I heart Colette Ginger

My copy of the Colette Ginger skirt FINALLY arrived last week and I immediately got out my scissors and started cutting! Super excited! I wanted to make the second version with the country-esque waist line in a dark denim. I love denim skirts but my favorite one is so worn that a hole has started growing in the rear. Not a good look, time to upgrade! I really wanted this one to be a cowgirl skirt, which really motivates me to find some awesome cowgirl boots to wear with it. That will be another endeavor…

Funny enough yesterday I read fellow blogger Kim’s post about adjusting an existing pattern to mimic the waistband effect of the ginger skirt. Her’s turned out super cute, AND it had pockets! The ginger skirt doesn’t include pockets but I really felt that these were needed especially in a jean skirt. I have seen this tutorial that other bloggers (like Lauren’s awesome version) have used to make scalloped pockets and I just loved the look of it so much that I followed the directions step by step and shamefully copied her design. Whatever, copying is the sincerest form of flattery!

To start I needed to draft my pockets. I didn’t have any tracing paper or fancy transfer paper so I went into the cupboards to see what I could make do with. What did I find? Parchment paper! Honestly this is probably the first time it has seen the sunlight outside our cabinet in a looong time, cuz this sista don’t bake!

I traced the outer edge of my front skirt pattern piece and drew in my seam allowance.

Next, I drew the scallops for the pockets. I tried to measure these out proportionately with the tutorial since hers were so symmetrical.

Then I drew in my pocket depth. I made my pockets pretty deep, you know- for all my money honey 😉

Next I used another piece of parchement paper and copied the outline of the pocket but extended the upper corner to make a big rectangle, this is the hip piece.

Then using anther sheet of paper I traced the pocket piece to make the facings.

And that’s it, just two extra pattern pieces to cut out. I followed the rest of the tutorial which was very clear and easy to follow. The only other change I made to the skirt was narrowing the hemline about 2 inches because I have a short waist. I also used a jeans zipper instead of an invisible one, I think the metal looks cool exposed.

 

I LOOOVE this skirt, I am already anticipating another one. The ginger skirt population in my closet could soon get very out of hand!

 

 

 

 


Soul searching

Up until now I have been keeping this blog mostly focused on sewing and arts and crafts projects and not so much about my personal life. It can be difficult to know what a person behind a blog is really like and the things that they may have going on in their lives because really, all you know is what the person wants to tell you. I have been trying to use this blog as a happy outlet, an escape from daily humdrum of my worklife and some pretty serious obligations I have going on for the time being. The truth is, 2012 has been the most difficult year of my life. The first week of January I lost my Dad very unexpectedly after he broke his ankle taking down Christmas lights, we won’t ever really know exactly what happened but I strongly believe it was due to a blood clot from his surgery that caused a massive heart attack. It was the most horrific experience of my life and I think about him and miss him terribly every single day. The past few months have been more stress than I have ever known with helping out my mom with things, a very difficult semester of school, my car being totaled a month ago (not my fault for the record) and a full time job on top of it. Additionally, my Father in law has been battling colon cancer since this past Fall. He is doing well with his treatments and he has a great support system, but it is of course a constant worry for my husband and my in-law family.

My 30th birthday was in March, and not having my dad there made what should have been a monumental day with celebrations pretty sad and empty. I am at a point where I can see just how short life really can be. Who the hell knows when their last day will be? That being said I have decided it is time to throw caution to the wind and start taking risks. I am in my third decade of life, and it is never too early to start soul searching and checking some items off the bucket list. So with this new attitude, I thought to myself, what is the most outrageous thing that anyone would consider doing in their lifetime? Well skydiving of course. The one sport that puts you eye to eye with fear, reality and spiritual release.

And here I am! It was a done deal for me- check it off the list, and I got 12 of my friends to do it with me! My sister in-law Olivia joined the crew at the last minute and we jumped out of the plane together. The funny thing is I didn’t get scared the whole time, not while we were training,  flying up in the plane, hanging out the door or falling in the sky. It was absolutely amazing, and I had a blast. Here are some photos from our incredible day:

Suiting up!

From the left: my brother in Law Josh (he had already jumped at this point), my sister in law Olivia sporting the purple jumpsuit, my husband Chris (who will NEVER jump) and my sister in law Rachel.

Practising my jump with my tandem instructor Larry:

Flying!

Even Harper got to come along and watch from the observation deck!

I highly recommend going skydiving, as crazy as it sounds, it was the most fun thing I have done in a very long time. I hope to continue to cross items off the old bucket list, but more importantly pick up the pieces and have good experiences to look forward to. I know that I will always have the people most important to me there with me no matter what.

