Made it Monday #2

A rare accomplishment: using a piece of fabric in its entirety! This is typically not feasible because when you cut out pieces for clothes, there will always be scraps, or there will always be edges that are not usable. However, for this one piece of #riflepapercofabric I happily used every piece on my ice skating tote bag and today's featured project: a roll up pen case! (aka roll up tombow brush pen case!) 

This one was also a combination of googling roll up pencil cases, and winging it :) I chose to use elastic to hold the markers, but did not go so far to create premade loops because that would've been quite the headache making that under the sewing machine. I just made sure that with the given amount of elastic per pen, that I would be able to slide the marker in without busting the seams. 

Overall, I"m pretty pleased with this project. The plastic set cases the markers come in don't open and close very well, as the plastic is easily deformed. Additionally, I had an extra pen or two that I bought separately from the sets, so those always felt lonely not having a case to belong to! Now I have a pretty roll for my pens to call home! 

Thanks for reading :) 

Self Drafted Maxi Skirt

I've been thinking about my upcoming missions trip to Nicaragua, and how for church, a below the knee skirt is advised. I don't have many of those and of the ones I do own, they're not ideal for hot and humid weather! 

I found this fabric at Joann Fabrics during their Christmas in July coupon frenzy (so many emails. so many coupons.) - and was happy about the price! Usually making maxi skirts (or dresses) is expensive since it gobbles up fabric. The nice thing about making your own clothes is that if you're small, it actually translates to cheaper clothes! I used 1.5" wide elastic, and fabric that was 54" wide (the width that the fabric came in) and the length was my waist to the floor. 

Sammy was here this week taking her OAT (the MCAT of optometry)! She helped take photos/modeled with me :) 

Kyle looked pretty spiffy that day, so we let him join in on the photos 

We're really cool. 

We're really cool. 

I'm looking forward to spraying this skirt down in permethrin ;) and wearing it in Nicaragua! 

P.S. in case you wanted to see the many sewing projects I've completed (not all have made it to this page yet), click here

Me Made May

I (Olivia) have been diligently studying for the USMLE Step 2 CK for the past three weeks now, and have lived most of those days in some combination of leggings, sweat pants, and other assorted comfy clothes.

In the sewing world, May is often the challenge for "#memademay" where you're supposed to wear clothes every day that you've made yourself. While I have made a lot of things over the past months, I am definitely not at this point (nor motivated to wear real clothes these days as I study). Additionally, I sent myself to Georgia to study, partially so I could be separated from my crafts ;) 

I've also come to terms with the fact that I haven't written about/posted about the clothes I've been making and I realized it's partially because I hate taking photos of myself. Sure it's easy to snap a selfie for instagram, but to actually take out the nice camera? And then run around our apartment complex to find a somewhat scenic area and not look silly?? And then try and look natural?? No thank you. 

But here I am, in Georgia, with a new haircut that currently looks nice so I should take advantage of that, plus a mom who won't say no to taking pictures. Here are two dresses I made recently (the winter/fall ones will have to wait a long time before they make it on the blog haha) - sorry for all the photos of me! 

Dress 1: Boundless Dress by Patterns for Pirates

Some details about the dress for those who care: 

This was my second time making this dress, and I love that the bodice is fully lined - aka no neck binding!  I almost put pockets in it, but was in a rush to make it (the day before I left for Georgia...), so I didn't. Next time, for sure there will be pockets :) 

Dress #2: Legends Dress by Sew Straight and Gather 

Some more details: this one had a really fancy mechanism to get the V-neck/collar-esque thing fully lined as well and I was really proud of myself for how this turned out. I found it amusing that this pattern company, which is Canadian based, had European sizing (kind of like H&M) and it teaches you an important lesson to not worry about size # and just create what will fit you! 

Overall, I'm still learning a lot with sewing - techniques, how to make patterns fit you exactly, etc. and it's been a lot of fun - a lot more fun than studying ;) Much love to my husband (and in-laws) for getting me a serger for Christmas, funding the fabulous fabric for all of these projects, and his encouragement for every messed up project that happened :) He's the best. 

And with that, back to studying :)