Simply Shift Free Pattern: Dressy Frock in Sandstone & Lace

November 26, 2014

Newest variation on the Simply Shift Free Pattern! I used lace fabric from Hancock Fabrics and a burnt orange lining that reminded me of the color of sandstone.
Again, this dress took me an hour and 30 minutes to sew after the fabric had been cut.
Paired with these burnt orange tights it makes a great comfy YET dressy outfit. In fact, I have to say that ALL of the dresses I've made with the Simply Shift Free Pattern are comfortable regardless of material used.
One more thing! I haven't sewn a zipper into these dresses since the knit version. My head was small enough to fit through the opening though just barely. If you're worried that the opening might be too small for your head and you still don't want to sew in a zipper you could opt for a single button at the middle seam neckline in the back of the dress and a slit down the back a few inches long.

Goodwill Finds: Xhilaration $25 Comforter Set

November 25, 2014

Found this as well at Goodwill yesterday. Only $9 because the "Y" tags were 50% off this week. Currently sells for $25 at Target. Originally $35. I plan on washing off the black marker and giving it to Lily for Christmas. Score!

Goodwill Finds: Threshold $120 Floor Lamp

November 24, 2014

Check it out! I wrote a post recently about saving money on Christmas gifts in which I explained how Goodwill gets Target's unsold merchandise and label it "salvage" and sell it at HIGHLY discounted prices. I found this today at Goodwill, new in box for only $15! Currently it sells at Target for $120! The sticker says $29.99 but today everything that had a "Y" on it was half off. Every week a new letter goes on sale. Read my post to learn more tips!

Simply Shift Free Pattern: Date Night Frock in Desert Sunset

November 22, 2014

Here's the next installment of my Simply Shift free pattern! Get the free pattern and instructions here. I used chiffon fabric from Hancock Fabrics. It's a gorgeous abstract pink, coral and grey wide print. 
I've found that Hancock Fabric has a much better selection of apparel fabrics than JoAnn's. There's more large prints in fabrics that are appropriate for clothing. JoAnn's has a lot of great quilter's fabrics in smaller print. Plus I bought this fabric for only $2.50 a yard on sale! The lining was also $2.50 so altogether I only spent $5 on this dress!

Simply Shift: The Everyday Reversible

November 21, 2014

So I promised more versions of last Tuesday's pattern. Get the full pattern and tutorial in that post! This is the newest version and there will be even more perhaps this weekend. I bought the fabric. It's happening. 

This is actually one dress, one reversible dress. I called it the "Everyday" frock because it's made of knit and is super comfy. I decided to make it reversible because a lot of the knit I come across is very thin and see-through so you have to add some kind of extra material behind it. This kind of kills two birds with one stone.

Don't Let That Dry Winter Air Get the Better of Your Soft Skin

November 20, 2014

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Vaseline for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I have suffered from dry skin all of my life. Winters are my worst enemy. There has always been a distinct difference in my skin from fall to winter as all the balmy summer moisture leaves the air. This October I was already noticing my lips cracking, my nasal passages becoming red and swollen and my shins and elbows looking perpetually scuffed.

Are You Cheap? Do You Like to Accessorize?

November 19, 2014

Holy Statement Necklace Walmart! I just popped into the place to pick up a site to store order and decided to walk around a bit (which is never a good idea) and of course I found a ton of statement necklaces at Walmart that I just had to have. Most of them were $3, some of them were $5 and then a few of the large chunkier ones were $10. Not all of them were winners but I did find a few that needed to come home with me. Of course, if they're at Walmart they're probably already out of style. Call me passé. Call me cheap. I still like them.

Simply Shift Free Dress Pattern

November 18, 2014

I saw this woolen J.Crew dress on their website about a month ago and decided to try and replicate it. I couldn't for the LIFE of me find it again because it was two months ago. But I liked how simple and chic it looked paired with a long statement necklace.
It's a very simple pattern. If you make it without a lining it might take under and hour to construct. This pattern isn't graded. It's just a one size. Since this is a shift dress and not fitted it can fit a range of sizes between 2-12. For visual reference, I'm a 6-8.

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