Month: April 2017

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“April” Shorts

“I declare everything you are saying is stupid.” – April Ludgate Parks and Recreation is FULL of humor and dorky-ness. All 7 seasons are amazingly funny. (It’s now Hulu and Netflix, but first aired on NBC.) I started watching this show a couple years ago, the summer before eighth grade–one episode every night with my mom and brother before we went to sleep. April Ludgate (played by Aubrey Plaza) starts off as an intern in season 1 and over the 7 seven seasons you love her character more and more. She very relatable. She is full of dead pan humor. Since she wears a lot of button up and cardigans to work, I put together an outfit inspired by her workwear. I made these tie-waist shorts the same summer I made the kimono, t-shirt dress, and romper. The fabric is from Stone Mountain & Daughter. And I added some lace trim from Fabric Depo. I used the New Look Pattern 6100 (it was part of a Project Runway collection). When I picked out the fabric, I thought the anchors were cute, reminded me of …

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The Lone Star State

Why Texas for spring break? 1) We’ve never been to Austin, and 2) we wanted to meet up with my cousin stationed at Fort Hood. For six days, we stayed at a 2-story Airbnb in Austin that reminded me of Muji. It was simple with wooden accent walls, concrete floors, wooden sliding bathroom doors, and bamboo curtain rods. Our first stop after landing was Terry Black’s BBQ. (The leftovers, warmed on a skillet, made for a great breakfast the following morning.) Afterwards, my mom and I checked out a thrift store called Lo-fi with lots of vintage jackets, windbreakers, and sweatshirts, while the sneakerheads (dad, brother, cousin) headed to Nice Kicks. We heard that bats that fly out of a bridge in Austin at dusk, so naturally we went over to see what that was about. When we got to the area there were a ton of people waiting. When we’d hear noises or see a bird fly by, we’d pull out our phones all excited. When the bats finally came out thirty minutes later, I had already drained my battery from all the false alarms.  …

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“Wilderpeople” Cropped Sweater

Directed by Taika Waititi, Hunt for the Wilderpeople is such a sweet and super funny movie. It’s like a cross between Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson and Up, the Pixar movie. You may not have heard of this movie because it’s a New Zealand film. I hadn’t either until I heard my little brother and my mom laughing in the living room a couple weekends ago. I went over to see what was so funny and they were watching this movie. Apparently my little brother randomly found it on Hulu and pressed play to see what it was about. The movie was so good that I ended up joining them on the couch to watch. Ricky Baker (one of the main characters) is an adorable kid–and there’s an even more adorable Ricky Baker birthday song in the movie, too. This look is not inspired by a specific character but by the overall aesthetic of the movie. Most of the story takes place in the wilderness as the two main characters, Uncle Hec and Ricky, hide out and rough it. At one …

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“Jess” Romper

Originally I had planned to post another project, but let’s just say shipping takes forever (thanks Simplicity). Having sewn zero things last weekend, I pulled out one of my old projects that I had finished during the same summer I’d made the “Lara Jean” Kimono. I was pretty proud when I made this denim romper in my class at Stone Mountain & Daughter.  At first, I was nervous about sewing it because it was a one piece and made of denim (I had only sewn cotton before that). I got the denim at Fabric Depo (not a typo), this cheap shop, but it’s closed now. I chose to make a romper because I was really into rompers then and I was also tired of sewing tote bags. I used the Simplicity Pattern 1355. When it came to styling the romper for this post, I could not think of any characters from books, movies, or shows that I knew. I asked my mom for help and she was like, “What about New Girl ?” I hadn’t seen it before so I watched a few episodes. I …