Happy Easter/ Easter Dresses Part II

We should be rolling around, with all the food we’ve eaten yesterday and today (I swear, I portion controlled myself, but it sure doesn’t feel like I did), and with all the wonderful Spiritual nourishment we gained from our Easter Sacrament Meeting. Not that we aren’t fed Spiritually every Sabbath, but I walked away from our meeting feeling more “full” than usual.

Easter is a lovely day – a day we celebrate rebirth. A day to remember that our Savior died so that we may be saved. That he not only died, but rose again from the grave. What a lovely thing to celebrate.

As in many families, we get new clothes for Easter. I do this in part to make the holiday special, but to also remind us that we can be made new again through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

This year, I made the Beans dress and bought mine.

Hers turned out so adorable, but the hem line bothered me.

So I added a ruffle to the bottom. Much better, don’t you think?

And mine, from eShatki (made exactly to my measurements!), fit perfectly.

I feel like the pictures don’t do it justice – I look all sorts of saggy and baggy. But what can one do when you take a 3D object and flatten it into a digital format? Maybe it’s just my over critical eye…

I hope you all have had a beautiful Easter!


Easter Dresses 2011 part 1

As I mentioned before, I bought my Easter dress this year. (pictures to come, promise)

That is my excuse for the absolute frivolity I am about to share with you.

I had purchased a sparkly swirl chiffon for a princess dress for Bean, but it ended up being too pink for what I wanted. So, I figured I’d pick up some pink satin and use it for this years Easter dress for her. I wanted a short sleeve dress with a full skirt and Simplicity patterns were $1 at Joanns, so I picked one up that fit the bill.

I decided that the pattern just wasn’t enough.

The dress told me that it should have petticoat tulle underneath for some poof.

And  needed a sash,

with some rosettes.

Whats a pattern, anyhow, but a starting point? Even with my additions, the pattern was well written and easy to follow (I beginning to change my mind about Simplicity….). And I’m pleased with the way it turned out. I may either shorten the satin hem or add a ruffle to the chiffon overlay, since the 1″ difference is bothering me.

Overboard? Maybe.

But she loves it, so I’m happy.

Pattern used: Simplicity 5704 (dress) and 2726 (rosettes & ties)

We Want to Know Wednesday Q & A

In an effort to get myself blogging here more often, I’m joining in with Mamarazzi & co on thier Q & A.


The theme of the Q&A this week is Friendship:

{1} Do you make friends easily?
{2} What 3 qualities are a must in a friend?
{3} What makes you a good friend?
{4} Have you ever met a bloggy friend in real life?
Yes? tell us about your meet up. No? who would you love to meet?
{5} Who is your best friend? Tell us about them.

Here are my answers:

