If you follow my Instagram you may have noticed I had plans to sew up a Hawthorn for Thanksgiving dinner this week. I thought I would have plenty of time since I took a couple days off of work this week but I ended up getting called in so my plans were foiled.
Good thing I had a Wiksten Tova already in the works! I originally sewed this up in the dress version. I really liked the Tova dresses I had seen online but I felt like it had a super funky shape on me so Thanksgiving morning I chopped it off and rehemmed it as a top. The shape is perfect for eating copious amounts of pie and turkey.
My sister took these lovely photos – She’s a really good photo director. She told me to look for strawberries in these bushes and then look surprised when I didn’t find anything haha.
This is my first Tova and I am super happy with the results. The pattern and directions are so straight forward and the fit turned out pretty spot on. I think next time I think I will taper the arms in slightly – they are a bit poofy for my taste.
I had some more of this check fabric so I have to figure out what else to make with it. Any suggestions?
One of my goals this year was to make more tops and I think the Tova can help get me to that goal. I think it would be nice in a bit fancier of a fabric so it could be work appropriate.
Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! I am so lucky to have so much to be thankful for this year and every year!
This weekend I took a fairly spontaneous day trip up to one of Arizona’s cutest tiny mining towns, Jerome. I thankfully threw on this berry colored skirt I just finished this week so I could have something to blog about!
I used the Linda pattern from Burdastyle and some sweet burgundy suiting. Nothing too exciting or complex but I foresee this being in heavy rotation this fall and winter.
Phoenix weather has been really mild so I didn’t think about it getting cold up north – I was super lucky to find a sweet vintage shop and spotted this perfect 40′s navy blazer. I scooped it up on the spot and wore it straight out of the shop. I also wore my new to me clogs that I scooped up from Sunshine Cupcake’s closet clean out.
I’m going to go ahead and use this trip to check #18 (Take a sponateous road trip) off my 25 before 26 list too.
I’ve actually been sewing up a storm lately now I just need to recruit a photographer or get a new tripod at the least! Lots of fall projects in the works.
On my 25 before 26 list my number one was to see my sister tie the knot. On June 23rd I got to easily and merrily cross that one off the list!
Here are a few snapshots from the day which show off some of the things I sewed up for the event.
I love how great the bowties and bunting I made turned out! I also somehow ended up making all the boutonnieres and some other flowers which turned out to be really fun! It was nice to be able to be part of the wedding in an extra special way and I am so happy to finally have a brother added to our family!
All photos via Jennifer Young Studio.
Well it seems that my posting has been inversely proportional to the temperature around here in Phoenix. The hotter it gets the less likely I feel like doing anything or at least taking pictures of the things I do make.
I’ve been spending most of my summer getting settled in my new teeny apartment and adjusting to life downtown. Phoenix’s downtown has quickly become my favorite place for walks, bike rides, and making new friends!
I have been doing a bit of sewing as well – heres a few of my recent makes. Its been an adjustment downsizing from a whole big room for sewing down to one little corner. I didn’t realize how spoiled I was!
Someday when it goes below a million degrees I may venture out and document these garments but that may not happen for a while yet!
This summer I have also been able to cross off a few things from my 25 before 26 list.
I’ll be doing a whole post on my sister’s wedding with some gorgeous pictures of the bowties and bunting I made for her big day! In addition to #1 on the list I also can cross off #8 which was to spend a few days in the Napa and Bay area.
I was lucky enough to spend some of it with one of my besties – we figured out that we have been friends for over 20 years! Appropriately we termed the weekend our friendiversary!
And most importantly this summer I added to my family with a little kitty named Olive. She has been very helpful with laying on sewing projects and unthreading my machine so a great cat overall!
So last week was by birthday, I am officially a quarter of a century old. Crazy, when people ask me how old I am I usually start to say 23 oh wait no I’m 24 now I’ve got to get used to 25. I would not classify myself as a “birthday person” or someone who wants a big celebration and deal made of their anniversary of the exit from the womb. If you know me you’ll know that I’m generally quiet and not too interested in having people make a fuss of me. In kindergarten they actually wanted to hold me back because I didn’t speak to the teacher for the first half of the year haha. A little has changed since then but not that much.
Tim was out of town so I had a quiet evening with my parents and grandmother and it was very nice. So now that I had my birthday it was time to get cracking on my next list of goals for the year and review last years list.
25 Before 26
- See Allison, my sister, get married! – Can’t wait for the end of June to head to northern California and be her Maid of Honor.
- Visit a state I’ve never been to.
- Participate in Me Made May 2013!
- Sew a pair of well fitting pants
- Stop biting my nails – been working on this for years
- Decorate my new place – once we find it!
- Complete Gertie’s Bombshell class and dress – I bought this an embarrassingly long time ago.
- Spend a few days in Napa and the Bay area after Allison’s wedding – I lived there for a time in college and can’t wait to go back!
- Eat breakfast more often – I think my coworkers will appreciate this one.
- Read or listen to more books – I spend a lot of time driving from client to client for my work so audiobooks will most likely be the way to go.
- Visit a new and possibly weird museum – I’m hoping for something super quirky or strange.
