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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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

Been There, Done That…A New Skirt!

Hello everybody!

A couple weeks ago, I hit the thrift store near our area for some fabric. They always have some sort of fabric at a reasonable price, and once I found some fabric remnants from Joann’s. I sometimes get up to seven yards of fabric for a dollar fifty. Mostly it’s cotton or random fabric, but it’s really nice to experiement with. I got some fabric for fifty cents there once, but I wasn’t sure what it was. It was gray and a little bit scratchy, with a slight stretch, but it felt sort of soft too. So, I bought it and it sat in my sewing room for a little while until I thought that it would make a great skirt. LIGHTBULB!

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So I shut myself up in my room with a movie (It was Elf. A Christmas movie, I know, but such a classic. Anybody seen it?) and told myself that I would have a skirt done by the time the movie was over. Instead of rushing myself, I took my time and took breaks once in a while to enjoy the movie. Instead of using a pattern, I just traced one of my other skirts to make it.

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I have a weird expression in this picture, ignore it please!

I love this skirt because it’s really simple, the fabric is just a light gray, but I can pair it with lots of things in my wardrobe. It’s Fall officially, so maybe a skirt isn’t such a good idea, but I can always pair it with leggings. Also, the fabric is super heavy, so it keeps me warm.

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What is with my weird expressions??

Speaking of heavy fabric, I was a little worried doing the elastic, because I thought the fabric would weigh it down. It works perfectly, though. I’m still not sure what this fabric is…so I’m dubbing it the MYSTERY FABRIC.

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Quick story: when my mom was taking the pictures, I said “Why are you taking the picture with my face in it?” since I’m still not used to the fact that my face goes on my blog now. I guess its here to stay…

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When I originally cut the fabric, it was knee length, but with the hemming and such, it’s a little bit above the knee. I wanted to make it longer so that I would be warmer in the chilly days to come…it’s already getting cold and I’m wearing layers!

I feel sort of mad at myself for not getting some of my summer goals happening. I really wanted to make a faux fur vest, and maybe I will one day, but I think I would need a walking foot so that the needle and everything could even go through the thick fabric.

And now is where I leave you. I really need to head over to the fabric store and get some new fabric for some new projects! I think I want to get my pajama pants over with!  And maybe then start Christmas presents…that may seem a while off, but I like starting early. Bye!!

love abigail

PS. I have some little sewing projects to blog about, including makeup bags and bunting flags! Oooh, that rhymes! Anyway, that’s coming soon…

I’m 12!

Hello everybody,

Yesterday was my birthday, and now I’m 12! My parents gave me the choice this year to either go shopping, or have a birthday party. I wanted to go shopping, so we went yesterday to two malls. Not one, but two, which meant a lot of shopping. We shopped for about 5 hours! And I wanted to show you what I got.

Note: I’m not trying to brag in any way. I very thankful for being so blessed.

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Tons of stuff, my arms hurt by the end!

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I love Sephora, and I always go and try on makeup (there’s a huge store in the mall), but finally I bought something! It’s a green tea mask, and it looks super cool. I can’t wait to try it.

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I also got three yards of muslin from Joann’s. I always need muslin, because I’m constantly trying new patterns.

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This shoes caused me lots of work! It was the last thing I bought, and it was almost 7:00, and my mother and I were so tired, and our feet hurt, and we were holding tons of bags…you get the picture😀 But we were on a misson! I wanted fashion boots! It seems like we looked everywhere…

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Old Navy was one of the first stores we went to–in one of the malls. Mind you, we went to two malls!! I had already gone to Old Navy sometime in late july and I bought a lot of stuff there, so I didn’t get a lot on this trip, but I found some cute jeans and even cuter socks. I have an obsession with adorable socks.

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From Aeropostale, I got a cute peasant top–this top is so warm and so lightweight, so it feels wonderful on my skin.

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I got a lot from Forever 21, it’s one of my favorite stores, but the lights and loud music always annoy me. I get lost in there all the time, it’s like a maze! Once my sister and mom and I split up in there, and I was on the verge of tears because I couldn’t find them!

