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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Inspiring Others

20140607-190705.jpgSomeone recently asked me “does your mother-in-law read your blog?” and I laughed because honestly I don’t know if she does (if you do, hi Grier!). But I would be fine if she did. I guess I never really stopped and thought about how others might perceive my blog. I have never been a very secretive or modest person, so when I started this blog a couple of years ago, I never thought twice about sharing my story online.  And as much as I would love to say my life is all sunshine and sewing beautiful dresses that I get to wear on all my fabulous adventures with my amazing husband, I can’t say that. That would just be a lie. Because some days don’t feel like rainbows and butterflies. Some days Will and I argue. Some days there are no adventures but instead sitting around in sweatpants and tears. I do try to blog about the good times, the happy times, the times that I stayed positive, and the times where I learned a valuable lesson that I can share with my readers. That is why I don’t vent on my blog every time I am upset. Or why some times I might go weeks without blogging. That is also why I didn’t blog about the day my friend Kevin died of cancer. Because that was not a good day. In fact it was a shitty day. Nothing positive happened. No lessons were learned. It just happened and it sucked.  Some days are just plain shitty. But some days are better than others. Some days I feel funny or goofy or sexy and those days are bound to get a shock and awe blog post. But today felt like a shitty day. If you have read some of my other posts on infertility, than you know that we have been trying to get pregnant. We were pretty sure that this was the month. I mean come on. I drank my fertility smoothies every single day. My blood work looked fabulous. My follicles were nice and large and right where they needed to be to drop at least one big egg. Will’s sperm count was off the charts. I took my progesterone every night without hesitation. And not to mention, this just HAD to be the month. Purely because we’ve spent over $1000 in fertility treatment for just this month (well actually the total was $1286…for the month of May through now…and this is after insurance “payed” their part….but that’s an entirely different conversation for another day).  All that money and all this effort, this had to be it.  But it wasn’t. Big…fat…Negative.  And what stinks the most is that feeling of hopelessness. That there is nothing I can do about it. Do I really have no control over my life? But then I sit back and think about that and I realize that is crazy talk. We all take life so seriously. Maybe its time I just listen to what life is telling me and wait. Just wait to see what life or the universe or God or Buddha or whatever has in store for me. And yes at this point we are praying to not just God but anyone else who will listen. But maybe that’s it. Thats the plan for this month. Step 1- stop being so serious. Step 2- just enjoy life and see what happens. Will we continue fertility treatments? Sure! If we can afford it. hehe. I’m not going to stop taking control of my life. But at the same time, maybe its good to be ok when things don’t work out the way I planned. And maybe this blog post will inspire some of you to take a step back, breathe, and realize that the universe might have something different planned for you that you would of never expected.

Three Ways to Wear a Tee Shirt Dress

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During a recent girls weekend, my friends and I went on a shopping spree to the outlet malls and I discovered the Banana Republic outlet. Sure it’s probably been there all along but I don’t think I ever would have gone into it had I been shopping alone.  I assumed it was all khaki shorts and overpriced tank tops.  But I was wrong. First of all, the dress selection was really cute with different styles and cute nautical patterns that I was not expecting. And secondly, because it was a factory store, there were 50% off deals all over the place.  I scored two of Banana Republic Tee Shirt dresses for under $30 a piece. What?! Crazy. I know. What I love about t-shirt dresses is that like most shift dresses, there really are so many ways to wear them:

IMG_96691. Paired with boots, aviator shades, and a top knot bun on the way to brunch with friends,

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2. Paired with a baseball cap and flip flops on a very windy day at the beach or harbor,

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3. Paired with a pair of wedge heels and a pendant necklace on our way to see a comedy show.

So as you can see, I have worn tee shirt dresses nonstop this spring.  And it didn’t take long until I decided to make one of my own. If you guessed that version “3″ was the DIY version then yes you would be correct. Versions 1 and 2 can be purchased at the Banana Republic outlet here and here. I used a soft pink jersey knit that I got from Five Eighth Seams, a local fabric shop in Charleston. This knit was much more light weight than the ponte knits used in the other two but the quality of the fabric was so great that it was easy to sew using a zig zag stitch.

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Since I did not use a pattern to complete this project, I thought I would share the steps I took to make this happen:

1 -Using the Banana Republic dress as my template, I layed it out on a piece of parchment paper and cut out a pattern piece for the front and back. This gave me two pattern pieces that I can reuse again and again.
2- Lay the pattern pieces on the fabric but before cutting out make sure you add 5/8 inches around the entire piece to use as your seam allowance. Cut out your fabric pieces.
3- Pinning the front and back pieces right sides together, sew at the shoulders with a zig zag stitch.
4- I used an already owned pattern piece (the cap sleeves from the Penelope Peplum top I made here) and cut out two sleeve pieces.
5- Right sides together attached the sleeves making sure to match the ends. Sew with a zip zag stitch (ok so by now you get it, use a zig zag stitch)
6- Sew along both sides from the bottom of the sleeve to the bottom of the dress.
7- Flip the neckline in with WRONG sides together a 1/4 of an inch and top stitch in place. I used a lot of spray starch to help hold this slippery knit in place of this part.
8-  And your done! I did not hem the sleeves or the skirt. Jersey knit fabric does not fray and they tend to curl up giving it a fun finished look anyways.
So thats a wrap on the tee shirt dress! Whether it be a DIY or purchased piece, give it a try!
I will leave you with a photo from the day the girls went shopping. What would a shopping trip be without a fitting room selfie? :)
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xxoo Priscilla

How to Turn an Old Bed Sheet into a Music Festival Inspired Maxi Dress

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Happy Memorial Day everyone! Will and I spent the better part of the weekend in Wadmalaw Island, SC at the First Flush Festival. (We spent the later part of the weekend maxing out my credit card at the fertility clinic. But thats a whole ‘nother story for ‘nother day.)  The First Flush FesTEAval is held annually out at the Charleston Tea Plantation, the only operating tea plantation in the entire United States. It’s a big music and arts festival that celebrates the first harvest of this year’s tea crops. Every year they have tons of bands that play throughout the day and the Avett Brothers were headlining this year. The festival has been an annual event for my group of friends and it was fun celebrating the weekend with good music, good beer, great friends, and a whole lot of sweet tea.

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