La Cle Refocus Motivation & Muesli Yogurt Parfait Recipe

La Cle Refocus Motivation & Muesli Yogurt Parfait Recipe

Hey fitness pals!

I wanted to share a new recipe with you and what has been giving me some motivation lately.

Staying on track with exercising and eating right has been tough. After a long day at work it is hard to get in the workout mindset especially when it’s dark outside.  So when Deanna of La Cle reached out to me about her Refocus bands I thought – how clever! And just the little reminder that what I’m doing isn’t for not.

La Cle Refocus Bands
La Cle – “Keep Trying” band

I loved the “Keep Trying” band and the “If You Want It, Go Get It” band.  Honestly, isn’t what you think of daily where you are going to end up?  Whether that end result be today, tomorrow or a few years from now.  With that thought, it’s important for me to surround myself with things that inspire my personal development and sometimes a few words on your wrist can do just that.

If you need a motivational boost check out the shop here.

Muesli Yogurt Parfait

As for my new recipe, it’s a yogurt parfait snack to help curb those sugar cravings!

I’m sure every so often or every day you are craving a tasty snack and as much as you want those Jalapeno Kettle Chips or that bag of Sour Patch Kids you know you’ve got to make better choices.  We all indulge a bit (so hard not to right?!) but on the days when I am more mentally strong I go for a healthier snack and I got to say I never regret the choice.

Here’s what you need:

¼ cup of plain Greek yogurt

Sprinkle of berries – blueberries, cut strawberries, raspberries, blackberries

2 tablespoons of muesli – can use granola

Drizzle of agave nectar

First, add the yogurt to the bowl then add the toppings and drizzle on the agave. 🙂

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Muesli Yogurt Parfait

 

 

 

Fashion Sewing | Cassandra Dress Pattern by Valentine & Stitch

Fashion Sewing | Cassandra Dress Pattern by Valentine & Stitch

***Valentine & Stitch patterns are sadly no longer available in the marketplace***

I have been looking forward to sewing up Valentine and Stitch’s Cassandra Pattern for quite some time now but I couldn’t decide on what fabric to go with.  Did I want to do a solid as I usually do, maybe stripes or maybe a print?  Well the decision became much easier when Helen of Valentine and Stitch announced that their patterns were going to be carried by Girl Charlee.  Super exciting right?!  I knew of Girl Charlee but I had never ordered from them before and living in Los Angeles, I can find so many deals in our very own fabric district that I don’t typically order fabric online.  Well this case was different- so I thought in celebration of the lovely Helen and Rich being carried by Girl Charlee I will order a printed knit fabric from their shop!

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Photo courtesy of www.valentineandstitch.com

I don’t usually do prints or florals.  Not that I don’t like them.  I actually love them!  I just feel like I might get tired of the look as I have in the past when I have purchased RTW with bold prints or florals.  Due to this I scoured through the Girl Charlee site looking for something, beautiful yet modern that still felt like me and I think I found it:

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I went with the Plum Blue Feather Palm on Blush Double Brushed Jersey Spandex Blend Knit and I absolutely love it!  The colors in this print are so amazing – pinks, blues, reds, purples mixed in these gigantic palm leaves and feathers!  It’s feminine but not too sweet so I don’t feel like a child.  This blush color is one of my favorites as well – see my Valentine and Stitch Angelina dress.  I feel really good in this color and it has become one of my favorite colors to seek out when buying fabric.  I think this is going to be my go-to spring dress and I’m so glad I’m ready (not that I really need to wait for spring in LA).

Sewing up Cassandra was a breeze.  Just like the Valentine and Stitch web site says “Easy to sew, easy to wear”.  This is absolutely true.  One thing I love about their patterns are the neckbands.  If you have sewn a few of their patterns you will see how much effort the put into making sure you have a clean neckline.  This pattern is no different.  It calls for interfacing which is a technique I had not done on knit before so I was pleased to find that it works great and stabilized the neckline of this dress well for a more formal finish.

