Friday Finds: Four Coats That Think They Are Blankets

 Imagevia Desigual

Imagevia Ralph Lauren

leona wrap coatvia Tabitha for Anthropologie

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via Burberry Prorsum

The weather here is not yet feeling like winter, or fall for that matter. No where close to be exact. But with New York Fashion week coming to an end, I decided to look back over the runway shows for Fall 2014 to get an idea of some trends for this fall. For outwear, I am seeing lots and lots of big fluffy, throw over your shoulder jackets. And I must say, I am loving it. Similar to the capes and ponchos I saw a lot of last fall, now I am seeing a big jackets with big sleeves, big collars, and tons of ways to keep me warm.  I kinda dig it.

Fall Fashion + Indiesew

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My favorite time of year is upon us: fall!  I love decorating my house head to toe in burlap, planning my annual Halloween party, walking out of my front door without sweat dripping down my back, and catching back up with my television shows that took long breaks over the summer. I mean come on, will Emily Thorne finally get her revenge on the Grayson family? The first week of September is always my favorite week too because its Mercedes-Benz Fashion week in NYC, so I get to spend countless hours watching live-stream runway shows from all the big designers. Lots of inspiration right there for me and lots of torture for Will.  Also the first week of September is resturant week here in Charleston which is a great excuse to get dressed up and go out for a meal. But this year, thanks to the amazing team over at Indiesew, I am loving September even more! Last week, Indiesew.com launched a collection of six indie sewing patterns that all mix and match to create a fall wardrobe.  I have teamed up with Indiesew for this week’s blog hop and was given the opportunity to pick three patterns from the collection to create and style for the fall. Of course I couldn’t stop at just one of each and instead I have created 5 different pieces that I am excited to share with you today. All five of these pieces are from patterns within Indiesew’s Fall collection and can be purchased individually or as a bundle. For those of you who don’t know about Indiesew, let me give you the low down. So many great sewing patterns for sale, all made by indie designers, and all located in one spot. My favorite part about Indiesew is how other seamsters can upload their finished creations so you can see how the pattern looks in person. How would it look in a size small? Or with a print fabric? Or with a longer bodice? And so on and so on. This if their first time selling a collection as a bundle. As for the fall collection, let’s see what I did:

Outfit 1 –  Sunday funday brunch with my main squeeze wearing The Natalie Top and Sew Simple Leggings

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The Natalie Top is a long-sleeved top with a pleated front detail and rolled up sleeves with button tab. For my first look I went with my favorite color combination: chambray and black.  The chambray is from Robert Kaufman. The top took me three evenings to complete. The leggings took maybe an hour and a half. They really are “sew simple,” pun intended. For the Natalie Top, I followed the pattern without making any adjustments including leaving the length as is. I know there are a lot of haters out there who say one should never wear leggings as pants without a long tunic or dress to cover your rump. But I have never followed that rule. I like to live dangerously. Now do I think tights should be worn as pants? No. But can leggings? Sure. But only if done correctly. For these Sew Simple Leggings, I used a very nice black jersey knit fabric that was pretty thick. Plus paired with the high boots and the looseness of the Natalie top, I think the leggings work in this situation. What do you all think?

Outfit 1 details

Top: The Natalie Top by Liola Patterns   –      Pants: Sew Simple Leggings by So Sew Easy   –       Boots: Mossimo (similar ones here)     –      Bag: American Eagle (similar one here

Outfit 2 –  Dinner with the girls wearing a Natalie Top and a Commuter Cowl

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For my second outfit I decided I wanted to try the Natalie Top in a shorter sleeve. Here in Charleston it doesn’t get that hot in the fall, so sometimes just a thicker short sleeve shirt will do the trick. I found this cobalt blue fabric that is part poplin and part stretch knit. Not sure the exact material but it has a nice stretch to it, which worked out so well for this top since I went down a size to make it more form fitting.  In addition to this Natalie Top I added a black with gold polka dot scarf using the Commuter Cowl pattern, also part of the Indiesew collection. The fabric is from Camelot fabrics. I have made several infinity scarfs out of stretch knit before, but this was great to find such a well designed scarf pattern that calls for using cotton. I am not a quilter so I always have lots of large sized scraps of cotton fabric. Perfect for the commuter cowl. And I love how this pattern is so much more than an infinity scarf. At first glance, the twists and knots might seem overwhelming but the instructions and photos along the way made this pattern a breeze to finish in just one short evening.

