Friday, October 29, 2010

October Baking

Yes, I mainly blog about sewing and crafting but there are other things I enjoy like news and... baking! So I'll give you some background for this.

Before I sewed, I baked. I have been baking since I was young and as my mom and older brother like to point out, it all started with my Easy Bake Oven. I admit I was serious about that thing. I mean that light bulb could bake up some mini masterpieces!

I enjoy desserts and baking. I come from a family that knows their food and desserts. My aunt used to own a bakery and I have an uncle that owns several restaurants. Not to mention most of us have a serious sweet tooth.

October required some baking... It was my mom's birthday so I made this Nothing Bundt Cake knock off. 
I even whipped up that floral bow and rosette!

My brother and mom know the owner of the famous bundt cake store and I have always loved those cakes. Many birthdays have been celebrated with one. So when I found a recipe for a similar cake that used a cake mix jazzed up I knew I had to try it. It was delish! I have also made a knock off of their white chocolate raspberry which I prefer over chocolate (I know I'm weird I'm not a chocolate lover) but both are good. My family of course devoured it.

Then for our ward's Halloween carnival I made 2 dozen cupcakes. I made homemade devils food cupcakes with buttercream frosting. I just used what I had on hand to decorate them. Half were pumpkins...

and the other half were monster mummies.

So there you have it. A little glimpse of something else I enjoy!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Add & Wear {Skirt}

My hip, fashionable mom and I are super bargain shoppers. Not gonna lie I like me some brand name clothes but most are bought on sale. Really I don't care where clothes come from as long as they're cute, a good price for what it is, and "me" :) 

My mom picked up a Zac Posen Brocade Skirt from Target for me this summer that was on sale for around $13. I was super surprised that the original price was $50. I know he's a great designer but it's Target. Since when did they start selling such expensive clothes?!? I'll forgive them though because it went on sale so much. Here it was (don't mind the girl wearing a metallic bikini top with it).
It was too short but my mom got a larger size so I could wear it lower and take out the hem.
So that was my plan to take the hem out but... it still wasn't long enough. My solution: get some coordinating fabric and add it to the bottom.
It was super easy and I think it looks like it came that way!
You may recognize the headband I'm wearing. It's my Peach Bloom Headband now available in My Etsy Shop. But back to the probably know what to do but just in case, you can find out what I did by reading more.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Anthro Necklace Knockoff

I used to work at Anthropologie so I have a special spot for that place in my heart, but I also realized how a lot of their items are so overpriced for what they are. That doesn't stop me from thinking that basically everything in the store is amazing though. I still shop there and love to get inspiration from the store.

So this summer I saw this Anthro necklace. The Potentilla Bib Necklace priced at 138 Big Bucks.

I knew I could make my own version and I already had an old grey t-shirt to use for it. So I was about to venture the task and then... I found a tutorial was already done over at She did a whole week of Anthro Necklace knock-offs and has some other great ideas. So anyways With that tutorial and my own little twists here is My Potentilla Bib Necklace.

I cut up an old tee which was probably thinner than the original so the petals curl a bit. But I like it like that and you can easily flatten them out. I played with the placement of the chain on the piece of felt so it would lay right and even did the little ditty at the closure like the original. Instead of the clasp used in the tutorial, I strung some beads and sewed them to petals to create the little detail at the closure. 

It was easy and barely spending anything feels a lot better than $138.00. Plus my sister and I really like it!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Dress Design for Shabby Apple Contest

I love Shabby Apple's fashionable and modest dresses. They are hosting a contest called Dare to Design so I decided to come up with something. 

Here is my dress design for Shabby Apple dresses!

The Sketch

The Inspiration:
I was mainly inspired by one of my favorite tops that has an embroidered netting/lace neckline. So I incorporated that into a dainty and classy Springtime dress. The color choice also came from one of my favorite clothing items in my closet. Here is a look at my inspirations.

About My Dress:
The dress is a coral colored cotton, cotton blend, or cotton poplin. The neckline is the attention getter with a ruffled cream/ivory colored embroidered netting/lace. The dress has cap sleeves with a tiny gather. The waist is featured with a waistband outlined with two rows of cream/ivory cotton. The skirt is slightly gathered at the waist band, has some fullness, and flares slightly at the bottom. 

In Color
I think this dress really would be beautiful once it came to life. The neckline would be wonderful with cascades of embroidered netting/lace. It has just enough personality and is also practical. 

I had tons of fun designing this dress. Thank you Shabby Apple for hosting this contest!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Shoe Makeover {from blah to beauty}

I was rummaging through my closet one day when I found an old pair of black flats that I rarely wore anymore. I bought them from Urban Outfitters back in the day and they're made of that fake leather. They were a great deal and served me well for a while but they were pretty beat up and I wanted a change... so I decided they needed a makeover!

I had seen some Mod Podge shoes and fabric covered shoes online and after browsing through some of JCrew's ridiculously priced flats I knew what I wanted to do.

