She’s Crafty: The Post in Which She Spits in Anthropologies Metaphorical Eye…Sort of.

Howdy,

Happy Saturday everyone! Here is a picture of my almost finished duvet cover.  I still have to put a back on it, and I’m thinking of making a super-gathered border for it to make it just a teeny bit longer.  As far as the rest of the bedding goes, I’m thinking  nice light blue sheets (like these), and a few more throw pillows. Speaking of, what do you think of my duvet inspired throw pillow? It still needs some tweaking, but I think it will do quite nicely.

So let’s talk about cost:

So as you can see, the Anthropologie version (no doubt the more skillfully made and even prettier duvet), is extremely costly.  When you’re a decorator on a budget, you can’t blow your entire decorating budget for the next four months on one duvet cover and the insert.  Of course, my economist husband might say that the duvet I made was just as costly because it took me an entire week (and I’m still not finished!) to make my beautiful duvet cover… But we’re going to ignore his economic-speak for a while, and revel in the savings.

Here’s the run down:

That is a $334.77 difference! WOW!I’m still not completely sold on the sheets, and if I can find some that are cheaper, but still soft, I’m going to get them.  Oh, if you are wondering I’m getting my duvet insert from Ikea. I also need to find a bedskirt for the bed as well, but I’m still looking.

All in all, I think I did a pretty good job, and I look forward to showing it off to my girlfriends when they come out.  Speaking of which, I have so much to do before they come, which is why I think I’m going to take a little break until Wednesday, where I’ll post pictures of our delicious Valentine’s Day meal, and all of that.  I might be posting a couple of food posts, because I have been a champ in the kitchen the last few weeks, and I want to share some amazing recipes with you.

Have a wonder weekend!

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Anthropologie Tuesday has Turned into Anthropologie Duvet Tuesday

Hi guys,

I know that today I would normally share my favorite Anthropologie Fresh Cuts (and it still may happen today), but I have to finish this duvet cover.

gathers, gathers, everywhere there are gathers

I am going a little crazy because of this project, but I have to say that I have reached a lot of the goals that I had set for myself…When I haven’t been tearing my hair out over this duvet.  I know my sewing machine a lot better now, and feel that I will be able to do my Modcloth Knock-Off dress easily enough.

Doing sewing projects like these bring me closer to my Grandmom, and reminds me of the summer I learned to sew with her. I am happy to have that connection.  It makes me feel less far away from her, and closer to the eleven year old girl that I was sitting in my Grandmom’s bedroom, hunched over a sewing machine, as she guided me through my first (and admittedly awful) sewing projects.

Here we are sewing my first dress, I think...Also, do you like my water shoes?

Who taught you how to sew? Did you teach yourself?

xoxo,

Katie

She’s Crafty: Coming Along Quite Nicely

Hi!

Last night I began to sew my duvet in earnest, and here’s what I have so far:

gathery goodness, non?

A few notes: If you are going to do this project, be careful as you gather the fabric.  if you pull too hard it will rip (mine did three times!).  I suggest having a nice glass of wine (white, so as not to stain your duvet) and watch a movie as you pull together the gathers… It helps to make the tediousness of the gathering go by faster.

It is also important to make sure that after you gather the sheets, they still need to measure at least 80 inches.

That’s all I have for now.

xoxo,

Katie

 

She’s Crafty: Duvet Progress

Hello there!

A couple of nights ago Brendan and I went out to Target to pick up the sheets I needed to start my duvet project.  Because I am cheap I only bought two sheet sets, and have plans to take apart one of the fitted sheets to serve as the back of my duvet- hopefully it will work… Cross your fingers for me, will you?

So the first step for me when I start a sewing project is to wash my fabric.  This is particularly important when sewing a garment because sometimes fabric shrinks upon the first wash.  Trust me here, it will break your heart to find that the dress you worked so hard on is now too small because you didn’t wash it first.

Next step: Ironing.  It can be a hassle, but it will make your project look that much better, and it will easier to cut (at least I think so).  I will be ironing my sheets again before I start to sew them.  I noticed that some them were wrinkled by the time I got to cutting them.

See? It doesn’t look good.

Next you need to figure out how many gathered strips you want and how many  flat strips you want.

The dimensions of the full flat sheets are 80 X 96.5

I decided to have 7 gathered strips that were 11 inches long, two ultra gathered strips at the end that are 2.5 inches long, and 6 flat strips at 3 inches long.

Once you start measuring, it is important to make sure that your strips are straight.  To help with this, I measured and marked the dimensions that I wanted about every 3 inches or so.  After that, I suggest that you use a long ruler to connect all your dots to make sure you are straight.

Cutting out long pieces of fabric is the worst.  I’ve had to stop several times while I was cutting out my pieces because I got impatient and frustrated.  I had to remind myself that this is supposed to be fun, and I imagine that after I am finished with the cutting, it will be again.