1) No, I don’t make friends easily. Part of it is because I can be unapproachable  – in our family we have what we call “THE glare”. Most of us have this unconscious tendency to glare while thinking, no matter what we are thinking about. And we think a lot. I’ve been told that my glare isn’t so bad, but I am trying to be better at being friendly and approachable. Keeping a smile on my face, saying hi, things like that. There is a woman at my church who I try to emmulate – she is so friendly, I’d be floored if anyone didn’t love her. The other part is that I like friendships to grow and bloom like roses. I like to take it slow, let the relationship grow slowly, to grow deep roots, and then turn into something beautiful.
2) Three qualities that are a must in a friend:
— mental soundness. This may seem weird or even rude, but I attract the loonies like fly paper. Seriously, just ask me about a few of my roommates. Scary stuff. So, yes, you must be mentally sound.
— honesty, even in its most painful form.
— loyalty. There’s nothing worse than spilling your innermost private thoughts to someone and then have them blab about it or laugh about you with other people.
3) I guess I already answered that above, but I think I’m a good friend because I ‘m not afraid to stand up for my friends, and I have a tendency to try to protect them, no matter if they are in the wrong or not. I’m also not afraid to tell it like it is, so my friends don’t have to worry about where they stand with me.  I’d like to think of myself as a sympathetic ear –  I really do care about people’s feelings and love talking.
4) No, I haven’t met a bloggy friend in real life, since 99.9% of my blogging friends are friends I know from life outside the web. That said, I’d like to meet Sheena, because she is the .1% 🙂
5) My best friend? Well, it’s a toss up between the Hubs, my bestie Rachel and my Mom.
– the Hubs and I were friends before we dated. It wasn’t until a few months after that I realized how special our connection was. We could talk about anything. For hours. We laughed at the same jokes. While we didn’t (and still don’t) enjoy all the same things, I love my man for opening my eyes to things that I never payed much attention to in the past. Sports. Video games. Healthcare. He’s the best man in the world – he hardly ever looses his temper, he’s steady as a rock, calm, level headed, carefree (which balances my over controlling side quite nicely), and happy. I love him more than I ever thought I could love another human.
– my bestie Rachel. Our friendship took two years to “mature”. We knew each other from church, but hardly spoke more than a greeting for over a year. Then we both had babies and started having good excuses to hang out (our girls are three months apart). I went over to her house to look at a few baby clothes (at least I think that was why I was over) and stayed for a while. Then we went on a long shopping trip and we’ve been besties ever since. Rachel is so honest, it’s comical. She’s not afraid to say anything to anyone and I love her for it. She’s her own person and never apologizes for being herself. She’ll talk with me for hours about one small incident that made me crazy and I do the same for her. She’s one of those people who has to travel – she’ll just get in the car and go. Doesn’t matter how far or how young her kids are. She’s fearless about driving long distances. And she has a class C driver’s licence. I miss that girl.
– my Mom. I am proud to say that she’s been my closest friend for my whole life. She’s so giving, funny,thoughtful, creative, loving, beautiful, honest and talented that for a while, I was jealous of how good she was at the things I liked. Then I realized that she had had so much extra time to cultivate her talents that it was worthless to compare. She’s always been there for me and I love her dearly.

Scarf Dress

Remember this post? How I was able to make a woman’s elastic waist skirt out of one scarf?

Well, about a year later, I finally got around to using the other scarf I purchased and turned it into a toddler dress.

photo from ebay

Using Simplicity 2709, I cut out view F and used muslin for the lining. It’s a simple pattern, well written, but the dress is a bit time consuming. Nothing too crazy, though, just takes a bit of time to make all the tiers.

When I was finished, the dress needed something else to break up the small print, so I made a few yo-yos to put across the middle. But then the fabric was just a tad too bright an aqua (I used the scraps left over from this shirt).  Feeling a bit thwarted, but thrifty, I decided to dunk the yo-yos in bleach to see what happened to the color.

The end result? Perfection. They didn’t bleach evenly (the fabric had a raw thread to it) and it matched the older feel of the calico perfectly. I love it when my brilliant ideas work out!

Too bad my daughter had a melt down when she saw the flowers – she liked  it better “naked” as she put it. Such a hard life. 🙂

**no we didn’t get a dog – we are dog sitting for some friends**

eShakti – possibly the best place to shop

eShakti – Shop Women’s designer fashion dresses, tops| Size 0-26W &Custom clothes.

Have you heard about eShakti yet? I stumbled upon it a while ago, during a search for formal wear (my sister’s Master’s degree concert is in two weeks and she needs a formal dress to wear) and have been drooling over their clothes since.

All I can say is that this site is awesome.

Wish that dress had sleeves?


Wish that cute cocktail dress covered your kness?


Wish that plunging neckline was a little less, uh, plunging?


Wish that high scoop neck was square?


Love the fit of custom clothes, but can’t afford alterations?

This, my dear, is your site.

Just about every item eShatki sells is alterable.

Everything can be made custom to your measurements.

