Dream Vacation | Around the World in 5 Disney Parks

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Disneyland | Disney Around the World Trip Plan by Anita Boeira

I was just sitting on my sewing room, idly looking through my blog reader feed this afternoon, and then this idea came to my head: a vacation where I got to visit all Disney Parks in the world. Yes, it would be kind of sad to miss visiting the countries where all the Disney Parks are, but at the same time, how cool it would be to visit all 5 in one swoop and get to see all the differences and have your picture taken in front of all 5 castles? Anyway, I don’t know if I’ll ever do this, but maybe anyone interested should leave their name and email address in the comments and we can start saving/planning on this tour together.

Here’s my idea for an 3-week itinerary (take into consideration I have not looked at plane times or anything of the sort, this is just dreaming for now):

DAY 01 – Travel to Tokyo from LA

DAY 02 – Arrive in Tokyo and rest/adjust to new time

Day 03 – Disneyland Tokyo

Day 04 – Disney Sea

Day 05 – Disneyland Tokyo and Disney Sea (I’ve heard Disney Tokyo is the best, so an extra day is a must)

Day 06 – Travel to Hong Kong from Tokyo

Day 07 – Disneyland Hong Kong

Day 08 – DHK again, because they only have one park, and it feels mean to just stay a day.

Day 09 – Travel to Paris from Hong Kong

Day 10 – Disneyland Park

Day 11 – Walt Disney Studios

Day 12 – Travel to Orlando from Paris

Day 13 – Magic Kingdom

Day 14 – Hollywood Studios

Day 15 – Epcot

Day 16 – Animal Kingdom

Day 17 – Travel to LA from Orlando

Day 18 – Disneyland

Day 19 – Disney California Adventure

Day 20 - GO HOME (take a day off before going back to work too)

Disney Tokyo | Disney Around the World Trip Plan by Anita Boeira | Photo by No Model LadyPhoto: No Model Lady

Budget Estimate

This cost estimate is just an idea. I am throwing numbers out to try to figure out how much I’d need to save before attempting this (think of all the miles you can get with this!). I chose Disney hotels too, that may increase the overall cost of the trip, but it would only add to the experience of the theme of the trip. The cost is also based on 2 adults sharing a room. I also thought to include at least one character meal in each of the city stops. And we got to take into consideration prices change, you can get discounts, you can use miles, etc… So the cost is just a guideline for savings, not a final price :)

Flights: The most expensive leg of this trip would be Paris to Orlando, everything else was below $600 per one-way flight. So the Hong Kong-Paris would be a great one to use miles and save $2,000 off the final price. Either way, the total I calculated for flights (all coach, and all off season) would be: $3,500

Hotels: All Disney hotels, value option when available. $3,650 total (ouch!). BUT, that’s the price for two people, so you split that in half with whoever you are sharing your room with, and then it’s $1,825.

Park Tickets: Each park has a different price, some are better deals than others. But after making the math, it would be: $875

Food: I am a cheap eater and won’t go for the fancy restaurants, so I think a $10-$15/meal would be sufficient. So about $60/day, $1,200 total. But I’m adding in a character meal per city, and I’m just averaging that those would be about $50 per meal, so an extra $250 for character meals, making our new total for food $1750 (maybe I should bring some protein bars…).

Transportation to and from airport: $100 per city. But Disneyland and Disney World offer airport transfers for free (yay!). Total: $300.

Spending money: This is for extra stuff to buy, souvenirs, etc. I’d give myself a max of $300 per city, but I am not someone who usually buys a ton of souvenirs, to I’ll probably underspend. Either way, it’s good to have a number to budget. Also, sometimes you have expenses you didn’t plan for, and this would come out of my spending money budget as well. $1,500 total.

ESTIMATED TOTAL: $8,000/person

Disney Paris | Disney Around the World Trip Plan by Anita Boeira | Photo by Andy Torres Style ScrapbookPhoto: Andy Torres / Style Scrapbook

Eek, that’s a lot of money to save, might have to go ask my boss for a raise on Monday! But, to be fair, it’s not as much as I expected, and I’m sure there’s a lot of room to find ways to save and bring this price down. For example, using miles on the Paris-Orlando trip, as I suggested above, cutting down a day in Hong Kong and Tokyo each, staying on non-Disney hotels, etc.