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Cassandra offers two necklines (round and scoop), two hemlines (standard and asymmetrical), and two sleeve lengths (elbow and long).  You can also purchase the Cassandra extension pack which allows you to sew up a cute cardigan or top with the same neckline, hemline and sleeve options as the dress.  I have both and I intend on sewing the top to add some great staples to my wardrobe.  I’m still tinkering around with what type of fabric I would like to use for the cardigan as I would love to add this to my closet as well.

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Photo courtesy of www.valentineandstitch.com

I also love how their patterns hug my body in all the right places and Cassandra is no different.  I’m a petite tittering on average height gal but I’m not very broad either so it’s nice to be able to sew up a pattern and not have to make any adjustments especially for the armscye which pops out on me for other patterns but not this one.

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Back to the sewing, I was able to sew this up over a weekend.  It would have been completed more quickly had my sewing machines – yes I said machines… not gone on strike.  They refused to work properly until I cleaned them so I finally did.  If you look closely on the neckline of my dress, there are a couple skipped stitches that I didn’t notice until after I finished.  I debated on ripping out the seam but it already looked so nice that I decided against it.  I may later on though.

Valentine and Stitch Cassandra Dress Pattern

As for recommendations, this dress looks so cute with a belt!!  I didn’t have an intention of adding a belt when I first sewed it up but as I was swinging around in it I thought “Let’s try a belt with it!” and I loved the outcome.  I also love this dress with my mauve Hi Sk8 Vans.  The color matches perfectly and I adore those shoes… can’t help myself.

Till next time, happy sewing!

~ Now on Pinterest ~

Valentine and Stitch Cassandra Dress Pattern

 

 

 

 

YouTube Video Alert: DIY Underwear Tutorial & Free Underwear Pattern | Be Bashful Bikini

YouTube Video Alert: DIY Underwear Tutorial & Free Underwear Pattern | Be Bashful Bikini

When you already have too much to do… what should you do?  Do more! 🙂  That sounds about right doesn’t it?

Well call me crazy but I decided to jump in and try filming a YouTube video tutorial.  This is my first “film” (I use that term VERY loosely) so please forgive the awkwardness!  What is it about?  Well I think the title of this blog post gave it away… but it is a DIY underwear tutorial for the free Be Bashful Bikini pattern which you can download when you subscribe to this blog.  I made it for anyone who would like some extra help or maybe this is you first time sewing underwear and you would like a “live” demonstration or maybe you’re just really into watching sewing videos.

Extra bonus is – you get to meet my sewing companion aka cat co-worker – Howard.  He is the sweetest and loves hanging around the sewing machine.

Now what are you waiting for?!  Depending on what time it is (who I am to judge though) pour yourself a glass of wine and head on over! 🙂

Please don’t hesitate to subscribe, like or comment – your feedback is very valuable to me!

Oh YEAH – Have you noticed it’s Valentine’s Day?  Happy Valentine’s Day my lovelies! 😉

Fashion Sewing | At First Blush Patterns – Be Bashful Bikini DIY Underwear Tutorial

Fashion Sewing | At First Blush Patterns – Be Bashful Bikini DIY Underwear Tutorial

The Be Bashful Bikini was just released a little over a week ago and it had a great response!  As you may already know, Be Bashful is a free underwear pattern available if you subscribe to this blog.  For those of you who may be dabbling into lingerie for the first time using this underwear pattern I wanted to create a step-by-step photo tutorial to help you sew up Be Bashful.

Here we go! 🙂

Sewing Instructions:

Step 1: Sandwich the Bikini Back between the two lining pieces at the crotch. Make sure the right side of main fabric lining is facing the right side of the Bikini Back and the right side of the interior lining fabric is facing the wrong side of the Bikini Back.  Use a zigzag stitch or overlock to sew the three pieces together.

Step 2: Match the right side of the Bikini Front with the right side of the main lining piece at the crotch seam.  Twist the interior lining piece so the right side lines up with the wrong side of the Bikini Front at the crotch seam.  Pin in place then sew. Your underwear will have a clean seam on the front and the back once you untwist.

