Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Denim Do-Over

Hello Readers. I had a great denim shirt. It was from a nice lady. (Thanks Jessica P.) I loved the shirt but the sleeves? Ugh, way too long!

The sleeves were SO long. The body of the shirt fit fairly well, the shirt and white buttons were in great shape, and it had a soft broken in denim feel to it. It would go with everything, if I could fix the sleeves.

I decided to make the sleeves much shorter. I cut the sleeves off and finished the cut edge. Then I pulled the fabric together and made a little box pleat. I stitched it together by hand and added a coordinating button.

I also had a knit skirt that fit great, was comfortable, and I really liked. It had a cool gathered detail on one side too.

Here was the problem. It got hit with some white paint or an iron. I am not sure what happened. I cut off the damaged section at the bottom of the skirt and gave it a new hem. 

That is it for today! Small changes made a big difference.

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.
 *Year end update-I don''t think I ever wore these together again. The shirt matches everything.

Friday, March 22, 2019

The Black and Blue Dress

Hello Readers. I like to put different clothing items together and make something new. That is what I did recently with these 2 shirts to make a new dress.

I had a big men's t-shirt in black and a ladies striped shirt in black and blue stripes.

The ladies shirt fit pretty well but it was so low cut it needed a shirt under it. That can be annoying when you have 5 minutes to get dressed. I have to find another thing? In the morning??  I tried to pull it closed and stitch it in place but it was still a little too low for me.

I cut a little piece of the neckline from the black shirt to fill in the deep V of the striped shirt.

I stitched it in place and it was perfect to fill in the low-neckline of the striped shirt.

I also cut the body of the black shirt off and attached it to the bottom off the striped shirt. This was a basic t-shirt but it was much thicker than women's t-shirts. It made a great new lower half of a dress.

Once I had the two shirts sewn together, I added elastic at the waistline. I did some top stitching around the waist to make it lay flat.

It really went together easily. I like knits, they are so easy to work with. And they don't need to be ironed!

I really liked this dress. It was comfortable and black is so easy to throw on when you are in a rush. And aren't we always in a rush? Maybe it's just me.

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.
 *Year end update-I am still wearing this dress. It is still comfy and easy to wear.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The 80's Blazer

Hello Readers. Do you remember the 80's? Depending how old you are this fabulous blazer might remind you of the past. The oversized fit and the wild geometric patterns remind me of junior high and high school fashion choices I made way back when.

This blazer was crushed velvet. The material was a little heavy and stiff. It also has a cool gold button in the front that you can't really see in the busy fabric. I decided to make a wrap skirt. The stiff fabric would be great as a skirt.

I cut the body of the blazer off. It was almost a skirt already.

I put the fabric on my dress form and started pinning. I made two darts in the back to bring the waist in a little. I also pulled the front closed and over on itself more so it had enough overlap to keep me covered when I wore it as a skirt.

I used some simple bias tape to finish the waist and use as a tie to close the skirt.

I moved the button so it still worked with the button hole. I thought it would be a way to keep the skirt even more closed. I don't want the skirt to blow open in the wind. That button is just a little added security.

The best part of wearing a wrap skirt is it is adjustable. If I make cookies for my kids and eat 3 giant handfuls of cookie dough (True story.) I can still be comfortable.

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself. 
And have some cookies too.
 *Year end update-I love this skirt. It's a wild one of a kind skirt.

Friday, March 15, 2019

A St. Patrick's Day T-shirt and More

Hello Readers. St. Patrick's Day is coming this weekend. I'm not sure if you celebrate or are into this holiday but I am. I am mostly of Irish decent. ( Like you couldn't tell from the pale skin and freckles right?) Anyway, I made a shirt to wear for the special day.

I didn't have a spare t-shirt to use so I decided to use this dress. It fit fine but it was too clingy and heavy. The dress was full cut but somehow thin and heavy at the same time. I didn't like to wear it, even over leggings or tights. This dress would be better as a shirt.

