I'd keep it for myself, but honestly, I'd burn ice cubes if given half the chance. If you're up to the task of planning a slumber party or a Holiday in Mexico Prom or a Sukiyaki Party for the gang, then you're a better woman (or man) than I.
If cooking isn't your thing, then there's this, which is actually quite practical!
I had so many great costume ideas for Halloween this year, and like every year I waited until the last minute and didn't actually do anything. Oops. Nothing like Halloween procratination!
Being the festive type, I knew I wanted something to wear for my favorite holiday, so I bring you the Halloween Dress 2 AKA The Pink Widow. (Here's my 2007 Halloween dress for reference.)
I picked the fabric first, not even knowing what I'd do with it. Joann's had Halloween fabric on sale for 60% off last week, so for $3.19 a yard how could I resist? I bought it all (6 yards) since pink and black is one of my favorite color combos. I blame it on all the new wave album covers and Good & Plenty of my misspent youth. Besides, the pink spiders are so cute with their lace pattern! If real spiders were this cute, perhaps I wouldn't dislike them so much.
This year's model is Simplicity 2886. I've had this pattern in my stash for a while but for some reason forgot all about it. The weather is still really warm, so why not try it now? I think it's a pretty easy dress to make, and I only goofed a couple of times in my typical fashion. For example, I assumed it was a zip up the back dress but it's a side zip. I somehow skipped the one step in the directions that would have told me this, but something about my brain will not allow me to sew something correctly from start to finish. This is what seam rippers are for.
Yes, it has POCKETS!!!
I ran out of thread, but here's what I have so far-
It looks misshapen because there's no zipper in the side yet. All I need to do is add the zipper (wish me luck on this one- zippers are my Achille's Heel) and hem the bottom. There may not be time for the matching bolero (!!!) but we'll see. I'll post some pictures when it's all done.
Just for fun I thought I'd throw in a picture of my pattern weights. I've ruined enough patterns sticking pins all through them, and these paper weights work just dandy.
Hi! Sorry I haven't been keeping up on posting. My camera's been in the shop (twice!) and now it's back, so keep your fingers crossed for me.
So I'll jump right in- I'm still participating in the Wardrobe Refashion AND I know a lot of you out there are fans of Alabama Chanin or the Alabama Stitch Book. I'm on that list too, since I am a big fan of recycling (AKA weraing my clothes to death) and discovered that I like hand sewing more than I thought. It's actually hand mending I don't like!
This is an old t-shirt I bought at the store a while back, and reverse applique using the stencil that comes with the Alabama Stich Book. Black cotton knit compliments of another old t-shirt that sacrificed itself for other projects. Finally, something to do with all those t-shirt scraps left over from the t-shirt quilt!
There are so many gorgeous projects over on this Flickr group- why don't you go take a look?
Inspired by the talented ladies at Lindamade and Darling Petunia, I wanted to make my own version of Simplicity 3835 AKA the Built By Wendy top. It's also been dang hot around here, so the the time is right for light 'n' loose clothing.
I'll be honest, I never thought I would want to make a top like this. I thought it might be a little too sack-like for me. There are so many cute versions of it out there (check out this Flickr group), I thought I'd give it a try. I'm glad I did! It's a pretty quick project, comfy, and I've received a lot of compliments, too.
On a personal note, this summer blouse also beautifully hides the dreaded muffin top. I'm not saying I have one (ahem) but you know, if I did, this would be shirt to hide it. If I had a muffin top, which of course I don't. ;)
Why yes, I do have a ton of that fabric left, why do you ask?
I signed up for Wardrobe Refashion last Spring/Summer, taking the two month pledge. I've been following along in the last year and was inspired to try it again. Wish me luck!
I pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 2 months. I pledge that I shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovoted, recycled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftiness brings!
Signed, Roxanne/Cheetah Velour
For my first project I posted this bag I made from an embroidered table runner I got at the flea market.
Is anyone else out there signed up on Wardrobe Refashion? I'd love to see what you're making these days!