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Revamped! Long sleeve knit thermal & striped button up

Revamped! Long sleeve knit thermal & striped button up

I made this striped long sleeve thermal a while ago, but to add some pizazz to it, I decided to add some different colored stitching around the neck and the cuff of the sleeve.  I really liked the way that it turned out.  I also added more material to the bottom of the shirt to make it longer- I like my shirts on the longer side vs. shorter side.  Very easy to spruce up any shirt, and just adding a little bit of length will make me wear this thermal A LOT more!

 

This shirt I bought over 8 years ag0- I really LIKED it, when I bought it…. BUT I haven’t worn it in such a long time because I just don’t like it anymore.  I decided to cut the sleeves off and make the arm pits bigger and I could wear a cute bra under so if my bra shows under my arm pits it would be cute!  Easy, fun and wearable!

 

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OLD made NEW!

OLD made NEW!

Sooo…. it has been a long time since I have posted a blog- I figured I better get something up soon.  I hope you will like this post- it is very simple and easy.  Maybe you will make one of your own!

When I was pregnant with my first born, Clover Grace, I was given my nephews old car seat.  I thought, AWESOME!! Something I don’t have to buy!!  But… I wanted to change up the cover and make it super girly and cute.  So, my mom and I cut out a bunch of bright and fun material with pattern edged scissors.  Put the material on iron on backing, and ironed the material squares onto the old car seat cover.  After that, we zig-zagged stitched the squares all over the car seat to make it secure to the cover.

I sewed a ruffle to the top of the car seat to give it a more fun look to it.  I added some patches, and made some ribbons and sewed them on as well.

This project did take a while, but it was worth it 🙂  My daughter uses this car seat all the time.  She has used this car seat for 2 1/2 years already, and will use it for several more.  This was TOTALLY worth doing and she LOVES it!!  

Changed up my turtleneck! WAAAY cuter!!

So I ended up taking off my turtleneck and doubling it- so I basically did the exact same thing I did for my first turtleneck, and then sewed them together to make it EXTRA big!

 

This is what it looks like now- I LOOOVE 🙂 The neck is so full- it is perfect! I am going to make another turtleneck, but one that isn’t so scooped, I want the turtle neck to be sitting up higher around my neck- I will post that tutorial when I get some more material 🙂

 

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Crazy for Lace!!

Crazy for Lace!!

So I am lucky enough to live in the greater Los Angeles area and have easy access to DOWNTOWN LA- where there is fabric galore!!  I grabbed my children and my wonderful hubby and headed downtown LA because I wanted to buy some lace- to my wonderful amazement- it was only $3/yd AND it was 20% off- so I wanted to go ape and buy EVERYTHING! But… my husband kept me to my budgeted spending limit that I had set for myself.  I spent $40 and I ended up with TONS of beautiful lace plus a lot more.  These are the very fun projects that I made with the lace.

When I had originally made these clothes, I did not have my blog, so I was not taking pictures as I was going along…so I will try to explain how I made them as easy as possible without  pictures.

The first dress I made with the lace was for my girlfriends wedding- I wanted a fun dress for a wedding and I wanted to design it myself.  This was the real first piece that I made with out a pattern!!!!!  I was soooooooo happy with how it turned out.  With that being said- I want to encourage you to sew with out a pattern- it was easier than I had expected.  I had wanted it to be similar to this dress-

I had no idea what the back of this dress looked like- but I knew how I wanted the back of mine to look and that is all that matters 😉

Here is the finished product of my dress-

I loved wearing my dress to the wedding- I knew no one else would have the same dress, I made it to fit perfectly for me and I got a ton of compliments!!  Oh and my husband LOVED it on me too 🙂

The materials I needed were lace, a lining material, I chose a light cotton that was the same color as the lace and tulle- I bought the soft tulle, I should have bought the netting type of tulle- that would have made it more poofy but you live and you learn!

The skirt part was the easiest- measure how long you want your skirt part to be- and cut the same amount of lace, lining, and tulle for the skirt.  Baste stitch them all together, gather to fit your body.

For the bodice, I got a tank top from my closet and used that as the pattern for my bodice- the back of the bodice, I wanted more a v-neck- so I changed that up once I got the pattern cut for my body size.  I lined the front of my dress with the light weight cotton material, but I wanted my back to be all lace- so I didn’t need to have a lining for my back.

I measured my upper arm circumference because I wanted my sleeves to be tight- make sure you leave space to make your seam- a couture seam is 5/8 inch ( I read that from one of my betsy johnson patterns- so I am assuming that is accurate… haha) so make sure you calculate that when you are cutting your sleeves.  I measured the arm hole of my bodice arm hole and made sure it measured the same as the arm hole for my sleeve so everything would fit in just right.

I did not want to have to hem the bottom of my sleeves, so I used the fabric wisely by cutting my sleeves so that the bottom of my sleeve would be on the finished edge of the fabric.  That way you already have a beautiful finished sleeve.

