Today I was in total sewing withdrawl. It’s really hard to do anything when I’m alternating between a painful hand and being loopy on meds, but I managed to get a very quick project done today. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s all I’ve been able to manage making recently or because it’s actually cute, but I’m loving my newest bow 🙂 I darted to the garbage can after my boss threw out a decent amount of this pretty slate blue tee shirt scrap (remnants from lots of tee-shirt flowers) not knowing what to do with it. Originally, I just cut off the seam on the sleeve to make a sloppy headband, but today I decided it was in dire need of a bow!

Excuse my ugly picture, it’s late.

Actually, that’s inexcusable. I’ll post a much prettier one first thing tomorrow.

Also, an update on my chambray blazer issue! I managed to find something similar on Forever 21! I ordered it immediately, and I’m hoping it will fill the little hole in my heart.

Last but not least, my biggest buy yet!

An amazing new cell phone!

It’s the new HD2 with a huge touch screen and Wifi that’s twice as fast as the iPhone! My heart skips a beat just thinking about it 🙂 And of course I’ve already personalized it with some pretty Amy Butler wallpaper. Case coming soon!

Now I can blog on the go! Ooh the possibilities

I’m starting to think I have an addictive personality. I’ve recently given up coffee (It’s been two weeks now!), but I’m finding another addiction creeping in to take its place. This one’s a bit different however…I have not been able to stop making skirts! I found a way to make a cute high-waisted skirt that uses only 1/2 yard of fabric and takes no more than an hour and a half! At this point, I’ve made 2 for myself, one for my boss, and one is in progress for a friend. The only problem is, I’m finding myself in a creative rut now. Anytime I brainstorm what to make, it ends up turning into the same exact skirt with a different fabric. I’m guessing the fact that good weather’s so close I can almost taste it isn’t helping my addiction much…

Here’s one I made for my boss with the amazing Japanese Echino fabric

This is one of the ones that I made for myself out of the lovely Jennifer Paganelli‘s fabric. I wanted it to come out fuller – I cant decide if I should use more fabric and gather it more, or if it would be better to do a circle skirt. The first skirt I made for myself isn’t worth putting up – it’s somewhat of a mess and I used a big scrap we had leftover which looks like a lifeguard in my opinion (think big red and white flowers)

I love the hot pink silk lining, but I can’t decide if it was worth the hassle…

I have a tutorial all ready for my simple skirts, but I’ll wait until I have proof of at least one person following along!

Is anybody out there?!

I’m curious if there’s such thing as a phobia of sweatshirts

because if there is, I have definitely fallen victim to it. Whether it’s genetic or learned, I could not tell you, but around this time of year, when people want nothing more than to come and take their midterm exams in a full-on sweatsuit, I can’t help but to cringe. But don’t get too worried about me – I’ve created a lovely appeasement. I can’t take much credit other than for some messy-looking stitches (which, luckily, aren’t visible above the lace), since this sweatshirt is completely, 100% inspired by Free People, with very little creative liberty taken except for making it a little less belly-baring. There’s just something about lace that makes anything pretty!

I made this from a crew-neck Champion sweatshirt for under $10 at Marshalls and some cheap lace. It turned out to be the perfect compromise…I always thought “cute sweatshirt” was a contradiction, but I guess not!

Things to note in this picture: 1. Silk blush bow headband which I got for $7 at J Crew! 2. Messy looking hair and a cute cast…I had surgery a couple of days ago on my hand and haven’t been able to get out of bed – hence the need to wear a sweatshirt in the first place

Also, I’ve recently had a terrible addiction to making bows. I was bald until about 2, but that never stopped my mom from scotch taping bows onto my head. I have never since stopped having an immediate attraction to anything with a bow on it. When I figured out how quick it was to make this adorable-looking bows out of fabric, lace, felt, etc I couldn’t stop. Here’s my favorite – it reminds me of Alice in Wonderland 🙂

I’m thinking I’ll upload a quick tutorial soon! And a skirt tutorial’s on the way!

PS – Typing this, sans Internet and in Word is infuriating! Since when do sweatsuit and high-waisted merit the obnoxious red-squiggle underline!

Is it weird that rather than shopping for things in my own size, I’ve been trying to figure out if there’s any possible way I could squeeze into J Crew’s adorable Crew Cuts?

I’ve got a good shot at fitting into a headband, right??

Since the first time I flipped through J. Crew’s March catalog, I’ve been drooling over their beautiful chambray blazer. I love blazers right now (especially layered over a dress or skirt) and chambray is just so summery!  However, the price tag popped my bubble a bit…

So to make it up to myself, I bought some great chambray fabric at Purl Soho (one light blue and one darker).

I’ve been trying to find the perfect way to use them, and I think I’ve decided on a skirt and shorts out of the darker one and a dress out of the lighter one. Being the cheap girl that I am, I bought only one yard of each, so we’ll see if that really ends up happening.

Amid all of my brainstorming, here are some pictures that inspired me:

Both Vivat veritas on Etsy

Swell

And my final plan is to learn how to make a blazer (first something out of jersey like this amazingly comfortable Free People one) and do my own version of the chambray! It could be a long shot, but hey, it’s worth a try!

When I was young, I had an obsession with Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. Not only did I know every line of the movie by heart, but I would make my playgroup play Wizard of Oz with me every single day and truly believed I was Dorothy.

I think the main reason behind my madness was the ruby red slippers. So when I saw this grown-up version, I couldn’t resist… (though they’re not nearly as fun without the sparkles…)

Top – Urban Outfitters (amazingly soft!)

Vest – H&M

Belt – Forever 21

Shoes – American Eagle ($7!)

Jeans – Genetic Denim

For lack of enough words to to introduce myself, here’s a little visual depiction of everything me!

Okay, so maybe not everything (not even close actually), but you get the idea 😉

And one other important thing…I work in my own personal heaven – it’s called Make & Mingle, and whenever anybody asks me about it I have no words to explain how giddy it makes me! So I vote you check it out for yourself so you get to see what I mean…

As for a quick bio concerning me and my love for clothes:

I love clothes. Nothing new, I always have. A quick anecdote so you get it – as a preschooler, my entire wardrobe consisted of dresses, patent leather Mary Janes, and frilly lace socks. One day my teacher finally called home to ask my mom if I could wear sneakers and pants to school so that I could play at recess. It did not go well, and not much has changed since then. (And yes, I do still own a pair of patent MJs, they’ve just got a much bigger heel now)

I love sewing. My guess is that this stems from my lovely Southern grandma Nannie, who must have spent days on end teaching me how to sew clothes for my dolls every summer as I was growing up. So, I’ve know to sew for ages, but until my new job, I pretty much stuck with a simple bag or fix-up here and there. Now imagine working at a store with fabrics that make you drool (think Heather Bailey, Anne Marie Horner, Jennifer Paganelli), and three of the most talented and creative bosses. You can imagine the inspiration. And since then I haven’t been able to stop! I’ve started to dream about fabric…which is less embarrassing to admit to the abyss of the internet

I realize you’re probably bored by now of my mini bio, which ended up being much less mini than I thought! So to keep it as short and sweet as possible, I love blog hopping, I love photoshop, I love making websites and voila – out pops a blog.

Here’s my plan as of now: letting you all see my designs, my clothes crushes, giving some tutorials, and hopefully giving at least somebody some inspiration!

We’ll see how it goes!!

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