So, who’s in? Who wants to attempt to do this crazy around the world tour with me? Needs to be before Disney has time to open a 6th park, or I’ll need to take an entire month off work! Any travel agents out there willing to make this happen? I’m all (mouse) ears, and would be glad to help plan/lead such tour.

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Simplicity 1419 – The Ombre Dress

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Simplicity 1419 Ombre Dress | Sew Anita

This dress has actually been ready for about two weeks now… It just took me some time to get to photograph it and blog about it! A lot of you probably saw it on Instagram or Facebook, because I asked for your help in determining which color I should go with for the collar. There was an overwhelming response to purple, which was exactly what I was thinking too, whew. Anyway, I had this fabric for a really long time, and you might remember I had a different dress pattern in mind for it, but ended up changing my mind when I saw the sheer amount of pattern pieces I was going to have to not only cut it, but also try to match the pattern. The simplicity 1419 that I had already sewed seemed like a better choice for this fabric. And I had *just* the right amount of it to make this dress, the scraps left are not even enough to make a bow.

Simplicity 1419 Ombre Dress | Sew Anita

Speaking of this fabric, it’s beautiful, isn’t it? I bought about two years ago, and have been afraid of cutting into it soon. That’s why a tested pattern was the best choice for it. Unfortunately, I did some mistakes along the way… And since this fabric was bought so long ago, I couldn’t find it online to buy another yard or two to recut the pieces I messed up. You probably can’t see in the photos, because I tried to disguise the issues, but the collar and the pockets had some mishaps… BUMMER, I know. And the zipper application was not my best one, so let’s all be thankful for my long hair that I can hide whatever problems I had back there. And that folding crease smack down in the middle of the dress that I just CANNOT iron it out? Ugh. Don’t worry, a few more washes and it will be gone. But it bugs me on the photos. And now you know exactly where the middle of my fabric was, lol.

Simplicity 1419 Ombre Dress | Sew Anita

There’s not much to say about this pattern since I already made it before and it was perfect already the first time around. This time I added sleeves, which I really like, and it will help me into transitioning this to winter. And hey, did you notice my white hair peeking out in these photos? I’m getting grayer by the day! Last time I dyed my hair I didn’t have grays in the parting section, but now I do. And it’s obviously time to call my hair stylist again!

Simplicity 1419 Ombre Dress | Sew Anita

I wore this to: running errands and a friend’s housewarming party over the weekend. Oh and the belt is from Amazon. Fun thing, right?

Simplicity 1419 Ombre Dress | Sew Anita

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McCalls Fall 2014 Collection – Wishlist

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New patterns! McCalls just sent out the very anticipated email with all of their new pattern offerings for fall! And after seeing all the fall offerings from Vogue, Butterick, and now McCalls, I have to say it… even though I’m a big fan of winter and cold, the colder weather patterns just don’t do it for me. I’m just not a fan of sewing with heavy wools, or even of the styling of some of those pieces on the catalogue. The spring collections full of dresses and breezy tops are more up my alley. That said, there were a few stand outs for me on this collection and I wanted to share the ones I’ll be adding to my wishlist!

McCalls 7022 | Sew Anita

M7022 – That skirt is screaming Mad Men to me, which is a big plus in my book. I love the wide waistband. Also, look at all the other cute styles that come with the pattern! Sure it looks easy, but that’s also a good thing. I think this one just be my favorite out of all the new patterns, and I’ll definitely be making it. Probably in all the versions.

McCalls 7017 | Sew Anita

M7017 – I’m passing on the skirt with the tail, but the other pieces in this set are pretty adorable. I love the peplum top, and it looks very nice in that polka dot fabric. But unfortunately I am not a peplum kind of girl, so even though I find this set cute, I probably won’t be making it anytime soon.

