Friday, February 15, 2019

Peasant Blouse to Kimono

Hello Readers. I love the color red. It is so cheerful. I saw this red top at a clothes swap and just fell in love with the fabric. I took it home and realized it didn't fit. That's OK, there is always a way to make things work.

The fabric was very lightweight and in great shape. The size was a little off but the plunging neckline was really what made this top look so big on me. There was a little string tie closure at the neckline that did nothing to really close the low cut top.

I mean it was so low cut. That string tie wasn't going to help me make this top wearable. It was open to my belly button. Even with a shirt under it, it didn't look right.

I cut the ties off right away. They seemed useless and had heavy metal rings on the end. They pulled the lightweight top down even more.

The next thing I did was cut the top completely open in the front. It was already too open to be a regular shirt, could it be a sort of kimono style jacket? Sure it could!

I put it on my dress form and cut more fabric off the front opening until each side hung flat and even. I turned the edges under and stitched them down.

I was happy I found a way to wear this top, I liked the material so much. It is a nice layering piece. It is so light it doesn't feel bulky or heavy like a sweater.

It gives some coverage in the back too. That is nice if you don't want to show off your back end in your jeggings.

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

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Valentine's Day T-shirts

Hello Readers. Valentine's Day is tomorrow, at least when I am writing this. You might want to put together a quick shirt for the holiday for yourself or your kids. I have a couple ideas for that. To start you will need a t-shirt. Any old t-shirt will do.

This is definitely an old t-shirt. It has some paint spots on it and it has a logo. That is OK, it won't hurt our end result.

My shirt was black so I used a permanent black marker to color on the logo and make it less visible. It won't hide the logo completely but it will help hide it a little.

The next step involves acrylic paint and a paper doily. I put some thick paper inside the shirt so the paint won't bleed through to the back of the shirt. I put the doily on the front center of the shirt. I used a sponge to dab paint on top, all over, and a little outside of the doily.

Here is my paint. I wasn't completely happy with it at first. The paint in the left picture, looked like a monster face to me. I saw eyes and a mouth, maybe I am crazy...
I used a tiny brush to fill in some of the empty spots so I didn't see eyes anymore. 
Let the shirt dry for a few hours. I added a coat of pink on top of the red to help disguise the decal with a second coat and color of paint.

Here is my finished shirt. The decal doesn't show and the little spots of paint are blend in all the painting I did. It all works together.

I am not dressing up for Valentine's Day. My youngest is sick this week so I am going to look like this.

***The Candy Heart T-shirt
Now something for the kids. If you want to put together a fun shirt for a kid in time to wear tomorrow, here is an idea.
Grab a shirt. (This is for my son and the only plain shirt I could find was black.) I used a chalk pencil to sketch out a heart on the pocket. I want to paint a heart to look like one of those candies with a message on it.

I used some simple red acrylic paint and filled in the heart. I let it dry and added a second coat of paint. When the heart was totally dry I used some puffy paint in a squeeze tube to "write" on the heart. The heart was really small so the message was short. QT, like cutie, but shorter. If you want to write more make paint a bigger heart.

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

Friday, February 8, 2019

The Love Shirt

Hello Readers. Valentine's Day is coming. Are you ready? Do you even get into this holiday? Not everyone does. I wanted to make something in the theme of the day, so I made a shirt. A love shirt.

 You got to meet this flannel shirt from a clothes swap in my last post. (Flannel Baby!) I used almost all of it in that post. So why are you seeing it again?

I removed this one pocket and saved it for this refashion. Just one pocket? That's right. I only needed a small piece of fabric for this project. I also needed a simple gray shirt and I have one on hand. (Thanks Jessica P.)

 The red and black flannel was perfect to make a heart to dress up this gray shirt.  I cut the heart out of the pocket and used iron on tape to hold it in place. Next. I used a zigzag stitch to secure it to the gray shirt. Then I did my painting.

I used some cheap cardboard stencils from my craft stash and some old red acrylic paint.

I held the stencils very still and used a sponge to dab the paint on the shirt. It was messy and when I was done my hands looked like I had committed a murder. The letters turned out great though. I tried to paint heavily because I knew it would fade a bit in the wash. 
(*I put a piece of cardboard inside the shirt to keep the paint from soaking through to the back of the shirt.)

I wanted to add a little something to the heart and some black embroidery thread was just the thing. It would look cute on top of the machine stitching. It adds a little home-spun touch.

Yes, that's me. Yes, I have a Valentine's Day wreath on my door. Yes, I do get into the holiday a little bit. Yes, I expect some kind of Valentine from my Valentine.
 And yes, I am hoping for some chocolate.

