Monday, April 2, 2012

Sea-Inspired Spring Separates + Sweet Sweet Piping

Sea Blue Spring & Summer Separates

As promised, here's the finished sketch of some simple, sea-colored spring separates in blues and greens (and neutrals, too). Some of you already spotted the 3hourspast Bow Tie Tee Hack, and the ever-popular Jalie scarf collar top (for whose purchase I blame K-Line and Elizabeth). Also tentatively planned--Simplicity 3688 1940s trousers (as seen on Debi for OWOP) in a nubbly linen blend that barely survived my last stash purge, and a simple denim skirt--maybe in Simplicity 2058 (or Zoe's beloved Simplicity 2451).

These fabrics and patterns are a mix of stash and new--the most recent additions being the blue/green poly jerseys I bought while hunting for Mad Men Challenge dickey fabric, and the Jalie scarf collar pattern.

And I did indeed bake cupcakes this weekend--Cartoonist Husband and I threw a little Parks & Recreation "Treat. YO. Self."-inspired cupcake party. We made three varieties of dairy-, egg- & nut-free cupcakes (so our food-allergy-cursed toddler could have her first ever taste of cupcake):

Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes w Piped Decorations

Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes w/ Piped Blue & Purple Buttercream (a little melty by this point)

Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes

Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes w/ Banana "Buttercream" Frosting

Vegan "Cookies & Cream" Cupcakes

Vegan Cookies & "Cream" Cupcakes--the tastiest and most popular of the bunch (fun fact: Oreos contain no dairy or eggs, because they are NOT real food)

I'm not really a dessert or baking person, and I hadn't made cupcakes since I was a kid... but they turned out awesome and delicious. Z just loved the half cupcake we allowed her, and smeared the frosting all over her face and my dress. All the recipes were from the excellent Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World.

It was the first party we'd had in our apartment since Z was born, and I'm proud to say the place is now clean enough that I may start varying my sewing photo backgrounds a bit more.

I also blocked Z's Tomten sweater and bought a separating zipper, but I'm still a bit daunted by the insertion/shortening process.

So, are you planning any simple, quick spring & summer separates... or are you working on more long-term fancy projects?


  1. You will ROCK that Jalie top. I am happy to have led you astray!

  2. I've had my eye on that Jalie scarf-neck blouse for awhile. I can't wait to see your version!

  3. That's it. I planning a treat yo self cupcake party now.

    Very interesting about oreos. I always suspected there was something up with them.

  4. Ohhh, I love the mini-wardrobe! Those beachy greens & blues mixed with neutrals is one of my favorite color combos, though :) And all your cupcakes look so pretty!

    I'm still pulling through my sewing agenda, but I think I need to make a pit stop for some basic separates - tshirts, casual shorts, stuff like that. I love my dresses but sometimes a girl needs something more casual for getting dirty in the garden, you know?

  5. that is a great wardrobe and an even better cookbook. i am ALL ABOUT dairy and eggs and even i love to bake from that coobook!

  6. I LOVE your separates plan! The bow tie blouse is going to be simply darling - especially with those pants. Can I just say how envious I am of your awesome drawing skills? Fan. Tastic.

  7. All your pattern choices have been real winners for just about everyone that's done them - especially the Jalie tie top! And I love your color pallet - blues and greens always say summer to me. The cupcakes look muy delicioso!

  8. I absolutely love your spring/summer separates! The colours are amazing and you are going to rock them all!!!

    Yummy, yummy cupcakes, too!

  9. Is it bad of me to want to copy your choices of separates? Because wow, those look awesome.

  10. Oh cool! I always enjoy your storyboards, and this time I thought "huh, why does that top look so familiar?" ehhee...

    Looking forward to seeing how they all turn out.

    Your cupcakes look amazing...!

    1. thanks! of course now I am embarrassed to say I am making it in a poly jersey after reading your last post about synthetic fabrics... but I am trying to sew from the stash!

  11. Thats a fabulous plan!
    I nominated you for a blog award

  12. Seconding the love for Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. My eldest has a bunch of allergies too, and the other vegan baking cookbooks in that series are how I get around them. People eat them and have NO idea they're different than normal cupcakes. Nom nom nom.


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