McCalls 7016 | Sew Anita

M7016 – I thought it was a very pretty dress. Looks warm and comfy, I love the details in the waist. And it’s made for comfy warm knits. I think it would feel pretty awesome to wear it. I also like the blouse/jacket version of it. The sleeveless dress is just okay, but the drop waist detail is what I liked about it. I think if I was making it, I’d make the jacket and the long sleeved dress with drop waist. Hmm now that I’m thinking about it, I might have just the perfect fabric for the jacket…

McCalls 7018 | Sew Anita

M7018 – I love shirts, and I’m pretty intrigued by this one. I’m not sure my knit sewing skills are up for collars and buttonholes yet, but I can see this in my future.

McCalls 7013 | Sew Anita

M7013 – This is almost like a PS because I won’t really be making this pattern but… HOW CUTE is that little girls’ coat? McCalls, please reissue this in adult size. I’m begging you. The polka dot, high-low with the bow detail? It was made for me. I just need it into several sizes bigger…

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Sewing With Knits – The Colette Mabel

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Colette Patterns, Mabel Skirt | Sew Anita Another milestone for my sewing career: knits! This is not my first try at this type of fabric, but it was the first I consider successful. I took a class earlier this summer about how to sew knits, and it was spectacular at answering all of the questions I didn’t know I should have been asking about knits. For example: 1. Sew with the zigzag stitch 2. How to use a double needle to get a professional looking hem 3. How to sew knits without a serger (turns out it is possible and easy, but your insides won’t look as pretty) 4. What are the different types of knits and what they are good for 5. Use a ballpoint needle Colette Patterns, Mabel Skirt | Sew Anita That put so much of my past knit disasters in perspective… For example, in 2012 when I was learning how to sew, I bought 4 yards of this super cute white with black stars knit. It was super thin and slippery, but I went ahead and did a dress with it, but using a pattern that was not meant for knits and lining it with regular fabric… it was a fit disaster. I did wear it a couple of times, and even took pictures (don’t be fooled by the cute pictures, the fit was pretty bad, and the dress had so many issues I won’t even get started on them!), but it was quickly thrown into the scrap pile. It’s all good though, it was a learning experience. And I did have enough cute fabric left to make myself a kimono to wear in the house. Colette Patterns, Mabel Skirt | Sew Anita Enter then my latest project, the Mabel skirt. I heard tons of good things about it, so I grabbed 1 yard of a gorgeous and thick blue knit at my local fabric store (A Fashionable Stitch) and the PDF version of the pattern. And I can now attest that the rumors were true. The Mabel is a super easy skirt to sew, and it would be a great project for beginners. I chose the Version 3 between all options, the pencil skirt. I get a lot more wear out of comfy pencil skirts, because I can wear them to work. I’m more of a maxi skirts on the weekend, so it didn’t make much sense to make the mini Mabel. Plus, I think the pencil skirt pattern was the cutest. I love that the front piece is 3 panels, I think it gives you a lot of room to be creative with patterns and colors. Now that I am confident with knits, you bet I’ll be making a few more versions of this pencil Mabel. I’m thinking a color block and one with stripes going in different directions… Stay tuned. Colette Patterns, Mabel Skirt | Sew Anita A cute detail for sure is the little pleat on the back. It does help a ton making the skirt comfier, and it’s a sweet detail. I think my hemming could have used some more attention, and on a next Mabel I’ll probably try lining it as well. But the pattern is definitely a winner, and as soon as I finished this, I went online to order the other knit pattern Colette released with the Mabel, the Moneta dress. And I have just the perfect knit fabric for it. It will be on my cutting table soon! Colette Patterns, Mabel Skirt | Sew Anita

I wore this outfit to work today, took this pictures really quick during my lunch break. I liked color blocking with this awesome green top, and keeping the rest pretty simple. It’s a super versatile skirt, so expect to see me wearing it often!

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Making Of Lake Photos

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The past two new dresses I finished (Polka Dot b6049 and Floral Anna #3) I took to the Great Salt Lake for pictures. The first one, the Anna dress, I had Dana with me to take my pictures. The second round, with the polka dot dress, I went with a different friend, Shalese, but since she loves photos and had never been to the lake, I thought I’d let her go play with her camera and take pictures, while I just kept her company. So I brought my tripod and camera remote control to take my own pictures. She, of course took some “behind the scenes” photos of me taking pictures of myself. I thought they looked quite funny, and decided to share them with you here.

