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Spring Sewing List

I don't know how the weather is where you are from but here it is COLD (ok today was pretty warm but in general, its been cold). I am a horrible person in cold. You don't want to walk with me because I practically run for warmth and I'm really great at playing the "layering" game. So I've been starting to think of warm. Spring is warm. Spring means flowers popping out of the ground, de-hibernation, and, of course, a bit of cleaning.

Spring is also a great time for some new clothes! I really want to focus on sewing some beautiful pieces for my wardrobe this year. While I don't always have time to dedicate to sewing for myself, these are a few goals I would like to achieve for spring.

 #1- Polka Dot Blazer

Besides florals, my favorite print is polka dots. Most of my wardrobe consists of polka dots now, but, I don't have a blazer out of them! I was really inspired by this page I clipped out of an old magazine.

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I also saw this adorable blazer on target.com

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{purchase here}

A blazer is a wardrobe staple, even one with a print. I've been in love with blazers for years and think its a great time to test my sewing skills with a more advanced project.

#2 A Spring Dress.

I always like to add a floral dress to my wardrobe every year so this year, it would be fun to add a handmade one like this:

Anthrodress

{From Anthropologie}

or this

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{From Modcloth}

I really want to make a wrap dress but need to purchase fabric before settling on a style. Sometimes a print isn't meant for a certain style dress.

#3 Printed Crop Pants

Apparently in my wardrobe, you can never have enough prints! I have no printed pants and this would be a great piece to refashion! I would want something a little more neutral. Like these from bloomingdales:

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{on sale now!}

 #4-Gym Bag

As a handbag designer, I like to design a few new bags a year. I have a gym bag but it's too large to carry to work and those drawstring backpacks are too small. This one by Steve Madden would be PERFECT- if it wasn't over $50

Gymbag

{From Nordstrom}

What's on your sewing list for Spring?

 

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etsy · inspiration · mini pip · sewing

Folk Collection

Wow, bad blogger over here! These few weeks have (of course) been crazy. With Thanksgiving and Black Friday, the work load is really hitting me. But I do have some exciting news! I will now be an official full time employee at Anthro! I'm so excited for this change because I've worked really hard to get to this point. But that isn't the reason I'm posting.

My new handbag collection is up on etsy! I fell in love with this fabric collection the first time I saw it and have been hoarding it for years waiting for the moment to use it. This fabric has fantastic colors and designs.

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My bags on etsy

When I was trying to name the collection, the vibe I got from this was Folk. I pulled some inspirational photos that I wanted to share!

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{Image from here}

Folk really comes from the color and detail in design. It's a little "homey" with a touch of ethnic and so bold it really captures your attention.

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These little prints by Beci Orpin are so cute!

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{The last print comes from here}

 

My new wristlet has an improved wrist band. The previous wristlets I made had a wider band, so I made it a little longer and skinnier.

folk collection

folk collection

folk collection

Go check them out!

Blog Everyday · inspiration

Day 23: Struggles

I've had a lot of struggles the past few months, some I've blogged about before and others I haven't really talked about. I think a large struggle I am facing is being "good enough". I try my best to sew with straight seams, purchase quality fabric and really show my passion in my work. It is difficult to remember that others have been doing this longer, that they know techniques that I do not. There is a quote that I have been connecting with lately:

Dont compare

(on pinterest)

This is a simple reminder to be inspired by others stories, not discouraged that things are not happening fast or I'm not as good a seamstress as others.  This is my journey, my path. It may take longer than others, but this is where I am supposed to be.

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Day 6: Inspiration

Day six is to blog about where you get your inspiration or craft something with an autumn theme. I just got back to Hoboken, so I don't have the energy to sew something…so I'll talk about my inspiration. There are a few things I do for inspiration.

For years I've been buying magazines and clipping out only pages I love (this usually leaves me with 3-10 pages from 1 magazine). My mom does the same thing and we joke about how we could create the PERFECT magazine just from all our clippings. I store mine in binders, organized by fashion or craft…and even more detailed in those topics. I take my clippings very seriously. (I think I have four binders worth now)

The second place I find most of my inspiration is through traveling. Whether it is taking a stroll on the farm at home or reminiscing through photos from Paris and London back from 2010. I went with my university and had such an amazing experience.

My favorite place in the world is Marie Anntoinette's estate. I often think about it when designing.

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London is also where I discovered Cath Kidston. I cannot begin to say how obsessed I became with Cath as soon as I stepped into the shop.

