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Curtain Call

2 Apr

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So here are the curtains I made this weekend for the bathroom! Since they are more of a solid color, I added an embroidery detail near the hem. When the sunlight comes through the window you can really see it!

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I am really happy with how they came out. I made two curtains for this bathroom and used less than two yards of fabric. This pair of curtains cost less than $10 and they match the bathroom tile perfectly.

A Birthday Suit

9 Jul

I really love cute vintage dresses. I wish I had a little more patience when it comes to shopping thrift stores, I just really don’t have the time. To get my vintage fix, I sew my own from vintage patterns. My first go round, I made this Vintage Vogue pattern for my friend’s wedding last September. It’s a 1940’s style dress. I paired it with a coat that my mother-in-law passed down to me and I absolutely love it!

This is my latest, a modern version of a 1960’s dress from New Look 6000 pattern.

I was channeling my inner Joan when selecting the color. Anyone else sad that Mad Men season 5 is already over? anyways…the design called for a large button on the collar, but I decided I wanted to use a vintage circle style pin instead. I really love my new dress and can’t wait to wear it again!!

My next project is a kelly green dress. I can’t wait to start!

Lace Trimmed Shorts

25 Jun

I saw this idea on Pinterest the other day and it reminded me that I have a box full of lace trim that’s collecting dust! I love repurposing old jeans… remember this skirt? I took an old pair of jeans, grabbed the lace trim and went to work!

This pair of jeans have seen better days… I measured the length and cut!

Next, I matched up the sides and cut the other leg!

Lastly, pin and sew on the lace trim. I used a straight stitch on the top because of the ribbon trim. I used a zig zag stitch on the bottom that also helps with fraying.

I cut my shorts a little longer so that I can wear them to work. I guess that’s one of the perks of my job.

T-Shirt Re-Fashion

30 May

Having delivered a baby just three weeks ago, I am sort of in between sizes these days.  I am certainly more comfortable in my husband’s t-shirts and boxers, but I can’t go out in public like that (can I?).

Well one afternoon while “resting” I took one of his XL plain white Hanes T-Shirts and did a little surgery.

First, I cut along the neckline and both sleeves to remove them.  Then, I made a single cut all the way down the center of the back, rounding the bottom corners.  I then overlapped the two pieces of the back by about 1 or 2 inches and hand stitched it in place, sewing a straight seam down the back so that my bra wouldn’t show.

Then I tried it on.  Looking in the mirror, I pinned a box pleat front and center and hand stitched it in place as well.

Finally, I made the arm holes a little smaller by pinning them shut and hand stitching a straight seam down each side.

I added a decorative touch by ironing on some feathers I cut out of some scrap fabric I had lying around using Heat and Bond.

Not only is this top cute and comfortable, it provides pretty easy access for nursing my new baby!  And the best part is that I had everything I needed on hand.  This project was completely free!

Perfect Panels

20 May

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I am currently making my godmother some new curtains for her newly remodeled kitchen. The challenge was finding a great print, kind of modern, to add some bright color to the space.

I am making simple panels from 45″ wide fabric. Measure desired finished length. Add 4 1/8″ to length measurement and cut the fabric in a straight line. This part will be very easy if you have a rotary cutter and mat. These measurements will allow for the following seam allowances:

For the top, I folded over 1/2″ of the cut top edge and then folded over again to 2 3/4″.

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Sew first seam at 1 1/4″.

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Sew a parallel seam at 2 1/2″. This will leave 1 1/4″ for the standard curtain or cafe rod to fit. If you are using a larger curtain rod, adjust the measurements accordingly.

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For the bottom stitch, I folded over 1/4″ of the cut edge and then folded over again to 5/8″. Stitch 1/2″ seam.

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Since the salvage edges won’t fray, I only turned in the sides (salvege edges) about 5/8″ once. Stitch 1/2″ seam. Remember to stop at the curtain rod opening, you won’t want to sew that closed!

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This is a simple way to make your own curtain panels for your home.

Easy Squeezy Maxi

6 Sep

I stumbled upon Sweet Verbena via UCreate.  There are a ton of great DIYs on both sites.  I like simple and quick results.  So I tried Sweet Verbena’s Boho Maxi Dress.  There’s only three seams.  If can manage a nearly  straight line, you too can make this adorable dress.  I’m not joking.

While working on this project, Caasi and I managed to fit in the Maxi.  It’s seriously that easy.  I got a lot compliments on the dress when I wore it the next day and its VERY comfortable.

 

Weekender

2 Sep

Before our trip to Scottsdale last month I was looking for a new purse and/or weekend bag to take with me.  I wanted a “carry on” for the front seat during our road trip.  You know that bag that is stylish enough for you to carry you magazines and sparkling water, but durable enough to also hold a leaky sippy cup and diaper cream?  Ya, I wanted a new one of those…

I dug up the purse grave yard at the bottom of my closet and found this horrific purse that I am embarrassed to have once used (and regularly).  I didn’t even bother photographing it.  The one redeeming quality about  it was its handles.  It had great faux bamboo handles.  I cut them off and decided to make my own bag.  I happened to have some canvas, home decor fabric that didn’t work out for another project.

I didn’t measure or anything, sorry….but I can tell you that all I did was lay the handles on the ground next to the fabric and eye ball what size I thought was proportionate to the size of the handles.  I cut 4 pieces of fabric all that same size.  Two pieces would make the lined inside and the other two would be the outside.  I sewed three sides together on each set.  I then turned one set inside out and placed the other inside it.

Then I cut small strips and sewed them into loops to attach the bamboo handles.  I turned the top edges in and pinned in place, also pinning the loops in place.  Then I just had to sew one seam around the top.

I was also able to salvage a cardboard bottom from another bag and recovered that with the same fabric.  To get the bottom to have squared off edges like the cardboard bottom I simply folded the corners down and sewed them in place.

I can take this bag to the beach, the pool or a weekend getaway.  My favorite part is that it was completely free and I had everything on hand.

 

Hope everyone has a safe and fun-filled holiday weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

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