holiday · Sewing

Stitched with a Twist!

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There’s a contest on Instagram hosted by @i_seam_sew_happy_xx and @oh_liverpool_lou called #stitchedwithatwist. It’s about making a garment your own- altering a pattern, adding embroidery, painting the fabric, etc. I was wandering the aisles of Joann’s and saw this fabric I already had at home. All of a sudden it hit me what I should do! This fabric is reversible. I also have it in grey and you might remember a Deer and Doe top I made with it. I thought it would be fun to play with the two different patterns. I used the Freya pattern from Tilly and the Buttons Stretch but made a gathered skirt for it. I added the pleated detail around the top and did a reverse hem on the sleeve. It felt like it was missing something so I made a sash!

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This dress is so comfy and I know I will wear it a lot with leggings and cardigans. I’m so glad I made this. I wouldn’t have thought of it without the contest! There’s still time to join in if you also want to #stitchwithatwist!

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And because it’s almost Halloween, here’s my pumpkin! I carved it and used this tutorial from Martha Stewart. https://www.marthastewart.com/1531414/etched-fox-and-bunny-pumpkins

It used a lino cutter and I found it so much easier than actually carving the design. Michael helped me take some fun photos with the lantern he bought recently.

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Outfit · Sewing

Fox pinafore

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Happy October! The best month of the year. I’m so thrilled to share this make with you today. I really wanted this fox pinafore from ModCloth but I couldn’t justify spending that much money on something I wouldn’t wear a lot. As much as I love fox themed clothing, it’s a bit much to wear something like this frequently. I decided I would be able to make something like it pretty easily. I ordered some plain cotton from Joann’s and luckily the color match was pretty spot on. I made a simple self drafted gathered skirt with a zip in the back. To make the top, I sewed two long strips for straps  and some triangles as ears. I made two rectangles as the bib, and enclosed the ears and straps in the top seam. Once that was turned out, I stitched up the bottom edge. I made the white part by sewing together two rectangles again and curving the top edge. I stitched that on to the orange and embroidered some eyes and a nose on. I added buttonholes to the ends to the straps and bottom edge of the bib and added buttons into the waistband so I can remove it! This makes it much more wearable if I just want the skirt. I am thinking about making just two straps so I can wear it another way.  This turned out so much better than I thought and my total cost was only $25 compared to Modcloths $70! It was one of the rare times it was actually cheaper to make something than purchase it.

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Halloween at Home

IMG_5167I wanted to share some peeks around our place while it’s decorated for Halloween. I can’t believe Halloween is in just a few days. I really feel like it snuck up on me this year! I didn’t even have time to plan a costume (although I have nowhere to wear one this year).

Michael’s mom had given me a lot of her decorations but I’ve picked up a few over the last couple years myself, mostly at thrift stores. We’ve found those two vintage pumpkin lamps (one works and one doesn’t), some candles from Target and I made that candy corn banner! It was one of those projects I kept putting off and finally just sat down and made it. I’m so happy I did. I found it in a book called Felt-o-ween when I was roaming around the library. It’s feeling cozy in here and I know I’ll be decorating for Christmas before I know it.

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I’ll be back tomorrow with some pictures of how I decorated my pumpkins!

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Shirt: Oui Fresh | Cardigan: Old Navy | Jeans: Madewell | Beret: Amazon

Outfit · Sewing · travel

Pioneer Village

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Pioneer Village was the first stop of our trip. We had been here once before but I wanted to go back again. The village was built in 1930 and shows what life might have been like in 1630. It was also used to film some of the scenes in the beginning of Hocus Pocus!

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I wore this Halloween skirt I made last year. The fabric is Michael Miller and I love it so much. The pumpkins are very vintage inspired. I also wore my brooch from Luxulite. It even glows in the dark!

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The skirt was a very simple pattern I drafted using Love at First Stitch. I think I’ve mentioned this book before. If you are thinking of starting to sew, I definitely recommend it!

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Top: Forever21 (old) | Skirt: Made by me | Brooch: Luxulite on Etsy