A Dress for April

geometric print dress

Simplicity 1803

Well hello there, blog readers!  It is another month in this sewing challenge of mine, and I have once again finished another dress.  Let me tell ya, I get happier and happier every month with my sewing-self, and it seems I am accumulating many new favorites!  Yet another favorite, if not my most favorite, of the homemade sort, April’s Dress.

1803I went with a different pattern this time, Simplicity 1803.  It was one of five I bought back in January when Joanne’s was having a 5 for $5 sale.  The material came from fabric.com and it was a bit of a splurge for me since I usually only shop the clearance racks.  Not too bad price wise really, just over $20.00 for the three yards.  I love a good geometric print, even more so when it is some of my favorite colors!

The dress was easy to make.  I had no troubles at all, until it was done that is.  I initially made the armhole openings a bit bigger just because of my last dress, but then once I got it all together realized it was unnecessary.  It was an easy fix to get that taken care of though, so no problems there.  Then, when I was done and trying it on for the third time, I thought it might be worth it to take it in just a bit at the front center bodice seam.  Should be easy, just a little unpicking here, a small stitch up there and… Well, it was easy to do all of this, but I messed up and serged the facing just a bit too short and therefore lost that nice flat, under-stitched look at the front center.  My only option without redoing the front facing was to finish it with a top stitch, which I was initially really happy not to have to do.  Oh, well, it still looks great.  I just need to perfect my perfecting!  (It was fine before I went and messed with it.)

I put in some cap sleeves opposed to my usual no sleeves.  I was nervous because I always seem to dislike the look and feel of most sleeves that I make on dresses.  Not this time, I was very happy with the way they came out.  I found that the instructions for this pattern had better directions for most of the things that I normally have trouble with.  This got me thinking.  I read a few months back how the cheaper patterns are the hardest to work with, and while I wouldn’t exactly call Simplicity patterns high-priced, they usually run just under the $10 range, they do cost more than the $3.00 New Look patterns I have sewn from the most.  (Wal-Mart is my hometown mall after all.)  After this dress though, my conclusion is that Simplicity is a much better pattern brand to work with.  I think I will be skipping the cheap brands and finding the equivalent in something a little more tried and true from here on out, even if it means I have to wait until I get to the big city.  I haven’t noticed too much trouble with New Look skirts though, so I guess I can still get a few of those now and again.

Next up on my sewing agenda, I am planning on a quick skirt.  I finally got the backing for my quilt, and I threw in a few yards from the sale pages to make the shipping free.  Although, my sewing time is gonna now have to be shared with my outside time, and I am not too sure how I feel about that… But if this rain and dreariness or wind continues, I won’t be outside much anyway.

a dress in the windA dress that holds up well in the wind, bonus!  And I promise I really do iron my dresses.  It just never looks like it.

This blog of mine is just all over the place, I know.  From dresses, to photos of insects, and really everything in between!  Funny thing is that my sewing posts get me some of the most feedback, and I love it!  Stay tuned, my next post will be about something completely different, that I am sure…

Thanks for reading, and as always, I would love to hear what you have to say.

Outfit details: Dress – made by me // Shoes – Route 66 // Necklace – made by me

Linking up with: Passion for Fashion, Simple Sequins, Sew and Tell Saturday

A Nature Walk

Nature reflection

When it finally decided to start warming up, it was towards the end of last week, a day outside was in order.  It had been cold up until last Thursday.  There was wind, rain, and even snow – nothing that stuck, but still it was snowing last Tuesday!  So after this crazy winter weather rolled on out, the temperature started to rise and the sun, well the sun just stayed behind the clouds, but at least the temperatures started to warm up, so the boy and I made a short drive to Mousetail State Park here in West Tennessee.

I really like this park.  It is so pretty!  It isn’t nearly as big as Natchez Trace, my backyard park, but still it is a nice looking place.  I really haven’t seen that much of it either.  There are plenty of hiking and bike riding trails that we have yet to explore.  But on this particular day, we were there for a nature walk.  There was talk of canoeing, but I think all of the rain from the night before may have messed up those plans.  That was alright though, I was happy to be outside and in the nice fresh air.

We saw quite a few things on our short little walk.  There was plenty of pretty spring flowers and even a petrified coral reef.  Yeah, I thought it was just a plain ole rock wall.  Nope, a petrified coral reef was there on the side of the road all this time.  It’s great going on a nature walk with a park ranger!

