Monthly Archives: May 2009

Spring Ruffle Top

This may be my favorite top to date! I joined the Flickr group Build Your Wardrobe, Summer 2009 and was inspired by all the other entries! 

Want to make your own? Visit the Spring Ruffle Top Tutorial!

 

Plucked from Moms quilting fabrics. I felt kinda bad about using the colorful starbursts from Mark Lipinski because my mother LOVES that fabric. I left a little for her to use, and the other day we went and found it in black/white/gray.

Plucked from Mom's quilting fabrics. I felt kinda bad about using the colorful starbursts from Mark Lipinski because my mother LOVES that fabric. I left a little for her to use, and the other day we went and found it in black/white/gray.

 

 

This is the first photo I took of the top. Looks great right? I love pockets. After the photo, I went to try the shirt on. I SEWED THE POCKETS ON THE WRONG SIDE. Its funny how quickly the seam ripper becomes your BFF.

This is the first photo I took of the top. Looks great right? I love pockets. After the photo, I went to try the shirt on. I SEWED THE POCKETS ON THE WRONG SIDE. It's funny how quickly the seam ripper becomes your BFF.

 

Here is the shirt, with the pockets on the correct side. Its beautiful.

Here is the shirt, with the pockets on the correct side. It's beautiful.

I plan on making like a trillion more of these. You should too.

Dodgeball, anyone?

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My modeling debut in Juice magazine. Of course this is only one month before I move across the country, but I finally got my photo on the Juice Wall at work!

My modeling debut in Juice magazine. Of course this is only one month before I move across the country, but I finally got my photo on the "Juice Wall" at work!

Rhubarbapalooza

‘Tis the season! You’ve got those beautiful flowers planted and seeds in the garden. The best part? The rhubarb you planted 10 years ago is already growing and ready to eat. 

My roommates and I got creative this year, we wanted to utilize the rhubarb growing in our garden, but do something different than rhubarb cobbler. We made Rhubarb Crunch, Rhubarb Cake and Rhubarb and Cherry Jam. [I know, I know, these are not within my food plan, but they are ALL delicious.]

 

Rhubarb Crisp

Rhubarb Crunch

Rhubarb Crunch

The egg makes this sort of like a rhubarb custard!

Rhubarb Mix Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1/3 c flour
  • 6 c rhubarb, chopped into small pieces

Topping Ingredients

  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 c oatmeal

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together eggs, sugar and flour.
  2. Add sliced rhubarb
  3. Pour mixture into greased 9×12 baking pan
  4. Mix topping ingredients in a separate bowl. Sprinkle over the rhubarb pan
  5. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes
  6. Eat.

Rhubarb Cake

Rhubarb Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c sour milk
  • 1 tsp soda
  • 2 c rhubarb, diced
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 c flour 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Topping Ingredients

  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/4 c butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Directions

  1. Mix all cake ingredients together and pour into 9×13 pan.
  2. Mix topping ingredients together and sprinkle on top of cake batter before baking.
  3. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes.

 

Rhubarb and Cherry Jam

Rhubarb and Cherry Jam

Rhubarb and Cherry Jam

Ingredients

  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • 4 c sugar
  • 6 or 8 c diced rhubarb 
  • 1 small pkg cherry Jello

Directions

  1. Mix pie filling, sugar and rhubarb to a boil for 10 minutes, stirring occassionally.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in Jello.
  3. Can. Or put in Gladware and freeze.

Variation: use blueberry pie filling and raspberry Jello.

 

Not Your School Girl Plaid Skirt

More recycled clothing from men’s shirts!

You may remember previous posts such as Chop Top Frock and Who Writes Clothes Patterns Anyways? where I used men’s shirts to create a fun summer top and dress, well this time I took it below the belt (actually, the belt AND below) with a fantastic skirt!

This one-of-a-kind beauty comes from a shirt my brothers wore in the early 90s. 

I found the pattern on Craftstylish.com, which is my new obsession. The pattern comes from Christine Haynes, who also designed the “Tux Shirt Redux” on the cover of Craft Stylish. >>>

I was pretty excited to find out that it was her design, because her directions are simple and clear – perfect for someone like me who relatively new to sewing and doesn’t always follow directions well!

