Black and White Flowers Baby Outfit

When I saw this black and white t-shirt at Walmart, I knew I wanted to make baby leggings out of it. Claira doesn’t have a lot of bottoms and black and white goes with everything right? So I started making the leggings and decided that she needed a top to go with them because as it turns out, black and white goes with NOTHING that we currently have. Lol! So I have kind of a tutorial of what I did. I hope it inspires you in your own sewing.

I start almost every project with a thrifted/cheap t-shirt. The first thing I always do is unpick the necks so I can use them later in my own collars.

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I’ve already traced my favorite baby leggings onto pattern paper so I have them for always. Although I did spend a whole day trying to find my pattern. When making leggings, you don’t usually want to have a side-seam. To make your pattern side-seam-less, place your front and back pattern pieces together with the straight sides touching. Overlap the seam allowance so you don’t have any seam allowance where the pieces meet. You can also see that I also line up my bottom hem with the shirt hem so I don’t have to hem the leggings at all. YAY!

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Now cut out your first leg. When you go to cut out your second leg BE SURE to flip your pattern over so you don’t end up with 2 of the same leg. Believe me, I did it the first time around and then only had enough material left to make them the old fashion way as seen below.

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I was pretty upset to say the least. Don’t make my mistake!

Sew the pieces together as per your usual pants sewing… place right sides together and sew both crotch arches. Then fold them so they look like pants and sew up one side of the inseam of the leg, and down the other. Fold over your waistband, sew with a stretch, zig-zag or other stretchy stitch and insert your elastic. Pants done. Bam! 20-30 min.

So for the top I traced one of my current baby tops for sizing onto pattern paper. I wanted to have a different colored yoke so I sewed my 2 colors together before cutting out my pattern. To determine how big to make my pieces I laid my pattern on the pink I was using for the bottom and drew a line where I wanted it to come.

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I cut it out and gathered it slightly in the middle.

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I laid the pink over the black and white to see where exactly I wanted it to be sewn on. Then I put them right sides together and sewed with a straight stitch.

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Then I top-stitched it to make the gathering lay flatter. It also makes it look more professional in general. Use a long stitch length and try hard not to stretch your fabric as you go along. 

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Now cut out your front and back. Sew one of the shoulders together using a zig-zag, stretch stitch or your serger. This is when I sew on the neck binding. I just use the previously cut out neckline of the original shirt and use a zig-zag stitch. I stretch it slightly as I go along so it curves with the neckline.

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Now sew your second shoulder together. I do it this way because that’s how I’ve seen it done on store-bought shirts. Now for the sleeves. I used the leftovers from the neck binding and bound the hems of the sleeves as well using the same technique as the collar. Zig-zag, stretching slightly… etc. For this shirt I also gathered the top of the sleeve before attaching.

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Sew on your sleeves and down your shirt sides and you have a lovely finished shirt. I opted to cut out some of the flowers in the pattern and sewed them on with tiny black beads in the middle. I have no idea how this is supposed to be done. I just used a needle and thread and square knotted it on the underside.

DSC_2955aI LOVE this outfit.

I know I’m not super detailed in my tutorials, but I assume you know the basics of sewing together pants and a shirt so I kind of gloss over those parts. This is more for inspiration that really detailed instruction. One more to come. I’m so excited for it too!

 

 

 

 

 

Butterfly Baby Romper

My baby is growing up so fast. That look on her face just says, “hey mom… I’m not your tiny cuddle bug anymore.” She’s only seven months, and still pretty little, but time seriously flies.

Anyway, I was babysitting my friend’s baby  a few weeks ago, and couldn’t help falling in love with her little romper. It was so bright and summery. I loved that it was almost dress looking, but snapped in the middle which makes playing easier. I had this t-shirt that I bought at Walmart that was perfect for the project so I got to work!

I’ll admit that my first attempt was less than awesome. I was trying to make an easy one-piece pattern and… well it didn’t turn out so well. I ended up going back to Walmart and snagging the last shirt they had with the cute butterfly print and starting over.

