Thursday, October 23, 2014

Catwoman Costume Draping


Saying sewing for Halloween is my favorite is such an understatement. I love it more than any other kind of sewing there is. There's just nothing more satisfying than having a creative idea and going for it. No pattern, no instructions... Just real and pure figuring it out as you go along.

This year was no exception... When we decided we were going to go with a family theme of DC super heroes, I knew I had to be Catwoman. The only cat woman I deem worthy of a costume inspiration was of course the Catwoman of my childhood: Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns (1992). 




She makes her cat suit out of a trench coat, guys. If that doesn't say she's my super hero spirit animal, I don't know what does. (Ironic, considering I'm deathly afraid of cats. I. hate. Cats.)

Anywho.

I got to work draping. I got this terrible-to-work-with awesome PVC black vinyl from Joann's Fabrics and went to work. The trick with this fabric is not to bend it too much, it wrinkles and ruins if you do.



I initially had PVC sleeves, but I seriously couldn't move in it. It was like a cruel joke trying to get it on/off... So that had to go PRONTO.

Pardon my messy room. Sewing tends to take over.

Luckily, thanks to my budding bow headbands business, I had plenty of black jersey to slap on the sleeves. Piece of cake. 

The end result was AWESOME! I had a blast making it, and wish I could make crazy outfits everyday... I just don't want my kids to need therapy when they're older.

I made Lily's "Poison Ivy," costume from scratch. I swapped Everly's tutu-skirt for the same fabric as Lily's dress (the tutu it came with was a glittery hot-mess. Nothankyou.) And of course took advantage of the fact that you can get a Batman costume for an 8 year just about anywhere for cheaper than if I made it. 

Here we are headed to a costume birthday party:


I absolutely love the top, but the corset is the best part:


Back view: It has a full zipper for the top, the corset ties to close.

Action Shot for good measure: MEOW!


Overall I couldn't be more pleased with the result. The "slick look" leggings and gloves I got on ebay.com, and I made the ears with alligator clips and leather remnants with hot glue. The white stitches are painted on with acrylic paint.

Next time I'm going to opt out of the mask and go with some crazy awesome dark eyes. I can't wait to get pictures with Jerrod as Bane! I will share after Halloween! :D 

Hope you're all having fun getting ready for the madness of Halloween!!

xo.
Sierra

Thursday, September 4, 2014

3 Ways to Game Day

If you're like me it's practically law that you wear your team colors on game day. However, in 16 weeks it can get a little old dressing up the jersey. Since I'm now offering jersey dress/top alterations in my Etsy store, I thought I'd write up a post on how I like to dress them up .

(Brands linked below image)


This look is good for us lucky gals in the hot parts of the country, we can do the bare leg thing longer into the season. (Although you could very well throw some jeggings on underneath this look.)

JERSEY- Men's NFL jersey altered (I can alter yours via my Etsy Store)
VEST: Patagonia
Boots/Wellies: Hunter 
Mug: Instagram Handle @prepositionalphase 
Sunglasses: Rayban
Scarf: Old, I don't remember





JERSEY- Men's NFL jersey altered (I can alter yours via my Etsy Store) I just folded my under to make it a top.
Denim: DL1961 Emma
Boots: Aldo (last year) 
Sunglasses: Rayban



JERSEY- Men's NFL jersey altered (I can alter yours via my Etsy Store)
Jacket: Urban Outfitters (old)
Boots: Aldo (last year) 
Denim: 1961 Emma
Beanie: Made by me
Sunglasses: Rayban

Hope you all have an awesome football season! My fantasy football team, "Zimmer Dah Nah!" is going to kill it! (I got Marshawn Lynch for the 3rd year in a row!) 

If you'd like to be featured on my blog styling YOUR jersey this weekend, email your photo to bloggeradmin@sewmuchmorethanrubies.com OR #mygamedaystyle on Instagram. I'll add some next week to my blog/pinterest page! 