I found an adorable Eiffel Tower top, and I instantly fell in love…I’ll be wearing that every day in winter. With some leggings and boots–instant outfit. And instant comfort! I also got a plaid dress that will look really nice around Christmas, but for fall I can see it with a denim jacket, and boots. I found a striped sweater that’s very chunky and  heavyweight. It will look good with leggings and boots…are you seeing a pattern here? In winter and fall, my favorite outfit consists of a sweater, leggings, and boots. 😅

I also got a cami, black leggings, and bobby pins.

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Charlotte Russe was having a good sale on tight skirts, so I grabbed two. I also found a really interesting (I’m running out of adjectives!) black sweater that’s tight with a fancy (aah! What can I say??)  hem. I recently bought a chunky grey cardigan/sweater/jacket thing from them as well.

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And lastly, ankle boots from Target. Wow, five hours of shopping….although, a lot of that was waiting in line, and trying on stuff. We also went out to lunch, and the driving took time too, so it was probably less then that.

We still have the presents…

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I got a thread rack! Finally, my thread can be organized. And an owl cup, backpack, planner, notebook, nail polish, book, money, gift card, notebook, list-making thingy…

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I’m really excited about these colored pencils.

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And I can’t wait to read this book–it looks really good. But wait…that’s not all.

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I also got a  beautiful comforter!!! I wanted this so badly. My dad filmed me on the camcorder when I opened it, and I ran around screaming and jumping up and down. 😀 That’s how I acted when I got the sewing machine last year.

Birthday photos:

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Only 365 more days until the next birthday! And then I’ll be 13–shocker! Thank you for surviving through all these pictures!

love abigail

Easiest. Refashion. Ever!

Hi!

I recently got a big bag of clothes from a friend, and one of the things in it was a cute, short maxi dress, but it was too short to wear, so I got the idea to turn it into a skirt. I’ve been reading Refashion Runway and other refashions recently, and I’ve been really inspired with the idea of repurposing your clothes.

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I love this polka dot fabric, and I don’t have to put any elastic in, since it has shirred fabric.

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First I decided how large I wanted the waistband to be. You have to make sure that you don’t cut where the thread is, cut in between or else….the whole thing may fall apart. I know this from experience! 😆

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I didn’t cut both layers of fabric at the same time, because the fabric is thick. And that was it! This only took about one minute! Actually, it probably took less then that…I just cut, photographed, and posted.

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I love this skirt so much! I can already find things to wear with it. Polka dots look great with everything!

Here’s my selfie of the week, it might be my last selfie before I’m 12!

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Have a great week!

love abigail

Craft Fair & Throw Pillow

Hello Sewing and Fashion friends,

My blog has been quite boring recently, I know. I am trying to figure out a good time to get my machine fixed, but my whole month is busy. My cousin is coming over for this whole week, my birthday is coming up soon…and I’m getting my braces off! It’s been two years, I can’t wait to get them off. I’ve been getting started on tons of projects, and once my machine is fixed, I’ll lock myself in my room and sew until all my projects are finished! I did finish one project, though, with the power off…..handsewing!

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(Sorry for the weird picture, I took my comfortor off the bed because it was too hot to leave it on.This is my bedroom, if you can’t guess.)

I made a pillow case and small throw pillow for my room a while ago. I started on a bigger throw pillow, but couldn’t finish it because I ran out of stuffing. That throw pillow sat in my closet for a while until I got more stuffing. Then I just sewed it shut and added some lace detail.image

Voila! A great throw pillow.

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Here’s a little sneak peak on my Fancy Tiger Craft’s One Hour Top. I’ve worked so hard on it, I can’t wait to wear it! I’ve been making a list of things I’m going to make once my machine works again.

1. Faux Fur Vest

2. Union St. Tee

3. Dress (or two or three)

4. Shorts (I actually started making these!)

5. Pajama Pants

6. A kimono-ish cardigan

7. Some skirts, because you can never have too many

8. More bunting flags

Um, does that count? I’ve already started on some rounded ones.