I basically made a dress. I love the cute little flutter sleeves and the fact that it doesn’t have any buttons or even a bias neckband. What I ended up doing was making a facing for the top and sewing it together with a stretch stitch so it would stretch over her head. It was an experiment that worked out better than I’d planned. I think I’ll make tops like that from now on, or at least more often. I also sewed on the skirt with a zig-zag stitch so that would be stretchy too. I did have to go back through and unpick my straight gathering stitch, but that didn’t take very long. I didn’t even hem the sleeves or the bottom. I just roll-hemmed them with my serger. I liked the look of it for this piece.

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So I started with the dress. I made the skirt extra long just in case. I put it on my baby and measured where the crotch should be. Then I cut out this arch. I made it pretty tall because I wanted the romper to have some longer legs/shorts.

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Then I put elastic in the legs to gather them up. I used 1/4 inch elastic and sewed it in with a regular straight stitch, stretching it as I went.

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Now all that was left was sewing some bias tape over both sides of the crotch. Pretty simple. I added some baby snaps… which took me all day to insert because I don’t have a snap tool and I used a hammer… and ta da! Really though, if you are going to be inserting snaps, get the snap tool. I had to remove bad snaps several times because my hammering ruined the snaps and they wouldn’t fit together.

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This is by far one of my favorite outfits that I’ve made. She gets tons of compliments on it. The sweetheart neckline is a nice added detail. I’ve got a couple more of these baby outfits coming so stay tuned!

 

flat applique copy

I know this won’t be new to a lot of people, but if you have tried a few seemingly simple applique projects and failed, this might help you. I used to make appliqued shirts for my little boy and I got so frustrated when I had to pin my material to my shirt and sew it on without stretching it and making it all wavy and wrinkly. I had no idea that double sided fusible web existed. I was at Joann Fabirc lamenting my problem, when a kind lady let me in on the applique secret. It seriously changed my life! I now use it every time I sew a project. It makes sewing so much easier.

Let me show you how it works. I usually start with ironing the fusible web to my applique material. Then I draw the shape onto the back and cut out the piece. In the instance below, I just cut out a strip and ironed it onto my ribbon.

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Now you pull off the paper backing, place it on your garment and steam iron into place. You can see that a very fine film is left behind. I like this kind because it doesn’t add bulk. There is interfacing that will add more stability if you prefer. If you don’t like the placement, you can pull it off, re-position and re-iron. I love the fact that it’s fool proof. No permanent mistakes here.

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Now, I sew on the applique. I know that most webbing will say that you don’t have to sew it and that it will stay on through washing. I don’t believe ANY of them! I always sew it on just in case.

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The good thing about it is that your fabric won’t stretch or distort or shift while you are sewing. That makes for perfectly flat applique. ENJOY!

 

 

fix those jammies

Does your baby also wake up looking like a mermaid? Mine wiggles a lot in her sleep and she somehow manages to get both legs stuffed into one side of her pajamas all the time. Poor thing. I guess she doesn’t look too sad about it, but it frustrates me to no end. They also limit her mobility in general during the morning as she gets all tangled up trying to do anything.

It’s funny because I know I buy cheap pajamas that don’t have elastic around the ankles, but I always think it will be fine and her feet will somehow magically stay in. Wrong wrong wrong. I just can’t resist a super cute pajama when I see one on the rack. To be honest, it’s usually my husband who can’t resist. It’s so cute seeing him get excited about baby stuff so I don’t say anything and we end up with 100 pairs.

But not to worry. There is an easy fix!

Turn those babies inside out and draw a line about 1-2 inches up from the heel.

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Now take a 1/4″ elastic and cut it to half the length of your line.

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Now pin one end of your elastic to one end of your line and sew the elastic to the line with a regular straight stitch. Super super stretch it as you go. Don’t stretch your PJ material, just your elastic. You should end up with the elastic stretching all the way to the end of the line.

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If your elastic is still flat after sewing it and you super super stretched it, you might just need to steam iron it to get it to shrink down to look like the picture above.

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TA DA! Why haven’t I done this to every pair of pajamas? This particular pair is really wide around the ankles so I might have to sew one on the front of the leg too. It works like a charm though. No more mermaid baby… I might miss it though. She makes a cute mermaid.

