Saturday, September 5, 2015

What I Made-Dottie Angel Frock

Hebrews 12:1-2

" Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."

Lately, I have been working on putting Hebrews 12:1-2 into practice, casting off any sin I really struggle with. Surrendering that weight that trips me up over and over again! Usually I have one main thing that I struggle with consistently, sometimes two. It traps me again and again! I am sure every Christian must struggle with this, that "one thing". Oh gosh! It always seems to creep back, like a creepy crawly night bug. I have to admit, only God can help us shake these ensnaring vices off. Only His power. Hallelujah to the One who is Stronger than we are!


I am excited to share this frock I made last week. My friend showed me the pattern and I fell in love. An awesome blogger called "The Dottie Angel" makes some cute and unique garments and came out with her own pattern. Simplicity 1080. I love the cotton-ness, the floral-ness, the eclectic cute-ness! 
Some reviewers have complained about the unorthodox construction of this gown (all seams are finished with single fold bias tape, pockets are bound with bias tape, waist pleats are not actual inside darts, you literally stitch outside pleats) but I found it fun and refreshing. I only made a few changes, but mainly stuck with the pattern instructions, which is unusual for me. I bound my pockets with self fabric bias tape and added a contrast strip because I did not have enough fabric to make the entire contrast panel. In case you are wondering, I made view A.

My favorite details are the pockets (of course!)  and the ties that are inserted into the waist pleats.

The pleats are supposed to lie underneath the bust, but I moved them down 1-2 inches because lower definition flatters my body better.

 This frock is an all time fav. I HIGHLY recommend the pattern to adventurous (slightly unorthodox) seamstresses. This is the most unique and comfortable thing I own in my entire wardrobe and I hope to make more! I give it a massive thumbs up!

 What have you been crafting?
God Bless! please comment!

Lexi and Olaf

Thursday, August 6, 2015

A Dress for Kit (Doll Sewing Post)

 Well, it has been awhile, but I have a doll related sewing post for you all today! 
And a story about a Kit. Actually, two Kits. 
A Tale of two Kits.

(Look how different they look. Same doll, manufactured at different times. The one of the left is newer, the one on the right is older. Both so cute!) 
The newer model Kit on the left is my Kit I have had for several years. The other Kit was a super score at a second-hand store. But, it is a shame, I do not need two Kits. So hopefully, Kit number two will be going to a new home this afternoon. 
I originally rescued Kit number two about two months ago. She came in a cute, but ungirly outfit!

Now, even though I am selling her, I really figured she needed a new outfit. I "happened" to stumble upon some vintage fabric at a yard sale.  Then, a friend gave me some felt. Oh no, how could I resist?
The fact is, I don't do a lot with my collection anymore, except admire them on display. So having an excuse to spend some time sewing a doll dress was welcome. Sewing doll clothes is how I got my start. If it hadn't been for my growing collection of dolls needing clothes, I might never have learned to sew! I had not realized how much i missed sewing doll clothes. Really. It is so relaxing. 
The dress features a felt peter-pan collar, bodice placket with brown mini-buttons and a felt bow. Skirt is a circle, even though in the 1930's, it would technically be more a-line to conserve fabric. Sleeves have inverted box pleats and felt cuff.

Little felted shoes!

 Her hair needed a little help, it is uncut and nice, but flys around. So a bow was perfect!

 This is how the bow looks off the doll.The side knot is stitched on the band. the band has two inches of elastic on the bottom. This way, a child does not need to tie the band on the doll. Ease of use.

 Here are the two Kits together. I made both outfits. The red outfit was made a year ago, you can see how it was a proto-type for the one I am showing today.

Hope everyone is doing well!
Blessings to you!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Outfit Post-1940's Inspired


"In every situation, there is a reason to Thank God, in every circumstance, a time to give Praise"

Hello dear Readers!
I just got back from such a busy week on a mission trip. You know, there is so much that can go wrong on a trip with 42 people from 3 different churches. But, there is also so much BEAUTY that comes from a group of Christ-lovers who jump into a project and get the job done. They love. They cry. They share their testimonies of faith. They help the weak ones. They show they care. I am truly blessed to have worked with such a wonderful team. ! So BLESSED!
Today I have a 1940's inspired outfit. The skirt I made awhile back and had to remake because I shrunk several sizes.  The blouse and purse are thrift-ed. I have to say I looked quite fancy at the vets office when I took Olaf to get shots, but hey! 
My purse is so small, but super cute! I love messenger style bags. And this one is mini! 

     My shoes are from Payless and are made by a brand called "Lower East Side". There were on clearance and I wish I had grabbed two pairs now! They have lace inserts, ties and don't have too much of a heel which I really like!

My knit blouse, which I found second hand, 
truly reminds me of the 1940's. It has lattice work on the yoke, decorated with a self-knit ruffle! The back has a cute keyhole!


