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Friday, October 15, 2021

Mother-Son Matching

 Hello Readers. It is the last of what I am calling, "Second Summer". It is always warm here until suddenly, it is winter. I decided to take advantage of this time to make a matching mother and son outfit for myself and my youngest.

 This dress was really cute. I found it at a swap and loved the stripes. I thought it would match a shirt that my son had. It isn't an exact match but it is close enough for me. Mother and son outfits are not easy to find so I really wanted this one.


 The knit dress was a little big but it is easy to alter the size of a dress like this.

 I tried the dress on inside out and marked where I wanted to make new side seams. I marked it with chalk so you could see it. Some people like to use pins to mark the new side seams but I always prick myself and it just makes me so mad.

 You can see the new side seams and I also shortened the dress. It was a knit cotton, did not fray at all and it was easy to work with.  I wanted a shorter more casual dress.

I liked the new dress. It was easy to wear and the knit fabric was very comfortable in the heat. It is 83 degrees outside! 

My son got tired of taking pictures very quickly. I only took 2 pictures of him and then he got some chocolate caramel cookies. Yes, bribery was involved in the making of this blog post. 
Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

A No-Sew Remake

 Hello Readers. How is fall in your part of the world? Mine is still a bit... summery. It is really warm where I live. Ugh, it is not sweater weather yet. That brings me to this dress. It is great weather for a dress. And this refashion does not need any sewing. Just scissors.

This dress was brand new and it was soft and stretchy but it had some problems. It was SO long. It was a maxi length but as you can see, I am not a maxi length person. These was so much extra fabric hanging on the floor. I could have shortened it and it would have been a cute dress but sometimes that maxi length is nice to wear. So how can we restyle with no sewing?

I decided to cut this dress apart. The top half fit pretty well and I am messy so I could always use another t-shirt so I cut the dress into the length I wanted my new shirt to be. I used a favorite shirt to get the length correct. This is the only cutting I did. I just followed the hem of the black t-shirt with my scissors. I cut slowly and carefully and that was it. The material won't fray so I didn't need to hem it.

This new t-shirt is great with jeans for going where ever and doing whatever. 

What about this long skirt? Now that I cut the shirt off, the skirt was not as long as it was before, but it was still very full cut. I thought of a way to alter it without any sewing at all. 

If you can tie a knot, you can do this refashion. 

This knit material was stretchy so it was easy to tie a knot on each side to make the waist smaller. It made the loose skirt fit and stay up around my waist. The best part about this is you can make it any size you need and adjust it whenever you want. Skinny? Tie it small. Just ate Thanksgiving dinner? Tie it bigger. Pregnant? Change it as your baby belly grows.

I liked wearing the skirt and the shirt together because it still had the feel of a dress, it just fit better now. It has a more flattering shape as well. There is a waist and I have ankles too. The knit material won't fray. I just tied the knots and I was done.

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

Friday, October 8, 2021

Puffy Sleeves

 Hello Readers. Sometimes you have to dress up a little. It can't be pajamas all day every day. Let's get dressed!

This shirt and skirt were hand-me-downs. The fall colors were fabulous. The skirt fit at the waist but the length was not good for me. The shirt had so much going on. The puffy sleeves and the neck tie. It was a lot all at once. 

Let's get to work. The skirt was an easy fix. It just needed to be shorter. It fir perfect at the waist already. Some cutting and some hemming took care of this skirt.

Let's move on the the burgundy shirt. It was a little big but that was good because there was room to fit and move around. I made the sides a little smaller and cut the sleeves off.

I thought cutting the sleeves made such a pretty ruffle sleeves. The shorter sleeves looked better on me. I was lost in those puffy sleeves. I will look more in proportion with some arm showing.

 I did not like tie around the neck. I cut it off and connected the 2 pieces. 

I thought it would make a much better waist tie to tie around the shirt. It worked perfectly as a little belt. It gave the shirt a more flattering shape at the neckline and at the waist.

I could tuck it into the skirt and wear the belt as a headband too. 

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

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Tie-Dye Misadventures

 Hello Readers. Are you seeing tie-dye in the stores near you? It's everywhere! I wanted to try making it for myself. 

I needed some white clothes to dye so I searched around and found this white cotton skirt/dress extender that used to be a pillowcase. (Yes, a cotton knit pillowcase.) I also had this white shirt my mom handed down to me. (Thanks Mom!)

 I got them wet to prepare them for the dye. 

This was a fun project to share with my youngest. We went outside and had fun dripping and squirting dye on the clothes. I had gray and green dye on hand so that is what we used.

I let my son decide when we were done. I did this outside so I did not have to worry about the mess.

