Monday, June 16, 2014

Lazy Summer Sewing

I'm two weeks in to Summer, and I've been indulging myself with sewing and spending time with my son. Lately, I've been doing a lot of pattern sewing.  Perhaps I need to brush up my skills a little, or perhaps I've found some awesome patterns and fabric that I love.  Either way, it's been a fairly blissful sewing period for me.

I used a pattern to make these digs for a party in Waikiki.

These hula outfits I made for a group of kids going to Japan.  The boys' shirts were from a pattern, but I whipped up the girls' dresses from one of my own patterns. 

It was rewarding to see them perform as a group with their super spiffy outfits.


I also had some time to do a refashion.  

I found this polyester golf shirt at an awesome thrift shop (Holy Nativity) for $1.50.  I've had my eye on it for a while, but only decided to buy it when it went on sale for half off.  I guess I'm too cheap to spend $3.  

Luckily I discovered this awesome pattern, which I've used to make two pairs of pants, shorts and this awesome skirt.

My photographer is out of town, so I had to sneak this shot in the dressing room at Nordstrom.  I would say that it was pretty resourceful of me.

I have a few more refashions in the works for this summer.  Hopefully, I'll be posting soon.  

Until next time...

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Sewing Blog Course!

I am super excited about a new course being taught by Beth Hunting (The Renegade Seamstress), and I can't wait to share it with you!

What a genius idea!  I have been waiting for a course like this since I began my blog.  If you haven't visited Beth's blog, you should head over there and see for yourself why I am so excited.  She is an outstanding seamstress who has been incredibly successful creating a beautiful blog and growing her blog audience.  
The course is called Secret Ways to Make Your Sewing Blog a Success.  I hope you'll join me on June 5 at 11 am (EST). Here's what you'll learn:
  • How to determine who you want to be in the blogging community
  • How to develop friendly alliances with those who can help you grow your blog
  • Ways to attract readers to your blog
  • Ways to manage your time
  • How to improve your photography
  • Ways to manage your time
  • How to develop your creative vision
  • About self promotion and networking
  • Ways to increase traffic to your blog
  • How to develop new career opportunities using your blog
  • Ways to make money from your blog
To register click here

Anniversary Date Refashion

It's May!  Summer is just around the corner.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  This month is also my anniversary. It will be six years for us, and we get to have a night out to ourselves.  Because this is such a rare occasion, I decided to refashion a special outfit.  

These two lovelies  ended up being perfect for the job.

How do you like these before photos?  I have to admit that one of them looks a bit like a mug shot, but the other one isn't too shabby - considering that my three-year-old took it.  I think he did a pretty good job.