Another Foxglove Tank!

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Yesterday was hot and humid. And although I would prefer to just run around town naked, society and my self esteem both prefer me to put something on. Luckily, I had just finished whipping up my second Foxglove tank by Selvage Designs. This time I went with a cotton, simply because I had some in my stash at home. Plus I just love this Crystal Arrowheads from April Rhodes’s Arizona fabric collection and have been wanting to make something with it. I love the pink and mint colors!  My only wish is that this entire collection had been done in voiles and knits. (ok fine, that is not my ONLY wish. I also secretly wish I could quit my job and be a professional dancer, I wish I could get pregnant and have a baby, I wish that we lived in a world that thought it was ok for men to hold hands but not to hold guns, I wish that world poverty would end. And yes I wish this collection was done in only knits and voiles. Ok now we all know how I feel.)  Anyways, well because this fabric was 100% cotton, this particular tank does not have as nice of a drape as my last Foxglove, but it still turned out great and because of the fit, I still didn’t have to use a zipper. One of my favorite parts about this pattern! As we were running around town doing errands yesterday, Will pointed out how the Habitat for Humanity building in downtown Charleston is painted all kinds of crazy colors. So of course we had to pull over for a photo shoot. Perfect backdrop to show off the colors in my tank. IMG_4489 IMG_4471 IMG_4478 IMG_4480 IMG_4481 IMG_4487

Shirt: Made by me     /    Pattern: Foxglove Tank by Selvage Designs    /     Fabric: Art Gallery Fabrics- Crystal Arrowheads – Arizona Collection by April Rhodes     /    Shorts: American Eagle (similar ones here) / Sandals: Old Navy   / Headband: World Market (similar one here)

Hope everyone else is staying cool out there. Or disregarding society and just running around naked. Either one works for me. xxoo Priscilla

Four Friday Finds

It’s Friday. Which means my brain entered weekend mode around 10am. Yet here I am at work just a’waiting for the moment I can peace out of here. So what a better way to spend my lunch break than to do some online retail therapy. I have been perusing Nordstroms Anniversary sale for a few days now. So many great brands for discounted prices. The sale ends August 4 so don’t miss your chance to get some good finds. Below are four of my favorites that may or may not be in my closet by next week:

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And good new. Just found out that we are getting a Nordstrom’s Rack in Mt. Pleasant which is just a hop, jump, and drive over the bridge from my house. Have a great weekend! xxoo Priscilla

Sisters and Rompers

Hello all! I have been so busy this summer, I have been neglecting my blog. First my sister Olivia came to town so there was a lot of laughing and dancing going on. Also, my sister Amanda has been in town from New Jersey for the month so instead of being indoors, I have spent a lot of time at the pool, at the beach, or at the park with my nephews. Normally when I get home from work I do a little yoga, maybe watch a little Ellen, wait for Will to come home and feed me dinner, and then after dinner I wrap myself up in sewing until it’s time for bed. I know what you are thinking: that Priscilla sure lives a wild life. I know. But anyways, now that the kiddos are in town, by the time I get back from hanging out with them, its time for PJs and pillows. But I am by all means not complaining.  I mean come on, just look at them: july collage But luckily for me, my sister Amanda also had an idea for a sewing project. So once the kids are asleep for the night and Will is well feed and happily watching Anthony Bourdain, Amanda and I get busy working on our summer 2014 sister sewing projects: Rompers! Amanda really really REALLY wanted a pant suit (which, without being condesending, had to tell her that it referred to as a jumpsuit not a pantsuit) and I have had the idea for a romper for awhile now. I love wearing sundresses in the summer but sometimes I want to be able to be more lazy and lounge around.  Rompers are easy to wear and they leave a lot of room for dressing up for a night out or wearing with flops to the beach. A wide leg jumpsuit, like Amanda has her eye on, can have a really cool bohemian look that can work for the beach or for date night. Here are some of my inspirations for rompers from Pinterest:

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1 Joie romper / 2 Forever 21 romper /3 Parker printed romper

I searched around for some different DIY tutorials, indie sewing patterns, and box patterns that we could use and came up with on a few finds:

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1 Salme Digit Sewing Pattern- Playsuit / 2 Fabric Worm Bandeau Romper / 3 Simplicity 1355 Misses Long or Short Jumpsuit

In the end we went with the Simplicity pattern, purely because it had so many different options. I am working on version D so I can have a little romper for the summer and for heading to the beach. Amanda, who really wanted a long version, is mixing the top from version C/D and the pants from version A.   Hopefully by the end of next week or so we will be able to show you our finished garments. Check back soon for our progress. My only wonder is, do we make one for Olivia too……

xxoo Priscilla

the Foxglove Tank

foxgloveI am so happy to share with you my latest sewing project: The Foxglove Tank by Selvage Designs. I love this pattern and I LOVE this fabric. I first heard about this pattern from Indie Sew which is a website that supports independent pattern designers and also allows you to upload photos of your project so that others can take a peek at how you styled your new piece. So check it out. I actually was able to buy the pattern straight from their website. This pattern was so easy to follow and I have never seen instructions so nicely written. I am usually a sucker for needing actual photos and not drawings of my steps but the way the instructions were written it was very easy to follow along.

