.  Adding this vest to a simple black t-shirt and leggings makes for a casual but chic look.  The long vest is perfect to conceal your bootie in those leggings too.  Finish the look with some cute sneakers like these high tops or slip on sneakers would work too.


Everyday Outfit: And finally, for an outfit to wear anytime add a pop of color underneath your long vest.  I'm a sucker for pops of color when I wear jeans, which is what I did with this teal long sleeve shirt.  Brown booties go with anything, even when wearing with black and blue.

1/17/17

Family Dinners: Week 8

Well, it's been quite a while since I've posted about our family dinners.  I'll admit that I haven't been good at keeping track of them therefore my weekly planning wasn't being...uh...planned.  But this past week I feel like I rocked it - I planned plenty in advance for the week and the whole family devoured my meals.  All except one (SMH)...read below:

Sun. - Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas w/ Black Beans
Mon. - Cheese Burger Cups w/ Salad (peas for kids)
Tues. - BBQ Chicken Pizza w/ Caesar Salad (broccoli for kids)
Wed. - Bowtie Chicken Alfredo w/ Roasted Asparagus
Thurs. - Beef Fajitas w/ Charro Beans


The kids did not like the enchiladas but my hubbie and I thought they were awesome.  I used corn tortillas instead of flour (as written in Mel's recipe).  And you just can't go wrong with a recipe by The Pioneer Woman.  The Alfredo dinner was fast to put together and was a slam dunk with everyone.

I've been sewing away lately and will be posting soon on my recent projects.  Stay tuned!

1/9/17

My Sewing Space


I thought I would share my little sewing corner in our house.  It's actually in our master bedroom.  This corner of our room was empty for a little while and at one point had a chair there with clothes thrown on it.  When I got more into sewing I wanted a bit of a private space, something to mainly store sewing things and wasn't easily accessible to the kids.  So after a little thought, taking measurements and scouring the internet I came up with this set up.  I like it and it suits me well for now.


I love my sewing table - I found it at Walmart.com.  It has lots of great storage and a place to hold my serger.  I love my ironing board hanger which was just mounted on the wall over the holidays and my dress form is great too.  I use everything in this space however I don't do my sewing here.  I like to sew at our kitchen table.


I have my sewing machine in a corner in the kitchen where is stays stored in its carrying case.  I don't mind taking it out when I need to sew; it's easy, fast and stays out of the way when it's not in use.  Much of my sewing prep work happens in my sewing space.  I have a cutting mat that I put on the floor and when it's not in use I tuck it behind the sewing table.  I set up my iron and ironing board right next to my sewing table and all of my tools are in that cute denim pouch with the skull on it.  I just got a really nice wall mirror for Christmas that I can't wait to hang then everything should be complete.

1/2/17

Sweater Vest


Happy 2017 everyone!  Hope you all had a great time relaxing, celebrating and spending time with loved ones during the holidays.  I'm so excited about the new year and what sewing projects I will take on.  I have some new sewing goals that I hope to conquer and I'm looking forward to sharing them with you and styling them with my current wardrobe.  My closet is slowly but surely getting more handmade garments incorporated. I can't believe it!  Yay!!  For this post, I want to share this pretty and easy-to-sew sweater vest that I made a couple months ago.  I picked this pattern because I love that it's a great layering piece.  In Texas, our winters tend to be mild and therefore layers are really functional.  This pattern is from New Look 6397, it was my first time sewing something from this pattern line.  I chose View C since it looked like the simplest one to make.  The fabric I chose is a thin acrylic sweater type material that is dark brown speckled with white, and there are also different colored shimmering thread woven in.  I love it.  It has a boho vibe with a bit of glam.  As I've said, this was very easy to sew and would be great for a beginner.  My sweater material has some stretch so I used a stretch stitch and serged all of the seam allowances.  I also love how the collar is folds out from the neck facing.


I styled this vest with a semi-shear cream top underneath and dusty rose denim pants that have a moto detail (my husband loving calls them my Star Trek pants).  I belted the vest with a thin woven brown belt and finished with my favorite brown booties.  I think this vest could also be dressed more casual with a graphic tee underneath and distress jeans.  So many possibilities!