 

 

 


I got a Liebster!

I logged in last week and had the sweetest post from Shannon at Shanni Loves… she awarded me and 3 other amazing bloggers the Liebster award! I have never received a blog award before, so I feel especially flattered to have been acknowledged having only been on the scene for under a year or so. I was also stoked to find new blogs to stalk by some awesome fellow sewists, especially Cynthia at Dapper Duds, I think her vintage style is adorable and she makes such great “Zooey Deschanel” dresses as she puts it 🙂 The rules to the Liebster award as follows:

~ Thank the person who gave you the award and link to their blog

~ Choose 3-5 blogs with less than 200 followers and pass it on

~ Display the Liebster Award somewhere on your blog 

 I am not sure if these up and coming sewists have less than 200 followers or not, but I really enjoy reading about what they make and seeing the amazing photos they post.

The first is Kristen at The Funky Seamstress, she takes on such challenges in her creations and she has made some incredible costumes which are true to my heart. Check out the amazing lion costume she made!
Second I love Andrea at FourSquareWalls, she is a fellow Louisvillian and all the pieces that she makes really embody the chic hipster attitude that this city is all about. I love how impeccable she makes her clothes as well!
Finally, Maria from Kazmoda, she’s new to the blog sewing scene but so far I love everything she has made. I am in love with the gorgeous coat she made for the New Year, a sewing venture I have yet to make!
 
On a side note, I noticed today I am the featured member on Pattern Review!
I thought that was pretty cool. Maybe I should go buy a lottery ticket or something 😉
Happy Sewing yall!
 

Paisley dress take 2! Simplicity 2584

It isn’t too often that I remake pieces, but I really felt like my paisley dress needed a do-over. The first one I made was cotton paisley and it turned out well, however I can honestly say I still haven’t worn it…. ever. I think this is mostly because the cotton doesn’t have much give to it so its not the most comfortable outfit to wear, especially sitting down. And the paisley print I originally chose was kind of blah. I love this pattern however, and I found this big bold paisley print in this slinky stretch knit fabric (I LOOOOVE my knits!) I think this one turned out much more fun and comfortable than the last one, and even has a 70’s twist.

This fabric was definitely a little more of a challenge to work with, it snags pretty easily so i kept having to straighten it out as I was sewing. The neckline doesn’t quite lay as nice and flat as I would like, but luckily the print is distracting and it isn’t immediatetly noticable.  

Since this neckline is so defined with the yolk I thought is was perfect to try one of the decorative stitches on my new machine. I picked this curly sticth since it was mimicked in the dress, here’s a pic- sorry my camera kind of sucks

I’m pretty excited for this dress- Fall has arrived!!


Simplicity 2647- my summer maxi dress

I have had this fun bright floral print fabric for a while and I finally decided it would be perfect for a maxi dress. I really don’t wear long dresses very often because I am so short, but I figured at least I could make this one the perfect length so I won’t trip over it like a fool. It took me a while to find a pattern I really liked, some maxi dresses look so frumpy! This simplicity pattern 2647 is one of those day to evening editions, and I loved the long drawn version with the gathering on the bodice.

I’m not sure why they didn’t include a photo of this one, its always nice to see the finished product even if on a model. The construction of the dress wasn’t that easy, I cannot lie. The bodice was pretty easy to sew together, the rayon knit I used didn’t gether well with a long machine stitch so I ended up doing most of the gathering by scrunching it as I sewed. I’m sure there is probably a better method out there to do this, but for this dress it got the job done! Once the bodice construction was finished, the pattern called for the elast to be sewn into the facing. I don’t know if maybe my bodice somehow ended up being to short, but I don’t really see how putting an inch wide ring of elastic would have fit. It would have caused the bodice to shift down too far and not give me enough coverage on top. So instead, I opted to sew the elastic into the top of the skirt first before attaching the two pieces together. Since I knew I would need to shorten the dress in the end I wasn’t worried about the extra inch of length being taken from the shirt. The effect was that the elastic ended up looking like a waist band.

The effect isn’t bad though it isn’t how the pattern intended. I considered completely omitting the elastic, however I think the dress would’ve been to heavy for the straps and would have weighed down too much. By creating this waist band it also completely covered the elastic so there was fabric between the elastic and my skin. This made it much more comfy! Even after usining about an inch and a half to create the band, I still had to take up the bottom about an inch, I pretty much just plan to wear flats with this to avoid accidents 🙂

I am looking forward to wearing it in the hot upcoming months, and maybe for a weekend getaway (if I am lucky!)