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I have this huge blank wall in my rental home that has been left empty for 2 years. I never thought we’d be here this long and I didn’t want to spend any money fixing the place up if we were just going to have to pack it back up/throw it away. I’m not really the decorating type to begin with anyway. I have this girlfriend who is in the same boat. A couple of months ago, she decided that enough was enough and she was going to decorate. I’ll admit, it made me feel like I wasn’t trying at all. So… I whipped up this amazing large art piece and whalla! Cheap living room art IS possible. Honestly, I’m not a good photographer and the pictures don’t do it justice at all. It’s about 5 feet by 4 feet and matches really well with my DIY pillows. The picture below should give you some scale. I adjusted the bow and position of the stripes after I took this so it’s not perfect. Next, I’m going to put up some photos to the left and I think I’ll be all set for decorating for the rest of the year.

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You will need:

 

First cut out your foam board. I would know what measurements you want beforehand and have the guys at Home Depot cut it for you so it will be square. Mine is obviously not square.

Cut out your fabric 1-2 inches bigger than your board so you can fold it around the back.

Pin your fabric to the back. For my stripes, I literally wrapped them around and tied a knot in the back. No pinning necessary. For the flower, I just tied a bow in the front and used my pins strategically to make it look like the picture. I used about 4 so not really a lot of fuss over it. You can see in the couch picture what it looked like before I pinned it.

The other great thing about this is it’s light. I just tapped a few finishing nails into the wall and stuck/pressed the board right onto them. If you don’t like the placement, it’s easy to pull it off and re-position. I love art that is easy to hang.

You can go crazy with the fabric. Mine is pretty boring. I was even thinking, if you are an artist, you could paint whatever you want on the fabric. (My sister wants hers to have peacocks) The awesome thing about this project is that you can make it your own style pretty easily. My $5 fabric happened to be a tad bit too bright to match my living room so I just threw it in the bathtub with hot water and 2 cups of bleach for 15 minutes and it came out perfectly.

It sounds so hassle free when I put it like that. Really what happened was, I bleached the first batch so much it turned purple and I barely had enough to bleach a second batch. My fabric pieces ended up being a tad bit too small so rather than buy more fabric, I got them wet and stretched them out. I then had to super stretch and pin them on to get them to wrap nicely around. It was a pain. Make sure you don’t cut yours too small.

Good luck. I’d love to see your rendition!

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So my first Stitch Fix was a bit of a disappointment. I had prepared myself for it, but I was still crushed when I didn’t like anything in it. I’ve read from a lot of fixers that you have to give them 1 or 2 tries to get your style pinned down. I got a little down about it though and didn’t get as excited for my second fix. Well # 2 came and I like it a whole lot more than the first one! YAY! When I opened the box and saw the colors and lace, I was SOOOOOOOOO happy! I was very specific about what I did and didn’t like in my first fix and they certainly got the message. I asked for warmer softer colors, pinks specifically, more lace, and more attention paid to my Pinterest board. The only thing they didn’t quite get is that I like fitted clothes more than tents… I’ll definitely be fixing that with the next fix and then I think we’ll be pretty close to perfect. Who knows, maybe I’ll love EVERY piece! I can be optimistic right?

I’ve been wondering lately if I really need someone else to do my shopping for me and if it’s really worth it. Well let me tell you something. Yesterday, we were at our local IFA and I found a nice shirt. I know right? IFA shopping? Don’t judge. So I thought I could quickly try it on over my shirt and make sure the fit was ok. I thought, this isn’t shopping. It will be quick and easy. Let’s just say that one shirt later I had 2 screaming babies, the youngest of which had a goose egg on her forhead…  I remembered then why I don’t go shopping at all.

Thank you Stitch Fix for making my life so much easier and more fun! It’s wonderful to be able to have an awesome shopping experience right in your bedroom.

Pip Crew Neck Blouse $64

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I loved this when I pulled it out of the box. It has nice lace detail on the bottom and it’s hard to see, but the detail on the bodice is tiny raised dots. I guess that’s what pips are? I loved the cream and the lightweight for summer. I didn’t like the fit. Can you tell if this is long sleeve or 3/4? Well I couldn’t and it looked awful if I tried to just push them up. I also would like it more fitted. From the side I look pregnant. I don’t have to have skin tight clothes, but I’ve worked hard after 2 kids to lose my baby weight and I would like people to see that I have a figure.

