OOTD | Denim Romper

Hello, & welcome back!

I haven’t done a fashion post in a while, but don’t worry, I’ll definitely start posting more fashion posts. A few days ago, the weather was perfect for photography, so we snapped some pictures that I think you’ll really enjoy!

Anyway, without further ado, let’s get into the post. If you are viewing this post from the wordpress reader, go to my website, the photos will be better quality. Thanks!

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I think we can all agree that rompers are amazing. They’re not only comfortable, but they look cute and effortless. I bought this romper from Old Navy last year, but it was a little too baggy for my taste. In fact, I felt really self conscious wearing it, so it hung in my closet, only to be taken out every now and then and looked at longingly.

I pulled it out of my closet a few days ago, and decided to just go for it and wear the darned romper. Life is too short to be self conscious.

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Isn’t this bracelet so funky? I’m obsessed with it, it really adds personality to the outfit.

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I just had to take a picture by the peonies! Peonies are one of the prettiest flowers, if you ask me. Plus they smell absolutely amazing.

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Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoyed the outfit & pictures. Have a fantastic day.

Do you own any rompers?

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Blogger Recognition Award

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I would like to give a big thank you to Ivana for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award, I’m so honored! ❤ Let’s get right into it, shall we?

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1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

2. Write a post to show your award.

3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.

4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.

I started my blog in 2013, and I remember sitting in my dining room coming up with different names for my blog. My mom suggested, “How about the freckled fashionista?” My freckles have mostly faded away, but the name still sticks, and I love it. At first, I posted about all sorts of random things, but over the past few years as I’ve gotten older, my blog has shaped into something I’m super proud of, and it continues to grow every day.  I now post about all sorts of things that interest me, from sewing and fashion, to lifestyle, beauty, and more.

My first piece of advice to new bloggers would be to stay true to yourself! Find what sets you apart from other blogs, because that’s what will make people follow your blog and come back to it. My second piece of advice would be to just keep posting, no matter what. Don’t give up. The more you post, the more your blog is “out there”. Eventually, all your hard work will pay off!

Here are the bloggers that I’m nominating! It was hard, because I love so many different blogs.

SewChic

SewRedy

Captain Charley

StyledByMcKenz

PinkSundays

Rachael Barbs

Kellyn Roth

Bellechoice

Life as Daisy

Letthesewingbegin

BeaFree

Rynn

Amanda Bella

Beauty By Britanie

Yvonne Lindie

Thank you, all of you, for following my blog & following me in this journey!

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Girl Charlee Fabric Sundress

Bonjour!  I’m so excited about today’s post. Girl Charlee Fabrics offered me a couple of yards of their fabric in exchange for a review, and I accepted! If you’ve heard of them or purchased their fabric, you’ll know that their selection is incredible. I spent a while just scrolling through the fun prints, but eventually decided on a beautiful feather fabric. 

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In the summer, I always need something quick to throw on for a day to the beach, so I decided a sundress would be perfect for my review.

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I love their fabric! It has the perfect stretch–not too stretchy but with a great recovery. It doesn’t roll up like some knit fabrics that I’ve used in the past, and it couldn’t be more of a dream to sew!  I love it, my family loves it, and of course my machine loves it too. The fabric didn’t bunch, the stitches turned out straight, and it took a couple of hours to whip up. And it’s so soft!

Charlie approves too. 🙂

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That little stinker! He photobombed me!

Fun fact: it was a cloudy day when we took the photos. Darn! Luckily, with the help of some brighteners, the photos turned out ok. New York isn’t very scenic in early spring, but we tried! Of course, the moment we got inside, the sun came out.

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I wish that I made the sundress a little bit longer, but since I’ll probably wear it over my swimsuit or just lounging around, it’s not really a big deal. I just can’t stop staring at this fabric. It has a care free almost bohemian look to it, with the fun colors and the feathers going every which way.

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I suppose that’s all for today! Thank you so much, Girl Charlee! If you like this fabric, buy it here, or get their other amazing fabric here as well. Stay tuned for the next post–my first natural beauty post! Bye!

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This post was sponsored by Girl Charlee Fabrics. 100% of the opinions in this post are my own. Thank you! 

