Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Hot Fall Weather Dress

Hello Readers. How are you enjoying cool Fall weather? We had a few days of cool weather and then it was straight back to hot summer days. So what do you wear when it's late October but still 85 degrees? A dress of course. A light weight dress with some fall colors would be perfect.

I decided to make this skirt into a dress. It has a pretty pattern and the fabric is nice and soft. I took a picture and went inside to get to work.

This skirt is a little big and slightly stretched out but that's OK. It will work really well for this project. It has a wide waistband that is made of a knit material like a T-shirt. That will be easy to work with.

I made two small cuts in the waistband. I made the cuts just above the seam that attached the knit waistband to the skirt. The knit material won't fray so, I made the cuts and it was ready to go.

Here is a close up of the cuts and you can see the waistband seam is still intact. The two simple cuts made the armholes for my dress.

All this dress needed was a belt. It was great for a very hot Fall day. You can see the cuts became round armholes when I put it on. The waistband is now the shoulder straps and neckline of the dress.

Thanks for reading, now go make something fun for yourself.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Jail Stripes Shirt

Hello Readers. I was given this cool shirt from my cool sister-in-law. (Thanks J.) I really liked it but it needed some help with the fit. I had my teen son take the before picture and he said something about me making a prison break. (Thanks son.) That comment inspired the dye job you see in the picture below.

The shirt is long and the sleeves are REALLY long on me. I found these skinny jeans on clearance for $3. Seriously $3! My daughter got a pair too. The jeans were too long so I had to work on them too. I liked how they looked with the shirt so I put them together in this post.

I wanted a blue-green color so I used a bottle of each when I dyed the shirt. I used really hot water and both bottles of dye. 


It made a very strong dye bath and I stirred the shirt in the dye for 10 minutes. After the dye bath, I washed the shirt twice to remove the excess dye.

I made the shirt short sleeves and I used some elastic to make a waistband. I just folded the shirt in and stitched all the way around to make a casing for the elastic. I used narrow elastic and it made a soft comfortable waist.

I quickly cut the legs off and rolled the ends up. I wanted little cuffs on the jeans. I put a few stitches in the cuffs to keep them in place.

I was ready to go out to dinner with some friends and my husband.

We went for Mexican food, took selfies, and ate a lot of tortilla chips and...

Look at this yummy creation. Mmmm!

Thanks for reading, now go make something fun for yourself.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Falling For Florals

Hello Reader. It finally happened, cooler weather arrived. Well, slightly cooler anyway. I had this cute dress that didn't fit well. The top was too small but the skirt part fit great. I decided to get rid of what didn't work for me and save what I could. (Good advice for peaceful living?) 

This floral dress had a lot of brown in it so I decided to make it work for early Fall wearing. The bodice looked easy to remove and I could just save the skirt. Easy peasy!

Oops! I made it a lot harder by taking the dress apart at the wrong seam. I removed the waistband from the skirt by accident. I went ahead and removed the top as I had planned.

And I put the waistband back on the skirt. 

It had a zipper that went up the back. I unpicked the stitches attaching it to the dress and cut it off with about an inch of extra length left at the top. I folded each side of the zipper under and to the side and stitched it down. I kept the zipper pull down while I worked with it so I didn't cut it off.

I can zip it up to the top of the skirt and then it has a nice tie in the back that will hold it up and keep the zipper zipped. It it didn't have the tie it would need a button or hook of some kind. The waistband/tie is attached to the skirt all the way around because the skirt had a raw edge when I removed the top of the dress. This was an easy way to finish it.

When it is tied in the back it looks nice and neat. I like the tie because I can make it a bit bigger or smaller depending on what size waist I have that day. A big lunch can change things a lot.

This skirt needed a top and I happen to have a brown shirt ready to work on. I used it in a recent project. The neckband was cut off and used to make a pumpkin stem on a pillow.

I used a shirt I liked as a size guide. I want this brown top to be fitted to balance the full skirt.

Here are all the little parts that got removed. It was thick knit material and easy to sew new seams.

I have a simple top with 3/4 length sleeves.