I got out my handy dandy stencils. I should have checked to see if I had green paint. I didn't. I decided to mix some yellow and blue and make my own. I put some cardboard inside the dress so the paint wouldn't bleed through to the back.


I was also missing the letter L. I used a 1 and a letter E to make the L I needed. Was I getting annoyed that I didn't have the things I needed to make this shirt? Yes, and it made me more determined to make the shirt than ever! I would not be stopped!

I did not have a shamrock shaped stencil either. I used this little foam shamrock. I painted it and used it as a stamp to get the shape. I filled in the paint where it needed it and I was done. It just needed to dry.

 I cut the bottom of the dress off. I used a shirt I liked as a guide for length. I didn't hem it because I planned to tuck it in anyway.

I let it dry overnight and it was ready to go. Everyone has heard of the luck of the Irish, may you have a lucky and happy St. Patrick's Day too.


My daughter was going to get rid of this jewelry tree. It was supposed to hold necklaces and bracelets.

For some reason my 3 year old decided to hang some little Christmas ornaments on it at Christmas. And he loved it! We kept it up for the holiday season.
Later at Valentine's Day my daughter gave him this colorful heart garland to hang on it. She cut the hearts out of felt and strung them on thread. And he loved that too.

Now it has become a tradition. For St. Patrick's Day I bought these little shamrocks for a dollar. 

I used a hole punch to make a hole in each one.

 It sits on the coffee table and every holiday we decorate this little tree. He takes them all off and puts them all back on. It is loads of fun for him. I don't know why he likes it so much, but he just does.

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.
 *Year end update-I wore this shirt all summer. It was great with olive green shorts.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Maxi Skirt to the Max

Hello Readers. A maxi skirt is something I have never been able to wear off the rack. I think the maxi skirt is designed for people with more height. Every maxi skirt I have ever come across is usually almost as tall as I am. #shortgirlproblems

The perfect T for coffee at a diner with friends.
I liked the light and dark gray color blocking of this skirt but the length was too much. On the bright side, I had a lot of fabric to work with.

 This is a picture of the skirt upside down. It got much wider at the bottom, that was going to be helpful. I decided to make a shirt. I cut the bottom half of the skirt off. I used chalk to mark straight sides and cut the extra fabric off. The extra fabric was going to make 2 nice sleeves.

 I used my machine to connect the sleeves onto the shirt. The hem of the skirt made a straight boat neck. It was easy to make a finished looking neckline and sleeves with the hem of the skirt.

 I cut the waistband off the skirt and attached it to the bottom of this new shirt. It made the shirt look neatly finished at the waist too.

I just had the hip portion of the skirt left over and it looked like the makings of an infinity scarf to me.

I cut some fringe in each of the dark gray ends. It was a fun way to finish the scarf instead of hemming the cut edges. It was already a circle so it was ready to wear.

 It matches the shirt perfectly.

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.
  *Year end update-I love this shirt. And I love this scarf. Love!!

Friday, March 8, 2019

The Sort of Psychedelic Dress

 Hello Readers. I found this great dress at a clothes swap and thought is was super-cool. I don't think it is really vintage but the skirt looks a little 60's psychedelic to me.

It was a soft warm knit material and had such a wild looking skirt. If you stare at it long enough it looks like it is moving. I loved the visible gold zipper in the back too. It almost fit me, but didn't look flattering. It was a little dowdy in shape. It really needed it to be shorter in length and the waist would look better if it was a little higher on me.

I thought the easiest way to fix this dress was to fold it in half and make a new seam around the dress at the fold. 

I removed about 4 inches right from the middle. It raised the waist up to be level with the ends of the sleeves. I thought that would look good.

The top half of the dress was now shorter. The skirt was a little shorter too. That was a better fit for me. I made the skirt more narrow because it felt overwhelmingly full and puffy now that I raised the skirt.

Here is a close up of the new waist seam.

I really liked the dress when it was finished. I didn't change the cool zipper and the wild skirt is still just as wild.

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.
  *Year end update-This is still a great dress for winter. It is soft, thick, and warm.