Be sure to get your jersey altered in my Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/RubiesandLuxe

XO
Sierra

Little Red Dress



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Completed Dresser Redo Pics


I finished this beauty yesterday morning.

As I mentioned on previous posts, I got this baby for $20. I added about $10 or supplies (no hardware was needed, yay!) And spent several days sanding/staining/chalk painting/roughing up/and hand painting cherry blossom branches and finally wiping Min Wax all over it for the the final awesome look. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. 



Before:


Inspiration: (I can't find the original URL to give credit to someone for this, but I loved it!)



AFTER:


The top has several coats of stain and paint (sanded down and reapplied a couple times) to give it that super worn out look.



(Sorry for the crappy pictures, my DSLR is getting serviced)


Moral of the story, planning and just going for it paid off big time. Like I mentioned in my inspiration post, I was nervous to do the cherry blossoms, but then I thought about it and pep talked myself into knowing that "Sierra doesn't second-guess home decor decisions." (In pep talks I am obviously in 3rd person). And I am so glad I took the time to actually really think about what I wanted to do, it makes the end that much more satisfying... So make sure you have a game plan and try not to veer away from it! (Off my soapbox).

I've been working on tiny projects I have been wanting to do since we moved in and haven't really made had time to work on, so I look forward to sharing those!!

Happy Hump Day!

xo
Sierra

Gold Accents, Easier than you think!



I am LOVING the gold accent thing being so in right now. So as I just made my coffee, way before the kids are up, and I'm constantly refreshing my browser for the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale, let's have a chat about how awesome gold spray paint is, shall we?

I am over the mustard yellow accents in my room. I initially bought them to match the giant wall decor I had inherited in my marriage, but we recently changed the print to be more... Err.... Less single bachelor-y. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Let's try something new.

I'm trying to NOT do the typical Sierra thing... I'm trying super hard to have an actual game plan.

You see what you don't read here on the blog... Is that 99% of the time my plans are really me making a series of impulse decisions. For example, the last dresser I redid HERE I was literally standing in the Lowe's paint aisle grabbing paint and tape, not totally sure how I was going to do it. I didn't know what color I was going to paint it, until I saw some racing stripes on a car on my drive to the store.

Most of the time, these flying-by-the-seat-of-my-pants decisions work out well. However, on occasion there are major flops (which I don't ever speak of again.)

So, for this dresser (since it's going to be somewhere in my great room, where everyone will see it) I want to have a real game plan.

Here is the dresser:

I love that the drawers pull by the sides, so no hardware is needed (and I don't have to worry about taking it off to paint.)
I sanded it down right after I took this picture, and it sanded so easily, it's some great wood.

I LOVE what this blogger did by removing the drawers to this piece:
(click here to read full post)

But the drawers I have are in perfect condition, so I don't think I can justify ditching them. Although I love the color/style.

I also LOVE LOVE LOVE this look. I am not totally confident in my free hand painting skills, but it would be totally worth it to see if I could pull a win on this one:


(I couldn't find the address to link to the original image)

And finally, I think nothing says comfy/homey like this butter dresser as seen on this blog:


So now that I feel sufficiently inspired, I am going to see if I can get started on this project. I may do a combination of a few of the looks above. Looking forward to sharing the end result! Leave a comment of your favorite look idea!

XO
Sierra

PS! I now have an instagram account for my Blog, check it out at:
http://instagram.com/rubiesandluxe And be sure to follow! 


Saturday, August 16, 2014

I just couldn't resist...

There I was, minding my Saturday morning business, headed to Target for
nothing specific, when I drove by a yard sale held by the sweetest artsy woman. I saw this awesome solid wood dresser for $20, I just couldn't walk away from it. 


I have no idea where I'm going to put it, or what I'm going to paint it. Gold drawer faces? Cream top? Some sort of ombré effect? 

We've got a football scrimmage and a baseball game tonight so I won't be starting anytime soon. Stay tuned.