t-shirt (wish mine had been longer)
fun cotton material (about 1/2 a yard?)
sewing machine & matching thread
Here is a quick t-shirt refashion I did last night. Hope you enjoy!
t-shirt (wish mine had been longer)
fun cotton material (about 1/2 a yard?)
sewing machine & matching thread
#1. Cut up along both side seams and across the back of the t-shirt.
2. Cut a rectangular piece out of your fun cotton fabric to make the new back. it should be just as wide and just as long as the back piece you just cut off. I made mine a little bit wider and a little longer to give it a scoop look on the bottom. Pin the top right sides together and sew.
Below is what it should look like after sewn:
#3: Here is where you should add a pocket if you want. I waited till the end and that was tricky. So, cut out a pocket shape and hem the top edge down 1/4 inch.
#4: Fold the edges of the pocket under as you sew the sides & bottom of the pocket to the front of your shirt.
#5: Turn the shirt right sides together and sew up the side seams. Then hem the back piece and you are done!!
In honor of my first Summer Sunday Night (you know how awesome those are as a teacher!!) I thought I would whip up a quick photo tutorial! This skirt turned out pretty cute, nice for a comfy summer night...if we ever get a dry night with temps above 55.... Grrrr. The back kinda does this bubble butt thing, not sure if a dart would help, or if its just my skater booty.... but it's nothing major, I will still wear it.
So here is the tutorial, enjoy!!
And it's done, wrinkly, but done! Pair with a cute tucked in boyfriend T, and some sneaks!!
So, I had some left over fun polka dot chiffon fabric from a shirt that I made for my bestie (that only took me like 7 months to do...sorry Ang, it's done now, so come get it!!) And I wanted to use it, but it was a smaller piece so I couldn't make a whole other shirt, so I started "draping" like they do on Project Runway and came up with using it as sleeves! I love my dress form for this very reason-- it really helps with creativity and makes me feel so professional! ;-) As you can see below I also considered adding a little ruffle on the bottom, but didn't in the end.
So here is what I did:
1. Cut off sleeves (including the seams).
2. Find an existing shirt (this is one I made that I still haven't posted about yet, sorry). The striped shirt wasn't very stretchy, so I found one to trace that was also non-stretch. Lay the one to trace on top and trim the sides, leaving about 1/2" for seam allowance.
3. Next, cut out sleeves out of some fun chiffony fabric! I used a tissue paper pattern that I made from a sweatshirt. You can see it in this post. I cut the sleeves so that the bottoms are the salvaged edges so that I wouldn't have to hem them.....artistic or lazy? ;-)
4. Open up the shirt and lay it right side up.
5. Take one sleeve and pin it, right side down, to the arm hole of the shirt. Pin and sew a straight stitch. I probably should have used a zig zag stitch on the edge as well to help with fraying, but I haven't done that yet.
Now, my sleeve was a little longer than the opening, so I made one "pleat" at the top of the shoulder, which actually looks kinda cute!
Here is a closer look:
6. Repeat with the other sleeve. The picture below is what it should look like after sewing both sleeves on:
7. Turn the shirt right sides together. Pin and sew using a straight stitch up the side seams and down the arm. Again, you should probably also sew a zig zag stitch along the raw edge to minimize fraying.
Now, I decided to add a little bit of the polka dot fabric to the pocket as well. I couldn't decide if I should do the pocket or a ruffle on the bottom, but I chose the pocket.
8. Lay the fabric over the pocket and cut about 1/2" wider than the original pocket. Fold the edges under and machine stitch around both sides and bottom of the pocket right to the shirt. Then, hand stitch the top down so that the pocket can still open.
Then you are done!!
I am proud of how it turned out and mostly because it was born out of creativity and not copy! Thank you dress form for allowing me the ability to drape and imagine! And, I suppose, Project Runway and Fashion Star have to get some of the inspirational credit as well :)
Here is my easy way of making a pattern. I have really only made shirt and sweatshirt patterns successfully.... if you want to see a failed attempt at pattern making check out my shorts post. :(
This is pretty basic, but thought I would post this step separately than my next shirt tutorial....which might get a little lengthy :) Hope this inspires you to save tissue paper at EVERY birthday and shower in the future!! Yay reusing!
My FREE workout tank!! Thanks to hubby for the golf shirt donation and Workout Bud Charlotte for the sports bra (or I should say "bras" because she gave me a whole grocery bag full, pays to have a friend with workout world connections--check out her AMAZING fitness blog: The Great Fitness Experiment!) What else can I make with all those sports bras... a swim suit, a sports bra quilt? Mmmm... ;-)
Here is what I did:
1 Sports Bra
1 Large Men's golf shirt (or some sort of "dry fit" material)
Sewing machine, regular thread, scissors, pins
1. Lay the sports bra and golf shirt next to an existing tank top to know where to cut the shirt for length. Give yourself about 1/2 inch for sewing overlap.
