Monday, May 30, 2011

Shabby Apple Inspired Dress



As I was browsing over the lovely dresses at Shabby Apple, I stopped at this one, I thought, hey, I have a green t shirt I haven't worn in years and I happen to have some navy striped fabric leftover from this project. I can make myself a dress like this!

And I did it! It isn't identical, but I wasn't trying to copy the dress at shabby apple, just use it as inspiration. I am really happy on how it turned out, very cute and comfortable, best of all, it didn't cost me anything!!:



I started out with this t shirt from Forever 21, which I got years ago, But I never liked the turtle neck and it was to tight in the stomach:


I used my seam ripper and took off the turtle neck and the bottom part under the empire waist:

I made a elastic skirt. You can use this tutorial for more detail.

I measured my waist and cut the elastic to fit. I cut fabric double as wide as the elastic and sewed the seams:

I sewed my elastic:

I attached the elastic to the skirt (right sides together) I made sure the seam on the elastic lines up with the seam on the fabric:

I made some pleats, stretching the fabric as I pinned the pleats:

I sewed the fabric to the elastic, while stretching the elastic:

Then I inserted the t shirt into the skirt part (right sides together) and sewed the elastic to the shirt:

I measured and determined how long I wanted the dress to be, I cut off the access:

I ironed the hem about one inch:

And then folded over again and ironed:

I sewed the hem:

For the neckline, I trimmed it up a bit (for easy access for nursing) then I made a thin braid with some of the left over fabric from the bottom of the shirt:

And hand sewed it onto the neckline:

Then I made a thicker one and hand sewed it right underneath the thiner braid:

Like so:

Thats it!!





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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Day at the Park




Nicholas loving the swings


We finally had a sunny day, So we decided to take advantage of it, We had a "picnic" at the park today. We went straight from story time at the library, so we picked up lunch at Sonics and headed to the park. It was lovely. Here are a few pics I took:


Love this pic, lovely beautiful blue colors


Nicholas in his stroller



Beaded Elastic Belt



I made this elastic belt, after failing to find anything at the mall. There are so many black, brown belts out there, But I couldn't find a single white wide belt. So here it is.

I used scraps of elastic I had left over:


I sewed the pieces together:

I folded the elastic and sewed it on the edge like so:

I also attached snaps (not pictured)
Then I used Modge Podge and spread a thick layer:

I sprinkled some glass beads:

I waited till the modge podge dried, then I spread another layer right on top of the beads:

I let the modge podge dry over night:




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Friday, May 20, 2011

Pasta Fresca





I absolutely love Noodles & Co, my favorite entrée there is the Pasta Fresca. I was so thrilled to find the recipe online, I have been making this recipe atleast once a month for the past year. It is a staple and will always remain one of my favorite pasta dishes.

I just relaized today that I never posted it on here before. So here it is:


Ingredients

    • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 2 1/2 cups pre-cooked farfalle pasta
    • 1/4 cup cubed roma tomatoes
    • 1 tablespoon diced red onions
    • 2 dashes kosher salt, and
    • cracked pepper
    • 1 ounce baby fresh spinach
    • 1/4 cup fresh garlic
    • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
    • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
    • 1/4 cup sweet white wine
    • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions

  1. Sauté Instructions:
  2. In a very hot sauté pan, add: extra virgin olive oil, pre-cooked farfalle (bow-tie pasta), roma tomatoes, diced red onions, kosher salt & cracked pepper.
  3. Sear noodles, stirring occasionally until steaming hot.
  4. Add: baby fresh spinach, 1 oz. fresca sauce.
  5. Toss to combine, serve with freshly shaved parmesan cheese.
  6. FRESCA SAUCE: (for 15 servings) 1/4 cup fresh garlic, 2 teaspoons kosher salt, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup sweet white wine, 1 cup extra virgin olive oil.

    Recipe from Food.com


ENJOY!


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Simple Elastic Skirt



I have made a ton of elastic waist skirts, with pockets, without pockets, with ruffles without ruffles and so on. This is a tutorial on how to make a simple elastic skirt. It is very easy and quick to make, in fact I made two of these during the children's nap-time (one for me and one for my sis)


First measure your waist and cut your elastic:

Determine how long you want your skirt. I made my 22 inches long (including the seam)
To determine the width of the fabric. You need to take the measurement of the waist and times it by two then subtract six.

For example:

I cut my elastic at 32 inches, so that times two is 64. Then I minus 6 inches. So I cut my fabric 58 inches wide. This little formula works for me.

Then take your fabric and fold in half with the right sides together:

Sew the edges together:

Iron the seam that you just sewed open:

For the hem, fold a half an inch and iron:

Then fold over an inch and iron:

Then sew the hem:

OK, now the skirt part is done for now, Now grab that elastic you cut and fold in half and sew at a half inch allowance. (Don't forget to back stitch):

Then open the elastic and sew both side down like so. (Don't forget to back stitch):

OK, now with the elastic and fabric with the right sides together pin the two together. Line the seams of the elastic and fabric:
OK, this is the tricky part. When you sew the elastic and fabric together, YOU MUST stretch the elastic. Other wise you will be left with to much fabric and not enough elastic.


All Done:

I love elastic skirts, so comfy and playful. Especially since I haven't lost all the baby weight, they are very forgiving.



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Monday, May 9, 2011

Sugar Cookies


My favorite cookie is the Sugar cookie, its chewy soft and so pretty with the sprinkles (LOL)
It is not only my favorite, but it is Emily's favorite as well, until recently I could not find a good recipe. So I just bought the pillsbury frozen cookies. Well my friend gave me the recipe, and it is everything I have been looking for: soft and chewy.

You won't be disappointed with this one :)


2 1/3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 CUP of unsalted butter, softened
1 ¼ cups sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

preheat oven to 350

Mix flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually stir in flour mixture until well mixed.

Drop teaspoonful on a un-greased cookie sheet and sprinkle with sprinkles and bake for 9 minutes.


** if you want to do rolled cookies, you should refrigerate the dough for an hour before handling it.