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Skirt of Succulents

There are a few different things that can happen when I see fabric. 1. I hate it and walk by it with no regret 2. I fall in love, have absolutely no idea what to do with it but need it anyway and 3. Fall in love and instantly have an idea of how to use it. When I was on Instagram the other day, #3 happened.

I follow a semi local craft store, Rock, Paper, Scissor located in Montclair, New Jersey. They posted an image of their window display and that’s when I saw it- Crimson Tate’s Succulent line from Windham Fabrics. It’s beautiful, unique and just straight up adorable!

       Skirt of Succulents- Trish Stitched

As soon as I saw this fabric, I knew it wanted to be a mini skirt. That border calls for it! So I ordered a yard and a half. I began looking for online tutorials and decided to follow Melissa Esplin’s Kate Spade skirt. I started marking where the pleats would go but quickly found out I didn’t buy enough fabric for this tutorial.

Skirt of Succulents- Trish Stitched

So I had to do math. I hate math. It took way too long to figure out my pleats. I almost gave up it was taking so long. But after a short breather, the numbers added up and I had my measurements.

Skirt of Succulents- Trish Stitched

Skirt of Succulents- Trish Stitched

I didn’t have a real reason to make this skirt but when the inspiration strikes, you have to go with it! I’ll be wearing this for Easter and if I ever do a craft show, I would love to wear this. Plan ahead right?

Skirt of Succulents- Trish Stitched

Skirt of Succulents- Trish Stitched

Skirt of Succulents- Trish Stitched

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Waffle Patterns “Caramel Coat” Winter Version

Welcome to the very first project post on my new blog! It is going to take some time to make this place feel more like home (I have a lot of work to do) but I just can’t wait to post pretty things!

Purple Coat- Trish Stitched

I really didn’t think I was going to finish this project this winter. But with all the additional snow we’ve been getting in Jersey, it was slight motivation to finish it up! I had been stalking this pattern for months and every time it popped up, my want for it grew. I finally gave in to the adorableness and pulled out some fabric that’s been in my stash.

Purple Coat- Trish Stitched

I started this well over two months ago. Other projects got in the way and the fabric I chose kept getting on my nerves. But last week I made the final push and sewed on the last button!

A few comments: This pattern is wonderful. Sizing was great, next time I would make the sleeve width a little smaller (it is meant to be larger). The original pattern is made for a shorter coat, but as this is meant to be a winter coat, I increased the hem by 5″ and while I didn’t wind up using that full 5 I’m definitely glad I added the extra length.

Purple Coat- Trish Stitched

I bought this purple/black/white woven wool years ago from Joann Fabrics, and happens to be one of the most expensive fabrics I’ve ever bought (and will never buy again because it is a pain to work with) It was meant for a different project but once that plan fell through, I’ve had these yards just sitting in my stash. This is lined with a beautiful solid purple knit to match the exterior (sorry not pictured). As lovely as the lining was, it was difficult to attach it to the exterior and I had a good few hours of struggle to get it to sit right.

There will come a time in my sewing career when I will have made this coat at least four times- one for every season. I highly recommend Waffle Patterns. I’m looking at the vest for a future sew but have a few other projects to get to first…

Purple Coat- Trish Stitched

Purple Coat- Trish Stitched

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New Years Eve Skirt and Crop Top

Have you ever been in a fabric store, picked up a bolt of fabric that you really liked but didn't have a use for and right before putting it back, someone else walks over and you get so nervous that they will nab it that you keep it for yourself? Well, that's what happened.

Handmade New Year- Mini Pip

I fell in love with this beautiful plaid but had no use for it. I've been telling myself to use up my stash but couldn't put the bolt down. There wasn't much left on it and when I saw someone walking over to where I was, I couldn't bear to let anyone else have it! So I bought two yards. It's ok, it was on sale.

  Handmade New Year- Mini Pip

Fast forward a few weeks and a New Years party invite came my way. What better excuse to make a new outfit? Out came that fabric. My original idea was to make a high low skirt but got distracted by this pin (damn you pinterest).

