Friday, November 20, 2020

Louis Vuitton

 Hello Readers. There is more to a clothes swap then just clothes. Sometimes there are handbags too.

  I found this Louis Vuitton bag and wasn't sure if it was real or a knock-off. I am no expert but it seemed like it could be legit!

I checked the inside and it had a pretty genuine looking label.

 I thought it was in good shape but then I saw the under side of the strap. YIKES! It was not looking good. It looked like a hobbit carried it on an adventure to Mordor.

 I didn't know you could buy so many parts to make bags yourself. My mother-in-law started making bags a few years ago. I had a small stash of purse straps and handles that my mother-in-law gave me. I decided to take the bag home and see what I could do with it. The first thing I did was clean it thoroughly. (Everything from a swap needs to be washed well.) I found this brown strap in my stash. It seemed to match really well. 

 I cut the old strap off and threw it in the trash. There was nothing that could be done with it. The new strap was able to be attached in 2 seconds and I was done. This might be the easiest refashion ever! I looked up the proper name for the strap hooks. They are bronze swivel anchor hooks. They are very strong and can be unhooked very easily.  I like cross-body bags so I was happy with how this turned out.

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




Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The Fall Denim Dress

 Hello Readers. It fall. It is a beautiful season. I love the cooler weather, the changing colors of the trees, Thanksgiving treats. Everything about fall is wonderful, right?

I found something from fall that is not wonderful. Y'all, this dress is just as bad as the green corduroy dress from a couple weeks ago. Why so dowdy???

Somehow someone made sunflowers seem drab. The biggest boldest flower in the world is somehow diminished by this dress. I don't like the wheat grass either. I am allergic to wheat, and this dress.

I cut the dress up the side, spread out all the fabric, and tried to fit this pattern on the fabric. It just barely fit. Why did I choose a denim mini? Well, my denim skirts are all too tight. (Thanks Corona!) I wanted to make sure this skirt will fit no matter what. I can adjust the tie and the skirt will always be comfy.

I realized that the skirt was too long. I wanted this skirt to be short and fun. (Like me?) This tan corduroy skirt is a great length so I used it as a model. I cut the hem off the denim dress/skirt and realized I could still use it. 

I used the dresses original hem as the waistband of my new skirt. This isn't what the pattern said to do. I just can't ever seem to follow directions fully. Do I have a problem being told what to do? Maybe.

The new skirt turned out the right length for me. I did not make a traditional tie for this wrap skirt. I added the big white button and I tied the one tie around it. There is a bit of Velcro inside to keep the skirt closed at the waist.

Here is an up-close view of the button and tie and a peek at the Velcro. The Velcro is super fast and easy. It also will adjust the size of the waist if it needs to. My tip- Put the soft Velcro facing your skin and the scratchy Velcro facing away from you.

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

Friday, November 13, 2020

Removing a Turtleneck

 Hello Readers. How are you? It is cold and rainy here and really feels like fall. A turtleneck shirt will keep you warm in chilly weather like this, but I hate them! I can't stand that feeling of fabric around my throat. I immediately feel like I am being strangled.

I also feel like I have no neck at all. There is nothing good about this turtleneck shirt. Or is there? It was super soft and stretchy and I am a sucker for navy blue stripes. These white jeans were a happy find. They are a little big but the denim has some spandex in it so they would be wonderful if they fit better.

I cut the neck right off the shirt. It could be worn like this but it looks a little unfinished and the raw cut fabric will stretch out a lot. I don't want that. 

 I cut the neck into a narrow strip of fabric. I folded it over like bias tape and used it as binding for the neck. I attached it to the outside and when it flipped up....

The seam was inside the shirt and the outside looked nicely finished. I went over it again to keep it laying smooth when I wear it.


 Here it is modeled by my dress form Rhonda. You can see all kinds of free, open neck exposed now that the turtleneck is gone.

Can you wear white jeans in fall or winter? I think you can. These white jeans were 1 size up. That was perfect. I had plenty of room for the hips and Corona tummy. I just took the legs in on the sides. I wanted skinny jeans that I could tuck into boots for cold weather.


When I made the new side seams I saw that these belt loops were in the way. I removed them with my seam ripper.


I reattached them when I was done sewing the side seams. Easy as pie. (Mmm, pie! Thanksgiving is coming!)