Nature rock wall

Nature coralthat white thing in the middle is a piece of a coral and there is another one off to the left of it

Nature Daffodil

I saw what an eagle’s nest looked like compared to a squirrel’s nest, now if only there was an eagle to see!  It almost looked like something poked its head out, but it was too wooded to really tell for sure.  There were a few little creatures to check out though.  Someone found a salamander, and the ranger had picked up a millipede to show everyone.  He had been carrying it around in his pocket for a while, which I don’t think I would ever want to do.  I am really not a fan of creepy crawlies, especially ones with lots of legs, and I especially would not want them as close to me as they would be in a pocket.  I am glad my boy doesn’t bring those things home with him.  He at least leaves them outside if he ever does.

Nature nest

Nature Salamander

Nature millipede

It was a wonderful way to spend a few hours of the afternoon, and it was also nice to not be shivering outside for once this season.  Hooray for spring!

I Will Someday Wear All of the Skirts in My Closet

thrifted skirt

Another skirt looking down

Hello, all!  It is a warm, almost 80 degrees this lovely spring day.  How is the weather where you are?  Is it spring yet?  Or maybe more like summer?

Well, with the exception of maybe one more, I have pretty much blogged about all of my thrifted skirts.  Never did I think two years ago when I started this little old blog, that I would have that much to say about skirts from the Goodwill or from yard sales, but I apparently had plenty to say, and they have almost all had their chance in the spotlight.  This skirt that I have for today’s Thursday Thrift was much like the others, found at the Goodwill.  I can’t remember now if it was the color of the day when I bought it, but I do know that I didn’t spend more than $5.00 for it.  It is a little on the interesting side, and its uniqueness is the main reason why it came home with me.

I have never come across a skirt like this, and I was able to overlook the little bits of pink just because I liked it so much.  (I don’t like pink, in case you were wondering.)  It has these neat looking panels of lace and sheer material hanging from the waist.  I was a little worried about how it would wash, but that ended up being nothing to fret over, it washed out just fine.  I have tried to wear it many a time, but never had the right non-faded black shirt to match it hanging up in my closet.  I must have forgotten about all of the black polyester shirts that I have, because they seemed to match pretty well when I was looking for an outfit this past weekend.  Polyester doesn’t lose its color, but it is oh so hot when the weather warms up.  It was not a warm 80 degrees when I wore this, however, and the added tights are a big clue to that as well.  This was worn last Sunday, it also was a lovely spring day, and the breeze made it just cool enough for tights.  In fact, it may have been the last day the weather was appropriate for tights and polyester shirts!  I have a feeling its gonna be warm from here on out, and I know it’s only gonna get warmer…

Another Skirt 3

 Shirt – Rave || Skirt – no tag (thrifted) || Shoes – Route 66

Anything thrifted up on your blog today?  Leave me a comment with a link so I can check it out.  Until next time, happy thrifting!

PS – I do realize that it is not currently Thursday, and that I am a day early for my Thursday Thrift post.  Being early isn’t usually a bad thing though. :-)

Some other thrift inspired outfits to check out today:

High Latitude Style

*linking up with Simple Sequins.

The Top Ten Wearable Fashion Trends for Spring

Wearable Fashion for Spring 2014


It is that time again, another season is upon us so time to start making the transition from our winter wardrobes to spring style.  I did a little peek into fall fashion way back when winter hadn’t even shown up yet, and since the calendar clearly states that it is in fact now spring, I thought I would take a little peek into this season’s fashion line up.

Here it is, the Top Ten Most Wearable Spring Trends as seen on the fashion runways and style magazines - for those of you who wanna stay up to date with this kind of thing.  I also like to know if any of the current trends will fit with my style, and it sometimes helps to give my fashionable-self a little push out of my normal outfit comfort zone once in a while.

In no particular order, here they are:

1.  Pretty Pastels – I knew this one was coming since the end of last summer, and I can’t say I did anything about it.  I still predominately have dark colors in my closet, and only maybe a few things I would consider pretty AND pastel.  I have never been a fan, really.  This would definitely be a step in a different direction for me, fashion wise, but I am willing to take it.

2.  Boxy Cropped Jackets – How does this trend do anything for style?  Just the word boxy when it comes to clothes gives me a bad image, and in a jacket, sounds very unflattering!  I don’t think I will be keeping up with this trend this season.

3.  Contrast Color Button Downs – There is potential here for me.  I really like a nice fitted button down shirt, I might even have one, and I really love a great looking collar.  Add a little contrast and I think I might be able to do something with this.

