And So It Begins!

Take the pledge

The Pledge officially begins today! If you missed my first post, please check it out here for more details. Since it’s a Sunday, today’s post is pretty small. I just wanted to give you my quick agenda for today:

Tonight, I’m hoping to do a yoga workout. It’s a rainy day here in New York, so I’ll probably do a gentle workout, maybe this one?  Or maybe I’ll make my own little workout up. 🙂

I’m going to also make some three ingredient peanut butter cookies. These are soooooooo good and since they don’t have a lot of ingredients (an egg, sugar, and peanut butter), they’re a pretty healthy choice! I make these all the time. If you want to make these, be sure to use organic & all natural peanut butter.

I’m also hoping to do a coconut oil hair mask. (I’ll have a post coming soon on this!) I do these all the time, and they work wonders for growing your hair! I cut two inches off my hair recently and I’ve noticed that it’s already grown back.

Hopefully, fingers crossed, I’ll have a post ready for you tomorrow. I’ve been thinking up some fun post ideas for this month, and here are some ones that I’ve came up with:

  • A quick yoga routine for the morning
  • Tips for growing long and healthy hair fast
  • A coconut hair mask
  • Keeping a gratitude journal

And of course I have some more sewing creations to share with you! Do any of those post ideas interest you? What kinds of things would you like to see?

Thank you very much for reading! Have a wonderful day.

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P.S. My $100 gift card arrived recently. I’m looking forward to doing a fabric haul! Stay tuned! 

 

 

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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Changes

Hello, my sewing friends! I hope you like the photos above. The first is of my Art Gallery Top (obviously :P) and the other is a little flashback photo of when I was eight. Or maybe seven. The years fly by.

I have changed my blog so much over the almost four years that I’ve been blogging. I change it all the time, actually, so that it always looks fresh. Well, I changed it again, and if you read this in WordPress Reader,why not head over to my blog page and have a peek? Be sure to scroll all the way to the end of the page. 🙂 Thank you if you checked it out! Please give me some feedback if you liked it.

I can’t wait for my next post, it’s taking me awhile, but it has to do with a silky, flowery fabric in honor of spring…

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P.S. Yes, I did use some new images (the arrow background, the arrow, the watercolor flower), but I assure you that I did not just copy and paste someone’s work. I found these photos on a website that gives free blog art for everyone to use. I just thought I would mention that. 🙂

P.P.S. If you are viewing my blog on a tablet such as the iPad, it looks a little different. I checked it on my iPad and the cropping seems off. If you have access to a computer, it probably looks best on that. Thanks!!

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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Giveaway!

Hello, my fellow seamstresses and crafters!

The freckledfashionista is celebrating over 10,000 views and I wanted to celebrate with a giveaway. I reached out to my favorite fabric company, Fabricworm, and today they are sponsoring a $25 dollar e-gift card to their site. If you are looking for a high quality cut of fabric for your quilting and craft projects, this is the place to go.  Thank you Fabricworm!

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This giveaway is open to everyone all over the world! So what are you waiting for? Enter here! Good luck!

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This giveaway is sponsored 100% by Fabricworm. 

Blue & Grey Crochet Blanket

Hiya! Today I have a different kind of post….a crochet post!

After Christmas, I had the desire for a big crochet project. Crocheting for me is normally just rectangles, squares, hearts, and other random shapes, but I really wanted to learn some new skills. I started off with two skiens of yarn, and ended up buying 7 skeins. I was inspired by this blanket.

Well, 7 skeins, one month, 100 BBC Merlin episodes, and 64 granny squares later, I came up with this.

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Charlie wanted to be in the shot again. He got so much love last time, so I figured I might as well include him again.

I’m so happy with the result. Most of it was making the squares, which made a huge stack, but when I actually crocheted them together the blanket was smaller. If I didn’t know, I never would have guessed 64 squares went into this!

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The rows have been coming apart at the corners. I crocheted a long rectangle of 8 granny squares together and then crocheted the rows together. NOTE TO SELF: Darn your ends in. I never thought that darning/sewing-crocheting in the end pieces of yarn could make a difference. I was lazy and I knotted the end of the rows and cut it off. Well, I wish I didn’t do that, because I have been fixing my  falling apart blanket all week!

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If you would like to learn how to crochet, I would recommend learning. Crochet is great for something to do in the car, or something to carry in your purse. It’s very portable, which is something I always liked about it. Bella Coco has tons of great beginner YouTube videos for the beginner.

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Thoughts on the blanket:

I would make it again. It ended up a little bit smaller than I planned, but it’s really good as a lap blanket or a decorative blanket for my bed. I also think I would use this technique again for a baby blanket.

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I also added a small single crochet border for effect.

Well, I suppose that’s all! Thoughts anyone?

 

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