Making Of Lake Photos | Sew Anita

Making Of Lake Photos | Sew Anita

Making Of Lake Photos | Sew Anita

“Oh hello camera, how are you on this nice day?” From this angle, of course I look silly! :)

Making Of Lake Photos | Sew Anita

So, how it goes: the camera I have lets you move that screen around, so I move it in a way that I can see it (not pictured) and have it on “live view” so I can see myself in the screen, similar to a point and shoot. I then use my remote control to take the picture when I think it looks right. It’s pretty much like being your own photographer and model, since I can actually see the photo I’m taking while I’m taking it, no need for timers or anything of the sort. It’s really awesome for blogging, since you may not always have someone with you to take your picture. And I like it this way too, because I love shooting portraits, and I’m always a willing model!

Hope you enjoyed this behind the scenes look! If you have any questions about it, let me know!

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Happy New Dress Day – Butterick 6049

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Butterick 6049 | Sew Anita

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve been seeing the making of this dress for this past week. It wasn’t a particular time consuming project, I finished it with just a hour or two of work on it per day. And boy, do I love it. I made the View C of the Butterick 6049 dress. Really, click the link to see it, it’s a fabulous 50s inspired dress. The cover picture is the view A, a halter top that is just super adorable. I love view A, but I thought the other options would turn into dresses I could wear more. And I am not a fan of halter tops anyway, they dig on my neck and all I get our of them is a headache. But the view C was super darling, with the little straps. This dress is definitely different than anything I have done before. Well, except for the skirt, which is a simple (but enormous) circle skirt, and I’ve done those before. They look pretty good on me, so I’ll probably keep doing them!

Butterick 6049 | Sew Anita

Anyway, back to this dress. Construction wise, it was easy, but the top was kind of a pain. I pinned and re-pinned, and tried out all sorts of methods to make it look as close as possible to the original drawing, but I’m not sure I actually made it. I think the center ended up with two extra pleats, but I really had no idea how to get it right. You can see on the line drawing below how there is gathering on the bust, and then in the center the two pieces of fabric meet in a little triangle. And it was my inability to figure out how to join those two together that ended up with the two extra pleats going in diagonals across my chest. I don’t think it looks bad, honestly, but I still want to figure out a way to get JUST the gathers under the bust and no extra folding of fabric. Granted, if I had done this without the lining it would have probably been a little bit easy. But lining was a must.

Butterick 6049 | Sew Anita

Speaking of lining, the lining in this dress is a dream. It is fully lined, even though the pattern only asked for the top to be lined, I went ahead and lined the skirt too for some extra volume, and because the fabric was a little see through. But then, when you look on this dress from the inside… what a dream! Almost none of the seams are raw because everything is safely hidden away inside all the lining. I used a white cotton for the lining, which was good cost-wise, but now I’m craving some more fun linings. How cool would this be if the lining was a color similar to the gold dots? Or green like the rest of the dress? But anyway, white was easily available and cheap.

Butterick 6049 | Sew Anita

Butterick 6049 Lining | Sew Anita

I didn’t need to do many adjustments to this dress. First, I had to take a little bit of the back so the dress would fit more snugly. It’s still not super snugly, because I like some room to breath, but it’s much snugglier than the original cut. Another change I made was to the waistband, I thought it sat too low on my waist, so I cut about an inch off, and brought the skirt up a little higher, so now it sits on the smallest part of my waist. I have a such torso, but I rarely need to do those adjustments! I think this dress was designed with a longer than usual torso.

Butterick 6049 | Sew Anita

Speaking of construction, here are the photos of some of the behind the scenes on the making of this dress. I posted a few already to Instagram, and there’s another funny one for you to see the size of that skirt. It’s crazy huge! Took me forever to press and hem!

Butterick 6049 Making Of | Sew Anita

Okay, now let’s talk about this fabric! Isn’t it a dream? It’s from the Michael Miller Glitz collection, and I’m a little bit miffed at myself for not buying the pink version as well, but if I am honest with myself, the pink would not have looked good on me. The green is my color. I love the metallic dots, and they were surprisingly okay during pressing. Whew, because I was worried. I bought this fabric after seeing several adorable baby dresses made with it. You know, why do kids get to have all the fun? I have some left over, though, so I might use it to make a baby dress for the etsy shop, maybe a little mini version of the one I’m wearing? Sorry moms out there, I won’t be selling matching grown up versions of my baby dresses, at least not anytime soon.

Butterick 6049 | Sew Anita

And last but not least, I went back to the Great Salt Lake for photos again. I loved the ones I took last week so much, I decided to have just one more shoot over there. I thought this dress would look good out there. I’ll try to come up with another nice place for a shoot for my next finished dress. I started work on it last night, and it’s going to be a second Simplicity 1419, and the fabric is also pretty amazing, so I’m excited to share.

Butterick 6049 | Sew Anita

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The Anna Dress Goes to the Salt Lake

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Anna Dress, By Hand London | Sew Anita

Yes, I made another Anna dress! This is my 4th (three for me, one gift), and at this point I’ve made so many I won’t even link you to it, I’ll just send you to my Handmade Wardrobe page where you can see them all. This pattern is so fantastic, though, I might have added a few more Annas to my wardrobe before the year is over. I do have some black rayon challis that would make a wonderful Anna maxi dress… Hmmm… ANYWAY, this Anna turned out to be more of a fall piece. This fabric is not only dark in color, but it’s also a lot thicker than the rayon I usually sew with. It frayed like crazy, so I was extra careful with all the finishes and seams in it, so it wouldn’t fray after it was done. So everything inside is looking pretty neat.

Anna Dress, By Hand London | Sew Anita

You might remember from my to-do list post that I originally planned on making a circle skirt to go with this dress instead of the Anna skirt. But I ended up making a mistake while putting the circle skirt together, and had to scrap it. I used up pretty much all of my left over fabric to cut the Anna skirt panels. So it’s not this time that I make a franken-anna. Maybe the next one. Construction wise, I’m getting much quicker at making those dresses! It only took me a week to finish this one, working just a couple of hours each night. I ended up hemming it twice because I didn’t like how long it was. The length looked adorable on my first Anna, but I didn’t think it looked so hot on this version. So I shortened it about 2 inches so it would end right on my knees.

Anna Dress, By Hand London | Sew Anita

Another thing to note: those photos were taken on one of my favorite spots in Utah, the Great Salt Lake. I have been to the lake several times for photoshoots, and the photos always turn out so dreamy. It’s a short drive from my house there, so this weekend my friend Dana and I headed out there to take engagement photos of her daughter, and we were kind of jealous of all the pictures they were getting, so we came back the next day and took our own. So all photos on this post taken at the lake were taken by her. Pretty awesome place, huh? This post will have a dual purpose then: to show off this dress and the location. Hope you enjoy!

Anna Dress, By Hand London | Sew Anita
Anna Dress, By Hand London | Sew Anita

Anna Dress, By Hand London | Sew Anita

Anna Dress, By Hand London | Sew Anita

Anna Dress, By Hand London | Sew Anita

Anna Dress, By Hand London | Sew Anita

I know the weather is still so nice and hot that it doesn’t even feel like Fall is almost here, but soon we’ll be needing to switch those summer sandals for boots, and I cannot wait. I love cooler temperatures and accessorizing with winter-wear. I still have a few summer pieces on my to-sew list, but i’ll slowly be transitioning to Fall. Hm, that means that beautiful floral dress I have yet to cut might have to wait till next year to get done…  Anwyay, what about you? How are you getting ready for fall?

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I did a refashion once. I hated it.

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Grumpy Cat T-Shirt Refashion | Sew Anita

Before I start… I committed an awful refashion sin while trying to make this gigantic shirt fit me. I forgot to take a before picture. When sewing, you never take a before picture because the before picture is just a rectangular piece of fabric folded. But on refashions… You are making changes to something that already exists, so you should show the before. And I… forgot. I just put that shirt on my table and cut that thing up, and sewed it back together, and it took me about a hour, and there’s not a single picture to show for it. Well, there is one of just the shirt sitting by itself on my table, that I took for another post, so that’s all I have to offer to you all. I’m sorry!