- Go on longer bike rides
- Try a new recipe every month
- Sew more tops – every time I am struggling with picking something to wear its the top half with the issue.
- Work on my debt snowball and stick to my strict budget.
- Drink more water – I just got a great app, Plant Nanny, to help with this one.
- Start a new tradition – maybe holiday or seasonal?
- Take a spontaneous weekend trip.
- Bake some bread
- Learn to use my serger to its full capabilities
- Sew some cute pajamas
- Hike the Grand Canyon – gotta have a least one big and possibly unrealistic goal right?
- Complete a month long photo challenge
- Try making pasta from scratch
- Have my favorite year yet!
Now we have to review last years list -
Draft a pattern from scratch– I did this one without really intending to. A friend of Tim’s wanted to remake a favorite dress and I ended up drafting out a pattern and sewing a relica for her. I someday will make myself one since the patterns already done and we’re the same size! Visit NY– Tim and I visited New York in July and scoped it out for a possible future home base. Visit my seester in her new home– Did this a couple of weeks ago posted here.
- Go camping – Didn’t do this but hopefully can go this summer with our besties.
- Get a new fancy bike and ride her all over – Still deciding on what bike is best for what I want to do with it but I believe it is narrowed down considerably. I hope to purchase something this month.
- Get a tattoo, obviously sewing themed – honestly my social anxiety has prevented this from happening but maybe soon.
Create a pretty sewing studio– I did this but now have to pack it up and move in the next few weeks. I will try to snap some pics before she’s gone. Host a holiday party– Well I didn’t do what I intended but I had a lovely childhood friend over and we did Christmas crafting so I’m gonna count it. Go on a picnic– We did this a couple times. Wish the weather was nicer and we could do these all summer long.
- Make a quilt maybe for said picnic – It’s cut out but I am so overwhelmed – should have picked a smaller size!
- Sell all of my junk – this is in progress especially with the impending move!
Dress up and go out for a fancy night with friends– Tim and I attended a charity ball with my coworkers and danced the night away. I wore this dress I made. Take a train ride– Again not how I intended but we took tons of trains in New York and Chicago so I’m crossing this off. Read a book out loud with Tim– We read the Catcher in the Rye out loud on a recent trip to LA. It was fun revisiting something I read in high school but had little appreciation for at the time. I hope this can be a tradition for us. Organize my sewing patterns– check it out here. Do some volunteering– Did a little here and there but would like to do more this year.
- Visit San Francisco – This one will be completed at the end of June.
Take more pictures of everyday life– Completed but always room for more. Go to more shows – music, art, and comedy– This was completed like 10 times over. We saw so many great concerts and attended tons of comedy shows this year. In case you live in the Phoenix area you should definitely check out the sketch comedy group my boyfriend is in Bully Mammoth. They perform at the Tempe Center for the Arts and I went to everyone of their shows this year. Visit Chicago– Check out a few snapshots here Sew more staple items especially for work– I sewed a few things that have made frequent rotations in my work wardrobe – still room for improvement but I’m gonna give me this one.
- Take time with my grandma and review our family history – Timing for this one never worked out so its on the back burner.
Purge my closet and keep the one of a kind items Make an Arizona bucket list and start working on it Be more me!
18 out of 25 isn’t too shabby and a couple more should be added shortly!
Are you a list or goal maker? Any tips for sticking with it?
P.S. If you noticed #3 from this years list you saw that I will be participating in Me Made May 2013!
That was a lot more words than my posts usually include so as a treat here’s a Ryan Gosling meme that I really appreciate.
I can’t for the life of me remember the last time I sewed so many things for myself in such a short period of time. I just couldn’t help myself I sewed one then I had to do another and another….this pattern is dangerously like narcotics!
Since I rarely sew this much we are going to stretch these dresses into at least a couple of different posts but I thought I’d give a little snapshot of the ones I made this weekend.
I decided to keep my Laurels simple. I don’t think adding a bunch of crazy do-dads and embellishments is quite my style. I added small details to each of my dresses but am also excited to make a completely and simple version.
See all of the most gorgeous dresses from all the sewers on the Flickr group.
P.S. This is the Laurel dress pattern from Colette Patterns.
I finally got around to taking some pictures of my Mad Men inspired dress.
Tim has been out of town visiting our friends in New York so I pumped up the jams and snapped my pictures on my own. There may have been some very unflattering pictures which will not be appearing in this post.. eek!
I am so super duper pleased with how my dress turned out – the fabric was a dream, the pleats weren’t nearly as bad as I imagined they would be, and the fit was spot on on the first go!
Can’t wait to see the parade of everyone’s pieces!
A couple of weekends ago my mom and I took a quick drive from Phoenix to visit my sister in central California. We were on a crafting mission! My sis is getting married this summer in June and there were lots of projects we wanted to work on during our weekend with her.
My main assignments were of course sewing related!
- A gathered skirt
- Bunting, bunting, and more bunting
My sister and mom were so helpful in tracing and cutting the bunting triangles and I did the sewing – they also made tons of beautiful candles in all these adorable teacups.
I am so excited for my sis and her main squeeze and can’t wait to be a part of their big day very soon!