Pin the side seams of the bodice together, right sides together, then sew.

Then you pin the skirt to the bodice, right sides together, then sew.

Sew your sleeves together, right sides together. Pin the sleeves to the bodice, right sides together, and sew- then all you need to do is hem the neck and the back of the neck and you are done!!!

 

The next dress I made was for my sons 1st birthday party- I grabbed a dress from my closet that I could easily use as a pattern.  And cut out my dress from that.  I wanted sleeves, so I cut out sleeves the same way as I did with the dress above.  I wanted a ruffle on this dress as well- so I had some really cute light weight fabric that would be perfect for the lace color.  For the ruffle, if you want it really ruffly than I always double the length of the skirt for the ruffle measurement.  Once everything was cut- I got busy and I went to town- and I finished this dress in about 45 minutes.  SUPER DUPER EASY!!!

 

 

The last piece that I made with the lace I bought is this fun cardigan-

I used the same kind of pattern as I did with the wraps- but this one I added sleeves to it and I added a lot of ruffle along the bottom of the wrap- so it turned into a cardigan style with a bustle.  As you can see, the sleeves are very long- the end of the sleeve is tight so the material bunches together.  I have long arms though too, so I make everything with LONG sleeves, if I put sleeves on 🙂

 

Thanks for reading my blog!!  And I hope you are feeling creative to sew with OUT a paper pattern!!

 

REVAMP…my wardrobe!?! Yes please!

REVAMP…my wardrobe!?! Yes please!

So… I am in the process of revamping my wardrobe.  As you know, I am blessed to be a stay at home mom- but what comes with that, for me… is a budget! And that budget may not include shopping like I may want…sooo I have to be creative and think of ways that I can change the clothes I already have in my wardrobe, so that I like it again!!

I would LOVE it if I actually wore ALL the clothes that I have in my closet, but plain and simple… I don’t.  So this is my challenge for myself and for you…I am going to eventually wear everything that I have in my closet.  I WILL wear because I want to. Not because I HAVE to.  I have a couple of shirts, jackets, dresses that are just a little too short, or a little too big, or it just doesn’t fit right, or I just don’t like it anymore.  For some articles of clothing it may just be a few tweaks here and there that can make an item worth wearing again- other pieces may be a little more difficult.

For the next few weeks, I am going to be posting my revamped wardrobe!  I hope you will stay tuned and be inspired to revamp your wardrobe!!

Here a few pieces that I tweaked and HAVE actually worn in the past few days- which I haven’t worn in MONTHS or more before the revamp- the sweater I think I purchased 8 years ago and hardly EVERY wear- the dress I bought while in college probably 11 years ago!!   Embarrassing that I still have them…

 

 

 

I will start with this super plain, gray sweater…  This gray sweater is too short… I personally don’t like short shirts, jackets, sweaters that accentuate my mid section- after two kids- my midsection isn’t my boasting area- if you know what I mean.  So, I needed to make this sweater longer- I had just gone thrifting the other day and picked up what I thought was a cute shirt- BUT when I got home and tried it on- it was hideous. So I took the ruffle off the goodwill shirt.  I started with cutting the ruffle off, baste stitched the ruffle, gathered it to fit the bottom of my sweater, pinned right side of ruffle to right side of sweater, sewed them together and voila! A much cuter sweater- I wore it to the gym the other day and I am glad I am getting wear out of it again 🙂

 

 

 

My super outdated dress is next!

 

Now on to the dress- the dress is a form fitting dress that I bought when I was in college- it is just not my style anymore and I hardly ever wear it.  But, I love the floral print of the dress.  So I decided to change the style into something that is more ME now.  I cut off the bottom part of the dress- I got the material that I wanted to use and measured it the length that I wanted it to be on me.  Baste stitch the top of the of the dress, gathered it to fit the dress, pinned right side of skirt to right side of dress, and sew.

 

 

After sewing on the skirt, I tried it on and I did NOT like it at all- it was accentuating my MID SECTION- something, as you know, I DONT LIKE!!

I had to remove the skirt with my HANDY DANDY seam ripper- that I have to use WAAAAY more than I would like…I then had to re-baste the skirt and then gather again!  Oh, the joys of sewing!!

I cut the floral dress shorter- so it is more of an A-line type of dress.  I wanted the back of the dress to be more ruffled than the front to make it a little more bustle like.  It is very subtle though- I would have liked it to be more noticeable. Oh well.  There is always next time.  I also wanted a slit on the skirt.  So, I kept that opening of the dress on the front of the dress instead of sewing the side seams together on the side of the dress.  I hemmed the slit- but left the bottom of the dress with raw edges.  After the skirt was sewn on to the dress, I decided I wanted the front of the dress to be shorter than the back.  I wanted a very subtle fish tail skirt.  I wore this dress today to church with my awesome cowboy boots and I got several compliments 🙂

I hope that you like the revamp!!

 

 

 

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog!!