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. 
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...
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?


Sunday, May 10, 2015

What I Sewed-Collars and Roses

"Summertime, roses, sunshine and...oh yes, Mothers!"
Today is that 'ol glorious Mother's Day! 
For some however, it is not quite the happy day it should be. For some it brings bad memories and for others thoughts of what might have been, could have been. Some are estranged from their mothers, others are estranged from their children, and still others wish they could have been mothers. Some have lost children, both unborn and older children, but all the same, children. 
Some, like my mother, miss their mother who has long since passed away. This day is bittersweet.
So we must love and rejoice when we can. And grieve when we must. Pray long and hard for mothers. And long and hard for the motherless.
With all our experiences, Mothers Day can be so very different. Happy. Sad. Emotionally in-between.
But, to you mothers out there, and to my own mother, I must say....
Thank You!
For your sacrifice, for your faith. Your courage to bring us up. 
Much love to you today. Love to you if you are hurting, or joyful.
I love you.

Recently I got the urge to sew a non-costume garment. I had some credit at Hancocks from a recent exchange and decided to set off on a project! I love to sew my own clothes. I like to wear my own work. Its satisfying. There is about it. Anyways...please enjoy!

I made a collared blouse and separate skirt. I used these two patterns:

The skirt is lined with matching fabric, and instead of having a short lining, the top skirt is short and the lining is long for contrast!I just switched one of the views on the pattern to where the lining piece was cut longer and the outer piece shorter. Really simple.

The shirt has a highly stabilized collar (since it was stretchy fabric!) and a pleated neckline. I love this blouse pattern! A new fav! I cut the pattern out several sizes smaller than I would normally wear, because I knew the pattern was cut very big. It helps to whack a size or two off and then it fits great! Still roomy, but not huge!
The back of the blouse closes with a loop and button.

Its a comfy outfit and I feel very much myself in it. 
Praise God for the time and materials to sew! I know its a privilege.I am so very thankful for sewing and for all the beauty in my life!

Hope you enjoyed my new spring outfit! 
What have you all been sewing, or planning to sew, for summer?
Whats some beauty that's been present in your life lately?

Much Love,
Lexi and Olaf!
(My boy has his own style lol)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

April In Focus

And for today's quote.....

 Hello friends *waves really hard*

And by friends I mean you! Anyone reading this!
 April seems to have floated away before I could quite grasp it in both hands!
SOOOOOOOO much has happened, so many lovely things!
I have tried to caprture the moments, but so many floated by before I could click the shutter! Here is to a beautiful, whirling month. To God be the Glory!

 1. Our church hosted a Jane Austen Tea Party...we worked so hard, making decorations, putting raffle basket together, preparing food! It was such a blessing!

 2. Surprisingly, got some personal sewing done despite work and so much craziness!
Made a new silk Civil War skirt and a floral and coral summer outfit, plus finished my first (red, black and white!) Folklorico dance costume!

Had to share also a butterfly t-shirt I made for the theatre I work at, I made a dozen or so of these for the kids we work with and tried on the largest size...woosh, I could fly away!

3. Had a civil War tea Party with some friends to commemorate the end of the Civil Way, April 9th!

4. Had passover celebration at church and made some homemade matza
ball soup in the days following becuase I could not get enough at our church
supper! Yum!

 My dear Mommsy also made some DELICIOUS stuffed bell peppers! New fav dish!

5. I *finally* got a C.W union hat to go with my Confederate hat!  Call me crazy people, but I was thrilled! I mounted them proudly in my room!
 My dear Padre proudly wore the Yankee hat and his Gettysburg t-shirt at a local reenactment and I was so happy! Does he not look handsome?

 And, as a last thought, since we are into May, I had a wonderful Cinco de Mayo with my Baile Folklorico (Mexican folk dance) class! We danced at an old folks home!

Much love to you all! Blessing upon you!
I know this is the National Day of Prayer, so I hope everyone is praying for our country!

Please let me know the most exciting thing(s) that happned in your April!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Language of Flowers-Outfit Post

"Your life is a poem, let God fill in the verses"

When I was about 16 years old, I wanted to be a botanist.
 I would take long tramps around our neighborhood during spring and photograph all the flowers in every-bodies lawn, probably breaking some sort of "no trespassing" law. Thankfully no one seemed to mind much and I was very well entertained that summer. My family was not blessed with the ever covetous "green thumb"  but my Mother has always been fond and proud of her roses, which she has always maintained in the three different houses we have lived in.
Her roses are just coming out.
 I for one love the language of flowers and what they mean. So wonderful to read books on the subject, such as my copy of Kate Greenaways Language of Flowers. A little worn around the edges, it is much loved.
 My outfit post is an outfit from yesterday when I wore my new peach skirt I found at the thrift store. I could not believe a found such a perfect "me" skirt in the perfect size. I actually owe its discovery to my dear sister Emily who spotted it when I did not. This proves that thrifting with two is better than thrifting alone. Its a scavenger hunt that requires a team! Add a belt and some vintage peach beads (also found by my sis) and you are set.


 Lace Inset Shirt-Thrifted// Peach Skirt-Thrifted//Necklace-Thrifted//Belt-Catos

God Bless you!
Lexi and Olaf
P.S What is your favorite flower? Mine are orchids.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hope for Tomorrow-Outfit Post

"Problems in the Promised Land doesn't mean your not in your Promised Land!"
  Wow! How time fly's! 
Churching...(is that a word?)
Drinking lots of tea!

And amid all the joy of it all...
Discouragement sometimes seeps in...

I don't know why doubt sometimes clings to our minds, mostly at the edges, not at the forefront, but  vaguely in the background. And I wonder if ladies are more vulnerable to this sort of thing.  Are we more susceptible to fear, doubt and insecurity? I think in some ways we may be. 
I find that at night, I struggle. But In the morning I find joy.
Sometimes rays of hope come with the morning sun.
Hope for today.  And at night, I tell myself to remember, the Hope for Tomorrow.

I wanted to share a simple spring outfit with you all. I really like navy and white because it goes great with my favorite colors, coral, peach and orange. It is neutral, without being...well....boring!
Like most of my clothes, this outfit consists of thrifted pieces. I love recycling and am a penny pincher so it works well. 

I got a nice (and modest lengthed!) navy striped dress and put it with my favorite infinite scarf...which has become almost akin to a security blanket for me! My mom got it for me last year and I wear it so much well, maybe I should wash it more!
Dress-thrifted//Scarf-Gift//Owl necklace-Gift//Purse-Thrifted//Shoes-Walmart

 Hope you all are doing well, I love reading your blogs too! God Bless you and may He help you find peace in where He has you today!
Lexi and Olaf

Images by Freepik