I can make that! – Blouse with ruffled sleeves and a gathered back.

One of the things I really love to do is sew. So much so, that I even own a shop where I sew accessories for dogs and cats :) I knew the basics, but I wanted to learn more to the point where I could actually make my own clothes. I just always thought that was so cool. Since last year, I have been taking sewing classes and I feel I’ve reached a comfortable enough stage to grab a pattern from the shelves and give it a go. The class has not only made me appreciate sewing way, way more, but it has also made me a more savvy shopper. You start to pay attention to seams, fabrics, and the construction of the garment. You begin to analyze it: is it well-made or not worth my money? I’ve even gotten to the point where I look at clothes in the store, online, or being worn on Instagram and I think, “I can make that :D!” It’s a good feeling.

Don’t get me wrong, sewing is tough! It takes so much patience and knowledge. But if you’re like me, paying $50 for a basic, thin tee is a no-no. If I can, I’m going to try it to make it. Also, it’s fun, so why not! I want to make this a series here on my blog. A sort of like, I-attempt-to-make-today’s-fast-fashion-trends, and maybe save money and improve my sewing skills. If you’re new at this too, then join me and let’s learn together!

I’ve seen that shirts with ruffled sleeves are very popular at the moment. They’re very cute so I wanted to make one myself. I found the Simplicity 8335 pattern in my local store and got to work! It’s a Learn to Sew edition, which was perfect for me since I still consider myself a beginner. For me some parts were tricky, I’m not gonna lie. I acknowledge the mistakes I made and like I said, I am still learning, so in my mind, it’s ok to mess up as long as I learn from it, which I did.

I’ve linked some similar styles below in case you need inspiration. The orange romper is my favorite! Might just contradict all I’ve been saying and buy it…(kidding, but it is cute)

Anyway, here is the end result: (I didn’t iron it, don’t judge)

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I should’ve ironed it! I love how it looks though. Sadly, no one will be able to wear it :( I made a huge rookie mistake when sewing this: I didn’t measure my sister (it was for her) to see if the size I cut out would fit her. I also didn’t make her wear it along the way to see if I needed any alterations. My fault for sewing this at midnight when she was asleep.

I was reading other’s reviews on it and they said theirs fit them small as well, so take it from me and them and size up. It says an XS (which I made) will fit a woman’s 6-8 but that’s so untrue. I also read another blog where a girl combined size S for the body but M for the sleeves – it’s a smart idea you can try as well. Do what I didn’t do and measure!

Also, I felt I rushed my process out of excitement that I did sloppy work. Very sloppy work. As a whole, I’m proud that I accomplished this, but when I come close and focus on the little details on the blouse, it kills me. I should’ve been more careful. At least I learned many things– so that’s the bright side. Take a chance and give a sewing project a try! Even if, like me, you first don’t do so good.

What did you think of my top? Do you like these kinds of posts? Should I make it a series? Let me know in the comments! :)

– diana

Here are some pieces I found online containing ruffled sleeves. Aren’t they cute? Which is your favorite?

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perler beads + friends: a crafting party!

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by that title, i either sound like a mom or a 7 year old, haha. that’s ok, i like doing kid stuff. those who are kids at heart are the funnest people, am i right? ;p kidding. but yes, as you can see from my photos, my a-little-over-20-yr-old good friends, boyfriend, and i gathered last weekend to have a crafting party! more specifically, a perler bead crafting party.

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DIY: How to hang pictures with thread and clothespins

I take a lot of pictures. There is nothing I love more than looking at them printed. Old ones, new ones, ones I took, ones I didn’t take, 4x6s, instax minis, square, anything! I hate it when they are locked inside a drawer; I just want to display all of them cuz I feel they’re all so pretty and special.

However, with the very little space I have in my room it can be tricky mounting things on my wall. Frames are too chunky and sometimes expensive; I really don’t want to puncture my photos with a thumbtack; and even when I put fun-tak or tape, they fold or fall. Thanks to several ideas on the internet, I finally found a great solution to that problem!

There are many ways to make this, but since this is what I had at hand, this is how I did mine. You should do yours with what you have in hand, too! If you don’t have clothespins, improvise! Use paperclips! Etc.

You can also purchase these already made online. Here are some I found in Urban Outfitters. I don’t know about you, but I find it a little ridiculous to waste almost $15 on something I can make for less than $5!

These have not failed me. I just keep adding more to my room. They are a great focal point and a way to brighten up your bedroom and display awesome memories. My walls always remain interesting since I keep moving and replacing photos. Also, this method doesn’t damage your walls, in case you’re renting an apartment where they, for some reason, don’t let you drill holes on the walls, or if you just don’t want to. Or if you know you get bored with things rapidly, you can always transfer these to another wall (or take them off altogether) very easily.

Enjoy!!

how to hang pictures with thread and clothespins:

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ideas: outdoor dinner and a movie

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I love hosting little dinners here and there with my friends. (this is one we had back in november, if you’re interested.) but since we’re all away in different cities for college, it becomes a little hard to get together. soo, a girl can dream and plan an affair as such in none other than good ol’ pinterest!

here are some pictures i found. if i found the blog owner i tagged them because it ain’t cool to just steal pics, and if i didn’t tag anyone it was because i saw the same picture 20 times around pinterest and didn’t know who it belonged to. so yeah, enjoy!

by local milk

by fresh exchange

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by harper’s bazaar

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Do it yourself: Water bottle pots!

The first thing I saw when I started getting into gardening was the cost of good-looking pots: pricy! The more I got into it, the more I realized how creative gardeners were. They use anything – and I mean anything – at hand to plant seeds. Recycling is their forte. And, if you like gardening or want to get into it, I believe it should be yours too. You gotta get creative to save money!

I’ve seen people use cans, soda bottles, egg cartons, egg shells, ice cream tubs, bath tubs, old toilets, tires, shoes, wine bottles, and the list goes on and on, as planters!

If you read my previous blog post you saw that I used bottles of water to make pots for my seeds. So today I bring you this tutorial on how to make them. I would take planters looking like this any day – especially since they are recycled! – instead of those plain o’ black pots! Plus, the retain moisture which is perfect!

Enjoy!

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