Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A Salvaged Mirror

 Hello Readers. I like to do projects around the house. I like to decorate and redecorate with thrifted finds when I can. It's fun and inexpensive. This mirror was given to me by a sweet lady named Sharon. (Thanks Sharon!)

When she gave it to me it was black and glittery. I liked the size and shape but I didn't think the color was my style.

Here is a close up of the glittery black paint. I figured a new coat of paint in a new color could make it more neutral.

I used this inexpensive gold craft paint to paint over the black paint. I did 2 coats of paint and let it dry over night.

I slid some index cards in between the frame of the mirror and the glass itself. This kept the paint off of the glass and made for easy clean up. I am a very sloppy painter and I always try to stay nice and neat.

I hung the mirror in the entry way by my front door. I saw the piano in the reflection and then I was like, hey............

Maybe the mirror would look good on top the piano. OK, I am not sure where to hang it now. I am going to put it somewhere.

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

***   BONUS TRACK   ***

Some of my sewing is oretty hum-drum and boring. I had several extra large sweaters that I wanted to resize and wear.

I used a sweater the fit well as a guide and marked new seams. I used a zigzag stitch on my machine and made new seams. I did this in January, if you want to see more.

After sewing I cut off the excess fabric from the inside of the sweaters. There were so many scraps from these sweaters. I am not sure what I can do with them.

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

Friday, March 16, 2018

St. Patrick's Day T-shirt

 Hello Readers. Tomorrow is Saint Patrick's Day. American's love this holiday. It is a good reason to celebrate and have fun. We eat wear green and eat green food. Here is a super cute  kid video about who St. Patrick was.
 I wanted to wear some green for this special day of course and I wanted to refashion this shirt I got from my hubby. (It got a little too tight for him, but it was baggy on me and it started my refashion idea.)

Here is the shirt. It says IRELAND across the front.It was a souvenir from a relatives trip to the Emerald Isle. I also had this green shirt that didn't fit me very well. It was too short and loose. I decided to put them together.

And the two shall become one.
I cut the 3/4 length sleeves off the green shirt. I was left with a green muscle shirt. 
(If I get some bicep muscles I could wear this to show them off.)

I attached the green sleeves to the blue sleeves. It added some green to the shirt that I needed for the holiday. It also covered my arms because it is so cold where I live. It was warmer last month, I thought we were in for an early spring. It is now cold and windy and awful outside. I need to wear long sleeves.
I made the blue shirt shorter and more narrow so it would fit better.

Have you ever tried to take a picture with a toddler nearby? This little guy doesn't care if it is St. Patrick's Day or not. He just wanted the "Irish" glasses.

Thanks for reading, now go make something fun for yourself.
And Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Denim Shirt

Hello Readers. I thought it was going to be warmer and more Spring-like so I made a short sleeved shirt. (This was kind of foolish because the cold frigid weather came back with all it's windy vengeance.) I like how the shirt turned out so keep reading.

This was my starting point. This denim shirt was handed-down to me from my sister-in-law. (Thanks J.) The shirt is great but it doesn't fit very well. I really liked it and I thought it would go with anything it just needs a better fit.

I started by removing the wrist cuffs. (I'm sure they have a real name but it escapes me.) It was easy to take them off. I used a seam ripper and picked out the stitches. I saved them and cut the sleeves shorter. I reattached the cuffs onto the short sleeves. It made a little puffy short sleeve with a fitted cuff at the end.

  I stitched over the old seam marks so it looks like they have always been there.

I liked the short sleeves. They have a nice feminine look that I really liked. I made the body a bit more fitted. My plan was to make a belt of some kind out of the cut off parts. That didn't work out. There just wasn't enough fabric to do what I wanted to do.

I decided to use some old jeans to make a long belt or sash to tie around my waist. I wanted to cinch in the waist but I wanted the belt to match the shirt. This belt is very close to the same color, it's close enough for me. The jeans had some spandex in them so the belt has a bit of stretch and is very comfortable. The weight of the material made a nice sturdy belt too.

I wore this shirt to a great place in Berryville, VA called Cordial Coffee. My daughter took me out for waffles and some GREAT espresso. If you are in that area, make a stop. It was delicious!

There was this amazing coffee roasting machine in the lobby. I think it was a roasting machine. It had a pipe that went up the chimney and I was not allowed to touch it.

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

Friday, March 9, 2018

The Sassy Sweatshirt

Hello Readers. Some days are made for dressing up and going out and some are made for sweatshirts and being lazy. My daughter had a great sweatshirt that she loved. It was soft and cozy and had some great sassy writing on the front. The problem was that it didn't fit well at all. I needed to make it smaller, without altering the fun writing on the front of the shirt. 
OK, I can do that.

You can see from the back that the neckline was way to big and too low. Maybe it was supposed to hang off the shoulder in a slouchy way?  No, the material was too thick to hang off anything. The sleeves were too long too. It made the sleeves bunch up or hang off her hands.

