Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Leopard Print Miette Skirt

Well hello there Bloggy Friends!  I know I've been gone for almost as long as George R. R. Martin takes to write a book, but I've finally sewn something.  Truthfully, I've sewn about 11 bajillion polishing cloths for the Montessori classrooms at work, but I didn't think they were particularly blog-worthy.  They did get an Instagram shout out though.  Guys, I love Instagram.  It's like lazy/ADHD blogging.  Right up my alley.

This is my second project for the year.  I'll post the first when I'm done being mad at it.  You may remember this little project board from a whole year ago.  If you think that's bad, you should see some of my other UFOs. :cough cough: Over 3 years ago....

I ended up choosing the natural leopard fabric.  The purple is too stiff for this particular pattern.  Interestingly enough, both of them were bed sheets once upon a time.  The natural is 100% cotton sateen.  The purple is a cotton/poly blend.  Natural fibers for the win.  I found the fabric at a thrift store a couple years ago for a few bucks.  The Miette skirt pattern is from Tilly and the Buttons and can be found HERE.  Sidenote:  I am so excited for her book to come out.  It looks so cute!

The whole process was a delight and made me remember why I enjoy sewing.  The repetition and order of putting together a PDF pattern soothes my obsessive-compulsive side.  Methodically working through each step leaves me with a sense of accomplishment even when I'm moving slowly.  In the past I've hurried through a project just to get it finished.  Unsurprisingly, those projects don't get worn often.  This time, I took my time and enjoyed the process.  From the taping to the pinning, the cutting to the final pressing, I can say that I enjoyed myself.  I think the skirt reflects that.

The skirt was a breeze to sew and I followed Tilly's sew-along posts (HERE) to make sure everything was perfect.  I deviated from the instructions only to french seam the skirt panels as I like my seams extra tidy.  This created a tiny problem in that the skirt was slightly shorter than the waist and ties but it's not a huge deal.  I think it's only noticeable because I used an interfacing that is a little too stiff.  If not for that, I don't think I would've even noticed.

Ignore the messy loft.  I'm still curating my perfect sewing/office space.  I'm in love with my Cabaret pink accent wall.  I think the giant shiny mirror of awesome goes well.  No one has ever accused me of being subtle. 

Now for the bonus round: How many animal prints can you find in the picture?   

Monday, July 8, 2013

In Which Our Heroine Returns to America!

Oh Bloggy Friends, I am so happy to be home!  It's been a whirlwind of family, celebration, house hunting, and food.  So. Much. Food. 

A couple healthy eats to balance all the indulgences.  Also, I'm convinced my new iphone has turned me into a professional photographer.  Or, ya know, the Instagram.

Everything is better with butter!

It's a salad, so it's healthy.  Promise.

Red Velvet Cake and Cheesecake made a delicious baby. 

The Hubster and I have been eating these for 9 years.  9 years!?  I don't know how that happened.

The Hubster and I celebrated our 4th anniversary last week.  Our gift to each other?  A HOUSE!!!  That's right, the sellers accepted our offer and we signed the contract for our home on our anniversary.  Best present ever!!!  I've been in hardcore nesting mood since then; picking out paint swatches and browsing for new furniture.

What's up, fabulous house colors?

Things have been super busy and exciting, but not to worry.  I'm making sure to get in some "me time."

Yesterday I finally made it to Joann Fabrics.  I picked up a few patterns and some yardage to make place mats for THE NEW HOUSE!  Woooooo, new house!  Can you tell I'm excited yet? :)

Hello beautiful $1 pattern sales!

 So that's the update, Bloggy Friends!  I'm back and happy as a clam about it.  I've got a ton of home dec and renovation projects planned.  Now, to convince the Hubster to let me paint a wall animal print....

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Currently: 06/16/13 (WE'RE FINALLY GOING HOME!!!)

Looking forward to: In 5 days my ass will be on a plane back to the United States of America!  The movers came and packed us out last week and we're living out of our suitcases until Friday.  I love it!  The best part?  Our flight was moved a few days earlier and now we get to surprise my family, who aren't expecting us until the following Monday.  It will be priceless.

Bummed:  I won't be able to sew a stitch until probably September.  Granted, we'll be living out of suitcases and hotels for the next 10 weeks, so I don't know how much time I'd have anyway.  But look at this delicious-ness I just bought...

Bam!  That's a big 'ole stack of awesome!  Currently packed away and beginning its trip across the Atlantic. I'll see you soon my babies!  Our drag queen adventures await us Stateside!

The highlight of my summer:  My best friend and I will be flying to Chicago to see Dita von Teese's show, Strip Strip Hooray.  I love love love Dita!  One of my not so secret desires is to be a Burlesque star.  The Hubster does not approve lol  I've already started practicing my makeup for the show. :)

What's up, leopard and zebra print at the same time!

Super anxiety-ridden:  About buying a house.  I have a feeling that this is going to be one of the "marriage testers" and I'm half excited and half dreading the process.  But the the bright side, I've already found some fabulous home furnishings. :)

The Hubster doesn't approve of these either.  Spoiler alert: Don't care. :)  They're beautiful!

Hopefully this post wasn't too all over the place.  I'm a little scatter brained lately and my OCD/Anxiety tendencies are through the roof.  Poor Hubster, I may be just a teeny bit hard to live with right now.  It's ok though, everything will be perfect in 5 days. :)

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Miette Skirt Plan: A Leopard Printed Quandary

Howdy Bloggy friends!  It has been a Monday, let me tell you.  Normally I love Mondays, but today has been a test of patience.  There is nothing like trying to corral a classroom of 3 to 4 year olds.  It's like herding cats....cats with ADHD and a penchant for smacking one another every so often.  But at least they don't throw food at me, unlike my nursery kids.  Which is why I spent half the afternoon wearing a hoodie, my yogurt covered shirt stuffed in my bag.  I love my job, I really do.  It beats the hell out of having to work with grown ups all day.  Plus, I normally get to eat at least one surprise cupcake a week.  Today's was covered in M&Ms. :)  My job is awesome, yogurt shirts and all.

