Wednesday, October 30, 2019

A Spider Shirt for Halloween

Hello Readers. Today is Halloween. At least in the U.S. Do parents in other countries let their children go door-to-door begging for candy on this day? I need to Google that. I am not really into Halloween but I decided to make something fun and easy to wear that was in the theme of the day.

 Full disclosure: I was inspired by a shirt on Pinterest where they used a button as the spider. You can see my inspiration here.
I started with a plain black t-shirt.
I used some lace from my sewing scraps. This is cheap polyester lace that can go in the washer and dryer. I didn't want anything too delicate. I need to be able to throw my clothes into the washer with no worries that they will be ruined.

I had this spider pin in a drawer for a while and you can see he suffered a couple injuries to his legs. I was sad to see that but I was going to assume that everyone would know it was a spider even with only 6 legs.
He is injured but still going to work today.
I hope the theme of the shirt is obvious. The lace is the spider web and the spider has been hard at work spinning it. I stitched the lace around most, but not all of the neck.

I liked the white thread connecting the spider to the web. It is just a simple piece of embroidery thread attached to the shirt under the lace and at the shoulder seam. (The original shirt had the spider below the lace neckline. I put my spider up on my shoulder. I couldn't place the spider lower on my chest. It looked really weird.  Maybe because my pin is more flashy but it did not look right sitting on one boob.)

This was my final shirt. I liked it and I can remove the pin to wash the shirt. The lace and embroidery thread are sewn on. It was in the right mood for the holiday but not too much of a costume. I wore this in public and didn't feel too conspicuous.
Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.

*Year end update- I loved making this shirt and I loved wearing it too. It's a keeper.
***The Next Year End update-  Another year has past. I wore this shirt again and it was a hit at work and my son's preschool.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Rock, Paper, Scissors Costumes

Hello Readers. It is getting close to Halloween and I am going to a charity dinner. Costumes are "encouraged". I am going to this dinner with my mom and my daughter. We wanted to wear a group costume and decided to be rock, paper, scissors.

THE ROCK
My mom is going to be the rock. She has to be able to walk through a buffet line, sit and eat dinner, and relax through the trivia contest. I decided to use a big gray t-shirt.
 I used some acrylic paint to add some different shades of gray. The paint also gave the fabric more body and stiffness.

THE PAPER
I am going to be the paper part of the costume. I already had a shirt that looked like paper. I made it as a back-to-school project. I used a white t-shirt and a couple fabric pens to make the lines of the paper. Then I made the dots with gray paint. This will be very comfortable for the night. You can see more details about it here.

THE SCISSORS
My daughter is going to be the scissors. She is helping to run the event so she needs to be able to move around. She will also go through the buffet and sit and eat. I tried to keep that in mind when I made this scissors costume. My husband helped sketch out a big pair of scissors.
I cut out the cardboard scissors and painted them with some acrylic craft paint. I added a long ribbon so she could wear it like a giant necklace. I did that so she could take it on and off when she was doing the set-up and the clean-up.

 THE EVENT
Here is a picture of us from the event last night. We won "Most Original Costume". We had a lot of fun and money was raised for charity.

Thanks for reading along now go make something fun for yourself.
***Year End Update- We had fun wearing these and I saved the costumes.




Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Refashioning Old Shirts

Hello Readers. I decided to refashion this shirt even though I had already refashioned it a long time ago. Sometimes I do that. I liked the shirt when I refashioned it the first time but then I never wore it. If I am not wearing it, I need to do something about it.

This is what it looked like in the beginning. My older son said it looked like a old-fashioned jail uniform. It was also long in the arms and so I shortened the sleeves and dyed it blue. I added an elastic waist to give it some shape. I wore it out to dinner and I never wore it again. The elastic waist was a little annoying and I just never reached for it in the closet.

I decided to start over. First I removed the elastic waistband.

I made the shirt smaller on the sides and cut off the bottom. I also shortened the sleeves just a little.