Step 3: Pin the right sides of the front and back side seams together then stitch.

Step 4:  Measure the waistband opening and the leg openings then subtract 2” from each.  Cut your elastic based on these measurements.  You will have three pieces of elastic.

At First Blush Patterns - Be Bashful Bikini Tutorial

Step 5: Overlap the raw edges of the waistband elastic by about 1/2” then stitch.  Repeat this on the elastic for each leg opening.

Step 6: Divide the waistband four ways and mark each with a pin.  Line up the seam of the waistband with either side seam of the bikini; keep right sides together and the scallop edges of the elastic towards the body of the garment.  Stretch the elastic so that the pins match at both side seams and center front and center back.  Pin then use a zigzag stitch while making sure to stretch the elastic to match the length of the fabric as you sew.  Repeat for both leg openings.

At First Blush Patterns - Be Bashful Bikini Tutorial

Step 7:  Flip the elastic to the wrong side of the fabric so the scallop edge now points away from the body of the garment. Next, zigzag stitch around the perimeter of the waistband and both leg openings on the right side.

Step 8:  Finish and trim off any excess threads.

Don’t forget to share your bashful panties on social media!  Tag @atfirstblushpatterns and use #bebashfulbikini #atfirstblushpatterns

For pattern support email atfirstblushpatternco@gmail.com

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At First Blush Patterns - Be Bashful Bikini Tutorial

 

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Fashion Sewing | Dreamy Valentine’s Day Night Gown – Sewalicious Fabric & Just Patterns Bias Top Hack

Fashion Sewing | Dreamy Valentine’s Day Night Gown – Sewalicious Fabric & Just Patterns Bias Top Hack

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and while some of you are thinking about the big date night or maybe dreaming about chocolates or flowers, we are thinking about sewing over here!

Sewing up pretty things that is – like a sexy camisole or a sexy nightie or maybe even a nightgown.

Well for today’s guest post on the Sewalicious blog, I will be hacking the Just Patterns Bias Top aka a camisole pattern into a delicate and romantic nightie/nightgown using Burgundy Peachskin fabric from Sewalicious– rich color, soft texture and beautiful drape! Absolutely perfect for this project.

Just Patterns Bias Top Hack

Sewalicious Just Patterns Bias Top Hack

This pattern calls for a lining but I opted out and cut the pattern without it leaving one front piece and one back piece.  I then decided how much length I wanted to add to the camisole to make it into a nightie while adding a little extra just in case things go wrong.  (As we all know in sewing we can’t always be certain when hacking!). I decided on adding 14 1/2 inches to the hem of the camisole.  This would give me option of have a short sexy nightie or a longer romantic gown.  Moving forward, I took out my trusty medical paper and taped my pattern down then measured out 14 1/2 inches down for the new hemline.  I used my curved pattern ruler to give some subtle shape to the skirt. 

Once cut out, I overlocked the edges then sewed up the side seams with a straight stitch.  I wanted a slit on both sides of the gown so I left 6 inches of the side seam open at the bottom.  I pressed the seams open making sure to press the slits open as if I had sewn them.

Sewalicious Just Patterns Bias Top Hack

I measured around the circumference of the top of the night gown to determine how much lace I would need then repeated this for the bottom including the slit areas. 

Using a wide zigzag stitch I carefully attached the lace to the outside edges of the night gown being mindful of covering the overlocked edges.  I repeated this for the hem and slits as well. 

I tried my night gown on at this point to determine how long I would need to make the straps and what position I would like them to be in the back.  (I advise having someone help you with this if possible).  Once determined, I cut out my straps, lined them up where they needed to go and zigzag stitched them in place.

Sewalicious Just Patterns Bias Top Hack

Easy as that! 🙂 I think I’m ready for Valentine’s Day now… are you?

 

It’s pinning time!  Got a Pinterest account and maybe a sewing board?  Pin this!

Just Patterns Bias Top Hack

Happy Sewing! 🙂