Handmade New Year- Mini Pip

Handmade New Year- Mini Pip

Handmade New Year- Mini Pip

The "tablecloth" skirt came together pretty quickly. The tutorial was super easy to follow and the fabric was fantastic because I didn't have to match the plaids (!!) I decided to make the skirt high waisted with a zipper closure and the hem raised a bit higher than in the tutorial. I thought this would look cute with a crop top and made a quick one to go with the skirt.

Handmade New Year- Mini Pip

I made the crop top by taking my front and back bodice sloper that I made years ago and just straightened the sides and removed all darts. I made the front and back out of this black knit that I got as a remnant. I cut out sleeves before realizing that I didn't add seam allowance and didn't have enough to make new sleeves so they had to be cut out of a different fabric. It turned out to be a happy mistake though because I really love the look!

Take a closer look at this fabric: do you really blame me for not passing it up?

  Handmade New Year- Mini Pip

Handmade New Year- Mini Pip

Happy New Year!

 

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Turkey Day Dress!

Another holiday means another party dress! I bought this beautiful knit during our vacation to San Diego. It's a heavier weight knit and the print is gorgeous, making it perfect for a fall dress. I used my trusty Cynthia Rowley pattern, the same as this dress, for a quick sew.

Turkey Day Dress- mini pip

Since this fabric has a good stretch, I didn't need a zipper but I did have to watch my print. I'm proud to say all seams just about line up!

Turkey Day Dress- mini pip

Turkey Day Dress- mini pip

I decided to sew down the pleats because I wanted them more defined. When this pattern is sewn with a cotton, or sturdier fabric, pleats are more noticeable but with the drape of this fabric, I wasn't sure the pleats would be as pronounced.  

Turkey Day Dress- mini pip

Turkey Day Dress- mini pip

Turkey Day Dress- mini pip

This dress is so comfy and a great holiday feast dress because the stretch allowed for more turkey 😉

Turkey Day Dress- mini pip

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

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Two Toned Tee

I have an internal goal for myself to make a new garment each week. This isn't a goal I planned or really declared out loud, just a little thought in the back of my mind. Last week I made the raglan top and the week before I finished my anorak. This week I made a quick t-shirt.

Again, I had some fabric from Girl Charlee to play with and a t-shirt has been on my "make" list for a while. I took my basic bodice pattern and the top pattern from this book to make a separated yoke. I first made a petal sleeve but that did NOT work out. After that failure I made a roll up sleeve and loved the way it looked.

  two toned tee - mini pip

Now that I'm making more of my own patterns I really need to keep a checklist by my sewing machine to remind me of simple things like, adding a seam allowance. This shirt came out a little tighter than I wanted but it still fits and it's super comfortable.

two toned tee - mini pip

two toned tee - mini pip

I tried so hard to make the seams line up and think it worked pretty well.

two toned tee - mini pip

two toned tee - mini pip

two toned tee - mini pip

two toned tee - mini pip

I have already planned what next weeks garment will be! Thankfully this one doesn't require me to make a pattern…

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Red Sparkle Raglan with Elbow Patches

When I was officially discovering the wonders of sewing knits a couple months ago, I bought a few different fabrics from Girl Charlee. This fabric was a last minute add on. I saw it and just thought it had a great little sparkle and would be a nice fabric to experiment with.

Now that I'm working in my studio three days a week, I can't exactly wear my pretty dresses to cut fabric on the floor. My wardrobe has been sweaters and leggings lately but I still want to feel "presentable" even when sewing. To add a little 'sparkle' to my new working closet, I decided to use this fabric to make a raglan top!

