Martha Stewart is amazing!

There’s a reason she is still popular even after she went to jail!

She is always so cheerful and can plan an amazing party. She knows what she’s doing.

Rachael Ray, too. Not only does she cook, but she talks to people like they’re family. That’s amazing!

When I get married, I want Martha Stewart to plan my wedding and Rachael Ray to cater it.

Erin, make that happen. 🙂


New straps for my dress

Hey guys!

Remember a few days ago when I said I spilled my box of straight pins? Well, that’s because I was making over this dress.

The straps had been broken for a while and the dress was just sitting in my closet. Even before they broke, they weren’t very functional. Yes, they held the dress up, but they were way too small and weak for me. So, they had needed to be redone for a while. I figured with no money, a working sewing machine, and leftover fabric from an old project from last quarter, it was time to fix the straps.

First, I picked a silk, but it wasn’t heavy enough against the chunky crochet, so it just didn’t work right. Also, the dress is pretty heavy. I knew if I would have used silk, the ends would curl and it would look more worn out then it already does.

I ended up with this Pique fabric. Pique refers to the weaving in the fabric. So, it kind of looks like a checkerboard pattern on the surface. If you look at it from the back side, it has a diamond look to it. This side could actually be used, too. I call it the summer side and the winter side. The summer side reminds me of a smooth, woven basket and the winter side reminds me of a chunky knit sweater. Either way, beautiful. 🙂

Pique is usually made of something like cotton. This particular one is made of cotton and polyester, so it’s pretty strong, but still has a little bit of a stretch, which I needed for this dress. It never really deserved those small, limp straps.

I cut it from one selvage (the ends where the fabric looks different) 2 1/2 times the width I wanted it to be. Then, I folded it over so the “summer side” was on the inside – since this was the side I wanted to show. I pinned it in place and stitched straight down the side so it looked like a long tube.

You may have noticed I was using white thread. That’s because that is what was in my sewing machine already and I was lazy. I knew it wasn’t going to show anyway.

After I stitched the side, I got a little lost in the project and completely forgot to take pictures! So, the rest of this post, there will be no pictures until the end. Sorry about that! 🙂

So I took one side of my strip and attached a safety-pin to it. I put the pin back through the hold it was attached to. The pin helps guide the fabric through itself to turn the fabric right side out. This is also a good trick to use on your hoodie or drawstring pants. When the string comes out, attach a safety-pin to one end and feed it back through the hole. The pin will help you find the end of the string and pull it out when you get to the end. Thank you, Martha Stewart. 🙂

Once I did this, I put the end of one strap where I knew I wanted it on the front of the dress and pinned it. I then put the dress on and looked in the mirror to see where it should be attached on the back of the dress. I pinned that in place, too.

After pinning the first strap in place, I took the dress off. I measured the end that wasn’t already pinned to the dress against the strap that was already in place to make sure I had enough fabric to make another strap. If you don’t have enough, you need to make another strap at this point.

I cut the strip about an inch below where I wanted my first strap to end and repeated all the pinning I did with the first one. You still have to try the dress on when you’re doing your other strap so you can make sure it would fall on the body right.

After making sure everything looked right, I hand stitched them into place. I don’t like using a sewing machine for this part because they make the stitches show. I was using black thread for this part, so it doesn’t show on the front of the dress at all. When hand stitching, I pulled the thread all the way through the Pique fabric and only picked up a few strands from the yarns in the crochet. Here is the final result:

I love the way the straps look now. I will probably add a few things to the dress later … like a button at the end of each strap. That would help bring a little color to the dress. 🙂

At The Moment

I always keep tabs open on my Firefox. … At any given time, I have 2-3 windows with 5-7 tabs each open all the time. Some of it is important … Things I need to get to pretty quickly… and others are just things I find interesting that I want to come back to. Anyway, I thought I would take you through the ones I have open right now. 🙂

Window 1, Tab 1 ~ Google Reader
I always have Google Reader up. … It’s my favorite RSS reader I’ve come across. I have a few select subscriptions (58. It used to be over 100, but I had to tone it down…) that I love to read, but I don’t always have the time when school is in session. So, I keep it up until I can get the number of unread blogs to 0. Then I close it for a little while to let it rest.

Window 1 Tab 2 ~ Fashion Grads’ Grim Outlook
This is an article I’ve had up for a while because I really want to read it. It’s about people in the fashion field getting out of school and not having a job. I need to read this article because this is going to be me in a couple years. I just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. 😦 Maybe I will soon.

Window 1 Tab 3 ~ Gmail
ALWAYS have Gmail open. I’m constantly trying to clean it out. I have 12,013 unread messages, but every time I get a second to look through them, I don’t get too far.

Window 1 Tab 4 ~ Calorie Count
I am in the process of losing weight. I have been counting calories for a while and am keeping track of my weight. This is a great website that does all of that. I only use it when I’ve lost weight, though. … Guess it kind of defeats the purpose, but I always keep it up just in case.

Window 1 Tab 5 ~ Facebook
Of course, I always have Facebook up. I get on it mainly to share stuff with my family and friends and play Sorority Life. 🙂

Window 2 Tab 1 ~ Wallpapered Glass Coasters
This is on the Martha Stewart website. I really want to make these! I’ve been trying to find glass so I can make them sometime.

Window 2 Tab 2 ~ Style Studio: Milan Highlights
Every day when I work out, I watch some kind of video on my computer. These are videos on from Fashion Week for Fall 2010. This is the one I ended on today. 🙂

Window 2 Tab 3 ~ Spilled Paint
Oh look … My blog! 🙂 … Actually, it’s the Dashboard for my blog. I always have it up even if I’m not writing anything. If I see it, I’m more likely to write something every once in a while.

Window 3 Tab 1 ~ Gala Darling
My absolute FAVORITE blog. I always have her blog open because I always want to read everything. Sometimes, I get a little behind, so I will keep her blog open until I read through all of the new posts I haven’t read yet.

Window 3 Tab 2 ~ Elfpath
Don’t really know what it is, but Gala recommended it, so it’s open so I can look at it. It seemed interesting. 🙂

Window 3 Tab 3 ~ My MyShape Personal Shop
They claim to be able to tell you what flatters your shape by the measurements you put into their form. It really works! But, do this when you have the time to. It’s not something you quickly sign up for. It takes a while to get all of the measurements put in. But when you finally get them all into the system, it’s totally worth it! It tells you the shapes you should be wearing. So, when you’re looking for pieces to flatter your body, use their guidelines to choose what is going to work. I kinda love this site right now. 🙂

Window 3 Tab 4 ~ Shape Anatomy – A
This is my personal shape. This page has all the tips on it about my shape and how to dress it. I had it open because I was trying to see what in fashion right now would flatter me.

Window 3 Tab 5 ~ Pumps at Nordstrom
I was actually looking for nude shoes when I came to this page, where my search just stopped because I got bored. I heard a tip when I was watching videos on The Style Network’s site about wearing nude shoes with white dresses in the summer (fabulous tip). It makes the leg look longer and doesn’t cut anything off. I’d think of it as the glass slipper of today … It’s pretty much clear, but your feet aren’t as restricted. Can you imagine how toes really looked in those things? It’s like the clear plastic shoes we wore when we were 5. Anyway, the nude shoe won’t make your toes look squished. 🙂 So I wanted to see what was out there as far as nude shoes go.

Goodness! 🙂 … These will change soon, so I’ll be back soon. …