The Lately List

Hello you wonderful people :)

You are creative and inspiration seeking people, so you must be able to relate to me a bit.  While I search and bookmark and pin other peoples blogs, my obsessions and joys change and grow.
I have also realized, that most of my posts are just when I (finally) finish a project, which are usually a long time in the making.

So The Lately List will be a relatively short post that comes every so often, showing brief pictures and maybe little stories recent little loves. You, dearest readers, can expect to see a picture of something inspiring in my real life, something inspiring me online, something I am working on at the moment, some music or movies I am totally digging, and an inspiring quote every post (and sometimes, maybe something a little extra or different, who knows!).  I hope this makes me more consistent with my blogging and I really hope you can find some inspiration from me, because I am always so inspired by other bloggers online! Lets spread that love around!

So here goes!

In Progress: 


I am making a sweater made out of this awesome lavender coloured cotton/ acrylic blend. My goal is to have it done in 2 and a half weeks. I am less than half way done now and have been "working" on it for about a month... its crunch time! Post hopefully to come soon!

Life: 


A fun fact about me is that I actually love cold weather. So it is a good think I am proudly Canadian and get to spend half my life in negative degrees. Something I love about the spring/summer though, is garage sales. I got this adorable little leather vintage purse for $3 at the best garage sale I have ever been to.

Travel: 


My greatest dream is to move to St Johns. St Johns is the capital of the Canadian Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.  I Just want to be a Newfie and watch the tide come in, and sing with whales and listen to people with awesome accents.

Music: 


For now, while I don't live in Newfoundland, I spend my time listening to Great Big Sea (an awesome band from my dream province). Which usually makes me even more excited to live there.


Quote:


It was my high school year book graduation quote and has stuck with me since. A good little reminder of what is important in life.  

Have a good weekend!

--Bee

DIY Maxi Skirt


I am happy to say I am falling so in love with sewing. It's so much more fun and rewarding to make your own clothes than to buy them. And recently when I am browsing Pinterest or shopping in the real world, I think to myself, "That doesn't seem too hard to recreate", and next thing I know I am at the fabric store.

So my recent obsession is skirts in general, but maxi skirts are just so much fun. This longer length trend is great for me, reaching at almost 6 feet tall, it's hard to find dresses of appropriate lengths. So this tea-length/midi trend receives a gold star from me! So next thing I knew, I had made my own (seriously, that simple and quick to make).

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DIY Maxi Skirt with In-Seam Pockets

1. Go buy about a meter and a half of knit fabric. 


2. Lay it flat out, selvages together. The selvage is the woven side of the fabric that prevents it from unraveling. 
3. Cut that right along the fold. Measure from your waist (or where you want the skirt to sit) to the floor  (or where you want it to end). Add about 3 inches to that for the hem and the elastic. And now cut it to the length you just calculated. 
4. Take a piece of paper and widely trace around your hand on an angle to the paper. Something like this: 

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Cut it out and place it on the leftover fabric (that you just cut off from the length of your skirt). Cut 4 of these. 
5. Right sides together, pin one pocket to each side of both the back and front of the skirt. Important: Make sure they are all the same distance from the top. I did 7.5 inches from the top of my skirt. 


6. Sew the pockets onto the skirt.  **For all my sewing, I used a zig zag stitch, because of the stretch of the fabric, zig zag stitch doesn't stop it from stretching**
7. Right sides together, pin all the way down the long sides of the skirt. This includes pinning the back and front sides of the pockets together. 
8. Sew all the way down and around the skirt. 


9. Press seams open.

10. Iron down your top seam, wrong sides together,  about 1 inch all the way around. Sew almost all the way around, leave about 2 inches open, so you get get the elastic in after. 



11. Optional: Cut 5,  2.5-3 inch by 1 inch rectangles. These will make your belt loops. Iron them in and sew straight down the centre. 


12. sew them onto the skirt. 1 at each side seam, 1 right in the middle of the back, and 2 evenly spaced in the centre of the front.
13. Measure and mark your elastic on your waist. Cut it and feed it through the top space for the elastic. Because we didn't measure and cut the skirt to fit your waist, the elastic will bunch up the fabric and create a pretty gathered effect. When you reach the beginning again, sew the elastic ends together and then sew the hole shut. 



14. Try it on! Is it too long? Measure, cut, iron and sew, like in step 10, but all the way round to the length you want it. 
15. Be super glamorous and comfortable all summer! 


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This project probably cost about $10-15  dollars to make. I was admiring one in store that was $40. I would say that I came out on top, and had so so much fun making it.  And I watched Big, with Tom Hanks (whom I adore), so I had even more fun. 

--Bee


Sewing Coco

A long over due hello to you!

Sorry for the bogging silence. I have been in a frenzy of half finished projects in several different crafts. 

But today, I am so excited to share my second sewn garment (but first wearable and shareable garment). 

Remember a few weeks ago, I shared some of my goals for this summer, and Tilly's adorable and perfectly written Coco pattern was on my list? Well, everyone go to her site. It's the most wonderful and comfortable dress you will make AND it's the perfect beginner pattern. Thanks Tilly!


I had made a first Coco in a grey fabric. But I made it too big, and my amateur altering skills did not save my extra large tunic.  But, it I did learn a lot, and my second try was a super quick sew. I love it so much!


I wore it to work the next day and my coworker said I looked very dressed up. I guess this adorable gold dotted material made it look more dressy than it really is. I don't care though. I plan to wear this everywhere.


Ten Things I Learned During My First Sewing Experiences:


1.  Don't forget to make those little snips for the markings! They make lining things up so much easier. 
2. Don't make the snips too long. Oops! But a quick mend saves the day.
3. Getting someone else to take your measurements is a good idea. 
4. Ballpoint needles on knit fabric. Those "universal" ones don't work so well.
5. Cut things carefully (Especially if you are using a cutting wheel like I was. Too many close calls)
6. Try on as you go.
7. Look things up online. Tilly's got your back!
8. Watch something on tv that won't distract you too much while sewing. Like watching Frozen for the 5th time. 
9. Naming your sewing machine gives you someone to talk to. 
10. Don't be scared. Just go for it. If I can do it, so can you. And try again if you need to.


So everyone go over to Tilly's site and buy this dress! And check out her book too. I am hoping I get it for my birthday in a couple weeks :)

Have a good one!

--Bee