Next sewing project was using more of the houndstooth fabric I had.
Don't let the pattern number fool you, my pattern had 0915 on the outside but the inside said 6230. Grr. I used the houndstooth you have previously seen with my leggings. I have plenty leftover. I decided to make myself an Alabama Football Inspired baseball tee (which btw why would you pair it with a pencil skirt like this pattern does???). I used the red poly interlock you saw with the drapey vogue maxi dress for the sleeves. Here is my new top to watch college football in! Yeah!
Trying out a new pattern. It is one of those easy "learn to sew" patterns from simplicity. I really thought this shirt was cute.
I had some scrap fabric that literally I was scrambling to make it work, but I did for both. The pattern didn't call for fusible interface so I decided to add it to the back. I might not do that next time. So I selected just cotton. Both are different thicknesses and you will see the difference in how it hangs. As you can see here I have little fabric left (just those silvers).
Here's the flower pattern. This would be cute with my bright blue pants.
Actually those pants would work with this version too!
Easy top. Sewing it was ridiculously fast. Cute and fits well. I would like to try this with something thinner that would drape better. I think it would fall better. But I like the shape of it. I love the way it looks from the back!
My first shoe refashion. I have some odd feet and finding shoes that I like and fit me is a challenge. I don't thrift shoes, that is my only no I won't do. I just don't want things to be worn out before I get them. I had these metallic flats which are fabulous to walk in and had plenty of use left in them. But I took a bit of a hit which made the metallic come off badly on one side. I was sad but they were ugly.
I decided to use Tulip Soft Fabric paint in black. And also black sparkly paint to cover on top. Really it was pretty easy. I just went up to the buckle. :)
Here they r done. Fixed until I wear them out walking.
Yay more sewing! I want more leggings b/c they go well with boots and long tunics and short dresses. But spending $$ on leggings that are see-through sort of anger me. So many that I have found are just a little too sheer for me. And the ones I have found, $50 is ridiculous for pants. I have found some great knit fabric on sale at Hancock and also JoAnn Fabrics. I said I will make them myself.
I found this great pattern by McCalls which further convinced me this was a great idea. I picked it up during the $0.99 sale. Boom
I picked up 2 knits on sale. Grey and black houndstooth and grey and white snowflake. I opted for the scrunched version just because I wanted to make my pants long for my legs. I did not want them to be short. And yes they were long!!
This pattern is so easy to do. Here are my houndstooth
Here are the snowflake which I managed to decently match up and make even.
They are still a bit big and I need to take them in more. I already did but it looks like I need more. The top of the pants fit well but the legs too loose.
I did a medium based on measurements and the fact that the fabric was not super stretchy. I should have done a small or XS. If I do these again, I would definitely go a smaller size. Love my leggings. Total cost was less than $10 including the pattern. Definitely recommend!
I love peacock and their feathers. Just love them. The iron craft challenge was making something for the holidays. I actually had another project up and going but I don't know how to finish it. That will come later, got to think. Instead after putting up my Christmas tree I decided I wanted to make more ornaments, it is starting to become tradition. I have a huge stash of peacock feathers I decided to turn it into an ornament. :)
First I trimmed some off the bottom of the feather. Then I grabbed a clear ornament I got at Joann fabric. The hardest part of this project was simply getting the feather in the tiny hole. Easiest thing was to twist it with my finger. Then add the top back to the ornament. I had the stem go through the hole. Trim a little off the top. And it was perfect.
Hardest thing next was getting a decent photo without the glare. We actually had some sunshine in the apartment.
Soooo lovely. Yay!! I actually got inspired after this to make more ornaments. This time with beads. They are almost done too! Need some good after shots. I used up so much beads my stash has dramatically shrunk. Exciting!
Ah Rachel Brice!! EEk!! The girl who really changed the tribal fusion scene and some people argue create it. I actually first saw her when the Bellydance Superstars first began their tour. It was in a really small venue so I got to see it up close. Watching her dance live is magical. Seriously.
Her arms and posture DVD. First of all with sound and video. The quality is good. She is in front of a mirror so you can follow her, like in a traditional class. It is voiced over, which I always think is awkward and less personal.
There are 6 sections: Prep, Dance movement prep, shoulder sequence, examples, practical application, and end stretching. She gets a bonus for having a warm up and cool down. After doing so many DVDs, it is nice to have that. Beginning section there are a lot of squats and your thighs will burn. You actually don't use your lower body for a good portion of this DVD. Actually in the drilling part of the arms you sit on a chair and isolate arms and shoulder. There is lots of work with arms and shoulders, its both a massage and a workout at the same time. She explains those elusive sidewinders and breaks them down nicely. There is a small combo she builds up to, and has a good explanation of things combined with long drilling. Which is a plus. I really like when you can drill until you are fatigued. That is how you build strength as a dancer.
This is not any sort of cardio DVD but intense drilling. After this DVD I felt taller and felt like my upper body opened up and I could breathe better. Verdict is a Keeper. Not just because it is Rachel. But because arms are so many dancers weaknesses. In the bonus section there is an interview with her and miles copeland. She talks about what she has, how long it takes to get ready, etc. She also says she gets stage fright still. Which blows me away, because she is that awesome.