I took the skirt in about 4 inches! I re-pleated it to the waistband and re-inserted the zip! The skirt I made for Independence day several years ago has a new leash on life! Note the wide box pleat in front, it then goes into directional pleating around the sides.

The necklace is one I got at a "For King and Country" concert last October! I LOVE that band! 

My earrings are bows, which I wear whenever my owl earrings don't go with something! I only have a couple pairs of earrings that I rotate. I would like more, but I try to keep my costs down!

Hope you all enjoyed! What did you like about my outfit? Do you like "For King and Country" ?
Love you all!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Outfit Post-Cowgirl Meets 1950's

"I wished people still dressed like that..."

-An old man in a Dr.'s office when he saw my dress

I definitely felt playful in this outfit. I have really fallen in love with Texas over the last year, I don't know why or how, but it happened.  My sister hates Texas with a passion, but I am really fond of it.  I have friends there. Family there. My favorite pickles are manufactured in Texas. (Okay, I know, that's random.) And so, that's that. 

I was super happy to find a cowgirl hat at a trading post last time I was up in Ruidoso NM and it goes quite well with several of my dresses. 
 The dress was purchased at Kohls on a killer clearance.  I think I paid only two dollars because I had Kohls cash. It is a Lauren Conrad dress and I love her vintage-style designs. But, I never buy her stuff because of the price. Sales and Kohls cash saved the day!  This dress fabric is intriguing because it has a fading  effect towards the hem. I usually like to purchase clothes when I know there is not a fabric out there I can buy to make something similar.

 But, as always, the dress was way too short so I added lace on the end. It  works so well!
 I had to rummage underneath the clearance rack to find the matching belt for this dress. Some of the dresses had belts and others had lost them. Fortunately. I found the one that was the same size and color as my dress so I scooped it up!

 My favorite detail of the dress is not the belt however, its the cut-out back. Love the detail.

Hope you liked this post! Please comment and tell me what you think of the outfit!

Blessings to you!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Things I'm Lov'n {1}

 Some Lovely Things Lately....

1. Cowgirl & Plaid

2. Owl bracelets 

 3. My first Laughing Moon Pattern.

4. Sewing Blue Stretch Taffeta

5. These cute little owl earrings

6. My Lower East Side shoes

7. New Thin Mint flavored tea

 8. This cute night gown pattern from the 70's

What have you been lov'n lately?
Happy sabbath to you all!
Love you,

God Bless,

Monday, July 13, 2015

Gold Spencer Jacket-Regency Sewing

"Life is too short not to wear gold sandals..."
-My Mother
My dear mama has said that as long as I can remember.  She owned a pair of gold sandals one summer and she wore them EVERY DAY. I am not the biggest fan of gold myself. I like silver better. But that really applies to jewelry, I am fine with gold clothing (especially as an accent, like this jacket). Which is good because awhile ago I found a gold drape at the thrift store and the moment to make a Regency Spencer had come at last.....
I have been itching for a spencer Yeah, somewhere about then. But I did not want to spend a bunch of money, I mean, historically sewing has to be done on a budget because its not really stuff I wear a lot. I ended up spending about $10 for this project. So, score!   I used the new Butterick regency pattern, B6074, with very few modifications. The main changes being adding buttons to an otherwise open (gaping) front, piping and trim details.
This spencer is not made from super thick material, so it is lined, even the sleeves. The collar is piped, and so are the cuffs. The braid looks like ric-rack but BELIEVE me, it most certainly is not! 
The sleeve trim designs were so much fun!
The waistband has lace and the buttons are "military" inspired.

It was super easy to make. I highly recommend the pattern! Its fun and delightful to wear as well! Definitely comfortable!
I hope you like the pictures! please comment below and tell me what you think!
Love you all!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Vintage Outfit-I See Bubbles

"The cottons woods released their glorious tufts, which floated down like bubbles!"
-My thought this afternoon when I was wearing very cloudy glasses....

 Howdy dear readers! How are you all doing? I would really love to know, so PLEASE leave me a comment!
 The weather in New Mexico is hotter than hot lately. We were in the 104-111 degree ballpark this Fathers Day weekend. Everyone who's AC is not up in runnin' is SCRAMBLING for cool air! 
I met some friends for coffee and got to wear my latest thrift store score, a vintage dress set.
I bought it for $8! Wow! Praise God for good deals! 
I think this set is from the 70's. It is definitely vintage of some sort. The tag has been cut out, but I can see the stub so I know it was store bought rather than homemade.
 It is polyester, but not a stuffy, weird kind. It felt very cool and breezy today. It has a dress with fitted waist, that could almost be 1960's I think. 
A matching self-fabric belt and a sheer jacket. It fits like a glove, not too tight, not too loose. So I can easily dance and groove in it!
Has a center skirt seam in the front and tiny pleats on each front side, laying flat in front.
There is a bitty tape sewn on the inside to keep the waist from stretching. I did hem it about 4 inches to a better length for me.  

 Hope you enjoyed this post! Send me your thoughts on this outfit!
xoxo Lexi

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