Outfit 2 details

Top: The Natalie Top by Liola Patterns    –   Scarf: The Commuter Cowl by Very Shannon   –   Pants: Joe’s Jeans   –    Pumps: Nine West    –   Clutch: Hobo

Outfit 3 –  A trip to yoga class wearing the Sew Simple Leggings

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At first glance you might think that this last outfit was an afterthought but actually these pants were the first piece that I made for the fall collection. In my yoga classes lately, solid tops and loud bold print pants/shorts seem to be the go-to outfit for all my fellow yogis. And when I saw this fabric, I couldn’t resist. Sometimes I try to start trends…other times I just follow the pack, what can I say? What is so great about the Sew Simple Leggings pattern is you really can dress them up with a tunic or dress, or do as I have done here and where them as active wear to your yoga or pilates class. Or even as lounging around with a hot pumpkin spice latte if that’s your jam. That is the wonders of the fall season. You don’t have to exercise if you don’t want to. You have about 8 months until bathing suit season comes around again. Embrace it.  Eat a few donuts. Put on your new leggings and have an Orange is the New Black marathon. Do your thing. For these leggings, I used a ponte de roma knit. So even though they are not as stretchy as the black jersey knit that I used in my first outfit, they still have a good stretch to them as I move. And with the elastic waist band, it fits nice and snug on my waist as I moved and stretched. Again this project took me maybe an hour from start to finish. People are always asking me what would be a good first time project for new sewers. Well I think I found it. For all you newbies,  Deby from So Sew Easy has also made a video tutorial with step by step instructions on how and where to measure yourself to get the perfect leggings. Pick up the pattern from Indiesew.com and then head over to the video tutorial if you need an extra hand. You won’t fail. I promise.

Outfit Number 3 details

Pants: Sew Simple Leggings   –    Shoes: Nike (similar ones on sale here)    –   Bag: Jo’s Totes   –   Work out top: Target

If you haven’t stopped reading my blog by this point and rushed over to Indiesew.com then I highly recommend doing so now!  You can buy any of the three pattens seen above individually or you can buy the entire Fall Collection Bundle and save 10%!

Thanks for stopping by! xxxoo Priscilla

Disclaimer:

All fabric was purchased by me from a local fabric store, Five Eighth Seams in Charleston South Carolina. 

All three patterns were provided to me by Indie Sew as part of the Indiesew Fall Collection blog hop. But as always, all opinions expressed in this post are my own. 

Pink Dresses and Crab Traps

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Will and I love our evening trips down to the yacht club. And whats not to love. The beautiful sunset. The regular dolphin sightings. The $2 draft beer. The all you can eat popcorn machine. That’s what I call winning. And sometimes if the tide is just right, we can throw out a fishing pole or crab net and see what comes back. Well lately my nephew Gio has been coming along with us. If you have been following along my blog this summer, than you know we have been fortunate enough to have my sister and her kids in Charleston while they are working on closing on their new home in New Jersey. Gio has his own little “fishing net” and although the popcorn doesn’t entice him nearly as much as it does me, the crabs are always a big hit with him.