By the end of today I hope to be well in to the sewing part of this project.  Tune in tomorrow for more progress!

xoxo,

Katie

Anthropologie Fresh Cuts

Hi! I am super excited about this week’s Fresh Cuts, and I think you will be too!

Look at the adoreable bow deatil!

Tropica Jacquard Mini-Dress is so sweet.  The beautiful fabric (cotton) has a liner which is always a plus. This dress also comes with straps if you want the extra support, or prefer that look. It’s down from $198.00 to $99.95, and still has all sizes available in regular AND petite.  Here’s what people are saying about it:

1.Beautiful Print, BAAAAAD dress

Pros: print

Cons: shape

I love the print, but the fabric is thick and stiff like a canvas tote, not like a party dress! The bow on the front made my chest look crooked., and if you look carefully it is supposed to lay sideways. This isn’t very pretty in my opinion. It is well made, and the length isn’t too short. I also had some bunching at the waist from the zipper. Too bad!

2.Vaca Super Dress, 

Awesome fit, TTS and great fabric. This dress is perfect for mid winter vacation. I am 5’6”, 120 and I usually wear a 0, which is what I purchased. The sweetheart cut is very flattering for my average 34C sized bust but I would imagine it could be a little tight for more curvy figures.aca super dress,
3. Review

Pros: beautiful fabric very festive
Cons: bust is very small, not for an hourglass figure

I was so excited to try this dress on, but alas. The size six fit at the waist but the top was a mess – the bust is cut very small. The size eight was too big at the waist but fit at the bust. I’m a C cup, fyi. The other thing is that the bow on the top is asymmetrical and it as well as the pleating in the front stick out very awkwardly. The fabric is beautiful though. I think this would look great on someone with a straighter torso and smaller bust. Definitely try before you buy.

Verdict: It is really hard to get a a handle on what’s wrong with this dress because people are contradicting eachother, however, I think that it is safe to say that the color is lovely, but the cut of the dress works best for people who have a moderately size chest, and nicely rounded hips (but not too rounded!).

Isn’t she pretty? The Vicia Wrap Dress is darling and I want to wake up tomorrow and see it in my closet.  I love a good wrap dress; and this one is down from $288.00 to $149.95. Here’s what people are saying:

1. Gorgeous Dress

I bought this dress in a size 0 and it fits TTS. I am 5’3″ and 102 pounds. The colors are vivid and the craftsmanship of this dress is exquisite. It hits a little above my knee and drapes beautifully. It is extremely flattering, and although it does fall open a bit when sitting down, the gorgeous purple slip underneath is all that is seen and doesn’t look strange at all. I wore this with some brown boots and got a ton of compliments. Just lovely…

2. Almost perfect

I got this for Christmas, and as soon as I tried it on I thought it might be the best Anthro purchase I had ever made. The fabric is gorgeous, and the fit is really flattering. My usual size 4 worked perfectly. It has a separate lining, and unlike other Anthro dresses I’ve tried on where the lining was either too large or too small, this one fit perfectly.
However, I couldn’t give it perfect marks. There’s a slight construction issue which I only noted as soon as I sat down in the dress. As soon as I sit down, the skirt sorta falls open and doesn’t stay closed, so everyone can pretty much see the slip underneath. I’ve not had this problem to this degree with any other wrap dresses. I think whoever made it didn’t cut the skirt portion large enough to fully wrap around the body. When I’m standing it’s not a problem. When I’m sitting I’m constantly struggling to keep the skirt closed so that I’m not flashing everybody. It’s definitely not a size issue, as the rest of it fits perfectly.

I’m not quite sure how to get around this problem. If it’s not an issue for you, I say go ahead and buy it, since it is really beautiful. Maybe other people will have better luck. However, for nearly $300 you might want something that is more exacting in its fit and construction. If I hadn’t received this for Christmas, I’d have to ask myself if the discomfort of struggling with the dress whenever I’m sitting down is annoying enough for me to return it.

Verdict: The dress is beautifully made but you either need to be mindful of the gaping, or go to tailor and sort the problem out.

I love these kinds of shirts You know, the loose fitting flowy type? I have a buh-jillion in my closet. The Gauzy Gale Peasant top is  no exception to my love of these shirts, down from$118.00 to $59.95, this looks like a winner to me.  Here’s what people are saying:

1. Pretty but a little short

I am torn about this top, I loved it a soon as I saw it online and it is just as pretty in person, the red is a bit more rusty than it looks online but the embroidery looks exactly the same, the fabric is really soft and a bit sheer so I would wear a cami. I felt really good in this top, it stands out but is still relaxed and so comfortable. I’m usually a 12 I tried a 10 and it fit really well on top. The bottom of the top kind of flares out, it almost reminds me of a twirly little girl dress and that’s the part I’m not sure about, I think it would look amazing on someone with long thin legs but for me it hit just at the top of my thigh and I felt like it made my legs look shorter and stockier, like the top went wider right were my legs are widest, I don;t think I would mind the wide bottom if it was a little longer or the length if it wasn’t quite so wide. Overall I think it is a great top!
2. It certainly is gauzy!

