Category: What I Heart Now

What i Heart: Peggy Sue Is Back!

Many of you have been on a Mad Men craze (Gertie, I’ve seen what you’ve made). All of your dresses have waists, men, and random onlookers but supposedly this modestly-vixen look is out and a more bobby-socks look is in. Peggy Sue is back kiddos. I’m a big newspaper reader. In the digital age, I still like the feel of ground up and compressed trees delivered to my door every morning. A recent piece I came across was from the Wall Street Journal. “With corseted waists and pinched-toed shoes, they recall wince-worthy girdles and straight-back chairs,” they wrote, talking about the fitted sheaths that have been popular over the past couple of years. But “the latest sock-hop fashions, which are just starting to come into stores, are forgiving enough to allow a wearer to sit cross-legged on the floor.” Other than during yoga, I don’t sit cross-legged on the floor very often but if the occasion were to arise, I’d be prepared. Jokes aside, this look is right up my alley and it’s not because my waist and hip measurement are the same, meaning the silhouette gives me a shape. There’s an undone simplicity to the look. Paired with an simple tee and flat-soled loafers, like here , it’s as if boyfriend jeans and a cashmere sweater went to have afternoon tea at The Ritz. It’s made-up, in a rich way, but still looks a little frugal. The article ended with a mentioning of how the trend has spread to lingerie as well. Well, well, well… I definitely already knew that!

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What i Heart Now: Red, White, And Blue

  July. Is it really a few short weeks away? No freaking way. Where does the time go when you’re sewing, pattern making, or researching the two? It was okay for me to wear outlandish red, white, and blue when I was eight, ten, okay maybe twelve-years-old but at the age of twenty-five, I better not be painting an American flag on my cheek for the holiday. I’m all about subdued references to the celebration of my country’s two hundred and thirty seventh birthday, especially the boyfriend jeans and red sunglasses. Wearing those two together with some red lipstick, I’ll be sure to knock some socks off. Happy Fourth Of July. Oh wait… hold that thought for two weeks. *click on any of the above images to purchase*

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What i Heart Now: Irons (the best irons for sewing)

  I take pride in pressing and I follow almost all of the rules. I press throughout the course of a project (instead of at the end) and I use the right temperature settings for the fabric (instead of burning the crap out of each seam). I also lift and press instead of glide the iron, which is the difference between pressing and iron (super important to know seamstresses!). But do I know a lot about irons and their features? I don’t, or didn’t, have a clue until I started researching for this post. Just like a microwave, the iron has a lot of hidden tools that can be beneficial to seamstresses (I use the example of a microwave because how many of you use the popcorn button for way more than popcorn?). Learning about the neat tricks of each, I’m about to make a mad dash to Target for an upgrade. Yes, I have a lousy (and sometimes lazy) iron – a Shark. Before getting into features, let’s talk money. A home iron in the $50-100 price range works just as well as a $250 ironing system. But stay away from anything under $40, especially if it’s labeled as lightweight. It’s cheap and will not have many of the essential features needed for sewing. Even Megan agrees with me on this one. She recommends the Black and Decker D2030 (pictured top left).  Searching for information for this post, I asked other sewing bloggers what irons they used. Marci, always one to have a clever response – even if she doesn’t know it, said that she uses a Black and Decker that she bought at an estate sale. Her iron is a reproduction of a vintage iron and has a nice weight to it – it’s heavy. Weight – it…

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