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Two things I love that are sewing related. 1. Quick projects & 2. Projects that use left over fabric. So I decided that a modified longline Sarah bralette from Ohhh Lulu was in order. Changes to the pattern...

1. Increased length of cups & back band for lace edge.
2. Removed lower band, which was replaced with a band of elastic to create ruffled edge.
3. Omitted fold over elastic, replaced with picot. 
4. Instead of using serger on seams, seams were turned to one side and topstitched.

My topstitching was too tight & not the proper length...wasn't paying attention. The damage was already done and I didn't want to pick it out and end up ruining the lace so I just left it. Other than that so happy how this one turned out!




modified ohhh lulu sarah bralette

Friday, March 17, 2017


Two things I love that are sewing related. 1. Quick projects & 2. Projects that use left over fabric. So I decided that a modified longline Sarah bralette from Ohhh Lulu was in order. Changes to the pattern...

1. Increased length of cups & back band for lace edge.
2. Removed lower band, which was replaced with a band of elastic to create ruffled edge.
3. Omitted fold over elastic, replaced with picot. 
4. Instead of using serger on seams, seams were turned to one side and topstitched.

My topstitching was too tight & not the proper length...wasn't paying attention. The damage was already done and I didn't want to pick it out and end up ruining the lace so I just left it. Other than that so happy how this one turned out!





Recently stopped by Madewell to snag a pair of jeans that were something other than skinny. I ended up going for this pair & I love them, but I'm still not used to them. Variety in a wardrobe is difficult with jean silhouettes (personally), but necessary to really change up your look. 






new denim

Monday, March 13, 2017


Recently stopped by Madewell to snag a pair of jeans that were something other than skinny. I ended up going for this pair & I love them, but I'm still not used to them. Variety in a wardrobe is difficult with jean silhouettes (personally), but necessary to really change up your look. 








Wore my new StyleArc Blaire blouse to check out the new most hip cafe in North Park. Expect to see everyone on their phones here taking photos for Instagram. Clearly I am no different because here I am, posing away! It's called Holy Matcha and has a little bit more than matcha, as you can see from the products behind me.

I have to say, I really love this sewing pattern. I omitted the middle seam in the shirt as well as the overlay because I didn't think I needed it. I also didn't feel like matching stripes. Love how this shirt turned out! Collars are becoming easier and easier for me to sew. You know, practice makes perfect. I think I may have added some width when putting on the button band, resulting in the top of the shirt not fitting the collar. To correct this, I added a pleat in the back of the shirt. It doesn't quite make a difference overall design wise so I'm thrilled it worked out. I will be making this blouse again! Maybe the dress version as well...



stylearc blaire blouse

Friday, March 10, 2017



Wore my new StyleArc Blaire blouse to check out the new most hip cafe in North Park. Expect to see everyone on their phones here taking photos for Instagram. Clearly I am no different because here I am, posing away! It's called Holy Matcha and has a little bit more than matcha, as you can see from the products behind me.

I have to say, I really love this sewing pattern. I omitted the middle seam in the shirt as well as the overlay because I didn't think I needed it. I also didn't feel like matching stripes. Love how this shirt turned out! Collars are becoming easier and easier for me to sew. You know, practice makes perfect. I think I may have added some width when putting on the button band, resulting in the top of the shirt not fitting the collar. To correct this, I added a pleat in the back of the shirt. It doesn't quite make a difference overall design wise so I'm thrilled it worked out. I will be making this blouse again! Maybe the dress version as well...




And here is my last look with Karissa! You can see look one and look two here. Again, all shot on the same block as the previous two looks. This knit sweater is a new addition and is perfect to add some texture into my wardrobe. Somehow this is something I'm always searching for but tend to have the least of in my closet? I suppose I'm picky in that sense. I find texture and pattern to be walking a fine line between chic and crazy. This top was an easy pick due to its beautiful taupe color. 


Taken by Karissa Bowers in collaboration with These Days


my favorite knit sweater

Monday, February 27, 2017


And here is my last look with Karissa! You can see look one and look two here. Again, all shot on the same block as the previous two looks. This knit sweater is a new addition and is perfect to add some texture into my wardrobe. Somehow this is something I'm always searching for but tend to have the least of in my closet? I suppose I'm picky in that sense. I find texture and pattern to be walking a fine line between chic and crazy. This top was an easy pick due to its beautiful taupe color. 


Taken by Karissa Bowers in collaboration with These Days



Here is the second look that I shot with Karissa (you can see the first look here!) These were also shot on the same block as Cafe Madeline. It's a very photogenic street!

We all know I'm Madewell obsessed. I've seen so many several blouses like this one over many season and never went for it. A simple white blouse? I can make that! Well, I never did so I'm glad I finally bought one. Plus, this one is made of some pretty soft fabric which I am a fan of. I'm also a big fan of ASOS jeans. Ordering jeans online can be difficult but in addition to picking what size fits you, you also have more control by being able to select an inseam size as well! Returns & exchanges are simple so that if you needed a different size you can do so smoothly. And no, this is not a sponsored post!! 



