Monday, September 5, 2016

Lately - Gratitude, Life, and Sewing

It's been over a year and so much has happened!  Firstly, I want to say THANKS to all of you.  You have all been SO SUPPORTIVE of my posts, particularly the last one, and some of you joined even during my hiatus.  I know some of you still follow via Instagram, and though I post about food considerably more than sewing, you're still with me :)  I cannot adequately express my gratitude and I hope that this paragraph gives you at least an idea of what I'm feeling.

Over the past year plus, we've been keeping busy.  I've changed to a more demanding role within my company, we've done some fun travel to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and my bucket list destination, Australia, we moved to a new house (still in the Bay Area) so the kids could be in a better school system, and I'm still sewing here and there.  I initially went on a break because I couldn't keep up with a regular posting schedule and I was running out of creative steam.  Ultimately, I've decided that I'll post when I can (and this will be more frequent than an annual one!) and hope that you'll continue to join me on my sewing adventures.

For now, I'll leave you with snippets of some sewing projects over the past year.
Pleated Grid Print Skirt w/ comfy knit underskirt

Wrap Dress for Winter Wonderland party

Sleeveless Cowl Neck Top w/ Grid Print

Pleated Skirt w/ Whimsical Bike Print

Simple Striped Tee w/ Tulip Back

Much love to all of you and see you soon!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Scarves to Maxi Dress DIY Tutorial

I know I spend an insane amount of time making maxi dresses, but I can't seem to help myself.  This one is very simple - you're essentially sewing the sides of 3 scarves (or 3 fabric squares together) and adding straps.  See below for steps!

3-Scarf Maxi Dress DIY

Difficulty: Very Easy

Time: ~1 hour

Pattern:  None - use 3 squares

  • 3 square scarves OR cut 3 squares out of lightweight fabric - I'd recommend something silky
    • For maxi length - I'd recommend 34.5" squares so that the diagonal running from shoulder to hem is 48" (keep in mind to adjust if you're taller!)
    • Because I used grid fabric, I had to follow the pattern for my squares and wound up with 37.5" squares - hence the floor sweeping length
  • Strap material - I used black bias tape, but you can use fabric, leather, etc.  Braided straps would be SO cute
1.)  You're going to need a person or dress form for this, but position 1 scarf point at each shoulder and pin where these meet for the placement of your neckline

2.)  Place 1 point of your 3rd scarf at the center back right at the base of the neck

 3.) Pin under the arms where the front meets the back

4.) Play with strap placement and mark with chalk (I didn't actually go with the one shown below, but it was fun to experiment)

5.)  Sew down the center front from your pinned neckline all the way down the edge.

6.)  Sew down each side from the underarm pin all the way down the edge.

7.)  Pin your strap placements and carefully try on your dress.  Make sure straps fit comfortably and make length adjustments as needed.  Sew straps in place.

And you're finished!

Questions?  Please feel free to leave me a comment below or send me an email!  :)
Finished Scarf Maxi Dress


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