Sunday, April 27, 2014

Everything is coming up flowers....

The house is still beaming with flowers we received for hosting Easter Sunday. Tulips, hyacinth, and hydrangeas are nestled throughout the kitchen, family room, & bedrooms. It's quite lovely. Plus, my tulips finally bloomed, hooray! We've been busy starting up our yearly outdoor work loads tiding up the flower beds and garden area. And I'm very pleased to say our cool crop lettuce has started growing:) With all these blooms coming up I was inspired to prolong my use of the 'shorts' fabric from a previous post and use it to make an adorable day dress. Take a look!

I've had this vintage pattern sitting on my sewing desk for sometime. An Ebay find, originally I bought it for the 2 piece swimsuit, but decided to try the dress first. Why, you ask? Because it had everything going for it. No measurement for the waist, length could be adjusted, and a loose fit in the bust. Perfect, perfect, perfect!

One interesting thing about this pattern is that you attached the top lining after it was connected to the skirt portion. 

And isn't it just lovely? Super soft rayon challis is light and airy. (I'm making note that I need to create some curtains with this fabric. It's sooo pretty!)  The pattern was one of the easiest I've ever followed and left absolutely no room for error. All went according to plan which is something I don't get to say too often. The only pain in the dupa was trimming away the corners before reversing the top piece. This was tedious because of how delicate the material was.

At the end of a project, I usually stick my 2 cents in saying what I would do differently ~ next time. 
Gotta admit, not for this project. The fabric choice and pattern make for a soft summer dress.
I got a little more of this material left, so don't be surprised if you see some more items in these patterns, wink, wink.....
Till next time, Happy Trails!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

"Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life."
~S.D. Gordon~

Of course I had to show everyone our eggs. Turns out I've finally mastered my grandmother's onion dye method without cracking an egg. Now that's pretty special:)

I even took a chance at wrapping some eggs in lace.
You can see how they came out in this picture!

I'm hoping everyone enjoys this delightful holiday in good spirits, kind souls, & tons of happiness!

Happy Trails till next time!

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Softest Spring Shorts

And they are complete.... It's been awhile since I posted my interest in creating these lovely shorts and I'm glad that today, I've finally completed them. So what was the hold up? 
Life.... and trying to find the perfect lace trim. 

First off, let me start by saying that these have to be the most comfortable and adorable shorts I've ever made! Created with rayon challis fabrics and contrasting lace, they truly are one of kind. I just love the mix of polka dots and flowers too. If your interested in created a lovely pair for yourself, keep in mind I used Simplicity pattern 1501. It was really easy to follow and you get plenty of choices.

Speaking of choices.... A recent trip to our local fabric shop had me walking out with trims, trimmings, and more trims. I couldn't make up my mind. I'm still not too sure what to do with the hot pink lace....yet .... but the crocheted pieces will add the perfect detail to some future summer tops. 
And as if that wasn't enough... meeting a local seamstress who creates custom retro dresses was worth the extra spending all in itself. She gave me some great tips when buying vintage patterns. For example, who would've thought that waist measurements are more important than bust ones. Why? Because if you alter the waist, you're more likely to alter the way it falls on the body. Whereas the chest could be taken in or out during your rough sketch and your only focusing on one section of the pattern versus two or three.
Pretty interesting..huh?

On another note... if you haven't subscribed to Burdastyle magazine & you love sewing, you need to. I received my first issue a month ago and have to say, it's packed with patterns. With one catalog, I think I'm already set for the year!

Till next time:)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Spring T-Shirts

Taking daddy's t-shirts has become a bad habit in this house. Well...maybe not so bad when you end up with an adorable, colorful top like the one below!

The inspiration arrived from an art fair that sells some of the hippest, graphic t's we've ever seen.
I wanted to figure out a way that the girls could create their own one of a kind pieces with fool proof methods. That's where contact paper came in! Perfect for creating your own stencils, contact paper completely adheres to many fabrics leaving your art work with sharp edges and lines.
And it's the most inexpensive.
So how do you get started?
First, there's a couple things you'll need.

~ fabric paints
~ contact paper
~ scissors
~ marker
~ paper clips
~ sponges (cut into small cubes)
~ t-shirts, or white fabric
~ old jar lids, or apple sauce cups, or egg carton for the paints
~ plastic cutting boards or cardboard, so that your
t-shirts have something separating the 2 layers of fabric

Start by wrapping the t-shirt or fabric around the cutting boards. Fold taut so that your shirt lays flat.

Fold your contact paper in half. Since the edges can be stubborn and may naturally want to roll, use the paper clips to prevent your paper from moving. 

Next... remember making snowflakes?
Draw out a shape and cut into them with similar designs.
Keep in mind, that the relief, or negative space will become the actual image.

When finished cutting, unfold, and peel off the back.
Adhere it to your shirt and open those paints!

You can use a ton of household items for paint storage. Just remember
that a little fabric paint can go a long way.
Wet your sponges first and squeeze out any excess water.
Now you can begin painting your items.

When it has mostly dried, 'cause you'll be too excited to wait till it's completely dried,
start at a sharp corner or curve & slowly peel the adhesive sticker off.
That's it!
I'm pretty sure you'll love the image.
Hands down, this has become my favorite shirts and one of my favorite projects:) 
Made by my lovely ladies, it's packed with an authentic design and bright colors.

I guarantee that once you start painting, you won't be able to stop.
We ended up moving onto fabrics swatches too.
Ya' know, just to play around:)

Remember to allow a couple hours of drying before wearing your tops;)
Also....this makes a great party project for kids.
Could you imagine if you had white canvas bags and everyone designed a one of a kind tote?
Pretty good idea, wouldn't you say?

Happy Trails:)