Thursday, July 28, 2011

Another new skirt!!

I got to do some sewing yesterday - YAY!!  I made this!!

  I got my inspiration from this blog tutorial.  I didn't have striped fabric but I did have polka dot in stretch knit!  It was very easy and very quick to do!
Sorry this pic is a bit blurry (ceiling fan was blowing the skirt)... but it shows the rolled hem on the serger that I did for the bottom - so easy!

Seriously this skirt took less than an hour to put together! It is so very comfy too!

Friday, July 15, 2011

I did some more refashioning :-)

My sister gave me a bag of clothes that didn't fit her and they for sure didn't fit me - LOL!  So what do you do with those type clothes you ask?? Well you refashion them for your little girl of course!!

I refashioned two shirts today into adorable, long length (yay) dresses for Alyssa!  It didn't take long at all to do either one.  It would have been even less time if Alyssa hadn't wanted to "help" as much, and if she would have been more cooperative with fittings and stuff...which wore me out...which is why we only did two.


Here is the before picture of the first one - this was a Juniors medium shirt.

And here are the after shots.  I basically sewed some off the shoulders and brought in the sides.  I also put a pleat in the back to help bring in the neckline.

Here was the other top - a size Junior medium top.

Here are the after shots.  I took off the straps, brought in the sides, and then reattached the straps.  (note: I realized when I had the dress on for these pics that the straps needed to be shortened a bit more...the dress was a bit low...I did that but went ahead and did the pics because she was already fighting me (I finally got her to let me get pics if I put her on the table) and I knew she wouldn't do a pic the next time.  We were done...

I guess when you have a two year old under foot it is good that you can do quick sewing jobs like refashioning!  After 30 minutes of that I am exhausted LOL!

Until next time!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Another new dress - FINALLY!!

Yay!! I made it back to my sewing machine today!!  :-)  My mom was visiting the first part of this week and we went to JoAnn's and they were running some GREAT fabric sales so I got an early birthday gift from her and a got a whole bunch of fabric!!

We finally had a day at home today and I was determined to get to the sewing machine!!  I just finished a dress! WHOO HOO!!  (and thinking about heading back to the sewing machine when I get this post done - LOL!)

Here is the finished picture of the dress - with a cute belt (this is another one of those dresses that looks so much better on me than the mannequin...I just don't have good camera skills!)

I kind of followed this tutorial.  This was not a pillowcase though, it is a pretty embroidered linen-like fabric. But I figured it would still work using two rectangles of fabric and sew the shoulder seams as well...and other than hemming the bottom all other steps were pretty much the same.

I used my new dressmaker's curve ruler to make the curve for the neckline and armholes.

The neckhole ended up being too large and made the sides sit too much off of the shoulder so I added pleats at the midsection in the front and back.  And I was really pleased with the finished look of the neckline.  I don't know if you can see the pleats too well in the picture does look really nice on though (better than it does on the mannequin).

The dress actually looks pretty good with or without the belt, but I like the added touch that the belt gives it.

Gotta go feed my kiddos some lunch now and get them down for a nap so that I can do some more sewing :-)

Catch yall later!
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