I tucked it in and wore it to work. Now it is a simple basic shirt that I can wear alone or under a sweater. It isn't very exciting but we all need basics. And it is still a fabulous blue.

**** SHIRT 2 ****
My striped shirt got a stain. An embarrassing stain. A stain right on the chest. On the right side of my chest. It was right on my boob y'all. It was un-wearable!! I tried everything to get it out. It faded but It didn't go away.

I decided to cover it with a pocket. I used some extra fabric I had left over from a recent jumpsuit refashion. I liked the floral with the stripes. I added a tiny pocket on the sleeve just for fun.

Stain problem solved. I used a dirty mirror at the store to take an awkward selfie in my refashioned shirt .

Thanks for reading along now go make something fun for yourself.
***Year End Update- I liked and wore these  shirts a lot now that I fixed them.


Friday, October 18, 2019

Turmeric As Dye?

Hello Readers. I like to play around and dye my clothes sometimes to change things up. I read somewhere that you could use turmeric as a dye. Was it true? I wanted to find out because I have seen this mustard color in stores everywhere this fall.

 I didn't have anything this color but maybe I could make something myself for free. I used this off-white nylon skirt and a cashmere sweater in the same shade of off-white. I thought they would be a neutral test for the spice dye since they were exactly the same color. They were made of different materials so I thought that might cause different reactions. Let's see what happens.

Turmeric has health benefits and my daughter bought some to try as a spice. (Y'know for food.) She didn't like it. That meant I had some on hand to use for this dye project. I thought it would be an environmentally friendly way to dye clothes and fabric. But would it work well?

Some research on Google taught me that I needed to simmer the clothes for an hour in BIG pot of water and turmeric stirring often. So that is what I did. (I thought the pot and spoon might turn yellow and I was right.)

This skirt and sweater were both originally a pale off-white color. You can see how well the sweater took the new color. And the skirt... not so much. I hoped they would be the same exact shade. The skirt was much paler but I loved the new sweater color. I just didn't really like these 2 shades of golden yellow together.

 I wore the sweater with a denim skirt instead. I liked this combo better.
(Everything smelled like turmeric and I had to wash it all a few times before wearing.)

Thanks for reading along now go make something fun for yourself.
***Year End update-  I LOVE this sweater. It is still just as yellow after a few washes. I might try this again on more clothes.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Pajamas Galore

Hello Readers. Sometimes I find clothes that need a refashion update but I can't figure out what to do with them. This soft peachy dress was waiting for a long time to get a remake. But what should this peachy dress be made into. It was SO peachy.

It was really nice material but... did I want to look like a peach from head-to-toe out in public? And there was a deep key-hole in the front that I thought was too revealing for me. I wouldn't want to wear the dress with that opening in the cleavage. It was too much!

 I realized these colors and soft fabric seemed perfect for pajamas. I cut the top of the dress off so it would be a pajama top. I used a pattern for boxer shorts to make a pair of loose pajama shorts.

I used the sash to trim the hem of the top and to fill in the key-hole on the chest. (No cleavage please.) Using the bottom of the skirt to make the shorts was quick sewing because the hem of the dress became the hem of the shorts.

I also made this pink pair of pajamas from a long maxi-dress. This dress was a different material and honestly it was a royal pain to sew. I couldn't figure out why it was so difficult. (I needed to replace my needle.) I didn't like the way this design was printed on the dress very much but I didn't mind it as much as pajamas.

I made the top off the dress into a pajama top and made some loose shorts from the bottom off the dress. It was easy sewing. And now I have a couple sets of pajamas. I love lounge wear and pajamas.

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.
***Year End update-  These were great summer pj's. I will wear them again as soon as the weather allows it.


Friday, October 11, 2019

I Made A Jumpsuit

Hello Readers. One of the problems with being very short is that maxi-dresses never fit. (It's nothing serious in the big scheme of things, I know.)

