Late Summer Sewing Projects

August 12, 2015

Wow, I feel like I have so much to catch up on that I’m not sure where to start.  I just realized that I haven’t been blogging regularly at all since before I left for my UK trip, and since I got back, it has been non-stop life stuff, ya know?!  But I actually started to shift my focus a while ago…  I feel as though I have been going through the motions for Thrift Style Thursday posts and even Monthly Mani’s, looking for the motivation because I want to do so much more with this blog.

Which brings me to the actual subject of today’s post – sewing projects!  I have been keeping sewing on the sidelines for a long time now, but after getting back from my last trip, I realized that I want to make sewing a priority.  There are few things that bring me the same joy, focus and passion as sewing; so, if I want to pursue making a living with a needle and thread, then I better get to it, right?!

That being said, I still plan on keeping this blog up, including the occasional Thrift Style Thursday post (I’m still a thrift shopper after all).  But, I do want to share my journey, and, of course, all of my makes!  Speaking of which, I’ve got my brother’s wedding coming up in early October and since I couldn’t find anything that I wanted to wear at the stores, I decided to make my outfit instead!

Cinderella Inspired wedding outfit sketch | Delightfully KristiCinderella Inspired wedding outfit sketch & fabric | Delightfully Kristi

I didn’t have a very clear idea of what I wanted to wear until I went to the fabric store and fell in love with the prettiest blue embossed fabric.  I just knew that I wanted a high waist skirt and a top with lace, something with just a hint of “Cinderella” to it!

I got home from the fabric store and almost immediately sketched out a full skirt with box pleats, and a double layer crop top with the iridescent blue underneath and white lace over the top.  I am still working out the exact shape I want for the top, but the skirt is coming along nicely.  :)

Cinderella Inspired wedding outfit, making box pleats | Delightfully KristiCinderella Inspired wedding outfit, skirt in progress | Delightfully KristiCinderella Inspired wedding outfit, skirt in progress | Delightfully Kristi

I’ve also got another project in the works for October.  The little girl that I babysit, Ruby, is going to be the flower girl in a wedding this Halloween and she gets to choose whatever costume she wants to wear.  Her choice is the fairy Iridessa from the Disney Fairies series.  In case you’re not familiar with Iridessa (am I the only one whose seen every Disney Fairy movie on Netflix??), here is what Iridessa looks like:

Disney Fairy Iridessa, inspiration | Delightfully Kristi

And here is the concept I came up with for Ruby’s “Fancy Iridessa” flower girl costume:

Disney Fairy Iridessa, Flower Girl Costume sketch | Delightfully KristiDisney Fairy Iridessa, Flower Girl Costume sketch & fabric | Delightfully Kristi

Ruby was so excited to see what I came up with for her dress and to consult on the design and how she wants it to look.  We also had a ton of fun going to the fabric store together to pick out the perfect yellows and golds for the costume.  I can’t wait to get started on this costume for her – it’s going to be a lot of work, but also a really fun challenge for me, too!

So, there you have it – the two big sewing projects I’m working on at the moment!  I am pretty much ecstatic to be working on sewing again!!

This means, though, that I will most likely have to make some sacrifices with my time, such as fewer blog posts, etc.  But it is so worth it to feel like I am moving forward in my goals and really focusing on making one of my dreams a reality.  It is a little bit terrifying to be admitting all of this “out loud,” but I am also really excited about the work that is in progress.  ;)

As always, and from the bottom of my heart, thanks for reading!  :)

Delightfully, Kristi (signature)

PS.  If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve seen my participation in the #SewPhotoHop hosted by @houseofpinheiro, sharing all kinds of fun sewing inspiration and lots of behind-the-scenes info about me and what motivates me as a seamstress!  :)


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  • Kathleen

    what fun projects – I like your plans, drawings and fabrics, see you have some good design ideas and am looking forward to see how well they come out for you. Best of luck to your endeavors..

    August 12, 2015 at 8:11 am Reply
    • Kristi

      Thank you!! I am looking forward to seeing how they turn out, too! ;)
      No, really, I’m having a lot of fun and I cannot wait to bring each little piece of the designs together!! :)

      August 13, 2015 at 1:20 pm Reply
  • The Peppermint Journalist

    I’m impressed that you’re designing your own dresses….you must have more of a sewing background than I do :-) What do you mean that you want to earn a living with needle and thread? Do you want to start your own pattern company or work as a seamstress for the movies or what? I’m curious.

    August 13, 2015 at 5:15 am Reply
    • Kristi

      Thank you so much! I have been sewing on and off for a while now, but I’ve really just always been creative and had an eye for design and how things are made. As for the future, I would love to create one-of-a-kind garments or costumes for people. I think I have more of an interest in costumes and props coming from a film background, but honestly I just love creating. I plan on keeping an open mind and seeing where this next adventure takes me! Thanks for asking :)

      August 13, 2015 at 1:28 pm Reply
  • buttonsandbirdcages

    You are so sweet to sew her a dress! Love the designs and cant wait to see what you come up with! Your sewing is getting super, SUPER impressive!

    August 13, 2015 at 10:17 am Reply
    • Kristi

      Aw thanks, Miche!! Honestly, I would do anything for that girl, but sewing is my favorite because she absolutely loves dressing up and the fact that she wants me to make her dress makes it even more fun! ;)
      I cannot even describe how much I’ve enjoyed designing and sewing again, and it’s been really fun challenging myself and learning as much as I can when it comes to sewing. I’ve basically been geeking out with research on sewing and poring over every sewing blog and instagram feed, but learning by doing is really the best! Anyway, yeesh, sorry for that essay haha! Thanks, girl, your encouragement means a lot!! :)

      August 13, 2015 at 1:40 pm Reply

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