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So, basically, I want to make every kind of clothing imanginable. I just feeling like I’m disappointing/boring all of you because I haven’t posted about a REAL sewing project in a while. I’ve been hand-sewing little projects to satisfy my sewing cravings, but once my machine is fixed, it will all be better. It will get fixed at some point I assure you.

You’re probably wondering where the craft fair part comes into this. Every year, my church has a huge craft fair in October, with a bake sale and book sale, and everything you could think of. Last year I thought of getting a booth, but wasn’t sure. This year I’m considering it–my sister is trying to talk me into sharing a booth with her; she would sell crochet stuff and I would sell sewing stuff, but I just don’t know! The boothes sell up quickly, and they just started putting signs up for it, so I need to make a decision soon. I’ve already self-consciously been coming up with ideas for things to make, like throw pillows and drawstring bags and tote bags, etc. My mom came up with the idea that I could make little baby tulle skirts. Do you think I should get a booth?

Selfie of the day:

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Or maybe another one:

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love abigail

Copic Marker Review

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Hi everybody! I got back from Cape Cod on Saturday and remembered I had to do a blog post!  (To all my sewing followers, I apologize, this post really has more to do with fashion design then sewing. I try to keep an even balance between my sewing and my fashion design posts, so feel free to skip this post if it doesn’t interest you.)

So, today, I am doing a review on Copic markers! I was having trouble with Sharpies and other markers, just because they don’t have enough colors and they wear out way too fast. Then I remembered Copic markers, which I’ve known about for a while but haven’t really looked into enough. I decided to order some, and I LOVE them.

What are Copic Markers?

Copic markers are a kind of marker that were invented and are made in Japan. Lots of people use them for Manga and Anime there, but they have many other uses, like comics, fashion design, calligraphy, and drawing! They make four types of these markers (wide, ciao, sketch, and original) but I only own the sketch kind, so that’s what I’ll be reviewing.

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First, let’s start with the pros.

1. They come in over 350 colors! Lots of choices!

2. The color and name of the marker is on the cap, making it easy to grab and draw.

3. They’re so light and easy to hold!

4. You never have to buy a new marker. You can refill the ink and replace the nibs. This is a feature of the marker that I really like! An ink refill is the same price as a marker, but it can refill one sketch marker up to seven times.

5. Tutorials. There are tons of videos on youtube about how to use the markers!

6. Two ends. The marker has two tips, a fine tip and a medium tip.

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Now for the cons, I don’t really have many!

1. They bleed. Only through about two sheets of paper, but they bleed nonetheless. This can be avoided though, but buying marker paper or mixed media paper, which is thicker.

2. The price. One sketch marker can be from six to eight dollars on amazon.com, making it pricier then most markers. The shipping is free most of the time, though. You can also buy copics at Joann’s (online only, though, and the shipping is not free) or at Michael’s (they have tons in the store). The reason the price is so high is because of the quality of the markers, professionals use them, you never have to buy another marker, more colors…what I’m saying is that the price is worth it.

So, that’s my review! Search these markers online and check them out in action. Have a good day!

love abigail

Note: the Copic Marker company did not ask me to write this review, I did it of my own accord because I wanted to let everyone know what I think of them.

What’s Up With Abigail?

Hey Fashionistas! My life is so busy right now.

I’m leaving for Cape Cod on Saturday, so I’ve been packing and trying to get everything ready. Plus, I finished school on Friday (have I mentioned I’m homeschooled?), and on top of that, I have a long list of things I want to sew. Never enough time!

This morning started off rainy. I adore rainy days, because there are so many possibilities! I could read a book, crochet, sew, play the piano, or just sit and listen to the soothing sound of rain. In today’s post, I’ll just be doing a catch-up of my week.

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Here’s a tote bag I’m working on for Cape Cod. It’s great for throwing stuff in. I have a gazillion tote bags already…I’m addicted. I can throw library books, random stuff, textbooks, and other things–and they hold up greatly!

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The earthy print is awesome too. I’ll be getting lots of use out of this.

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Moving on, this is a cork board that I’m covering in inspiration for my sewing room. It’s not finished yet, though. I cut out designs that I like from magazines. It’s so colorful and fun!

