The Cutest Dress I Ever Did See

Today I got the most exciting thing in the mail.  It was a dress I’d ordered from an incredibly talented designer who happens to be rad and also my cousin.  Mrs Emily launched her spring line a few weeks ago and I decided I couldn’t live without the oh-so-adorable White Spot Dress.  So I gave Emily my measurements and she cut and crafted the dress just for me with her own two hands and her precious baby daughter at her side.  She’s cool like that.

Here we go: my fun new little number!

What I love about this dress BESIDES its uniqueness is its versatility.  For example: You can dress it up with a pair of wedges and a big necklace…

You can use it as a chic launching pad for a nice pop of color, such as some seafoam earrings…

Heck, you can even wear this beauty when it’s cooler outside!  Break out the leggings and booties, gurrrl!

The one con of this dress: I have other clothes too so I probably shouldn’t wear it every single day.  Sigh.

And the comfort.  Oh, the comfort.  Seriously.

I urge YOU to snag something fabulous from Mrs Emily’s spring line!  You’ll be glad you did!

A Tea Party Bridal Shower: Details

My lovely sister is getting married in September, and I had the honor of joining my Aunt Lisa in throwing her bridal shower this past weekend.  It was an absolute blast to daydream about, plan for, and execute this shower!  If I may say so, I am very pleased with how it turned out.  Before I post the full album elsewhere, I thought I’d share some details here.

Maxi Skirt

Lately I’ve really been wanting to try this maxi skirt tutorial from Leanne.  Not only is the skirt incredibly versatile, but the tutorial is easy enough that I (or any beginner-ish seamstress) could do it.  So do it I…did.

Can I just say how refreshing it is to have a maxi skirt that is actually long enough for me?

I was a little concerned about the “Hello!” print at first since Leanne’s tutorial uses solid fabric, but I love it.  Now I have to go find shirts in the hues of the different flowers so I’ll get to wear it that much more often!

I Made a Quilt.

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I must admit that when I first joined Pinterest, I was overwhelmed and discouraged every time I visited the site.  Too many great ideas in one place.  But I have to say that it has encouraged me to try things that I wouldn’t normally try.  Like making a quilt.

I saw that one of my friends had pinned this pattern and by looking at the picture and assigning a hypothetical measurement to one of the pieces, I was able to figure out the measurements of all of the pieces, how many I’d need, etc.  There is a shop near me that has every single quilting fabric you could imagine – a seamstress’s dream.  I picked out several fat quarters of fabric that I liked and then cut them into the pieces I knew I needed. I sewed them together, got some fabric for the back, picked up some batting, and went to work.

Binding the quilt was the worst part.  It was easy to do, but because I was stitching through so much fabric and thick batting without a quilting foot (oops…), I could not POSSIBLY get the stitching even.  The following close-up is the most even segment I could find (like I’d show you the yucky parts).

It’s a quilt only a mother could love…but it’s mine.  I made it.

Ruffle Shower Curtain

The minute I saw Leanne‘s tutorial for an Anthropologie-inspired shower curtain, I knew I had to make one.  I loved her color scheme, especially since I’ve been obsessed with yellow as of late, so I chose to make mine in shades of yellow as well.

I followed the tutorial pretty closely, but I already had a plain white shower curtain to which I simply attached my ruffles instead of buying material for the back, making buttonholes for the hooks, etc.  I had been wanting to dress up my poor, boring white curtain for quite awhile so this was the perfect way.

(All phone pics, nothing fancy.)

The curtain in progress.

And voila!

My commentary:

1) If you, like me, are working with very lightweight strips that are easy to see through, either do what Leanne did and use a yellow highlighter that you can barely see, or do what I did and simply pin while measuring to keep each ruffle straight.  I used pink highlighter at first and you can see it through the back of the shower curtain (and, if you look closely enough, through the light ruffle at the top).  So after that, I just started measuring and pinning.

2) DO NOT buy yards and yards of fabric in order to have one continuous strip for each ruffle.  I bought 2 yards of each and attached two strips end-to-end for each ruffle, and she is right – you cannot see the seams.  It is definitely worth saving all that money.

3) Because I was just adding ruffles to a pre-existing curtain, I had to consider how the top of the curtain would look with regard to how I attached the first ruffle.  I sewed it on upside-down and wrong side up, then turned it down so you can’t see the seam.  I hope that makes sense, because I didn’t take a picture.  (My top ruffle is shorter than the rest, but I don’t care.)

4) Leanne says she would have slitted her wrists if she didn’t have her ruffle foot.  I took her word for it and ordered one on Amazon.  Let me tell you, I was closer to going crazy trying to work with that ruffle foot than I ever was when I finally ended up sitting there and hand-gathering each strip while enjoying “Dr. Who.”  I had a very talented friend direct me to articles and videos that helped me a LOT (how to attach it to your machine, how to feed the fabric, which stitch to use, etc) and the ruffle foot worked great at first.  But then it would just start jamming my machine for no reason that I could figure out, no matter how much my husband and I both tried.  After three broken needles, I called it quits.  If you have patience and don’t mind doing this project over three weeks a few days, I think you’ll be just fine hand-gathering.

Are you going to make one?  Let me see if you do!  :)

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