What I Made | A Couple of Drapey Hollyburn Skirts

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Hey ya’ll! Happy Friday!!

I spent a good part of this past week working on a couple of new Hollyburn skirts with fabric from my stash. Both of these fabrics have a considerable amount of drape to them, making each one perfect for a half-circle skirt like the Hollyburn!

The first fabric I used was a very liquid chambray – I would guess this fabric has some sort of Tencel in it. This is by far my favorite skirt I’ve ever made. The fabric was very lightweight, and has a lot of drape to it, but extremely easy to work with. Jose made the comment that it has a very “cowgirl” look to it, which, living here in Texas, I take as a compliment!

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I think what takes it to the next “cowgirl” level is that I lined this skirt with a floral silk georgette I had on hand. Nothing like lining a chambray skirt with floral silk, don’t you think?

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Also – these are the most amazing buttons. I wasn’t too impressed with the wood buttons that the local Hancock Fabrics carries, so I ordered these from anthonyswoodshop on Etsy. According to the seller, these buttons are special because they are “cut so as to capture the strength of the wood, unlike tree branch buttons which tend to split.” This means the buttons can be machine washed and dried, unlike other wood buttons that are sold at the local fabric store. :)

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The second skirt was made with (what I assume to be) a black cotton crepe. I didn’t care for this fabric as much as the chambray, but it still made a very basic, wearable skirt in the end. I lined it with a synthetic black and white houndstooth I had on hand (Roll Tide ya’ll!), and I added belt loops to the waistband rather than button tabs. I’m pretty pleased with the result, as you can never have too many basic black skirts in your closet.

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(Here you can see the inside of my hand-picked zipper!). :)

The weather here in Midland is really starting to heat up – the high today was 102 degrees (F)! The dogs have been extra lazy because of it, and I don’t blame them. I think my summer hibernation will start this weekend. I can’t complain, though, it gives me an excuse to stay inside and sew!!

Here’s what Blanca thinks about the hot weather:

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Hope you all have a fun weekend!

xo ~ Amanda

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What I Made | Black Floral Hazel

Did I mention I love this pattern? ;)

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I have so many fabrics lying around that are perfect for the Colette Hazel dress pattern. I’m going to have to restrain myself from making too many more!! It’s just such a comfortable and cute dress, and not to mention flattering!

I do have plans to make one last version of the dress (for now!) ;) . I’ve been saving up this Nani Iro border print, and wanted to make sure I have everything JUST PERFECT with the fit and construction of the pattern before I cut into the beautiful fabric. I have to say it’s probably the most special fabric I have in my stash. I can’t wait to show you when it’s done!!

Just like my last version, I added an underlining to the dress. The fashion fabric I used was a very stiff cotton poplin, but I just like having that underlining to smooth out any bumps, and it also keeps the skirt from riding up as I walk (to make things clear, I used an underlining on the bodice, and then sort of a hybrid lining / underlining on the skirt piece).

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If you look closely, you can see the catch-stitches I did on the bodice facing. I used to hate hand stitching, because I thought it slowed things down, but now I find it to be very therapeutic once you get the hang of it. :)

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Something new I tried on this version was a hand-picked zipper. I’m super-OCD about my seams lining up at the back, and I’ve only been able to achieve that once or twice (by chance) when I use the machine to insert an invisible zipper. I like that the hand-picked method allows you to have way more control of the process. I also like that you can replace the zipper someday if it breaks or gets stuck. I always feel like invisible zippers are so permanent after you put them in, and that scares me. :/

I learned how to do this from Tasia’s post on hand-picked zippers. That girl has so many tutorials and tips on her site, I really owe a lot of what I’ve learned to her!!

Can you see the picked zipper stitches here, on the zipper tape?

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In other news – did you all notice my site got a bit of a facelift? I wasn’t completely sold on the old format, and really love how simple and clean this one is. Plus that little ribbon detail at the menu adds just a hint to sewing, without going over-the-top cutesy.

I’ve been learning a lot about this whole blog thing – it’s definitely a work in progress! Something else I did this week was join Bloglovin, which makes it easier for me to keep up with all the blogs I read each day. Please click the link below if you’re on there and want to follow me!

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Here’s a little shot of my baby Blanca, peering out the kitchen door. I was playing with some new settings on my camera when I took this. She’s such a gracious model. :)

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Thanks for stopping by! Hope ya’ll have a lovely week!!

What I Made | Pair of hearts

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I finished the heart pillows! I really love how they turned out. These have replaced the old IKEA pillows we kept on the bed, which I think were a little too busy for the quilt that we have.

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To make the pillows, I used a free pattern from the blog, Noodlehead. The pattern was super easy, thanks to a video posted on the website. I’ve never sewn curves like this before, and had a little trouble matching making the red and white pieces match up perfectly, but the two halves of the square came together easily so I didn’t worry too much. I knew I wanted to quilt the pillow tops, which helped with any wonkiness in the edges. :) I think this pattern just goes to show that kinks in the details of a sewing project are usually invisible, once everything comes together in the end.

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For the front of the pillow, I used leftover Kona cotton that I already had in both tomato (red) and snow (white). For the back, I used a decorator weight black and white striped fabric. What do you think of the zipper? They’re looking better with each pillow I make!

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Blanca wanted to help model the pillow. Although, she’s such a gorgeous model, she kind of distracts from the loveliness of the pillow, don’t you think? ;)

xo ~ Amanda