Simply Shift: The Everyday Reversible

November 21, 2014

So I promised more versions of last Tuesday's pattern. Get the full pattern and tutorial in that post! This is the newest version and there will be even more perhaps this weekend. I bought the fabric. It's happening. 

This is actually one dress, one reversible dress. I called it the "Everyday" frock because it's made of knit and is super comfy. I decided to make it reversible because a lot of the knit I come across is very thin and see-through so you have to add some kind of extra material behind it. This kind of kills two birds with one stone.
Some things to mention about this reversible knit dress. When I sewed the contrasting stitches on the front I used a "knit stitch". It looks like this on your sewing machine:
This way the stitches were more stretchy AND they showed up thicker on the material. Also, you can't just follow the same directions of the original pattern. You're basically sewing two dresses and then attaching them at the neckline. However you can't sew the front and back bodices of each dress before you sew the necklines together. It's a bit more complicated but in the end you have two completely different dresses which makes it worth it. I didn't sew the hems to the other dress. That was just too much for my small brain. So I simply hemmed them separately and it was just fine. The only place where the dresses attach to each other is at the neckline.
I loved both looks equally. I usually have a favorite. I liked the contrast of the preppy black plaid and bling of the necklace. But for comfort I would choose the zigzag dress since you don't wear any shirt underneath it. I bought the super cute knit fabric at JoAnn's. It's called Doodles Sofia. See it here. Online there's only the orange, pink and grey version but my local store also had the turquoise, navy, pink and beige version I used for this dress.
Also, if it bothers you, be sure the pattern on your fabric lines up in the center when you cut your material. Otherwise it will be off centered like mine. I don't mind but I can see why some might so I just wanted to mention it. Also, I found that this (below) was the best way to arrange your pattern on the fabric so that you don't have to buy more than a yard. The back piece is on the fold and the front is along the edge. The sleeve just fits between them. Of course if you weren't using patterned fabric you could turn the sleeve 90 degrees for an easier fit.

Don't Let That Dry Winter Air Get the Better of Your Soft Skin

November 20, 2014

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I have suffered from dry skin all of my life. Winters are my worst enemy. There has always been a distinct difference in my skin from fall to winter as all the balmy summer moisture leaves the air. This October I was already noticing my lips cracking, my nasal passages becoming red and swollen and my shins and elbows looking perpetually scuffed.

So I decided to take the Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion Challenge. And see what the results would be. I received my cute little "healing kit" which included a mug, hot cocoa, Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion and test strips to monitor my progress over 5 days.

Here is what my strip looked after day 1.

So I applied the lotion to the areas that needed the most moisture- my elbows, my shins. After day 1 I noticed a difference. Being outdoors for even 1 minute usually causes the skin on my hands to whiten, harden and wrinkle from the dryness of the air. After using Vaseline for just a few days I noticed my skin didn't react so quickly to the harsh weather and overall stayed softer.

Here is what my strip looked like after day 5. Big difference, eh?
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Are You Cheap? Do You Like to Accessorize?

November 19, 2014

Holy Statement Necklace Walmart! I just popped into the place to pick up a site to store order and decided to walk around a bit (which is never a good idea) and of course I found a ton of statement necklaces at Walmart that I just had to have. Most of them were $3, some of them were $5 and then a few of the large chunkier ones were $10. Not all of them were winners but I did find a few that needed to come home with me. Of course, if they're at Walmart they're probably already out of style. Call me passé. Call me cheap. I still like them.

Simply Shift Free Dress Pattern

November 18, 2014

I saw this woolen J.Crew dress on their website about a month ago and decided to try and replicate it. I couldn't for the LIFE of me find it again because it was two months ago. But I liked how simple and chic it looked paired with a long statement necklace.
It's a very simple pattern. If you make it without a lining it might take under and hour to construct. This pattern isn't graded. It's just a one size. Since this is a shift dress and not fitted it can fit a range of sizes between 2-12. For visual reference, I'm a 6-8.

{One for You, One for a Friend} Hi-Loft Infinity Scarf

November 14, 2014

Thursday was the first real cold day of the fall. Wednesday was in the 60s. We had gone kayaking and it was sunny and gorgeous so yesterday was especially difficult. And according to Brian it's not going to get warm again (at least not in the foreseeable future). So I decided to embrace it and made myself a new infinity scarf. But I wanted one that would actually keep me warm so I made one that could be filled with a very small amount of loft. No more special tying to keep it fluffed around my neck. I just slip it on and go!
But what I liked most about this idea is that it only took about 15 minutes AND with the extra material you can make one for a friend. Great for Christmas season!

You'll need:
3/4 yard of fabric (I used fleece with this cute scissor pattern from JoAnn's. It's on sale for only $4.99 a yard!) I think it would be a cute pattern for that "crafter" in your life.

Batting (a very small amount. Like maybe three handfuls. Anything more and you're going to look like you're wearing a pillow around your neck.) You want the fabric to still be able to wrinkle and bunch like an infinity scarf should.

Throwback Thursday: Bee Cardigan

November 13, 2014

Remember this bee sweater redo from day 17 of my Embellish Knit Month? Still my favorite. Found this cute vintage pleated skirt at the Thrift Store yesterday and went perfect with it.

Easy Pancake Shapes

November 7, 2014

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf All You, Southern Living, Real Simple, and People. for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
Most mornings we eat a bowl of either Lucky Charms, Frosted Mini Wheats or Trix and hop in the car for school. It's not something we're proud of. So Brian and I have been making more of an effort on the weekends to spice up breakfast. For one of his birthday gifts I bought him a pancake batter dispenser, although a simple ketchup/mustard dispenser works too (actually works better for smaller detailed shapes). And we started making Bisquick battered pancakes into fun shapes and letters.

Christmas Gifts on the CHEAP!

November 6, 2014

In year's past I've spent thousands of dollars on Christmas. Like a lot of people, I'm fortunate enough to have a long list of family and friends to shop for. That's great but my wallet didn't agree. This year I probably have the least amount of money to spend on Christmas but surprisingly it will also be the least stressful Christmas in a while. Why? 
Well, around June I started hoarding away Christmas presents and now I have an attic full of stuff. That's no big tip you might say but that's not all. For most gifts I've only spent between $2-$5 and no more than $10. They're all brand new unopened gifts from major retailers. Ok. But how?! There are a few places I frequent. But before I tell you what the first one is I want you to keep an open mind and hear me out.

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