Friday, June 14, 2013

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Little Dress on the Prairie

 Fabric is an Ella Moss knit, scored from Etsy. The dress/pattern is my own, created from a hacked up Simplicity 2054.

I pin-tucked the middle front.

P.s. got a new camera...a lovely Canon t3i!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Trompe l'Oeil Want Some More

After a long hiatus (school kitchens = awful), finally got my bake on!
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes.

Cake (makes enough to fill 24 cones)
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla
3/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix dry and wet ingredients separately, combine.
Cover a bundt cake/tube pan with two layers of heavy duty foil. Using a small knife, poke 12 small holes in the foil. Gently twist cones in to holes so that there is only about one inch or so of cone showing.
 Spoon in cake batter, filling almost to the top.
Bake 20ish minutes, until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. To cool, I inverted a shoebox and cut Xes in the top to put the cones in. (Now bake the second half of the batch.)
7oz jar of marshmallow fluff
1 stick of butter
Beat together! It's that simple! And so good...

Ice cream or cupcake???

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Surf 'n Turf

Bear with me on the title of this post, IT'S FUNNY I PROMISE.

So I've had this photo saved in my computer for an eon (actually since 2009, so yeah, an eon), wanting/waiting to do a scalloped edge on something. 
At the beginning of this summer, I wanted to make a simple chambray skirt for general frolicking-around-eating-ice-cream-summer-fun purposes. What better way to incorporate the scalloped edge than to give this chambray some oomph!

Here's a look at the process:

First I made the skirt (cut (knee length) x (waist times 1.5 or 2) rectangle) and put the elastic in. You'll either want to cut the skirt about two inches longer, or cut a separate band of fabric for the scallop effect. I chose to cut a separate band because it actually used less fabric because of how I cut the skirt.
So then, measure the hem of the skirt. Mine was 45" around. I decided to do 3 inch scallops since it divides evenly (MATH + FASHION IS MY FAVORITE). I used this handy circle cutter that I have for scrapbooking to cut a three inch circle. Then fold the circle in half to get the semi-circle scallop, and trace onto cardstock a few times for a template.

Next trace the cardstock onto the band or hem.
Sew along the lines, pivoting where each scallop meets. (I messed up on the tracing, which is why I have two sets of lines.)
 Trim the seam, and snip the corners. Then turn the band to the inside and press out. Voila, scallop edge! (To finish the hem on the inside/prevent fraying, I used iron-on hemtape! Totally cheating, but so fast! Mwa ha ha.)

The finished product:

I did a little embroidery along the bottom too!

It was raining the day of these pictures, hence the umbrella.
See, now the title of this post is funny because: rain = surf, scallops (like the seafood) = turf. Except scallops are really the surf in surf 'n turf.
WHATEVER. It was funnier in my head.