2. On the bottom shirt, on the back, at the top (part that will attach to the sports bra) find and mark the center. Then measure out a few inches (I did 3") on each side of that center mark. This is for the little cut out detail on the back.
3. Sorry, the picture above is a little hard to see. Cut out a half circle shape from the back/top of the shirt where you made the measurement marks in the previous step.
4. Fold down about 1/4" and sew. You could probably skip this step, I don't think this material frays much, but it only takes a minute.
5. Now, to pin the bottom to the sports bra. Turn both inside out (although if I do it again, I would sew from the outside...I like how the inside looked better than the outside). Place pins on the side seams, centers, and center of those on both the bottom of the shirt and the sports bra so you can match them up evenly. This technique is explained in more detail in step #7 of my peplum shirt post.
6. Above is what it should look like pinned together. This is a picture of the back, you can see where the cut out will be! Now it is time to sew them together. Set your machine to a tight zig zag stitch to give it lots of stretch. As you sew, pull both shirts (mostly the sports bra) as tight as you can. I still had a few points (usually at each pin) where I sewed over a little fold, but it still looked OK. Like I said before I actually like how the inside turned out better than the outside, so next time I am going to sew the bottom shirt on the outside of the sports bra!
That's it! Pretty simple and Lord knows I need workout attire, I spend 97% of my life in it!!!
So, what else should I make with all these sports bras?! Sporty maxi dress? Maternity wear for one of my MILLION pregnant friends? Seriously people... that is why I don't drink the water at the YMCA ;-)
"I wear your granddad's clothes...I look incredible." LOOOOVE Macklemore!! So, side note about this song, at my home away from home, MN Valley YMCA, we occasionally have a little something we like to call Friday Night Dance Party. My home girl, Jennie, puts together a hip hop dance that we learn all in one night. And then, naturally, we film ourselves for YouTube! Here is Jennie's channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/indyboxer I am excited to say that Thrift Shop by Macklemore might be our next venture and you'd better believe that I will be wearing some little treasure from the thrift shop for the booty shakin' fun!
Why all the thrift shop talk? Well, this sweatshirt fabric was a fabulous find at one!! I think it was about 2.5 or 3 yards and $3.99? I struggled for a while on what to make with this thick jersey stretch material, besides your normal sweatshirt. I settled on short little cap sleeves, a longer length with a "baseball T" cut bottom, and piecing the stripes to make a chevron pattern! I really like how it turned out...the only thing I might alter is the bottom. I like the shape, but it hits a little tight on my hips and so I might turn it into a shorter more fitted bottom with a waistband. But for now, so comfy and I love how the stripes turned out!
Here is my tutorial:
1. Place Pattern:
Fold the fabric lining up the stripes as best you can. Fold the sweatshirt pattern in half. Place the pattern on the fabric at an angle & pin in place. I also drew faint pencil lines on my pattern piece mimicking the lines on the fabric. I think this helped when cutting the back pieces.
2. Cut front & Back pieces:
Cut around the pattern through both layers. This makes two front pieces. I cut lower in the front and higher on the sides. Also, see in my picture where it dips up again slightly on the left (front) well, later, I made that more straight so that it matches straight with the other front piece. Make sense? Otherwise it would come up like a little triangle framing your who-ha....not cute!
**Do this exact same thing for the two back pieces.
3. Cut out sleeves:
Take a sleeve pattern piece and place the top on the fold. Cut out two sleeves. I cut mine a little longer than I wanted so once I have it on I could adjust the length.
4. Sew the front pieces and back pieces together:
Take the two front pieces you cut out and lay them on top of each other just as you cut them out. Sew a straight stitch all along the front piece (the left side in my picture below). When you open it up you should see your chevron pattern, yippee!!
* Do the same thing to the two back pieces.
5. Adding the sleeves:
I took a bunch of pictures of this steps so here goes. First match one sleeve to the left front bodice (right sides together) & pin in place. Remember, the "folded" part of your sleeve pattern should be at the top of the shoulder. Sew a straight stitch.
6. Add the back piece to the left sleeve:
Match up the other part of that sleeve to the arm hole of the back piece. Pin right sides together and sew.
7. Attach right sleeve to back piece:
Take the right sleeve and pin it to the back piece, right sides together. Sew. If you look closely you can see my pins on the left in the picture below.
8. Sew right sleeve to front bodice:
Place that right sleeve on top of the front bodice piece matching the edges. Pin and sew. This is what you should end up with.
