Sew U

My fingers are restless. A few months ago I challenged myself to do something new – I picked the tools to do a whole big embroidery project despite never having embroidered before. And then I finished! It’s awesome, and now I’m ready to go back to sewing – I haven’t sewn in a while, but I always just freestyled it.

So I’m ready for my next challenge. I want to sew correctly. I picked up a copy of Sew-U at the library, a book by Built By Wendy that includes patterns – but also the instructions on how to use them and how to adjust the patterns to make even more things!

Thrift Eye, Sew U Built by Wendy

I find the whole concept really awesome and can’t wait to find the right fabric to start making something, anything! You see the patterns, and learn how they work (which I knew very little about) – for these types of patterns, a good stretchy fabric will do, since they’re for items that don’t have buttons or zippers (zippers are very difficult to sew, so that’s a whole other book).

If the patterns don’t make much sense, it’s because some of the pieces are meant to be traced & cut over a piece of fabric folded in half so that the two sides match! Can you tell what these patterns will make?

Thrift Eye, Sew U Built by Wendy

Thrift Eye, Sew U Built by Wendy

Thrift Eye, Sew U Built by Wendy

The patterns that come in these books are thin pattern paper – because I obviously had to return the library book, I had to somehow save these patterns for myself. My mom had already told me that saving your patterns onto good sturdy fabric is the best way to save a piece you want to make over and over again. She suggested cutting the patterns onto denim because it is long lasting, but that’s expensive. I had actually been given a roll of stiff canvas fabric at a previous job and just used that! Now I can use them over and over again – where as paper patterns may (and probably) eventually deteriorate or rip.

I’d love if any of you seasoned sewing folk out there had any tips you’d like to pass along! I’m excited to do this, no matter how it turns out :)

I’m anxious to find a really nice fabric, taking the time to add some nice finishing touches. I even want to buy name & Made in the USA labels! Wish me luck.

Weekend denim

I’ve been obsessed with doubling up my denim looks. I don’t care if it’s tacky, call me Texas Tuxedo/Canadian Tuxedo. Sometimes wearing double denim just works (unless you’re on a red carpet). In this case it was for a morning of antiquing – where you’re sometimes getting elbow deep in junk, and may have to get on your knees to look through piles or underneath furniture. I’m totally guilty of having done it before too. And not the last time you’ll see it here.

Top: Vintage, from Rose Bowl flea. Pants: old Gap boyfriend jeans, hand me down from my sister. Shoes: Target. Hat: Vintage, from Alameda flea. Belt: old Jcrew, from Buffalo Exchange. Watches: both vintage, from flea market (the gold one I had just purchased this day, hence why I was wearing two)

Thrift Eye, double denim, fashion blogger, texas tuxedo

Thrift Eye, double denim, fashion blogger, texas tuxedo

Thrift Eye, double denim, fashion blogger, texas tuxedo

Thrift Eye, double denim, fashion blogger, texas tuxedo

 

Photos by Jorge Novoa

Are you down with the double denim?

Off duty

I’ve gone on some sort of wardrobe-warp. I’ll explain by saying I used to be that person that LOVED dressing down during the week, and dressing up on the weekends. Well, back when I worked in an office. Now that I have to dress pretty business casual most work days, I’m now on the other spectrum with everyone else. I’m finally enjoying being casual on the weekends. Having a pair of comfy and clean tennis shoes really helps. The old me would have dressed this up with heeled boots right away. But if we’re just going for a walk, then eh, comfy shoes it is!

These photos were shot a little out of order (before, during, after breakfast).

Top: Graham & Spencer, purchased from Shopbop with sponsor store credit. Pants: Joe’s Jeans. Shoes: Nike Lunarlon Safari, from Nike Outlet. Hat: Vintage. Lipstick: NARS, Red Square. Eyeliner: NYX, from Ulta.

Thrift Eye, nike lunarlon, nike safari, sporty outfit

Thrift Eye

Thrift Eye, nike lunarlon, nike safari, sporty outfit

Thrift Eye, nike lunarlon, nike safari, sporty outfit

Thrift Eye, nike lunarlon, nike safari, sporty outfit

Photos by Jorge Novoa

I guess those people who are dressing sporty were really onto something after all :)

Magic, color, flair – the world of Mary Blair

I have been awful at documenting life with my camera – guilty of not using the nice camera I had to its maximum, like I used to. So recently when I was upgraded to a better hand me down camera and lens, the joy of taking photographs has reappeared! I took full advantage to capture photographs at the Mary Blair exhibit currently going on at the Walt Disney Family Museum here in San Francisco, running until September.

Mary Blair was a fabulous artist that was one of Walt Disney’s most cherished inspirations. Many of the classic movies and characters are inspired by her hand. She left a very Mary touch on many of Disney’s most recognizable feats! I’ve followed anything Mary Blair for some time now, so when I caught wind that this exhibit was starting, I knew I had to go! Luckily, they allowed photographs! The main part of the museum allows no pictures at all, so it was a treat to be given free roam to take pictures of something I loved so much.

And this post couldn’t have come at a better time – Disney is also celebrating 50 years of singing along to It’s a Small World, a ride that came out of a vision and love from Mary Blair. So this post is for all of you art and Disney lovers!

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

The crazy part is that I didn’t even link to all the pictures I took! If you click on any of the photos, it will take you to my Flickr account where you can see them all!

If you’d like to look back on more of my San Francisco adventures, I’ve kept them bookmarked with this SF tag here for your viewing pleasure.

And P.S. a huge THANK YOU to all of you that took the time to enter the tablet giveaway, I will announce the winner shortly!