Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Abercrombie & Fitch Inspired Dress

Just before Lauren’s Spring Break she showed me this dress on Abercrombie & Fitch’s website that she just LOVED and of course, had-to-have!  She stated the obvious-“Mommy, you can make this, can’t you?”  I was definitely up for the challenge without having a pattern and also for the price tag of $68.

We had some modifications that we agreed on.  She wanted a tank top with thicker straps(so she could wear it to school) and Lauren liked eyelet with less holes instead of the one A & F used.  We can do that….

Here is the inspiration dress from Abercrombie & Fitch’s website.  The top is navy blue but appears black in the picture.


Just Jo’s versionWinking smile






Lauren is thrilled the way this dress came out!  Lauren also helped sew it and did LOTS of ironing seams.  What a trooper…

I purchased the tank top at Old Navy and both fabrics were from Joann’s for a total cost of $13.

Definitely, “Just Jo” style! In love

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Fabric Flower Pictures

Part of cleaning out closets leads to more projects sometimes.  One step forward, two steps back.   But I repurposed, decorated, and had fun in the process.  Also this project cost me $0.  Yes, it’s true.  I found 2 old pictures placed in the Goodwill pile when it struck me.  “Those are nice, square frames”.  “ What can I do with them”.  Days before, I was practicing with my new sewing ruffler with some scraps of pink fabric I had.  I saved them because they were SO pretty.  I know it’s a sickness…. LOVE girly things including ruffles.

I grabbed some matching leftover fabric from another project in my daughter’s room.   This would be perfect since she has pink/black color combination in her room.   I pulled apart the picture, frame, and glass.   I placed the striped fabric on the backing and started hot-gluing away the ruffled fabric in a circle.   I had to make more ruffled-pink fabric(good thing I had just enough for 2 flowers) and added a button.

Can you say 30-minute decorating?  Move over Rachael Ray….



I just LOVE the 3-D effect.  I just love my ruffler-it is SO easy and I was so scared of that ugly-looking accessory.  Who knew…….Rolling on the floor laughing



Monday, March 28, 2011

Sassy Spring Skirts

In case you are wondering, after our Northern Arizona snow trip(15 inches) we came back to the desert to Spring weather in the 80’s.  Yeah-my fav weather.  It led to landscaping, cleaning closets, and pure enjoyment.  My girls were also off for a week for Spring Break.  I did manage to squeeze in some sewing time but definitely did not have any blogging time.  So, I’m baaaaaaack…
Here are some skirts I made for my 2 daughters.  This is a great pattern because it is easy and FAST.  Just imagine the fabric combos you can come up with!
This skirt has an elastic waistband that is covered with this luscious bow!  If you look closely, it even has pockets.   You will be able to see more details with this next skirt!   I purchased this fabric from Joann’s.  It is chocolate brown and Lauren mentioned she wanted more brown in her wardrobe.  
Sierra just LOVES this skirt with all the different fabrics.  The floral fabric is an Amy Butler fabric called “Daisy Chain”  and the different polka dots were scraps from my stash-perfect!  It sure is Springy-looking and I am hoping she will wear it this week.  Maybe I can then capture her in it….
When I saw this pink camo fabric at Hobby Lobby, I knew Sierra would LOVE it.  As do I.  It definitely fits her personality, too.
The pattern I used is Simplicity #2258.
I have a few home dec projects and a copy-cat dress I made (Ambercrombie & Fitch inspired) to share with you.   How fun…….


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