I let the dye sit for about 40 minutes. Then I put the clothes in the washer and this is when i really messed up. I was supposed to wash the dye out quickly and I accidentally put the washer on a long soak cycle. That means the clothes at in the dye water for a long time and my colors got all mixed up and muddied. I tried to be brave and keep going. I shortened the sleeves and made the shirt a shorter cropped length as well.

 The skirt can be pulled up high on my waist so even though the shirt is cut shorter, my tummy is covered. My belly button is my business.

I thought about trying to correct the dye colors a little but my son loved them. He and I can match and he is still young enough to think that is fun. I know it won't always be like that as he gets older so for now we are going to go for it. 

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

Friday, September 24, 2021

Resizing Jeans

 Hello Readers. The only reason I started sewing was to make my clothes fit my body. That's it. I am short and I needed to alter clothes. I had kids and I also needed to dress them and myself on a budget. A very small budget. There are a lot of social and environmental reasons to thrift and buy second hand but my main motivation in the beginning was money. I was a thrift store shopper and I found out about clothes swaps. The beauty of clothes swaps is that they are totally free. The down-side is the size options are limited. You have to get lucky and find your size or make what you find into your size. 

Today"s post is about 2 pairs of jeans. One pair was too baggy and one pair was too tight. Let's start with the loose pair. These jeans were a hand-me-down and they were a little baggy. That is great because I can size them down and make them perfect for me. 

It is not hard to alter jeans. The first step is to try them on inside out and mark where the new side seams should be. Don't make them too tight. Make sure you leave room for the new seam and for you to move comfortably. I like to use a pencil and mark the waist, hips, thighs... all the way down the leg. Don't worry about length just yet.

It is possible that your new side seams will need to be right where the belt loop is. If that happens, just remove the belt loop with a seam ripper and then stitch it back on when you are done with the jeans. 

You can see the new side seams I made in this picture. I did not need to remove that much to change the fit. I made the jeans smaller and then tried them on. I was able to see where the jeans fit well and where I needed to make the jeans smaller. You can see I went back a few times on each side to make the jeans fit really well.

When the jeans fit like you want, it is time to make them shorter if you need to. Always hem them last because you won't get the right length until the fit is correct.

I like to use matching gold thread in the hem. I barely had enough to finish these jeans. I did not use the thick gold thread on my bobbin (It's too thick.), I used this denim blue thread in my bobbin. 

 My new jeans are ready to go. What about the tight pair?

These jeans were so tight, they hurt me to put on. I think if something is hurting you, you should avoid that thing. (*Life Tip-This applies to people too.)

I knew an easy way to make these jeans bigger. I was going to add something to the jeans. That something was this wide grosgrain ribbon. 

The first step was cutting the side seams open on the sides of these jeans. I cut the jeans open from the waistband to the hem. 

Here is a look at the new side seams. I used my sewing machine to connect the ribbon to the denim. It added 3 inches on each leg and 6 inches to the waist and hips. Your measurements will be different from mine so choose ribbon that works for you. 

These jeans fit so well now, I can move, breath, eat... That is all I wanted. 

I hope these ideas help you as much as they helped me. Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Dress to Sweatshirt

 Hello Readers. Sometimes when I am at clothes swaps or getting hand-me-downs I find something that I really like but it does not really like me. Like this purple dress. 

This dress was by a sports brand and was supposed to be moisture wicking and it was super soft. I just did not think it was flattering on me. It was fitted around the hips and stomach. It really clung my mommy tummy and it was loose on top. And these sleeves are super long on me. It made me feel out of proportion. Why would I want to wear a dress that did that? The fabric was so great though, I knew  I could do something with this.

 I decided to cut the skirt off...but not all of it. I left a few inches as a waistband. 

The skirt was actually 2 layers of material. You can see I cut the inner layer of the waistband shorter than the outer layer. 

I connected the 2 layers together along the cut edges. 

Here is a view from the inside of the waistband. The connected layers won't ever show from the outside. By cutting the inner layer shorter it made the outer layer turn under and into the shirt.

From the outside the sweatshirt looks like that waistband was always there and not something I just came up with one day in my sewing room. 

I had to shorten those sleeves. My arms are really short. I made these sleeves a 3/4 length. You might not need to shorten the sleeves. You probably have normal adult length arms, you can skip this step. My arms are really short, sleeves are always too long on me.

What about that skirt piece that I cut off? I stitched those cut edges together and I had an tube.

It was a perfect infinity scarf. Winter is coming, I will want a scarf on cold days.

What will I wear with it? How about this casual denim skirt?

This skirt just needed a little reshaping. The length was decided for me based on that cargo pocket. I did not want to lose or bother to move the pocket. #lazysewing I just cut and hemmed the skirt on the bottom after making the waist a bit smaller.

I was happy with my casual outfit. Is anyone getting dressed up anymore? Formal wear in 2021? No way!

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