A Little Black Blazer

A Little Black Blazer | happy together
We are still on the hunt for our next house. I thought looking for a house to rent was tiring, but looking for one to buy is a bit more because we really want to find one that fits our needs. I haven’t been in the craft room too often lately, but I did have the opportunity to receive some fabric c/o Organic Cotton Plus to sew with. I chose to try out a hemp fabric this time and make something for myself.

Simple Blazer to Sew | happy together
Before my fabric even came in the mail I had a pattern picked out. I found this Linen Blazer pattern on Burdastyle and knew the hemp fabric would be similar to the linen that the pattern called for. I also wanted a lightweight and simple/modern blazer and this pattern fit the bill.

Dyeing Hemp Fabric from Organic Cotton Plus | happy together
I ordered the plain weave barley hemp fabric because my computer screen gave it a mustardy color. When it arrived it was more of a khaki though. While it was not a bad color, it did not look good next to my skin tone so I decided to dye it. I went to the closest store that carried dye and could only find this kind in the color black. I washed the fabric first and then dyed it. It worked really well. I really liked how the hemp fabric got softer and softer after each wash and it was easy to sew with.

Inside of Black Blazer | happy together
I didn’t follow the pattern directions completely (as usual haha). I opted out of adding a complete lining and just did it around the neck and front sides. It worked out beautifully and I felt so accomplished when I was done with it. I like the simple lines, which made for a very easy sew. A few years ago I would have been intimidated to try and sew a blazer. So if you feel that way I suggest trying one like this that doesn’t have an intricate collar and pockets. It would be easy to modify for different body types as well. If I was to make it again, I might add darts in the back. This has inspired me to sew for myself some more once life gets more settled. It truly is a great feeling to be able to make exactly what you want, especially when you cannot find it in a store.

-Jess

Jacket

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A Tulle Skirt Per Request

A Tulle Skirt | happy together
I used my sewing machine a little bit recently. One of the things I made was this tulle skirt for miss E. She’s always asking for skirts and dresses and wanted a fun skirt to go with this shirt.

Shades of Pink Tulle Skirt | happy together
I tried a new technique by sewing the fabrics directly onto a wide elastic band at the waist. It didn’t go so well, but this little girl is still happy. And I learned some new things.

Tulle Skirt | happy together
I might redo with the waist and I will definitely revisit the whole skirt sewing directly onto the elastic thing. I probably should have looked up how to do that first, but I always learn from my mistakes :) Hopefully next time I will be successful. Any tips?

-jess

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Help Me Choose! Adding To My Gallery Wall

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untitled 3 by Jessica, see more art prints

untitled 3 board by Jessica. See more art prints

Lots of things have been happening over here in our little world. One of those being starting to look for a new house. Whenever it’s time to move, I tend to focus on home decorating in the creative part of my brain. I have a gallery wall up right now that I am looking to add to and I want a few more pieces to add to it when we are in a new place. I’m super excited that I am going to be able to pick out a piece from the Minted Art Gallery. I have always adored their Christmas cards, but I am really loving their art section. Their selection is huge and I love how so many artists are featured. This gives a lot of styles to choose from.

Minted Art Gallery | happy together
They even have a cool area where you can create these boards and get an idea of how the artwork can look grouped together. You can even upload your own pictures to add to the grouping. I think this is great for those of us who have a hard time visualizing. I created a pin board with a few of my favorites that would go with my art wall. I’m going with pieces that have cool color tones (blues, purples, etc) and have a Florida feel to them. I just need some help deciding. Which one do you like best?

Artwork on Minted | happy together
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A Cat Dress and A Cardi

A Crocheted Cardi using Bebop Cardi Pattern by Lion Brand | happy together
You might remember a while back when I posted about buying some hand worsted yarn at our local farmers market. I have always wanted to make a cardigan/sweater for my girls and was trying to wait until I learned how to knit. I just love all the sweet knitted cardigans and sweaters I see others make! But I found this free crochet pattern, the BeBop Cardi, and it was so cute! I knew I could do that and it would give the look I wanted.

Back of Bebop Cardi | happy together
It was really fast to make in my opinion. I had to add a few extra rows at the neck so it wouldn’t fall off her shoulders though. I just kept with the rhythm of the pattern and added decreases in each row I did extra. I kept having her try it on until I was satisfied. This probably happened because the hand spun yarn was a different weight than the pattern called for. While making it, I made sure I was within the measurements that the pattern called for to adjust for this difference as well. I think I also had to use a smaller hook to get the size I needed. I feel like I have a good grasp on crocheting now and can easily make adjustments on simple patterns like this one.

Sundress with shoulder ties | happy together
Once the cardi was made, we made a trip to the fabric store and found this adorable cat fabric at Hancocks. I created a simple sundress pattern using a dress that fit miss J. I added a lining because the fabric was sheer. I also added ties to the shoulders.

Hi-Lo hem on sundress | happy together
I made a hi-lo hem on the bottom.

Back of Sundress | happy together
I was going to make the back close with a button, but the fabric happened to be laying down like this and I thought it was too pretty. So I just tacked it in place.

Cat fabric | happy together Shoulder Ties Sundress | happy together Bebop Cardi Crochet Pattern | happy together
Miss J might not get much more use of this cardi for a while as it is starting to warm up, but there is room to grow in it and then it can be passed down to miss E. That’s one of the extras of having two daughters :)

-Jess

Sisters | happy together In the mud puddles | happy together

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Placemat Pillows DIY

Placemat Pillows DIY | happy together
We have a ton of pillows around here but there’s always room for more. Especially since my littlest is currently all about making pillow forts e.v.e.r.y single day. So when I saw these adorable placemats on clearance at Target for only $1.48 each, I figured why not add a few more pillows for her to use?

How to make pillows from placemats | happy together
I sewed up three pillows in two different ways. It took me about five minutes to make each one and that is with taking pictures! A seriously easy project when you need a few accent pillows.

Materials For Placemat Pillows DIY | happy together
You will need:

  • Placemats (one for each pillow if it is double sided and two for each pillow if it is not)
  • Stuffing
  • Sewing machine or hand sewing needle
  • Coordinating thread
  • Seam ripper (for double sided placemats)
  • Scissors
  • Pins (optional)

Placemat Pillows | happy together
Let’s start with the double sided placemats. As you can see in the picture above, they are two pieces of fabric already sewn together.

Placemat Pillow How To | happy together
Take your seam reaper and open up a few inches on one of the longer ends.

Placemat Pillows DIY | happy together
Fill it with as much stuffing as you like. I used about half a small bag of stuffing for each pillow because I like them fluffy.

Placemat Pillows DIY | happy together
Sew the opening shut by hand or using a sewing machine. Trim thread strands. When using the sewing machine, push the stuffing away from opening and put needle as close as possible to left side. You will need to hold onto the pillow with both hands while going through the sewing machine. Make sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of your sewing.

Two Placemats For a Simple Pillow | happy together
For placemats that are not double sided, you will need two to make a pillow.

Sew Together Placemats | happy together
Place the placemats together with wrong sides facing. Pin together and sew all around, leaving a few inches open at the middle of one end.

Making Pillows | happy together
Fill with as much stuffing as needed and sew the opening shut.

Placemat Pillows DIY | happy together
Then that’s it! These would be easy to embellish with tassels or even iron-ons (before sewing). I thought the one with the flowers would be perfect to add a cool phrase onto. If you make some, share using #happytogetherbyjess.

Happy weekend!   -jess-

Placemat Pillows | happy together

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