Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Goonies Shirt

Hello Readers. This red Goonies shirt came my way recently.  Do you remember "The Goonies"? I was a kid in the 80's and I saw this movie in the theater. (That was the only place to see movies back then.) I couldn't remember the entire movie but I knew I liked it. The rag-tag group of kids were loud and obnoxious and they save the day in the end. I couldn't recall all the details but they went to find a treasure and had an exciting adventure on the way. Every kid likes movies like that, right?

The shirt was big on me. I guess I could have saved it as a night shirt but I wanted to wear it during the day as a shirt. It would need to be altered. I was feeling some nostalgia for the 80's and I didn't want to hide the shirt away. I wanted to wear it in public.

I used a shirt I liked as a guide and marked the arms and sides. I liked the loose fit of the white shirt and I liked the rounded hem at the bottom. I could copy it with this red shirt. I used my sewing machine and made a smaller shirt with the shape I wanted. I just traced the white shirt and cut it out. I connected the sides and arms and I was done.

I wore this shirt for one of my favorite activities. It was to pick up some Chinese take-out for dinner. My favorite food? Take-out. I have no strength to resist the fried rice. I am weak.

I came home and put in the DVD I had stashed away in the cabinet. It's dinner and a movie without any cooking for me this night. 

The shirt is loose and flowy which is nice in the heat. The neck and shoulders fit well so it doesn't look like a night shirt anymore.

Thanks for reading, now go make something fun for yourself.
And remember, Goonies never say die.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Watermelon Skirt

Hello Readers. I created a skirt recently that looks like a slice of watermelon. Why did I do this? I wanted to try it and it seemed like such a fun look for the hot weather. 

I had this pink dress in my refashion stash. It was too small on top for me to wear. I also had this green skirt. The skirt is a refashion from last June. I wasn't wearing it very often so I used part of it for the watermelon skirt.

I started by painting black ovals along the bottom of the skirt. I used a sponge to make the ovals. I also added a 2 inch band of green fabric to the bottom of the pink skirt. (I just cut the bottom of the green skirt off and attached it to the pink skirt.) I attached white rick-rack to the skirt right between the pink and the green to make it look like watermelon rind. 

You can see where I cut the skirt off the dress. I cut right above the elastic so I could use it as the waistband of my new skirt. This saved a lot of time and made this an easy refashion.

Here is my finished skirt. It is really cute and sweet. I thought wearing a black top would help keep it from getting too cute or too sweet. It is a lot of fun to wear.

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

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Shorter Flowers

Hello Readers. How are you today? I did a simple dress refashion recently. I found this great floral dress at a clothes swap. It fit perfectly and I liked the little cap sleeves. There was no problem except for the length. It was SO long on me. Going shorter seemed like the way to go.

I made a big cut across the bottom of the dress. I was trying to pick a spot that would look good with the buttons down the front of the dress. I wanted it to look balanced and I wanted to leave a little plain fabric at the bottom of the dress beneath the buttons. 

I decided to make a lettuce leaf hem at the bottom. It is basically a zig-zag at the very edge of the fabric. You pull the fabric gently from both sides and you get a nice little ruffled edge when you're done.

Here is my ruffled edge. It has a nice look. You don't need to fold the fabric under so you don't lose any of the length.

I wore this to church but I also wore it in the backyard. You can see I was photobombed by a cute little guy. I also played in our deluxe backyard pool.(Just kidding, it's pretty low budget.) But this dress is very versatile.

Is my child playing outside in his pj's? Yes, he is.

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

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Cow Appreciation Day

Hello Readers. How are you? Today is a fun day at my house. It's Cow Appreciation Day. It is not a big deal to everyone but it is to me. One day a year ChickFilA gives away free food to anyone who shows up in a cow costume. I have been doing this for many years, ever since my older kids were little. They liked dressing up as a cow when they were kids, and they liked going out to eat, and they liked waffle fries.

(ChickFilA didn't pay me for this post. They don't even know me. I just like chicken.)

I had a cow costume so, I was ready. My little guy needs something to wear. My daughter gave me this commemorative shirt for this years Cow Appreciation Day. I decided to use it for my little guys costume.

I tried to trace his body onto the shirt. I bribed him with M&Ms to get him to hold still. This plan backfired, the candy made him silly and full of manic energy. He was unable to hold still.

I tried a second idea. I used some clothes as a pattern. This is a costume to wear for fun so I am not worried about a perfect fit. I just need a basic costume for a 2 year old.

