Sunny yellow peplum skirt and a vintage purse

Long time, no see!

I’ve been pretty busy with school and work and filling out various applications for study abroad, but I promise I haven’t quit making things. I’ve been doing quite a bit of knitting since it’s easy to carry and I can do a few rows at a time versus dragging out the sewing machine and having a big cleanup afterwards. But today I want to show you this skirt!

Sunny yellow peplum skirt. Salme patterns. full view. Handmade by ConniyaCute, ya? The pattern is from Salme Patterns. The fabric is a sturdy mid-weight I got from my Grandma’s fabric stash this summer. If you make this skirt, be very careful about cutting it out! I did not look at the layout diagram carefully before cutting and ended up having to redo the peplum after I’d already spent the time pressing and sewing the darts. And for some crazy reason I cut the back piece of the skirt on the fold and then realized that the zipper was supposed to go back there. But everything worked out and it fits perfectly despite the omittance of seam allowance.

Sunny yellow peplum skirt. Salme patterns. Closeup 1. Handmade by ConniyaI added the cute little bow just for the pictures– it’s actually a hair clip I picked up for 25 cents at an antique store in Berea, KY this weekend. Speaking of which…

Vintage 60s Koret gold metal basket handbag with leather interior. With handmade yellow peplum skirt by Conniya.Isn’t this bag adorable?! It’s cloudy and blue outside, so the photo doesn’t do it justice. It’s a vintage Koret handbag made out of metal that looks like a basket! I got it at Something Olde antique shop in Berea. The owner is a really cool lady- if you’re ever in Berea you should stop by! I love the purse, but I think I might post it on my Etsy store. If I actually used it, it’d probably end up getting banged around 😦 So shinnnyyyy.

Sunny yellow peplum skirt. Salme patterns. Vintage Koret 60s gold metal basket handbag. Handmade by ConniyaBut back to the skirt! The pattern is really easy and fit me perfectly. The only adjustment I made was to use an invisible zipper and I made the hem an ince or two longer than what was called for. I think it’d be fun to experiment with different patterns and textures. Maybe mix up the peplum fabric and skirt fabric?

Mitered corner on peplum skirt. Salme patterns. Handmade by Conniya.And check out these mitered corners! They look pretty good if I do say so myself 🙂

And here are a couple of hiking pictures I took on my long weekend off:

Conniya Pinnacles View 3Pinnacles View 1Have a great week!

Bright, handmade summer purse (and new shoes!)

Look what I made yesterday!

handmade purse, thrifted cutoffs. by Conniya

And I got these shoes over the weekend at Shoes Carnival ❤ (My brother got some new shoes as well)new shoes

The shorts are cutoffs I made from Goodwill jeans a couple of weeks ago, and the Kpop t-shirt is one I’ve had for a while.

I could probably stare at the pattern of the purse for hours. When you look at it one way, it looks like 3D boxes with a stud in the center…But let your eyes refocus, and it looks like rows of striped diamonds (vertical gray/white stripes, horizontal yellow/gray stripes). Trippy! Reminds me of those holographic folders that were so cool in middle school.
handmade purse. by Conniya

This was my first time sewing a zipper, and it was pretty simple. The duck cloth is really bad about getting frayed, but after cutting all the fringies off the zipper opening looked okay after all.

Purse in progress: front view of zipper. by Conniya      Purse in progress: back view of zipper. by Conniya

I didn’t have any really stiff interfacing, so I used some plain duck cloth as the inside layer to give it structure (Except for the handle).
Pieces for a purse. by ConniyaThe only problem I ran into was that I miscalculated the length I needed to go around the circle so I had to cut an extra square to cover the bottom of the purse. As a result there is one extra seam at the bottom so it’s not a big deal. Measure twice and cut once! Lesson learned.

