Friday, May 24, 2019

Pink and Purple

Hello Readers. Today's post is about 2 shirts that each needed some help. I worked on them at the same time so I am writing about them at the same time. It's a two-fer today.

Here are the 2 shirts. One is a pink t-shirt. It was bright and cheerful but pretty basic. The problem was with that deep V-neck. Why so low??
The other shirt is a purple cotton tunic that was very light weight and perfect for summer. I loved the material and colors. The problem? It was getting so old, it had some worn spots that didn't look very nice.

Let's start with the purple shirt. It also had a deep V-neck and it was getting really worn out. I liked the shirt so much, I wanted to fix it. I stitched the deepest part of the V-neck closed. The worn spots are all inside. No one knows they are there.
 Well, no one but you.

The picture on the left is one of the long sleeves. It was really worn out. My solution was to cut the sleeves as short as needed to get rid of all the worn areas. I turned the edges under and stitched them down. Now they were always short sleeves. I also shortened the entire shirt because bottom edge had a few rough spots too.

Here is a look at what was removed from the purple shirt. 

I basically cut off or hid all the bad spots of this shirt. It turned out well and it is still just as soft and comfortable.

The pink shirt was easy to fix. I took a small piece of purple material from the first shirt, that was not damaged, and used it to fill in the deep V of the pink shirt.

It filled in the V-neck well and the pink shirt isn't so revealing anymore.

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

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Dressy Bathing Suit

Hello Readers. Let me start by apologizing or the glaring pale skin you are seeing on your screen. Do not adjust your device, I am that fair skinned. It can't be changed, it is what it is. I can't tan. I don't try.
So, by now you have figured out that I made a bathing suit top from this dress. Let me tell you the why and the how of this project.

Here is a cute dress that was passed on to me from Jessica P. (Thanks!) I liked the dress a lot and it fit well through the body. It was stretchy and it would never wrinkle so I originally planned to shorten the straps and keep it as a dress. I didn't do that because I got an idea for this bathing suit top. It was a stretchy nylon/lycra/polyester type fabric that felt like bathing suit fabric to me.
 I never like swim suits from the store. They are always too low cut, too expensive, and they never fit quite right. Maybe I could make this into a bathing suit top I would really like.

Here is a look at the inside of the dress. It had 2 layers of fabric so, it didn't need a lining. And those 2 layers are just what I needed for the next step. See the big seam just under the bodice?

 I cut a small slit in the bodice just above the seam. I only cut the inside layer. Why? I needed to insert breast cups. I am 47, and I have 3 kids, I breast-fed them all. I need some coverage and support in the chest area if you know what I mean. 2 layers of fabric is nice but not enough for me.

The slit is to insert these molded breast cups in each side, between the 2 layers of the dress. You can buy these cups at the fabric store but I removed these from a bralet because I didn't want the extra padding. I didn't know what I would do with them until this day. They will provide some support and coverage in the chest.

I folded them up and slid them in. I shifted them around until they seemed to be in the right places.

I used that big seam again to cover the slits I had cut. I just pulled the seam up and over the cuts and hand sewed it. I also stitched the molded cups to the seam and the inside layer of the dress, all at the same time. They won't move or shift around.

The next step was to cut the skirt off. I wanted a little ruffle to come down far enough to make sure my stomach never saw the light of day. It matched the high-waisted black bottoms I already had. I also shortened the straps.
The top crossed over itself so I stitched it closed to keep it from being too low. I want to play with my 4 year old and stay covered. (I don't want any wardrobe malfunctions.)

When I said I wanted to play with my 4 year old I meant it. I won't be swimming the English Channel in this. If I was an athlete (I'm not.) and swam vigorously (No.), I might need a different bathing suit. This top is full coverage and that's what I wanted.
No diving!

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

Friday, May 17, 2019

Why Not White Jeans?

Hello Readers. I found some beautiful white jeans from Banana Republic at a clothes swap. I was happy because the seemed like they had never been worn. I like the look of white denim but I would never buy white jeans and I would never buy them from Banana Republic. I will happily take them for free though.

Why not buy them you ask? Because of these 2 rascals right here. Combined they are a sweet 200 lbs of mess and mud.White clothes are going to get dirty quick so I wouldn't spend money on them. (And Banana Republic is fabulous but a little too spendy for me.) So what a treat to find these white jeans.

