October 6, 2015


Yesterday, I mentioned that this week is Modern Girl's Halloween week! A few months ago my best friend, Leanne, and I launched an online sewing course, The Modern Girl's Guide to Sewing. We have two courses, Beginner and Intermediate, where we teach you every one of our sewing skills. 

Well that fun part about taking our courses and learning to sew is that you can make your own wardrobe, but ALSO you can make Halloween costumes! 

Our Beginner's Course covers the basics of sewing and gives you all the skills to make a pretty little A-line skirt, so today we're showing you how to take that tutorial a little farther and make yourself a Halloween costume.

Yesterday Leanne shared a gorgeous Tinkerbell costume, and today I'm excited to share a costume for Mary Poppins! 

Hop over to ModernGirlSewing.com and check out the Beginner's course where you'll learn all the skills to make yourself this skirt. Then click through after the page break to find the rest of the tutorial to put together this easy DIY Mary Poppins costume.

October 5, 2015


A leather jacket is a staple in my closet. At first I was afraid I'd look like a biker chick in black leather, but I discovered over the last few years how chic and modern a leather jacket can look, as long as you get one that has a modern cut and fits you like a glove. An oversized leather jacket can still put you in danger of the biker feel.

During the fall and winter, they're the perfect jacket choice with a pair of black jeans, a feminine dress, boyfriend jeans, a pencil skirt. . .or pretty much anything in your closet.

A real leather jacket is a pretty hefty investment, but there are so many faux leather jacket choices out there that look and feel pretty real and give you the closet staple without breaking the bank. I've rounded up a few of my favorites from around the web, all under $100, but some as low as $40!

one || two || three 
four || five || six 

And there are even more of my favorites in the widget below, still all under $100. Click the images to shop!

Also, I've pinned about a thousand leather jacket outfits to my "Dressing Myself" pinterest board, so if you're in need of some inspiration once you snag yourself a jacket!

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in other news, this week starts our Modern Girl's Halloween week! Leanne and I are sharing a costume idea every day using the sewing tutorials from The Modern Girl's Guide to Sewing

Hop over to her blog and find the first one of the week -- it's so cute, you definitely don't want to miss it! 

October 2, 2015


Happy October! It's my second favorite month of the year (obviously December is number one), and although since moving away from Utah I've been a little let down by Southern California Octobers (because it's cooking hot and I still haven't seen any red leaves...), I am super excited about Halloween! 

I have tons of fun DIY projects up my sleeve this month and can't wait to show you, but first a throwback to my favorite costumes from last year. I never posted the full tutorials here on the blog, so I'm excited to revive and share them today! 

Everyone loves a Disney Princess, and I created three very easy DIY projects for Belle, Ariel, and Elsa -- how can you even choose just one?? 

I'm sharing the easy tutorials for ALL THREE today after the page break. Click READ MORE below to find them!

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