Emerald Green Peplum


I've still been working with knits lately, mainly because they're so easy to wear.  Plus I'm getting so comfortable sewing with knits (YAY!).  When I'm looking for more knit patterns I like to find tops that are not only easy to wear but have a special something to them.  So when I came across this Very Easy Vogue (V9056) pattern late last year, I thought it would be a cute addition to my handmade wardrobe. 

Styling A Long Vest


I just love when I have a wardrobe piece that I can wear so many different ways.  Lately for me this has been my handmade long vest (McCalls 2260) that I sewed last fall.  In general a vest can be

Family Dinners: Week 8


Well, it's been quite a while since I've posted about our family dinners.  I'll admit that I haven't been good at keeping track of them therefore my weekly planning wasn't being...uh...planned.  But this past week I feel like I rocked it - I planned plenty in advance for the week and the whole family devoured my meals.  All except one (SMH)...read below:

Sun. - Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas w/ Black Beans
Mon. - Cheese Burger Cups w/ Salad (peas for kids)
Tues. - BBQ Chicken Pizza w/ Caesar Salad (broccoli for kids)
Wed. - Bowtie Chicken Alfredo w/ Roasted Asparagus
Thurs. - Beef Fajitas w/ Charro Beans

The kids did not like the enchiladas but my hubbie and I thought they were awesome.  I used corn tortillas instead of flour (as written in Mel's recipe).  And you just can't go wrong with a recipe by The Pioneer Woman.  The Alfredo dinner was fast to put together and was a slam dunk with everyone.

I've been sewing away lately and will be posting soon on my recent projects.  Stay tuned!

My Sewing Space


I thought I would share my little sewing corner in our house.  It's actually in our master bedroom.  This corner of our room was empty for a little while and at one point had a chair there with clothes thrown on it.  When I got more into sewing I wanted a bit of a private space,

Sweater Vest


Happy 2017 everyone!  Hope you all had a great time relaxing, celebrating and spending time with loved ones during the holidays.  I'm so excited about the new year and what sewing projects I will take on.  I have some new sewing goals that I hope to conquer and I'm looking forward to sharing them with you and styling them with my current wardrobe.  My closet is slowly but surely getting more handmade garments incorporated. I can't believe it!  Yay!!  For this post, I want to share this pretty and easy-to-sew sweater vest that I made a couple months ago.  I picked this pattern because I love that it's a great layering piece.  In Texas, our winters tend to be mild and therefore layers are really functional.  This pattern is from New Look 6397, it was my first time sewing something from this pattern line.  I chose View C since it looked like the simplest one to make.  The fabric I chose is a thin acrylic sweater type material that is dark brown speckled with white, and there are also different colored shimmering thread woven in.  I love it.  It has a boho vibe with a bit of glam.  As I've said, this was very easy to sew and would be great for a beginner.  My sweater material has some stretch so I used a stretch stitch and serged all of the seam allowances.  I also love how the collar is folds out from the neck facing.

I styled this vest with a semi-shear cream top underneath and dusty rose denim pants that have a moto detail (my husband loving calls them my Star Trek pants).  I belted the vest with a thin woven brown belt and finished with my favorite brown booties.  I think this vest could also be dressed more casual with a graphic tee underneath and distress jeans.  So many possibilities!

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