Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Fun with Flannel

Hello Readers. I found an amazing flannel dress. It was so amazing because it was soft and warm and there was so much of it. Have you ever seen this much flannel on one person? It's a lot. Maybe too much?

Honestly, this is the most unattractive dress I have ever seen. Nothing says, "Not tonight Honey!" like floor length flannel. It's like Mrs. Claus launched a clothing line.

I decided that there was just too much dress here. Way. Too. Much. Dress. I started at the bottom. It needed to be shorter. Maybe a lot shorter.

I hemmed it and I had a long vest/duster to layer over a shirt. I liked that, but would I like more if I made it even shorter?

Maybe I would. I made it mid thigh length. I really liked it this length. I think less is more with this fabric.

I had to find some good light for this picture. I ended up in the hallway with my youngest who is deep in a Lego phase. I asked him to move over for a minute and stood at attention until I was done.

I had a lot of fabric leftover. What would I do with all that extra flannel? I made tiny pads for taking off eye makeup. I saw these on Instagram and wanted to try them. They were soft on the eyes, lint free and more environmentally friendly. And a lot cheaper in the long run. Mine were square and made of 2 layers of flannel. I put them in a mesh bag for washing because they were so small. This was a great way to use scrap fabric.

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

Friday, January 17, 2020

A Refashion From the Young Men's Department

Hello Readers. Do you ever wear men's or young men's clothing? I do it often. A friend recently gave me a ton of hand-me-downs for my son to grow into. You know I went through the bags and found some goodies for myself. 
(I also proved how old and out out of touch I am. More on that later.)

One of the first things I found was this sweatshirt. It looked so colorful and cute. I thought it was from a resort or vacation restaurant. It wasn't.
(I wasn't paying enough attention and I should use Google more. According to my older son, this shirt was actually referencing a video game. The game takes place at a kids arcade where the mechanical characters become possessed and come to life and try to kill the gamer. They get more scary looking as the game progresses. This shirt showed how cute they look at the beginning.)

Foolish suburban mom that I had decided to use these cute little guys in a refashion project not knowing who they were. I had to cut the shirt up because the it was too small for me to wear. I cut out each little guy.

I put the little squares around these black jeans. Where did the jeans come from? They came from the bag of hand-me-downs! I had seen some jeans on Instagram recently with a lot of patches and I was inspired by them. I would have distressed them as well but it is really cold and windy today. It isn't a good time to have holes in my pants exposing skin to the weather.

 Here are my finished jeans. As I was taking these photos my older son walked in and asked, "Where did you get "Five Night's at Freddy's" jeans?" I said I had made them. He responded with a lot of loud laughter and asked "Do you know what those are?" 
The answer was obviously no. I don't play video games. I have no idea what's what. 
Now I am not sure how I feel about the jeans. Do I want to look like a super-fan of some possessed killer arcade characters? I'm not sure.

I also learned the the back pockets on young men's jeans is lower than I like. I had 3 pairs of identical jeans from those hand-me-down bags. I moved the pockets up to see if I liked it better with the pockets a little higher.

I don't like my pockets lower than my actual backside. If the pockets are lower than my actual cheeks....they are too low. I reattached the pockets at a higher place and I was done. There were stitch marks where the pockets were originally but they disappeared in the wash.

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.
And if it involves characters you don't know, use Google!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

A Tropical Sweatshirt

Hello Readers. I am in a comfort binge. I want cozy warm clothes like sweats and pajamas. Can I wear pajamas all day? Well, I can feel like I'm wearing pajamas. I decided to make this gray sweatshirt a little more appropriate for me. It was my son's but he didn't want it. My husband didn't want it either.

I didn't think the body of this tropical sweatshirt was the best part of the sweatshirt. I really liked was the tropical print from the sleeves and the hood. So that is what I removed from the shirt.

I put the tropical sleeves on this white sweatshirt. I also added the tropical hood inside the white hood. I made the colorful look like a lining that would peek out. The tropical fabric added some fun color to the plain white.

When I was done I had the gray body of the original sweatshirt left over. I wasn't sure what to do with it at first.

I flipped it upside down and I made it more narrow and added arm holes in the front. I cut out the belly. Who would wear this?

This guy right here. My dog K.C. needed a sweatshirt. He cries when he gets cold. He wants to be warm and cozy just like I do. He slept through this photo shoot

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun (And warm!) for yourself.

Friday, January 10, 2020

A Fancy Sweatshirt?

