DIY Shibori Dyed Kimono

Do you remember a few posts back when I shared my yearly Shibori with Indigo post using Jacquard Products Indigo Tie Dye Kit? You can see the full post here.  It was to date my favorite outcome of all my dye sessions.  While dyeing I cut out a traditional kimono pattern using Organic Cotton Plus's White Sateen.  The feel and sheen of the fabric was perfect for this kimono.  I loved how vibrant the Indigo dye came through on the natural fibers. Well, I finally had a chance after moving to sew the pieces together.  Still in time for summer! The kimono is a versatile piece that can be worn as a cover up at the pool or a statement piece for an evening out.  You can alter the pattern to be longer and/or wider.  The sashes add fit and can be tied in either the front or back.  See how to sew your own kimono in the steps below! 



DIY Embroidered Wall Art

We just made a big move from Boulder, Colorado to the Atlanta area. It's been a fun process seeing our new house become "home."  As with any move, it can be a bit of adjustment and I'm doing my best to make the transition easy for my little ones.  One thing I wanted to do was incorporate my embroidery into wall art for each of my sons' rooms.  A little custom gift made from mom celebrating their new space. I also couldn't help jazz up my own studio space as well.  Below I share how simple it can be to make your own wall art using machine or free motion embroidery.


A mix of Sulky 40 Wt. Rayon Thread
Sulky Sticky + Stabilizer
OESD's Sew Vintage Collection, Wild Flora Collection, Native America 2 Collection
Brother SE1800 Sewing & Embroidery Machine


DIY: Embroidery on T-Shirts

Channeling my inner athlete with OESD’s Tula Pink Presents: The Imaginary Menagerie. The collection features fanciful animals, bold botanicals, and versatile icons. I couldn’t wait to try these designs out on some t-shirts I wanted to embroider. 

I love the look of embroidery on t-shirts. It’s a unique way to customize a wardrobe staple. The embroidery collection features fun little icons you can add to pockets and collar lines in no time. Check out the steps below to see how I made these little tees and try some of your own. 



DIY: The Ballet Wrap from T-shirt

The ballet wrap is a classic piece and can be versatile to wear. A workout top for yoga, a casual cover up post workout, or for just a top for the day. Even as a dressy occasion depending on the t-shirt you use (embellished sequins, metallic knit, etc.)

I went with a classic grey as I'm going for something I can wear with my running leggings and not look like a basic "runner" mom as I live in the Boulder, CO area. :)


Bonmarche Unveils the 10 Most Inspirational Female Fashion Icons

A lot of research exists on which women young girls and women across the United Kingdom are inspired by. However, Bonmarche, a UK fashion retailer, targets women over 45 in particular, and very few studies have been completed into their style inspirations. The company has aimed to change this and can now reveal women like Meryl Streep, Joanna Lumley, Helen Mirren, and Jennifer Anniston are looked to by their target demographic for their style and lifestyle choices.
Women like Ariana Grande and Rihanna are recognized not just for their music, but also their unique style, something that many young women aim to emulate. However, what this forgets is the huge group of women who are over the age of 45, who have no desire to look like a 20-something young girl. Yet, many fashion houses completely ignore this demographic, focusing solely on the younger audience.
UK fashion retailer Bonmarche, however, offers clothing lines specifically targeting the more mature woman. To ensure their lines are relevant, they have recently completed a new study into the celebrity women that their target demographic looks up to. They surveyed several thousand women, all aged 45 and over, across England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. Some very interesting results were revealed.
Bonmarche also wanted to know the extent of change in style icons across different age groups. Hence, they divided their participants in three categories, being age 45 to 54, 55 to 64, and 65 and over. The first interesting element of this study was that the top 10 women in each of these categories were the same. What did change, however, was the top 4, and also the percentages of ‘votes’ associated with each of these four celebrity women. 
The top 10 celebrity style icons for women aged between 45 and 54 were revealed to be:
1. Helen Mirren, an inspiration for 19.2% of women.
2. Jennifer Anniston, an inspiration for 16.3% of women.
3. Meryl Streep, an inspiration for 14.5% of women.
4. Joanna Lumley, an inspiration for 13.5% of women.
5. Nicole Kidman, an inspiration for 10.3% of women.
6. Elle McPherson, an inspiration for 10% of women.
7. Julie Walters, an inspiration for 8.1% of women.
8. Jane McDonald, an inspiration for 5.9% of women.
9. Salma Hayek, an inspiration for 5.4% of women.
10. Ruth Langsford, an inspiration for 4.8% of women.
The same 10 women, as stated, were mentioned consistently across all age groups. Asking why these women were seen as someone to emulate, women mentioned Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep’s sophisticated style, Joanna Lumley’s uniqueness, and Jennifer Anniston’s golden tan, shining hair, and healthy lifestyle.
In category of women aged between 55 and 64, there were some small changes. The top four remained unchanged, but Helen Mirren increased her percentage of votes to 20%, whereas Jennifer Anniston dropped to 15.5%. In both this category and the 45 to 54 category, there were no differences depending on the geographical location of the women who were surveyed.
In the 65s and over, however, two big changes happened. The first was that women in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland placed Helen Mirren in first place with 28.4% of the votes. Jennifer Anniston, meanwhile, dropped to fourth position. Yet, in Scotland, the opposite happened. Anniston climbed to a firm first position with 27.8% of the votes.
According to Bonmarche’s online marketing manager: “As women grow older, their tastes and influences change, but one thing remains constant: a desire to look great”.
These results have enabled Bonmarche to develop a collection that is more relevant to their specific audience, offering clothes that are both sophisticated and ‘girl-next-door’, while also offering their customers more information on healthy living, focusing on their customers’ inner beauty as well.


DIY Corset Top

The lace up trend is a fun detail and easy update to do on an oversized/boxy t-shirt like I did into a corset top.  Try this simple tutorial on an oversized shirt, collar shirts, corsets, collars, and hems. I always have my Dritz Eyelet Pliers and eyelets on hand for projects like this. I also used their new 2-Part Eyelet Kit.



DIY Fringe Seam Tee.

Supplies: Jersey, 
Small tshirt.

My fringe sleeve/seam shirt tutorial (here) was a hit...unfortunately though, double sided fringe is a one time find. So here is a great way to get the same effect and I just used old jersey. 

DIY Below: