Everything You Need to Know About Bridal Shoes for Your Wedding

Everything You Need to Know about Bridal Shoes

Here is everything you need to know about Bridal Shoes for your big day!



Which came first, the wedding dress or bridal shoes? For long dresses, you should have your shoes before your final dress fitting to get the hem the right length.  Most Brides select their wedding shoes after finding the perfect dress.  I bought my shoes before my dress, they were just perfect!  There really is no exact time to get your shoes.   Continue reading

Practical Side of Fitness Fashion

2015-12-29 15.46.16Looking good may be your motivation to start a workout, but comfort during your workout will ensure that you will want to do it again.

I am fairly brand loyal when it comes to clothes and shoes, except for fitness fashion.  When it comes to exercise clothes it is all about fit and fabrics!  I do not care what celebrity is endorsing the brand, or even what brand it is.

Since there is specialized equipment for many sports (golf cleats, soccer shin guards, etc), I am going to focus this discussion on gym athletic wear.   There is plenty of crossover into other sports, so this is a good foundation to build a practical workout wardrobe. Continue reading

Stay Cool in Natural Fibers

Living in Arizona, we learn all the tricks to stay cool in summer; drink plenty of water, wear sunblock, hats & parasols are lifesavers, avoid heat absorbing dark colors, and most of all wear natural fibers!

Fabric contentLight weight cotton, linen, and silk outfits are your best friend in the summer heat.  100% natural fibers are the coolest option.  Double check the fabric content labels when shopping for better options in your closet.  High natural fiber content blends are still a good option.  Cotton and cotton blends are great options and usually lower priced than linen or silk.  Linen has a bad habit of wrinkling, so I tend to avoid linen pants anyway. Continue reading

New Dress a Day

I have found a kindred spirit!  Marisa Lynch, author and creator of the Book and Website New Dress a Day, is brilliant!  I bought her book a few months ago and devoured it in a few glorious hours.  Now I follow her on Facebook and on her website.

Basically, this amazing lady spent an entire year re-purposing thrift store finds for a new dress or outfit everyday.  There are multiple before photos, an exact description of what and how she did it, more photos, then the after result photos.  She shows various techniques for sewing and non-sewing at various skill-levels.  Her book has a section describing sewing machine basics for beginners.

Now that the year is up, she still takes unique pieces and converts them to wearable, up-to-the-minute fashion.  I have added her site to my blogroll, and I highly recommend picking up her book and browsing the site!

Add Pockets

Pockets are great!  They are built-in compartments that can supplement or replace a handbag or purse.  Here is a previous post about the hidden treasure of sewn pockets, but what about the majority of fabulous dresses & skirts without pockets?  Let’s add them!

The easiest garments to add pockets are non-stretchy fabric (cotton is my favorite) with a tight weave to “hold” the pocket.  Try to match the pocket fabric for similar or coordinating color and fabric type, then plan out your pocket location.

Top pocketHere is a super easy pocket that is sewn to the outside of the garment.

This is a great pocket for sheath dresses, tight fit, or straight skirts for beginners.  Select your pocket-less garment and fabric for the pocket, then follow the steps below.

  1. Print this Top Pocket Pattern and trim at the solid black line.
  2. Fold pocket fabric, align the pattern at the fold, and cut 1 for each pocket.  For heavier fabric, fold 1 inch at the fold line and leave the majority of the pocket single layer.
  3. Mark the pocket location on the outside on the garment.  For dark fabrics, mark the fabric with bar soap (use it like a crayon).
  4. Turn under the outside edges and sew under.
  5. With the fold at the top, pin the pocket to the garment and sew the sides and bottom

IMG_3929IMG_3945Don’t sew?  An alternative for sewing is to use iron-on adhesive tape or liquid.  Use a fabric that does not fray, such as felt, and simply glue the sides and bottom of the pocket to the garment.

For pocket practice, try adding simple pockets to an older comfy garment.  I wear knit dresses around the house and by the pool, so this grey dress was a perfect candidate for pockets.  For children’s clothes, ribbon or bias tape could go on the outside.  Or, add decorative buttons on the corners.

Pinned Pockets