1 tote, 2 purses, and flowers for all

The dreaded finals week is over, so now I get to catch up on some of things I’ve been working on 🙂

I got some fabric at JoAnn’s in Lexington a couple of weeks ago. I’m used to going to the Richmond Hobby Lobby or Walmart, so being in JoAnn’s for the first time was amazing! So many things. And the red knit fabric there on the bottom was on sale 🙂

Fabric from JoAnn's

With summer coming up (and just for the convenience of it), I wanted a couple of totes that were big enough for a binder because I hate getting sweaty from wearing a backpack.

blue pastoral scenes handmade tote. by ConniyaThis was pretty simple to make. I used almost exactly one half yard of fabric. I’m thinking about making a little pouch with the leftover strip. Thinking back, I should have added a pocket on the inside. Oh well!
inside blue tote. by Conniya

You’ll see these flowers again soon for another project I’m planning.handmade pastoral scenes tote with flowers and bow. by Conniya

This purse was made from a clearance tablecloth I picked up at Walmart one night. I bought it specifically for the purpose of practicing making purses. Making this was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be.
round purse front view. by ConniyaInstead of using the yellow/gray fabric pictured at the top to make a tote, I think I’m going to make another round purse. I think a zipper would be the best option for the top (it’ll be my first time sewing on a zipper!).

round purse side view. by Conniya

The technique I wanted to practice on this rectangle purse were the teardrop-shaped sides.
rectangle purse side view. by Conniya

The front is pretty boring though. I think this could be pretty cute if the front flap were in the shape of a heart, or maybe had a scalloped edge.
rectangle purse. by ConniyaThe split handles were actually a product of laziness that I ended up really liking. I was trying to finish the purse so I could go to bed and didn’t feel like sewing a strap, so I used the extra edges of the tablecloth I had cut off earlier. Since it was so thin I folded the “string” in half and sewed them together in the center.rectangle purse straps. by Conniya

I’m looking forward to making the final versions of one or both of these purses with some nicer fabric soon. I would LOVE some floral fabric.

Btw, I won $505 at bingo last weekend! 5 was from a pulltab and 500 from the last “coverall” bingo game. I told you guys I was lucky! Remember all these things I won last year? I wish I could go crazy and spend it all on fabric, but alas! I’ve got other things to pay for. Some of which will show up on this blog 🙂

See ya!

Large pom pom on my head and other crocheted accessories

This ear warmer project came about from two things: a picture on Pinterest and my lack of cold weather accessories over Thanksgiving break. Here is the pin that inspired this.

Pom pom on my head

Most of my family thought it looked silly, and after attaching the pom pom it feel a little over the top for my style. I’ve found that it looks cute and the weight sits better when the pom pom is worn at an angle on the side.
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I used size 9 needles (5.5mm) in a sort of knit 2, purl 2 pattern, which mostly stuck to (I’m not much for patterns haha). Then I added a scalloped edge with a crochet hook and sewed the back together with a yarn needle.DSC00143

This is actually the first pom pom I’ve ever made. It’s soooo soft. I can’t hardly wear this around my sister because she rubs her face on it. While I’m wearing it. Awwkwarrd…pom pom headband

The seam in the back is a little bulky because I ended up altering it to make it tighter, but I’m happy with how the final product came out.

I made this purse a few weeks ago. I can’t remember the name of the yarn, but I bought it at Michael’s (on sale, of course). I REALLY like this color, and this yarn is pretty soft too (but not as much as the Caron Simply Soft).
Crochet purse

I made this purse completely form scratch, and I’m really happy with how it turned out. The hardest parts were the half circle front and back panels. It’s really hard to keep the edge of the half circle straight. And since I rarely, if ever, write down my own patterns, trying to make a matching back panel was a headache.
crochet purse 2My favorite part about the purse is the tassel 🙂 I love tassels. I wanted the strap to have a more finished look, so I added a blanket stitch in black yarn for a little contrast. I just realized that you can’t see the flap in any of the pictures. Because I had trouble with the front half-circle panel, there is a small outward bulge. Rather than try to create a flap that would lay down nicely, I made a basic square flap that’s meant to be tucked inside. Entire piece is worked in single crochet.

The purse measures approximately 3.5″ tall, 5″ wide, and 2″ deep