Working as usual

This is a busy time of year! Between Easter, prom, weddings and then there's the other parts of my life; kids, home, family, garden, yoga classes, and dinners! 

Well I'm going to make this post brief since it's spring break this week and I'm on Mom Duty till Friday. No sewing and no (mostly no) work! But here's a few photos of what I've been working on...

Steaming a wedding dress, that needed to be refitted. 

My Spring Inspiration board, lots of color and light weight fabrics. But also more pink than I've liked in years..

I had to many great ideas, I had to have two Inspiration walls! What are you drawn to this season? 

Spring trends and Type One.


I will admit it...I have spring fever! and not just the get outside, and play and garden, but the I'm so sick of wool socks and 5 layers!!!
I took a Know Your Truth seminar a few years ago, and found out I'm a type one/two, but a strong one for sure and I found all sorts of wonderful, inspiring outfits and ideas for my "type"
What is your type? what outfits are you more excited to try?
As the weather warms up (someday!) my skirts tend to fill out more swing skirt and longer hemlines, and can we say boho hair and make up for this girl! I'm excited to whip up a few fuller, looser skirts and t shirts and oh! I can't wait till winter is over!!!!!
Truth colors

Cute Dresscute!"MORE TYPE 1 DYT SELECTIONS" by dahtee on Polyvore"Coral & Aqua" by eskoien on Polyvoreby Oscar de la Renta (runway backstage)bryce-dallas-howard-kate-spade-ad-campaign-2011 - www.myLusciousLife.comLace Maxi Skirt in wheat with great angles with denim blouse. Cute For Fall!..Joie Lunaria B. Silk Shirtdress | Nordstromboyfriend jeans + neonsPurples and Corals by in-my-closet on PolyvoreTory Burch Spring 2013 LookbookLove the fun colors: Trend Council: Key Fashion Colors Runway - TC_SS 14 COLORwhite button down shirt, grey sweater, boyfriend jeans (cuff rolled down one more time), red ballet flatsSo cuteImage 1 of ASOS Pencil Dress With Waterfall DetailLovely lace dressFree People Part Time Lover Dress at Free People Clothing Boutiquealex maxi dressCute

The Sewing and Stitchery Expo

This past weekend I was able to attend the Sewing and Stitching expo in Puyallup. I highly recommend going if you sew or quilt, or want to get some great ideas and awesome good deals on fabrics, and notions!  On Friday my baby sister, Em, went with me and what a full day! The weather was beautiful and wow! I learned so much both Friday and Saturday, 

 Aren't we so cute! There are 12 years and 4 siblings between us, but the resemblance is sure there.
There was about a million women and maybe 300 guys (gay or husbands dragged in) that were there and we were definitely in the younger demographic!

Here is their website, mark your calenders for next year because I will be there! 

I wore a t-shirt over a chambray shirt, I made out of a pair of pj pants, it's one of my fave t-shirts now! The skirt I designed and made with some jersey knit I bought at the Expo last year.

We ended up watching 3 fashion and trend shows on Friday and 2 on Saturday. They had a Camo themed wedding party and I had to take some pics!

I'm sure I will have at least one person want me to make or alter into a camo dress. It's become this huge trend and around here in the NW I swear camo is the new neutral!

Saw the dress and it was love! The jacket alone is beyond fancy, and where in the world would I wear it, but picture it with skinny jeans and riding boots and that's me! 

This was also a little outfit, that I had to buy the pattern for, since the jacket, corset, bustle and skirt are all separate pieces that can be worn in different ways. I did have a bride mention she wanted to do a Victorian themed wedding....?

There was a booth called Sew Chic Pattern Co, by Laura Nash, and she has some beautiful dresses like this vintage inspired wedding dress, my sister really loved it! 

I was in fabric heaven! I need to win the Lotto so I could buy all the pieces I want without feeling guilty. Till then I had to take some pics, anyone who sews can appreciate all the fun fabric bundles. 

On Saturday Mom went with my sis and I, and we took more classes.  My mom and I, I know, we look a lot alike! She's wearing a dress and slip she made. and I'm wearing skinny Capris, mint green cardi, a tank that I custom dyed and my Fave shoes in the world! Jambu's!! Love them!

Starting the day

 and even got to meet Tula Pink, of whom is a fabric designer, who does the coolest, cutest, fun-est, and most whimsical things! Em and I got to have our photo taken with her and she was just lovely. 

Here are some of the fabrics that Tula has designed, I bought a few to make aprons and bibs. 

 Some pics from a few of the 9 classes I took in the two days! Phew, tons of info and ideas, tips and resources....The next month is going to be fun and busy!!

When it was all said and done I had only spent let's say $30 over my planned budget and what did I buy you ask? Well.....

After an inspiring weekend, of crazy dressed women, and lots of color and ideas, I wanted to channel it on Sunday with my outfit for church!   

Cobalt dress

There are so many beautiful colors out there, but one of my many favorites is cobalt. It looks good on everyone,and is a pure, rich, true blue! I found a Cynthia Rowley pattern that I just fell in love with and knew I "had" to make this dress!  This has 19 pieces and such a fun dress to put together. I really like all the detail and structure it it the fit and flair style is so flattering and very comfortable. The pattern originally had shorter sleeves but I like my sleeves to hit below my deltoids muscle. That is for my arms, the right length of short sleeve.

I raised the neckline in the back for a more modest cut. 

I LOVE the full circle skirt! 

The shoes are from Anthropologie, and the belt is vintage.

This was the first time I wore it, after that day I re-fit it to fit me properly since I am not a busty as the pattern!