The clothing item that I get most excited about each year in the Fall is a good coat. I may live in Houston where the average temperature is about 85 degrees, but we do get that chilly morning every once in a while, and I will jump at every opportunity to take out leather jacket or a wool peacoat. Continue reading “DIY Khaki Draped Wrap Coat”
Rolling in to September, I always feel a little tricked. Back in Chicago, September was the time of year when the leaves started to change colors and a chill appeared in the air. We would bring out our sweaters and gloves to sit on the football field at high school games, and even evaluate coats for the upcoming snowy winter. Houston is a different story.
As it so happens, tragedy struck on my Hawaiian adventure, and it went a little something like this:
- Book a spectacular kayaking adventure.
- Be smart and put shoes into a bag so that they don’t get lost if our kayak gets flooded in the ocean.
- Remove soaked shoes post kayak adventure to find that a pair of Rainbows* has completely stained my glorious blush slip on’s.
Have you ever wondered how I make so many clothing items from scratch without a pattern? Well, sometimes I don’t! Though I don’t buy traditional patterns, I do use clothing I already own to create patterns for new clothing items. Continue reading “Peplum Tank Sewing Tutorial Using a Shirt as a Pattern”
Ah summertime. All I want to wear is blue and white and pastels and whatever fabric I can get my hands on that is as thin as possible without being see through. Oh, and off the shoulder everything. I will never get tired of making off the shoulder dresses for three separate reasons:
- They are so so so cute. I love the flirty fit and they are really comfortable without being too casual.
- They are also so so so easy to make. In the way that I create them with two separate sleeves that attach to a bodice, there is pretty much nothing to the fit. In other words, it will always fit the first time around which is a huge win in saving you from seam ripping for hours.
- I love how the sleeves never creep up your shoulders using the pattern I use. Because the sleeves are separately attached below your arm pits, they will never end up annoyingly on top of your shoulders.
I went back and forth on a title for this blog post because this dress is just so many things. It’s the cutest pink and white striped fabric for Summer. It’s a drop waist silhouette with a v-neck and v-cut back. Plus, it’s totally lined! That’s right, I learned how to line a dress and I’m 100% v. proud of myself. Continue reading “Lined Drop Waist Dress Sewing Tutorial”
Cocktail dresses hold a special place in a closet. They are a bit fancy and get photographed a lot since they are typically only worn to special events. They have to be comfortable enough to spend an evening in and hold up to a night of dancing. When I think of cocktail dresses, I think about structured silhouettes, vibrant colors, and special details. Continue reading “Strapless Scuba Cocktail Dress Sewing Tutorial”
You know when you see something in the stores and you’re like, how in the world can they charge that price for that item? Sometimes it’s really high quality materials. OK. Sometimes it’s handmade and part of the proceeds go to help children go to school in a war torn country. OK. This time, I’m not buying it.