Friday, June 9, 2017

Style Snaps//4

 
 
 Hello friends, hope you are well. You all seem to like my style snap series, so here is an extra big collection today. I am loving the warm weather. Enjoy!
 
1. A Taste for Lace
 
2. Call me Coral

3. Owl Always Love You

4. "Swing" Me a Tune

5. Lady-like

6. Reality Check
 (I do own workout clothes...)

7. Flower Child

 
 Tell me what you think, which was your favorite?
 
xoxo
Lexi

 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Sewing//Ballet Leotard

"There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them"
-Vicki Baum

Hello, hello, hello!
Toady I thought I'd finally share a new skill I have been learning.
 Leotard making.
Working at a dance theatre, you would think sewing leos would be a skill we use regularly. However, many times it is cheaper to buy sets of leos and add decoration as needed. That being said, early this year I decided to step into the great world of leotard sewing. It was a pleasant foray and first attempt, and much of the success is due to a great pattern I found on Etsy. I highly recommend it.

One of the reasons for making this leo was, of course, to gain the skill, but another was to see if I could create some one-of-a-kind designs. I also want to be able to  make larger sized leos for girls who do not have the "ballet body", so to speak. In addition, I played around with bust support options.

View #1: Leo with Skirt
I love this leo pattern because of the sweetheart neckline and sleeve option. The lace yoke is great for coverage but still keeps the dancer feeling pretty. As you can see I had enough fabric to make a separate skirt.


 View #2 : Inside Liner
If you are not familiar with leotards, most of the ones for teens/adults have a liner for the bust.
I had yet to stash some nude spandex fabric when I sewed this, so I used the same fabric on the inside. Bra elastic cinches the liner in place.

View# 3: Bust Padding
Let us just say I have watched on as one too many teen girls, who needed some extra protection and  lacked it, scampered off to the ballet barre! My insides just cry out, saying "There must be another way!" I just tacked some pads in this liner as a test, and hope to sew them down on future leos.  While many girls wear dance bras, I hope this can also be a solution.

View #4: Crotch Liner
Here again is the outside fabric being used inside, at the crotch this time. Works just fine and adds prettiness. Generally, one would just use a plain nude spandex like the liner shelf. You can also see a bit how the leg holes are turned under (they are elasticized a bit) and stitched with a zig-zag. 

View #5 : Skirt
The skirt was literally sewn from a long (uneven) piece of leftover fabric. I just went with the asymmetrical thing going on, and used it as a design detail. The stretchy waistband (just made from the leftover lace I used on the yoke)  is super comfy and easy to dance in. The hem has some lace for added detail.

Looking over this post, I realize it might be a little awkward to read for those not familiar with the intimate details of dance wear.  So sorry. I do hope however, that sewers and dancers (and even people just interested in clothing construction) will find this interesting to read. 

Much love,
Yours ever dancing and sewing,

Lexi

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Cinco De Mayo Outfit 2017

 

Hola mis amigos! 
Hope you all are well. Today I share one of my favorite outfit posts of the whole year.
Yes, indeed, my Cinco de Mayo outfit. I think I have turned this nominal holiday into something it is typically  not. While in Mexico this day is actually not such a big deal, in the U.S.A it's a sort of heritage and culture day. Many adults I know just use it as an excuse to party. I use it as an excuse to wear colorful headpieces. Like last year, I wore my outfit to work and it was super fun. My mom and I even went out for tacos and the drive through guy seemed to like it as well. (I don't know for sure 'cause he just kept staring at my hair lol) 

This year I squeezed in enough time to make my outfit. I kept it simple with a loose blouse and headpiece.
 My fabulous boss (yes, the one who found me my dressform) gave me the fabric which came in as a donation at work. It was a small piece of old textile with gorgeous embroidery. I added ribbons on top to match my headpiece. I still do not have any idea how old the fabric is or where it was made.
 Look how pretty...
 The headpiece I actually made earlier in the year as a test project. It is made from brown yarn, ribbon, elastic...and of course a butterfly. 
The headpiece slips over my bun (I used a bun donut, like I do for dance). You can see how nice it looks.
I did put my headpeice on a bit crooked though. ;) I think the ribbons made up for it.

Anyways, take care! Love you all!
xoxo
Olaf and Lexi
Look how cute he is!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Style Snaps//3

 

 Hello friends,
Here is an outfit round-up for you all.
My days have been super filled-up at work, but I am pleased to have gathered enough pictures over the last month to make a post.
Have a beautiful day, enjoy!
 
1. Polka Dots and Chocolate Milk
 
 2. Color Pop Monday

 
3. Heat-Wave
 (aka as 'Time to Shave the Dog and Ditch the Sweater")

4. On the Fringe


5. Blush

 
 6. Rainy Day Coat

 
Looking at these pictures it is easy to see I have a color-theme going of navy and corals.
What can I say?  My wardrobe is not terribly diverse.
However, I hope it is fun to look at and a bit creative.
 
What was your favorite outfit?
 
xoxo
Lexi

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Fun Stuff Girl

Do you know what's fun?
Fun stuff is fun.
That's what's fun.
 
When I think about fun, I think of things like...
 
..... my dogs all curled up on my bed after hours of running wild,

 
......the flowers I bought to make an Easter wreath with,
which are still brightening up my sewing room...waiting,

 
......remaking old clothes into fun and comfy summer wear,

BEFORE                                            AFTER


.....My mom wearing ears-(it was a sorta collab between me and a little girl at church) Wait--doesn't your Sunday School class wear cat ears every week? How is this not normal?

