A New Summer Dress

See & Sew Pattern B5837 | by Happy Together We have had a wonderful summer so far. I was beyond blessed to go up to Virginia and North Carolina to visit family and friends for almost the whole month of June. It was such a lovely time. I even got to sneak in a few projects! That’s part of the fun with driving. I can bring a lot more stuff with me than I could on a plane lol. While there, I also visited some fabric shops. I found this lovely fabric and felt it was very Ace & Jig – esque. I wanted a dress made from it. A nice breezy summery dress. I saw a cute easy pattern from See & Sew (B5837) and decided to give it a try. Now that pattern is meant for knits, and my fabric was definitely not a knit. I’m such a pattern rebel I tell ya ;) I figured from the cut and the elastic in the waist that I could make it work. And guess what? I did!

See & Sew Pattern B5837 | by Happy Together   I was tempted to try a size higher to account for the loss in stretch by using a non knit fabric, but didn’t. I can’t exactly go sprinting in this dress due to that fact, but have no problems with regular walking as it has enough room for that. I did cut the top on the bias though to help give it some added stretch. The fabrics backside was neat, so I used one side for the top and the striped side on the bottom. It was a really fast pattern to sew and I might make another one. It does have that “makes me look like I’m pregnant look”, but maybe using a fabric with a better drape would help take that away. I would also make the top longer as it barely made it under my chest. That would probably help too. It is super comfy and I like the little detail of the back tie. This is a really great dress to sew if you are a beginner sewer as well. Simple with no buttons or zippers.

See & Sew Pattern B5837 | by Happy Together Have you tried any new patterns this summer?

-Jess

The Heart of the Dress

The Heart of the Dress

I always try really hard to stick to my list when I go shopping. Sometimes something just calls my name though and I have to get it. I was at Walmart a few weeks ago and walked by the fabric section. Probably my first mistake. But, on the end cap was this beautiful knit fabric for only $2 a yard. I freaked out a little on the inside! It took me forever to find someone to cut it because it was really early in the morning, but I was determined to get some of that fabric.

The Heart of the Dress

I bought 3 yards so I would have enough to make a dress out of it. This is what became of that fabric. I just used a maxi dress I had as a pattern and went to town. It’s sleeveless but still a little chilly, so I had to wear a sweater with it (from Anthropologie a few years ago).

The Heart of the Dress

I also made a ton of these crocheted heart pins for friends and the teachers at my daughter’s school. I used this pattern size medium. Very easy to whip those up.

The Heart of the Dress

The best part is I had enough fabric leftover to make miss E some pants and another pair to eventually go up in my shop. (It’s a new goal of mine to start sewing up some things to sell soon.) I wore this dress on Valentine’s Day and last night for a date night with my hubby. It’s so comfy and I’m so happy with it. It will get a lot of wear in the summer. Have you made yourself anything lately?
-Jess

Polka Dots and Hearts

Polka Dots and Hearts (outfit post)

It’s been a good full and busy week over here. I am super excited that the weekend is upon us and that my hubby doesn’t have duty! That means we get a whole full day (or two) with him this weekend. He works so hard for us and I love getting to spend time with him when he gets to have some breaks.

Polka Dots and Hearts (outfit post)

We plan on having some fun outings and I hope to wear some cute comfy outfits, starting with this one today! It’s the Dotted Lucille Chambray Dress and was c/o Tailor and Stylist. I’m having such fun working with them! I have enjoyed watching other online clothing companies get started and become successful and am very excited to see that happening for them as well. I’m also very excited to share code happytogether10 for you to get 10% off at Tailor and Stylist!

Polka Dots and Hearts (outfit post)

And, since I’ve got Valentines on the brain, I paired the dress with aqua tights (from Target) and some red flats that I thrifted a while back. I added a pair of heart hair clips turned shoe clips on them. The hair clips were also from Target.

Polka Dots and Hearts (outfit post)

I’m off to edit some pics from an adorable one year old session I did yesterday and cut out a dress from some gorgeous knit fabric I found today. Can’t wait to share! And next I’ll be back with a diy heart necklace that is miss J approved.
-Jess

Polka Dots and Hearts (outfit post)

The Blue Blazer

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Blazer: c/o Tailor and Stylist, Shirt: Forever 21, Boots: Nine West, Necklace: Vintage

I love comfy clothes. Even before being a mom and chasing the littles around, I always preferred comfortable over anything when it came to clothes. So when I got this blazer c/o Tailor & Stylist, it fit the bill perfectly.

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It’s made from a knit like fabric and fits so well. One thing I really like about the T&S site is that with each piece of clothing they give suggestions on how to wear it. I’m not some big fashionista or anything, so that really helps give a better mental picture of how you can style it. They have some beautiful clothing on their site and I recommend you checking it all out. They were wonderful to work with!

Outfit

I’m hoping to do more outfit posts this year as part of a “new year resolution” for the blog.

Outfit

Speaking of resolutions, I also stepped outside of my comfort zone today and cut myself some bangs!!!!! I had been wanting to try them out for a long time, but finally did it today.

Outfit
I just found some tutorials on how to cut Zooey bangs and went for it. It’s a nice little change and made me feel good. It’s a good beginning to a new year :)
-Jess