On this particular evening, I was wearing my pink Jorna dress. The fabric in the Ripples in rose from Bari J. for Art Gallery fabrics. I just love how soft their knits are! I have made this dress before (click here for a reminder). I love love love my first version and have worn it so many times that Will has even made that sarcastic “oh cool, that dress again” comment when I go to wear it. Ha. Whoops. So I was eager to make another. My first version was just a little short, so I decided to make it a little longer by adding two inches to the length line but did not change up anything else. Well…hmm.. maybe not such a good idea. The way the sides feel down on my hips I looked like I was carrying two saddle bags on my outer thighs. And not in the sexy Jennifer Lopez way. In the thunder thighs, we hope Jane Fonda workout tapes come back in style way. So I decided to redo the side seams in the skirt part which took out some of the extra fabric from the sides of the skirt. This seemed to fix the saddle bag situation. And whalla! you have it. A pink dress fit for catching crabs!

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Take Nothing to the Grave

I have had a lot of people be impressed shocked when they read my blog posts. “You really do put it all out there” was my sister’s comment. And she is right. I decided about a year ago that there was no point in keeping this infertility thing “a secret” that just Will and I had to keep locked away. I’ve always thought the more people who know about what we are going through, then the more prayers, more love, and more positive energy that can be sent our way. And more love is always better than less love. I have met a lot of great people online through other blogs, both “sewing” friends and also bloggers who are dealing with the same infertility woes that I am. And on top of that, its funny to find out that friends or people you have known for years went through the same things we have, but did so privately.

But lately all I’ve done on this blog is ramble about fabric selection, new sewing patterns, and the Charleston weather. I’ve been avoiding talking or writing about one big thing that happened to us this summer. To preface, let me just state that July 2014 effing sucked. My best friend’s father died and the weekend of his funeral, a weekend where I should of been there crying and reminiscing with one of my oldest friends, I was at home instead. I woke up that Saturday morning cramping and bleeding. I was 9 weeks, 2 days pregant. And I was having a miscarriage. He or she was the size of an olive. We had seen a heartbeat only one week prior. And after two years of trying, four IUIs, and thousands of dollars in fertility treatment, this little ray of light which had given us so much hope was gone in a day. It hit Will and me like a bolt of lightning. I had done everything right: limited my exercising, took my vitamins and progesterone pills daily, and gave up alcohol and all the foods on the “do not eat” list. But it still happened. There was nothing we did wrong. Nothing we could of done differently. But I still look back and question my every move. The Thursday evening before the miscarriage I colored my hair. The pregnancy had me bloated, my skin was breaking out like a teenager at a school dance, and my gray roots were popping out everywhere. So I thought a little makeover would look good. I had wavered about if I should do it or not. All the articles I’d read online said it was safe. I bought the organic ammonia free stuff and opened all the windows. At my follow up appointment, my doctor reassured me that me coloring my hair did not cause the miscarriage. “Some times during the fetus’s development, things go wrong,” the doctor told us. “The pregnancy wasn’t meant to go on.” This baby just wasn’t meant to go on. But I wondered, what if it had gone on? Would it of been a boy? Would he have grown up to cure cancer or be the first man to walk on Mars? Probably not. Would I color my hair the next time, if we’re lucky enough to get pregnant again? Probably not. But did I do anything wrong? I don’t think so.

So that’s my story for the month of July. Maybe by writing it down, by putting it in my blog, some one else out there is able to get something from my story. And if not at least I could get my last “secret” out into the world. A clean slate as we leave for our next big adventure this weekend.

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Juba Shorts

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I have been anxiously searching for a pattern for shorts. I love dresses and skirts but there are those times when you’re going out on the boat or playing in the sand with kids, and a dress just isn’t going to cut it. So when Indiesew.com contacted me to make a version of Imagine Gnats new shorts pattern, the Juba short, I knew just who to make a pair for…. the queen of playing on the floor with kids, the mother of my nephews, and the tiniest woman you’ve ever seen holding a  25 lb 6 month old baby, my sister Amanda. (And by the way, look for more blog posts soon on Indiesew and the great things that are going on over there.  Until then, check out Indiesew.com for more great women’s patterns)

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My sister’s Juba shorts on Indie Sews website.