Hello Readers. I am still in the middle of a cozy clothes binge. I just want to be snuggly and warm. Today's project is a sweatshirt. You can't be more snuggly than that.

This navy blue sweatshirt was very plain. I could make it more fun right? The sleeves were a little too long. I could fix that also.

I decided to add a ruffle to the neckline of the sweatshirt. I got the ruffle from a tank top that was too tight. I found it at a clothes swap and brought it home because I liked the ruffle so much. I cut the sweatshirt into a V shape at the neckline to match the ruffle.

Here you can see what I cut off the sweatshirt. I moved the shoulder seams in to make the sweatshirt seem less oversized. I also made the sleeves a bit shorter and waistband a bit higher. I didn't want it to be too short but I wanted to try a shorter length. I made sure no mom tummy would show. No one sees that. Ever! (It's pale and stretch marked and more than a little flabby. Would it kill me to do a sit-up?)

I also cut a rectangle from the tank top and made a front pocket. Why? Just for fun.

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

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

A No-Sew Hoodie Refashion

Hello Readers. I am in the mood for warm cozy clothes. I spent most of December wearing dresses for charity and trying to deal with a broken heater. I was cold ALL month. At least it seemed that way. I want comfort and layers of warmth. That is what brings us to this sweatshirt. I had a navy blue hoodie. It was comfortable but not very exciting. Could I do something fun with it?

Here it is. A simple ladies athletic hoodie sweat jacket.

I didn't do any sewing. I decided to cut off the sleeves and the waistband and zipper. I curved the front to cut off the pockets too. This jacket was a little big which was perfect because I wanted it loose enough that I could wear it over anything. Even a sweater. I want to be able to pile on layers and layers of clothes.

I had a loose sort of vest/jacket/shawl that felt weightless but added some nice warmth. The armholes kept it on easily as opposed to a shawl. (They always fall off my shoulders.) I went outside for pictures because I am having trouble with my lighting set-up. As we were taking pictures Some neighbors seemed to take notice.

I heard someone jogging over to see my not so athletic jacket.

Make that 3 someones. I don't know why they ran over. Maybe they wanted a picture? Here it is fellas.

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

Saturday, January 4, 2020

The Shapeless Red Sweater

Hello Readers. I saw a picture of myself wearing this red sweater and thought I could do something fun with it. I love red. I think it is really cheerful. But when I saw the picture of this sweater I thought it looked really shapeless with this dress.

I looked at the sweater by itself and thought it had a wide waistband. Maybe I could do something with the waistband to give it more shape.
I also had this red ribbon sitting around leftover from Christmas. Why not use it?

I used a large needle and threaded the ribbon around the sweater. I started and ended in the front. This made a nice bow in the front.

And it pulled the sweater in at the waist to give it some shape. I can loosen it to take it off and put it on. Easy-peasy! I liked it with the dress.....

And I liked it with pants. I have been wearing dresses all month for Dressember.
I am really looking forward to wearing pants now. And these warm corduroys are just what I wanted. Some quick resizing and a couple tucks in the back to cinch in the waistband and..........

I was ready to go.

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











Thursday, January 2, 2020

The New Year's Eve Dress

Hello Readers. I hope you have a wonderful 2020. I did not go anywhere or do anything that required more than my pajamas. I was in bed asleep before 11. Why? Why are you so boring Chickie? Well, I am a tired mom and my youngest gave me a cold for Christmas. I am starting this year at home in bed. 
This dress was originally going to be my Christmas Eve dress. That didn't work out either. We didn't go to church like we usually do because the little guy was coughing and sniffling. I didn't want to spread his germs all over the church. (You're welcome church friends.) He is doing better now. After a day or two of coughing in my face, he is better.

This dress is a little shiny and a little stretchy. What more could I want in a dress?

It was a great match for this cashmere sweater that has been waiting for an outing. It is part of a sweater set that I refashioned recently. This sweater is plain and simple. I thought it would quiet down the shiny dress and make it warmer in this cold weather.

The sweater just needed a little mending under one arm.

This dress didn't need much help. It was just a little loose and a little too long. It would look better if it was a little shorter. I am really short my dress needed to be shorter.
*This is the worst background color for this dress. And my lighting didn't want to work.

It fit great and it would have been great for almost any occasion. If I left the house.  But I am not leaving until I can breathe through my nose again. I am just going to stay home, take cold medicine, and drink tea.
 The sweater makes it look more like a skirt and keeps me warm.
My apologies for the lighting issues.
Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.
*I will be starting to add year end updates to the posts from earlier this year just to let you know what I think of the clothes as the year went on.