IMG_9958I cut a size Medium and did not length the front or back but looking back, I should of lengthened the front. The pattern was sized for a 5’6” gal and I am 5’10” on a good day. I should of known better. Its not bad, but if I decide to throw my hands in the air like I just don’t care, there will definitely be some mid section on display. I think for my next one, I will lengthen the front a bit. But otherwise the fit was good.  IMG_9970Can we please talk about this fabric? My local fabric store Five Eighth Seams calls me whenever they get a new rayon or voile in the shop because it’s most favorite substrates to sew with. I just love the way they feel, I love the way they drape. Awwww, I just love them. And this voile has made its way to the top of my list as one of my favorites. This fabric is called Floral Asphalt which is from the Jungle Avenue collection that Sarah Lawson designed for Art Gallery Fabrics Limited Edition Collection. That was a lot of name dropping right there but you know I have to give credit where credit is due. I think the design on this fabric is so cute but without being too cute. And Art Gallery fabrics are such good quality fabrics. This print too is so full of color, you can match with a variety of different color bottoms.
IMG_9974 IMG_9976Check out the racer back! Love it! Really shows off my….uh…freckles. (See children, this is what years of not using sunscreen will do to you!)IMG_9977 I used a teal colored fabric to make my own bias taping and I love how it turned out! Every so often you can catch a sneak peek of it when I move my arms! IMG_9978IMG_9971I have already cut out my fabric for a knit Foxglove and a cotton light weight cotton! This will definitely be a fun summer staple in my closet!  Until next time!! xxxoo Priscilla

How to make a Fourth of July Inspired Circle Skirt

circle skirtHappy July 7th to everyone! This is the day when you look around your house and reflect on what just went down over the past weekend. You haul the bag full of empty beer cans out to recycle, do three loads of laundry most which contain wet nasty towels covered in watermelon juice, and then finally after rubbing aloe vera on your shoulders for the third time, decide that maybe today would be a good day to invest in some sunscreen that has a higher than 15 SPF. Our Fourth of July holiday weekend was actually much more tame this year than it has been in past. We of course made the obligatory trip down to Folly Beach, hosted a party at our house to celebrate America but also our dog Legolas’s 11th birthday, and visited with friend and family who flew in town for the long weekend. Will and I both got tons of sun and very little sleep but it was worth every minute of it! Here are a few photos from the weekend:Fourth of July Collage To celebrate the fourth of July holiday in style, I decide to make a new skirt that I could wear both out to the beach that day, then to a cookout at my parents, and again later to watch the fireworks that night. About a month back I headed to Five Eighth Seams and of course they never fail to have just want I need. I found this great blue with white polka dots light weight cotton.  I can’t remember the fabric designer but I can tell you that they had this fabric design in almost every color under the sun. For this project you will need between 2 to 2 1/2 yards of fabric depending on how long you want your skirt to be.  I was able to get away with only 2 yards because I like my skirts short :) IMG_9938IMG_9915There are tons of tutorials out there on how to do a basic circle skirt with a zipper. If you go onto Pinterest or even do a Google search you will find tons of tutorials.

Some of my favorites tutorials for this included Merricks Art and By Hand London.

Here are the directions I used, should you decide to make your own:
1. First you will need to revisit your math skills and find the radius of the skirt opening by taking a measurement of your waist (wherever you want the skirt to sit on your waist). Take that number and divide by pi (3.14) then divide again by 2. That number will be your radius. For example. My waist measures to be 33in /3.14/2 = 5.25. Therefore 5.25 is my radius.
2. Fold your fabric in half.
3. Cut out a half circle using your radius measurement as a guide along the folded edge. To do this make a point in the center of the folded edge and measure the radius distance in every direction from this point to form a perfect half circle.
4. Cut out two waistband pieces on the bias. You can make this whatever size you want, depending if you want a wide waist band, or a skinny waist band like I did. This will be folded in half and don’t forget to consider a 5/8th seam allowance when choosing your size.
5. Sew right sides together the ends of the waist band pieces to form a circle.
6. Fold your waist band piece in half long ways and press. the bottom should now have 4 raw edges and the top should be a smooth folded over pressed piece.
7.  With right sides  and raw edges together, attach your waistband to your skirt.
8. Cut the back of the skirt open and insert an invisible zipper.
9. Hem the skirt bottom to your desired length.

IMG_9904 IMG_9907 IMG_9911Of course don’t forget your goofy Fourth of July accessories. Looking back probably not my hippest moment, but very patriotic nonetheless.

IMG_9913   And the final step of course is to put in on and give it a good twirl. IMG_9923 IMG_9925 IMG_9926

Oh yeah. That will do.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and had a fabulous holiday! xxoo Priscilla

 

Best Friends Pillowcase Dress

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I love a good birthday party! And this weekend was no exception. Saturday Will and I had the pleasure of hanging out with two of my favorite little rug rats, Nick and Vivienne, at Vivienne’s first birthday party. Vivienne is the spunky little 12 month old daughter of our friends Jon and Nicole. She loves the beach and anything with water (including playing in the rain); she has recently begun walking which made it nearly impossible to get a photo of her without her moving; and she has the most adorable head of blonde curls!

