Friday, September 27, 2019

Comicbook T-shirt 2

Hello Readers. It's time for another comic book t-shirt. This is a "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" shirt. I guess it's a promotional movie t-shirt. It's too late to change the title... let's  just roll with it. My son didn't want this shirt and I snatched it up.

I found this coral t-shirt at a clothes swap and I loved the color. It says "more naps please". (It's hard to argue with wisdom like that.) It was too large in the neckline so I needed to do something else with it. 
The black shirt was much too large, but I could use that cool image on the front. Let's put these shirts together.
I am wearing shorts. I promise.

 I cut the image off the shirt.

I cut the front of the black shirt at an angle. I kept the neckband attached and pinned it on the front of the coral shirt. I put the black piece into the front of the coral shirt. The black piece I put in was smaller than the coral piece I cut out. That made the shirt fit better.

The front is the black design and the back of the shirt is the bright coral color. It was really long so I shortened it. And that was that.

And that polite request for more naps? I put it on a sleep mask. Will I get more naps? I don't know.

I sure hope so!
Actual morning photo. Actual morning cup of tea. Actual morning bed-head.
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***Year End update-  My only regret about this one is that I wish I had made a true raglan style shirt with a black body and pink sleeves. Oh, well.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Comicbook T-shirt 1

Hello Readers. Are you into comic books? I am not a hard-core fan but my older son had some shirts he didn't want and you know what that means...I start taking what I like.

The first shirt that caught my eye was this Incredible Hulk shirt. This Hulk was so cute, and it was designed to look like the cover of a vintage comic book. That was cute too. I also had memories of the TV show version of the Hulk that I watched as a kid. Do you remember this show? I remember being super impressed at the time but the special effects are really weak. So, the Hulk and I go way back. 
Back to this shirt, it was too big and needed some refashion help.

 Here comes the help. My daughter didn't want this shirt and I could kind of see why. I don't get a message from this shirt. I am 100% all in for recycling but was this shirt calling me trashy? Was it calling other people trashy? I didn't like that. I did like the fit and the sleeveless style and the knot. You can see what's coming right?

 I cut the Hulk off the shirt. I tried to make a perfect rectangle to keep the comic book shape and vibe. It wasn't actually perfect but it was close.

I positioned the Hulk piece on the gray shirt. I used a little bit of iron-on tape to keep it in place for the sewing I was going to do. I could have pinned it, but I thought it would shift around and I would get angry.
As angry as the Hulk! (You wouldn't like me when I'm angry.)

I used a zig-zag stitch all the way around the rectangle shape. I wasn't worried that it would fray, I just wanted to make it look more finished

Here is a peek at the inside. You can see the outline of the stitching on the left. The right is what the inside looked like when I cut out the trashy logo from the gray shirt. I didn't want the front to have 2 layers. I wanted it to be light-weight.

Here is my finished shirt. I wish I could say I went out and exercised in this.

Here I am making dinner in this shirt. I now, the excitement is almost too much. This shirt is perfect for wearing to workout or lounge at home. It's also great for pajamas that you can go outside in and not look like you are wearing pajamas. I think I could style this one with jeans and make it cute too.

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.
 ***Year End update-This shirt is one of my favorites still. I love that little Hulk.

Friday, September 20, 2019

The Button Down Dress/Jacket

Hello Readers. I have yet another dress from my daughter to show you. This dress was too small on her and she passed it on to me. (It really pays to have a tall daughter!)

The dress sort of fit barely me. It had a lot of stretch so, I was physically able to get into it. I did manage to button it. It was too tight though. I could have made it into a skirt, but I had another idea.

I wanted to keep it as a jacket style shirt. Is there a real word for that? I can't think of one. I cut the dress off right under the button placket. I also cut the very bottom of the jacket off as well. I wanted that hemmed edge. I cut off a little extra so I could fold the edge under and stitch it down. It was going to be a belt. There were belt loops, it should have a belt, right?

