Friday, November 11, 2011

Fall Fashion Challenge - Day 6

Shirt: thrift store
Plaid skirt: gift from my mom
boots: thrift store

Today's challenge was to wear a fall trend. I chose to wear plaid. My mom just surprised me with the skirt last week. I think it may be one of my new favorite skirts for fall. It's flannel and perfect for the chilly weather here! I added the pink shirt so there would be color in my outfit. What do you think?

Fall Fashion Challenge - Day 5

Today is actually day 6 of the fall fashion challenge over at Bramblewood Fashion, but I didn't have time to take pictures, as I was driving home from college most of the day so I could spend the weekend at home! My pictures are much better this time. My mom was very nice and took them for me. Day 5 was polka dots, but I don't have any polka dots in my wardrobe, so I wore a skirt with a large print on it.

Shirt: thrift store
skirt: gift from my mom
boots: thrift store

Today's challenge, is favorite fall trends and I'll post about that soon!


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Fall Fashion Challenge - Day 1

Hello, dear neglected blog! It's been four months since I've last posted, but I am back. I recently came across Bramblewood Fashion. It is a lovely blog, and Ashley, the blog owner is hosting a fashion week, where you post pictures of your outfits. I've decided to participate. Today there is no challenge; you could wear whatever you like. Below are pictures of my outfit. I'm sorry for the quality of the pictures. I was having a very hard time with the self-timer and my poorly lit room!

Skirt: Coldwater Creek, gift
Shirt: Thirft store
Boots: recent thrift store find! $4

Up close picture of one boot

I hope you enjoy these pictures! As this is my sewing blog, I'm hoping to post about some projects I did over the summer. College is keeping me busy, but I'll try not to neglect my blog!


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy (early) fourth of July!! I'm sorry it has taken me so long to write, but I have been busy sewing. Also, I am officially graduated from high school! Yay!! It feels great, but at the same time I can hardly believe it. It seems like yesterday that I started high school...

Today, I have two projects to show you. One is a pink and white purse made from my own pattern. The lady that is buying it from me wanted the outside to look like a quilt, or checkered. I cut out 3.5" by 3.5" squares, sewed them together and made a bag.

Front of the bag. The back side is exactly the same, minus the pocket.

Inside of the bag. I love the pink fabric with white leaves!

Next up, something for myself! It is called "Daily Doodler" and the pattern describes it as "A personal portable organizer." The pattern is from This and That patterns. I have made three from the pattern already for gifts, so I decided it was time to make one for myself. I love the pattern! It is so quick and easy!!

Front of my daily doodler. The small rectangles that make up the blocks are mostly scraps.

The back, so you can see all the pretty colors!

The inside. There are three pockets, including a zippered pocket. The notepad will be useful for jotting things down! I will definitely be bringing it to college with me!

That is all I have for you right now. I hope you have a wonderful fourth of July weekend! I will be enjoying time with my family.


Saturday, June 11, 2011

New Skirt!


It has been a few days since my last post, but I've been busy sewing! Yesterday, I finished a skirt that I have been trying to make. It took me three tries, but I finally got it right! The skirt is from the pattern "Stella Strip Skirt," by Serendipity Studio. There aren't any pattern pieces because the skirt is made entirely from 2 1/2 inch strips. You can make it any length you would like. The skirt has pleats, and it was my first time working with pleats. That is one reason I messed up on the first try. I sewed the pleats backwards!! It was very upsetting at first, especially since I used my favorite fabric. I decided to try again. The pleats looked great, but it didn't fit! I made the wrong size!! Finally on my third try, everything went well. I sewed the pleats the right way, I made the right size and I only had to use the seam ripper for minor mistakes. I had one issue with the waistband though. The waistband has four rows of 3/8" elastic, and it was supposed to lay flat. Well, mine wasn't laying flat so I emailed the designer, Kay Whitt. She is a genius! She knew right away what the problem was - I didn't pull the first two rows of elastic tight enough. Sure enough, after I did that the problem was fixed.

Without further ado, here are pictures of my new skirt.

Me wearing my new skirt.
Close up of my new skirt.
I hope you enjoyed looking at the pictures! This skirt was very easy to make, once I made it the right size and understood the pleats. It took me two days to make. I will be wearing it for my high school graduation and entering in the fair for my 4-H clothing project!


Monday, May 30, 2011

Sewing Bug

It's official...I've caught the sewing bug. Yesterday, I was busy sewing all day and I got a lot done! I started the day by sewing a birthday present for my friend. I also made some rag quilt numbers. I just have to put them in the washer and dryer so the edges will fray. Now I have a number and letter set. I want to start an etsy shop, so I might sell the ABC letters and the numbers once I get my shop up and running.

My third project was a purse. I combined two patterns I have and changed them both to make my own design! I'm really happy with the way it turned out. The colors are mostly red and black. One side is made with vertical strips of fabric.The other side is one color with a pocket in the middle. The inside has nine pockets and I put a Velcro closure in it. The handles are 22 inches long. I've decided to call it "The Justine Bag" after a good friend.

One side of the bag

Other side of bag, with pocket.

Inside of bag. The red, black, white and gray stripe fabric is the pockets. The music fabric is the lining.
Today I haven't been doing any sewing, but I've sure been thinking about it and doing a lot of brainstorming for more bags/purses. For example, a patchwork bag with squares, a bag with horizontal strips, a reversible bag, small purses, larger tote bags . . . the possibilities are endless!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

First Post

Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Elizabeth and I will be graduating from high school in a couple of weeks. I will be going to college in the fall, which is both exciting and scary! I love to sew! I have been sewing quilts, bags, purses and other accessories for about five years, but I have just recently had the desire to sew my own clothes. I would love to have a whole wardrobe of handmade clothes someday! Purses are probably my favorite thing to sew. I have some of my own and I have given many away as gifts. I hope to write about my adventures in the sewing world on this blog. As I am finished with school for the year, I hope to have a summer filled with sewing! Once I start, it's hard to stop because I'm having so much fun!

That is all for my first post. Enjoy!