Posts tagged ‘Sewing’

August 4, 2015

10 Dresses Week 4! Lace Sleeveless Gathered Dress

Lace Gathered Fit and Flared Dress Outfit 2

Yay, it’s already week 4! Only 6 more dresses to go, and I can’t wait to get the rest out to you guys. This week we’re making this sleeveless lace, fit-and-flare, gathered dress. It’s very simple, with an elastic waist and a comfortable flowy skirt, which makes it super comfortable. I made the skirt to my knee, something I don’t normally do, but it’s perfect for church. I also wore this dress to see the Dalai Lama a few weeks ago! lace dress

The lace fabric is something I’ve had for years. I bought a five-yard bolt from Wal-Mart for $5, and I haven’t been able to use up all of it. You’d be surprised how much you can actually make with five yards. Anyway, I finally decided to whip up this dress, and used jet set knit for the lining. You’ll need about one and a half yards depending on your size and height.

lace dress 2Hope you guys like it! Let me know what you think. 🙂

Next week, we’ll be making the striped (also)-sleeveless dress. It’s so casual and comfy, I almost want to call it a t-dress, except it doesn’t have any sleeves. I wore it walking around the harbor with Husband on a super hot day, and it was perfect for the scorching weather. I love how I wore it here with my jeans jacket. I finally got an excuse to wear the denim yo!

striped tank dress

Say hello to Reggie again!

So for next week’s fabric, go grab some stretchy knit fabric. It can be striped or any print that you like. You’ll need about a yard to a yard and a half, so get ready!

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July 31, 2015

DIY Friday: Bumbling Pig Plushie

How to make a pig plushie

Last week in my Bandit the Bumbling Panda video, I gave you all a sneak peak of Bandit’s friend. So here she is! And I still have no idea what to call her. 🙂

But at least I know how to make her, and now so will you, with this tutorial.

I’m not sure what happened but the last video clip was suddenly not there. The only step missing was to flip her right side out through the opening at the bottom, stuff her with polyester stuffing, and sew her up by hand. Hopefully that isn’t too confusing, but you can always watch the panda video which uses a similar step to finish up the plushie.bumbling snugglies panda and pigI gave her dreamy anime eyes. 🙂 I would call her Sakura but that seems too cliched and overdone. Any suggestions on her name, anyone?

By the way, she’s currently available on-order on my Etsy shop as well.

** Today’s post is inspired by and dedicated to my friend Beverly, for her love of pigs! Congratulations on your recent engagement, yo! May your marriage be as full of stuffing life and dazzle-eyed with dreams as this pink-alicious, adorable, nameless pig. **

July 30, 2015

The Girl in the Purple Scarf

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I’m channeling Becky Bloomwood a.k.a. Shopaholic today–figuratively of course (actually, literally as well, but don’t tell Husband, shh). Except my scarf isn’t from D&G, it’s from Express. Also, I don’t have a British accent, just a boring American one, and I wish my life was half as dramatic as hers, although not really because I’m really happy with the way it is so far. 🙂

Also the dress is made by me, and I doubt Becky Bloomwood would ever make anything that she can just buy.

Girl in the Purple Scarf

Click to learn how to make this dress!

Girl in the Purple Scarf

It was cold today! Which explains the scarf. Fine, by California standards it was cold. In the morning. And then it warmed up by lunch time. So I felt like a weirdo in this scarf and cardigan standing amidst a bright sunlit park. Still, it’s lovely and I feel lovely in it, so I’m not taking it off. (Well, maybe when it gets hot, though.)

Girl in the Purple Scarf

I love reading outside, and settling down in the sun is while the weather is just right is the perfect way to spend my lunch.

This post deviates from my usual budget for Outfits-on-a-Budget, BUT I’ve worn this scarf so many times that I no longer feel bad about it. It was $40 from Express, and I bought it back in the days when I thought it was okay to pop 40 bucks on one piece of fabric. But they say you should divide the dollar amount by how many times you’ll wear it, and then decide if the purchase was worth it. Well I’ve worn this about a thousand times, which means it would cost me 4 cents every time I wear it. So by that logic, I totally deserve more of these scarves.