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You can see the bag I had to buy. The great thing is, my boyfriend now knows that he can never go wrong with buying me something from Cath Kidston, I've since added another bag to my collection thanks to him.

I know this became a little off topic, but it is nice to go through this photos again and get a whole new mess of inspiration!

 

happy blogging!

Blog Everyday · inspiration

Day 5: Favorite Quotes

So I was summoned to my parent's house today to work..meaning no sewing for me, and no etsy uploading for me. But that's ok because I am in LOVE with today's blogging topic. My Favorite Quote. Back in high school, my favorite quote was "What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail".

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(Beautiful Print by BigMowthPrints on etsy)

In college, I came across a Real Simple magazine featuring the quote

"Be pretty if you can, be witty if you must, but be gracious if it kills you."

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(Image from Clever Thursday)

This quote stopped me in my tracks and made me rethink the way I act towards others. Whenever I get frustrated, I take a breath, remember this quote, then respond. It is such a lovely and inspiring saying by Elsie de Wolfe that I ripped the quote out of the magazine and put it in my car. I think it helps with my road rage =p

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BAM: Bowling Bag

Earlier this morning, I had a "vision" for a new bag. This is how my designing usually happens. It's like my mind builds something up without me even knowing and all of a sudden, BAM: design. The vision I had this morning was of a bowling bag. But not a real bowling bag, a fashion bowling bag. So I've been doing some research this morning of different shapes and I thought I would share!

 

Bowling bag-vintage

Vintage AMF Pinspotter Bowling Bag-from Etsy.

Studded bowling bag

Christian Louboutin Panettone Small Studded Leather Bowling Bag

Striped bowling bag

Marla London Canvas Mix Bowling Bag

Mint bowling bag

Mint Bowling Bag-Topshop.

Rose bowling bag

Shop Ruche-no longer linking, but on my pinterest.

From these, I'm getting ideas about hardware and shape, except I have never worked with this much structure in a bag, so this should be interesting. Further research will have to wait though.

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This is my Saturday night.

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buttons are a girl’s best friend.

The past couple weeks have been filled with work. My real job, my side business and even making new connections for upcoming projects. It feels like the new year is starting out well. While work has been crazy, I've also been thinking a lot about how things have turned out the past few months. I'm not a very open person, I don't share every detail about my life because I don't think certain things are for people to know. But having a blog is about sharing and while this blog is still very small, I think it is important to start opening up. I'm also filling this post with photos of my button collection because I love buttons and just got some new ones that I want to show off. (I also think that blogs look better with pictures)

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A few months ago, I cut ties with a lot of negativity in my life. I was tired of feeling down about myself and sick of the people who were giving me those feelings. It has been hard but I get little reminders every day that I made the right decision. Since that time, I've come to really like myself as a person. I love who I am becoming. I love my dedication to my job, to perfecting my skills, my creativity and passion that I put into everything I do. I am VERY hard on myself, which is how I think most people are, but I'm starting to  focus on my good qualities and admitting to myself that I am a talented woman.

I'm about to start a new business venture…again….but it is finally something that will not be on my shoulders alone. I'm not going to start talking about it much now because nothing has been set in stone. I'm working on names and logos and websites, so once I get basics settled, I'll be more comfortable sharing. I've also just started sewing for a local artist, which once I get pictures of the products, I'll be sure to share. And my first sewing students are coming Thursday! I have a lot to prepare but I'm so excited to teach people how to sew and to share my passion and show that this hobby really can be a career.

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I think I've talked about this before, but there are times when I'm extremely unmotivated. I get stuck in a rut and I have a problem getting out. I think I've figured out what is going to keep me away from any rut. My motivation is music. If your music doesn't inspire you, motivate you, jump your creative bones, you are listening to the wrong music. I am so passionate about the bands I listen to. So I've decided that each week I'm going to share a song that inspires me.

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This week is "Love is Risky" by Dinner and A Suit. I found this band after watching an episode of Jersey Shore (The show is awful, but the music is great) and bought the album. This isn't my favorite song from the album, but some of the lyrics are so touching and perfect for how life has been the past few months. My favorite line is "There's no way of knowing if we will be let down but we can't let the fear of falling keep us on the ground".

I don't like "defining" a song. I prefer to let the listener decide what it means to them. The lovely thing about music is that it can relate to anything you want, or need it to. So, if you happened to stop by this post and have a spare moment, check out the song/band. You might find something you like.

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