RETURNED

Gaelle Crochet Skirt $68

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Have I told you how much I like lace? Seriously, it’s an addiction. I’ll add it to anything. This skirt was love at first sight. Then, I put it on… There was just something about the fit that bothered me that I couldn’t put my finger on. I also think the bottom is too jagged and not soft enough for my taste. I’m picky right? Remember though, that I am not supposed to buy anything unless I LOVE LOVE it and would wear it everyday.

RETURNED

Tricia Textured Dot Front-Pocket Blouse $48

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This was the only thing in the box that I didn’t really like at all. I didn’t like the color, the baggy fit, the odd sleeves… Sorry. Not for me.

RETURNED

Haiden Distressed Straight Leg Jean $88

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I have to say that I really do like the denim Stitch Fix sends. I’ve only tried 2 of course, but they seem thicker, good quality and are so stretchy and comfy. These were a little big on me though. I also don’t like holey or cuffed jeans so lesson learned. I’m putting that on my list as well.

RETURNED

Eliana Embellished Detail Dolman Top $54

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Ahhh… I saved the best for last. This is just me. I love the beaded neckline and the sheer sparkle. It’s hard to tell, but it’s a nice pale peachy pink. It is lightweight, but still feels a little more like fall than summer. I kept it anyway. I LOVE this top! $54 is a little pricey for me. I’m telling them to tone down the prices for my next fix so we’ll see what they come up with.

All in all a HUGE improvement. I almost loved everything, and I was able to put my styling fee towards an item. I think to be worth it, all you really need is one thing you love. I feel like the next fix will be even better. I’ve pinned some new styles and I am excited to see what next month will bring.

If you are on the fence about Stitch Fix let me tell you how I think of it. You might be out $20 on your first fix. I think that’s about as bad as it gets. After that, you put your $20 styling fee towards what you buy. In an average month do you typically go shopping once and buy 1 thing? If you do, you aren’t going to spend any more than you would without Stitch Fix and this is so much easier. The anticipation is fun too. Just give it a try. You can pick your own price point and I don’t think you’ll regret it!

*I do get a commission if you sign up through my link, but I really do believe in this product after only 2 fixes. I know, it surprised me too.

Star Pillow

I don’t know about you, but I have a ton of NICE fabric lying around from PJ pants, minky blankets and other projects. I tend to get way too much material “just in case” and then have a bunch of extra left over. It isn’t enough for another blanket, but it’s enough that I don’t want to throw it away. That stuff is expensive!

There are a lot of examples out there of what to do with your scrap fabric. I don’t love most of them. They usually require you to use a bunch of fabric that doesn’t match and mash it together into this form or that. I don’t like blankets, rugs or other projects that don’t have matching material. Sorry. I just don’t. The great thing about these pillows is that you only need 15 squares. That’s it! You can do them all one color, 2 colors, 3, 5, 15 for Pete’s sake! If all you can scrape together are 5 inch squares, the pillow is still pretty darn cute. Make a bunch of them for your littles. If you only have 1-2 inch squares, make it a pincushion! I love that they are sooooo versatile. This pillow I’m showing you is made of 8 inch squares, and it’s the perfect size for its intended 3-year-old. The other pillow in the picture above is made of 9 inch squares, and it’s probably my favorite size for kids. It’s big enough to be my son’s new favorite seat on the floor… or anywhere. (I obviously made it out of scraps from his PJs.)

A while back, I made my sister’s kids some baby blankets out of minky. I’ve held onto the extra material for the last 3 years and now I’m making both her kids matching pillows! Yay! On to the pillow! …that was a lot of exclamations… phew.

What you’ll need:

  • Sewing machine… of course
  • 15 perfectly cut squares (any size, as long as they are all the same)
  • Marking pen (I love these because they disappear with water and they have one for light AND dark fabrics!)
  • Clear ruler
  • Matching thread
  • Button cover kit (I used 1 1/2″ but I really wanted 2″ or BIGGER)
  • Pillow stuffing (I used this and I loved it because it stays nice and fluffy. It’s enough to stuff at least 5 pillows of this size.)

