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? :)

Sunday, February 17, 2013

A Tale of Two New Look 6816s and One Butterick 4686

 It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… Actually I sewed these tops without any incident.  It has been over a month since our last seam ripper stabbing incident.  Note: That is me getting stabbed, not stabbing other people with said seam ripper.   That skirt though, whatta bitch. We’ll get to her in a moment. 

I love this top.  It is the right fabric (I LOVE KNITS SO MUCH!), 3 pattern pieces (ADD Friendly sewing), and overall a pretty versatile shape.   I dig the sleeves the most.  I sewed the purple leopard one first.   Man I love this fabric, I’ve been hoarding saving it for almost two years know. Proof? I blogged
about it. lol  In honor of this drag-tastic fabric, I watched To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar.   I watched this movie a ton as a child, which probably explains my present day obsession with Drag Queens. I. LOVE. THEM!

The fabric from the second one will probably seem familiar to you.  I made a V1179 and recently blogged about it HERE.  No changes other than French seaming the shoulders.  But look how different they look!  It’s so much shorter than the leopard!  Way less stretchy too, which is actually good.  Even with the staystiching, the neck on the leopard one has stretched out and falls down over one shoulder. Not a huge deal, unless it’s during preschool and you have a bright pink bra on. “Hey Ms. Andrea, what’s that pink thing?”

On to the bitch skirt.  This is the skirt I started in summer 2011 as part of my wardrobe plan that I blogged HERE.  It’s a good thing she turned out so nicely, because I've spent more active sewing time on her than anything I’ve ever sewn.  I sewed, ripped, and re-sewed that pain in the butt more times than I can count.   Why?  Because I make my life difficult.  With my recent weight changes (WOOOOO I’m shrinking!) I wanted to make it easier to take in.  So I changed the construction order.  Maybe, just maybe there is a reason they put it in a certain order.  Well long story short, it’ll be easy to take in but I probably could’ve sewn a brand new skirt in the same amount of time that I spend screwing with it.  Oh well, live and learn, and follow the damn directions.  Really, I shouldn’t take so much smack about her, she is sure to become a wardrobe staple.  The battle is just so fresh in my mind.


 So yeah, I’ll be back tomorrow my February plans. What?  February is almost over?  Shhhhh, I’m not quite sure how that happened.   Check back tomorrow for the deets.  Spoiler alert, there will be leopard print. lol

Monday, February 4, 2013

V1179 in Sassy Snake Print

I don’t know what else to say, other than that I love this pattern.  I made another V1179 the day after I finished my Leopard ( version.  It sewed up super fast even with me taking the time to pin the hell out of the pleats.  Those babies are perfect.

The material is a little thin, I’m not gonna lie.  I bought like 4 yards of it for less than 10 bucks from Walmart when I first started sewing and had no clue about fiber content.  Let’s be real though, I’d probably buy it again.  I’ve even made a top out of it too.

The only change from the last time I made it was that I French seamed the shoulder seams.  I wanted to give it a little more reinforcement since the fabric was on the thinner side.
 The fit is much slimmer than the leopard version but the fabric isn’t as stretchy either.  I’m pretty pleased, even more so that I wore those shoes to take pictures.  I have two closets of shoes from when I worked at a shoe store in college that hardly get worn.  Six inch heels and a dozen three year olds is an equation for disaster, that’s for sure.
Peace out til' next time, Bloggy Friends!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Currently: 02/03/13

Enjoying: Salted Almond Milk Hot Chocolate.  So good.  Plus, hello, leopard tea set.  I found this set while wandering around lost in downtown Frankfurt when we first moved here.  It was the most amazing shop filled with tea sets, artisan vinegars and honey.  I have no idea where it is, but I may have to go get lost again before we move home this summer.

Planning:  There are so so many sewalongs and challenges this month.  I’ve thrown my hat in the ring for Victoria’s Fearless February 2013.  The premise is to sew something outside of your comfort zone.  I’ll have a separate post for my plans later in the week.