Regardless, I was super excited to come home and relax.  My mind clearing activity of choice?  Putting together PDF patterns!  I love them!!!  I know not everyone is a fan, but they are my favorite.  Let it be known that I also love paper pattern prep too.  Ironing pattern tissue, cutting lots of perfect rectangles (with purple glitter scissors) while watching hunky actors yell campy lines at bad guys.  That's my kind of party.  Seriously, how stressed can you be when your life goal for the moment is putting paper boxes together?  Right!?  Pattern prep is my favorite.   

So, that's what I'm up to tonight.  Hopefully by the time I've finished putting the pattern together I'll have decided which fabric to use.  I put together a simple little project board with the two contenders.  What do you guys think? 

The purple on the left is actually a medium eggplant in real life.  The natural leopard is pretty accurate.  I've been meaning to sew a wrap skirt for awhile and figured it would be an easy intro back into sewing after my hiatus.  Nothing so difficult it would cause me to yell "Fuck it!" and return to "Pinteresting" my life away.     So when Tilly released her newest pattern, The Miette Skirt,  it was like the sewing gods were speaking to me. 

 1) I'm always happy to support an indie business.  
2) Instant Gratification download!
 3) BOWS! 
Done deal!

So here's what my evening is looking like:  
Supernatural on Netflix.  Holy crap Castiel is smokin'!  
Vietnamese iced coffee aka The Nectar of the Gods!  
Ogling some luscious leopard goodness.

I may have started out this day cranky, caffeine deprived, and covered in yogurt, but I'm pretty pleased with how it's coming to an end.  What are you guys up to on this fine Earth Day?

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Bloglovin' Test Post

Howdy, Bloggy homies.  This just a quick bit of housekeeping.  I'm switching over to Bloglovin'.  Feel free to add me and continue to follow my Leopard printed escapades. :)

Currently: 04/21/13

Getting my Shit Together:  Geez, I'm starting to realize who cyclical I am.

The Good Times:  Up at 6:00am to work out, meals planned and prepped for the week, a spotless and organized house, lesson plans for work done a month early, and sewing freaking 5 garments in one month!  This is Super Awesome Domestic Goddess Me.

The Bad times: No exercise to speak of, take out for dinner multiple times a week, making shit up as I go along at work, no sewing or blogging at all, and let's not even discuss the status of the house.  We'll call this Zero Motivation Me.

I'm working on finding balance.  Being SADGM is exhausting and after awhile I lapse back into ZMM.  Sometimes I'll snap out of it quickly, but sometimes it takes months.  I've been ZMM since the end of February, and I'm just now getting it together again.

SO EXCITED:  As of today, there are exactly 64 days unitl we move back to the States.  It is going to be amazing.  Family.  All our favorite food.  BUYING A MOTHER F-ING HOME!!!!  I hate moving, it makes me crazy like nothing else, but I'm not even bothered because we are moving HOME!!!  I can't wait for this next chapter in our lives.  I've already got Pinterest boards dedicated to decorating the different rooms. :) :) :)

Planning:  I've got a sewing project in the works.  I even figured out how to make a planning collage.  I'll be back with it soon.  It's leopard print. :)

Happy:  That spring is finally here.  I spend an hour laying on the ground, watching the clouds, and listening to inspiring music.  Getting outside definitely helps my mental well being.  The Hubster thinks I have seasonal depression.  It makes sense.  I spend hours in the dirt, gardening, talking to my plants, breathing fresh air during the summer.  Only to have to coop myself up for months during the winter.  No wonder I lose my shit every November.

But I'm happy now.  The Hubster and I went to the farmer's market this weekend, followed by a hot chocolate and pastry date.  We're planting radishes in the classroom this week, going on nature walks to see how many different colored flowers we can find, and counting baby bunnies.

About as much of The Hubster will allow me to post of the internet. :)

A rainbow of cheerfulness. 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Currently: 02/18/13

Planning:  My project for Fearless February: the lovely leopard print Crepe from Colette Patterns.  I’ve had this pattern in the stash more over a year.  I’ve been intimidated by the yardage needed and the work I’ll have to do to fit the bodice correctly.  No cheating here like I’ve been doing with all the knits recently.  I meant to get it traced and the bodice muslined this weekend, but I’ve been feeling a little icky.  Hopefully I can at least get the bodice cut tonight.  I’m not to worried about the skirt, it’s a wrap dress.  But I want to make sure that sweetheart neckline is fitted correctly, no gaping!

Sweating:  Off the inches!  I’ve lost about 5 inches so far since I’ve gotten back on the healthy eating/exercise wagon.  I can fit back into some of my older clothes.  Yay!  One item is a pair of plaid pants that I didn’t realize until yesterday does not match up at all.  I can’t unsee that, people.  And it’s driving me crazy.  However, they fit beautifully and make my ass look fantastic, so I’m thinking about tracing them, or cutting them apart for pattern pieces.  I really really really need a pair of leopard print pants.

Loving:  The new fabric I just got in.  What a motley crew these guys are.  Flannel, fleece, dino camo, Valentine themed, veggie print, and terry cloth.  Not to mention the best of all, a glitter leopard print knit!  Oh yes I did!  One step closer to drag queen world domination!  I’ll have a plan post for the rest of these bad boys.  They were supposed to be February projects but you know how that goes…..

Oooooooooh, shiny!
 Well, that’s it for today.  What are you guys doing this week?  Anything fun?  Anything animal print? :)
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