Thursday, May 3, 2012


Recently I've been slowly, but surely exploring the joys of Pinterest! Its such an inspiring site! A priceless resource for storing all my ideas in their own categories. I have very broad interests so it suits me perfectly to find inspiration pertaining to so many different facets all in one places. I find everything from make up tutorials to wedding ideas (not that its anywhere in my near future, mind you :P) to fashion boards. My personal favorite, if you look at my boards, is definitely the fashion ideas... Not to mention the little bits of humor, uplifting words, recipes and house hold care tips. I could go on and on.. Needless to say I've passed more than a few hours on there. :D

Here's a few things I've found that I'd like to recreate.

The flounces on this are INSANE! In a wonderful way. :D

This skirt in black. Paired with a dainty 'vest' and an extremely fitted jacket. Oh yeah! 

Showin' my froofier side. ;) Which isn't very froofy. :s

Love this! Almost origami styled jacket!
I don't know why, but these ARE calling my name!!! I love em! The details around the waist are so perfect. :)
I think this is the cutest dress! Its so bright and cheery! And I love what they did with plaid on the bodice!

Which are your favorites?

If you'd like to check out the rest of my pins go here!!


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Modern blouse for Megan

I started this blouse last year for Megan's birthday. I got it part of the way done and wasn't pleased with how it was fitting. So I threw it into pile set it as side to finish some other time. The months slowly ticked by and Megan's birthday came and went again this past March. At the time I new I wanted to go a head and finish it for her, but between work and drivers ed. I didn't have any spare time. All that was left was constructing and setting the sleeves, buttons/buttonholes, and hemming the bottom. So, at last, I finished it!!

I used Simplicity 2501. Its a very straight forward pattern. Very simple to use and I understood the instructions perfectly. A nice accomplishment for someone such as myself. I usually just make up my own... :S :P I love the stand up collar and ties.
The only thing I don't really like about the pattern is the fact that it has bust darts (not sure what the technical name for them is? :-/). I can never seem to get them to lay right. The fabric is a plaid-like homespun that's been laying around for years. It was actually very nice to work with and is very soft, un-like some other homespuns. Thankfully I was able to find 9 matching buttons in our button collection. lol I was surprised to see how many we'd used since I last dug threw them.
As you can see it still doesn't fit to greatly, but maybe someday she'll grow into it. ;)
The back also has 2 darts, but they actually turned out pretty nicely so the don't really show. :)
I love the sleeves. There like cute little puff ones, but only have 2 box pleats on top and 1 on the bottom instead of a bunch of gathers.
Thanks so much for visiting. I've been spending alot of time in the sewing room and I'll have some things to show you soon. So don't be a stranger. ;)