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Sneak Peek: Mollie Flower Power

Here's a little peek at my latest crochet project. It's been fun creating these blush colored flowers using this cute puff flower pattern, which I found over in this post by Roman Sock. Right now, I'm joining all these pretty petals together, and I can't wait to share what I've been making with you guys. It's already looking so lovely.

P.S. Want more sneak peeks of projects I'm working on? Then, be sure follow along with me on Instagram. I'm always sharing my crafty adventures over there, and lots of puppy pics too. Hope to see you there soon!


Sewn: Colette Patterns Laurel

Well, I've finally finished sewing my first dress! I chose the Colette Pattern's Laurel for my first go at dressmaking. The simple shift dress was easy enough for a beginner and still provided a few fun challenges.

The thing I'm most proud of on this dress, you can't even see! It's an invisible zipper! It took me a long time to get the courage to give this a go. I kept putting it off. In the end, I don't know why I stressed about it so much. It wasn't bad at all. I found this YouTube tutorial by Professor Pinsushion very helpful as she clearly explains how to use a universal zipper foot, which can look pretty intimidating! I also found the tutorials at Megan Nielsen and Colette Patterns to be great resources too.

My zipper is not perfect. You can tell from the picture that I placed it down a little too far and there is a little gap at the top, but it didn't bother me enough to want to redo the zipper. In fact, to me it almost looks like a little cut out (or so I tell myself... lol!), and since I wear my hair down most of the time, it will almost always be concealed.

I wanted an easy, breezy dress that wasn't too fitted, so I cut a straight size 4 from the pattern, but probably could have gone with a size 2. Next time, I'll make it in a smaller size or at least trim down the hips some. 

I think my favorite part of this dress is the flirty ruffled sleeves. It really adds an extra something to such a simple dress.

Project Details:
Fabric: London Calling Lawn in Floral Sorbet (Similar to the one I used in my Sorbetto top.)
Time: Okay, it took me a month, but I had to order an invisible zipper foot and get up the courage to put in the zipper. More advanced seamstresses could probably make this in a weekend.
Skills: Setting sleeves, creating ruffles, hand stitching the hem, inserting an invisible zipper, bias tape 
Difficulty: Perfect for a beginner who is ready to try new skills.

I really love this dress! It is so easy to throw on and has such a great classic look to it. There are lots of variations you can do with the Laurel Pattern, so you can really mix it up. I'm planning to make a few different styles of it for myself. In fact, I've still got the striped fabric I mentioned in this post that I need to put to good use.... hmmmmm....   :)

So, What have you guys been making lately?

P.S. Like my beaded necklace? I did a tutorial on how to make one here.

Basket Case.

I've been on a mission to find fun and functional yarn storage for my craft room, and I think I finally found the perfect solution! I snagged this oversized wire basket on a recent trip to TJ Maxx, and I just knew that it would work like a charm. 

The open weave of the wire makes it easy to see all the yarns I have in it, and since all the pretty, colorful strands show through, it really brightens up my craft room too! 

I love being able to see my yarns at a glance, and I'm hoping it's going to make me want to put these neglected strands to good use. Right now, I'm trying to work through my yarn stash by creating a Granny Tree Skirt in time for Christmas. I'm really hoping to use up my stash soon, because even though it's pretty sitting in my fancy new storage basket, these skeins will be put to much better use in a crochet project, or two, or three, or four....  ;)

(Of course, while I may be in love with my new basket, my pup, Tanner, looks a little less amused. lol! Secretly, he is waiting for me to leave so that he can grab a skein of yarn to chew on. He's crafty that one.)

Do you guys have any crafty storage tips? I'm gradually trying to tame my craft supplies and could use some suggestions.

Giveaway! Lulu & Georgia (Closed)

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Good luck, guys!!

UPDATE: Congrats to the lucky winner, Keely S.! I'm sending your e-mail to the lovely gals at Lulu & Georgia so that they can send you your prize.  YAY! :)

Sewn: A Nautical Skirt

I recently showed you the very first skirt I made. I loved it so much that I made another one in this playful nautical print. I love the whimsical quality the pink sailboats add to the skirt. I'm pretty sure the fabric was designed with kids in mind, but I love it anyways. Sometimes you've gotta let your inner child out to play.  ;)

This skirt design is based on the One Hour Skirt project from the book Sewing in a Straight Line by Brett Bara. (If you don't own the book, there is a free online video tutorial available at Kollabora.)

Project Details:
Pattern - One Hour Skirt from Sewing in a Straight Line by Brett Bara (Video tutorial available at Kollabora)
Fabric - Sarah Jane, Out to Sea in Breeze
Time - Several hours for me, but an experienced seamstress should be able to whip it up in an hour.
Skills - Cutting fabric according to your measurements, french seams, inserting elastic waistband
Difficulty - Easy, even for a beginner (make one or two or three!!)

This is my second simple elastic waistband skirt, so I'm thinking I need to step it up for my next one and try a fitted waist and maybe even a zipper (eeps!). This pleated skirt at Randomly Happy is super cute and Elena breaks down the how-to in a series of posts covering everything from designing your skirt pattern, assembling the skirtcreating pleats, and sewing a zipper. I can't wait to give it a try. It looks like a fun challenge.

Alright gals, anchors away! ;)

Have you been adding any nautical items to your wardrobe this summer?

P.S. Like my headscarf? It was an awesome thrift store find.

Off the Hook: Granny Time!

Confession: My yarn stash has grown wildly out of control, and what better to way to tame all those lovely strands of yarn than with a giant granny square project??! I've been posting snippets of my progress over on Instagram, and thought I'd share some details of my giant granny square project on the blog today. 

So, can you guess what this project is??

It's going to be a Christmas tree skirt! I fell in love with this one that was for sale at Anthropologie last year. As soon as I saw it I thought, 'I can make that!' I searched for the perfect pattern to use, and was so excited when I saw this free one by Ann Regis available over at Red Heart.

So far, I've finished the inner circle and one of the outer squares. I've still got a lot more squares to make, but I figure I've still got plenty of time to meet my Christmas deadline.  ;)

Project Details:
Pattern: Granny Tree Skirt by Ann Regis at Red Heart
Yarn: Various from my stash
Difficulty: Intermediate
Skills: Granny squares, construction, weaving in ends
Status: WIP

This project has been a lot of fun so far. I've got plenty of yarn to choose from in my stash and it's been fun to combine yarns of different colors and textures to get a unique and colorful look.  The possibilities are endless when it comes to granny squares!

And, of course, it's fun to watch my stash shrink, so I can make room for more new yarn!  ;)

So, am I the only (CrAzY) person working on Christmas projects this time of year? Do any of you have any out-of-season projects you are working on?