Tagged: sewing

Look of the Day: Black and White and Green All Over.

And then all of a sudden it is August 11th.


I have been away for a little while mostly because I was on a surprise birthday road trip with my boyfriend (who planned AND manged to keep it a secret) to Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado…and then I had to recover from my road trip, I will be posting more on that later on…hopefully the day after my birthday which is tomorrow…..wooohoooo

In the meantime I’m here to share a little photo shoot I did with my handmade skirt after a work meeting the other day. The office I “work out of” is at the LA River Center and Gardens so it’s a pretty lush green place in the middle of a very urban landscape. If this skirt seems familiar to you then you get an A+ for paying attention because it is made from the same fabric as this handmade shirt, what can I say…I like a bold black and white polka dot.

I became best friends with this plant.







The necklace I wear almost 24/7.


These shoes have become a fast favorite (after I broke them in and bandaged my wounds) they are comfortable flats that immediately class up an outfit.

DIY: Boot Shapers


Here in Southern California we are experiencing “Sinter”, spring going by the name of winter. The weather doesn’t know what it is doing half of the time, one days it’s cold the next its almost hot…now I’m not complaining because I’d rather this than snow any day (sorry everyone else in the country) but regardless I want to wear my cute boots because the calendar says February and it is my right to wear cute boots in “winter” (even is it is too warm).

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The idea for this DIY was sparked by my boots spooning each other in my closet, now spooning may be appropriate in some situations but never when it comes to my boots.
I have been scoping out boot shapers for some time now and I have been unable to bring myself to spend $10 (or more) on things that I knew I could make.  Today inspiration came to me while I was pondering my spooning boots, I could use the packing pillows from all of my amazon purchases which I just didn’t have the hear to throw out!
With that spark this DIY was born, enjoy!

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You will need:

Duct Tape
Fabric Scissors
Packing Pillows
A Sewing Machine

Side note about the fabric: It was on sale at Ikea for $25 for an ENTIRE bolt of fabric…so now I will probably use this fabric for every functional sewing DIY I make (my kitchen curtains are already made from it).


Steps 1 and 2: Fold your packing pillows in half (if you have the individual perforated kind) and duct tape one end.

Steps 3 and 4: Put the untaped ends together and tape around the middle.

Your stuffers are done, you can stop here if you don’t feel like sewing…but it will be quick I promise.


Step 5: Cut 2 strips of fabric about 28 inches long and 6 inches across.

 I kind of guesstimated these measurements based on the size of my stuffers…it’s not exact but it works.


Step 6: Sew up the two long ends of your covers.

Now you may be thinking that you are making long skinny pillows…and you would be right.


Steps 7 and 8: Admire your freshly sewn covers and flip them right side out.

Steps 9 and 10: Put your stuffers into the cover and sew the ends.


Ta da!!!!
Now your boots won’t be caught spooning in your closet!

DIY: Bunting Advent Calendar


My favorite advent calendar is a a small tree that sits on a music box with 24 tiny drawers. In each little drawer there is a little holiday related ornament…I remember when my mom brought this tree home and let my brother and I set the tree  up. We were both extremely excited to have our turn to put an ornament on the tree (and sometimes we would try to steal eachothers turns)…this tree has been the subject of a number of sibling spats I shared with my brother (all in the spirit of Christmas of course)…but nevertheless…I still love it…and look forward to it every year.

It was this advent tree, my current obsession with making some kind of holiday bunting (I don’t even know where it came from…it’s weird), and the amazing inspiration Advent Calendars (posted yesterday) that helped inspire my DIY Bunting and Ornament Advent Calendar…I am more than excited about how well it turned out and I hope you enjoy it too!


You will need:

7 1/2 inch wide strips of felt
(or one long one whatever floats your boat)

About 10 ft of ribbon, or lace, or string

A Ruler

Permanent Markers
(in your colors of choice)

Fabric Scissors

A few pins


Holiday Packing Labels
(I got 130 labels at the Dollar Store for $1)


24 Ornaments or knickknacks you have

24 ornament hooks
(If your ornaments or knickknacks don’t have a way to hang on a tree)

A tree or something to hang your ornaments on


As I am just starting out on my “big girl” adventures I do not have an established set of ornaments so instead of going out and buying a bunch of matching ones that don’t mean anything to me I searched through my jars and tins of knickknacks and lo and behold I was able to scrounge up an eclectic bunch of ornaments. I think this makes this Advent Calendar more special because I have a story for every ornament I have.
(I am also using a 2ft tall fake tree so I needed small things.)

Let the tutorial commence!


Step 1. Measure out your desired triangle…there is no real science to it…I just tried to make a relatively even triangle…it does not need to be perfect…especially if you use felt.


Step 2. Mark out 24 (or more to be safe) triangles on your felt with a similar color.


Step 3. Cut out all of your triangles and find the best 24.
(some of my triangles are finished because I bought two large santa bags from the Dollar Tree and opened them for fabric)


Step 4. Plan out your pattern…in my case I had more green fabric so I doubled the green triangles.


Step 5. Pin your first triangle to your lace or ribbon.


Step 6. Turn on some music and start sewing. I found it was easiest to start with the pinned triangle and then just add the triangles along the way instead of pinning all of them…this also made dealing with the other 8 ft of lace much easier.

