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!
xoxox
Lexi






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,
Lexi

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 since...um...February? 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!
Blessings,
Lexi













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




Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sewing Post-Jane Austen Dress


"I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve"
Jane Austen

I find myself being the happiest I have ever been in my life. I really am too blessed to describe. My church family, my intimate family, my health--all these things are so sweet and wonderful right now. Things are just so nice, and I must remind myself to not let these things pass without whispering, no, shouting gratitude as they pass. 
Gratitude to the Lord.
For renewing and restoring so many things.
I am so thankful to be alive.

And I am conscience of the fact that many people in the world are not. 
If you are one of those...I must say, that with Jesus, things will get better. Hang on. Pray on. Cling on. Stay in church. Drink lots of tea. Find a rigorous excersize routine if you are well enough. And pour everything to God.
Have faith.

If you are not a believer....FIND JESUS. ASAP.

Then go to church drink lots of tea etc. etc.
Sounds silly. Sounds like a load of nonesense. If you don't like tea, switch to coffee, but seriously people. Jesus+Church+Tea=Hope.
 You are loved. You are redeemed. You are chosen.
Grace and Mercy await you at the foot of the cross. 
Crawl, run, dance or limp your way there. To Jesus.
To your Jesus. 

~**~**~~~**~**~~
I felt like sewing Regency. So, that is what I did. I haven't sewn Regency since last August so it was time. 
I won't talk a lot here. You can look at the pictures for yourself. Blue dotted dress, fichu scarf, bonnet and  " wah la". Austen Land.







 


 Fare Thee Well friends! Please comment if you like this post! What do you think of the dress?
Much Love, 
Lexi



Sunday, June 7, 2015

Outfit Post-Lacy Cinderella

"Bind us together Lord, Bind us together, with cords that cannot be broken, Bind us together Lord, Bind us together with Love" 


There is really nothing like the joy of a Marriage!

 Just kidding! My parents did not get married on Saturday, but my cousin did!

Meghan!

The whole family had a great time! Faith and fellowship.....

some silliness...


And heaps of affection!

 ~*~*~*~*~

Back at Kohls a few months ago when the new "Cinderella" was just coming out in theatres, they had a line of Cinderella inspired clothes in the childrens, juniors and ladies department. I was able to purchase a blue lace dress for this wedding on discount. 
It is light and lacy, has a row of tulle on the hem, and is my new favorite dress.

 I am very thankful for it as I don't buy new clothes a lot!
You can see a little of my shoes, above, they are lace and metallic loafers, but the wedding grounds were COVERED in mulberries ad everyone's shoes were stained! That my friends is why oxyclean was invented!


I wore a lace over jacket for a little more modesty around my shoulders. I also put my hair up in my vintage roll.


My hair was adorned in a flower headband. I also found a pearl silver necklace at a thrift store.

 I felt very fairy-tale-ish! I sure hope my cousin did too!
Best wishes Meghan!
Praise God for such a memorable day!


I hope you like my outfit. It was a lovely day with sunshine, masses of family and mexican food!
Blessings to all my dear readers!
Have you ever worn a fairy tale inspired outfit?

xoxoxox
Lexi



Sunday, May 17, 2015

What I Made-Peachy Keen

"I walk, I run, I fall down, meanwhile I keep dancing"
Because everyone needs to dance through life more!
 Hello dears!
Well! I have been super busy sewing for myself and for others!
I made a summer dress for myself!
I did not necessarily need one, but sometimes I simply need to sew to stay alive. 
Its a basic staple of life. 
Anyways....
This was so much fun, and I loved the bright print I picked out! 
I am sorta a bright print person!
Some of my friends told me they would have a hard time pulling off the peach and yellow flowers but that I should go for it. I started to worry weather these colors were too much. But nope. They all fit right into place once the outfit was sewn.
I think the print looked a lot more daunting when it was 3 1/2 yards spread out on my cutting table.
I heard it a lot when I wore the dress for the first time. How "Orange doesn't look good on me, but I love your dress!" (the peachy color is quite a bit more orange in real life than these pictures show) It excites me when people who would not necessarily wear things that are my style, still really appreciate the garment and the work I put into making it. It shows me I haven't dived off the deep end with my tastes.
  

I really wanted a dress with a contrast yoke.
This yoke has a center inverted pleat detail!
 
 I have been getting into using contrasting colors on my sewing projects. I used to concentrate more on my sewing and technique rather than my fabric choices, but have learned that truly....fabric and colors matter! The overall effect of every element affects a garment's turnout!

The dress has a mutli paneled bodice, almost like a corset bodice, which is attched to the yoke on top, and a 3/4 circle skirt on the bottom. The skirt has pockets on either side...a must!
 All these many years sewing, and I have avoided stretchy fabrics like the plague. EEEK! Run!
Now, I am learning to embrace them. They are fun, and add a modern look to your garments in a way floral cotton does not, although I will always be a sucker for floral cotton!The pattern I used was Simplicity 1687, and then I wacked and chopped and did my own thing.
Because I am a pattern...
Destroyer!
Wahahah!
Don't be fooled by the cute face. If you are a pattern, beware!
 Ok now. Sorry about that! Back to the dress...
It turned out well and the only bit that is lined in the yoke, which was a thin 4 way stretch fabric compared to my 2 way thicker stretch fabric.
 I got the material at Hancocks by the way. They were in the sale aisle. Yeah!
 The back is a cool v-shaped yoke. I did not want to sew the zip through that thin fabric, so this option on the pattern was REALLY handy. Sometimes in sewing, your design revolves on what works best for your fabric. Sometimes, your fabric revolves on your design. In my case I chose the fabric before the design so the fabric dictated the pattern. Does that make sense?
 In the end, I feel like my days of using stretchy fabric have only just begun. The adventures of sewing will never end!

I hope you enjoyed this dress.
Tell me if you like peach or if your prefer other colors? Do you like clothes with contrast?

xoxoxox
Lexi

 
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