Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
I co-host the Your Home Story podcast and believe you can love your home just the way it is, AND have the power to design and make big changes to make it better.
I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!
Mom to Otto born April 2018 and Lucy born August 2020!

Weekend moving update and How to Wear DIY: When it's too hot to wear anything else, strapless floral!

Well, we had an interesting weekend. Some good, some bad. I shared on Friday that we thought we'd be signing the papers and getting the keys to our new house in time to move over the weekend, but... too much paperwork, things were behind. So, major bummer since we're so excited, but it did give us a weekend with very few plans and some time for relaxing. And more packing.

I did some reading and gave myself a pedicure, and finished up a couple little projects, and hit up three or four Goodwills!! =) It's been a long time since I've really been shopping. I desperately want to buy things for the house but have been really good at only buying things I'm sure about, since I don't know how it's really going to look when we get moved in. We still need a couch for the living room, but that's a daunting purchase! And even the bedrooms aren't designed. So once we get in there, hopefully I'll know where the holes are to fill. I did order this super cool grey/white sketch-ey zigzag sheet set from Urban Outfitters clearance, though--they have some great stuff! Gotta start somewhere.

Annnnnyway, it's kinda a good thing we didn't move on Saturday since we would have been packing the truck Friday night, when it was 99 out until like 8:00 at night. Thursday and Friday were ridiculous! Then it was in the 60's for my run on Saturday morning. Go figure.

But that leads us to today's How to Wear DIY! When it's too hot to wear anything else... like last Friday night's date night...

The lightweight cotton print strapless dress is perfect!! I made this one last year. Funnily enough, I made it right before someone emailed me a Sewing Circle question about how to make a SUPER similar dress Sookie wears on True Blood! I guess it's a great look for hot weather!

It was soooooo hot that night. Had to wear my hair up, of course, and mine is long so to keep it off my neck, the top bun was perfect! Too hot for jewelry, too hot even for much of a purse. The belt was really only my accessory, and it helps keep the dress in place since I've lost a little weight since I made it.

Other summer essentials: new fave Target wedges and orange Essie pedicure. It's a fun change from my usual red!
 Shoes: Target via Goodwill. Belt: Nordstrom Rack.

Whew! I love the summer but am hoping for slightly lower temperatures when we actually do move this week.


  1. I love your dress! Did the pattern came with the scrunching for the bodice or was it modified?

    1. Thanks! I did the ruching myself, and used the pattern as a base for the lining. You can read about it here:

  2. Anonymous8/20/2012

    While I love your design choice for your sheets, you may be disappointed in the quality. They are only 200 thread count which means they will most likely be hard/scratchy and pill up. I always look for sheets at least 300TC, but aim for 400TC which also usually cost a little more, but worth it in the long run.

    1. WOW, what a weird spam comment!!!!!!

    2. Anonymous8/21/2012

      No, it's not a spam comment! I wasn't sure how my post would be identified. I have been reading your blog for quite some time and I love it! I am so excited that someone your age is such a wonderful seamstress! I am the mother of three daughters and have quite a bit of experience buying sheets! I just wanted to let you know that you may be disappointed in the quality.

      Rebecca Lee, Wisconsin aka Wild Chicken aka Anonymous

      PS I can't figure out how to use my name as I don't use any of the profile options!

    3. OMG, so sorry about that! I couldn't figure out what you were referring to and I sometimes get spam comments from companies in China or something selling something vaguely related to dresses or clothes or whatever.

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting! I know the thread count is low but I love percale sheets so much better than sateen, which is all I can find in most stores in my price range, so hopefully the trade-off will be ok and last for a while!

      You can comment as Name/URL and leave the URL blank if you want your comment to say from "Rebecca." =)

  3. Anonymous8/21/2012

    Great outfit! (I love your "how to wear" posts!!!)




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