To finish the lace edges I flipped them under and made a loop at either end so it would be easier to hang in the future.


Step 7. Step back and marvel at how good your bunting looks.


Step 8. Bust out those labels and markers.


Step 9. Number 24 of the labels to your hearts desire…I like the look of hand drawn (and I didn’t have any extra printer labels) but you can print out your numbers if you so desire.


Step 10. Stick those bad boys on your bunting.
(If you are using Dollar Store labels I suggest being extra careful when you pull them off of the sheet because they are in fact cheap and I did tear number 1…now it has character.)


Step 11. Plan out where your different ornaments will go…in my case I put the heaviest at the front of the line because I was worried that I would wake up to a advent calendar bunting disaster.


Step 12. Tape the bajeezuz out of those ornaments and make sure that they aren’t going anywhere until you get to put them on your tree.
(I ended up not taping my first two ornaments to the bunting because they were too heavy).


I am overjoyed at the result…it came out exactly as I imagined! I am pretty excited about the post possibilities that will come out of this DIY…ornament story time perhaps? a gif? The possibilities are endless!

Did you like this DIY? Tell me!

Did you make something similar? Show me!

Do you want high five? HERE YOU GO! *high five*

Friday Fashion DIY: Shoulder-less Blouse

Hello and welcome to the very first installment of Friday Fashion DIY!!
Woohoooo!!! Today’s DIY is a silk shirt re-fashion. 
There are all kinds of shoulder less shirts out on the market for outrageous prices…but over here at Coffee+Velvet we are cheap and crafty so we came up with this super simple DIY to save you lots of money and keep you looking fabulous!
The look and the finished product.
I am wearing:
My DIY Shirt, Some DIY Thrifted Shorts, New Bowery Boots by Ecote from Urban Outfitters Online, Faux Agate Necklace from New Yorker , Peacock Earrings from Pennys in Dublin
You will need:
an old shirt 
(I prefer silk or something as equally light because it is summer and if I make it I want to wear it right away!!)
fabric scissors
matching thread
tailors chalk
sewing machine with a rolled hem foot (not pictured)
[Now you don’t need a rolled hem foot, you could iron the edges and sew very carefully but I found that the foot was easier.]
Step 1: Mark where you want the holes to start. I marked 1 inch away from the neck because I like more of a tank top look. I also marked on my dress form which made life easier but if you do not have a form you can always put it on and mark on one side where you want the holes to start and then measure it out for the other side to make it even.
Step 2: Figure out where you want the holes to end. The wider the cut the drapier the sleeves will be.
Step 3: Figure out how deep you want your holes to be….this is completely arbitrary and there was no real science when I cam up with my hole measurements…mark it out and try on the shirt a few times to see what tickles your fancy.
Step 4: Carefully cut out the circles.
Step 5: With your Rolled Hem Foot sew the raw edges of your holes.
Some tips for the rolled hem foot:
1. IRON your future seams before your attempt to use the foot…I promise you will save yourself a lot of heartache.
2. I found it was best to pull the fabric at an angle to the left of the foot so that it would stay in the rolling piece at the front of the foot.
Step 6: Wear your new shirt out and be fabulous!

Let me know if you liked this tutorial!
(leave a comment, follow me, or like my facebook page….for example!!)

If you use this tutorial to make your own shoulder-less blouse then please please please share it with me! I would love to see what you come up with!!!

Anbruch eines neuen Tages

Anbruch eines neuen Tages (phrase) a dawn of a new day
Today is a new day for Coffee + Velvet: I did not turn my photos into polaroids for this post. It is an idea I have been toying around with for a little while because as much as I LOVE polaroids they limit me as to what I can talk about and do…and you never get to see the whole picture (and I just got my DSLR back). So I am thinking I will do some posts as polaroids, some as regular pictures (as you see today), and maybe I will throw some film pictures into the mix. I really want to expand my blog so today I a taking that leap.
I hope you enjoy!
Ps. I am sorry about the hiatus, I have been busy AND I went through a blogger identity crisis which is hopefully over.
Outtakes from my most recent lookbook post.
I have had this gold silk skirt for about 11 years now (wow I’m old) and I have always wanted to wear it but I am just not the biggest fan of long skirts so I turned it into a high-low (aka Mullet Skirt) yesterday and I am so stoked on my brand new skirt.
My boyfriend is back in town! Around this same time last year my trusty little Nikon D50 started exposing a big black bar at the bottom of all of  my photos…I got so frustrated with it I broke up with it. For my graduation present my mom had it fixed and it is finally back to normal…I am excited to rekindle our relationship.
My fisheye lens is my FAVORITE…so get ready for more.
I recently got a job as an assistant home stager…meaning I help a lady who makes homes for sale feel more homey to make them sell faster. On Wednesday we staged an amazing home with 360 degree views of Altadena, Pasadena, and really the rest of Los Angeles.
This is a view of Pasadena.
Los Angeles…and haze.
Altadena….the motherland.
Today I went thrifting with my mother to find new inventory for Notnu…and myself.
One day I will own a machine as pretty as this one (used to be).
My favorite dress I found for myself.