Ten Thousand
Hours of

The fabulous Scruffy Badger (this chick can rock a wig, a lady after my own heart!) is hosting a Polka Dot Frock Fest this month as well.  I’ve been lusting after this pattern for awhile, but I’m not sure how much use I’ll get out of it in my daily life.  There isn’t much call for fitted dresses in my line of work.  Most often you will find me sitting on the floor with my kiddos.  We’ll see, I am a total pattern hoarder so I may just grab it up anyway. :)  This pattern does lend itself pretty nicely to this next challenge…
Julia Bobbin is hosting a Mad Men 2 Challenge.  I love the fashion of the show, but haven’t watched much past the first two discs in season 1.  So no spoilers please!  I found it to be a little depressing, but I was also going through a pretty depressing chapter in my life as well so maybe it was just compounding the emo-ness of it all.  Perhaps I’ll give it another go after I get through my current sewing time tv show, Supernatural.  Man, Dean is so hot. Lol  I totally love Joan’s wardrobe, but again, lots of fitted wiggle dresses.  Not so conducive to preschool. :sigh:
Sweating:  Nothing, boo!  I was super lazy this week again, but I picked up these gems today.  They had me at Burlesque. lol  Hopefully they'll give me the kick in the pants that I need.

Bragging:  5 garments this month!  Holy cow, dudes.  I didn’t even sew 5 garments last year! (Or the year before that, for that matter).  Actually, I don’t think I sewed that many garments in both years combined.  This is pretty big for me, so pardon my boastfulness. :)  I'll be back with a January wrap up and February Goals post tomorrow.

What are you guys up to?  Any epic plans for February?  Tell me all about it, Bloggy amigos!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Currently: 01/27/13

Wondering:  Where on earth did my weekend go?  It didn't help that a spent almost half my day at work today.  My classroom was in serious need of an overhaul, and I finally got around to it today.  I just didn't think it would take nearly 6 hours.  And I still need to finish my lesson plan for the week.  Ugh....ok I'm done whining.

Sewing:  I finished this last night. It's New Look 6816.  If you guys follow me on Instagram (CupcakeZombiez) then you may have seen it already.  I'll have the post up soon.  I've been doing the funny self timer camera dance trying to figure out how to get the best photo without a photographer.  Lazy Hubster is lazy.

Conversation from last night:
Hubster: Do you take pictures in front of that so people think you live like a Drag Queen?
Me (out loud): Yep.  Plus this is the only room with good light at 1 am.
Me (in my head): Well considering the shower curtain, bath and toilet mats, and hand towels are all zebra print I'm pretty sure I do live like a Drag Queen.  Duh.

Can't really say that though, he doesn't realize my drag queen paraphernalia is slowly taking over our house.  I've been asked to contain it to my room, but it's slowly infecting fabulous-ing the rest of the house, starting with the bathroom. LOL! I'm a ninja Drag Queen.

Sweating:  Nothing!  Because I was a lazy ass this week.  Thankfully I chose this week to eliminate soda from my diet.  I'm pretty sure that's what kept me from gaining back last week's weight.

Anticipating:  February.  Valentine's is one of my favorite holidays of the year.  I've even purchased some fabric to make a themed skirt to wear at school.  Along with some dino fabric, but that's for another post.  The Hubster and I are also waiting on some pretty important news.  We should know by mid to late Feb.  Finger crossed!  Feel free to send some positivity my way.

Planning:  Another NL6816.  To sew a pair of boxers tomorrow.  Tuesday is The Hubster's birthday.  True to form, he has already purchased anything he wants, so he's getting boxers, and whatever I find for him at the mall tomorrow.

So, Bloggy Amigos, any thing interesting this week?  What's on your sewing table?

