March 27, 2014 1

Little Black {shift} Dress

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I can’t believe it has been almost a month since my last post. I can’t begin to stress how busy I have been. Earlier last month I had responded to a few craigslists ads for wordpress and website work. I never thought I would have so much work! With that said, I had to update my personal website and I’m quite pleased with it. You can see it at www.carolinacalero.com

However, in that time I did manage to squeeze in making a little black dress.I’ve been meaning to try the shift dress of the burda sew modern book. This is some sort of cheap version on ponte knit that I got off Fabric.com. It’s think but drapey so it held together really well. My first attemp is actually behind me on my mannequin. I had cut a size 4 and added seam allowances and it ended up being 2 big. This time I I went with the size 4 pattern with no seam allowances.

February 12, 2014 2

Don’t joke around with cat bites

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I have not been doing any sewing. Hell, I haven’t even done any updates. This new years hasn’t been the greatest. I started it off with another cyst that reared it’s head on New Years day. Which sucked for everyone at my apartment because they had to be rushed out at about 10am for me to go to the ER.

Sometime around a few weeks ago, I had to give one of my cats a lime sulphur dip because it has  mange. I guess she was already stressed out and moody, and me coming home to bathe her threw her in a frenzy. Long story short, she clenched her jaw on my middle finger and wouldn’t let go for about 5 seconds. Having already been bit by my boyfriend’s cat and surviving with no antibiotics, I thought this should be a walk in the park. Immediately after getting bit, my finger swells up a bit. Read the rest of this entry »

January 9, 2014 7

Palos Verdes Blouse Challenge : Wayfarer

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A few weeks before the holiday season set in, I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the six participants in the Palos Verdes Challenge on SewMamaSew. Cloud9 came out with a wonderful collection of organic cotton voiles.. and my oh my are they beautiful. But the pictures can never do them justice. When my package arrived, I was more than pleased with my choice of the Wayfarers print. A lovely chevronesque pattern in an orangey hue, which works great for the trying to stay away from black and neutral colors thing I have going on… I have never really sewn with cotton voile and it’s so light and crispy.  Read the rest of this entry »

December 26, 2013 2

Christmas Circle Skirt

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Kate and Laney had an excellent Circle Skirt post/tutorial posted on kollabora that had me green with envy. When my boyfriend invited me over to his parent’s for Christmas dinner, I freaked out a little because I had nothing to wear. I immediately thought of the circle skirt, and since everything was so last minute I figured that this should take less than a day to make.  Read the rest of this entry »

November 21, 2013 0

Featured On

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It’s been a while since I’ve been online. I completed my juice fast and I have to say that after hitting the 3 day mark I felt like I could go on juicing forever. Sadly though I broke the juice fast somewhere along mid-day 4. I haven’t really been sewing much and just been lazy around the house. Perhaps it’s due to the colder months and just wanting to snuggle on the couch with kitty.

I did get 2 features on the same week which was rather exciting. There was a flannel sewing trend article done by Rachel from SewMamaSew and my scout tee was featured on there! You can take a look at the article here.

Next I was featured on Kollabora’s homepage. My Chanel Hack sweater made it and I was rather ecstatic. Feeling like a seamstress internet sensation for like 10 minutes. I had to screenshot and piece them together in photoshop to have for keepsake.

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November 8, 2013 2

Juice Fast

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It took me a while to gather my thoughts to finally create this post. Mostly because I am on day 3 of a juice cleanse and the first two days I wanted to do nothing but sleep and cry. I know many people would stop to think “why would you do this to your body?”

Technically this is how it’s started. I’ve been reading more and more about alternative medicine, and doing cleanses and wacky stuff mostly to heal myself from :

  • this weird acne that I experienced: It was actually quite weird. Out of nowhere a few months ago, my face just broke out into acne that I had not had since years ago. My face and chest broke out, and it made me feel really awful about myself. Basically at this age, when acne kicks in it could be a number of factors included hormonal imbalances, your body being sensitive to certain foods you are putting in, or toxins that are expelled a lot faster than your body can manage
  • joint pain: Since I can remember, I’ve always had joint pain in my knees and elbows which occasionally extend to my wrists and ankles. Weather upsets it, rain or snow. My mom had taken me to countless of doctors and none could ever figure out what was wrong. Again a few years ago, I went to a rheumatologist who actually performed a sonogram on my knees. He found nothing other than the fact that I had hyperextended joints and that can cause similar symptoms down the line. (still didnt account for wrist or ankle pain)
  • fog: pure and simple brain fog
  • depression: It’s actually kind of weird but since I was never diagnosed with it as a teenager, I just went about my life thinking that I was just eternally bored with life, and that having a melancholic personality, I was predisposed to being sad most of the time. Funny how people dismiss boredom of life as a symptom of depression Read the rest of this entry »
October 26, 2013 1

OPP (Other People’s Patterns)

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Reading other people’s posts about vintage patterns they’ve purchased and wondering who bought them, for what reason, and the story behind them always gets me thinking. However it wasn’t until last night that I experienced this first hand. Read the rest of this entry »

October 25, 2013 0

Fall in pictures

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October 25, 2013 0

Chanel Sweater Hack

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Checking my inbox today I discovered my Chanel Sweater Hack was showcased on Kollabora. I’d say that’s pretty cool, indeed! Given that I’m getting all this love for it, and I think I blogged it somewhere and then deleted it by mistake I’ll try and do my best to give instructions on how I hacked my sweater (sans explanatory pictures [sorry guys]). Read the rest of this entry »

October 23, 2013 0

Color Correction Made {semi} Easy

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Ok, introducing my first informative post. I really hope I can convey my message as clearly as possible as it’s been ages since I’ve tutored. Since moving into a basement apartment my lighting situation has been less than ideal. I’ve resorted to tweaking my lighting situation which I will go into in another post, but most of all doing color correction on my images. Just to help out those who are unfamiliar with Photoshop, I will run through the easiest way to color correct photos and have your sewing garments looking good. Looking real, real good. Read the rest of this entry »

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