July 29, 2015

NEUTRAL BASICS







photos by sara walk

As much as I love bright colors and patterns, I'm a sucker for good neutral basics. This tunic is so comfortable and flattering, and is great with jeans but also tucked into a skirt! And the best part is that it comes in a bunch of pretty colors and it's on sale for under $30

Don't forget the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends this weekend, so hurry and snag those last few items while the sale lasts!

July 28, 2015

SKIRTING THE ISSUE





OUTFIT DETAILS: white tee | skirt sewn by me (pattern c/o megan nielsen patterns) | similar sandals | kate spade mini bag (on sale!) | sunglasses 

*photos by sara walk


As you guys know, when I sew my own clothing, I always create my own patterns based off of my store bought clothing. I adjust and alter and redesign to make them completely my own, but I never use store bought patterns.

But every once in a blue moon I'll make an exception, and this time I did for the amazing Megan Nielsen, who is a fantastic women's apparel pattern maker. I've seen her patterns around the web for years and years, and always admired her modern designs and beginner-friendly patterns.

She asked me to try out one of her patterns, and I have to admit that I almost had to re-learn how to cut out a real pattern, because I haven't done it in years! It was legitimately giving me anxiety dealing with all that tissue paper. But I made it through cutting out the pattern without having to breathe into a paper bag and from there it was so easy. I made the Brumby pattern, version 2 (although I made it knee length rather than midi), and I love how it turned out. The pieces all fit perfectly, the instructions were clear, and it came together really quickly.

I get comments and emails all the time asking where to find pattern pieces for my sewing tutorials, which I don't actually provide. But I don't blame people for asking because it's hard to find great pattern makers out there with modern designs and easy to use instructions. So I'm thrilled to have finally tried out one of Megan Nielsen's patterns and be able to say they are just as awesome as I've always thought they were.

PLUS! She just released a new free app that gives you access to the material lists, step by step instructions, cut layouts, etc, so you can do everything (except print and cut the pattern pieces) right from your phone. So smart and so convenient.

Check out some of her new sewing patterns right here, here, and here!



this post was created in partnership with Megan Nielsen 

July 27, 2015

LOOKING BACK + LOOKING FORWARD







*photos by jana laurene

Seven years ago I started this blog. It was my mom who asked me to start it since I was in college at the time working on my art degree and she wanted to see what I was creating. I posted really sporadically for years, never intending for the blog to even go anywhere, until one day it did. It was after my first baby was born, I wasn't working, and I was searching for myself -- what to do with all this time during nap time?? I loved art, but I never felt very creative with it and that frustrated me to no end. 

One day in late 2011 I came back to my sewing machine after ten years and something just felt so right and exciting about it. I definitely wasn't good at sewing (having only taking a couple of years of sewing classes when I was little), and I had several years of tried and failed projects as I re-learned how to sew and taught myself to create patterns and garments, but sewing, and blogging about sewing, and then combining it with style just felt like me. And doing it on the side as a mom fit so well. 

In 2013 I decided to really start putting effort into my blog, and in 2014 it really began to grow and I began to do it mostly full time (which means mom all day, blog all night), and that's how things currently run.  

When I look back at the timeline, I realize what a huge part my family has played in the progression of this blog and me finding myself. Until I had children I was just going through the motions of college and jobs, all the while searching for myself and for my future. Having children changed my perspective on time and opportunities and potential for myself, and I sometimes wonder if I would have ever discovered this life if it weren't for them. My family is far and away my greatest joy and passion, and being a mom and wife is more amazing and fulfilling than I ever could have dreamed of, but I also love having this job on the side to fulfill a completely different side of me. Having them support and help me through it is the cherry on top. 

Clinique challenged me in their #FaceForward campaign to look at my accomplishments, the journey to getting there, and what my goals for the future are, and I love doing that because it gives me satisfaction as I look back and motivation as I look forward. This blog has come a long way in seven years, but also has a lot more potential packed into it that I'm just itching to discover. 

I've spent the last year working on a huge project that's being announced later this week (make sure you check back on Friday!!), I want to see my designs in stores someday, I dream of writing a book, I want to travel the world with my family...there are so many goals I have for my future and I love watching them come true as I face forward and proactively make them happen, and bit by bit discover these passions and dreams. 


this post was created in partnership with Clinique


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