Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Lady Skater #2

I've decided that the Lady Skater is my new favorite pattern! This is my second one and I love wearing it! I sewed this a couple weekends ago on a rainy Saturday afternoon. I should've been studying, but my sewing machine and this pattern were calling my name!
This time, I decided to make the 3/4 length sleeve version and use two fabrics. The turquoise knit is my favorite color and it was given to me for free from a friend back home. She was getting rid of her stash and thought I would like it. At the time, I had no idea what to make with it, but this dress was perfect! I wanted to make the entire dress out of the turquoise, but there was only enough for the skirt. I love how it turned out with two fabrics though!

The bodice was made with a cotton knit from The Fabric Fairy. I planned on using it for a top, but it went great with the skirt fabric.

Close up of the sleeve cuff and bodice fabric.
This is the inside of the dress.The turquoise knit is textured on the right side, but it is smooth on the wrong side. It is also very stretchy, as it stretches both ways.

My house at college is very old, so I decided to have fun taking some "vintage" style photos.


I don't play the piano, but I thought this was a fun set-up for an "old" photo!
The Lady Skater is such a great pattern and it is so comfortable to wear! I'm planning on making more...pretty soon I'll have too many dresses!  
Have you tried any new patterns lately?
I'm linking up with Project Sewn, for the final week and Signature Style challenge. This dress describes my style perfectly - I love the color turquoise, I live in skirts and dresses all the time and I like to wear comfortable clothes. I could wear this everday and be happy!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fat Quarter Swap - What I Received

Hello all! Last month I participated in a fat quarter swap held by Lisa of Sweet Little Pretties. The theme was spots and stripes and we were to send our partner two fat quarters. I  forgot to take pictures of the fat quarters I found for my partner, but they went to Australia. I never heard from her, so I hope she received them!

I received my package from Taiwan! Alisa from A Stitch In Between had my name and she way out did herself by sending more than just two fat quarters.

In addition to the two fat quarters she was required to send, she sent me an envelope pouch , a really cool postcard of Taiwan, and a bag hook.

The envelope pouch is so cute! I love getting mail, so this is the perfect pouch for me.
Even the back looks like an envelope!
These are the two fat quarters Alisa sent me. They are both bright and colorful. I love the striped fabric and the blue dots are so fun. I wonder what I should make with them?

The bag hook is essentially a metal round circle that opens up ito a hook. The whole thing opens up into a hook that you can put on a table so you can hang your purse or bag on it! I haven't had a chance to use it yet, but it is such a cool idea! I have never seen anything like it here in the U.S. before. I can't wait to try it out!

Thank you so much Alisa! You should all check out her blog. She has two adorable kids who she sews for and she has traveled the world. The blogging community is so great - you never know who you will meet or the friendships you will make!

I will leave you with this beautiful picture from my college town. Fall is by far my favorite time of year here - it is so beautiful!!


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fall, Headbands, & Sewing

 Happy October! Fall is definetely my favorite season, especially around this time of year when all the leaves start changing colors and the weather is cooler. It makes me happy! I enjoy morning runs around the lakes near my college and everything is so pretty right now. The leaves are starting to change to red and orange, but there is still some green left and you can also hear the crunch beneath your feet.

Fall also means everything pumpkin and apple! I can't decide which I like better...I love pumpkin bars, pumpkin spice lattes, and pumpkin pie but apple crisp and apple pie are great too!

School is keeping me busy, with midterms right around the corner! I have found some time for sewing and it is such a huge stress reliever. I made this headband out of leftover fabric from a project I made last weekend (which I'll be showing you soon - for now you get a sneak peak of the fabric). It is a textured knit in my favorite color...turquoise!

The headband is really comfortable and was so quick to sew. I just happened to have a long narrow rectangle left over from my other project and it inspired me to make a headband! I just straightened the edges, hemmed each long end by 1/2" and then sewed the short ends together adjusting until I had a good fit. I also made it a little narrower in the back so it fits better around my ears. Quick sewing projects can be so satisfying!
What's your favorite part of fall? Do you prefer pumpkin or apple?