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Tribal knit skirt

IMG_0940I purchased this material from Fabrics.com last summer but finally just got around to sewing it. It’s a nice medium weight knit, perfect for layering in the cold of Yosemite. I used a pencil skirt pattern to get the general fit, though I had to take it in a bit from there since this is a stretchy material. Two seams and two hems later (I skipped a waistband) and I had a perfect skirt for light hiking in Yosemite during Me Made May. So easy and so comfy! IMG_0917 Tribal knit skirtIMG_0950

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Mint Sweatshirt dress

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A few weeks ago, my mom, Nana, sister and I took a trip to Yosemite. It was my first time to visit in the Spring. The forecast was a heavy rain/snow storm. We had the big dramatic grey clouds and fog, but only sprinkles. It made for some beautiful photos. I had no me made clothing for #MeMadeMay that was suitable for a trip to Yosemite so I whipped  a few things up right before we left. Since we were staying in a hotel, not tent camping and with my Nana, so no strenuous hikes, I made a few cute, casual, warm/good for layering items. I love a good 11 mile rt hike up Glacier Point, bathing in the river and sleeping in a tent, but flat walks, staying clean, and cute clothes in Yosemite was a nice treat too😉

IMG_0862 My mom had given me an Issac Mizrahi for Target sweatshirt dress years ago that is perfect for work and colder days. I’ve been wanting to recreate for quite awhile and when I found this mint thin sweatshirt material at Michael Levine’s (for $3!! a yard!!), I got it for this dress. I laid the dress out as a rough pattern, but lengthened the sleeves and hemline, and lowered the back. I also skipped the pocket. Not on purpose, but it was an oddly constructed pocket (a large kangaroo pocket that started at the bust seam and went from side seam to side seam with the pocket under the fabric to create no bulk) and I didn’t cut my fabric properly to account for it. I have plenty of the fabric left, so I may try to deconstruct it to add the pocket.IMG_0694 IMG_0697
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Cali Embroidered Sweatshirt

CA stitched sweatshirt

sitting in a giant fallen Sequoia in the Mariposa Grove

I’ve been itching to make another embroidered sweatshirt after the one I made last summer. After seeing bears and the poppy fields and teaching art lessons that have to do with California, I am on quite the kick for my home state. So, a few months ago, a bear filled with poppies popped in my head as my next project. After stitching the bear, I decided that poppies on the inside might be a bit tough, so they went behind the bear. I drew the design at home, started stitching it on the drive up to Yosemite, and finished at the Ahwahnee hotel while sipping a tequila hot chocolate. I also sewed a 125th anniversary of Yosemite NP on the sleeve.

I quite love it! But I think it is time to start finding other things to embroider seeing as I’m not much of a sweatshirt person.

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a close up- it’s not easy to get a good photo of sweatshirt embroidery

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a brown bear from my bear flight in Alaska last summer- the Alaskan brown bear is most similar to the extinct Californian grizzly

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California golden poppies- taken in March at the Antelope Valley Poppy Fields

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stitching in the car

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and stitching at the Ahwahnee

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Upcycled skirt at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Last month, we headed to the Mojave desert for a long weekend of camping and wildflower seeking. We drove out to the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve on the first day and it was a dream. I wanted to make a new dress to wear but didn’t have time. So, I pulled a dress out of my ‘to mend’ pile, cut the straps in half and managed to tie it into a skirt. I purchased the dress on Etsy several years ago but never wore it because it was quite unflattering. It was made of beautiful material though. On the car ride up to the desert, I pulled the details off the original straps and sewed them up the skirt with some pearl beads. It turned out beautiful for a last minute upcycle, though I’ll actually add a real zipper to it eventually. The wildflowers are just about gone for the year but I recommend a trip up next early Spring. It was so stunning in person.

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California Wildflowers Easter Eggs

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Brittany from The House That Lars Built posted the most beautiful botanical Easter egg DIY last week. I fell in love and instantly wanted to recreate them, but balked because I hate painting Easter eggs a solid color (they’re round so they fall over and get nicks or finger prints, you have the wait for the paint dry, etc). The black seemed necessary though- it made them so gorgeously bold. At a Michael’s run for work the other day, I found 2 cartons of 1/2 price black chalkboard eggs and it was a sign that I needed to make them. Last year, I found a gorgeous vintage book (written in the 20s, mine was printed in the 50s) with images of painted wildflowers of the Pacific coast, as well as information about each flower. I looked through it to find flowers that grow in my beloved state and painted a few on the eggs. I absolutely love them!

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buttercup

Buttercup

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California Poppy (my favorite flower)

Wind Poppy

Wind Poppy

Purple Violet

Purple Violet

Baby Blue Eyes

Baby Blue Eyes

Milkwort

Milkwort

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Happy almost Easter!!

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Screen printed poppy skirt

In my last post, I shared my screen printed tank. That same night, I screenprinted on to some knit fabric that I sewed into a perfect California Spring hiking skirt. I had to wear it on our trip to the Lancaster poppy fields, of course.
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Photo location: Lancaster poppy fields
Pattern: self made
Fabric: A grey stretch blend from Joann. I can’t find it online, but I just bought it a few weeks ago.
Outfit deets: top- Forever 21, similar here; hiking sandals- Teva, necklace- a crystal and shell from a local shop/beach
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Frida skirt and hand screenprinted tank

IMG_9629Since I am an art teacher without a formal art degree, I decided that I should take some community college art classes. While walking to my classes, I pass the fashion design studio and get all dreamy eyed staring in at all the sewing machines and dress forms. This semester, I found a short term, once a week class textile design course, so I decided to take it. It was too much going to class 3 nights a week for 3.5 hours each and the course wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for, but I still got to try out some cool techniques, like screen printing. I found a California poppy clip art online and drew out a simplified version to print. I printed some on jersey for a skirt and on to thin cotton for this tank. I didn’t have enough of the cotton to make the back of the tank and the only other white material I had laying around was this cheap Ikea lace curtain, so that’s what I used for the back. The pattern is the free Colette Sorbetto. I needed to add 2 inches to the length and made the scoop neck slightly lower, but it is a good basic pattern.
IMG_9658The skirt material is from Alexander Henry and I bought it at Michael Levine’s in LA. I had intended for it to be a quick and easy sewing project, hence the gathered waist and elastic band, but then decided that a scalloped edge was a must. I didn’t really have the time at the moment,but I’m glad I finally sewed a scalloped edge after wanting to try it for so long. It was a bit slow, but pretty simple with this tutorial.

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