Day 2: Arizona

The fabric behind the garment I chose to wear in Arizona was actually inspired by the desert itself. I had picked up a remnant bundle of fabric at a local fabric store. The color reminded me of sandstone, making it the perfect color palette to choose a piece to wear visiting the Mojave Desert. Our first stop was to see the infamous Hoover Dam!

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I actually had 2 pieces to choose from to wear. I ended up going with these drawstring shorts. They are the perfect blend of cotton and stretch. I wore these in the car for several hours and the material didn’t lose it’s fit at all! That made these shorts my new favorite.

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Kingman, Arizona was our next stop. My brother and I stopped to visit with our grandparents for the day. We had a tasty dinner at a local steakhouse. Good thing the shorts have some give for all that food!

To make these shorts, I took a pair of my favorite comfy shorts and used them as a guide. I made a few modifications to get a better fit and added the drawstring. I think the drawstring really pulled together the look I wanted from these shorts. The cut and color of the tank, I feel, complimented the shorts as well. I could bear the desert heat just fine in this outfit and it would not be complete without my favorite pair of Teva flipflops for all the walking!

Day 1: Arrival to LAS VEGAS!

I originally did not have an outfit planned for Vegas to incorporate a handmade piece. I own tons of garments that could have been worthy for the occasion but, at the last minute, I remembered I had this harlequin knit fabric stashed away for a cool project. I thought a tube top would be perfect for the retro look I like to go for and the keeping the Vegas heat in mind!

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To use as a pattern, I took a tube top I already owned and copied the construction. This top also has a shelf bra sewn in for extra support and a more flattering fit. I top stitched the chest line and hemmed the bottom using my cover stitch machine.

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Piecing the front and back panels together.

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I paired the top with my super cute stretchy denim sailor shorts along with my tattoo print mary janes by Hot Chocolate Shoes. Seriously, checkĀ out these shoes! Adorably cute and comfortable!

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For one only night in Vegas and only having time to strut around the strip, I was overall quite comfortable and feeling vintage cute and confident in this outfit! It was a great last minute fashion decision!

Day 1: Departure to Chicago/Las Vegas

20180626_082801-02.jpegMy big girl vacation is finally here! I feel so fancy! Today I will travel from Kalamazoo to Chicago and depart from Chicago to LAS VEGAS! And the first of many “firsts” to start this trip off with…

A train ride! I’ve never rode on a train! Before I hopped my ride, my hubby snapped the first photo of me officially on vacation. I then sat in the train station for 45 minutes anxiously waiting for the train to arrive. Hearing it chugging in, choo-chooing, got my chest all tight with excitement and it was hard not to crack a little smile. The doors finally opened and everyone forms a line to get on and pick a seat. I’m pretty sure the hardest part about traveling solo is deciding which stranger to sit next to. Instead of choosing the stranger, I took a gamble and picked the seat with the earbuds and phone lying on the tray without the occupant. Luckily, he was friendly and stuck the earbuds in for the ride.

IMG_20180626_145956_783.jpgSo while I’m getting comfortable on the train, checking my phone and flight status, I realize my flight has been canceled! It’s my first trip and of all the things to go wrong, this would be it. I call the airline and work it out with a new flight. The only hangup was pushing my flight back 2 hours. At least I didn’t have to worry about not having enough time to navigate to the airport. So what does a person do with 2 extra hours before a flight? Curl their hair in the terminal and use their webcam as a mirror. Probably my favorite public “peacock” moment. It was pretty resourceful considering there weren’t any outlets in the bathrooms but I can’t explain that to every passerby staring. *shrug*

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So finally on to the outfit…

Pictured, I am wearing a yellow tie-dye hooded tank top that I made from scratch. The material is thin, stretchy and form fitting. I love that it has a yoga look and feel. I paired it with leggings and sandals for a comfortable travel outfit.

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It is finished with ribbing as the trim on the armholes and hood. I used my triple stretch stitch on my sewing machine to top stitch the armholes and hood also. The bottom edge is finished off with a thick waistband.

Above, you can see the top stitching to the collar and hood. I took the hood piece and overlapped the ends to fit. If you attempt a neckline style like this and want to add a hood, make sure your hood is really tall to accommodate for the smaller neck opening. I personally like more drape-y type hoods.

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Overall, I was really happy with this finished top. I don’t think I could have chosen a more comfortable shirt to travel in!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Vacation Challenge

A couple of months ago while I was mentally planning my vacation, I kept thinking about what I wanted to wear to all of the places I would be visiting. This days away vacation is such a huge deal to me because, as an adult who has been adulting for long enough, I have never been on a legitimate vacation. I guess you could count Disney World in 1995 but that vacation is vintage now. Literally. So, I am just a Mitten girl heading to the West Coast to finally dip my toes into an ocean. Yes, I saidĀ an ocean because I’ve never seen one. I know, right? I get a lot of thunderstruck reactions. But it doesn’t stop at ocean…I get to personally see the Mojave Desert, Las Vegas, Arizona, The Hoover Dam, Hollywood, San Diego, LA, and log some road trip hours in between. I am beyond excited; like a kid in a candy shop and if you know me, it’s no secret that I love sweets. So, while I was shopping around for things I thought I might want to bring, I said hold up! Why don’t I just make clothes to bring!?

*forehead smack*

After completing the first couple of items, I decided to give myself a “challenge” to see how many pieces I could make and bring with me to wear. Some pieces are just simple and casual, others are a little more funky. Building from this challenge, I will be blogging on each specific piece, why I choose it, and where I am wearing it! I am really geeked for this part to really kick off my blog!

Golden State, here I come!

Sew Frock’n Cute!

IMG_20180606_230804_563.jpgYou guys! It’s my first official blog post! You don’t know how excited I am! But also noyvous, hold the phone while I get it together…

*shake it off*

As my toddler says, “shew!” Okay so, (mmm…cheeeeese) I’ve been wanting to start a blog for a couple of years now. It’s just coming to fruition now for a few reasons…When I wanted to start a blog, I honestly had no clue how to even begin. Admittedly, I am still in the same boat, but I am living by a line my husband always used to drop me, “just go with it”. So here I am. In the last few years, I have basically taught myself how to sew by watching channel after channel on YouTube. I really wanted to learn how to sew my own clothes and just about anything that requires needle, thread, and some fabric. I also ventured out and opened an Etsy shop as a side hobby while I continued to learn. It became a quest to find new channels to subscribe to and new tutorials to watch. Soon enough, I was hopping on my sewing machine that once intimidated the crap out of me and sewing my own versions of my favorite garments and constructing pieces totally from scratch. It used to be when my thread ran out, I’d yell for my husband to come change it for me! Needless to say, progress has been made and I can successfully change my own thread now. Haha.

While searching and searching for new projects and methods to sewing, I’ve wanted to give myself a platform to share what I know. It tickles my heart to share my work. My goal is to inspire individuals as I have been inspired. Stay tuned for creative content and upcoming tutorials.

Welcome to Sew Frock’n Cute! Now let’s make some frock’n cute stuff!