On The Cutting Table August 2014 | Anita Boeira

I ordered this AWESOME grumpy cat shirt online, and when it came to choosing the size I had a Male/Female option. So I picked a Women’s extra large because I know the large fits me well, but I wanted this to be a little bit roomier so the print wouldn’t stretch. The price wasn’t cheap, but it’s a grumpy cat shirt, and I love grumpy cat (and I also have a collection of cats-of-the internet shirts)! I anxiously waited for its arrival, yelled in excitement when the package showed up, and almost cried when I tried it on. They sent me a Men’s extra large. And for the record, I wear XS on men sizes, so an extra large is just beyond huge for me. I was devastated. To return, I was going to have to pay for shipping, losing $10 on this. So instead, I just decided to cut it up and make it fit. I grabbed another t-shirt I had that fit me well and cut it to match.

Grumpy Cat T-Shirt Refashion | Sew Anita

I made one mistake, though (I don’t refashion a lot, I’m still learning), which I only notice when I was done. I cut my sleeves too small. My biceps are not that skinny. To fix it, I ended up just cutting the bottom of the shirt open. You can’t see anything when I’m wearing it, and it gave my arms some breathing space. I don’t like tight stuff, I sit around a lot all day thanks to my job (this is not a complaint), so I like comfy stuff. And yeah, I do wear this crazy shirt to work. My workplace is really cool. And I don’t meet with any clients, so I’m sure that’s why I get away with it.

Grumpy Cat T-Shirt Refashion | Sew Anita

Another change I made was making the collar a nice big stretchy boat neck, just like the one on my Belcarra blouse. I finished it with the hem of the shirt, and it looks quite nice! And I left a bunch of edges unfinished too, I like the look on knit, and this shirt had a pretty thick knit that I think will do well with unfinished edges.

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Favorite Pattern: The Belcarra

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Belcarra Blouse | Sew Anita

I’m in love with the Belcarra blouse! You might remember when I made my first one about a month ago, and then you didn’t hear about the second one because it was a gift (only have one picture and it’s not really good, so let’s keep the standards high here and not share it!), and here I am now making my third one! It’s really a great pattern: the instructions are clear, the fit is incredible, you can put it together really fast, and the finished product is beautiful. I might be making a lot of those, especially with leftover fabric because you don’t even need that much! I had less than a yard of some cool vintage fabric left (the same fabric as this red top I made for myself) and I easily had enough space for the Belcarra gift, and even had enough left over to cut a second sleeve front after I messed up the first one. In case you didn’t know: I hate waste. I use a fabric till there are barely scraps left, and then I use the scraps to make little bows or other embellishments that I then use to make gift wrapping cute. But I digress.

Belcarra Blouse | Sew Anita

This time I made the Belcarra in this fancy rayon challis I bought on Fabric Mart. I’m loving this website because even though they don’t have a massive selection, they have some really good fabric at ridiculous low prices. I bought 4 yards of this beautiful fabric and it was less than $20 bucks. I’m making out of it this shirt, a dress, and still have a lot left for another project. Sometimes sewing can get expensive, but at other times, if you’re smart about your shopping and cutting, your sewing can get really cheap. The Belcarra patterns I bought for $10 and already used it three times. So not counting my time, because I’m doing this for fun so I refuse to put a dollar amount to my time, this shirt cost me about $8. And it’s a pretty awesome shirt. And even if we were counting my time (which we are not) this would still be a pretty good priced shirt, because I made it in about 4 hours or so. So it’s not something that is  very labor intensive. And I was watching Mad Men and The X Files. Bottom line: this stuff is cool.

I didn’t take a ton of photos, and I made the simplest version of this shirt so there’s not a lot of detail to show. I just loved how it turned out, and it looks so well put together tucked in. I’ll be wearing my Belcarras a lot. And I’ll be making more with all my fabric scraps. I do wish I had put make up on though, because the photos turned out pretty great, especially the first one with the greenery on the background. I am in need of a more recent headshot now that I updated the blog! Oh well, next time! Just have to remember to do my hair the same way.