9. Hem the neckline:
Pin the neckline down to the inside about 1/4 inch and pin. You only have to fold over once since the fabric will not fray. Then sew down. I used a straight stitch, but when I did the sleeves I used a zig zag and it turned out nice. So if I were to do it again I might zig zag around the neckline too.
10. Shoulder seams:
Next fold the sweatshirt with front and back right sides together. Pin and sew the shoulder seams.
11. Side seams:
With the sweatshirt inside out sew up the side seams and under the arms with a straight stitch.
12. Shorten sleeves:
Put the sweatshirt on and get excited because you are almost done! Fold the sleeves up to where you want them and pin. Cut leaving about a 1/4 inch for the fold. Again, I folded only once because I don't think it will fray.
*Repeat on both sleeves.
13. Turn right side out and you're done!!
OK, so this isn't the only time I have found stretch jersey knit (thicker sweatshirt style) at the thrift store. I REALLY want ideas of what else I could sew with this kind of fabric. I tried a maxi skirt which worked OK, but it can't be over 60 degrees or too much leg sweat starts happening ;-)
Another St. Patrick's Day sewing adventure, however, this year wins with only taking about 2 hours versus last years 10+ hours for the leprechaun jumper! I decided that I wanted to take a t-shirt from hubby's company, since we will be with them on St. Patty's, and make a peplum shirt! I researched for a while on Pinterest and Google but the only tutorials were using non-stretch + a zipper and I didn't want to mess with a zipper. The other tutorials used regular thread, but I was worried it wouldn't stretch enough. So I decided to come up with my own way to make a peplum and it worked pretty well! The only thing I might change is to shorten the peplum part, me and my long torso... I am not a fan of "too short shirts", but as of now it looks a little too toddler dress, ha!
Here is what I did:
1. I started with 2 women's large t-shirts. I used one for the bodice and peplum, and the other for the other half of the peplum.
2. Cut off the bottom of shirt #1. Mine was 8" down from the armpit I think.
3. Taking the top in: Put the shirt on (inside out...which I didn't do the first time...) and pin close to your body on the sides and under your arms. You can see that the front piece is bunchier because your front is usually a little bit bigger than your back (barely in my case). ;-) Sew along the pin lines (again, with right sides together, inside out).
4. Now on to the peplum part. Take the bottom you cut off from t-shirt #1 and do the same with t-shirt #2. So now you have two of the same size piece. Open up each "circle" on one side so you have two very long rectangles.
5. Lay your two long rectangles on top of each other right sides together. Pin and sew together along the two short ends to create your long circle for your peplum!
6. Here is where I used my elastic thread in my bobbin. I just wanted to be sure that this would still stretch since it was hitting me at the smallest point of my waist. I might have been able to use a wide zig zag stitch and normal thread, but I didn't want to chance it. So I sewed a straight stitch all the way around the top of my circle with normal thread on top and elastic on the bobbin. This gathered it in a bit as you can see above.
7. Pinning and centering: Here is a trick my Momma taught me about adjoining to pieces that are drastically different lengths. On both pieces (the shirt bottom, and the peplum top) find the center front and center back by matching the side seams and folding in half. Mark with pins.
Find and mark the following on the bottom of the shirt and the top of the peplum:
between center front pin and left side seam
between center front pin and right side seam
between center back pin and left side seam
between center back pin and right side seam
8. Now slip the peplum over the shirt, right sides together, matching up the two rough edges. The peplum is upside down at this point. Match the pins all the way around and add a few more for good measure. So match the front center pins on both and match the sides seams, etc. Then sew (again I used elastic thread in my bobbin) around the whole thing, you may have to fold and tuck a little.. Also, sew "above" the first seam (closer to the top of the shirt) so that when it folds over you won't see the original sew line.
That's it! Now for some fun self timer pics :)
Hehe, had to do a vogue pose ;-)
So what do you think, should I shorten the peplum a bit? Anyone else still get super excited to craft/dress up for holidays?!
Had a fun sewing day yesterday, project nursery! Not for me, but for crafty friend Meesh. It was like a little sweatshop in my crafting room, 3 sewing machines, about 5 different shades of purple fabric, 1 crib mattress, 1 changing pad, 1 phone (used for calculations that were embarrassingly simple), and probably about 5 scissors that STILL were constantly misplaced!!
I will let Meesh blog about our projects but thought I would mention some of my realizations so that I can remember when it comes time for me to craft my own baby stuff! Check out her blog Happily Every After!
We had started a ruffled crib skirt the other day and had planned to finish that first...however, why not start with something that we realized would be less time-consuming? It's always uplifting to actually complete a project, so we decided to start with the changing pad cover. It was easy enough and doesn't require too much fabric, so I would say worth it!
