Thursday, June 23, 2011

DIY Dress From 3 Pieces of Fabric - Tutorial

I made this dress for a friend to wear to her 20th high school reunion this summer. It was super easy and really turned out cute!

For this dress, I recommend buying 2 yards of fabric. I made this with 1 1/2 yds, but it really cut it close!

I don't really measure, but just wrap the fabric around the bust and body. The bust should be tight, so that it doesn't fall down. I like to fold the fabric in half so that  I don't have to sew the top neck line.

The body part needs to be big enough to fit and hang loosely around the biggest part of the hips. If not, it will be clingy and look gross. In the middle, I gathered the body piece a bit and then sewed the two pieces together, stretching a bit as I went.

Since this is a nice stretchy knit fabric, I didn't even hem the bottom, just made sure to cut it very straight. I just cut a long strip for the tie and that's it.

When wearing it, I recommend safety pinning the tie to the dress from the inside to keep it in place and to hide the seam where the 2 pieces are attached.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Healthy and Yummy Chicken , Vegetable and Pasta Soup

If any of you live in an area where Bountiful Baskets is available, please try it! Check the website for availability in your area. It is a food co-op run by volunteers. I paid $15 for a basket of fruit and a basket of veggies. For $10 extra, they will guarantee all produce to be organic.  They also have add ons available. I was able to get 8 lbs. of fresh strawberries from California for $12! There is also fresh bread, herbs/spice packs, oranges, apricots, tomatoes, etc available. This is what I got this week:

Sorry about the quality of the photo! I wasn't thinking in blog mode!

I boiled chicken breasts so that it would be shredded chicken. I cut up some white potatoes, carrots and celery and cooked some pasta. I also got out a can of corn. Then I added it all to boiling water with Lipton onion soup mix. It was a little bland, so I added onion pepper salt and it was perfect! Very easy, healthy and so good!

Friday, June 3, 2011

$3 Bird Feeder - Another Mod Podge Project

This is my mom's birthday gift this year. Isn't it cute?

I got all 3 pieces at the $1 store. I Mod Podged the bird with scrapbook paper and used E-6000 to glue them together. It was such an easy project. The hardest part was waiting for the glue to dry!