 

 

 

Post Swap! With the Scatter Brained Seamstress

Hello, everyone! Today Kate and I swapped posts. She has a post for all of you, and you can find my post over at her blog here. Without further ado, let me give the spotlight to Kate! 

Hello, fashionistas! I’m so excited to be here at Abi’s blog, Freckled Fashionista!!! If you don’t know me, I’m Kate from Scatterbrained Seamstress!

I got my first sewing machine almost two years ago to date (minus a month or two), and have been sewing since about a year ago. I love everything about sewing in general and hope to grow my talent as I grow older!

My life has been a bit hectic recently with school, finals, and my baby sister who fractured her arm and had to have surgery. Thankfully I’ve still had time for some sewing!

I sewed Robert Kaufman’s Trail Tote. unnamed.jpgThe second I saw the picture I knew fabricworm’s vast amount of adorable fabrics would fit this bag perfectly! So right when the fabric arrived I sewed it up as fast as I could!

90% of this bag went super duper smoothly. The darts, cutting it out, the strap. Everything until the last few steps. There was supposed to be piping, but I accidentally sewed it to the wrong side of the fabric so it ended up on the inside of the bag. Sewing it all up was hard too, and so was hemming the top.

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My favorite aspect definitely has to be the extendable strap and the front pocket. It fits my Eos, a pack of tissues, my phone, and a pack of gum perfectly.

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It also features a magnetic snap and an inside pocket. Isn’t this lining fabric adorable?!

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I also sewed a coordinating bi-fold wallet. This tutorial was perfect, clear, and super easy! I love how the wallet turned out.

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It features a magnetic snap, six card holder spots, and coin and dollar bill storage. The lining (the lovely grey fabric) was not supposed to show, but I rather love the strip of contrast along the top.

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It fits perfectly in the inside pocket and looks quite snazzy, if I do say so myself :D.

Now for some action shots:

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….petting some purple flowers….

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….hugging a tree…..

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….and holding the bag awkwardly.

I’ve definitely enjoyed my time here!

Links

Exterior Fabric

Interior Fabric

Strap Fabric

Pocket Fabric

Bag Pattern

Thanks for reading!

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Thoughts on Blogging

imageWelcome to today’s post! I’ve had some thoughts on my mind that I wanted to share with you. It’s mostly just me ranting with a ton of smiley faces 🙂 but please read it.

Remember my dream of being a famous fashion designer? I’m not sure that I want to be a fashion designer anymore. It seemed like the perfect job for me when I grow up and everybody has told me that I would be a great fashion designer. But I have been having a hard time enjoying it. I sit down and stare at a piece of paper for a while. My mind wanders and I don’t come up with anything. If I come up with anything, it gets scraped in the garbage.

I don’t want to entirely quit my love of  fashion, though, so I’m putting it aside in my brain and taking a break to blog about some of my other intrests. I feel like even though I have been blogging for 3 and 1/2 years, my readers don’t know me as well as I would like.  If you are getting worried, don’t be, because I will STILL continue sewing and I will STILL continue the freckledfashionista. I will always love sewing. I’m not taking a break from my sewing posts, I’m just taking a long break from this whole fashion design thing.

Here’s my question for all of you: how would you feel if I continued blogging about sewing but introduced a new topic to the freckledfashionista? Lately I have been really interested in organic, chemical free beauty and essential oils. I’ve been doing yoga every night and it’s really helped me relax among the craziness of school. I stumbled across the youtube channel Holistic Habits, and I’ve been bingewatching the videos. So now I am asking for your thoughts. If I began posting about organic and chemical-free beauty advice, would you run away in the opposite direction? 🙂

Before I sign off for today, I want you to know some random things about me.

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  • I’m a Christian
  • My favorite color is Seafoam
  • I am kind of obsessed with donuts….
  • My favorite book is the Maze Runner
  • My middle name is Mae
  • BONUS: I wish I had a British accent

Thank you for listening to my rant 🙂 Please give me your thoughts on my new topic. Be honest though, if you don’t really want to read my organic beauty posts let me know. I value my readers so much.

