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    I'm Sabrina, and I love to make pretty things, visit inspiring places, eat really good food, and take lots of photos along the way. Though I live with my husband in Atlanta, GA, I consider the world my home, and I can't wait to see more of it.

escape to blue mountain beach

RH and I spent last week at the beach in Florida. It was sooooooooooo relaxing. We had perfect weather, a gorgeous beach, kite-flying, fireworks, and some fire-in-the-sky sunsets.

Life since I returned from my last vacation has been a hectic blur, so this trip was just what the doctor ordered.

Blue Mountain Beach

at the beach

flying a kite at the beach

Blue Mountain Beach

My favorite spots to get away and absolutely chill are Hawaii and Florida’s beaches on 30A.

Do you have a favorite destination that’s just made for relaxing? I’d love to hear about it in the comments. There’s always room for another addition to my list of places to go.:)

handmade preview: truly diy mint jeans

If you’re an avid Pinterest user, you’ve probably seen those “diy mint jeans” pins where a clever woman bleaches a pair of favorite blue jeans white, then dyes them mint using Rit fabric dye. Or the other pins where a similarly clever woman buys a pair of white jeans from the thrift store and dyes them with fabric dye. Voilà! Mint jeans for a mere $7!

Well, another way to diy mint jeans is to simply make them from scratch. That’s what I did! I made jeans using the famed Jalie pattern and some pretty awesome stretch white cotton/lycra denim. I altered the style from a bootcut leg to more of a skinny/cigarette leg, and I love the way they fit! Then I dyed them using some Rit dye in Teal and Golden Yellow. I just eyeballed the proportions, but it was more teal than yellow. I dunked a few fabric swatches to find the perfect shade, et voilà! Jeans that fit me perfectly in the exact shade I wanted.

DIY mint jeans

I’ll share pics of the dyed jeans soon, but right now I’m busy packing for vacation. RH and I are headed to Seattle, where we’ll board a cruise ship headed to Alaska! I’m pretty stoked. And yes…I’m packing my new jeans!

Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

July 4, 2013 - 10:28 am

Shona - Ooooh, I love that color! Have fun on vacation :)

July 4, 2013 - 10:39 am

Rachel - I am so glad to see you trying this, I have been thinking about dyeing my pencil skirt (the colour is beige and I am not a huge fan) l love the mint you chose, excited to see the after pic. And the jeans fit you really well!

July 4, 2013 - 11:54 am

Karen - I’ve always wanted to go to Alaska! Enjoy the trip. The jeans are very cute.

July 4, 2013 - 12:09 pm

Diane @ Vintage Zest - Fun! I can’t believe you made those jeans. I’m way too intimidated to make pants because I have such awkward proportions to fit. They already look so cute in white, and I’m sure the mint will be super cute!

P.S. – Love the I heart Macarons shirt!

July 5, 2013 - 9:31 am

Camille - Great color! I’m always hesitant to make pants for myself, maybe I’ll give this pattern a try. I just got back from Seattle – have a great time!

handmade: black and white colette iris shorts

In the time since I took a nasty spill in the middle of a run, I’ve been to urgent care twice and my sports medicine doctor once. I’ve had two sets of x-rays and had my arm in a sling for a few days. In other words, it was way worse than I thought…much more than just a skinned knee and elbow! While I (amazingly) didn’t break anything, I now have doctor’s orders to avoid running, biking, lots of stairs, big hills, yoga, lunges, and squats for three months. THREE MONTHS! I was just starting to feel like I was making good progress in my running, so this directive is pretty disappointing.:(

In happier news, I finally finished my Colette Iris shorts for the Black and White Challenge…and I absolutely love them!

Colette Iris shorts

As I mentioned when I shared my muslin, I made several changes to the pattern:

  • added 1/2″ length
  • moved the pockets to the side seams
  • moved the invisible zipper from the side seam to the rear
  • graded the hips down so the shorts will fit me in the waist and fit my narrow hips

All that work with the two muslins paid off! They’re a perfect fit.

Colette Iris shorts

I love this pattern so much, I’m planning a shorts wardrobe overhaul for summer! Once I sorted out my adjustments, making them was pretty straightforward. I really like the clean front and the invisible zipper, as it makes these slightly dressy.

With the custom fit, they are incredibly comfortable too!

Colette Iris shorts

Have you ever made shorts before? What’s your favorite shorts pattern?

April 29, 2013 - 11:14 am

Kristin - Your shorts look fantastic!! I hate making muslins, but it seems to have worked perfectly in your favor! I’ve never made shorts before, and I don’t usually wear them, but this makes me want to try. Fantastic job!

April 29, 2013 - 1:38 pm

MammaNene - I love your shorts! And they fit perfectly indeed!
My Black and White entry is coming soon, I’ve sewn and made pics, “only” to write post and edit pics LOL


April 29, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Tiffany - Nice! I love the fabric.