So you want to make your own? How to Make a Belted Skirt from a Men’s Dress Shirt instructions. Read her directions close on what type of shirt to buy – shirttail vs straight bottom. Mine has a slight shirttail, but only a couple of inches worth so it doesn’t really effect it. 

There’s a few things I really love about this skirt:

  1. Men’s shirts are not flattering on women. Belted, unbelted, only people like  Vanessa Hudgens can get away with just wearing a men’s shirt and a pair of cowboy boots. With that said, it’s fun to be able to wear this shirt not as a shirt.
  2. This was one of my brothers’ shirts that I’ve always really loved! Again, I like being able to wear it. It’s soft. And just like family.
  3. The Pocket. Before I cut the shirt apart to sew, I seam rippered the pocket off. I sewed it back on when the skirt was all done, a little off kilter to catch your eye. See it?

I joined a Flickr group called Build Your Summer Wardrobe, it’s also a new obsession. I have to check back everyday to see what the others have posted! Also check out Curiositys, lots and lots of fun projects to look at!

Chop Top Frock

More recycled men’s shirts! 

“Chop Top Frock” comes from a pattern in Sew Stylish Magazine, by Kathy Cano-Murillo (featured in her new book The Crafty Chica’s Guide to Artful Sewing). 

The directions were pretty simple.

 

Cutting the shirt.

Cutting the shirt.

I didn’t cut the arms off, I seam-rippered them off. That particular seam was reinforced with interfacing, and I used that as the perfect guideline for finishing the edges of the shirt. 

Confession: I got going on this project and forgot to take detailed photos of what I did next. 

  • Make casting. Turned the front and back edges under, pressed and sewed.
  • I measured around my rib cage and cut elastic according. Sew elastic to shirt where you want it to gather. Shirt now gathers. 
  • The instructions called for twill tape for the straps. I made my own straps from a piece of flowered fabric that I really love out of Mom’s Fat Quarter Reject Pile. The instructions have the straps tying over the shoulder, I don’t really care for shoulder ties, so instead, I made one long tube and buttoned it together.
  • Paint a flower. I painted my flower on the pocket, and tried to make it really similar to the flowers on the strap fabric, you can see this in the below photos. The flower has a bit of gold around the edge. 
  • Last step: replace the buttons! Pick something that matches well and fits your button hole.

 

I made a practice flower before painting the real deal. I think the practice flower turned out better, but oh well.

I made a practice flower before painting the real deal. I think the practice flower turned out better, but oh well.

Strap fabric. Has glint of gold around flower edges, so I used a little gold on the painted flower as well.

Strap fabric. Has glint of gold around flower edges, so I used a little gold on the painted flower as well.

 

 

 

I only eat donuts with sprinkles.

No really. What’s the point of eating a donut if it isn’t covered in pretty sprinkles? 

Throughout my life I’ve always wondered HOW the sprinkled donut could be left in the box past the first person. 

Anyways. I went through a stage when I LOVED donuts. The phase has passed and I’ve traded donuts for Whole Grain Cheerios, but they still have a soft spot in my heart. During this donut stage I received a mini donut maker one Christmas. I am in the process of moving, so going through all of my belongings and deciding what to keep. I found the donut maker. The box’s copyright is from 1995. 1995! I only ever remember using it once. And of course, the instructions are missing 🙂

My dad did some Googling and found some recipes, so I made breakfast for the Ray House. I would post the recipes, but they’re kinda pointless without the donut maker, unless you have your own, and in that case, go Google your own recipes. I made “traditional” donuts, but used half white and half wheat flour and Splenda. To make up for it, I covered my donuts in frosting, melted chocolate chips, low fat maple syrup and honey. Oh, and for the last 10 or so, I added some cocoa powder to make the dough chocolatey. 

 

Theyre cooking!

They're cooking!

They disappear as fast as you make em.

They disappear as fast as you make 'em.

 

The wait was worth it wasnt it?!

The wait was worth it wasn't it?!

So photogenic. As Tyra would say, these donuts are smiling with their eyes

So photogenic. As Tyra would say, these donuts are "smiling with their eyes"