Here is his suit. It looks a lot like pajamas. That is OK, he is 2. As long as he gets to eat french fries, he will be happy. I stitched this suit together on my machine. It was very simple and quick. Now that I sewed it closed, how am I going to get him in and out of it? I had an idea for that.

I cut a 5 inch slit down the back of the suit. It made the head hole open up so I can get my toddler in his suit. I turned the edges under and that pulled the sides closer when I buttoned it. Pulling the sides together made the top a little smaller and helped the fit.

Here is the finished suit. It is perfect for the occasion. You are wondering why I didn't show it on my son right?

Well, here is a quick view of my attempt at a photo shoot with my active 2 year old son. He just wasn't having it. It didn't seem worth fighting about.

My costume is made of cotton sweat pants and a hooded sweatshirt. I cut up a men's undershirt for the white spots. I used pink felt for the udders. 

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

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The T-shirt Dress

Hello Readers. I love getting new refashion ideas from anywhere I can. I saw a video on Facebook recently that had some quick refashion ideas. You can see it here. (Thanks for posting the video Liz.) One of the ideas was to take a big short sleeve T-shirt and make it into a strapless dress. It sounded fun so, I decided to try it.

I started with a big short sleeve T-shirt with a round neck.  Any T-shirt will do, I "borrowed" this one from my husband. I would lounge in my husbands shirt but it isn't fun or flattering. 

 The short sleeves get tucked in and become large pockets. I really liked that part of the dress. 
(Stitch the sleeves closed and the pockets can hold all your belongings.)

The neck becomes the top of the strapless dress. A belt makes the dress fit much better.
I didn't like the fit at the top of the dress, as you can see from the picture below. I felt a little overexposed, the dress was a tight, and had a revealing fit at the top.

I thought adding the vest made it a little more wearable. I just wasn't very comfortable with the tight fit of the chest. It could be that this dress just didn't work for me, you can easily try this idea at home and see how it fits you.

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

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Here Comes the Bride???

Hello Readers. I am not getting married in this long white lace dress, but it looks a bit like a wedding dress doesn't it? I got married to my high school sweetheart a long time ago, so I don't need a long white dress. So, let's make this dress into something else.

This dress seemed vintage, but I was not sure exactly how old it was. It was in great condition but it didn't quite fit. I could zip the zipper in the skirt but there was no way I could button those buttons.

When I examined the tag I saw it was a cotton-polyester blend. Polyester does not dye well, unless you use dye made for synthetic fabrics. 

Rit Dye isn't paying me for this, I just like the dye.

The dye really brought out the details of the lace in a beautiful way. It also showed me some damage to the bottom edge/hem of the dress. I wasn't able to use the lower edge of the dress. It had to be removed. Sometimes vintage clothing has damage. I usually just try to work around it.

That is OK. There is always another way to work things out. I didn't need to alter the top of the dress at all. I just cut the top and skirt apart and finished the cut edges with the smallest seams I could. I made that cut above the waist seam so that one of those buttons was still attached to the skirt. I used that button to fasten the skirt right above the zipper.

I reversed the top of the dress and used it as a jacket. Can I button it? No, but it looks cute worn open. The skirt fits well by itself and I think both pieces can be worn alone as well.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading, now go make something fun for yourself. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Blinded By The (Neon) Light

Hello Readers. I know what you're thinking? Why is she covered from head to toe in bright neon? She looks like a yellow highlighter marker. Well, my friend, you are right. It's too much. You might also be thinking that "Blinded by the Light" sounds like the title to an old song. Yes, it is. I looked it up on Youtube.

I found these neon corduroy pants at a clothes swap and they caught my eye. Neon is usually a summertime color and corduroy is usually a wintertime fabric, but someone put them together. I also found this neon shirt. It was just way too much neon. I decided to make shorts.

The legs fit well but the waist needed to more fitted. I marked the sides where I took the waist in. I also made two tucks in the back. I make these kind of tucks in a lot of pants because I hate it when the waist gapes open in the back. I can wear a belt but I don't always want to bother. I would rather the waist just fit well.

Here are the tucks from the outside of the pants. The end down in the pockets. It looks neater that way.

I decided to wear a different shirt too. (To be totally honest, I lost the neon shirt. I have no idea where it went.) Unfortunately, this gray shirt is too long on me and it is really low cut too. I fixed that by first  cutting off the arms and the neckband. That made a tank top shape. I also cut across the top of each shoulder strap.

That way I could tie a knot on each shoulder. I adjusted the knots until the shirt fit me and wasn't too low cut anymore.

I was ready to go play outside with the 2 year old. His favorite things to play with are dirt and rocks, so it's good that this outfit is machine washable. 

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