Taken by Karissa Bowers in collaboration with These Days




staple blouse

Friday, February 24, 2017


Here is the second look that I shot with Karissa (you can see the first look here!) These were also shot on the same block as Cafe Madeline. It's a very photogenic street!

We all know I'm Madewell obsessed. I've seen so many several blouses like this one over many season and never went for it. A simple white blouse? I can make that! Well, I never did so I'm glad I finally bought one. Plus, this one is made of some pretty soft fabric which I am a fan of. I'm also a big fan of ASOS jeans. Ordering jeans online can be difficult but in addition to picking what size fits you, you also have more control by being able to select an inseam size as well! Returns & exchanges are simple so that if you needed a different size you can do so smoothly. And no, this is not a sponsored post!! 



Taken by Karissa Bowers in collaboration with These Days





Met up recently with the lovely Karissa Bowers to shoot three outfits! This first look was shot at the adorable Cafe Madeline in South Park, which used to be my frequent stop for paninis on Sunday mornings. Let me tell you that shooting with Karissa was so easy! You never know how smoothly things are going to go especially if it's with a photographer you haven't met before. The two of us met off Instagram, and you can see her account here. 

I've had this dress from Forever 21 for such a long time but never got around to wearing it. It's such a cute print but the way the dress is constructed in the sleeves doesn't allow you to raise your arms...at all. So, not good for every day wear but good for a photoshoot! 

Taken by Karissa Bowers in collaboration with These Days




florals

Monday, February 20, 2017


Met up recently with the lovely Karissa Bowers to shoot three outfits! This first look was shot at the adorable Cafe Madeline in South Park, which used to be my frequent stop for paninis on Sunday mornings. Let me tell you that shooting with Karissa was so easy! You never know how smoothly things are going to go especially if it's with a photographer you haven't met before. The two of us met off Instagram, and you can see her account here. 

I've had this dress from Forever 21 for such a long time but never got around to wearing it. It's such a cute print but the way the dress is constructed in the sleeves doesn't allow you to raise your arms...at all. So, not good for every day wear but good for a photoshoot! 

Taken by Karissa Bowers in collaboration with These Days






Pants are hard. Pants are scary. Will they fit? Will they rip while I'm wearing them? Only time will tell. I will say that I am in love with my Alexandria Peg Trousers! Paired them with an Express sweater, Everlane loafers, & my A.P.C. Half Moon bag.


First order of business in tackling this project was fabric selection. I turned to trusty Mood Fabrics and ordered this beautiful black polyester crepe by Rag & Bone. Yeah you read that right. I made my own pants out of Rag & Bone produced fabric. Isn't sewing the best? It showed up on my doorstep just as described and is as lovely as I hoped it would be.

I cut these pants based off of the finished garment size which was very helpful. Had I gone off of my actual hip measurement, it would have dropped me into a size that would have been way too large. Very happy that they fit!!


I generally followed the directions except for how they joined the crotch seam. The pattern calls for dropping one leg inside another. I must have been having a moment because when I tried this method I ended up with backward pockets. I'm not sure what was going on but I just joined the seam right sides together, no tricks.

This pattern sews up very quickly, I think the longest part was joining the waistband. This was difficult in this fabric because I couldn't get the fabric to press at all! I suppose that was my only qualm with the fabric, but it felt more like a personal issue. 

pattern review: alexandria peg trousers

Wednesday, February 15, 2017



Pants are hard. Pants are scary. Will they fit? Will they rip while I'm wearing them? Only time will tell. I will say that I am in love with my Alexandria Peg Trousers! Paired them with an Express sweater, Everlane loafers, & my A.P.C. Half Moon bag.


First order of business in tackling this project was fabric selection. I turned to trusty Mood Fabrics and ordered this beautiful black polyester crepe by Rag & Bone. Yeah you read that right. I made my own pants out of Rag & Bone produced fabric. Isn't sewing the best? It showed up on my doorstep just as described and is as lovely as I hoped it would be.

I cut these pants based off of the finished garment size which was very helpful. Had I gone off of my actual hip measurement, it would have dropped me into a size that would have been way too large. Very happy that they fit!!


I generally followed the directions except for how they joined the crotch seam. The pattern calls for dropping one leg inside another. I must have been having a moment because when I tried this method I ended up with backward pockets. I'm not sure what was going on but I just joined the seam right sides together, no tricks.

This pattern sews up very quickly, I think the longest part was joining the waistband. This was difficult in this fabric because I couldn't get the fabric to press at all! I suppose that was my only qualm with the fabric, but it felt more like a personal issue. 

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