Saturday, May 31, 2014

Rainbow Carrot and Garbanzo Bean Salad

This is the perfect salad or starter to bring to a potluck. A little sweet, spicey, and smoky. Make it ahead of time and refrigerate overnight or start and finish this dish in less than an hour including prep and clean up! Challenge yourself to use as many ingredients as you can from a garden or farmer's market.

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 packed cup cilantro (about 1 bunch)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • two 15-ounce cans garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 pound rainbow carrots, peeled (pretty reds, oranges, and yellows! If you get lucky, there may be a purple carrot in the bunch too!)

  1. In food processor, shred carrots. Transfer to a large bowl. Add garbanzo beans to carrots in bowl.
  2. In food processor, combine lemon juice with garlic. Add cilantro, cumin, paprika, and cayenne pepper and pulse until chopped. 
  3. Slowly pour in the olive oil and process to a paste. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Pour into bowl with carrots and garbanzo beans. Toss to mix. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Navy Twill Floral Pocket Knee-Length Skirt

Navy Twill Floral Pocket Knee-Length Skirt with Hint of Sunshine Fabric Necklace

I've had a 0.75 yard remnant of navy twill eyeing me from my fabric box for weeks now. It's a lighter weight twill (I'm not a twill expert but seems like there are lighter and heavier weight ones?). Like the Yellow Damask Skirt, I'm loving how versatile this skirt is (AND IT HAS FUN FLORAL POCKETS!).

Picking Clovers (DIY Pink & Teal Floral Hair Bow)

We recently made a move from an apartment to a house with a yard and love every inch of extra space! Yes for trees and grass right out the door.

Where's Your Other Shoe?

  • navy twill fabric two rectangles at 23 (width) x 29 (length) inches
  • serged all edges
  • extra large pockets sewn 6 inches from top of skirt
  • 24 inches of 2 inch wide elastic
  • pulled elastic taunt while sewing a straight stitch across the middle to create a little more ruffle but also to keep elastic from twisting

Friday, May 9, 2014

Robin's Egg Blue Linen Maxi Skirt

As you may have noticed, once I try one project, several renditions follow shortly. I get on a roll and don't stop until I lose momentum, or fabric, or matching thread.... After the Coral Linen Maxi Skirt and the Yellow Damask Skirt, I think I have most little kinks ironed out (see notes from previous skirt postings). 

E's wearing her Paisley Bird Cream Ruffle Toddler Dress

  • 24" of 2" wide elastic
  • 1.5 yards (54 inches) of fabric was too much. I ended up chopping off 8" from the length and will use it to color block a future floor length maxi skirt! Better measurements: 2 pieces of fabric at width 30" x length 45" (1.25 yards). 
  • Used leftover tan broadcloth from Yellow Damask Skirt for large pockets. Would love to use a fun print for future pockets but would probably have to use a darker outside fabric to make sure it wouldn't show through (navy linen maxi skirt with mustard yellow floral pockets??? yes please! or maybe a rust orange linen midi skirt with navy color block hem and gray poppy pockets?? double yes please!).
  • Sew pieces of fabric together prior to creating casing creates a cleaner finish after inserting the elastic because the hole you sew shut (from inserting the elastic) is along the same line as the stitching for creating the casing instead of sewing a line perpendicular to close the opening...(ok, that probably doesn't make sense to anyone but myself...).
  • Made pockets bigger than previous two skirts but I think they can go bigger still....
  • 13" slit up the sides although I think 15-16" would be better because a slit up to the knee "flaps" better (it started as 16" actually but then due to adjusting the length and then re-hemming up the bottom, it ended up a 13" slit and I really detest seam ripping so we'll just leave it as a 13" slit and adjust if necessary later...). Coral Linen Maxi Skirt has a 14" slit up the sides but it is a little shorter than this teal maxi. 
  • Serged most edges (didn't have to fold over twice for casing or any of the hemming).
  • No lining because fabric isn't see-through.
  • Didn't topstitch pocket openings, less stiff around the pockets which makes them more hidden in the gathering of the skirt.
  • Inspired by LeAna's Tutorial for an Elastic Waist Skirt at {A Small Snippet}.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Yellow Damask Skirt

I love the versatility of this skirt length and look. Topped with a solid navy tank, leather strappy sandals, and a bold bright necklace, it's classy chic for coffee out with friends or an early evening date night. Topped with a white collared fitted shirt and pumps, it's perfect for work. Topped with a tucked in flowy blouse and flats, perfect for church. And the pockets! Yay for pockets! Lip balm, cash, phone, keys. Done.

  • This skirt (as opposed to the first maxi skirt I made which didn't need a liner) I lined with a tan broadcloth that I used for the pockets as well. 
  • yellow damask fabric piece: 44" x 28"
    --> 2 pieces of width 22" x length 28" (fold over 4" for elastic)
  • tan broadcloth fabric liner: 42" x 24"
    --> didn't cut into two pieces, serged short ends together and sewed into casing with the outer fabric and liner in a circle; the 2" shorter width than the outside fabric accounts for the 1/2" you lose sewing the two pieces of the outside fabric together
  • Serged most edges (didn't have to fold over twice for casing or any of the hemming); folded over once for bottom hem.
  • 24" of 1.5" width elastic
  • Topstiched around pocket openings so edges lay flat.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Coral Linen Maxi Skirt

 Summer time! Maxi skirt season!
Elastic Waist Maxi Skirt with POCKETS

My skirt is inspired by LeAna's Tutorial for an Elastic Waist Skirt at {A Small Snippet}. Excellent tutorial AND POCKETS (I'm a sucker for anything with pockets!)!!!

What I did (because I follow tutorials the best I can for what I have and then end up changing things as I go...):
  • Didn't have any fabric scrap leftover! LOVE that. Dimensions: 30" x 2 for the width (27" waist plus 3"), 44" length (40" plus 4" for casing).
  • Serged most edges (didn't have to fold over twice for casing or any of the hemming)
  • Used 1.5" elastic instead of 2" (but maybe I'll try the 2" on the next skirt!) mostly because I was planning on using 1" elastic because that's what I already had at home but once I made it at that width, I didn't like how gathered it looked so I went for the 1.5" (couldn't go for 2" because pockets were sewn at only 4" down from the top instead of the 6" per the tutorial for a 2" elastic waistband). Elastic length=waist circumference minus 3"=24".
  • No lining because fabric isn't see-through.
  • For next time, make bigger pockets and serge edges prior to sewing in the pockets (tutorial used knit pockets so didn't have to account for fraying like my broadcloth did - I had to serge after they were sewn in which didn't look at clean in the corners where they joined the skirt, fortunately it's all on the inside so you can't see it!).
  • Hemmed slits on the sides, 14" up from the bottom for easier walking and a breeze!
Hemmed Side Slits
E's Pink & Teal Floral Ruffle Toddler Dress with a matching bow from the same fabric. DIY turquoise necklace.