A few new updates for ya, after years of sewing mostly from patterns I finally broke down and bought a dress form so that I can practice draping gowns. Not gonna lie, i’m pretty excited and can’t wait for it to get here. Judge me all you want. I am also messing around with a new d.i.y. for a romper. So far i’m having a little bit of a hard time because I used fabric that doesn’t have any stretch. Brilliant. Wish me luck. Lastly, I finally posted some pictures of me wearing the patriotic flag shorts. Check it out 🙂
What better time to show off your American spirit than on the 4th of July? And an even better time for D.I.Y. projects! I found a pair of denim flag shorts while browsing around on pinterest and figured i’d give them a try.
- one pair of denim shorts or jeans
- Red, white, and blue fabric paint (I used small bottles of puffy paint from Walmart for 97 cents each)
- Assorted paint brushes
- a white colored pencil
- Cardboard and an exacto knife (optional) or a star- shaped stencil (optional)
- Needle and thread or sewing machine (optional)
2. I then took a pair of shorts that were a good length and placed them on top of the jeans. Draw a line on the jeans that is about an inch longer than the length you want your shorts to be.
So I bought this strapless dress at forever21
So as my blog slowly starts to look like a blog, i’ll start adding helpful websites that i’ve found that have helped me along on my journey. I found another one today that had some lovely pre-made banners and it was really easy to use. I highly recommend.
Quite possibly the worst thing that could happen to a teenage girl on the night of her senior prom is to walk into a room wearing the dress of your dreams looking fabulous and then see another girl…wearing the exact same dress. To avoid such a catastrophe, I made my own dress. I selected Vogue pattern V2931
The finished product!
I LOVED my dress and looked pretty good in it if I do say so myself.
Level of difficulty: Advanced
Time to make dress: 2 months ( I made it as a project for my sewing class and worked on most of in the classroom. So i’m sure it can be finished much more quickly)
Changes to original pattern?: Yes, I lengthened the pattern a few inches so that the dress could cover my shoes when I stood up. The pattern also calls for a floppy bow to cover the bodice, but when I finished the bow I didn’t like how it looked so I sewed it down to the rest of the dress.
Difficulties: The instructions for the bow were not very clear and my sewing teacher and I spent about 20 minutes trying to figure it out. There is also basically a corset on the inside of the dress for shaping purposes and the boning was a little tricky to work with. Definitely not a dress to make if you don’t have much time until the event. Take your time.
So I got a little tired of the bitterly cold Iowa winds slapping me in the face and an infinity scarf seem to be the perfect solution: a warm neck AND something that would cover my face. Unfortunately, I waited until too late in the season to buy one so I decided to make one. The yarn was only about $3, so it was a lot cheaper to make one, too. I’ve started about four scarves in the past and never finished them, so I gotta say i’m pretty pleased with this project 🙂
White corn tortillas
1 can Enchilada sauce ( I use Old El Paso, mild. A 10oz can is enough for about 6 enchiladas)
1 package of shredded Mexican cheese ( 2 cups)
1/2 cup-1 cup Vegetable oil
Mince (chop finely) desired amount of onion, set aside
Preheat over to 375 degrees
Pour vegetable oil into a small skillet on medium heat
*Caution* Do NOT leave hot oil unattended, it has the potential to burn very quickly and fill your entire apartment with smoke. Also do not pour oil down the drain when you are done, you will clog your pipes. Dispose of in the trash can after grease has completely cooled
When oil is hot, gently place one tortilla at a time into the oil for about 7 seconds on each side. The oil will bubble around the edges of the tortillas. Take tortilla out of oil, preferably with tongs, hold the tortilla over the skillet and let most of oil drip off of tortilla. Place tortilla aside on a plate to let cool. Repeat until desired amount of tortillas have been fried.
Wait until tortillas are warm, not hot, and dip into a bowl of enchilada sauce, making sure that both sides are covered.
Fill inside of tortillas with cheese. Then, fold the tortilla in half and then roll the tortilla over once to form a seam. Place enchilada into a deep glass or aluminum dish (lightly spray dish with no-stick cooking spray before putting in enchiladas, I also like to pour a little enchilada sauce in the bottom of the dish). Repeat steps 4-5 until dish is full of enchiladas.
Sprinkle desired amount of onions on top of enchiladas
Pour remaining sauce over the top of the enchiladas. don’t be shy! Use the whole can and whatever is left in the bowl that you were dipping the tortillas in.
Cover enchiladas with a layer of cheese
Place enchiladas into oven until top layer of cheese is melted (about 7-10 minutes)
Take enchiladas out of oven and allow them to cool for a few minutes. Enjoy!
Soooo I randomly decided today that I wanted to start a blog, and so I did 🙂 Tune in for more postings soon!