20140826-091320-33200956.jpgThis was my first pair of shorts I have ever sewn. And my first time using my button hole foot to make something that wasn’t going to be used for a buttons (it’s used to make the opening for the draw string).  The fabric is left over pique fabric from Five Eighth Seams that I used for my Ladies Caroline Dress and the draw string is actually a ribbon that I picked up on a trip to Walmart (shhh… don’t tell Will I shop there from time to time. He hates corporate America).  The instructions were easy to follow and I was able to complete the entire project in two evenings.

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20140826-091325-33205064.jpgMy sister: Motherhood looks great on her resume but not sure about modeling. what facial expression is this?… I am hungry? The sun is in my eyes?

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The best part of having family in town is making something for someone else. Which is something I need to start doing more. What have you all been sewing this summer?

xxoo Priscilla

 

DIY Romper for the Summer

romperSo this post will be short and sweet. To be honest, this is not my favorite creation and I am pretty sure that 5’10” girls should not wear rompers. I look like an adult who squeezed into something from the Gymboree store. That plus my going to the bathroom situation took so long having to untie the top and pull the whole thing down that I’m pretty sure I might have a UTI now from holding it in. But that might be more than you wanted to know. Not all of my DIY creations are my favorite. Some are learning experiences and just end up becoming beach coverups.  But that’s ok. But none the less I thought I should at least share with you my thoughts on the Simplicity 1355 Romper pattern. I used a light weight cotton fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics from the Arizona collection. I love this fabric line and have used it here, here, and here. The pattern was easy to follow and I love that the top has an adjustable spaghetti strap thus fitting the bodice was a breeze.

IMG_0170 IMG_0173The pattern also has an elastic casing on the waistband, similar to the one in the Saltspring dress (if any of you are familiar with that pattern). I thought adding a nice skinny belt would also help cinch in the waist since the shorts are looser fitting. 
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The length of the shorts in the pattern wasn’t my favorite. It was a weird in between short and bermuda length so I ended up taking off 3 whole inches and hemming it another 1/2 inch. I have also been wearing this romper all day in the hot sun helping my nephew search for hermit crabs on the beach, so please pardon the wrinkles. IMG_0177 IMG_0178 IMG_0179 IMG_0180 Even though it is not the most flattering for my body type, I had many complements from it that day. I’ll keep this one in the back of my closet for a rainy day. Hope you all are enjoying the end of summer. See you soon. xxoo Priscilla

Another Saltspring Maxi Dress

saltspring dress IMG_0075 IMG_0086One can never have too many maxi dresses. At least that’s my motto for this summer. I have a few new maxi dress patterns that I want to try out, but rather than trying something new, I decided to go with the old faithful Saltspring dress by Sewaholic. This is the third time I have done this dress (you can check out my other versions here and here). And I loved how each version turned out.

IMG_0087 IMG_0096 IMG_0097This time I decided to change it up and add a double strap. For the fabric, I used a beautiful voile from Art Gallery Fabrics: The Triangle Tokens print from the Arizona collection by April Rhodes. I just love, love this print. And so does everyone else because it sold out in my local fabric store just days after it’s arrival! But luckily for me, my good friend saved me a few yards.  She knew that the way to my heart is a pint of ice cream and a few yards of fabric. Love you Brooke!  

IMG_0108 IMG_0114As much as I love this print, the only downside is that the voile is a bit see through. Although the bodice is already lined, the skirt is not. And my options were to add a lining to the skirt, get a slip, or just wear nude color underwear. Since its still 100 degrees in Charleston, I decided to go with my trusty nude colored Spanx to wear underneath. You can still see through a bit but nothing risqué is showing! I will probably go back and add a lining though so the pockets won’t show through but for now, here it is:

IMG_0119Sporting my new camera bag from Jo’s Totes! Early birthday present from Will =Success!

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IMG_0124Celebrating Brittni’s birthday in my new dress with some super fly ladies.

That’s all of it for now. Until next time! xxxooo Priscilla