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One more thing before I go! This is long overdue, but better late then never. I would like to thank all of you for voting for me in the sewing contest a couple months ago. I especially want to thank Thimberlina for posting it on her blog. I came in third place, but I doubt I could have got there without all of you. You know who you are 🙂 I don’t view you as readers and followers of my blog, I view you as my friends. The WordPress sewing community is so amazing. Thank you again.

Floral Kimono

Hi!

I am so excited for today’s post. I actually sewed this a couple months ago, but I’m lazy and forgot to upload it. As you can probably guess….I made a kimono! Kimonos were really on trend last year. I really wanted one, even when they weren’t “in, but when I saw this silky fabric on sale at Joann’s, I grabbed two yards.

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Let’s ignore the fact that this is an odd facial expression.

Ok, so let’s start at the beginning. Sewing this baby. IT WAS REALLY HARD. Let me just get that out. This fabric frays like crazy and slips around everywhere. It took a whole pincushion and ten wonder clips to keep one piece of this together. Most of sewing this kimono was hemming. There was SO much hemming. And the needle wasn’t very happy about sewing this. But it all turned out.

This fabric is gorgeous–but why is it that gorgeous fabrics are the hardest to work with?? I’ve worn this twice, and it’s ripped three times. Yikes. It rips a lot.

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But now for some good things. 🙂 The fabric drapes beautifully. The print really does stand out and the sleeves fall perfectly. Also, the fabric is really light and blows perfectly in the breeze.

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This odd photo was just to show the print of the fabric. The more I look at the fabric, the more I love it.You probably have noticed that some parts are unhemmed. I didn’t use a pattern, I just kinda winged it, but the length turned out odd. I didn’t hem the back and the part at the neck because of that.

I had a lot of fun taking these photos. Enjoy! 🙂

 

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My nose ALWAYS manages to end up in the neck-down pictures. Sorry about that. 🙂

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Aah! I love this! The kimono really stands out.

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This is another one of my favorite photos.

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I was trying to show how big the sleeves are.

Here are the things I would change:

  • I really want to change the length. I’ve said this earlier, but I just feel like the length should be longer.
  • This curve (below). It drives me insane! Instead of flowing out, when I wear the kimono, it swerves out and then back to where it’s sewn on to the back piece; it doesn’t go in front of me. I made some lines below where I wish it went out to.

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Well, there you have it! My kimono! Please leave a comment and let me know what you think. Let me leave you with my last photo:

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This photo is my favorite–I’m not even sure why, I just love it. And I love my followers. And my kimono. Obviously.

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂 Until my next post,

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And the winner is……..

Before I get to the winner, let me just say that this giveaway has been so much fun. I’ve loved reading all of your comments about your favorite thing you’ve sewed, and what you would do with this gift card. We got 76 comments (76!!!) and 265 entries! Thanks so much to Fabricworm for sponsoring this giveaway, and thank you for entering. Also, thanks for having patience with me. Well, let’s get on to the winner!

the winner is

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Kate from the scatterbrainedseamstress.wordpress.com, congrats!!! You are the winner!

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Check your email for the prize, (the e-giftcard). Spend it wisely!

If you didn’t win, don’t worry. I will be hosting another giveaway as soon as possible, so be sure to check back for another one! Thank you, my fellow seamstresses!

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3 Pillows And A Dog

Oh, hi! It feels like forever since I’ve last posted. I’m excited about the upcoming posts (two new apparel things to show you AND a blanket!) but today, I have an equally exciting post! Over Christmas break, I sewed my bed some new throw pillows.

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Allow me to introduce to the first–a hashtag pillow cover. I sewed it using my new flannel and pillow cover. I wanted a simple, modern throw pillow and a hashtag seemed perfect.

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I made the cover using the envelope method. It looks pretty good if I do say so myself. The two flaps didn’t meet, which is a little disappointing, considering I measured it over and over. But oh well, we learn from our mistakes. Cute, right?

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Actually, I wasn’t going to post about this, but eventually I decided to. It’s a panda! A couple things turned out wrong, so it looks like a bear. Once I added the tulle bow, it looked a little better.