.......Colorful headpieces,

 
.....Turning an old two piece swimsuit into a one piece (because I don't like shelling out money for swimwear that's going to be covered up with anyway)  Plus, I love orange-so why waste!?


But mostly, when I think of fun, I think of the Triple Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes with a Lava Center, which I made for my dad's birthday. 
Now that's fun stuff my girl.
 
I could also mention things like quiet Easter Sundays, going to baseball games with some kids, getting new glasses, and squeezing fresh orange juice, but really, that might be a little too much.
 
Much love,
Lexi


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Style Snaps + Sewing

 Hello all,
 I have another collection of daily outfits to share-this time taken over the span of a month. These are in no real order, but you can see that we have been thrown through a loop as far as weather goes. It has felt both like June and January in a very short amount of time. Enjoy!
 
1. Opal

2. Lazy Days

3. Reminisce
  
4. Tribal on Wednesdays
 
5. Elephant Romper
~Made by me from a shawl from Tanzania
The fabric and pattern base
 
Here is an in-progress view.
Super comfy and cool for sleep and play wear;)
Which leads me to the fact that I got a new dress form.
The reason this is such big news is because it was a direct answer to many months of prayer.
My other form, (R.I.P. Maria, you served me well) was laid to rest after complications with hip-dysplasia, and in her wake I refused to pay $150+ for a replacement. I believe God honors frugality, and with some help from my thrifty boss, we found this girl second-hand.

 

 The moral of this tale is that God cares about the small stuff, and waiting for a good deal pays off.
It also goes to show that when we can't find a bargain, recruit friends to help. I think I have the only boss in the world who would not only find me a dress form, but also go and pick it up too. How incredible is that? I was blown away.
 
xoxo
Lexi
 
P.S. What was your favorite outfit?
 


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Ash Wednesday

"...We pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." 2 Corinthians 5:20b-21
 
For many Christians/Catholics around the globe, today is the beginning of Lent. A season well-known for giving up a human pleasure, in order to prepare the heart for Easter. While I know plenty of fellow Evangelical Christians who participate in some way during Lent, I do not know, personally, any who take part in an Ash Wednesday service.
Besides it being the official start of Lent, I began asking myself what Ash Wednesday really symbolized.
What was the purpose of the ashes?
I probably could have googled it, but my mother and I decided to attend an Ash Wednesday service at the local Methodist church instead.
 
Ashes symbolize the fact that we are mortal, and that Christ took on mortal flesh in order to give us eternal life.
 
The service stood as a reminder that life, while beautiful and vibrant in it's time, will end someday.
 This season before Easter is one in which to reflect on the magnitude of the sacrifice that "paid it all."
It was a really lovely time of reflection for both my mother and I. The ashes on so many thousands of foreheads today are really just an outward sign of the truth that is hopefully burning in people's hearts. The truth that we must lose our life to find it, and die to self to be born in Christ.

What do you think of Ash Wednesday or Lent?
Is there a symbol that means something special to you in your walk with God?

With Love,
Lexi
 


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Style Snaps//1

 Greetings fabulous people!
 
It occurred to me awhile back that I needed a new way to share my daily outfits with you.
It has become too difficult and time-consuming to get lots of photos at one time.
The emphasis in the pictures I thought needed to change as well.
The outfits I wear are simply a form of creative expression, and as such I want the focus to be on them, and less on me.
 
So the new plan is to catalog more daily outfits, with one picture allowed per outfit.
I certainly enjoyed taking these pictures over the last week and I hope you enjoy seeing them.
Here you go!

~*~Style Snaps: Feb. 1-15~*~
 
1. Bicycle Bloom

Occasionally Em and I bike to church, so this is from Super Bowl Sunday.

2. Tie Me a Bow
Retro on Monday 'cause I am blessed to work where I do :)
3. Pleasant Fields
An all time favorite...
4. Tribal Tunic
I call this one "Ethnic on Wednesday", because I always wear it on....
5. Three Parts Lace
 My pants and shirt are the same crochet texture....
6. Sweet-Things
Happy Valentines!
I had a great, busy week, and am looking forward to another eventful few weeks coming up. Our first big production of the year is coming up at work, and there are headpieces to be made and children that need costumes. I hope you all had a nice Valentine's Day, and enjoy your upcoming week.
Blessings,
xoxo
Lexi
 
So tell me, which was your favorite?
Which outfit do you think has the best colors?
 
 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

My Ballet Folklorico Skirt


 I love Mexican folk dance, Ballet Folklorico, and one of the reasons is because the costumes are so colorful.
I needed a practice skirt, and after making a test skirt, I sewed up this beauty.
 "What components," you may ask, "comprise a folklorico skirt?"
Good question.
In many forms of folklorico, you need a super wide skirt that can essentially reach over your head.
This is because we do lots of intricate skirt work.
Dramatic pose to illustrate point...
My skirt is made up of two complete circle skirts, with an approx.1000 inch wide strip that was ruffled onto the bottom. Each strip of ribbon decoration is about 28 yards long. Usually practice skirts are not decorated, but this is me we are talking about. In prepping for this project I ordered 200 yards of ribbon online. (I only spent about $30, so I was really pleased!)

There are two separate waistbands for this skirt, a front and back, with ties at each end.

First, step into skirt and bring the back waistband ties around and tie in front.,

Next, bring the front band around...

...and tie.

There you go!
I hope you enjoyed this!
I really enjoyed making this skirt, and was pleased with the result.

Much love to you all,
Lexi

P.S. Have you ever done a form of dance? What did you do?