We then moved on to the crib mattress. It also went smoothly and if I can get a really good deal on fabric (less than $10) I will definitely make my own. This way I can actually have the fabric I want, and make many sheets as they will probably be in the wash more often than not. You end up not saving a ton of money making your own, but if you want a specific look then its worth it.Both the changing pad cover and crib sheet require threading elastic through a casing, which can get long, but I think if I were to sit in front of the TV for that part it wouldn't be as annoying.
Finally, grudgingly, we picked up the ruffled crib skirt again. We decided that though it takes a LOT longer than we thought, it is actually worth it in the end because the end result is excruciatingly adorable! We still didn't finish, but got pretty close and the girliness of the ruffles is to die for!
Occasionally during the day there was a few minutes where I couldn't help so I decided to whip up a cute little pair of "baby legs" for Meesh's little girl! I have made a couple of these baby leg warmers and they are so fast and so easy! I got the socks at the dollar store. I got the idea from My Sister's Suitcase but here is my picture tutorial:B
Up for grabs I have 2 other pairs! First two people to comment below.... there is a black and neon colors pair (13 inches long)
and a black, gray and pink pair (7 inches long).
Finally I can post about some of the Christmas gifts I made this month! I have been wanting to attempt a lunch bag for a few years now, and so when I drew a family name for Christmas I was ecstatic to realize I had drawn Emily, a fellow teacher!! It is not safe to give a lunch bag to anyone in any other profession other than a teacher, we are all alone in the "stuck at work over lunch hour...(errr lunch 20 minutes) category.
I have made snack baggies before and love them. I use them for lunch snacks, but also for little sewing gadgets, or jewelry when traveling. Here is the tutorial I follow for the snack baggies from Owen's Olivia: http://owensolivia.blogspot.com/2011/08/olivias-snack-bag-tutorial.html
As for the lunch bag I followed a tutorial from Craft Buds: http://www.craftbuds.com/car-trash-bag-reusable-lunch-bag/
Lunch Tote Materials:
-a fat quarter of fabric (I used about half) These are those little folded squares of fabric that are used for quilting I think.
-muslin for the lining
-fusible fleece (I did not have interfacing, so I used this and it seemed to work just fine)
-sewing machine, thread, pins
Lunch Tote Tutorial:
So I basically followed the tutorial on Craft Buds, but here are my pictures anyway! Also, I did line my bag which they did not so I will try and explain how I did that.
OK, so here is how I did a liner. I cut 2 pieces of my muslin into the same shape as the bag with the squares cut out of the bottom corners. I also cut the handle hole the same way as the outside fabric. When I slit the handle I ironed back the little flaps to get them out of the way of the handle. I then sewed along the edges and bottom of the liner shown below. I also then matched up the bottom corners and sewed to create the boxed bottom again just like the outer fabric.
Next, I placed the lining inside the bag, wrong sides together. I folded both layers in on each other and top stitched around the entire top. I wasn't quite sure what to do around the handles so I just folded the flaps to the inside and again top stiched around each handle. It doesn't look the prettiest because you already have a zig zag stitch there already, but I wasn't quite sure what else to do. ;-)
Don't you love a themed gift?! Another addition to this lunch themed gift could be a sandwich wrap. I found a tutorial using fused plastic bags on Chica and Jo that I have been dying to try!
OK, this is going to be a quick post because I think I spent about 2+ hours working on that picture above. I know, you are looking at it thinking, "Really?!!" It's nothing special, I just was putzing around on the Sketchbook app on the iPad and you know how that goes. "Oh, let me try this setting." "Oh, add another layer? I think I should do that." "Erase from one layer onto the layer underneath, yes please!" I ended up editing the last part of it in reliable, simple old Microsoft Paint. Hahah..........sad.
Here is how I turned some old outdated capri pants into some trendy skinny ankle pants. I am so glad these pants have gotten removed from the "donate" box six times in hopes of reviving them! :)
-pair of long capris
1. Put on the pants inside out. Pin the inside of one leg with how skinny you want the pants to be. **Note, the pants will become tighter when you sit down, so be a little generous. ;-) Take pants of CAREFULLY and lay flat. Now here, the front and the back pieces of the pant leg were a little "off" probably because my junk in the trunk fills out the back of the pants more than the front? Not sure. But I started at the inside seam and flattened out the front and back legs and re-pinned. I am not sure if I should have done that, but I did and the pants turned out OK.
2. Sew up along your pinned line on the inside of your pant leg.
**Helpful Hint from my Momma: Never cut anything until you have tried it on!!
3. If the leg fits OK, trim excess fabric and if you want sew a zig-zag line on the fresh cut edge to keep it from fraying.
4. Repeat the process on the other leg and you are finished!