Sewing Style: Floral Button-Up

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This outfit has been in the queue of things to blog for MONTHS. I got the skirt just in the nick time for Inspired Retreat. It traveled marvelously well and proved to be just the ...

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    1. justine says:

      It’s lovely!

    Designed: Gold and Silver Foil Bee Tattoos

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    This post is sponsored by Fashion Tats. Shop, wholesale or create your own gold and silver foil¬†temporary tattoos. The dreamcatcher and the roses are my favorite. What are yours? I’ve been aching to design foil ...

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    Sewing Style: 90’s Influenced Fit & Flare

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    Megan Nielsen sent me this gorgeous lawn (at least I think it’s a lawn) about 2 years ago. It was more time than I would like to admit. Why, oh why do I tend to ...

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    1. Sarah Helene says:

      BEAUTIFUL summery dress you’ve sewn and FAB photos to show it, MELISSA! CREATIVE and CLEVER use of fabrics: LOVELY lawn & black knit for a dress! LOVE the pink and purple colorations with black and white on the bodice and lower skirt! THANKS for sharing — you are a talented designer and sewist. Sarah in Minneapolis

    2. Marie says:

      Your neckline doesn’t look puckered, but here is what I like to do:
      fold the bias tape in half and sew it to the neck while gently stretching. Then iron it and topstitch the binding with a twin needle, keeping one needle on the binding and die other on the garment. Pretty much just tracing the binding seam with the centre of the sewing foot.

    3. Lady ID says:

      Very pretty, and the lawn fabric is so interesting – I want to keep looking at it

    4. phil says:

      the 90’s never looked so good !!

    Calligraphy-worthy Paper

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    For the last couple of months I’ve been pushing myself with flourishes through names. I started off thinking I could do it every day, but it happens a few times a week now. Check out ...

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    1. Elsa says:

      Wow that first piece is amazing. And I’ve been wanting to try out calligraphy so I’ll be extra careful when choosing the paper

    Sewing: The Feminist Bathing Suit

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    When I tell people that I like to sew my own swimming suits, I tend to get the same reaction of awe and I-could-never-do-anything-like-that self-doubt. Sewing a swimsuit isn’t that hard.¬†Shopping for one is hard. ...

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    1. Kristin H says:

      I you! I’ve been blessed over the last few years to have found success with online swimsuit buying. Hapari and land’s End have served me well. But I’ve always worn board shorts, mainly to cover up my laziness/ crazy amounts of irritated skin from hair removal:) This year, I’ve contemplated making a pair of high waisted, bike short- esque bottoms that fit me perfectly. Thanks for the push to do actually it!

      • Melissa says:

        I hope you’ll post how the shorts go! I feel like there needs to be something better out there than boardshorts. They’re too bulky, especially when they get wet!

    2. Katie says:

      Love this suit, and everything you said about sewing helping to enable body confidence – so true! Really unique design, I love how it looks like a two-piece with a cut-out middle.

    3. Sarah says:

      I love this post! I have frequently wavier between finding a suit on sale that will do and breaking down and making my own. A DIY version definitely scares me, but It may be my solution next year! Thanks for this post.

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