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A Quick Arizona Maxi Skirt

maxiWhen I say quick, I can’t stress to you how quick this skirt was to make. From cutting your fabric to putting it on, the entire process took less than an hour. And that is saying something for me, because I am not a fast sewer. This skirt was made using the Kwik Sew Pattern 3513 that I purchased from Five Eighth Seams in Charleston.  What’s great about this pattern is that its a Kwik Serge pattern, meaning that you can make the entire dress (with the exception of the bottom hem) using only a serger. No pinning. No sewing then going back and finishing off the seams with a zig zag stitch or a serger. Just go straight to the serger! I had to add a few extra inches to the lengthening line (about 4) since I am so tall and I wanted it to be a full maxi all the way down to the ground. But otherwise I followed the pattern directions. I used the new Arizona knit fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics in “Desert Blanket” to make this skirt and used the left over Arizona “Tomahawk” knit that I used for my Jorna dress to make the waist band. That’s really it for this skirt! I love this pattern, I think its super easy for a beginner  and great for anyone who wants a flowy knit maxi skirt. And the Arizona fabric line designed by April Rhodes is just amazing. I have a few more projects in the work from this collection of fabric so stay tuned!

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xxoo Priscilla

The Jorna Dress

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I am so excited about this dress for so many reasons! After a long wait and many eager phone calls later, my local fabric store Five Eighth Seams called me to let me know that the new Art Gallery knits from April Rhodes Arizona collection had arrived. I was so excited when I saw that two of her print were being made into knit. First of all, if you follow my blog then you might have noticed I sew with knits a lot. I just love knit. Yes they sometimes can slip out of place when you run them through the machine and yes you have to do a lot more pinning and you have to use a zigzag stitch with a different tension setting and blah blah. BUT it’s totally worth it.  I just love the way knits feel, the way it drapes, and bonus points: I don’t have to add any zippers or button closures! Whooo who! (Zippers are my arch nemesis by the way. They are the King Joffrey of sewing).  So I couldnt wait to cut into this beautiful knit Tomahawk Stripe print!IMG_9840The pattern is called Jorna by Jenna Brand and it is such an easy and fun pattern to do, I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a fun summer dress. After I cut out my fabric, I saw that the instructions say that if you are taller than 5’9 (which I am) you should add an extra inch to the length. Opps I didn’t. That’s what I get for not reading the instructions first. So my dress is just a wee bit short but hey it’s summer time! Also to let you know, the Jorna dress is part of  this month’s Perfect Pattern Parcel.  The mission of Perfect Pattern Parcel is to support local indie designers and to give back to children’s education. It lasts for only two weeks and you can name your price for a collection of digital sewing patterns. Then you can choose how much of your contribution goes towards the designers, towards charity, or towards Perfect Pattern Parcel. Pretty sweet deal. Click here for more information.  The Jorna dress was just one out of the 6 patterns I got when I make my donation. Stay tuned to see if I ever tackle that swimsuit!!IMG_9836IMG_9845
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xxoo Priscilla

Adelaide Top

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Hello from a very windy Charleston South Carolina! Poor Will had to take a million photos of me because I couldn’t keep the hair out of my face. But I am excited to share with you my latest project: the Adelaide Top by See Kate Sew!
IMG_9684Kate recently released an entire line of patterns entitled the “Garden Party” and the Adelaide top is one of six from the group. This top can be made with any light weight fabric but Kate designed it to be made in chambray. And since I had my eye on the Cotton Chambray Dots from Robert Kaufman, I couldn’t think of a better project to use it on. I purchased this fabric from Five Eighth Seams, a local fabric store in Charleston that also currently has an adorable chambray with black anchors. So check it out if you live near by and need your chambray fix!

IMG_9689This pattern was my first project with chambray, my first pattern out of the Garden Party Collection, AND also my first time making a ruffle. I am not usually such a girly girl so I was hesitant at first to use the ruffle, but I do think it adds a little something extra and once it was put all together it wasn’t too over the top. The pattern also calls for two decorate buttons on the front yoke but I opted out of those to keep it a little more simple. Lastly, this pattern has a really cool key hole back with a shank button and elastic closure.  I think this pattern might be more of an intermediate pattern, not because of the complexities but because there are some newer techniques  that were not explained completely so I had to do a web search and look them up (such as ease stiching and also where and how exactly to line up the yoke piece to the front bodice). But otherwise, I was able to finish this in only 2 evenings.

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 The Details:

Top: Adelaide from See Kate Sew // Fabric: Robert Kaufman Cotton Chambray Dots // Pants: Joe’s Jeans

Thats all for today! On your way out, enjoy the final picture Will took at the yacht club on our way home. I looks like we just beat the storm!

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