This is the last of the pieces I made for Alt Summit. And sadly enough, I’ve barely used my sewing machines for basic mending since mid January. It’s time to get my rear in gear and sew some more! I’ve got a few great ideas for clothes for Penelope and me. Penelope is finally at a point where she’s not destroying her clothes, so I’m excited to start sewing for her again.
Here was the basic vision that I had for the first day of Alt Summit. It was something simple with the letter lover sweatshirt and skinnies (blogged here), but then kicked up a notch for the evening with a blazer and leather skirt.
The outfit pictured below isn’t what I actually wore the evening of the event, but it’s something I’ve been doing a lot lately: mixing neutrals. I’ve been mixing browns and blacks a lot lately. I find that it can be easily done, if browns and blacks are the only “color” introduced into the outfit. It’s much harder to mix neutrals (for me at least) when other colors are introduced into the palette.
Instead of going for a black leather like I had originally sketched out, I went for an oatmeal/white leather. It breaks up the brick pattern nicely and it’s a little more casual.
Constructing this skirt after my last leather skirt was a BREEZE. I didn’t insert any invisible zippers on leather. The fact that it’s mostly ponte knit allows for more wiggle room when moving around.
Between the knit and the yoga waistband, I can wear the skirt lower or higher depending upon how I want the overall look to come across. It’s nice to have flexible, comfortable pieces in the wardrobe.
So I’ve been meaning to write up this post for some time, but the biggest hang-up has been the tutorial. It’s so easy to make your own, I thought I would include a tutorial in the post. Click “read more” below to view the instructions.
- earrings: c/o Ardor
- necklace: Ann Taylor Loft
- watch: c/o Feral
- bracelets: handmade, gift
- top: Forever 21
- skirt: handmade
- shoes: c/o Sole Society
Leather and Knit Tuxedo Skirt Tutorial
- 1 yard ponte knit (heavy knit with 50-65% 4-way stretch, see here)
- garment weight leather (see measurements below for amount)
- bulldog clips, or paper clips
- large paper
- measuring tape
- regular sewing machine
- universal sewing needle
This post is inspired by a note I saw on Instagram yesterday. I thought I’d get all paper crafty and bust out my fancy decorative papers for a quick printable DIY. Let’s make notes telling our visitors to knock cute today. You can get fancypants with decorative paper, or go plain jane and simply print on the paper you’ve got on hand.
Simply print, cut and (if applicable) fill in the blank!
There’s a fill-in-the-blank version for any other need you may have. We had a doorbell busted sign on our front door for about 3 months, then Chris discovered that fixing the doorbell wasn’t as complicated as he had once thought. 5 minutes later, the sign was gone.
I used an ombre paper and 6 inch Lucky 8 punch* to make my sign just a tad cuter. And as luck would have it, it nested perfectly inside my coffee filter wreath.
Side note, the coffee filter wreath has done remarkably well considering it gets wet everytime we get rain or snow. Color me impressed!
And the No Solicitors sticker has been doing its job as well. Lucky us! Click the below link to download the printable knock sign.
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This tutorial/freebie is free for personal use and should not be distributed/republished without my consent. Altering any files is NOT ALLOWED. If you would like to use this freebie for commercial purposes, please email me. Thanks!
*Products provided by We R Memory Keepers. Printable, images and thoughts are all my own.
Saturdays are our food crawl days. They’ve been for the last three weeks, at least. We spend the whole day either eating out or eating the most delicious, tasty treats we can possibly come up with.
After a short conversation with Chris about his mom’s love for chicken and rice, he said, “Now you’re making me crave rice pudding!” You know the beauty of rice pudding? You can make it just about any time, since it’s likely you’ll have all the ingredients on hand. We had all of them, plus a few extras that made our Saturday foodie experience phenomenal. Toasted marshmallow Torani syrup. Mmm! Mmm! So delicious!