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Currently: 01/20/13

Tired:  Of all this snow.  Really, I'm not a fan of winter in general.  I've been trying to take pictures of last week's projects but the weather is planning against me.  I'll get it done this week, even if I have to stand in front of my closets with terrible lighting. :le sigh:

Planning:  ANOTHER LEOPARD PRINT GARMENT!  Are you shocked?  I recently saw this pattern made up in the cutest fox fabric and I had to have one too.  I love bows, the bigger the better.  Seriously though, it's bigger than her face.  I'm not so sure about the fabric though, it's challis (which the pattern calls for) but it's suuuuuper drapy.  I'm not sure how to bow will hold up.  Also, I'm pretty sure I need to sew up this leopard print.  It's totally a wardrobe basic, right?  I thought so.

Sweating:  Amigos, I am shrinking like crazy.  I've lost a handful of inches from all over my body.  I haven't sewn anything fitted so it hasn't been a big deal, but it's making me want to stick to knits rather than wovens.  Worst (and best) case scenario, I can always take it in.

Enjoying:  No work on Monday.  Three day weekends for the win.  I plan on tidying up the sewing room and getting all the prep work done for the V2154.  Maybe I'll harass the Hubster into taking some photos since he will be home too.

Any of you guys have Monday off?  Watcha sewing?  Tell me, tell me, tell me! :)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Currently: 01/13/13

Excited:  I have had such a productive week (sewing and otherwise).  I've sewn a dress, a skirt, and taken in a pair of pants!  I'm on fi-yah! 

While boxy looking here, it is actually fitted and flared on me, promise.  This skirt was such a pain in the ass.  Mostly because I didn't read the directions thoroughly.  My seam ripper and I became very good friends.  I think she was mad because I didn't need her at all on my Snake print V1179.

 I love this dress pattern.  I've worn the leopard version a ton already.  I still need to finish the hem on this on (and the skirt) but I cut and sewed it all in less than 5 hours.

Sweating:  Still going strong on the Turbofire.  I'm adding in some weightlifting this week.  Zumba class kicked butt last week and I've been asked to teach a song at the next one.  Woot!

Reading:  I didn't read too much this past week, but I'm diving back into The Colette Sewing Handbook.  I started a Meringue skirt last year and I want to either finish or redo it this week. 

Anticipating:  Work, funny enough.  I was uber meticulous about my lesson planning for this coming week, so I'm curious to see if my class will run differently.

So Bloggy Friends, how did your week go?  Got anything awesome planned for this one, sewing or otherwise?  I'm all ears!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Turquoise Zebra Wrap Skirt

What's happening, Bloggy Friends?  During my New Years resolution induced cleaning frenzy I came across the first item I ever sewed.  I realized I'd never blogged about it so here we are.  This is the Breezy Easy Wrap Skirt from Diana Rupp's Sew Everything Workshop.  I purchased it at the beginning of my sewing journey in order to teach myself how to sew.

 Longtime readers may recognize the bedsheet fabric from here and here.  I do think this was the most successful iteration of the fabric.  I don't wear the Sorbetto (wrong drape and weight) but I do use the bag to haul my gym stuff.

Looking back, I'm pretty impressed with myself.  The waistband (which I ironed within an inch of it's life) is pretty spot on.  I chuckled at the fact that each major seam was finished differently.  I guess I was feeling them out.  All in all, I'm pretty pleased with it as a first project.  A couple years later I now know to french seam the panels together and use better fabric, so I think I'll give this one another go.  It is the perfect skirt for fluctuating sizes.  

Sidenote:  I took in a pair of jeans today as I've lost almost an inch from each thigh. :)  Pre-sewing, I would've had to get rid of my favorite pair of jeans.  Not anymore!  Now maybe I'll hem the four pairs of pants that are chilling the the drawer.  Boring...

How is your week going?  I haven't touched my UFO black skirt but I've finished my second V1179 except for the hem (recurring theme, I see).  What's on your sewing table?