April 29, 2013 - 6:40 pm

Rachel - They look so comfy and stylish, best part is you can make more with your alterations already done. Hope you heal really quickly :)

April 29, 2013 - 7:34 pm

Sabrina - Thanks, everyone! And Kristin, I’m not a fan of the extra work muslins create, but I’m beginning to really see the value in spending a little more time upfront to get a better (and more repeatable) outcome.

April 30, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Diane @ Vintage Zest - So cute! I made shorts before, but they were a mess. (http://vintagezest.blogspot.com/2013/03/sewing-rewind-first-clothing-attempts_5.html)

These are fabulous, and the fabric is great! They definitely look dressier than most shorts and lie in the golden area between tween daisy dukes and mom bermudas, where there is a serious lack of cute options. Great job!

black and white…and red?

I recently shared that I’ve made two muslins of the Colette Iris shorts I’m making for the Black and White Challenge. I was looking forward to going for a run last night before coming home to prep and cut my fabric.

Well, I was barely a half-mile into my run when I hit a tiny lip in the sidewalk and SLAMMED into the ground. Thankfully RH was with me, and—after giving me a moment to recover—he helped me up and walked home with me before running to CVS to stock up on antiseptic and bandages.

I have some pretty horrible scrapes on my left hand, elbow and knee. And they all hurt like heck!

skinned elbow

Thank goodness I was wearing running tights. The scrape on my knee is even worse than my elbow. It’s neon red! I can’t imagine how bad it would have been without a layer of clothing between my knee and the sidewalk!

My scrapes will make for a rather interesting look when I’m finally able to finish my shorts.

Oh well, I suppose I should be grateful that I haven’t had a spill like this before. I’ve done one marathon, three half marathons, several 10ks, and this is my first fall—on a casual evening jog through my neighborhood.

It could be worse, right?

Maybe I can find some stylish black and white bandages to match my new shorts. Hmmm….:)

Meanwhile, I’m going to check out Jesica’s injury prevention for runners series on rUnladylike. It looks like I could use the help!

April 10, 2013 - 11:03 am

Maris Olsen - Ouch! Pavement burns are a *itch! Hope you heal fast, and your scrapes don’t impede sewing! (Quelle horreur!)

April 10, 2013 - 1:03 pm

Sabrina - Thanks, Maris! I’m a little hampered by the numerous bandages on my left hand, but I’m determined to sew on! :)

April 12, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Tiffany - Ouch… When I first read your post title, I was worried that you had a sewing related incident and bled on your fabric (which I’ve done). Still, I hope you feel better and I can’t wait to see your shorts! :)

black and white challenge muslin

I’ve finally made some decisions about what to sew for the Black & White Challenge!

Colette Iris shorts

I’ve decided to use some black and white fabric from my stash and tackle the Colette Iris shorts. The fabric I’m using has a pretty black and white floral print and has some stretch to it, so I thought it would make a nice pair of shorts. If I have enough left, I’ll try to make a pencil skirt too.

I’m making several changes to the Iris shorts, so I’ve made two muslins so far. That’s commitment, people! I really don’t want to muck up this fabric because it’s really nice, and since it’s been in my stash for a while, I’m not sure I could buy more. So I’m being extra-cautious and have made two muslins to try to get the fit and my changes just right.

Colette Iris shorts pattern

I’m making the following changes:

  • adding 1/2″ length
  • moving the pockets to the side seams
  • moving the invisible zipper from the side seam to the rear

I have pretty narrow hips, so I’m also grading the hips down so the shorts will fit me in the waist and not look like clown-wear in the hips and thighs.

I’m sure to an experienced seamstress, these tweaks would be a piece of cake. But for someone like me, who is still very much learning, they’re KIND OF A BIG DEAL.

Colette Iris shorts muslin

I think, with this second muslin, I’m now ready to transfer my changes to my pattern and cut into my black and white fabric. I’m still a little nervous about getting the facings and the zipper to work out just right, and I can never quite turn up a straight hem, but we’ll see how it goes.

Wish me luck.:)

April 10, 2013 - 8:10 am

black and white…and red? » sweetfrenchtoast - [...] recently shared that I’ve made two muslins of the Colette Iris shorts I’m making for the Black and White Challenge. I was looking forward to going for a run last [...]

April 10, 2013 - 11:06 am

Maris Olsen - Great job Sabrina! Tackling something you don’t know how to do is intimidating! You are definitely taking the right steps – using cheap muslin to adjust the pattern – and transferring to the flat pattern. Keep reading, learning, and trying. Sewing is such a wonderful journey, and even the mistakes are worthwhile. You will learn so much!

April 10, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Sabrina - Thanks for the encouragement, Maris! I’m eager to get better and feel like I’ve already come so far since I first got my sewing machine last year. I really do learn something new with each and every project! :)

April 29, 2013 - 9:57 am

handmade: black and white colette iris shorts » sweetfrenchtoast - [...] I mentioned when I shared my muslin, I made several changes to the [...]