I used a recipe from AllRecipes.com, but made a few exceptions. Since I was using a sugary flavored syrup instead of an extract, I used less sugar. I also opted for a 1/2 cup of cream instead of milk in the last step. It’s the perfect amount of creamy and sweet, in my opinion.
Toasted Marshmallow Rice Pudding
Serves about 4 | Adapted from All Recipes
- 3/4 cup white uncooked rice
- 1 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 1/2 tablespoon Torani Toasted Marshmallow Flavoring (or any flavoring)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup cream
Boil 1 1/2 cups water in a small saucepan. Stir in rice, reduce to medium and cover for 20 minutes.
In a clean medium saucepan, combine 1 1/2 cups cooked rice with the milk, sugar and salt. Cook uncovered over medium heat for 15-20 minutes (it was 20 minutes at our house). Stir in egg, butter, flavoring and cream and cook for another 2-5 minutes. Remove from heat. Scoop pudding into an airtight container and cool in the refrigerator (if you like your pudding cold like I do). Allow 1 hour to set up.
Serve with sliced strawberries.
I hope you enjoy this twist on a classic comfort food recipe as much as I do! Mmm!
Friday’s Alt Summit ensemble took on a different look as well. The skirt I started to make totally bombed. Instead of freaking out at the last minute, I simply adjusted my expectations. Chris was so proud! I grabbed my floor-length chiffon skirt and kept on going.
The floor length skirt paired with the light pink fabric I had planned for the top top ended up looking horrible under natural and artificial light. They were just the wrong pinks that they just vibrated against each other. More expectations adjusted. I wasn’t about to go out and buy more fabric to match, so I looked to my stash to see what I could work with.
Et voila. I didn’t add any leather details on the shoulders as planned. In fact, I don’t know why I didn’t! I think I was in such a rush to finish something that I just forgot that plan altogether. I modified my basic tee pattern to include very drapey sleeves.
I think the overall vision worked great.
It’s not necessarily my “style”, but it was exactly the piece I needed to bring the whole ensemble (live floral crown included) together. It also worked perfectly with the vision I had of our Secret Garden Party.
Now I can’t quite tell if I still like the top or not. I LOVE the print, but I’m not entirely sure the colorway is flattering on me. Sometimes I feel like there’s not enough contrast between my skin tone and the fabric so I look semi-amorphous while wearing it. It’s also sheer, which means I have to wear layers underneath. I don’t like wearing layers if I don’t have to.
I need to give this top a chance. But I may end up just giving it to someone who will wear it more than I will.
I LOVE the fit, though. The flutter sleeves are so fun to wear. I have plans to sew more tops like this in the future. Maybe a dress like this would be fun in the summer months? I can’t think about summer now. We just got about 3 inches of sloshy snow. And I think it’s going to keep coming. Must. Make. More. Winter. Clothes!
Thursday night’s look came together almost exactly how I envisioned.
The only difference is that I opted for cobalt beaded detailing instead of gold chain detailing around the shoulders. The beading took more time than sewing on metal chain. I started laying out my idea in chain, but it started looking cheap.
The green and blue combo is the new pink and orange. I love these colors together.
The outfit was a bit understated, but the beading made it something special. The bodycon silhouette is classic, too.
Sewing up this piece was easy. I sewed a fitted version of the Renfrew tee and connected it with my wiggle skirt block. No zippers. No buttons. Easy peasy. The beading, however took the longest. Thankfully that could all be done while vegging out to Brooklyn Nine-Nine with Chris. It’s our new favorite show. Go forth and watch it if you haven’t already!
Beading around the neckline was hardest. I had to use two needles and thread. One for stringing beads, the other for attaching the thread between the beads to the neckline. The neckline is barely big enough to fit over my head, but I still have to be careful when pulling it on and taking it off to avoid busting threads. I’ve broken threads twice already. It’s a 20 minute set-back whenever I break threads. UGH! Still, so worth it, though.
Image by Justin Hackworth
The night of the emerald party, I paired my dress with a bold metal lace statement necklace from Tai Pan. That along with doing my hair in a low chignon made the dress shine.