our top five DIY couples Halloween costumes

Halloween is the only time of the year where I can buy the cheapest, ugliest fabric from the fabric store, sloppily sew it together, add an obnoxious amount of embellishments, and people suddenly think I have created a masterpiece. Continue reading

a DIY onesie + an important message

As much as it hurts me to bring it up, how many of you remember the infamous “locker room talk” between Billy Bush and Donald Trump? Despite which political party you affiliate with, I think this is something we need to talk about. Continue reading

A D.I.Y Sundress for “Fall”

While my entire Instagram feed seems to embracing fall and talking about “sweater weather,” we here in Charleston are enjoying one last beach day, sweating through 90 degree temperatures in September, and living it up in tanks and sundresses. So I decided it was only appropriate to make one last “summer dress” to have in my handmade collection. Continue reading

Tailgating a Clemson Football Game

When I think about my many past college football tailgates, I have such fond memories of dancing on the tailgate of a truck with my girlfriends singing Nelly at the top of our lungs, eating one too many orange jello shots, and preparing for endless games of flip cup. But that was many moons ago. Before the days of iPhones, hashtags, husbands, and babies. Those were the good ole days. These days I swap out Solo cups for sippy cups and jello shots with goldfish crackers. Continue reading

A little black dress and a pink door 

A few weeks ago, I went out to dinner with just my girlfriends. And while I was getting ready, simultaneously tearing apart my closet to find something decent that didn’t involve wearing a nursing bra or purse large enough to carry around Will’s junk, I realized I have a closet full of crap and nothing to wear. Continue reading

the Browns take on coastal Maine

I always thought it would be the coolest thing to just wake up in the morning, pick a random place on the map, and then just go. I would have a passport full of stamps and live out of a suitcase wearing the same pair of cut up jean shorts and long unwashed curly hair. Half my family would think I was crazy and the other half would say, wow that girl really knows how to live. But then reality hits me and I decide that there are these things called obligations. You know… jobs, family, two dogs and a cat. Oh yeah and money. Or should I say, lack there of. Because last I checked, Spanish moss is about all that grows on trees around here. But luckily for me, I have husband who likes to indulge me and recently told me to pick a section of the map (mind you this was a US map only, but still something) and he would take me and Liam there. So we picked Maine. And it was wonderful. Lobster rolls for days, wildflowers for as far as you can see, hiking for miles up cliffs, and boat tours to see puffins and seals. Liam broke out in a rash and had multiple poop explosions in the rental car and on the plane. But despite that, he was still the happiest little traveler and made every adventure so much more magical.  Enjoy our video!

| Song: Grizzly Bear by Angus & Julia Stone |

| Locations: Portland ME, Bar Harbor ME, Acadia National Park, Rockland ME, Young’s Lobster Pound in Belfast MD, Camden ME, Pemaquid Point ME, Boothbay Harbor ME  |

You can also check out a review I wrote on the six different lobster rolls we had while in Maine: http://www.fodors.com/community/united-states/maine-lobster-rolls.cfm

I read somewhere recently that traveling with loved ones is “home in motion.” This feels so true. I can’t wait to see where I will go next but I know as long as I have these two boys with me, it will be an adventure.

xoxo Priscilla

 