I followed my trusty flat pattern book to alter my sleeve pattern for this top. If you have any desire to make your own patterns, this is a fantastic book to have in your library.

raglan top-mini pip

  raglan top-mini pip

At first I wanted to add a kangaroo pocket to the front but it would be a little heavy with this fabric so I added some fun to the sleeves. Elbow patches should be on every single long sleeve top. They are adorable, easy to make and add just the right amount of interesting to any project.

raglan top-mini pip

raglan top-mini pip

It's a little difficult to see the raglan sleeve but it's there! The elbow patches were actually pretty easy. I made a paper oval a little bigger than the size I wanted the patch to be. I cut four ovals out of red knit and sewed each pair together (leaving a small space open). After turning them right side out and pressing, I adjusted where to put them on the sleeve and sewed them on!

I love making my own patterns and with simple projects like this, I feel like I'm making progress in ultimately not needing a book to make garments. Don't get me wrong, using commercial patterns are a huge time saver but this really lets me turn a little design in my head into a real, wearable piece.

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Cranberry Anorak Jacket

I love jackets. Something about a good jacket just makes me so happy. While I have …quite a few… jackets in my wardrobe, I didn't have a nice basic fall jacket. I was looking into buying an anorak but it was hard to find one that wasn't an army green. Don't get me wrong, I love the green! But I love to be unique just a little more.

cranberry anorak- mini pip

I decided on Simplicity 2153 after reading over some reviews and looking at other finished projects. I found the site Fashion Fabrics Club and bought a few yards of the Cranberry Red cotton twill.

cranberry anorak- mini pip 

  cranberry anorak- mini pip

I made view D, which is the full sleeve option. This was a very slow project. I cut the fabric out back in September and finally finished sewing it last Wednesday. But thankfully the fall weather has been kind and it got a few wears this weekend alone!

cranberry anorak- mini pip

The pattern was decently easy to follow. I didn't have a problem with the instructions until attaching the collar. The thing I had a huge problem with was the sizing. I get this is supposed to be a jacket so a little over sized, well, that's natural. But following my body measurements I cut out a size 10 and this thing was huge! I chopped off at least 4" from the bottom and took in the sleeves and sides about 3". I hate making muslin versions of apparel before the real one because I'm impatient and want instant results. But I think I'll make a size 8 next time I use Simplicity.

cranberry anorak- mini pip

  cranberry anorak- mini pip

cranberry anorak- mini pip

Anyway, besides my issues with sizing, this pattern is awesome. I love how large the pockets are and I love the waist gathering. The fabric is perfect for fall because it's light enough to breathe but put a sweater under it and it's warm. I would make this again, but probably not for a while. I'm ready to go back to my quick sewing projects. And with Halloween at the end of the week, my costume is next on the sewing list!

cranberry anorak- mini pip

 

 

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Bombshell on the Beach

It happened! I finally got to the beach, at the very end of the summer. But that's ok because I busted my butt to have my one piece bombshell to wear! Drew and I visited his family on Long Beach Island on Sunday and we got 3 whole hours of sun and sand!! (and a half hour of some of the best ice cream I've ever had)

You may remember my swim skirt from the bombshell pattern. I made that first to get an idea of how the one piece would come together and fit. It went together super quick and very easily. I even added cups to the top for a little added support.

bombshell on the beach- minipip

bombshell on the beach- minipip

What I wish I did was take into consideration that this pattern is made for a woman 5'6" tall. Being 4'10" I had quite a few inches flapping in the midsection. It wouldn't have been that bad if I made a solid color suit but with the print, the overlap was very noticeable. All I did to fix this was sew down a few inches in the side, basically making a tuck to hide the extra bits. It isn't perfect, but I'm happy with it and I've never felt more comfortable on the beach.

bombshell on the beach- minipip

The fabric is from Spandex House and I can't tell you how much I love this print. It's been hard finding a swimsuit fabric that had a print other than polka dots. This has polka dots, but those giant florals give this such an awesome look.

bombshell on the beach- minipip

After making my own swimwear, I'm not sure if I want to buy a bathing suit again. This was such a lovely pattern and it has really opened my eyes to sewing more active wear…which might help with my upcoming half marathon…

bombshell on the beach- minipip

 

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Let’s Go To Arizona Cardi

I'm going on vacation!! For the first time in two years, Drew and I are finally getting out of New Jersey together for a whole. entire. week. We split the trip into two parts, the first part my choice, the second part, Drew's. We've been throwing around places to go for a couple months and I finally decided on Arizona. I've wanted to visit the Grand Canyon for years and I think now is the perfect time to go. Drew decided on Napa Valley in California for his half, but I'm much more excited for my half.