Or maybe I’ll just make some. 🙂

:: Outfit Details ::

Elastic-Waist Curved Hem Print Dress (made by yours truly, tutorial here!)
White Hollister Knit Cardigan (Christmas gift from my sister-in-law)
Leggings (~$6 from Ross)
Cross-Over-Body Bag (~$30 from H&M)
Brown Flats ($13 from Ross)
Purple Scarf (~$40 from Express)

July 28, 2015

10 Dresses Week Three! Elastic Waistband Curved Hem Dress

Elastic Waist Curved Hem

Welcome back to week three! Remember to send me pictures of your dresses so I can re-post and give you props, yo! Because you deserve it.

Say hello to our guest star, Reggie. He’s a 3-pound, pure-white Maltese I’ve been watching, and he’s the perfect little co-host. Look how terrified he looks in this photo, though. I swear we were actually having a blast, he probably was just startled by the camera clicks.

Week three’s challenge is very similar to my leopard print, elastic-waistband dress that I made way back way when. But I love it a lot more because I finished the neckline, sleeves, and hem differently. I love that the hem is curved and so different from the straight lines I usually do. It gives it a nice flirty look.

Here’s the tutorial:

For this project, I used a very thin, flowy woven cotton. It’s almost silky, but was a charm to work with. The print is bright but (for once) not floral, which is a nice change from the other dresses in this series. I’ve had the fabric for years but never knew what to do with it. When I started this 10 Dresses in 10 Weeks project, I dug around in my stash and remembered how gorgeous this was.

Here I paired it with my favorite leggings and lace booties stilettos. I consider my usual style sweet and girly, but I love how this looks with my long-forgotten moto jacket. I haven’t worn this thing in so long but now I don’t know why because I love it! Once winter comes around, you’ll be seeing repeats of this more times than you can count. 🙂

You can also forget the leggings and jacket during hotter summer days, and wear it with some gladiator sandals. Top if off with a light denim jacket and you’re good to go. This dress is so comfy and flowy, it would also make the perfect swimsuit cover-up. Pair it with some sandals, and maybe throw on a light cardigan when it gets too breezy. Hmm, cardigans. I love cardigans. I need bright colorful ones to jazz up some dull dresses I have. Maybe that’s an idea for my next challenge. 🙂

Stop by on Thursday for my Outfit on a Budget post and I’ll show you how I styled this in the office.

Elastic Waist Curved Hem Dress

I’m trying to look serious for once.

Anyway, have you made any dresses lately? Link me to anything you want to show off. 🙂

Next week we’re doing the fully-lined, lace, fit-and-flare, gathered waistline dress. Wow, what a description, huh? I used about one and a half yards of stretchy lace fabric, and another one and a half yard of jet set knit for the lining.

Lace Gathered Fit and Flared Dress Outfit 5

However, it is a bit longer than what I usually do for dresses, but I had planned to wear that to see the Dalai Lama and as my go-to for church. So if you don’t want to make it as long as the one I showed (a little bit past knee-length), then you might only want to get one yard. It all depends on you.

See you soon for next Tuesday’s tutorial! But don’t forget to stop by on Thursday for the next Outfit on a Budget, and how I styled this dress.

July 21, 2015

10 Dresses Week Two! Crocheted Swimsuit Coverup

How to Make a Swimsuit Cover Up or Sweater DressWelcome back to the second week in our summer dresses challenge! Who made the first dress? Please send me pictures if you did!

I’m not sure what to call this, really. A cover-up? A light sweater dress? Also, the fabric–is it lace, is it crocheted?

Swimsuit Coverup

Well whatever it is, I looooooove it.

You can wear it as a swimsuit coverup as I do here.

swimsuit coverup

Or you can wear it over a simple tank dress.

Swimsuit Sweater Dress

It was pretty easy to make this especially since I left the salvage as part of the hem for the bottom and the sleeves, which meant no hemming–yay! Right behind ripping up seams, hemming is probably my least favorite part about sewing. But that’s not the reason I left the neckline raw–I just liked the effect this fabric has when it’s unfinished.

The cuts are very simple. I used a tank dress for the bodice, and then added sleeves. Voila and done. Here’s the video tutorial:

I really love this dress because it’s so versatile. As a swimsuit cover-up, it’s definitely eye-catching, and the bright color goes perfect for summer and pool-side lounging.

