Sunday, June 22, 2014

The First Day of Summer...

Yippee!!!! Can we say Thank You Lord, the snow is gone!!!  I'm not sure about you but I am so done with snow. Not to mention all the cold weather had me in a funk.  So I am totally team Summer.   So with the new season comes new things.  So in the spirit of new things,  I decided to carve out some family time. Yup just me and my brother....sewing machine that is.  Yes, my trusty sewing machine. 
Both pattern pieces placed on the fold
So I dug around in my hefty fabric stash and found this beautiful pink paisley sheer fabric I picked up God only knows how long ago.   What to do what to do...I had couple of hours to burn before I hit the town with my Honey bunches, so why not make a quick sheer tank top.  So that's exactly what I did.  I found one of my favorite tank tops and used it to create a pattern.   I used the tank top and transferred my marking onto pattern paper, and from there I cut out the pattern and placed it on the  the fabric.  And then once the pattern pieces were cut out I sewed it together and here are the results.  I think its perfect for  summer.  Its not completely sheer where I felt it needed to be lined.  If I had used this fabric for a skirt it would have definitely added a lining.  So this is the first project of the year. I hope there are may more to come.  Hello Summer!!!
Completed Pink/Green Sheer Paisley Tank Top

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Spring is in the air...So lets have dinner

Okay, first let me say that I am aware that “technically” this blog post is not really fashion related. However it still involves my sewing machine so I think it counts. :-)

Now with that out the of the way, I am super excited to share my new project.--------------------------->>>>>>>>

So my mission is to recreate this gorgeous table setting I saw at my local pottery barn. It just took my breath away. What pulled the entire look together for me was their beautiful linen table runner. It is priced roughly at $80 bucks online. I think it really gives the table such glamor. So here is where my trusty sewing machine comes in. Instead of buying theirs for $80 bucks I am going to make my own for less than $20.

Now as for the color scheme, their flower selection includes a beautiful white, which to me does ring a little wedding-ish (which is not what I am going for) however I think its still beautiful. So to change it up, I am going for more of a spring flare, if you will. So the flower color I am using is a light pink. Most of the table settings I already have (like white plates, and silver flatware) but all the stuff that I end up purchasing I will keep a detailed tally of what I spent and where I got my supplies. Here are a few items I have already picked up. I picked up a beautiful glass vase at my local "Home Goods" for $14 bucks. I also picked up some floral pieces from "Pier 1" which were a little pricey but too beautiful for me to leave at the store. I got 6 stems (5 pink, 1 white) for $8.99 a piece which roughly came to a grand total of $56.

For my linen table runner. I picked up 4 yards of a linen /polyester fabric for $20 bucks at my local walmart. Now let me say, I did end up getting way to much fabric. I didn't have the measurements of my table when I went to the store (which is a no-no) so I over estimated. Plus I plan to make my own ruffles to match the fabric, so I got extra. But i wont need as much as I purchased. Please stay tuned for the finally results.

Xoxo - Sew Cute

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Recession Proof Fashions...

It all started 31 days before the beginning of 2011. Like most, I was working on my New Year's resolutions. I had given up on the whole “join the gym” vow, but I still wanted to come up with something that would be fun in addition to being something I could stick to. So I decided that for the entire year I would be on a clothes shopping hiatus. That right, that meant that I could not purchase any new threads, instead I would make them myself.

Yeah I know what your thinking, 1) can you sew and 2) are you any good. And the answer to those questions are “yes”, and “we are about to find out”. So consider this my attempt to prove that you can still be fashionable while being reasonable.

Just to share a little about me, I am a self-proclaimed recovering shopaholic. I approach shopping, especially bargain shopping, as a sport that is not meant of the meek or the mild. If shopping were an organized sport, I would be voted MVP every time my stiletto hit the pavement. So this should be interesting to say the least. So stay tuned, projects and photos to come…