Here is the finished outfit. My husband took this picture while I was waiting for my older son to come out of the house and get in the car. You can just barely see the little guy behind me. He didn't want to get in the car either.

Thanks for reading, now go make something fun for yourself.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Fruit Dress

Hello Readers. My project today was a bit overwhelming at first. I was not sure I could turn this dress into something I would really like but I enjoy a challenge. When I saw this colorful print I thought it looked like polka dots, but it's not.

Look at this floor length fruit masterpiece! It even has pockets.

Yea baby, that's a lot of fruit! This has to be the most fruit on a dress I have ever seen. Honestly, I don't know if I have even seen another dress covered in fruit ever.

I started by removing the shoulder pads. I didn't even need to cut them, they were snapped in. I unpicked all the stitches of the sleeves and removed those. I also gave it a big cut at the bottom.

I turned the raw edges of the arm holes under and stitched them down. I made the new arm seam as small as I could and it worked well. I also made a new hem at the bottom of the dress. This dress ended up so much better than I imagined. I had doubts about all that fruit, but the shorter length and removing the sleeves made the fabric less overwhelming. 

It was perfect for a special church dinner with my husband. 

Thanks for reading, now go make something fun for yourself.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Tinfoil Superhero Shirt

Hello Readers. A tinfoil shirt? It sounds crazy, but trust me. It will all make sense very soon.

 I made a quick superhero shirt for my daughter. The restaurant she works at was having a superhero night and she wanted to wear a Captain America shirt. 

Here is what I had to work with. She had a blue shirt with an plastic/rubbery/vinyl applique/decal on the front. She had cut it down and tried to make a cute summer top. It didn't fit and it sat in a sewing pile for months. She had a plain gray shirt too. You can see what I was thinking right? I would just cut the Captain America shield off the blue shirt and sew it on the gray shirt. 

That was a huge fail. The gray shirt was so fine and stretchy It was impossible to work with. It was all puckered when I sewed them together. I didn't get a picture of the mess, sorry. I unpicked the stitches and removed it.

                                                                       Are those feet??? Oops.

It's time for - Plan B
I used some iron on tape and put pieces of it under the rubbery applique and planned to iron it on the gray shirt. How could I iron a rubbery plastic material without it melting and getting stuck to my iron?

I used some non-stick tin foil. I covered the shield and prayed I wouldn't ruin it. I went over it with the iron and when the iron on tape started to stick, I flipped the shirt over and ironed the back of the shirt and the hem tape melted and held on well. I kept the tin foil on until it all cooled down. The decal came out a bit more shiny, but looked great.

Here is my daughter in her shirt with Superman.

And this is my little guy and I, we stopped by to eat dinner. I am not sure he knew what was going on but he looked cute in his Superman pajamas. I wore a Spider-man shirt I found at a clothes swap recently. I knew it would come in handy for something.

Thanks for reading, now go make something fun for yourself.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Blue and White China Dress

Hello Readers. When I saw this dress at a clothes swap I took it based on color alone. I love blue and white together. When I got home I realized it was way too big. Since I already had it on the refashion rack, I wanted to do something with it. 
I am serious when I say I love blue and white. The dress reminded me of some dishes. These shelves are in my kitchen. Blue and white is such a classic combination, but we should get back to the dress shouldn't we?

I used the widest parts (not the narrow elastic waist) of a dress I liked as a size guide and marked the fabric with a pencil. I used my sewing machine to make new side seams and narrow the arms a little too. I didn't change the style or shape of the dress at all. I just made the arms and sides of the dress smaller. The hem and the ends of the sleeves have the nice darker blue design, it would be a shame to remove any of it.

I liked the design so much I didn't shorten it at all. And long sleeves and a long skirt are handy and will cover my poison ivy nicely. (Yes, I still have poison ivy after 6+ weeks. It's crazy.)

This dress is basically straight up and down the sides. It doesn't have an elastic waist like the dress I used as a size guide so I added a belt to cinch in the waist. It was chilly the morning I wore this so I also added a sweater to go to church. 

Thanks for reading, now go make something fun for yourself.
And avoid poison ivy if you can!