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Currently: 01/06/13

Watching: So. Much. Supernatural!  It took 12 episodes to sew my last project.  I'm on episode number three for my newest one.  It's the perfect show to "watch" while I sew as I'm normally too much of a chicken to look at the scary parts!  The eye candy part isn't too bad either.  Dean is a hottie. :)


Reading:  Zombies and Farming.  Not the same book, lol.  The Hubster gave me half a library for Christmas so I've been spending my time reading about chicken/bee keeping, intensive farming, cheese making, and zombies. :)  I think it's safe to say I'll be set for the zombie apocalypse when it happens.

Anticipating:  Going back to work.  As much as I love sleeping in until 10:30 every day, I do miss my little monsters.  Though I'm sure it'll be an exciting week as my teaching assistant is on vacay for another week and they're always a bit bananas when we come back from a break.

 Sewing:  Another V1179!  What can I say?  Knits and three pattern piece dresses for the win!  I'm making this one up in a knit snakeskin fabric.  Super classy, I know.  I kinda rushed through the first one and totally half assed the pleats.  Not this time!  Check those babies out.  I even used pins!

Plotting:  More sewing!  Maybe even another V1179.  I think I've found my first TNT pattern.  I also really need to finish my black skirt from last year.  It's all cut out and waiting to be sewn, as soon as I rip out some seams first. :sigh:  And sew the zipper.  But I will finish it this week, pinky swear!

Sweating:  One word you guys: TurboFire!  This. chick. is. CRAZY!  I love it!  I'm not going to lie, sometimes I feel like I'm about to die, but I end up feeling amazing at the end.  I'm not talking about the alleged "runner's high", which I never seemed to find no matter how many miles I ran.  I'm talking about super energy!  I've been driving the Hubster crazy.  LOL!

This is where I am right now, Bloggy Friends, what are you up to currently?

*This post format was inspired by the "Currently" posts over at Sometimes Sweet.  I love Danielle's blog.  It's not sewing related, but I love reading about her and her beautiful family.  She has such a sunny personality. :)

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Completed: A Leopard-ish V1179

Hello Bloggy Amigos!  I. am. so. excited!  I've sewn!  Me!  Who hasn't sewn in almost a whole year has finally sewn something.  And it's a dress!  My first dress!  And I actually like it and will wear it!!!  That's a lot of exclamation points.  How about I stop shouting at you and show you my dress?

I've had this pattern in my stash for-ever!  But I'd never sewn a knit before, and for some reason had convinced myself they were difficult to sew.  I don't know why.  It sewed up like a dream.  I don't know what the fabric is, I bought it along with a giant box of vintage patterns and notions for 20 bucks right before we left the states.  I'll have to write a post about that box, it's like a time capsule!

Anyways, I wasn't 100% in love with it (like I am with some of my other fabric) so  I used it to make a wearable toile.  Um, you can bet I'm going to wear the heck out of this.  I made minor adjustments.  Despite staystitching the neckline, it stretched a fair bit and the cowl didn't fit in nicely.  I added two pleats to the back and everything worked out.  I didn't have clear elastic for the shoulders, so I just used some thin black elastic instead.  I turned and stitched the armholes instead of using elastic or bias binding.  They aren't perfect but I'll probably end up wearing a cardigan anyway.  I didn't take a huge hem like suggested, just a simple turn and stitch.  I plan to wear this at work and I wanted a little more length, plus I'm lazy.  I left the side seams unfinished because 1. It's a knit and won't unravel (WHY!? Did I never sew with knits?  They're awesome!) and 2.  I plan on shrinking and it'll be easy to take in.

Here are a couple outtakes from the Hubster, who thinks he is. so. funny.  There were a couple of my butt too.  Silly Hubster.  He says I'm a diva to photograph....

I don't know what he's talking about....but I do suddenly remember why I wanted a tripod and a remote control for the camera. Ta-ta for now, Bloggy amigos!  I've already got another one of these planned.  Snake print V1179, anyone? :)
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