I really love layering clothes, so I think it also looks great worn over another dress. Or maybe as a sweater over some leggings. I sometimes think I was born to live exclusively in winter months. But then again, I love bikinis and sunbathing and beaches and pools too much to really stand by that. Actually I just love clothes in general, so never mind.

The other day my best friend and I decided to take advantage of the neighborhood pool. We popped some tiny single-servings of Sutter Home Moscato wine, snacked on frozen grapes, and had a great girls’ day. It was so nice to see her and just enjoy the sunshine.

Next week we’re working on the elastic-waist, curved-hem dress. So if you’re getting ready to sew that project along with me, you’re going to need a yard of woven fabric and a length of elastic. I used the very thin kind, somewhere around 3/8″ wide. Looking forward to seeing how your projects are turning out!

July 10, 2015

TMI Friday: No I will not sew that for you.

Nyx Intense Butter Gloss

Because I want you to make it yourself! That’s why I write and create tutorials. I love to sew and want to teach others how to do it also. And that way, I won’t be alone in my obsession and I’ll have someone to tell me it’s okay to spend a chunk of my paycheck on fabric every month, hehe.

I get a lot of people asking me if I can make them clothes. Ironically, it’s always a dress or something I made in a video tutorial. I say it’s ironic because I created that tutorial specifically to teach you how to make that one thing, and here I have people asking me to make it for them.

The answer is always a clear and resounding No. But lately I’ve decided that I shouldn’t be so one-sided. So here’s the deal:

If you live in Southern California or within close range of Long Beach or you’re willing to drive to Long Beach for this purpose, then yes. I will make you something. Granted, you’ll have to pay for the fabric. You won’t, however, have to pay for the dress itself or the time and effort it will take for me to make it. The only thing I want in return is for you to pose in pictures. 🙂 And also short clips for videos. These pictures and clips will be posted on my blog, social media, and YouTube.

So that’s the deal.

The truth is…after editing a million pictures of myself and my dresses over the past weeks, I am incredibly sick and tired of looking at my face. And fixing the same flaws. Getting rid of the same blemishes. I’ve got to say though, thank God for Photoshop. I wish there was a patch tool for my life.

Anyway, if you’re also sick of looking at my face, my coworkers are on board, so you’ll see some fresh looks on here pretty soon. Have a great weekend guys, and I’ll see you on Monday for a makeup review. Also don’t forget,the first 10 dresses in 10 weeks tutorial will be posted this coming Tuesday, so stay tuned!

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July 7, 2015

Summer Sewing Series: 10 Dresses in 10 Weeks Challenge

I’m so excited to finally reveal the project I keep hinting at. It’s…duh dun duh DUN!

10 Dresses Collage

That’s right guys. I challenge you to make 10 dresses in the next 10 weeks with me. I’ve been dying to make cute floral, summery dresses, and I can’t wait to share with you what I’ve been up to. And invite you to sew with me! The best part is I’ll be posting tutorials for each dress I make, so you can sew along! Yipee!

This summer series will officially launch next Tuesday with the first video tutorial, so stay tuned and check back often both here on my blog and on my channel. Here’s the intro video for a sneak peak of all the dresses:

This is the schedule for the dresses in the video. Subject to changes. Because of life.

Week one: Fit and flare, floral pleated dress (Tuesday, July 14th)

fit and floral 1

Week two: Pink crocheted swim suit cover up (or sweater dress, depending on how you look at it) (July 21st)

swimsuit coverup

Week three: Simple elastic, curved hem waistband dress (July 28th)

elastic

Week four: Lace, fit-and-flare, gathered waistline dress (August 4th)

lace dress

Week five: Striped sleeveless dress (August 11th)

striped tank dress 2

Week six: Zippered chiffon dress (August 18th)

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Week seven: Two-toned, lace bodice over arrow print, gathered waistline dress (August 25th)

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Week eight: Quarter-length sleeve, fit-and-flare a-line dress (September 1st)

fit and flare dress

Week nine: Empire waist, surplice bodice LBD with pink crochet-detailed straps (September 8th)

Week ten: Blue lace over yellow, bodycon dress (September 15th)

blue bodycon

You know what’s crazy? The original idea was that I’d make one dress a week for the next whole year. Yeah! When I told my friend that I might be taking on a challenge to make 52 dresses in 52 weeks, she stared at me as if I was crazy. Then I realized that she was right.

