Friday, May 28, 2010

free sewing patterns: burdastyle

lately i've been obsessed with burdastyle and the free patterns available there. here are a few to reel you in...

i had one more photo/pattern link to post, but for some reason blogger wouldn't let me add another photo, but you can take a look at all the available free patterns at I love to look at the "finished projects" and see all the different variations and fabrics that people use. it's very inspiring.

another place that's been a huge inspiration for me lately is the forums. I love to look through the reconstruction posts. it's amazing what people are making from, well.. everything! old clothes, curtains, tea towels/napkins, pillowcases, sheets.. it's just too awesome. i recommend taking a look through those posts before getting rid of the stuff you don't like, doesn't fit you, out of style, and will never wear. you might find a ton of things you can do with the things you already have, so that you have something new and amazing to wear. good luck!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

weekend projects

after spending most of our weekend relaxing in this awesome hotel and doing some shopping, we came home and started working on the projects we've been wanting to tackle for a while now. we finally bought the things we needed to pretty up our tv area, some herbs for our empty pots and chairs for the patio.

here's the tv before. cords everywhere:
and after. much better:
patio before:
patio after:

we now have cilantro, cherry tomato, thyme, parsley, lavender, and mint.
both chairs and pots are from ikea.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

etsy favorites

some of my current etsy favorites.

a new dress

here is my first handmade dress! it's made from some of the fabric i ordered and posted about last week. it's not perfect, but i like it. i learned so much making it and can't wait to get started on my next one.
i downloaded this free pattern from burdastyle -- a really great sewing community website with lots of free patterns and projects. the one i chose was the "coffee date dress".


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

fabric dot com.

my new favorite place to spend money.

i recently purchased some great vintage patterns on ebay and etsy and set out trying to find some fabrics i like to make some dresses and stuff out of. i am very picky, but i also haven't sewn much in the way of clothing, so it wasn't easy to pick something. i wasn't sure exactly how things would feel, so i stuck mostly with the basics, what i know.

(my selections, but bottom left should actually be dark gray.)

i ended up with cotton, linen, jersey, and seersucker and then some interfacing and lining and i love every bit of what i received from just thought i'd let you know that in case you weren't sure if you should give them a try. i got free shipping and found a 20% off coupon code. so, i'm happy.

can't wait to make something i can wear. hopefully it wont be something i get lazy about. i know i love buying the fabric, let's hope i know how to use it. i'll keep you posted. :)