Thursday, October 08, 2015

DIY Draped Waistcoat (Zara-Inspired)

I have another sewing project to share today. I made it the same weekend that I made my sleeveless turtleneck dress.

I saw this amazing waistcoat from Zara last year but couldn't justify the $200 price tag so I got over it and moved on with life. But, recently while perusing Pinterest for camel-colored outerwear, I saw a pin from the Brooklyn Blonde sporting the infamous waistcoat and my love was revived.

If I couldn't justify the $200 price tag last year, I certainly couldn't justify the $400+ asking price on eBay so I decided to make my own. I took a jaunt over to JoAnn Fabrics to see what they had on offer and I found a really pretty camel-colored flannel that I knew I wanted to use. The original coat is a thicker woolen-looking material, but because it's so drapey, I think almost any fabric will work. Luckily, the sold flannels are about $3 per yard so it was definitely much more budget-friendly.
You'll need:
3 yards of camel-colored flannel
matching thread
fabric chalk or disappearing ink pen
sewing machine

Monday, October 05, 2015

How To: Plan a Trip Itinerary

I've booked two semi-spontaneous trips that are coming up in the next few weeks (New Orleans and Grand Cayman Island). A few friends were impressed when I told them that I just jumped at the cheap flights when I had the chance and then figured everything else out afterwards, all without the help of a travel agent.

After being hounded for tips and answering many questions that began with, "But how...?" I thought it would be nice to share some of my tips for planning a trip itinerary. There are some general tips mixed in with some pretty specific tips. The advice I'm sharing is targeted towards anyone who wants to book and plan a trip on their own (sorry travel agents, but we don't need your help) and of course, help you figure out where you want to go and what you want to do when you get there.
As I've mentioned countless times before, I enjoy planning so I find this is one of the most enjoyable parts of vacationing. I find it especially rewarding because planning beforehand makes the actually holiday a breeze and I enjoy myself so much more.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

DIY Lace Cat Mask

I've been excited about Halloween since early September when H and I booked our flights to New Orleans. We're going down the weekend before Halloween which is when they have their parade and party (because the actual weekend of the 31st they have their voodoo festival).

I've been debating about my costume for weeks. I wanted to do something kind of cool but low-maintenance (since I have to travel with it) and since I expect it to be 70F in NOLA, I wanted to have a light costume that wouldn't leave me sweating. Well, I found a "catsuit" (emphasis on the quotations) and decided that, though it's been done before, being a cat would be fun and classic and super low maintenance.

But, to amp it up a bit more, I decided to DIY some more elements to accompany the outfit. Instead of the typical cat ears, I got inspired by my own bib necklace (I still have tulle leftover from that project and from my woodland nymph bustier project) and I made an easy cat mask using just some fabric paint and some ribbon. I've seen a similar DIY done before but I always like sharing my own version because I list my personal tips and tricks that may help you.
You'll need:
tracing paper
black marker
puffy paint (I used black but you can use whatever color you like; there are some pretty glittery ones that could be awesome)
strip of tulle, about 4" x 8"
parchment paper
fabric glue
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