Category Archives: Decoration

March Favorites

Here are a few of my favorite shots from March. They are a bit late since I was on vacation without internet. Kind of a nice break!

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Yellow and red

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So many beautiful moments!

Happy Spring!

Xoxo,

Lily

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Cute and Simple Knitted Headband

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I knitted this headband a few weeks ago and I keep forgetting to post a tutorial. Oops! So here it is in all its (slighty dorky) glory!

If you are a beginning knitter this a fun project to try. You only need to know how to knit and purl (or you could make yours using just the basic knit stitch). The bow and faux pearls are stitched on.

Materials

  • 1 skein of wool or wool-blend yarn
  • A few yards of yarn in a complimentary color
  • Size 5 needles
  • Faux pearls or beads of your choice
  • Needle and thread

Begin by casting on 22 stitches. Then knit a stitch, purl a stitch, knit a stitch, purl a stitch, until the end of the row. You should end on a purl. Continue in the same fashion until the length fits around your head. My headband ended up being about 85 rows long.

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Now bind off, sew in one of the threads, and use the other to stitch the ends together. Pull this thread tight so that the ends squish together as tight as possible, and then knot it and cut the extra off.

Using your other yarn, cast on 8 stitches, and proceed with the same knitting pattern that you used for the headband. After about 18-20 rows, bind off, and sew in the threads.

Using your needle and thread or extra yarn, sew the bow to the headband directly over the spot where the ends meet.

Then sew on the faux pearls or beads pulling tight so the shape of the bow is emphasized. When you are done just tie a knot, trim any stray threads, and try it on!

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I am usually not one for hats, so this headband keeps my ears nice and cozy. And it has three of my most favorite things: bows, pearls, and yellow!

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Have fun experimenting with different color combos and decoration. I love bright colors in the winter when everything is a bit too grey. And if you want to spice it up even further, pair your colorful headband with a fun print or polka dots and a touch of vintage like I did.

For more silly pictures and outfit details visit me at Leopard & Lace, or click here.

Happy knitting!

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Xoxo,

Lily

DIY: The Brocade Mini

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This was my first attempt at sewing a patternless pleated skirt, and I am in love with it! It is very simple to make and it does not require a lot of fabric. I tend to wear skirts that hit above the knee since I am relatively short, but you can make yours whatever length you like.

Materials

  • 2 yards of fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • 7 or 9 inch zipper
  • Straight pins
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Matching thread

I would suggest using a fabric with some weight to it like a cotton or linen fabric. I used a brocade which works great and will make a nice transition from winter to spring. Try looking in the home or interior section in your local fabric store where there are tons of heavier weight fabrics in different patterns and colors.

Now to begin!

Decide how long you want your skirt to be by measuring from your waist down the side of your leg, then add 3 inches for the hem and upper seam. I wanted a 16 inch skirt so I started with a 19 inch long piece of fabric. Do not worry about width yet! Cut your fabric at the length of your choice so that you have a very long rectangle.

Using a ruler and an iron carefully measure and press 2 inch pleats in your fabric leaving 1 1/2 – 2 inches before you begin pleating.

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The front should look like this:

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The back should look like this:

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Continue pressing and pinning until you have a length of pleated fabric that fits your waist measurement. Once I had 28 inches of pleats, I added 1 1/2 inches of un-pleated fabric to the end. If you feel you want to add more, you can. If your fabric is not wide enough to fit the width of the skirt on to, you can do it in two pieces by simply sewing them together after pleating.

Cut your fabric after making sure you have the same amount of extra fabric on both ends, and sew along the top of the pleats to hold them down. I sewed about 1/2 inch down from the top using a small stitch setting.

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Then remove the pins. Your skirt should look something like this:

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Now for the waistband. I wanted about a 2 inch waistband, so I cut a piece of fabric 5 inches long leaving 1 inch to fold under. For the width, add 3 inches to your waist measurement (or the total sum of the extra you left on either side of the pleated skirt). Mine came out to 31 inches wide.

Fold the band in half with the right sides out and press with an iron. Then open it out and fold in 1/2 inch in on either side pressing well.

Mark the center of the band with a pin and match it up with the center of the skirt. Insert the skirt into the band so that the band covers the stitching on the top of the skirt.

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Continue pinning all the way across so that the skirt fits evenly and snugly inside the waistband.

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Then sew the band to the skirt. Sew along the front of the skirt so that you can see your stitches. I use a small stitch setting.

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Now fold the skirt in half with the right sides facing in, and pin together. Place the zipper along the side and place an extra pin where the bottom metal square of the zipper ends. Sew from the pin to the bottom of the skirt. Then baste from the top of the skirt to the extra pin.

The differences in the stitches should look like this:

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Unpin the seam and press it flat. Pin the zipper to one side of the seam allowance and baste it on. Make sure not to sew through the actual band or body of the skirt.

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Now pin the zipper flat on to the skirt, flip it over, and stitch along both sides and the bottom using a small stitch setting and a zipper foot (this should come with your machine).

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Then unpin and remove the basting.

Turn the skirt inside out and fold a 3/4 – 1 inch hem along the bottom and press well. Then fold over again and press.

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Now sew along the top of the hem and trim all of the threads.

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Finish by pressing the pleats all the way down the body of the skirt to give it a nice clean look.

The back should look something like this:

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And the front should look like this:

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You can also choose to have the zipper on the side if you like. Just trim any stray threads, press the waistband, and you have a new pleated skirt!

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I have been into neutrals lately, and this skirt brings just the right amount of flair to classic look. It is more versatile than I had originally expected, and I can see it getting a lot of wear in the near future!

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I paired mine with a vintage blouse, nude heels, and gold accessories.

Have fun choosing your own prints and textures, and always remember to admire your work!!

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Xoxo,

Lily