I removed the fake leather bow and used the tutorial over at Make It and Love It to cover them with one change. Instead of using Mod Podge to stick the fabric to the shoe I used Tacky Glue. I thought the Mod Podge would get too stiff underneath. I then sealed the fabric covered shoe with Mod Podge. 

Of course I had to have some embellishments. I made the large fabric flower out of some scraps. I then arranged some Prima Fabric Fancies from Michaels... sewing a pearl to one. I just hot glued all of the pretty things on and there they were...

A fresh, new, beautiful, & stylish pair of flats that I ♥!

P.S. I added more items to 
My Etsy Shop today so 
go check them out!


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Baby Shoes {Martha Stewart}

Although I don't have kids yet I couldn't resist making these cute felt baby shoes with a simple pattern from the wonderful Martha. I think they are great gifts, but after I made them my husband asked me if I was going to save them for our babies, he knows me too well. They are so cute I must have some for my kids in the future... I'll just have to make more! 

This tiny pair (0-3 mo.) is made with a fuzzy heather natural colored felt. On the inside sole I used the fuzzy part facing the feet for some extra comfort. They have a velcro closure, soft side facing the feet of course. I made two periwinkle felt flowers with sparkly beads and attached those to give them that touch of beauty.
I also made a larger flower that can be attached to a headband to make a complete outfit. It's basically the same flower with another row of petals behind to give you an idea of the size. The ensemble is perfect for a photo shoot or just any special day.
These are the fabulous hot pink ones. I used an oh so girly hot pink, flower embossed felt. They are sized probably for 6 mo, so I added a black suede sole for some no slippage. The inside sole is a soft black felt. I finished them off with a shiny black button closure and a black and hot pink felt bow.
I mean what baby girl would't love these! Next I want to make some for those little baby boys, because they need to be stylish too.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Old Skirt into New Dress

I used a tutorial over at  Made By Lex to turn an old skirt that was too big and a $5 tee into a new dress! I made mine a bit differently because I already had the skirt.
I took in the sides and waistband of the skirt so it could fit at my waist. I also altered it to be more fitted because it was an A-line skirt. I attached it to the tee and inserted wide elastic into the waistband. I also made my own button strip to go over the ruffles.
I love turning old items into new items... not to mention it hardly cost me anything.  
I found my receipt and here's what I bought:
  • Four buttons- $1.95
  • Black T-shirt from the fabulous Fahion-Q ;) - $5.00
  • Wide elastic- $0.89
  • Some purple/grey chiffon for the bib- $1.00
(Joann's coupons factored in) And Voila! A new sophisticated and fun dress for under ten dollars!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Pretty Things {Ruffles & Roses}

For my sister's birthday this Spring I embellished a tee for her. I used the Ruffled Shirt- Why Not Vertical Tutorial from one of my favorite blogs, Tea Rose Home. I even found the same $5 shirts from Target but used a coral color. Using the tutorial was a success and I love how after you wash it, it gets even more dimension and flair!

And as for the accessory I just had to try the Rose Cuff Bracelet Tutorial from another one of my favorite blogs Ruffles and Stuff. The only thing I did different was brush on some gold fabric paint to the petals for a more antique look (and for a bit of sparkle).

Now I still had a good amount left of the shirt I cut up for my sister's ruffle shirt and I just couldn't throw it away. So I went back to Target and got another coral shirt to embellish for myself. Inspired by a J. Crew ruffle tank, I came up with my own embellished tee.
I'll call it the Waterfall Ruffle Tee.
I created tons of little strips of ruffles cut on the bias and then sewed them onto the shirt where I wanted them. I varied the size of the ruffles slightly to make it more interesting. Although it wasn't the fastest project I loved how it turned out... It's just so Rufflelicious! 

Monday, October 4, 2010

Grand Opening of My Etsy Shop!

Posh Pilar is now open on Etsy
The Royal Rosette Headbands are now available in Blue and Red-Orange or Burgundy and Heather Rose.

These accessories are perfect for fall with their rich colors... or really anytime of the year!
Visit My Etsy shop for more details.
More items coming soon!

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Gabby Tunic

For my sister's birthday in May I decided to make her a tunic. I already had the pattern because I love to buy a bunch when they are 99 cents. There are two options for this top. Either the yo-yo flower style I made here or you can make it with bows, which I plan on doing. So she picked out some fabric and then I got to work.
This is McCall's M5851. She likes it with the belt more because she is obsessed with accessories, but I like how it hangs without. It looks great with a black shade/layers underneath.

The process was pretty simple because you make the bust, lower portion, connect them and put in a zipper. The yo-yo's are sewn together and to the top by hand. We wanted hers to be more durable so we used a cotton, but it would be pretty with some of the recommended fabrics: silk crepe or charmeuse. 

The part that took the longest was making tons and tons of yo-yo's! I made the recommended amount and I should have known I would have several left over. But it turned out to be a good thing because I turned those extra yo-yo's into hair clips and pins! 

You can see the one in her hair is backed with a ruffle of black cotton and has a pretty pearl in the middle. I've made a variety of hair clips/pins using my leftover yo-yo's and will have some up for sale soon in My Etsy Shop