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And lastly, my favorite pillow. A donut! I used a tutorial online, it was very easy and took me only an hour to sew. I have gotten SO many compliments from friends and family on this. Donuts are probably my favorite dessert, and when I saw a tutorial for this on YouTube I knew that I needed it. The brown flannel/fleece was a remnant from Joann’s, and I received the white flannel and sprinkle colored fabric for Christmas.

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My dog likes it too! This is Charlie, he’s a mix between a cocker spaniel and a poodle. When I carried him upstairs, he wasn’t too happy, especially when I started taking pictures.

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His eyes were closed, but this picture was so cute, I had to put it up. Is it a donut or a sombrero?

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Doesn’t it look so lovely? After learning how to sew and crochet, decorating my bedroom has been easier than ever. I’ve sewn and crocheted hearts, bunting flags, pillows, blankets, etc.

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I’ll leave you with this picture. A girl plus her dog equals true love!

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P.S. If you would like a tutorial to any of the pillows above, drop a comment and maybe I’ll do one:D

Pajama Pants and Secret Santa Sneak Peeks

Whew, that’s a mouthful!

It has been so long since I wrote a post. Life happened. Honestly, it’s a pathetic excuse, but it’s true. Also, homework and other stuff got in the way. But I’m here and that’s all that matters, and I want to show you some of the projects I’ve been working on over the past week! Let’s get it to it!

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For these pajama pants, I used Simplicity 2290. You may remember a pair of pajama pants being on my list of things to sew before winter, and I’m glad I finally accomplished something on that list. We happened to be at Joann’s sometime in early November looking for present ideas for my secret santa (!!) and I found this adorable mint green flannel scissor fabric. It was only 3.49 a yard, a bargain for flannel, so I bought it and sewed it over the weekend. Six dollars for pajama pants, not that bad!

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My pants from last year that I made in a Joann’s class were too small, so I wanted to make a new pair. Here they are together, the old on the top. You may think that these pants look very baggy, but I assure my legs are not this big, I just like making my pants big because they’re more comfortable. After a long day of school, as soon as I get home, I change into my baggy pajamas. Instant comfort. Also, for some reason in the first picture, the picture made the pants look really short. They are actually quite long on me.

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Next up: crochet bunting! I saw this online somewhere and it looked festive, so I decided to make it. I’m hooked. I’ve already made four different bunting chains, one of them being a very long one for the Christmas tree (we got our tree the other day, pictures are soon to come!). There’s something about crocheting that I really enjoy, since you can bring it anywhere. I made this bunting flag in purple, but I hope to make another one in pink.

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And lastly, a little sneak peek! This might be for my secret santa… As for the sewing secret santa that Sewchet arranged, how is everyone enjoying it? I’m having a wonderful time picking out things for my secret santa, it’s very fun. I hope to do it next year as well!

Well, that’s all for today’s post! I’m sorry it’s so short, but I’m currently working on something behind the scenes that I hope to share with you soon!

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Did anybody notice the little reindeer that I added into the pictures? Just ‘saying.

 

 

New Sewing Projects

I guess I have some new projects to show you! I’ve been making little things here and there while I can, but don’t get too excited, it’s nothing fancy.

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I made Marckie some leggings left over from my Art Gallery Fabric top. I have to say, they look adorable but I barely had enough fabric to make them properly! He is so hard to photograph…this blurry photo that I took on the stairs was one of the only good shots! (Marck’s my brother if you didn’t know)

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And…another blurry picture. Yikes. These are pajama leggings, they aren’t really for outside wear. I made them in about 15 minutes. Not my best work, but he likes them, and luckily doesn’t mind the bright “girly” colors. When I wear my Art Gallery Top, we look like matching twins.

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I have a new obsession with zippered pouches and I finally figured out how to make them right.

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I’m super proud of the lining! Besides the fact that on one side the sewing machines are upside down. I made the outside of the bag out of a fat quarter.

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The other one has a cute lining as well. I made this one out of an upholstery fabric on the outside, so it’s sturdier.

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I made some mini bunting flags for my sewing room. My mother asked for some polka dot bunting flags for the kitchen (oops forgot to photograph them!) These were really easy to make….I love making bunting flags. My first try for my brother’s room turned out pretty terrible…

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Thanks for reading!

love abigail