Day 2- Maternity Jumper to Maxi Dress

Welcome to Day 2 of my 7 day (I-need-to-get-off-my-butt) challenge.

Let’s just bask in this together for a second, shall we?

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Thursday I found another glorious homemade item!  I LOVE the fabric, but the over sized jumper is not doing much for me. I’m thinking in a past life this must have been a maternity jumper, because the middle is quite roomy.

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First, I used my handy, dandy seam ripper to open up the inseam.

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I wanted to tackle the extra width next so brought the outer seams in about an inch and a half on each side from armpit to waist.  While checking the fit I realized if I flipped the front and back I would have a nice high neck and low scoop back so I switched my focus onto how I could convert the pant legs into the skirt of a dress.  I cut the back open,

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And removed the darts from the original front side of the dress.  The pleats were causing the back of the dress to billow so by removing them I was going for a smoother finish.

Darts before…

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Darts after! (I very unceremoniously tore the darts out. If I had been patient I would have walked across the room and used my seam ripper).

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I cleaned up the rough edge and brought the fabric together to the original width. Next, a few things happened that were not documented well (apologies).  I turned the front inseam into a slit by only sewing the upper half closed and leaving about a foot and a half slit for movement.

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I also made a seam down the centerback making a single seam from the top of the dress along the back inseam. Finally, I removed some length so I wouldn’t have a train.

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And here she is! (I just realized I call clothes “she”, is that weird?)


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I’m not sure about the length, but I figured it was fun to try something long for once.  You may be seeing this one make a reappearance in the future to lose some length for summer!  How are my fellow challenge participants doing?  I had a few people ask if they can participate if they can’t commit to a week. Answer: Of course!  It’s all about making a goal and sticking to it.  Happy sewing everyone, I’ll see you tomorrow!

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Day 1- Recycling a Torn Blouse

Alright beautiful people, let’s get this challenge going!

In light of my week long challenge I went to one of my favorite consignment stores and scored big time!  As I was checking out the shop owner asked if I wanted a blouse she had been trying to give away. It was too small for me so I didn’t attempt to put in on for fear of never being able to get out.

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It was torn in a couple of places so she didn’t want to donate it, but she didn’t want to throw it away either! Bless her heart she let me have it for free!

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You know how much I love inexpensive shopping, there was no way I was going to turn down this pretty floral fabric for FREE!  First things first, I cut the body of the shirt just below the waistband.

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Finally, I sewed one end of the pieces together and knotted the other (so I could adjust the length depending on the day). IMG_0937[1]

And voila!

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Infinity scarf for the win!  It’s not super full, but it’ll be a nice pop of color for those warm spring days I keep dreaming about! What other ways have you taken a seemingly unsalvageable item and made it into something new?  If you want to join me on my week long effort to avoid the couch and get your creative juices flowing leave a comment letting me know what you’re going to do!  I’ll see you tomorrow!

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Pick-me-up Refashion Challenge!

Hello lovely humans!

What have you been up to lately?  Personally, I’ve been sitting on my booty, feeling slightly overwhelmed at the impending doom of 4pm on March 10(thesis defense day), and avoiding doing most things society would consider “productive”.  I like to blame my glum mood on the weather, it’s been gray, cold, and I’m ready to bask in the sun again. Like this:

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Wait, you mean I can't just fly to Hawaii right now?  How was this a year ago?! It seems like it was yesterday!

To remedy my lack of productivity, I’ve decided to challenge myself and do one refashion every day for the next week!

Boom! Motivation!

Why? Why would I do this to myself during a time when I’m obviously overwhelmed and stressed?  Here’s my logic: It is very easy to binge watch an entire season of Law and Order: SVU (which I may have done over the last three days), sit on the couch, and waste a day without realizing it.  When I take the time to work on a sewing project it usually doesn’t take more than an hour and I always feel super accomplished at the end!  If I spend an hour of my day being productive on fun things, hopefully it will seep into the other areas of my life and I’ll quit dragging my feet on prepping for my defense!  This is solid logic, right?

Anybody else out there need a pick-me-up?  You should join me and let me know what challenge you’ve set for yourself for the next week.  Maybe you don’t sew, find something you like that will foster your creativity and hopefully it will boost your productivity, too.

Maybe I’m being crazy.  I guess we’ll have to find out in a week!

The Shoulder Pad Saga Continues.

Hello friends!

The saga of the 80’s shoulder pads continues with this sassy hot pink number:

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I’ll be honest, I don’t remember the succession of events that led to this photo, but we’ll just call it “expressing my inner cactus”.

image2Surprise, surprise, the sleeves were the first thing to go.

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Followed closely by their friends the shoulder pads.

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The next trick is something I did with my men’s shirt to shirt dress refashion (check it out).  I used a dress that fits me (well it fit me about ten pounds ago, but I love the shape so I’m going to use it and add a seam allowance). I turned the pink dress inside out and laid the blue dress on top.

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I used the blue dress as a guide to cut the pink dress into a more flattering shape.

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[Insert sewing machine noises and commentary here.]

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And then a few things happened that went undocumented (mostly because I was cutting things off the dress while I was wearing it… and I don’t have three hands to photograph at the same time). I removed the button from the left shoulder and the lower button on the waist.  I also cut the extra panel of pink on the skirt to expose more of the stripes. Finally, I threw on a bandeau and tucked the top to create a V-neck action. And voila!

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And there she is!  Not gonna lie guys, the sleeve edges are still raw, but I’ll probably wear this with a sweater to church or on a date anyway, so I figured they could be a little sketchy.  Now, I’m off to send the dreaded thesis to my committee (and hope they don’t tell me I need to start over since I am defending (hopefully) on March 6).  I’m so ready for this to be over!  Have you ever spent so much time on a project and gotten to the point where you know it could be 100x better, but you know it just needs to be done?  That’s where I’m at with my thesis.  Now I’m going to quit complaining to you lovely people and go get on with the final tweaks.  Have a great week and enjoy the sunshine!

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The “One” That I Want— Valentine’s Day Card!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you lovely people!

This year Spencer and I decided to do our favorite thing on Valentine’s Day.  Stay home, cook breakfast for dinner, cuddle on the couch and watch a movie.  Nothing expensive, no fighting traffic, and we get to wear our comfy clothes!  I have the best Valentine ever!  🙂

We decided to keep it simple and exchange cards this year so I went with something punny and homemade:

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I followed this tutorial to learn how to fold a dollar bill into a tiny shirt & tie.  I mean come on guys, that’s pretty adorable! I used some extra watercolor paper and a micron pen to construct the card and cartoon.  Extra bonus: this only cost me an hour and a couple of one dollar bills. He definitely is the one that I want (ooo-ooo-ooo).

Tell somebody you love them today!