Friday, August 30, 2013

Game Day Dress - Simplicity 1878 Lisette Diplomat Dress

Same pattern and guess what?  It's still awesome!

In preparation for an awesome football season, I needed an awesome game day dress.  As we are big fans of the Alabama Crimson Tide, you can imagine my glee when I discovered this bolt of the Little Elephants fabric from Michael Miller in Toss Grey.  So cute, so perfect.  I shall have a dress with tiny Big Als all over it.


Stitched it up via the awesome instructions on the Lisette Pattern I used before and voila!  Roll Tide Game Day Dress just for ME!


I paired it with my crimson Toms, chunky beads and a cardigan.  Because yeah, that's how I wear everything!  I can't wait for fall to slap on some tights and boots.  It's FOOTBALL SEASON AGAIN!  YIPPEEE!!


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Diplomat Dress - Simplicity 1878 Review

I haven't sewn anything for a while.  Since the Great Coat Fail of 2008 and the burn out I experienced from doing an entire sewn product booth at Merry Market in 2010, I decided to give it a rest.  I especially stopped wanting to make my own clothes.  But then, I met Lisette.

Come on.....how CUTE is this line of patterns??  And they all looked simple enough.  And this dress, the Diplomat Dress, is 100% to blame.  I want to wear nothing else, ever.


First, it's seasonless.  Second, it will look good on a chubby gal, like me.  Third, it's just bloody cute.  So back down the sewing bunny hole I go.

I bought some really cute Michael Miller elephant fabric to make a football season dress with (Roll Tide), but didn't want to cut into it and find out the pattern didn't fit me or was horrible or something.  So instead, I tried it out with this pagne my brother brought back from Africa.  The pattern is really cute, and who doesn't love hot pink, kelly green, and navy together?

Good news!  The pattern is awesome.  It required very little altering but it is SHORT.  I need to remember to cut a little extra length when I do it again.  The only other issue is that I jacked up the neckline notch. But you can't even tell and I'll do better when I try it again with my elephant fabric.


I wear it with leggings, a cardi, and some fun hot pink bubble jewelry.  It's a little blurry, but you get the idea.  I told you it was short!



I ordered another Lisette pattern now that I know they're easy to follow and clear.  Looking forward to a few new fall choices!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Pinterest Challenge: Alabama Football Season Burlap Wreath

First, Roll Tide.

Now that's out of the way, I can tell you it is exactly 25 days until college football starts again.  And yes, it's marked on my calendar with a big ol' crimson X.  I love the fall and Saturdays on the couch, crafting my little heart out to the sweet background noise of cheering fans, announcers, and fight songs while I sip on a beer.

In celebration, I needed to get the Berney Abode ready for such festivities.  And what's better than a festive front door wreath?

Consulting Pinterest, I found this FABULOUS tutorial by the lovely Leah over on her Well Rounded Blog.  She aims to inspire, and inspire she did.  If you want an awesome, detailed explaination of how to make a sweet burlap wreath, check it out.  It's the method I used and I really couldn't begin to expand on her awesome directions....so just go there.

On to pictures!





 As you can see, I varied it up with some colored burlap and a big B for Berney.  Or Bama.  Or Burlap....you decide!  The bow tutorial I used is also from pinterest and I plan to follow this technique from now on.  I much prefer it to the loop style bows.

So think how cute it would be with all the other football inspired color combinations.  Festive, spirited, and classy.  That's how the Berney's roll (see what I did there?  Yeah.  RTR).