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I don’t know if I mentioned this, but my mother found a box full of sewing stuff at a church sale for 4 dollars. It had  20 zippers, 30 spools of thread, hooks and eyes, ribbon, bias tape, snaps, needles, a pin cushion, and more! It smelled musty, so I put it in the sun and fresh air. I’m guessing it came from an elderly lady’s closet who used to sew but hasn’t sewed for a loooong while.

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I got these cotton fabrics at another garage sale! Yard sales are full of treasure. The fabric didn’t show up well in the picture, but I love the pink, it’s such a pretty shade. It only has 1 and 1/2 of a yard left, though.

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I managed to squeeze some crocheting in, too. I’m still a beginner, I’ve been crocheting for almost a year now, but it’s hard to find time to do it…I’m more passionate about sewing and designing.

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Lastly, where would I be without an OOTD picture? I love my black lace top, it’s really comfy. And my cameo ring, too…

Well, that’s my week so far. Thanks for reading!

love abigail

How To Draw A Figure Sketch/Fashion Design

Hello Fashionistas! Happy Saturday!

I haven’t posted in a while….the truth is, I haven’t had much to talk about! For some reason, I don’t like sewing or designing during the summer, since it’s so hot and there’s so much to do outside that I don’t want to be cooped up indoors.

So, I was scrolling through the comments for my New Design post, and I got an idea from Sewloveable’s comment:

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I’m sorry, Sewloveable, but how can I resist? In today’s post I’m going to show all of you how to draw a figure sketch!

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Step One:

This is super easy. Just start by drawing a normal circle for the head and draw a line under it for the neck. In fashion design, you basically make the skeleton of the body before everything else.

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Step Two: 

Draw a medium-length line under the neck for the shoulders. Then at each end of the shoulder line, draw the arms, which are just two lines. This is basically lines the whole time! Lastly, draw the torso, which is a line connected to the neck. Don’t worry yourself with a ruler, it’s okay if the lines are not perfect and there’s always room to improve later.

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Step Three: 

A line under the torso should do for the hips/waist. It needs to line up with the shoulders. I’m designing a dress for this, so I’m not going to do the legs. Email me if you want me to do legs in a different tutorial.

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Step Four:

Time for the curves. These are pretty easy to draw if you know what you are doing. Pretened the curves are smiles, so when you turn the paper sideways it looks like a smile. Make the curves come up to the armpit area. Bear with me, we’re almost done!

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Step Five:

Arms! Probably one of the easiest steps, they’re like sticks. You’re just going to add an extra line to the other skeleton arm shape you have so far. For the hands, I normally just draw little diamonds. I added my skirt here too, which is long and flowing. You can choose whatever you want.

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Step Six:

Whoa, I skipped ahead! Technically, you’re already done! You just have to draw your shirt, some hair, and erase your pencil lines (And color it in if you want, but I didn’t do that for this sketch). Now that you have your basic body shape down, the rest is up to you! You can draw sequins, pleats, long sleeves, high sleeves…play around with it! I almost never draw a face, since I don’t want it to be drawing away from the outfit. Also, I’m bad with faces.

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And this is my sketch! I hope this was easy enough for you to follow. Thanks for reading, and have a good weekend!

love abigail

P.S. I’m still collecting sewing and fashion stories and I now have a offical page where you can tell me your sewing and fashion stories. I want your stories and I cannot wait to put them on the blog! Thanks to those that have sent me their stories!

New Design

Hello Fashionistas!

I made a new design! These days my fashion designs linger in my head for a month or two before I acutally draw them. Also, the other day I just found my sketchbook that has been missing for three months.

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It’s really simple; the skirt with the thorns is the main detail of the outfit. It’s a very rough, whimsical design, almost like something out of a fairytale. I really like it. I didn’t color it in because I like the black and white colors.

And now I have an annoucement. I want your sewing and/or fashion design stories to post on my blog at the end of the month. They can be funny, or a mistake you made during sewing, or anything you want! You can send your stories to me here or in the comments. I love reading stories, especially when they are about fashion and sewing.

love abigail