Since we are going on this wonderful trip, it sounded like a great opportunity to add some clothes to my travel wardrobe. I found a cute free pattern online for a wrap cardigan by Megan Nielsen and had just purchased some lightweight knits from Girl Charlee.

This is the result!

lets go to arizona cardi- mini pip

lets go to arizona cardi- mini pip

I should also mention I got a new haircut and a new camera! (So much newness!!)

This cardi only required one yard of fabric and silly me started cutting without thinking about print placement, I cut out the two sides (which required the most fabric) then cut the back. When I went to sew them together I realized the print didn't match up. Luckily the print doesn't have much to it and after cutting off about 2.5 inches from the front pieces, I was able to line up the prints. This actually worked out pretty well since I would have wanted to cut it shorter anyway.

lets go to arizona cardi- mini pip

I also had some issues with making the sleeves too big, so I had to make some adjustments. If you make this in a solid, this would take probably an hour or so to finish. Because of my fabric errors and fit errors, it took a few hours. But all in all, it came out so cute and I can't wait to pack it in my suitcase!

lets go to arizona cardi- mini pip

lets go to arizona cardi- mini pip

lets go to arizona cardi- mini pip

My pretty seam!

lets go to arizona cardi- mini pip

I took over 300 photos of the farm this weekend with my new camera so I have a lot of editing to do! Hopefully later this week I'll post some of my favorites. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

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”What a Beautiful Print for a Wedding” Dress

I mentioned in a previous post about making a new dress for a wedding I was attending, and here she is!

This is vogue V1174 by Cynthia Steffe. I bought this pattern what feels like years ago to make a birthday dress but just never got around to it. When my boyfriend was invited to his friends wedding, I did actually try to shop for a dress. I knew it would be less stressful, but probably more expensive, to just buy but there wasn't anything that I liked! So that left me with one option: just make my own dress.

''beautiful print for a wedding'' dress -mini pip

''beautiful print for a wedding'' dress -mini pip

Once I picked the pattern, picking the fabric was easy. Joann's, of course, had a sale…and coupons… so I bought this beauty. It's a thicker fabric, damask, which didn't make it necessary to add lining, but I did anyway.

''beautiful print for a wedding'' dress -mini pip

This pattern was the most intense I've sewn, with so many pattern pieces to cut and instructions to follow. As I use more patterns, I'm finding that I actually follow the instructions much more than I used to.

This lady had so much detail! From pockets and pleats to boning and piping.

  ''beautiful print for a wedding'' dress -mini pip
 

''beautiful print for a wedding'' dress -mini pip

Never have I been so happy with the inside of a dress as this one. I even took pictures because it's so beautiful!

''beautiful print for a wedding'' dress -mini pip 

''beautiful print for a wedding'' dress -mini pip

There is one thing this pattern has taught me. Take a closer look at the picture on the pattern envelope. I was not prepared for the way the skirt was attached and at first I was unhappy with how unfinished it looked. After I sewed the skirt on though, I didn't mind it.

''beautiful print for a wedding'' dress -mini pip

I highly recommend this pattern, but for a more experienced sewer. I cut the size way too big for my body and had to alter it quite a bit. I thought my measurements were right but it was way off. The bodice is very secure with the boning included but because I didn't alter it enough, I did pull it up quite a bit throughout the evening. I might add a spaghetti strap so the wear is a little easier from now on, especially at work.

Thankfully no one at the wedding thought it was handmade, that's one of the greatest compliments I can get!

''beautiful print for a wedding'' dress -mini pip