They are both watching a cat outside.

I also found this super-soft red and white striped shirt. It also looked to be in great condition and I thought it would be a bright fun spring outfit. If only the jeans fit a little better and the top didn't make me look 4 months pregnant. Loose flowy tops can be difficult for me to wear. This faux pregnancy look is usually what happens.

Tunics are not my friend.

It is warm enough for short sleeves so I made those and hemmed the edges under. I also took in the sides of the shirt. I made it a little smaller and tried it on to see how it looked.

I made the jeans fit a little better. I thought I would want to keep the straight legs you see in the picture below but when I tried them on I changed my mind and went for skinny jeans. I usually try things on and even wear them for a day to see if I like them. I decide to change things quite often.

I liked the jeans but after wearing this top for a day I wasn't sure about it. I liked it tucked in but it was still so long, there was a lot to tuck.

I decided to shorten all the way around, leaving 2 long pieces in the front. I tied a  little knot it in the front. It gave it a more casual vibe.

***   BONUS TRACK   ***
My daughter had 2 seersucker items in the same fabric and felt like it was too much.  People might think she had some weird seersucker obsession.

She bought some gray dye. And...

It changed the look of the skirt enough that she was happy.

So, no seersucker obsessions, but we might be obsessed with dye.
Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Hawaiian Romper

Hello Readers. This blue floral dress really caught my eye. Not the dress itself but the beautiful shades of blue in it. I thought it was so pretty. The dress was a simple sheath shape. I thought I could definitely do something fun with it.

The material was in good shape but the dress didn't hang quite right. I knew it was a great beginning of a refashion. I wanted it to be a romper for summer. Or better yet, maybe a fake romper.

I used an actual pattern to get the shorts cut out correctly. When I spread the dress out it all seemed even so I just cut out the shorts and sewed them together.

The pattern called for a simple elastic waistband. I made the casing, threaded the elastic through, and connected the ends.

 I had some shorts that would be perfect for Hawaii.

The top half was very easy. I kept the tank style the dress already had. I just took the sides in a little and made sure the arm holes were high enough so I didn't expose anything that I didn't want to expose.

The rayon material will breathe in summer but it won't stretch at all. I kept the loose fit so I could get it on and off and be comfortable. It looks like a one piece romper when the top and bottom are put together, but it is easier to wear and use the bathroom like a normal human. I try to avoid one piece clothing that makes you completely strip down when you want to use the restroom. It can be annoying.

I was really happy and comfortable in this outfit, but my teen son said he had never seen so many shades of blue, on one person, at one time, in his whole life. Oh, well. You can't please everyone.

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.
 And use as much blue as you want.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Easy T-shirt Bathrobes

Hello Readers.  I wanted a simple lightweight robe for summer. Summer is pretty much over but I just got around to making one. I used a big men's t-shirt and some wide ribbon.

 I started by cutting the navy blue shirt down the middle to open it. I cut the neckband off and made a deep V-shape at the neckline. The edges didn't need to be perfect, I was going to cover them later. I just needed the basic robe shape.

 I also cut the lower hem off the shirt. I plan to use that as a belt to tie around the waist and keep the robe closed. I made sure to keep all the stitching intact, so the belt would stay together.

I made 2 little cuts in each side of the shirt to act as belt loops to hold the belt. I tried to make the loops a few inches below the sleeves. You could put the belt at any height that works for you.

I decided to finish all the cut edges with some wide blue ribbon that I had on hand. It matched well and dressed up the robe a little. I used my machine to attach it to the cut edges at the bottom, front, and neck of the robe.

I actually made 2 robes. I used the same method and it was just as easy. This is a black shirt and I used black lace to cover and finish the cut edges.

Using the ribbon/lace was a quick way to hide all the cut edges and make the robes pretty. The wide ribbon and lace also added a bit to the overall length of the robes.

Mornings are meant for caffeine. That is really me before my first cup of tea. I will never be a morning person but a comfy robe can't hurt.

Next week will be more pajama refashions, now go make something fun for yourself.

*Year end update- I use the black robe all the time. The ribbon on the blue robe was not as soft as the black so it doesn't get as much wear. Comfort is key.

**2019 Update - I made a third robe. The black one got eaten by the washer. The
blue one wasn't very soft where the ribbon hit the back of my neck. So I used the softest cotton lace I could to make this gray robe.