Kiera's Bridal Shower

Monday, August 11, 2014

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I threw a shower for a friend of mine who's getting married! Yes another one, haha everyone is getting married. It's super exciting though, I'm really excited for her and her fiancĂ©. They're really cute together and match each other really well.

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For the refreshments we had a frozen yogurt bar. Well, technically it was an ice cream bar because the fro yo machine didn't work out last minute, but the toppings were the same.

Pineapple. raspberries. kiwi. blueberries. granola. Oreos. macadamia nuts. peanuts. gummy bears. M&M's. and then just vanilla ice cream.

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I made the invites using photoshop (clip art from Rifle Paper!) and then the striped envelopes are from Lola Louie Paperie on Etsy. They're in the papaya color.)

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I loved these advice cards from Tiny Prints. (They don't originally come with that saying but you can customize them to say anything you want.) I didn't use these for the shower because they didn't come in time but I'm going to keep them around for the next one for sure. If there is another one that is! 

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The flowers were done by the floral shop right by Day's Market in Provo. The girl that works there is amazing!! I wish I knew her name. She's done both showers so far and I've been so impressed with her, I brought here these 3 pictures and she helped me with the rest. And then of course my amazing mom did the floral arrangements. She took one class years ago and she's still amazing at it.

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I can't believe I don't even have one single picture of the bride and I together at the shower, or of anyone really because it started raining soon after the shower started so all the pictures with actual people are taken inside (where the lighting is terrible.) So instead I'm going to leave you with their cute wedding announcement.

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Congrats Kiera and Zach!

Daisy Shift Dress

Monday, July 28, 2014

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I originally made this dress with a drop-waist but then it looked kind of funny with the loose fit and stiffer fabric so I raised the waistline up. I was sad because I really wanted to make one but it just didn't work for this one. Now it's a tad too short for my liking but oh well.
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I absolutely love the fabric though. I got it from Etsy. The only thing that would have been even sweeter would have been if it were made of something other than cotton. I'm not a huge fan of cotton.. it just doesn't hang well or something, do you know what I mean? It's just too stiff for a good drape or something. I don't know, maybe that's just me.. I'm going to shut up now because I feel like I am giving way too many unsolicited opinions in this post. haha
The pattern is Simplicity 9596. I added sleeves (cap sleeve sloper) and added a lining to the bodice (used same bodice pieces, just left out the facing).

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I'm always a fan of patterns with no zippers, so I was pumped about the button-down front. You can't even see the buttons in this pic but oh well. They're fabric-covered!

Overall I'm really happy with the dress. It definitely had an ugly stage where I just wanted to throw it out the window. haha but raising the waistline helped.

Well that's all I've got. Hope you are having a really great Summer! What have you been doing/making/watching/creating/enjoying? I feel like that question sounds really ingenuine just thrown in there at the end but I really do sincerely want to know! 
What has been your favorite part of Summer so far?

Pattern: Simplicity 9596
Fabric: Daisy print from Pumpkin Truck (Etsy)

Bridal Shower for Maddie

Saturday, May 24, 2014

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(Invites from Remember November on Etsy)

My friend Maddie is getting married in June so we threw her a bridal shower this week! 

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I've known her since I was little so it's been really fun to see her so happy and to have found such a great guy.

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The lights are from Target, flowers from the flower shop by Days Market (in Provo), and straws from Amazon.

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For the food, we had a crepe bar. Maddie did a study abroad in France so I thought it was fitting! (And crepes are just fantastic so when is not a good time? Really.)

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Big congrats to you Maddie!!

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(Showing off the gorgeous ring of course!)

Create Your Own: J.Crew Ponte Knit Dress

Sunday, April 13, 2014

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I love this dress! Unfortunately it's sold out (and probably was out of my price range anyways. haha) So here's a DIY version. I was thinking Vogue 8615 would be best and then just adjust the neckline a bit. Or else I really like the pockets on Simplicity 7091. It's a pretty simple dress so you've got some wiggle room as far as patterns go. 