The first thing you want to do is cut out all of your squares. Be very precise when cutting. It helps to cut them out one at a time instead of layering fabric and cutting a few at a time. Your pillow will go together much more smoothly if your squares are all EXACTLY the same size. If you have a pattern on your fabric that goes vertical/horizontal, it would look best if you cut your squares on the bias. That way the pattern will look towards the center and go around in a circle instead of being perpendicular. But, we’re using scraps here so waste not right?

When you’re cutting, consider how many colors you want and what your pattern will be. That sounds like a no brainer but I thought that I could do both sides of my pillow in pink and zebra… Obviously that didn’t work out. You can’t really use only 2 colors on the front/back unless you’re OK with 2 of the same color touching. So I tried to add a third color… fail. I’ve decided that this only works if you have ALL the same color or ALL different colors. pic1The next step is crucial. It’s something I almost never do. It just takes up too much time for a regular project. I’ll tell you a little about me. If I can’t finish a sewing project in 1 or 2 sittings, I’m not going to do it. Period. That’s one reason I don’t unpick my mistakes… it takes too much time. I just throw them away and start over. With that attitude, I tend to cut a lot of corners. I don’t do things like iron, mark or meticulously measure. So when I tell you I did this you know it’s essential. Using your marker, mark EVERY corner of EVERY square with a dot 1/4″(my chosen seam allowance) from both sides. (We’re marking the wrong side of the fabric of course.) I made a mock-up mini-pillow as well as a pillow for my son without doing this, and my corners turned out awful. Just do it. You won’t regret it.

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Now the sewing begins. It’s all pretty straight forward. You are pretty much just sewing one square to another the whole time. No curves, tucks or manipulations. The thing you need to remember is to USE YOUR DOTS. Always place your squares right sides together and start sewing right on the dot. Stitch back and forth a few times because you won’t necessarily sew over it to keep it from unraveling. Sew right to the next dot and STOP don’t go any farther. Stitch back and forth a few times here as well. Be exact. You will regret it if you aren’t.

Sew 4 squares together as if you are going to make a regular block. Leave one side open as shown below. Insert your fifth square in into the gap. The picture below is a little confusing because you will have to turn the square like a diamond to fit it in the gap. When sewn it won’t lay flat, but that means it will be 3-D.

star pillow (29)Easy peasy right? Now sew another one. You now have a front and a back. Yay!star pillow (30)Now comes the hardest part… not hard to sew, just hard to explain in pictures. Take one of your sewn stars and lay it right side facing up on the floor/table. Now lay one of your squares right side down on top of one of the squares of the star. Now sew the 2 outside edges together making sure to USE YOUR DOTS.

starr2Now do the same for the remaining 4 sections of the star. I’ve pulled back the black a little so you can hopefully see what it looks like when you are done with this step. Can you guess what famous character is making a cameo in the upper left corner? 🙂

P.S. I hate sewing with minky… it gets EVERYWHERE as you can see in the picture.

star pillow (43)OK. So I didn’t take a picture of this step but we’ll try to work with what we’ve got. In the picture above, I’ve folded out the black square on the bottom so it looks like a triangle. Do that with all 5 black squares. (Yours will be a different color I know.) Now lay your second star piece right side down on top of your folded triangles and pin all around. Be sure you are only pinning the top to the black square and not to the bottom.

star pillow (44)The points don’t matter as much but pay special attention to pinning the inside corners of the star. Match up your seams perfectly and pin them in place. This will make or break your pillow. It’s also where it will show if you didn’t USE YOUR DOTS.

star pillow (46)Now you will sew all around your star, leaving a hole big enough for your hand to fit through for stuffing purposes. When turned right side out, it will look like this. I’ve turned up one corner so you can tell how it was sewn.

star pillow (52)The last steps are pretty basic. Stuff your pillow through the hole. Be sure to use good stuffing that won’t go hard and flat. I used this stuffing because it’s sooooo fluffy. There are higher quality versions out there, but they are MUCH more expensive and this does the trick. I haven’t found a polyester stuffing that I love. I think they all go hard after a while and they are difficult to re-fluff… is that a word? Let me know what you use. I’d love to hear.