Belcarra Blouse | Sew Anita

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July 2014 Recap

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If in June things slowed down, in July they went crazy again! We started the month with a road trip, halfway through it I rebranded my website, and it ended with more handmade projects in a month that I could blog about. Like, really, there’s stuff schedule to post that I finished a week ago. That’s how crazy it’s been! I’ve been super productive and super into sewing, and I’m getting more and more into it by day. Anyway, here’s what I did in July, 2014:

Images from my PNW road trip | Sew Anita

I went on a road trip. June wasn’t even over yet, and Michael and I got onto our car and drove all 766 miles to Portland. Spent a few days there (even went to the beach!!!) then we drove up to Seattle and spent a few more days there as well. On the 5th we packed the car and drove back home with a couple of extra pounds from all the eating. You can read all about my Seattle trip here, and all about the Portland and Oregon coast trip here. And I still haven’t finished blogging about all the places I visited, oh my! I need to get on with it. I took some beautiful photos while we were at the Oregon Coast, and I really need to have them edited to share. You can always check all of my photography posts on my other blog, the True Perfection Photography.

Running my first 10k | Sew Anita

I ran a 10k race. In June I ran 10 kilometers for the first time, which was great, since I had signed up for a 10k in July. I only had time to run 2 practice 10ks before the Deseret Classic (5k, 10k, half, and marathon) on July 24th, but I felt pretty good that I was going to be able to finish it, and in a better time than my previous two practice runs. And I did it! I finished it, and I did my best time EVER. Not even a short run was ever that good. I finished it in 1:20, which was a pace of about 12 and half minutes per mile. It’s in no way impressive, except that it makes me very happy. I wasn’t the last one crossing the finish line, but it was slow enough that a bunch of half runners that started 7 miles before me were passing me after one hour of race. I thought it was funny, but the contrast before those super fast half-marathon runners and the back of the pack group was pretty huge. Michael ran with me, and he finished it in under a hour, but only because he was hurt and couldn’t have gone any faster. If he wasn’t hurt, I’m sure he would have beaten some sort of record. Personal at least. :) Now I’m looking forward to sign up for a Run Disney event, and have an awesome excuse to go to Disney. Although, considering the amount of pain I was in the day after the race, maybe I don’t want to do a Run Disney race, and then miss out on park fun the next day. Or maybe I just need to get used to regularly running 10ks. Let’s go with the latter.

Official time: 1:19:46. I was 928th out of 1014 runners, 94th in my age group (30-34), and my official pace was 12:51 minutes per mile. Mike did much better, finishing within 55 minutes, 417th overall and a 9 minute per mile pace.

Things I made in July 2014 | Sew Anita

Pictured: Refashion (not blogged), Golf Shorts, Simplicity 1419 Dress, Baby Dress (not blogged), Kimono (not blogged), gift Belcarra (not blogged)

I made things. I didn’t blog as much about them this month because a few of them were just not blog worthy :)  There were a few I didn’t blog about at all: I made new PJs for myself, a kimono to wear over the PJs, and a Belcarra I gave as a gift (the Belcarra is so pretty on the body, but it does not photograph well on the hanger.. it looks so big!). I did a refashion of a men’s shirt, tried to give it a more feminine silhouette, but turns out Mike’s shirts are too tight around the chest area for me. So in the end, I don’t think the final shirt is completely wearable as I intended. It works very well if I leave some of the upper buttons open, and wear it with a tank top under it, but that’s not really my style. I love the color though, so I haven’t given up on it yet. And I have another shirt of his waiting for me to alter as well.  I also came up with a new baby dress pattern, and I’ll be making a few dresses for the shop using it. I’m thinking about also making a free-download pattern of the dress and then post a how-to here on the blog, but this might have to wait a little bit till I can put it together nicely!

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope | Scandal Outfits | Sew AnitaImage Source: ABC

I watched TV. Part of the reason why I have been so productive sewing, is because I started watching Scandal on Netflix. It’s such a guilty pleasure, and I enjoy watching the stuff Kerry Washington wears. And as usual with me and shows, I love all the side characters and their story lines, and couldn’t care less about the main characters. There’s not much to talk about it except that I think you should be binge watching it too. It’s best in large doses. And also, I wanted an excuse to share a collage of all the beautiful clothes Kerry Washington wears. So many great neutrals, and all great inspiration for women working in corporate settings (and great inspiration to all my lawyer friends who have such a strict dress code).

What did you do this past month?

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