a DIY jumpsuit + an old oak tree

My “momi-form” these days has been the same two pairs of denim cut off shorts and a flowy tee shirt or tank top. Reason being is because it’s hot, I’ve got a 30 pound toddler on my hip at all times, and frankly because I just don’t care to be wearing anything else. Unless it’s this jumpsuit. If you follow my instastories on Instagram than you know that I was participating in this year’s “Me Made May” and thus I vowed to wear handmade clothes every day for the month of May. The fabric stores and pattern designers love this month because that means more money we sewers will spend. But for me, it was an opportunity to really clean out my closet and decide what I needed more of and what I needed less of (buh-bye all you too tight, denim mini skirts circa 2004). I was able to donate 6 very large garbage bags full of clothes and shoes. And I also decided that it’s so refreshing to have a few solid go-to pieces that I can just wear on repeat each week. Plus a few handmade fun pieces. Like this jumpsuit. IMG_6077And now before you get all like “Whoa girl.. you made a jumpsuit..that is crazy creative!” you should know that Kelly from True Bias has an awesome tutorial on her blog of how she merged two of her sewing patterns: The Hudson Pants and the Southport Dress, to make this jumpsuit. I literally did exactly what she said to do and even bought the same type of fabric. So if you want a tutorial, you won’t find it here at Fashion and Fishing. So head on over to her blog (click here). But before you head there, if you want to see photos of a really cool old oak tree that also happens to have me wearing a jumpsuit, then you have come to the right place. Now roll the photos.IMG_6084IMG_6143 IMG_6154IMG_6145IMG_6156IMG_6110The Fabric: black rayon that I bought locally from Five Eighth Seams. If you are not sewing in rayon than you don’t know what you are missing!

The Pattern: The Hudson Pants and The Southport Dress by True Bias

Tutorial Used: The Southport/Hudson Jumpsuit

My Alterations:  I added waaaaay more length (4 more inches) to the already 2 inches extra that Kelly addes to her lengthened bodice piece.  I also added large ankle cuffs and after a day of deliberating, decided to enclose elastic to the ankles cuffs.

Final Thoughts: My problem with rompers, jumpsuits, and one piece swimsuits is that my torso is so long that in order to get the straps to go over my shoulders the pant portions rides up so much and gets stuck up in, well…. you know. So by making my own, I was able to add as much extra length to the bodice piece to keep everything in place and also have a nice fold over the elastic band. I would never be able to achieve this in a store bought jumpsuit. Also I was afraid the cuffed ankles on rayon pants would make me look too “Stop. Hammer time.” but it doesn’t. Or maybe you think it does, in which case, I’m cool with that too. 🙂

Until next time, happy sewing! xxooo Priscilla

Buy or DIY: a polka dot maxi wrap dress 

I went to a wedding recently and all the girls my age were wearing maxi dresses. Seriously, every last one of them. Which is something I could definitely get on board with. I mean, think about it. You can still get all dressed up but don’t have to shave your legs. And then you are have all this extra material to twirl and hold in your hands while you’re on the dance floor (because I seriously never know what to do with my hands). So I knew since I had an event coming up, I should search around for the perfect new maxi dress.  I searched online and found this: I was in love! But then I saw the price was $220 and I was like, nope. The timing’s just not right for us… maybe if we’d met at a different point in our lives… it’s not you it’s me… blah, blah. So I tabled the idea of buying a new dress and decided to make my own dress, inspired by this one I’d fallen in love with online. And I knew just what sewing pattern would do the trick…If you follow my blog you’ll remember it was only recently that I tested the Highlands Wrap dress by Allie Olson. So I already had the pattern fresh in my mind and knew I could finish it in time. I also knew that since the rehearsal dinner would be outdoors by the water, I should account for the wind and make a few changes to the pattern. I ended up omitting the side slits for that reason and also added an extra snap closure inside.  The hardest part was trying to find fabric. I knew I really wanted a rayon or a voile to get that drapey, flowy, come-hither-and-dance-with-me look. In fact, my original idea was to try and score some of Sew Caroline’s voile from her Gleeful collection like she did for {this} dress.  But it was all sold out in my local store and online. I only found a few Etsy shops still carrying it but in limited yardage. Then, to my luck, I found {this} fabric on Fabric.com for only $5.98 a yard! And the quality is surprisingly pretty good! Very light weight with a great drape, but not too cheap or see through. Buy or DIY: A Maxi Wrap Dress


So there you have it. In the case of the flowy, maxi length, navy blue polka dot dress, I think it was a much better choice to DIY than to buy. I am still loving this pattern and have plans to hack my next one into a wrap skirt. Now only if I could find the right fabric…

xxoo Priscilla