Pros: embroidery, color
Cons: transparency

I took my usual XS and while the sleeves were a tad snug the blouse was still too “tenty” for me. It’s also very see through so whatever you wear on the bottom will show unless it’s the same color as the blouse.

Verdict: This top is your typical peasant top.  It is voluminous, and gauzy. If that is not your style, walk away.
Three words: Retro Nautical LOVE.Anthropologies’ Sea Lines Dress is so lovely. Brendan, if you’re reading this, I would very much like to have it. This seaworthy gal is down from $158.00 to $79.95. Here’s what people are saying:
1.Maybe not for us busty girls

Pros: adorable, color
Cons: fit

Adorable dress, but the triangle top didn’t work for me at all. I tried a Size 2 which fit perfectly in the waist and hips, but the bust was too tight and cut too low to be flattering.

2. Darling Nautical Dress!

Pros: fabric/print, length appropriate
I adore this dress. It is eye-catching at a minimum – lovely shades of blue, fun rope pattern intertwined with stripes and a unique cut. The halter style is a welcome change from the standard strapless dress.
The dress is even better on! At 5’9″, the dress is long enough to be respectable but not too long to be matronly. It hit me an inch or so above my knee (I have a long torso). I took a size 2 and it was comfortable and TTS – I have a small bust. I love how the back of the dress Vs slightly and the fabric is soft and drapes well.

Did I mention the dress has pockets? Awesome.

3. So adorable

very true to size, fabric is just slightly thinner than i expected. but fits very well on the shoulders and under the arms. perfect length, very zooey deschanel feel. can wear with layers and tights during the winter and booties or as a summer dress!

Verdict: Well folks, apparently this dress is amazing, as long as you have a moderately sized bust, you’ll be golden.
I love love love the detailing n this blouse. The Jaglion Blouse, by Leifsdottir is all kinds ogf velvety goodness. Down from $228.00 to $99.95.
This is odd, but no one has reviewd this top.. Probably because it was SO expensive. Get thee to an Anthropologie and try it on!
There are many other lovely Fresh Cuts on Anthrpologies website, these happen to be my favorite. Happy shopping (or dreaming in my case)!
xoxo,
Katie

Look Out! That Girl is Crafty: Modcloth Knockoff

Hello again,

When Brendan and I got married, I registered for a sewing machine, and three lovely women banded together and got me one! Since then I have meant to start on a major project, and this is what I’ve decided to do:

This charming little frock is going for $319.00 on modcloth.com, but thanks to Sew Weekly’s Make This Look, I am going to make it for significantly less than that.

Jayma May's of Glee is wearing my future dress

Make This Look is so awesome because it take popular frocks and finds a pattern similar to it so that folks who sew can make it! They also offer fabric suggestions. I have not decided what fabric to use, but if you tune in next Monday, I will have selected my fabric and will begin working on it.  Full disclosure: this is the first real dress I have ever made, but I am up to the challenge, and  I am looking for the opportunity to spit in ModCloth’s metaphorical eye.. Don’t get me wrong, I love ModCloth, but $319.00? That’s just too much. I would be more inclined to buy these or these lovelies on ModCloth.

If you are curious and want to see the other clothing that Make This Look has replicated, you’ll find them here.

Enjoy being crafty!

xoxo,

Katie

Valentine’s Day Planning pt. 2: The Outfit

So you have your Valentine’s Day meal all planned out, now the question is what to wear. I have to say,  I’ve been having a lot of fun finding the perfect V-Day wear.

Here are some ideas. I hope you like them!

If you are wanting to see more of my V-day picks check out my Valentine’s Day Pins.

xoxo,

Katie

Come Away With Me: New York

As I mentioned last week my best friend Stephanie is coming to town at the end of next month, and we are planning on going to New York… So here are some of the things that I’m looking forward to.

The Fashion! I love going too elle.com to look at the Street Chic: New York

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There is a kind of quirky chicness about all of these women, that I find absolutely disarming. I’m sure that I will try on everything in my closet and hate it all when we go, but perhaps I’ll get some style inspiration after going.

I know it’s completely cliched, but I am looking forward to seeing The Empire State Building, is that completely lame? I’m not sure.. But I’ll blame An Affair to Remember.



Tres romantique, non? I don’t think I actually want to go up, but I do want to see it.

I really want to find The Dessert Truck, any sort of sweet with bacon creme anglaise is good in my book.

And that is all I have for now. Tune in next Thursday for my New York trip plans.

xoxo,

Katie