Anyone who’s met me knows how much I adoooore dresses. That’s all I ever wear anymore. Even for work, I’m in a dress 4 days out of 5 (and the one day is a Friday which happens to be casual Friday. Even though I always regret it, I can’t miss my chance to wear jeans to the office).

Plus right now I’m obsessing with florals and bright prints. I’m dying to make about a million fit-and-flare, swing, and tank dresses. Definitely going to throw in some beach-y numbers, and maybe finally get around to sewing a tailored, zippered one. I’m a little nervous and excited. I know life might get in the way some weeks, but what can it hurt to try? And in the end, I’ll have a million dresses–which is sort of a big fantasy for me. Because I’m weird.

For a while now, I’ve been neglecting my sewing and arts/crafts hobby, but I’m going to come back in full force, and taking on this huge project.

This is it guys. I’m so excited! Tutorials will be posted every Tuesday. Why Tuesday? (you ask but silently and only in my head). Because Tutorial Tuesday has a nice ring to it. And because I’ll need at least the weekend to work on the dress, and because Monday sucks. So Tuesday it is.

I’m inviting–no, I’m challenging!–you guys to be a part of this. Hey, in the end, you’ll at least have ten dresses for the summer. And now you have a good reason to go fabric shopping–not that you need one. 🙂

Who’s with me?

June 30, 2015

I CAN Change a Leopard’s Spots

A few months ago, my husband and I celebrated our ten-year, first-date anniversary. (Yes, we celebrate out first date! But only because we got married on Christmas Eve–all the ladies say “awww”–and the holiday season is usually sucked up by family time, so it’s easier to celebrate just Us on a different date.) I bought this midi skirt for our big night out because it looked so beautiful online and I had the perfect outfit in my mind. Well, it’s technically a midi skirt, but on me it’s more of a maxi. 🙂

Once the package arrived, I couldn’t remember why I thought it would look so great. It’s absolutely not my style at all. I think longer skirts tend to make me look shorter, and I manage that effect organically as it is. I even tried it on as a dress and…

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No.

So I decided to turn it into a tank top instead! Click for the tutorial.

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June 26, 2015

And It Was All Yellow

Well, not all of it. Some of it is lace.

This year marks a record-breaking low in temperature at my office. Meaning I either freeze to death, bundle up, or drink tons of hot tea and coffee. Even in the middle of summer, it’s freezing, so I’m always dressed for winter inside and then look like a weirdo when I leave for lunch.

I bought this yellow jet set knit to create the lining of a bodycon dress (which I’m going to reveal soon!), but since I usually need less than a yard to clad my munchkin height, I had a strip leftover.

I also have some stretchy lace lying around that I bought years ago as a five-yard bolt for $5 at Walmart. I really miss that Walmart, but since I’ve moved back to Southern California, I can’t find good deals like that anywhere. Not even at Joann.

To tone down the brightness of this piece, I cut out the same length and width in lace, and then made an infinity scarf.

There are tons of infinity scarf tutorials out there, but my favorite has always been by SecretLifeofaBioNerd, who was the YouTuber that inspired me to start sewing in the first place.

I was so happy to wear this to work and add some color to my usually somewhat dull work outfits. But then my coworker said I looked like a flight attendant, and sort of burst my bubble, haha. It doesn’t matter because I love it and that’s all I care about! 🙂

I need to figure out what else to do with the rest of the strips of fabric left over from my dresses. It seems like such a waste to throw it away, but what can I do with it? What do you usually do with your scraps?

November 20, 2013

Leopard Print Elastic Waist Dress

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As promised in my LA Fashion District video, here is the dress I made from the fabrics I bought. I love the leopard print on turquoise. Such a pretty color that I thought would go lovely in a simple cut with an elastic waist.

This fabric was a dream to work with. It’s knit with a silky flow to it but not difficult or frustrating at all. I remember my first experience sewing with knits…it did not end well at all. I’m so glad that I don’t have those problems anymore.Image

Anyway the dress is so comfortable that as soon as I was done making it, I slapped on a belt, some leggings, and hit the city. Or more like the library to get some work done. 🙂 Hope you guys like it! If you want to make your own, watch the tutorial and send me some pictures so I can sing your praises!