I thought this striped shirt would be a great base layer for cool weather and I was right. It was soft and cozy. I am going to leave the jeans a little loose until after the holidays. Just to be safe. (Pie!)


I wore it to the mailbox and to work. (I wish I has more exciting events to go to. 2020 is sometimes terrible and sometimes super boring.)

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

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Sweater to Cardigan

 Hello Readers. I found this Jaws t-shirt in a bag of hand-me-downs. I think it was intended for my son but it didn't fit him yet.  (Thanks to WB and BB!) Do you remember the original Jaws movie? I have never seen the whole thing. I scare easy and I can't handle scary movies well. I have terrible nightmares about whatever was in the movie.

I have had this sweater for a long time and I love gray. This sweater has gotten a little tight (Thanks Corona!) I wanted to make it more comfortable and I wanted to show off the Jaws shirt.

I cut the sweater right up the middle. I used the design of the sweater as a guide to make my cut straight.

I was going to have to do something about that raw cut edge. The sweater will fray for sure. My solution was to fold some gray ribbon in half and use it as bias tape.

I stitched the ribbon on to cover the cut edge. The ribbon covers the outside and the inside. The sweater can't fray if it is sewn inside the folded ribbon.

I added some white trim for fun. Why not jazz it up? You could add even more trim and get really wild with it if you want.

I realized that the sweater would hang open so I added some additional lace to the inside as well.

So, back to Jaws. I cut the neckband off the shirt to open up the neck and shoulders of the shirt and make it more comfortable. I trimmed off the little uneven bits.

I wore this fun combo to get my hair cut for the first time in a long time but you can't see it in this picture.

Here is a before and after of the hair. It was pretty scraggly and the ends were fried. I got the same messy layers I always get. I was very happy with the fresh cut. (Thanks Misty!)

This sweater will be nice to throw on over a t-shirt or something dressier. Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.

Friday, November 6, 2020

Taking in the Waist

 Hello Readers. Sometimes when clothing fits in the hips, it gapes in the waist. If it fits in the waist, it is too tight in the hips. It happens a lot with jeans and it was happening with this red denim skirt that I got recently at an outdoor clothes swap.

I hate a gaping waistband. The only way I have been able to get a comfortable fit is to get clothes that fit in the hips and then make the waist smaller. It is easy to fix.

  I decided to make new side seams at the waist of this red skirt. I took off an inch from each side. That 2 inches made a huge difference in the fit. I tapered the new seams out so that the skirt had more of an A-line shape. I just like that style and it flatters all body types. The A-line shape also leaves plenty of room for hips and backsides to be comfortable.

 I found this fun t-shirt at the outdoor clothes swap too. I liked the comic book vibe and it went together perfectly with the skirt.

 I didn't plan to post this right at the election. It just happened that way. It is not an encouragement for anyone to go out and physically fight.

 I was happy because it was warm enough to wear this outfit and I spilled tea on myself while I was setting up my camera to take these pictures. 
I had to go change. 

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

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

The Fall Dress to Skirt

Hello Readers. I am writing this on election night. I have no idea what will happen tonight or tomorrow. I think 99% of America is anxious. I would think the rest of the world is wondering why the U.S. seems so unstable and if we have lost our minds in 2020. I guess you could say I am a little worried.           So... let's sew for a bit.

Fall is a beautiful season. The changing colors on all the trees is amazing. This fall dress was not beautiful or amazing. I appreciate the fall theme. I guess they tried. But the appliques were just not for me. I don't want stalks of wheat on any of my clothes. The dress is frumpy and long on me as well. What could be done?  

 I decided to make this wrap skirt that I have been thinking about for quite a while. A wrap skirt is great because it can adjust to your body as you gain or drop weight. I have gained during this year so a wrap skirt will be comfortable.

I used the pattern to cut out pieces for the waist tie. I used the bottom of the dress to make my skirt. I could not think of a use for the appliqued top of the dress.

I folded the long narrow pieces and made a very long waistband that could tie the skirt on my body. The pattern looked a bit like an apron. I followed that idea and made something similar.

The pattern called for the skirt to be tied in the front. That put the opening in the back. I preferred the opening in the front and the tie in the back.

The skirt turned out just as nice as I thought it would. I wish I could wrap up this election as easily. Get it? Wrap up the election, wrap skirt. Ha ha ha! (Bad pun, sorry.)

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