Now you can either hand-stitch the opening closed or, if you are lazy like me, you can just topstitch the opening closed on your machine. No one will even notice… especially if you are using minky.

The last thing you want to do is put on your buttons.  Cover them with your material as per the instructions on the box. No equipment is necessary. Before hand-sewing them on, I like to make it a bit easier on myself and pre-squeeze my pillow. To do that, take a LONG needle and thread it. Now press the middle of one side of your pillow tightly to the other sides middle… you know… so you make it indent.

star pillow (60)Now sew through the middle on one side straight through the middle on the other side and then back out the original side. Pull it tight to keep the indent and tie off. Now sew on your buttons and you’re done!

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It seems really complicated and I tried to show a lot of pictures, but it’s pretty simple. Don’t over think it. I’m so excited about this pillow and I will be making a bunch more before the week is out. I hope you love it too!

 

May 2015 Stitch Fix

Yay! It came! If you don’t know what Stitch Fix is, read a little more here. I can say one good thing right off the bat. My package was 4 days early. I was so worried that I hadn’t received a shipment confirmation 7 days before my fix was scheduled. I didn’t think it was going to come. Then, 5 days before my fix date, it shipped. Imagine my surprise when I arrived home early from my Memorial Day weekend and saw it sitting on the porch. So here are the goodies.

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Teddy Pleated Henley Top

Terrible right? This top is anything but flattering. I had my baby six months ago thank you very much. I don’t need to look like another one is on the way. The pros? I thought the material was super soft and flowing, which I love in a top.  I also liked the soft color.

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Jaxson Skinny Jean

I had high hopes for these pants. When I put them on they were sooooo soft and stretchy. My honey said they made my butt look nice, which is a necessity with jeans. I didn’t really feel like posting THAT picture. The problem is, they were too high of a rise. I selected mid and low rise jeans in my profile. These were covering my belly button. Is that mid rise? Not in my opinion. They look pretty great when I’m standing. When I sit down, however, let’s just say that high rise pants don’t do wonders to the midsection when seated.

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Georgini Lace Detail Knit Top

This top was so close to being awesome. I love the lace detail of the arms and the rib-knit of the shirt dressed it down for everyday wearing. The fit wasn’t great for me, but it wasn’t awful either. If it was fall, that might sway me even more, but it’s almost summer and this is not a summer piece. Also, I made a commitment when I decided to try the capsule closet. I will not buy any item of clothing unless I absolutely love it enough to wear it everyday. Sorry, I just don’t LOVE it.

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Danielle Long Knot Necklace

Let’s zoom in on the necklace.  In my style profile, I selected classic jewelry as opposed to statement. I think I’ll be switching that for my next shipment if this is what classic gets you. I’m not a fan of the knot detail. I like more glam to my accessories. More sparkle. It was just too plain and didn’t excite me much.

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Bellatrix Lace Detail Cardigan

I saved the best for last. This cardigan is super soft and I love the lace, of course. Excuse my face, I can never seem to nail the happy serious face. The color isn’t totally me, I’m more into the blush and cream stuff, but I’d be willing to forgive the color if the fit was perfect. But, again, another top that makes me look 20 lbs heavier than I actually am… sigh.

 

Verdict: ALL RETURNED

I know right? I expected the first fix to be a little off, but I am so sad that I couldn’t even find 1 thing to put my $20 styling fee towards. I’m hoping my detailed comments in checkout will help my stylist match me a little better next time. Also, since I didn’t buy anything, I moved my next fix up to 2-3 weeks instead of monthly so I can hopefully make up for this disappointment sooner rather than later. I love that you can change when each fix comes.

Next time I will actually wait until I open the box to find out what is in it. I think the surprise will be more fun. This time around, when my package shipped, I looked up the list of items on Pinterest so I would know generally what was coming. MISTAKE! Wait for it. It’s not worth losing the wow factor of seeing everything for the first time.