4.  Wide Leg Trousers – I already have several of these pants stacked on my shelf that I thought were no longer in style.  I am happy that I was wrong about that.  I really like wide legged trousers.

5.  Cool Bomber Jackets – I have always been a fan of this style of jacket.  I remember my first bomber style leather jacket and the day I got it oh so well.  Unfortunately, I don’t have it anymore – I was in sixth grade.  (However, even if I still had it and wore it, I don’t think I would tell anyone my jacket came from my middle school days.)  Another all time favorite of mine that I have since let pass away, a good looking flight jacket.  I am happy to be seeing these show up in my local mall.  Although, spring in Tennessee, real spring, isn’t usually jacket weather in my experience, but oh well.  One can’t have too many jackets, can they?

6.  Tea-Length Skirts – Yes, another style I am totally down with.  I have lately taken a very big liking to tea-length skirts and dresses.  After February’s dress, I did end up searching ebay for the perfect tea-length petticoat.  I definitely need more of this style in my wardrobe!

7.  Sweaters – I like the idea of sweaters, and the look of them very much, but mostly they have long sleeves, and I don’t like long sleeves.  But, I am learning to knit, so there is bound to be a sweater in my future just because it is a knitting staple, right!?  I will learn to like them on me.  Or, maybe removable, button-style sweaters will do.

8.  Athletic/Tuxedo Strip Style Trousers – No, not for me!  I have this unsaid rule that I will not wear athletic pants in public, so if they look sporty, you won’t find them on me.  The tuxedo stripe on the other hand, I might consider wearing a pair with that feature just as long as they have no resemblance to track pants.

9.  The Shift Blouse – The description said it was like a dressier t-shirt, what I saw was a big square-like shirt that didn’t appeal to me one bit.  Although, if done right, maybe in some flowy-fabric, I think I would try this style.  I even have a few patterns to make shirts like this and they seem very easy.

10.  Collarless Coats – My least favorite of the whole list!  I understand that bomber style jackets don’t really have much of a collar, not one that folds down anyway, but there is at least a band giving the jacket a little bit of a collared look.  A coat with no collar at all is just awful looking in my opinion.  I have not found one that I like yet, and I won’t be coat shopping this season if the jackets I see don’t have some kind of a collar.  I would rather have a long sweater if that’s the case.

What styles are you looking forward to this season?  Any that you will be passing by?  Pastels are gonna be my most searched for, especially since I am still needing a color shift in my current wardrobe.

*linking up with: Passion for Fashion.


Just Because the Trees are Blooming Doesn’t Mean It’s Warm Outside

Spring Flowers

It has almost been a whole week and not one blog post from me.  In fact, I have hardly even sat down in front of my computer this week except only to deal with photos.  I am attempting to back up all 49,000 plus photos that I have somehow accumulated, and I have also been spending some time doing a little wedding photo editing.  Really, I could probably spend all day messing around with pictures, but there are other things to be done than that in my life.

I think March is just a very busy month for me.  I remember this time last year and it was kind of similar.   There’s end of the school year planning, outside spring stuff – although it has hardly been spring.  (In fact there were some snow flurries yesterday and this cold just won’t completely make its way out of here.)  Also, I have been feeling a bit blah this week.  It started with allergies, I think, and made its way to settle into my chest.  So I have been wearing myself down coughing these last few days and spending my free time resting instead of doing anything fun, like blogging and sewing.  So basically that is what I have been up to: looking at photos, teaching school, and coughing A LOT.  And maybe there have been a few naps here and there.  Not really blog worthy, huh?

I have been making progress with shoe saves though.  In fact, three in the last week, but I only have photos of two, so I shouldn’t end this post before getting them documented and out of the way.  I have a feeling since this cold weather seems to be lingering around that I may end up getting the last of my boots worn and saved before the rest of this week is over.

Shoe Save 20 - Old Navy || Dress - made by me

Shoe Save 20 – Old Navy || Dress – made by me

I know it doesn’t really look cold in these photos and it wasn’t.  Spring can’t make up its mind on when to stay around for good.

Bichon on a walk

Shoe Save 21 – Doc Martens that are just about only suitable for dog walking. (I can’t bring myself to part with them yet.)

Well that is it from me for now.  If I write about any of the other things going on in my life it might make me sound like I am complaining, and as far as this blog goes, I only wanna complain about the weather. ;-)

*Linking up with Shoeperwoman