2.28.2012

More Swimsuit Supplies

 I may have gone a little overboard here, but I just couldn't help myself!  My local warehouse fabric store that mostly stocks home dec fabrics, happens to have an amazing selection of swimwear fabric.

If you are thinking about making one, I think what you want is either nylon/spandex or polyester/spandex, not cotton/spandex.  I'm certainly no expert, so feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.  The first suit I made was a polyester/spandex blend, but all of those fabrics above are nylon/spandex.  It's a little thicker, but the poly/spandex worked just fine and might be easier to find. 


After searching around for swimwear sewing tips, I came across this site.  I wish I had seen their tips before.  I had bought some fancy elastic that I thought was the right kind, when in fact the regular elastic I had in my drawer says right on the back that you can use it for swimwear.  Go figure!

  
Before I had a chance to really read over the Creative Chicks tips, I tried making a pair of bottoms for myself.  They came out pretty good, though a little small.  




I folded the top over twice and then did a zig-zag.  It looks much nicer than the leg openings which I just folded once.  
 
The seam flattens out when it's on my body, but is still a little wonky.  With the Creative Chicks tips in hand, I'm confident the next suits will be just right.  

Are you inspired to make your own yet?

2.26.2012

My most recent obsession


I'm not sure why, but this is my latest obsession....making swimsuits.  My first attempt wasn't too bad.  The fabric is pretty tough to work with, but I intend to master it.  Must head to the store for my supplies.
Check back soon.  I'll share what I learn, and maybe a pattern as well. 

2.24.2012

Cheddar Sage Biscuits

 This week, I accidentally bought 2 containers of sage.  I was making this squash soup, and somehow bought sage at 2 different stores.  I didn't want it to go to waste, so I thought I'd try my hand at some biscuits.

I used a basic cheese biscuit recipe and added the chopped sage to the butter to help bring out some of the flavor.  

2 cups white flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter-melted
1 cup milk
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
chopped fresh sage

Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Add the butter/sage, milk and cheese and mix until just combined. Drop by spoonful onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake at 425F for 15 minutes. 


Butter, cheese, fresh herbs....what could possibly be yummier.


There will be more of these in our future.  Basil parmasan.  Rosemary gruyere. 


What will you put in yours?

2.15.2012

Channeling Spring

The other night I came across a blog I hadn't seen before and was instantly inspired.  Elle Apparel has some nice tutorials for clothing and though I didn't follow any one in particular, her ideas definitely got me thinking about making more clothes for myself.  
I'm not nearly as cute as Leanne and I really hate having my picture taken, so you'll have to bear with me.

First I made this cute shirt dress.  The shirt was $10 at Target and the skirt is fabric I'd had in my stash for a long time.  It's not perfect, but good enough for a first try.  I plan on making more, once it's actually warm out.  Despite it being about 34 degrees, my husband convinced me to go outside for these photos.  True blog dedication. 

Next, I made myself a skirt. I just bought this skirt from Old Navy.  I love the fit and style, so I just traced it and made another.




Once it gets warm here, this skirt will get a lot of mileage.  I made the shirt for our trip to Florida last month. 

 What have you added to your wardrobe lately?  Any great tutorials out there I should know about?  I'd love to hear from you!

2.14.2012

I don't tend to share a lot of personal stuff here.  But since it is Valentine's Day and I do have "family" up there in my header, I thought I'd take a moment to mention my wonderful husband.
We've had to deal with a difficult situation recently and it has reminded me how much easier life is when you have an amazing, supportive partner at your side.  I'm a lucky woman.
Happy Valentine's Day.