Weekend Sewing Project: a shirt dress

 

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I have this great-for-fall dark navy fabric, the same fabric I made my two layer skirt with. So this weekend I hope to sew it into a loose-fit shirt-dress, with sleeves. I have attempted but not yet conquered how to make a good sleeve, so I’ll be following a pattern that I bought. I only have a yard of fabric, so it’ll have to be a knee-length dress, but that’s fine because I live in So Cal and you can pretty much wear a summer dress all year round, plus or minus a big scarf.

Here are some patterns that I liked, and might try to copy….shirt dress shirt dress shirt dressThe sleeves on this ^^ dress!

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1. Asos 2. WhoWhatWear 3. Citizen Couture 4. Target

Check back next week to see what I came up with…

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Sewn: A Two-layer Tan Skirt

foggydress sewing tan skirtI ended up mixing two different patterns from this post, and I love how it turned out. Like seriously, I started making this without knowing exactly what I wanted, but after a few failed attempts the pattern just, sort of, found me. I love when that happens because there are plenty of times when it doesn’t… what do you think?

foggydress_sewing_tanskirtI looooove the length of this skirt–and this coming from a girl who doesn’t like midi-skirts much. This length just usually dwarfs me, but I think the trick was getting it to fit a little tighter than most midi-skirts. the two layers make the fabric not cling to my body too much, and give it a textured two-layer look that I super like.

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Chocolate Coated Frozen Banana Pops

foggydress_frozen_banana_popsIt’s June so that means summer has pretty much arrived, yes?? I love frozen bananas because they taste so much like ice cream, but they’re healthier. Try them out at your next summertime BBQ and you’ll see how much everyone loves them! Here’s my easy-peasy recipe, with just a few directional hints if you can’t figure it out from the pictures. Thanks for being my hand model Anna!

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  • bananas (2-4)
  • parchment paper or freezer-safe non-stick baking mat
  • freeze n dip chocolate pack or make your own (I got mine from Winco)
  • *sprinkles* if you want!

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foggydress_frozen_banana_popsFreeze banana pieces on non-stick surface, for about 1 to 1.5 hours. **If you freeze them longer than that, it may be very difficult to stab them with a stick for dipping!**

foggydress_frozen_banana_popsI  followed the directions on the chocolate packet, which said to heat up the chocolate by soaking it in the bag, in a bowl of hot tap water (do not microwave).

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foggydress_frozen_banana_popsOf course, I think you should add some sprinkles. Do this after the “twirl” phase but before the “chill” phase. We chilled our pops for about 30 seconds, before removing the frozen banana piece by pulling it up & off the stick.

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Decorating: With Flower Heads

foggydress_flower_headsI hope you all had a lovely weekend celebrating the mothers and strong women in your life (I spent the weekend pampering my mama!).

I know flowers are kind of the trendy thing right now, but let me assure you that I have had a “thing” for flowers ever since I was little. My mom has always loved gardening, so we always had a bevy of tulips, roses, or daffodils around our home. Growing up, I’d go with my mom to the Pasadena Farmer’s Market every Saturday, and we would always come home with a spray of cherry blossoms or sunflowers or what ever was in season. My mom lived in Europe in her 20’s and told me that every few days when people went to the market for groceries, they would always pick up fresh flowers for their homes. She has taught me to do the same.

I wanted to display in a more unique fashion, so I experimented with cutting off just the flower heads, and it worked! They last just as long as with the stem, maybe even longer. I got both of these flowers from my “yard” (it’s so tiny you can hardly call it that!).  Follow these few steps to to have beautiful blooming flower heads around your home…

foggydress_flower_headsFirst find a nice almost-blooming or blooming flower from your garden or from a (purchased!) bouquet at the farmers market. Cut it off just below the head, so there’s just about a half inch of stem.

foggydress_flower_heads Next, find a plate, or little bowl. I used a candles stick holder.

foggydress_flower_headsFill it with just a tablespoon or two’s worth of water.

foggydress_flower_heads Now, add your flower head!

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foggydress_flower_heads With a little bit of stem, add some water to a plate and voila!

foggydress_flower_heads It helps to stick the flowers+water+plate in the fridge for an hour or so to get them nice an perky.

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Girls Day at Dana Point, Ca

foggydress_mermade_market Since part of us (Anna dear) lives in San Diego, we met up half way for the Mermade Market where we indulged ourselves in handmade goodies. Their next market is December 4th, you should all book a girls trip out there STAT.

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foggydress_mermade_marketI  bought one of these rings from Woven Jewel, they were irresistible! Check them out.

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foggydress_mermade_marketWe had brunch at a darling cafe called Bonjour Cafe & Bistro and I’M STILL DREAMING ABOUT IT!

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foggydress_mermade_marketIt can’t be a girls day without a trip to the nail salon. We had a blast at Bella Terrace, they had amazing service and amazing color choices…

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foggydress_mermade_marketMy friends have way prettier nails than me, I mean look!

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foggydress_mermade_marketWe ended with a beautiful walk along the cliffside. I love these girls!

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