Thursday, February 22, 2024

An Asymetrical Wrap Skirt

 Hello Readers. I made a wrap skirt with an asymmetrical drape on one side. I have seen them and thought I could put one together for myself. 

This wool has been sitting in my sewing stash for a long time. I thought it would be perfect for a wrap skirt. It is a little thicker and heavier since it is wool so it will work well. 

I had more than enough for a skirt and 
 I liked the colors.
I started by wrapping the fabric around myself to see how wide it was and if it would hang the way I wanted. I was also checking what length I wanted.

I cut the length I wanted and moved it to my dress form. I pinned it to the dress form and wrapped it around the way I wanted it. I wanted excess fabric in front to create that draped effect.

I needed to make some tucks in the waist to improve the fit. I pinned 2 tucks in back and 1 on each side.

I sewed the tucks and I was almost done already. 

I didn't need to make a waistband because I used the selvedge side of the fabric as my waist. The fabric was woven like this and that edge was perfect for the waist.  

I didn't hem the skirt in the traditional way. I pulled the horizontal threads all the way around the hem so I would have a sort of "fringe".

When the fringe was long enough for me, I stitched with a zigzag stitch above the fringe. I thought this would keep it the threads from loosening more over time. I don't know for sure if this was necessary, I was just making all of this up as I went along. (That is how I usually approach sewing, and life!)

I used a large brass pin to secure the outside of the wrap skirt. I liked that because it was easy and because it would be easy to change the fit any time I wore it.

I secured the inside of the skirt with Velcro. I did that so it would be adjustable as well. I could have used a button or hook and eye closure but those would not be as adjustable. 

I liked the drape on the side. It is just a front panel that extends out wider than a normal wrap skirt. This was such an easy skirt to make, and it is so adjustable I know it will always fit me. Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Stained Glass Window to Coffee Table

 Hello Readers. I wanted to turn a stained glass window into a coffee table. Why? It was pretty and I had no place to hang it up. It was fast and easy to change it to  table. Let me show you.

One of a kind thanks to my MIL.
This picture is about 25 years old. (That is my husband, daughter and nephews having dinner and grandmother's house.) The stained glass window is hanging above the kids. It was always there as far back as I can remember.
This window was so pretty and it was given to me by my mother-in-law when she down-sized. It is special to us but I just did not have a place to hang it in my house. We tried to find a spot for it for about a year. There was no good place. My daughter suggested a table.
Before I did anything permanent, I put the window on these wire baskets to see if I liked it as a table. We lived with this for a couple weeks. It looks questionable but it helped me be sure I liked it and the size was great for a coffee table.
This window was heavy. The hook that was drilled into the frame seemed large enough that it would have gone at least a couple inches into the frame. That told me I could drill into the outer edge of the frame to add legs to this window. But first, I needed to remove this hook and chain. 

My husband used pliers to twist open the chain link and remove it.

He twisted the hook around until it was loose and then he removed it from the frame.

I ordered these metal table legs from Amazon. There were many options and heights... whatever style you want, it's out there. The set came with all the screws we needed.

The window frame had couple marks on it. I wanted those marks to be hidden so they will go on the underside of the table. I put the window down on the floor and put the good side down. 

With the good side down on carpet to protect it, we could mark where the screws would go. We centered the leg in the corner and made a dot where each whole should go. You can see the style of the legs would allow us to drill along the outside of the window frame and not drill too close to the glass.

My husband used a drill to make small holes where we had marked the frame. He used a very narrow drill bit, smaller than the screws we were going to use. These holes will make it easier to put the screws in and keep them straight.

The next step was to use the drill to put in the screws. We lined up the holes from the leg with the holes in the frame. We changed the drill bit to a Phillips head drill bit so we could turn the screws. We could have done this with a screw driver, but this was much faster. We attached all 4 legs in the same manner.
 We flipped the table over and it stood very nicely on the legs. 

I wanted to camouflage the holes where the hooks had been. I needed some fine grit sandpaper just to smooth the edges of the hole. I didn't have any, so I used a nail file. It worked great for this tiny job.

I picked up some wood filler from the store and tried to match the color of it to the frame. 

I smoothed the filler over the holes with gloves. I didn't want it to stick to my skin. 

I wiped the excess off the frame with a wet paper towel to clean it up where needed. 

The table was done. I was happy we were able to use it in such a pretty way at our house. Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Working With Faux Suede

 Hello Readers. Have you ever sewn with faux suede? I wasn't sure if it was thick or difficult to sew. I found this skirt and thought it was a great opportunity to find out if I could work with it easily or if it would jam up my sewing machine and break needles. 

Before and after. 

When I saw the skirt I thought it was a great match for these boots that I already had. But the skirt is a size or 2 too big. It didn't have belt loops or anything so it had to be altered. That was a a great chance to see if faux suede was tough to sew through. 

I tried the skirt on inside out. I could see how much I needed to change the waistband this way. I marked it with chalk. 

The material was a little thick and it was a little stiff. I couldn't hold it flat and get it through the sewing machine with only 2 hands. I used clips to make the side seams lay flat. 

The clips held on well and were not in my way. I used a straight stitch to make the new side seam. It wasn't difficult to sew through the skirt but the waistband was thicker and I was careful to go slow and take my time. 

When I was done sewing, I cut the excess fabric off the skirt. 

The new fit is so much better. And it wasn't too difficult to work with this material. I was expecting more difficulty and some broken needles. Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Plaid on Plaid

 Hello Readers. I really love pattern mixing and here is a post about more of it. I wanted to put some plaid with plaid. When I found this plaid fabric for just a few bucks at a thrift store. I decided to make a skirt that I could match with a plaid shirt.

Plaid on plaid?

Fabric can be expensive. When I find cute fabric at the thrift store, I always try to buy it because it is usually much cheaper. I always put it in the washer immediately. I wash and dry it well and then store it for later use.
I decided to use the wrap skirt pattern from this book. It is a favorite pattern because it is easy and I know it fits. I also like wrap skirts because they always fit. If I eat a lot of cookies today, I know this skirt will still fit tomorrow. 

This skirt has a lot of tucks to make the fit at the waist work out. 
I ironed all the tucks. I used some steam and some spray starch to make the skirt smooth and crisp.
 Then I added the waistband with ties to close the skirt.
I made the skirt at a below the knee length and it didn't feel right. 
I wasn't liking this length on me, but I included it to show different options.
I liked the shorter length better on me. I also really like the 2 patterns together. Plaid on plaid? Yes, I think it's a fun look. Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.





Wednesday, February 14, 2024

The Conversation Heart Blouse

 Hello Readers. And Happy Valentine's Day! I wanted to make something for the holiday but I wanted to try something subtle, that wasn't over the top. (Some people think less is more and this project is for them.) I had this very simple red button-up shirt and red seemed like a great choice for the holiday. How could I decorate it for Valentine's Day? I decided to change out the buttons for a simple but fun way to brighten up the shirt and celebrate the day.

Change out the buttons for a fun look. 
This shirt was a little plain and a little boring. OK, it was very boring. Red is a fun color but this isn't fun ...yet.
The plain red shirt had plain red buttons but look at the little heart buttons. They were cute and colorful. 

I thought the buttons looked a lot like these conversation heart candies. I love how these candies look. (They are nothing compared to my true love, chocolate. I just love the nostalgia.)

I cut the stitches and removed the old buttons. 

I replaced the red buttons with the different colored hearts. I matched the thread color with the color of the heart button. 

I replaced all the buttons, even the cuffs. 

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself. And I hope you get all the chocolate you want today.