 I am still wearing the hat you saw last week. It's cold y'all. And I didn't do my hair. Like at all.

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

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Buffalo Plaid Sleeves

Hello Readers. It has been so cold around here. We need to wear many warm layers to stay warm. A sweater is a great layer, but not if it has short sleeves.

This black knit sweater dress would be much warmer with long sleeves. I thought this dress had a hood but it wasn't big enough to stay up on my head. It was just a big collar that spread out across the shoulders. That seemed like it would be nice and warm too. Those short sleeves just had to go.

I decided to replace the sleeves on this sweater dress so my first step was cutting off the existing sleeves. I followed the seam around the arm hole. I didn't remove that seam because the arm hole would really stretch out of it's original shape. 
What was I going to use for sleeves?

Flannel baby! It's a great fabric for cold weather and that red and black buffalo plaid material is so much fun. This was a men's large, so I had a good amount of fabric to use.

I cut the sleeves off the flannel shirt and pinned them to the sweater the best I could. I did some careful stitching with my sewing machine.

Inside out view.
I felt warmer just looking at this dress with it's long flannel sleeves. It was soft and cozy to wear as well.

I later decided to make this into a top just to see how it looked. I love it just as much as the dress.

I know what you are thinking. What about the rest of that flannel shirt? I only used the sleeves. Did I throw away the rest of that shirt?
Of course not! 
I cut the bottom of the shirt off just under the arm holes. I folded it in and connected the cut edge to the bottom of the shirt and I had.....

A long tube or a scarf. I cut my hair shorter and then the polar vortex came. My neck is cold all the time. I am wearing all my scarves, even at home. This colorful red and black flannel will be great for the rest of winter.

The shirt buttons connect the ends to make an infinity scarf.

The body of the shirt was just big enough to make an infinity scarf that goes around my neck twice. It is very cozy too.

So snowy and cold!

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

Friday, February 1, 2019

Honey, I Shrunk The Sweater

Hello Readers. Have you ever done something stupid, careless, clumsy? Yep, that's a big yes from me. I mess up often and all over the place. It would take and entire separate blog to record it all. But that's not why we are here today.

 I had a laundry accident recently. I washed a favorite sweater with a load of towels. It was a hot water wash and the sweater came out about half it's original size. I was really bummed. What was I going to do with this tiny sweater?

I loved this sweater because it was black, it went with everything, and it was cashmere! I was not going to throw this away.

 It was still soft and because it shrunk, it was even thicker than it was before. I cut off the body and saved the sleeves for later. I stitched the front closed and cut off the excess material with the buttons.

Here is a look at it inside out. I used the side seams and the front seam I had just made to make it smaller and more tapered at the top. I didn't measure, I just tried it on and did my best to make it fit comfortably. I took a little off each side to keep the seams evenly spaced around my head. It wasn't perfect, but that's OK.

When I had the size right I folded the top end in on itself and tied a piece of leather cord around it to hold it closed. I thought the leather would be strong and have good grip. It did hold well, I cut off the excess from the top.

I turned it right side out and I had an head shaped shaped hat. I had this furry pom-pom in the sewing stash and decided to add it on top. I used thick embroidery thread and sewed it on by hand.

The pom-pom made it more fun and this is the softest hat I have ever felt or worn. It is really warm and cozy too. I am not taking it off until the polar vortex weather has gone back up to the north pole where it belongs.

That's not all we can do with a shrunken sweater!
Now what to do with the sleeves? I decided that because Valentine's Day is coming,  I would make a mitten for two. I know it sounds weird, stay with me.
I cut the sleeves in half and took the cuff halves for this project.

I found some red fabric scraps and cut out two heart shapes. I stitched the two hearts together around the outside edges.
(This fabric doesn't look red, but it is.)

I left two openings so I could insert the little sleeve pieces. I had to sew them in by hand. I added some big white embroidery stitches around the edge for decoration. 
The idea is that I will put one hand in and my 3 year old will put one hand in and we can hold hands when we go for a walk. He is smaller than me so his hand would be lower than mine. 
If you want to make this for two adults, you could put both hand openings at the top sides of the heart.
(See I told you it was red.)

Here is my little guy and I holding hands in the heart. It is so bitterly cold we couldn't go outside for a walk though. He thought it was funny that we both put our hands in the heart.
(I may have bribed him with a plate of cookies to get this photo.)

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

Authors Note: The cold polar vortex is over. I went for a walk with my 2 little buddies. The mitten was a hit.