Friday, August 16, 2019

The Dingy Dress

Hello Readers. I made a skirt and covered containers from this colorful dress. This dress fit well enough but the "white" bodice was not so white anymore. It was kind "gray-ish" and didn't look great. So what to do with it?

Time does bad things to our clothing. Life, water, and laundry detergent all take a toll on clothes. This white part of this dress was not a nice bright white anymore. I really liked the colorful fabric, so I saved as much of it as I could.

I decided to cut off the "bad" part. That left me with a skirt. 

I got a piece of elastic that was the right length to go around my waist. I attached it to the cut edge of the skirt. I wanted to make a comfortable waistband. (Momma's got to eat!) I used a zigzag stitch and put the elastic under the edge.I pulled gently to stretch it a little.

Then I turned the elastic in and under and used a straight stitch and pulled the elastic so it was stretched as I was sewing. The elastic got smaller again when I let it go. It will give and stretch as I put it on.

It makes a nice smooth waistband and it only takes a few minutes. Complicated sewing? Ain't nobody got time for that!

 But what about the top of that dress? The "white" top was not useful for anything but the sleeves still look great. What could I do with them? And what is that oatmeal container doing with my sewing?

The sleeves fit really well on the oatmeal container. They look like cute decorative containers now.

I used a bit of glue to help the silky fabric stay put. I tucked the extra material into the container for now. I will cut off the excess later.

I took the purple tops and removed all the cardboard from the lids. It was a bit of a battle, but I was victorious!

The purple went really well with my fabric. That was a nice bonus. These will be great to hold my sewing scissors, but they could be used for a million things.

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

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Dress From Long Ago

Hello Readers. Some times clothes sit and wait quite a while to get refashioned at my house. This bright cotton turquoise dress has been waiting a long time. I found it at a clothes swap and no one else wanted it.

 Today's post is like a flash from the past. I have had this dress for over 2 years. I used some of it in 2017 to add some length to this shirt. I took the lowest tier from the skirt and added it to the hem. 

Now back to 2019, I had a shorter dress that still didn't fit but I loved that gauzy wrinkled cotton.

I decided to make a top with a nice peplum ruffle at the bottom. I cut off the bottom tier of the skirt and all the polyester lining that went with it to connect the tiers.

I took the sides in a little so it would fit better.

Here is a side view. I made sure the armholes were not too big.

There were 2 places at the neckline that were gathered together. I used them and made them a little bigger so the neckline would be pulled in and up a little more.

 I decided to make some cropped pants from my daughters hand-me-downs. Again. I am a little obsessed. I had to cut off almost a foot of fabric. Again. I gave them a quick hem and they were ready to wear. Honestly, I don't love them, I think they make me look even shorter. They are great in the oppressive heat of late summer, so I know I will wear them.

I liked the shirt even better than I thought I would. It's a new favorite.

*Photo edited to make me look taller.                                             

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



Friday, August 9, 2019

The Pro Bowl Shirt

Hello Readers. I think it is fun to play around with clothes and try to make something new. It can be an experiment. What can I make? How can I change things up?

I put this shirt and skirt together because the colors seemed the same. The Pro-Bowl shirt was my son's but he outgrew it. It was big and masculine. The skirt was from a clothes swap. The skirt was almost on the ground! The shirt was big and masculine. It wasn't a nice looking outfit. Free clothes are great but it's not great when they fit like this.

I started by cutting off the sleeves and collar off. I was seeing a tank top shape so I went with that. Check out the cool football and floral fabric.

I cut more of the front away to remove the big logo. I tried to keep each side even. I had now cut of so much of the front it was not going to cover me enough. I had a plan for that.

 I turned it around and use the back off the shirt as the front. I re-tied and adjusted the straps so the V-neck wasn't too low.

The shirt was big enough to criss-cross the back. The 2 sides cross over each other so my back is fully covered.

Work on the skirt came next. It was a fake wrap skirt. There was a fully closed skirt under that flap in the front. I cut the skirt off at my knee length and hemmed it all the way around. I made the "wrap" part a little shorter so it would be more visible. I really liked the stripes and the soft knit material.

I tucked the top in and I was done!

I went downtown and made my husband take my picture in front of these cool angel wings.

And in front of this cool mosaic mural one block over. He got artsy with it.

I gave him a lot of advice even though he is a photographer and his pictures always look so much better than mine. He was a great sport about it though.

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

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The Vintage Bike Shirt

Hello Readers. I was inspired by this peach shirt. It doesn't look very special so why did I like this shirt?

It didn't look like much from far away. It was a little too baggy to wear to work and the 3/4 length sleeves were almost to my wrists. It needed some help. 
And the pants? They almost fit at the waist but the length was out of control.

I loved this shirt because of the print. There were polka dots and these fabulous vintage bikes. I love vintage bikes!

I have a couple. My sister-in-law gave me one that actually folds in half. The other I got from the side of the road. It had a sign on it that said free. When I stopped my car a lady came out of her house and told me to please take it. I love them both.

I looked at the original shirt and decided that I wanted shorter sleeves. It is really hot outside. August is always super hot.

I took the sides in so the fit would be less baggy and I made short sleeves.


The short sleeves seemed a little plain.

I added a button from the original cuff and pinched the sleeve together to gather the sleeve up a little bit.

Here are the pants my daughter gave me. They would be great for work. I decided to make another pair of cropped pants to survive the summer heat. My daughter told me to put them on inside out so she could pin them for me. Look how much extra fabric there was! She laughed and laughed while she pinned the hem for me. Then she stuck me with a pin.

I took them in just a little and I made them much shorter.

This was a great summer outfit for work. It looks like I am showing of my bicep but I am just pointing to the sleeve. My biceps are nothing I want to really point out to anyone.

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