The prices were pretty average for clothes. They weren’t bargain by any means, but average. $80 for the pants and $35-$60 I believe for the tops. Prices I’d be willing to pay for something that I absolutely love. I should have written them down for you before I checked out. Next time.

P.S. I’m still working of that sweet sewing tutorial. It should be up this week so don’t think this is just a fashion blog! Have a great week!

I haven’t even received my first “fix” yet and I’ve already been riding the buyers remorse roller-coaster. I have read quite a few articles in the last few days that have said Stitch Fix has huge markups and you can get the same items for much cheaper at department stores. I realize that Stitch Fix is a business and they are in the business of making money, but I’m not about to pay 20 extra bucks every time I buy something. That could add up to a lot of dough that I don’t have.

So I started aimlessly browsing the Stitch Fix website wondering if I should cancel my shipment before it shipped, and I came across this gem right on the FAQ page.

What if I see an item in my Stitch Fix package elsewhere for a lower price?

“If you find an identical product at another online retailer within 7 days of receiving the item, we will match the lower price for you and for future clients receiving that product. Please email us the details of your item as well as a link to the lower-priced item to hello@stitchfix.com so our buying team can confirm; if the product is identical, we will match the lower price and credit you the difference. We do our best to ensure that our pricing is competitive and appreciate your help in making sure that this is always true.”

This was enough to stop me from canceling my shipment and I’m now eagerly awaiting my package of goodies.

I am still a little concerned about the prices at Stitch Fix, but there is some reason to believe that you can get good deals from the styling service. Lissa from Shrinking Jeans, for example, tells about an Anthropology blouse that was actually $20 cheaper from Stitch Fix. A girl can hope for the best right?

P.S. I’m working on a pretty neat sewing tutorial for next week. Hope to see you then!

Add pockets to your PJs

Look at those cute boys in their matching PJs. I’m the luckiest girl to have both of them.

I think all pajama pants should have pockets. In fact, I think all articles of clothing deserve the addition. I’m always trying to put my hands in pockets that aren’t there. So why don’t pajama pants have pockets in their patterns? It doesn’t matter because I”m here to show you my pattern-less way to add those pockets you your pants!

First, cut out your pockets. I just looked at some sweatpants pockets and tried to generally match that shape. Below, you can see the dimensions of my men’s pants pockets. The important part is that your hands fit inside so just lay your hand on top of your pocket piece to make sure they will fit. Cut 2 fronts and 2 backs. I know that my measuring board looks like a coloring book. That’s what happens when you have littles who love to play in your sewing room.

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Next, I take my pants and sew the backs to the backs and the fronts to the fronts. You know, so you have a front and back piece.

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The next part is about the placement of the pockets. Measure out how far down your waistband will turn and pin the top of your pockets to meet that measurement. Right sides together of course. Mine are 2 1/2 inches from the top. Just make sure that the tops of your pockets will be sewn into the waistband so they don’t flap around. If that doesn’t make sense, scroll down a little to the picture where I fold over the waistband. It might help.

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Now sew the pockets to the pants using the regular seam allowance called for in your pattern. Now iron your pockets away from your pant legs and place both front and back pieces right sides together.

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This is probably the hardest part so I hope the picture helps you out. Sew down the side of the pants starting at the top. Sew 1/2 inch into the pocket and stop. Then sew all the way around the outside of the pocket and 1/2 inch up the bottom of the pocket. Be sure you don’t sew your pocket closed. Just 1/2 an inch on the top and 1/2 an inch on the bottom. Now sew the sides of your pants down from the pockets like you normally would and also sew the middle of your pant legs together like normal.

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Now turn your pants right side out, and you will see your nice little pockets. Press and admire.

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Now turn your pants inside out again and press the pockets to the front side of the pants. Be sure they are pressed to the front if you want to be able to use your pockets. Now fold your waistband over making sure that it overlaps the top of the pocket and sew around leaving a gap for your elastic.

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Thread your elastic, close up the gap and you’ve got some pocketed PJs! Good luck. I hope this helps. I’m working on my picture and editing skills so bear with me while I get the hang of this.