Off topic but sorry for being so MIA lately. I've got some other things going on at the moment that are consuming my time but I hope to be back soon. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who follows my blog because it really means a lot that you do. Really. I get e-mails from Bloglovin' when new people follow my blog and it seriously makes me so happy every single time. haha
Sending love to you all!

Black and White Peter Pan Collar Blouse

Friday, March 7, 2014

I just finished this shirt for my sister Sadie! 
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 I really love how it turned out. We're not going to talk about how long it took me though, haha because I'm super embarrassed about that. I had trouble fitting time in with my school and long story short, she had to wait waay too long for me to be done with it. (Sorry again Sade!)

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It looks cute on her though, doesn't it? That girl can wear anything I swear. She wanted a basic knit shirt with a contrasting collar, and a high neckline so there's a zipper in the back to make slipping it on and off easier. I love that she chose a gold one, I don't think I would have originally and I loove the way it looks. 

The black fabric is lightweight sweater knit from Mood (that I would link to but they seem to be out of so can't), and the collar is made out of this silk crepe. I bought the zipper off Etsy and then the pattern is Simplicity 6271 just with a collar and zipper drafted in. 

So since I haven't blogged forever I want to know how YOU all doing. I miss hearing from you guys! Tell me what the best part of your life is right now and what the worst part is. Let's see, mine are, that I'm really enjoying my classes this semester and have Spring Break next week. Holla! And worst, hm I don't know, maybe that's too deep of a question to ask on a blog post. haha you don't have to answer that part if you don't want to. For me it'd probably just be having to figure out my life and what I'm going to do career-wise and all that. Blah so much pressure! The 20's are intimidating.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Guy's Plaid Button-Down Shirt

Saturday, November 30, 2013

This shirt was inspired by the one and only Mr. Harry Styles. You think I'm kidding. haha

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I have a crush, what can I say. I've also decided that I really like making guys clothes. The fit is so easy. You just sort of approximate and you're good to go!

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The fabric is this blue/charcoal plaid coating from Mood Fabrics. It's coming up in the pictures looking a lot more ashy colored than it is in real life but oh well. It was super easy to work with and I found myself thinking it was even easier to sew with than cotton is! 
Matching up the plaids was an adventure though- one I never want to do again. haha

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Pattern-wise, I used McCall's M6044 (version B). I pretty much followed it exactly, except for the collar I used Peter's "burrito method". Greatest idea! It turned out really well and I will definitely be doing it that way from now on.

I was also blown away with this trick to get collars pointed. It's genius, it made the collar look so much more well done.

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I'm honestly surprised with how well this shirt turned out. I kind of went into it thinking that it would either turn out looking just "ok", or one hot mess. ha so I was pleasantly surprised. 

Fabric: Blue Charcoal Plaid from Mood
Pattern: McCall's M6044

5 Current Favorites

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

1... This cute Christmas card (top left).
holiday board 2013 by Haylee, see more holiday photo cards

This above collage is my entry for the Minted inspiration board challenge this year. If anyone else enters let me know so I can send your board some love! 

2... Buzzcut Season by Lorde. I listen to this song about, 15 times per day. haha really though. I know Lorde is all the rage right now but at least the hype is warranted this time, I loove her voice. 

3... This little lady. How there can be so much talent wrapped up into one person is beyond me. Seriously I need to stop looking at this blog, it's making me question everything about any sewing ability I ever thought I once had. haha really though, this girl is amazing.

4... Netflix.. So here's the thing. I was into Breaking Bad for a while but then it just got to be too much for me. Too much gah, I don't know, just horribleness. Maybe I'm naive but I couldn't handle it. So I want a new show. I was thinking Carrie Diaries maybe? (Polar opposite from Breaking Bad. haha) Or else right now I've been into Untold Stories of the ER. But please, suggestions are welcome!

5... Ghost Map by Steven Johnson. About the cholera epidemic in London in the 1860s. Super, super fascinating! And I have a love affair with London currently so that makes it all the better. 

6... Bijou Market. This weekend in Provo! I love when this is held. Local people I hope to see you all there!

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