For me, it’s wonderful. I don’t always have time, energy or patience to make my own dresses.  One day I’ll invest in a dress form, but for now, it’s a pain to pin a dress for alterations while I’m wearing it. I’ve also been “blessed” with Oprah like arms, so a lot of the clothes at the stores with short sleeves that fit in the torso are too tight in the arm. So being able to pick a dress and have someone else make it to my particular measurements is awesome.

I have a little bit of play money right now, so I bought this teal beauty above, with puff sleeves and a few inches added on the hem. Plus, I had it made to my measurements.

I can hardly wait for it to come in the mail.

Perhaps not an Epic Fail

This morning I hunkered down and completed the box.

It ain’t pretty. Nor is it completley functional as I had intended it to be, for it is too wide to sit on the back of the toilette. It does, however, match the bathroom quiet well and holds the cloth diapers quite well, as intended.

So I didn’t epically fail, but still not as successful as I would have liked.

{I used this tutorial as a guide}

Fabric Boxes

Are you thrifty?


Even, perhaps, cheap?


Are you a fan of reduce, reuse, recycle?


Do you love using what you have on hand?


Do you love organization and those sweet boxes that hold everything?


Do you like to sew?


Do you find yourself at the store, thinking to yourself, “Self, we could make that! Why buy it?!!”


Then maybe, you thought, like I did, that $10 for a fabric storage box, like this one, is outrageous.

That you could make one out of extra fabric at home, make it the exact dims that you want and it would be perfect.


Maybe, like me, you’ve decided to make your own.

Perhaps you’ve collected an absurd amount of old cereal boxes for just that purpose.

Maybe you’ve experienced an epic fail and come to the realization that it is, indeed, worth the $10 to buy a storage bin.


If you have, then lets be friends.

If you haven’t, take my adivce and just buy the stupid things from IKEA or some place.

If you’ve tried to make one on your own and succeeded, please don’t mention it.


I’m still upset that this box making stuff has bested me.

Happy Valentine’s Day

It’s not just about romantic love – it’s about the love we have for everyone in our lives. Tell someone you love them, quick, before the day runs out! 🙂


Have you heard of Project Run and Play? It’s a competition a la Project Runway, with various bloggers who sew children’s clothes competing for something. Honestly, I have no idea what the prize is for winning, but I like following the blog and getting inspiration from the weekly challenges.  Week before last’s challenge was vintage or retro inspired clothing, so I decided that I should merge two shirts I had that were just waiting to be refashioned into a dress for the Bean. Taking inspiration from the sweet 50s/60s (of course I didn’t save the picture when I found it on google search and now I can’t find it again) and with a little help from Simplcity, I created this:

{jeggings – only adorable on pint sizes}

from these:

This fucshia shirt is a H&M smock that I bought while nursing – it looked really good then, but after we I moved on from that and I lost a bit of weight, it just looks frumpy dumpy.

This navy shirt is a Gap shirt my Mom bought me in my nursing days, as well. The top part always looked good, but the bottom was too billowy for my frame so I always looked preggo. No beuno.

Both shirts were made out of lovely fabric (hello navy blue eyelet! fuchsia and navy blue floral!) and I think together they look smashing.  To make the toddler jumper, I just cut up the bottom of the navy shirt into bias strips (for the ruffle and the edging of the yoke), used the eyelet for the top of the jumper, and then cut down the middle of the fuchsia, keeping the pockets intact, but reducing the amount of fabric. I wish I had been able to get a clear shot of the pockets – Bean is really into pockets these days and is thrilled that this dress has them for all her rocks.

Thanks, Project Run & Play for giving me the inspiration I needed to finally turn these duds into an adorable jumper!

A little humor, fashion style

I interrupt my day of frantic sewing (I really am working on more projects, I swear, one of which I am super excited to share) for a little bit of fashion humor.


Why, I always wondered what a lunch sized paper bag would look like wrapped around my waist and between my legs like a diaper.

Pair it with a blue polka dot top and you’ve got yourself a blueberry muffin, complete with wrapper.

“my muffin top is all that whole grain low fat…” bless you 30 Rock.