Here is my new short sleeve jacket. It fits comfortably, as long as I don't try to button it closed. I liked how it looked a little like a trench coat. I wasn't sure about the belt. Should I let the ends hang? Should I tie the ends in knots?

I decided to connect the ends in the back and add buttons so it looked more finished. I really liked how this turned out.The ends will stay out of the way but it still looks like a belt.

I liked wearing it open and I thought it was great for a casual work day.

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

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Button-Down Dress (And Pants)

Hello Readers. Button-down shirts are easy to find at the thrift store, and also your man's side of the closet. That is where I got this blue shirt I am holding in the picture. (Don't worry, he didn't want it anymore.) And I liked this striped dress but it was not comfortable to wear. I always felt like I was just wearing a shirt with no pants, like a flasher. (I got this dress from my daughter who felt the same way about it.)

So to sum up, I had 2 items I could use to make something new.

I cut up the blue shirt so I could use the body of the shirt to make a skirt. The shirt had sleeves, but they didn't make it in the photo. ( I would use those sleeves later.)

I cut the striped dress of at the waist and added the body of the darker blue shirt to the waist of the striped shirt dress. I stitched them together, gathering the darker blue as I went along and made a skirt.

I had a new dress that felt like a full dress. It was still comfortable but I didn't feel exposed.

So what about those sleeves? I wanted to make some little pajama pants for my 4 year old son out of these sleeves. I used a pair of his pants as a pattern. Each sleeve made a pant leg.

 Here are the front and back of the pants. I made a simple elastic waistband. These were easier to put together than I thought They would be. I might be making more of these.

Did he like these new pajamas? Well, yes. But it took cookies to get him to take a few pictures.

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.
 ***Year End update-This dress was so cute. I still like it. It is put away for winter. My son has worn these pants. He doesn't love the buttons at his ankles but he will wear them.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Stripes; 2 of 2

Hello Readers. This striped dress fit a little wonky and it had to be fixed somehow. Why? What was the problem?

The dress fit pretty well and I liked it but, the back was shorter than the front. At least the back looked shorter when I wore it. Maybe it was me and my back end...whatever... I couldn't wear it like this.

I put it on my dress form and measured to make sure I made an even hem. Cut, cut, cut. It turned into a cute peplum top.

I turned the edge under and used my machine to stitch it down.

I liked the end result and I think it layers nicely too. Cool weather is coming soon, at least it should be coming. It is almost boiling outside as I type this..

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.
 ***Year End update-I never wore this again. I thought I liked the peplum but it got on my nerves.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Stripes; 1 of 2

Hello Readers. Grab a cup of tea and settle in because this might be a long post. It all started with this striped knit dress. It was navy blue and I can't seem to stay away from navy blue. I also had this navy blue dress that my daughter didn't want anymore. I decided to put them together.

This dress didn't do anything good for me. It was absolutely shapeless, but it is soft like a t-shirt. It is very comfortable.

I made new side seams and made the dress a little smaller. I didn't want it to be too tight but it really needed some shape.

 The dress was a quick fix and it looked so much better.

 So what was I going to do with this button down dress?

I thought it would make a great light weight jacket. I shortened it and made the hem length just at the bottom of the pockets. I didn't want to lose those handy pockets. I used white thread because that was the color of all the stitching already.

 I looked at it for quite a while and decided I really wanted this new jacket to be a vest. I cut the sleeves off while it was still on my dress form. There was no going back now.

 I stitched the edge under and I had a vest.

I was happy with the new length and the sleeveless vest.

 I liked these 2 pieces together and I am sure the vest will be a new favorite.

I also thought this dress would make a great shirt. I haven't shortened it yet. I just folded it under to try it on. What do you think? Dress or shirt? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading along now go make something fun for yourself.
***Year End update-  This dress is still a dress. I never made it into a top. I love the little vest too. It is a perfect layering piece.