 This dress fits well everywhere but skirt drags on the floor. It could be shortened and hemmed or I could do something else...

I decided to make a jumpsuit. I already had one I loved that I could use as a pattern. I was trusting that the simple loose shape of the jumpsuit will be easy to copy.

I didn't cut much, I only cut the legs from the skirt. It seemed like the crotch was too low. That worried me but I decided to trust the shape of the original jumpsuit.

The body was very baggy so I was going to add and elastic waistband to give it shape. I used the original to decide where to place the elastic.
It worked out great! When I added the elastic waist it made the fit just right. It was super comfortable like pajamas! I have to step in to it and wiggle a little to get it on but,
 it works.
I also stitched a crotch seam in the front and the back. Just making a seam in the right place made the pants fit so well. 

Thanks for reading along now go make something fun for yourself.
*** PART TWO***
Hello Readers. I am back. A reader asked a great question in the comments. I decided to add a couple pictures so that it would be more clear how I made the crotch fit well.
I stitched a straight line down the front and back. I made a 1/2 inch seam in the front. I wanted to take a bit of excess out off the front so the fit would be closer. That is why the seam allowance was bigger.
 I needed all the room in the back I could get so I had room for my back end. I made the seam in the back only 1/8 inch so it would look like pants that were sewn together but I didn't want the the fit tighter.

I hope this makes things a little clearer. And as always thanks for reading along!
***Year End update-  I love, love love this jumpsuit. It turned out better than I thought it would. It is in my personal hall of fame.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Covered in Leaves Shirt

Hello Readers. It's getting cooler and the leaves are falling from the trees. It's time to do something with this denim shirt. It is covered with leaves. And I mean covered.

I didn't like this shirt on me very much. The leaves and vines were a very busy pattern and I felt absolutely overwhelmed. The denim was also very thick and heavy. It looked like a shirt but it felt more like a jacket. So what should I do with it?

 That's right I made a pillow. A pillow that looks perfect for Fall. I stitched a closed square. Then I used the buttons to open and close the pillow and put in the pillow form. What about those sleeves? They must be good for something right?

Could I use it to dress up these candles? 

  I made some basic tubes and stuck the candles inside. Will they catch fire if I light the candles? I don't know..... I am concerned... I won't light them with the fabric on them. They smell good without the open flame anyway. I do like the changing seasons and the colors of the leaves. I just didn't like them all over me. They are better on this pillow.

Thanks for reading along, Now go make something fun for yourself.
 ***Year End update-This pillow sat on that chair all the fall. When I put out Christmas decorations I put it away. I love denim so I really liked this. As a pillow. I still hate it as a top.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Adding Sleeves

Hello Readers. It all started when my daughter cut the sleeves off one of her shirts. I had some pretty sleeves laying around and didn't know what to do with them. What do you do with extra sleeves? That is a good question!

My daughter cut these sleeves off a shirt to make a tank top. I saved them because... I save everything. She also gave me this purple t-shirt. I noticed that the sleeves seemed to match and that was that. The sleeves had a new home.

I cut the short sleeves off the purple shirt. I didn't cut the armhole seam off the t-shirt just the sleeves. I used them as a guide to cut the striped sleeves into the right shape.

I gently stretched the purple armholes as I stitched the striped sleeves into place. This made the sleeves fit perfectly and gather gently when I was done sewing.

The purple shirt was a little low cut for me so I used the scraps from the sleeves to make a little more coverage for the V-neck. I stitched it in place by hand.

It is a great shirt for the cooler days of early fall. If the cooler days of early fall ever arrive in my part of the world. It has been hot and humid and I am sitting by my air conditioner with a cold drink. C'mon cool weather where are you?

It was also a great shirt to go see a movie with my mom and my daughter. This theater had reclining seats with foot rests, snack trays, and strong A.C., it was great!

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.
***Year End update-  This is still a winner with me. I love the purple. I love the sleeves. I love it all.