Jessica shorts #2 with pocket embroidery

Here are my second pair of Jessica shorts! The first pair I made had to be taken in some, so I cut the same size and used french seams on this pair.

And in case you hadn’t heard, I was a featured maker on Kollabora this week! After seeing my first pair of Jessica’s they contacted me about this, and I was super excited! You can see it HERE.

4 White Jessica shorts with black pocket embroidery (Schnittchen Patterns) handmade by Conniya.

This is the same fabric as the white skirt I made earlier this summer. The fabric is semi-sheer, so I hemmed the short by hand using a slipstich. I’m wearing white leggings under them here, but earlier this week I wore them with short black leggings that had a lace hem, which is cuter I think. I should have lined the shorts, but by the time I decided this was the better option, I really didn’t want to go back and unpick all those french seams. I think these will be fine with long leggings as the weather gets colder.

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I decided to add some cute pocket details since the shorts are one solid color. I drew the scallops with a water soluble marker and ruler. I used backstitches and french knots.

3 White Jessica shorts with black pocket embroidery (Schnittchen Patterns) handmade by Conniya.
2 White Jessica shorts with black pocket embroidery (Schnittchen Patterns) handmade by Conniya.

And here’s an awkward looking picture of the back.6 White Jessica shorts with black pocket embroidery (Schnittchen Patterns). Handmade by Conniya.Next up is some knitting and a pair of Lisa pants! And homework :/

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Scout Tee #2: palm trees

The scout tee returns! This time with a fun palm tree print. It would be more complete with matching shorts, but that will have to wait for a bit. What? Too many palm trees in one outfit you say? NEVER!
Full front view 2. Palm tree woven scout tee. Handmade by Conniya.

This was made from shirting material, so it’s a lot lighter and breathable for summer than my last scout tee. And if my frizzy hair didn’t give you a clue, it is incredibly humid outside. Yay, Kentucky summers!
Hands in pockets. Palm tree woven scout tee. Handmade by Conniya.

This would have been completed days ago but I got stuck on the neckline. I redid it several times trying to get it to lay flat against my neck. Eventually I took it to Grandma who pressed the bias tape to make it thinner and told me to stitch in the ditch (i.e. stitch directly on the seam). It worked! Thanks, Grandma ❤

I feel like the sleeves are a little poofy. One day I will have perfect sleeves, but not today. It’s always the easing of the cap of the sleeve that gets me.

Front close view 1. Palm tree woven scout tee. Handmade by Conniya.

Notice something odd about the back?…….The print is upside down! I think this is actually the first time I’ve sewed something with an upside downside print. I have a hard time finding prints I like, so I tend to steer towards solids. Having the back upside down doesn’t really bother me. I think it’s kind of funky to have the front going up and the back going down!Back close up. Palm tree woven scout tee. Handmade by Conniya.

Like my new sunnies? They are literally the only circle glasses for sale in KY I think. $5 st Claire’s if you want a pair haha.

1_1 Round sunnies and pal tree woven scout tee. Conniya.

I used my dad’s tripod and camera to take these pictures outside my sister’s new apartment. After realizing how awesome tripods are, I ordered my own last night using some Amazon credit I had leftover from selling back textbooks. It’ll be here in two days! Thanks, Amazon Prime.

In case you didn’t know– If you are a student, you can get free Amazon Prime membership for 6 months. This means free two-day shipping on lots of items, but it the free trial DOESN’T include prime instant video. After your free trial is over, you can purchase prime membership at half price. If you’re interested, use this link to sign up (I get $5 of Amazon credit for anyone I refer):

http://www.amazon.com/gp/student/signup/info?ie=UTF8&refcust=P55ENRTZPMTSMPFDSX65Y2IM7Q&ref_type=generic 

Vertical striped seersucker skirt with hi-low hem

You know when you have those spur of the moment urges to just make something but have no specific plan? Well this skirt is a result of one of those times. Usually things like this end up wonky, but I’m quite happy with how my skirt turned out!

Front view (2) of seersucker hi low skirt. Handmade by ConniyaThe fabric is cotton seersucker– white with blue stripes. A comfy and cool alternative to shorts for summertime. The waist is encased elastic, and there is a light gray polyester/cotton underlining that is a bit shorter than the hem.

Close front view of seersucker skirt. Conniya

It’s hard to tell in most of these pictures, but the hem is actually raised in the front and lowered in the back. I simply traced a curve for the front and flipped it upside down for the back.

DSC01184Close side view of seersucker skirt with hi low hem. Handmade by Conniya

Originally, there was going to be a matching sleeveless top with red bias binding and horizontal stripes…I made a few too many mistakes, so I’ve thrown it into  my “I’m-tired-of-messing-with-you pile” to take another look at in the future. Full side view of seersucker blue and white striped  hi low skirt by Conniya.

Instead I’ve thrown on this super comfy and so flattering t-shirt. I’m seriously in love with this shirt. It was on clearance + my boyfriend’s employee discount, so it was a super deal! I want to trace a pattern off of it sometime so I can make more.

Seersucker skirt. Handmade by Conniya

I love how poofy it is! So girly and fun ❤Seersucker skirt in blue and white. Handmade by Conniya

And here’s a funny picture when I was pushing the hair off my face and look kind of like a ballerina.Seersucker skirt. Funny ballerina pose. Conniya

Handmade swim top and crop top

These pictures are all from February/March, but I never got around to posting them.

I made this swimsuit top to go with the bottoms I made here, in anticipation of a spring break trip that didn’t happen. If I ever get a chance to wear the suit, I’ll share a photo of what it looks like together.

Front view of swim top. Handmade by Conniya

For the pattern, I cut up an old bra I was about to throw away, and traced the pieces. I used this handy tutorial by Max California on how to make your own bras. I made two practice versions before I really understood everything. I have enough spandex to make another top, so I might make my own tutorial one day. Max’s pictures were a bit confusing (at least to me), and I did a few things differently than she did.
Back view of swim top. Handmade by Conniya

Alas! As I was going around and trimming extra threads, I snipped a hole in the edge of the cup 😦 Yet another reason I should make another swim top.
Close-up of swim top. Handmade by Conniya

Once you get the hang of making the cups and straps, there are so many possibilities!!! I made this crop top for my sister using knit fabric from another project that didn’t turn out the way I wanted. The front has a center seam, but what’s really fun is the back.Fitted crop top with straps in back. Front and back views. Made by Conniya.

Here are a couple of snapshots of it on my sister. I told her to stand up straight, but she doesn’t listen well 😛 Her shoulders aren’t actually that big haha.
Front view, crop top made by ConniyaBack view, crop top with straps, cutouts. Made by Conniya

 

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!