Month: August 2015

The Shell Top

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A basic shell top, made with Butterick B6175. This took me quite a while to make! I’ve never actually finished a top/bodice before, and I had a lot of trouble fitting the facings to the neckline and arm holes. In the end, I got it together, but there are some huge fit issues! The back is quite roomy, which would be fine, but the keyhole part sticks out from my body like a fish fin!

I wanted to make a shell top so bad, and I fell for B6175 because it offered the opportunity of short sleeves and a peter pan collar, which are some of my favorite things! I was hoping to make the shell top my alternative to tank tops and t-shirts since they are much more chic for the same amount of comfort, but… fit issues…

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You can see in the picture above, right below my hat brim a bunch of the material is sticking out (like a fin…)! This was a big disappointment, but a huge lesson in the importance of making muslins! I tend to think I’m fairly “normal sized” (whatever that is), but apparently not, since there is clearly too much fabric in the back. I do love the way this top looks from the front though, the neckline and shoulders are so flattering, and because of that I will be putting the effort into making a muslin and attempting to alter the pattern to fit me better!

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The Famous Mint Julep Masque

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In Canada I’ve only been able to find this masque at Sally Beauty Supply. I purchased it for a few reasons, it’s raved about as being the best low cost clay mask on the market, and also with school steadily approaching, I wanted a pre-made mask for spa days/nights. Honey masks and turmeric masks are my favorite because I can really see the benefits within a day or two, my skin tone is more even and any pimples are reduced in redness. But when I’m fully immersed in school sometimes the thought of mixing up a few ingredients is enough of a deterrent for me to not apply a mask, and then I don’t get wonderful spa-like relaxation time! I thought this product would be a perfect solution!

I purchased the larger tub for about 8$. I use a clean spoon to take the product out of the tub, I don’t want to contaminate it with my fingers! I’ve used it twice since purchasing it, and both times I used about a table spoon. It feels very cold upon application, and I have felt slight tingling. I wait until the mask starts to crack around my mouth/cheeks and then gently take it off using my hands and warm water (circular motions!).

Here are the product claims:

  • Dry up acne
  • Reduce pore size
  • Remove Blackheads
  • Relax tired muscles
  • Ease tension lines in the neck and face

And here is my “before and after”:

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Before is on the left, after is on the right. I couldn’t get the lighting to be the same since the sun had gone down considerably since the first picture, but besides the obvious difference that my skin tone is completely different in the two pictures, I think the texture of my skin looks very much the same! If anything there is actually a small red dot towards the upper left of my cheek that I didn’t even notice before doing the mask, but it clearly turned into a pimple when I removed the mask. I’m not sure if it was developing anyways or if the mask drew it into a pimple faster, it cleared up within a few days though.

If I were to rate this product I would give it 4 stars, I can’t comment on the acne fighting abilities since I only suffer from occasional hormonal breakouts, but for a relaxing spa treatment it is perfect! I will definitely be using it often in the coming months (I’m not sure if it will be suitable for Canadian winters since my skin is dry), and if any spectacular results arise, I will share them!

A Short Skirt

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I picked up some cute gray and black marled woven fabric at the thrift store, the fiber content is unknown, and decided to try my hand at making this skirt. The pattern is McCall’s 3923 from 1988, I sewed up view C in a size 12 with the box pleat outside instead of inside and I shortened it…. a lot. I am certain my high school’s dress code would be violated by this skirt, good thing I’m not in high school anymore!

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