You can see the front neckline is too big. She wore a blue shirt under it because it was too open and revealing to wear by itself. The waistband also bunched up around the waist while she was wearing it. The waistband was too tight and would ride up. It wasn't comfortable like this.

I know what you're thinking. What is this lousy picture here for? I was very confused about why my camera couldn't focus. Or was it something wrong with my computer? Long story short after an investigation; my 2 year old got his sticky hands all over my camera lens and it took me hours to figure it out. Obviously, tech is not my area of expertise but seriously it took me forever to discover I needed to clean my lens.

I made the sleeves shorter. I removed the waistband and left it off.
Here is another terrible picture of the sleeves getting shortened. It was right after this that I realized how to fix the camera.

I made the sleeves about 4 inches shorter.

I took a big piece of fabric out of the back of the shirt. It was just too big and This made the neckline smaller as well. It wouldn't be so low and it didn't alter or disturb the writing on the front.

The new neckline fits so much better. Taking the fabric out from the back made the neck hole smaller and higher. It fits better and doesn't need a shirt under it.

The back of the sjirt fits better too. It doesn't hang down too much. 

The sleeves are 3/4 length now. Instead of hanging down over the hands they can stay up on the arms. Now that the waistband is cut off the shirt can hang loose and comfortable when it's time to relax.

We can't always wear dress clothes, sometimes you need casual clothes to wear too. Thanks for reading this post, now go make something fun for yourself.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Using Dye and Cleaning It Up

Hello Readers. I love using dye to freshen up or change a piece of clothing. It is easy to do and very effective. It can be intimidating if you have never used dye. Someone asked me recently how I used it in the washer, did it leave a mess behind, and how did I clean up the washer after? Read on to find out more.

I loved this floral dress but it wasn't a nice crisp white anymore. It was a little yellowed from the wash. (Maybe because we have hard water in our town?) It was in great condition but it didn't look its best anymore.

I put it in my top loader washing machine with this bottle of dye instead of soap. There are directions on the back of the bottle about how much dye you need. I usually just set my washing machine for a small load and use HOT water.

You can buy this kind of dye at craft and fabric stores. It is available online too.

Here is how the dress came out. The gray made the dress look so much more luxurious and expensive. Somehow the color made the fabric look richer and higher quality.

After dying the item, I run a rinse cycle to get the extra dye out of the dress (As directed.) There is usually some dye splatter left in the washing machine after I do this. I use a bathroom spray with bleach and spray it inside my washing machine and wipe it down with paper towels. I try to make sure to spray in all the nooks and crannies. The bleach in the cleaner makes the dye disappear right before my eyes. Then I run a large load of whites, like towels or sheets with bleach to flush out the whole machine, and that's it.

I didn't get paid to endorse this cleaner, I just actually use it.

After that my washing machine is good as new. I never have any problems with the dye getting on other clothes when I clean the washing machine out like this. I hope this helps you if you decide to use some dye on a project.
Thanks for reading, now go make something fun for yourself.

Friday, March 2, 2018

The Lace Vest

Hello Readers. I have seen some lacey vests and kimonos recently that I really liked. I don't usually like to buy things retail, I like to try to make things myself. If I can. I don't always succeed but I like to try. I found a nice lacey dress recently at a clothes swap and thought I could use it for material. Basically, I brought it home and cut it up for parts. Y'know, like a stolen car.

Here is a look at the dress. It has a handkerchief hem. There are 4 points along the hem of the skirt skirt, 2 in front and 2 in the back. There was a beige lining under the lace. I originally thought there would be enough lace to make a kimono with sleeves. I was wrong, so I made a vest.
I started by cutting off the lace at the waist. I cut all the way around the dress. I ended up with what looked like a lace skirt. I also cut the waist tie/sash off the dress to use later.
I saved this but I am not sure what I will do with it.
I cut the lace skirt up the back because there was a seam in the back. What you see in this picture is the beginning of my vest. I folded the fabric over on itself. That is going to be the back of my vest.
 I also rounded of the corners at the top of this picture. It helped the front of the vest lay flat in the front when I was wearing it.
It looks like a bat doesn't it? It's the "Bat Vest".
I connected the two pieces of the waist tie and it made a long thin piece that I was going to use as a collar of sorts.
I attached it to the raw edge at the top of the vest at the neckline and down the front of the vest. It made the vest look more finished.
The added front pieces gave me a little more fabric up around my neck and in the front of the vest too.
I opened the side seams and made armholes. The points of the original hem are still visible and I liked the way they looked.
It looks like I have bat wings. Call me Batwoman!
I liked how the black lace looked with a black outfit but the photo did not come out very well. You can't see the vest at all. You can see the vest more easily over this white dress.
I did it, I made a vest. It was easy to put together but I had to sew most of it by hand. My sewing machine kept trying to eat the lace. It was annoying but the hand sewing went well.
Thanks for reading, now go make something fun for yourself.