Laurel Round up!

So I’ve made SIX laurels over the past month. I didn’t intend to sew so many, but it’s just such a good pattern for playing around. There were some serious issues with fit the first time around, check it out.

All kinds of weird tightness and drag lines, yet way to loose and gaping other places. I did a TON of adjustments.

  • Full bust adjustment.
  • Lowered the bust dart using the box method.
  • Added bicep fullness (do you even lift?).
  • Took in the back at the top center seam to reduce the neck gape.
  • Broad shoulder adjustment.
  • Finally the most common adjustment for everyone with this pattern, to fill in the too shallow armscye on the front bodice. It’s what causing most of the weird drag  lines near my armpit, and almost everyone I saw on the Flickr group had to do it. It essentially turned and L into more of a C shape.  In fact it was so common there’s even a diagram on flickr on how to do it. 

But after all that, it seemed to be well worth it. If anything it’s a great way to practice pattern modifications, ha. I might take a picture of the working pattern just so you can see how cut up it got! 

Here’s my test run of my modified pattern, and it fit so well I went on to make four more dresses!

My most recent examples above, where I had a bit too much fun with dye. I love the blue dress so much, it reminds me of pool water.

Two More, having gun with color and prints! The first one is my submission to the mad men challenge. The second one I used a fabric I’ve had for over two years! While it wrinkles like no other, people always like it when I’m out and about. 

Have you made this pattern yet?

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Giveaway Winner

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Stephanie Thorpe

&

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I’ll be emailing you ladies to let you know when you package is on the way!

Pink Hand Dyed Laurel

So I liked my first dyed laurel so much, I decided to do another one. This time I went for pink, and a bit of a variation on my first dye pattern.

I also had a much more successful lapped zipper than the first one. I gave myself a little more than 5/8th seam allowance to work with, which helped immensely.

Here’s some pattern detail for you! Because I chose muslin these are like impossible to get completely wrinkle free. It doesn’t bother me too much though, the weight I used is pretty much perfect for a summer dress.

I wore it out to the movies with a pink belt I had that matches pretty perfectly, and dresses it up a bit. I’m thinking I might need to add some thread belt loops though, the belt kept slipping out of place.

Still loving the Laurel Pattern though. I might have to force myself to put aside to work on something else for a change, ha.

Easy Volume with Hair Powder & Giveaway

Product provided at no charge to my by a company looking to receive my feedback. All opinions are my own. 

First, sorry for not opening my eyes for a single picture. Second, here are my thoughts on this product. 

I’m a pretty big fan of voluminous hair. Having lived a good deal of my life in south, and being Italian  pretty much predestined me to be all about some pageant looking hair. 

The higher the hair, the closer to God, am I right?

Anyway, if you’ve never used hair powder before, it’s pretty great. I was even using this brand before I even got sent some to review! It’s Got2be Powder’ful, and it’s awesome. 

You tap some of the product out, and rub it between your hands, it goes transparent, but you’ll still feel it. Then I work it into my roots until I get the desired amount of volume. It gives your hair some texture, which makes teasing it a tiny bit, go a very long way. It cut back a bit of the oil in my hair as well, so that’s an added benefit.

I don’t think that you’re going to get a hair style anything like the box without some serious teasing. It’s still a good result though, and would definitely be a good base to hold any teasing. My hair has a tendency to fall a bit flat towards the end of my work day, and this might be good to give my blowout a little oomph without a lot of work. I also think this is a great option for us curly hair girls who can’t wait their hair everyday. It cuts out of the greasiness, but also will give you the volume. 

I know it can be a bit hard to find now in stores, but you’re in luck! I’ve got TWO bottles to give away to TWO lucky readers!

To enter the giveaway: 

  1. Comment on this post.
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The giveaway closes April 26th at 8pm EST. Good Luck!  

Banana Nut Bread Paleo Ice Cream

The longer I eat Paleo, the more happy I am with my ice cream maker. It’s nice to be able to whip up something sweet, but diet friendly, whenever I want. Also Cincinnati has been having near 90 degree weather, so anything cold is a god send. 

This recipe is sweetened mostly by the fruit in it, and is super tasty. It definitely tastes like it’s carb loaded counter part, but is way healthier (even for ice cream). I recommend you have a strong blender to combine and the ingredients, it’ll help keep everything creamy! Brian got me this blender last Christmas, and it is AMAZING. 

You’ll Need:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 3 cups unsweetened plain almond milk
  • 1/3 cup raw almond butter (the stuff you can make in whole foods bulk section is my favorite)
  • 1/2 a square of unsweetened Baker’s chocolate
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • honey to taste (I used just barely 2 tablespoons)
  1. Throw every ingredient except the honey and raisins in the blender, whirl away until everything is combined. You want to make extra sure the unsweetened chocolate is just tiny flecks. It might help if you chopped it before hand, but my blender did a fine job. The chocolate is just there to deepen the flavor a bit, there’s not enough for you to say “Oh that’s chocolaty!”. More like, “What a rich flavor profile…”. I mean no one says that but you catch my drift! 
  2. Taste it, does it need honey? Depending on your personal tastes, and how ripe your bananas are, you might not! Don’t forget were adding raisins too, and that will add a bit of sweetness as well. Add a bit, blend and taste again until you achieve your desired taste. 
  3. Put all ingredients into your ice cream maker, including your raisins. Process according to your ice cream maker’s instructions. I usually let the finished ice cream sit in the freezer for a few minutes so it’s more scoop-able than soft serve. 
  4. Enjoy!

We Mourn With Boston

“…we will find out who did this; we’ll find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.”

-President Barack Obama

  • If you are still searching for someone you can check Safe and Well
  • The Mass. Emergency Agency has said if you are trying to contact someone to text instead of calling, as the systems are overloaded and it will use less bandwidth.
  • The Red Cross has advised they had enough blood for the people injured and aren’t in need of more.
  • If you are in Boston or the surrounding areas, I urge you to check out this spreadsheet with people who are offering places to stay for those displaced by the bombings. Use it to find a place or offer a place. 

For all my friends, family, and readers in the area my heart goes out to you. Stay safe everyone. 

Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength. No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.

-Dalai Lama XIV

Hand Dyed Indigo Laurel

So I had a free say yesterday, and figured I would breathe new life into an old (and admittidly kind of tacky) passion of mine.

Tie Dye!

Back when I was a lifeguard in high school my best friend and I would tie dye our tee shirts on slow or stormy days. We were obviously pretty cool. Since I already had some muslin, I went to joanns and picked up some jeans dye. I ended up with something that I like way more than I thought I would.

Not too shabby for a fabric that most people just throw away right? I also did my first ever lapped zipper!


I obviously need a bit of work, but I love this technique a million times more than using an invisible zipper. I think I’m just going to stop doing them all together.

As for me in the dress I have a few pictures as well.

I think I might dye myself a few more laurels, they seem to be perfect for my upcoming Peurto Rico Vacation.