8.09.2017

My Modest Swimsuit

modest swimsuit coral pineapple

Can you believe this? I sewed this swimsuit back in June, but I'm barely posting it now. I feel like it's basically the end of summer because it's August, but then I check the weather and realize summer is going to stay here for a while. :) Anyways, this is my modest swimsuit that I sewed up for this summer. Making this swimsuit was really quick and easy. 

 

For the bottoms, I used the  Peg Legs pattern from Patterns for Pirates. I chose the Bike Length and added an extra inch for length.

For the top, I used the  Sweetheart Dress pattern from Patterns for Pirates. I sewed up the sleeves and bodice in my size (size XS), and I cut the peplum piece in XS from the waist, but I used the length from the size L. 

modest swimsuit swimwear summer

I have a serger now, but I didn't when I made this swimsuit, so I used a stretch stitch to sew it all up. Instead of hemming the sleeves, I made contrast bands from the Peg Legs fabric. So funny story, I didn't have enough navy fabric for a contrast neckband because I used it all up when I made the wrong size Peg Leg shorties. I was rushing when I made this swimsuit, so I hadn't realized that I needed to size up because the fabric didn't have as much stretch as needed. 

modest swimsuit swimwear coral

Overall, I really liked the coral/navy combination. I searched through a lot of sites for swimwear fabric. Since this was my first swimsuit, I didn't want to spend a lot of money on fabric. So then came Amazon to the rescue! I bought  this coral swim fabric and  this navy swim fabric. One yard of each was enough for me to make my swimsuit. 

modest swimsuit swimwear

modest swimsuit swimwear pineapple

Overall, I'm happy with the outcome, considering it was my first time working with swimwear fabric and the fact that I had to finish it in one day LOL. I'm already planning designs for next summer. :)

P.S. Don't mind my crazy lake hair in some of the pictures. I was planning on taking photos before swimming, but the sun was hitting too hard, and I had to wait for the "golden hour" to take my pictures.

modest swimsuit swimwear pineapple sunglasses

8.01.2017

"Woodland Fairytale"



Hello August!
These are pictures from my cabin trip in July. One of the nights we stayed there, we had a fancy dinner to celebrate my mom's birthday. Her favorite color right now is mint, so I wore this dress. Since there were beautiful trees all around, I wanted to do a "woodland fairytale" photoshoot. (Hence this post's name lol). I hadn't worn this dress since my FIDM graduation, so I was happy to wear it again. :) 

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Dress: Nordstrom
Hair Flower: Local Boutique
Sandals: Saltwater Sandals

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7.31.2017

2017 Scrap Busting Craft Challenge: July "DIY Criss Cross T-Shirt"


Can I just start off by saying that I can't believe that the last time I posted on my blog was for last month's Craft Challenge? *insert wide eyed emoji here* I actually have projects ready to be posted, but haven't been able to schedule photo shoot time. It's crazy how fast the weeks pass by. Summer is going by way too quickly!

Now on to the Craft Challenge! 
For this month, I decided to use spaghetti strap trim. I got this during my time at FIDM and never used it. I found some for sale online and it's a good price. Here is the  link. Lately, I've been seeing criss cross tees everywhere so I decided to make my own. I used an old FIDM tee to match the black spaghetti strap trim.


STEPS:

1. I cut out a "V" in the front. I left the neckline binding though.


2. I cut out some pieces of the spaghetti strap trim and pinned on the "V" of the shirt, as shown.


3. Then, I sewed the pieces on. I decided to add one more row of the criss cross straps.


TA DA!

Now, check out what the other crafters are creating this July:








7.28.2017

"Casual Cabin Camo" // Pinecrest Cabin 2017 Outfits


Exactly one week ago, I was relaxing and enjoying nature at a cabin that my family and I rented. It was a really fun experience and I hope it becomes a tradition in my family. I went camo crazy for this trip. Every time I go or do something "outdoorsy," I love to bring out my camo. :) For my first outfit, I wore this super comfortable camo dress (and it has pockets!). When I went to the lake, I wore sandals instead of my hiking boots, just to make it easier to get in and out of the water. It was the perfect casual outfit to relax and enjoy all of the nature around me.

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Dress: Nordstrom Rack
Chambray: Marshall's
Hat: Amazon
Sunglasses: The Walk in Closet (super cute boutique in Twaine Hart!)
Boots: Amazon

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After swimming at Pinecrest Lake, I stopped by the souvenir shop at the lake. Since I was still in the "outdoorsy" mood, I bought a camo souvenir tank. It's a habit of mine to buy souvenir shirts everywhere I visit, LOL. I think it's just because I really like clothes. :P I wore it with a layering tank I found at Walmart for just under $4. These tanks are incredibly soft and perfect for modest layering.

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Camo Tank: Pinecrest Souvenir Shop (Next to the General Store if you're in the area)
Layering Tank: Walmart
Sunglasses: Betsey Johnson, TJ Maxx
Shorts: Under Armor, TJ Maxx

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Peace out cabin, until next time!


6.26.2017

2017 Scrap Busting Craft Challenge: June "Faux Embroidery Using Fabric Markers"

craft challenge faux embroidery before and after refashion

Time for Craft Challenge again! This month I grabbed my fabric markers from my stash. I bought them back in April and hadn't used them. Lately, I've been seeing some cute embroidered tops and I remembered I had this one in my closet. I got it in Mexico back in 2007 (10 years ago!?).  I wanted to update the style to make it trendier, and this was the perfect chance to do so. Below I show you what I did to make this top trendier and how I used fabric markers to do "faux embroidery."

fabric markers set

STEPS

1. I cut off a piece at the hem. It was too long and "box" like.

craft challenge faux embroidery tutorial refashion

2. After cutting a chunk off, I drew on my "embroidered" design. The possibilities are endless! This was really fun. Then, I hemmed the bottom.

craft challenge faux embroidery tutorial refashion

3. Close up of my "embroidery." And, to make this little top more colorful, I sewed on some pom-pom trim to the sleeves. 

craft challenge faux embroidery tutorial refashion pom pom trim

4. Since the silhouette was still too "box" like, I sewed some elastic to the bottom.

craft challenge faux embroidery tutorial refashion elastic

5. Elastic sewn in. 

craft challenge faux embroidery tutorial refashion

TA DA!

Now, check out what the other participants of the Craft Challenge are creating this summer:

Eclectic Soapbox


craft challenge faux embroidery tutorial refashion sunglasses floppy hat

craft challenge faux embroidery tutorial refashion sunglasses floppy hat

craft challenge faux embroidery tutorial refashion sunglasses floppy hat

craft challenge faux embroidery tutorial refashion sunglasses floppy hat

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