Mid-Centry Modern inspired kitchen table! The details of my DIY to come …
My first maxi dress! I cranked this dress out in under 4 hours. My partner Brian went to play records, I stayed in and crafted a new dress! This pattern was super simple. I traced a tank top for the top, added small darts to the bust, and just let the bottom flow. I lined it with a light grey satin, and kept the lining shorter than the maxi dress—subtly sexy when the light catches the dress & you can see my thighs.
Here I am mellow in yellow. I created this dress using my favorite bodice pattern, and adding a skirt with pleats & a hidden side zipper. I get more compliments wearing this dress than anything else I own!
This fabric was a true find. I have no clue what the blend is, but I found it in the upholstery section of Jomar—pretty sure it was intended for drapes. My materials cost to make this dress was less than $15.
This dress does the body right: form fitting, flattering, chic & relatively timeless. I pieced the fabric together so the black dots cluster around the waist, making a great hourglass illusion & classic silhouette. I make this dress office appropriate with a cropped blazer, and happy hour chic by pulling my hair up and showing off the scooped back.
I tend to go for longer hemlines—Leah thinks I could have hacked off about 20 inches to show off her gams :-) Next time!
My first homemade crop top (without a pattern)! My bestie-muse Leah Kauffman models it outside of our Old City home. I crafted this yellow top our of stiff linen to give it an architectural shape, and lined it with soft satin. The fabric is another Jomar steal, coming in around $2 a yard.
Sewing is my favorite maker project. I used 2 patterns to stitch this jersey blend together, and lowered the back. This style of dress has become my signature pattern. There’s a slight scoop neck, and a flat front that allows the dress to show my shape. It’s a summer favorite!
I DIYed by sewing pieces from NewLook pattern 6805 and 6557. Found the fabric at Jomar for a dollar or so a yard.
Years later and I’m still not sick of the strange log hanging above my kitchen table. Loving my log, but needing a refresh for the epiphytes. Recently I had a bright idea (catch my pun) to turn my log garden into a log chandelier.
Voila! A few hollowed out light bulbs later, & I’ve got a bright new look for the kitchen, without an increase to my PECO bill.
I’m happy to report my epiphytes & other hanging plants are alive & well, just relocated :-)
Here’s how I DIYed:
Not sure if this is a legit fear or not, but I was afraid to breathe in the powder from inside the light bulbs—hence the needle-nose bandit look.
First Step: Bust off the glass top of the bulb. I used a small screw driver & needle-nose pliers to work off the glass. Work over a towel so the glass doesn’t bounce off your table.
You’ll need to use your screw driver to break the interior filament. Just jam it in. Work your screw driver around the edge to make a smooth top. Shake out the broken glass from inside.
Pour a little salt in the bulb & shake it around. This will scrub off the powder. Dump it out. I also used a q-tip to scrub out any leftovers.
Use a nail to careful puncture two holes in the soft metal at the top. Thread thin wire through it.
Voila! Lovely little vase.
And the final result!
I’m truly mad for cowls. So is the cat, Audrey Hepburn (and Katy). The cowls pictured are crocheted—but the same idea works for knitting. Just pick a stitch, go round a round, make a tube, finish it off, and pull it on!
I DIYed with:
- Yarn! Any thickness & hook size will do. It’ll just change the shape of your cowl
Quite simply, this scarf is my favorite. I’ve been crafting this style for a few years now, and have only managed to hold onto a few for myself. It’s always a hot commodity in store & at fairs (and at family gatherings—most of my female relatives have at least one “ball scarf”, as they say). This garment gives any outfit a lux look. Katy (in white, below) likes to loop hers, I prefer to wrap (and occasionally broach) it. It’s an insta-amazing-cowl-for-any-outfit.
It’s essential to use Lion Brand’s Wool Ease, Thick & Quick yarn for this scarf. The weight is right, it’s super warm, reasonably priced, & comes in an amazing selection of colors. To DIY it, chain crochet to your desired length with an “M” sized hook. Turn and double crochet into the back loop only of your stitch. Finish the row, turning two stitches short of the end of your row. Chain two, start a new row and repeat to achieve a chunky ribbed look that tapers. I used this technique to attach tiny pom-poms to the tapered ends of scarf.
The most difficult part? Keeping it in your own closet.
I DIYed with:
- 2 scanes yarn per scarf, Lion Brand’s Wool Ease, Thick & Quick
Philly winters are frigid. The instant the temperature drops below 50 degrees, I need a hat—and a chic way to wear it. Inspired by Faye, Ali, Barbra, Joan, and other turban-donning women that came before me, I decided to winterize (and modernize) the classic look.
To modernize the turban look, I crocheted headbands with a knotted design in front. To winterize the turban, I knit each band out of Lion Brand wool/acrylic yarn. The result is a chic, warm headpiece, without the committed look of an actual turban.
I DIYed with:
- 1/2 scane yarn per headpiece, Lion Brand